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This is my first build. I got a little carried away and went all out on most the parts.

Everything went well with this build, and the computer runs pretty fast.

I bought all the storage to set up my own shared network around the house that I have yet to set up.

The video card came with 3 free games (assassin's creed 4, batman arkham origins, and splinter cell blacklist) which are all pretty cool, and look pretty badass on ultra settings.

I'm very happy with all the parts, and would recommend them all to anybody. Only a couple little things I don't like are that not all the SATA ports on the motherboard are 6gb/s, and that not all the front USB ports on the case are 3.0 (only 2 out of 4) and they are too close together if you want to plug in a few bigger thumbs drives at once. But those are all small trivial things.

EDIT I just went through all my receipts, and put in all the prices in case you were wondering. (I was kind of curious myself) I bought all the items between October 31st and December 31st 2013. (I waited for good Black Friday/Boxing Day deals). All Prices in CDN$ before taxes.

Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 5 points

"I got a little carried away..." understatement of the year :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Still only a single GPU?

Seems for that kind of budget you could have gone with two or three.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I was originally thinking of getting the TITAN, but the 780ti presently has the most CUDAs. So I'm planning on waiting a couple years or so before doing 2 or 3 way SLI with the 780ti (when the price drops a bit). The computer runs pretty fast right now, and will be easy to upgrade in the future.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright. Sounds good!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Hory shet.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with actechy. Now, a dual Xeon PC with Quadros, 6TB of SSD storage and 128gb of RAM is called "carried away". Seriously though, awesome build! How's the case working for ya?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!~ The case is good. I'm happy with it. Looks pretty cool too. One reason I was hesitant to buy it was the fact that it came out in 2010, and a lot of good cases have removable dust filters now-a-days, and maybe some other newer features..

I kind of wanted the Corsair Obsidian Series 800D after I already purchased the HAF X, but I still really like this big case.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Because 1.5 terabytes of SSD space is totally needed...

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I know that it's overkill, but I wanted one for my operating system, and one for games. And I never want to run out of space. I had that problem on previous computers in my life, and it pissed me off.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Why 2011? Why a 1200W PSU? They are way overpriced atm due to miners...

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, the 2011 vs 1150 was one of the hardest decisions I made on this computer. I obviously know I overspent on the best, and probably overkill for what I need, but the processor with more cores seemed better, and why would I get the 3930k, when the 4930k was pretty much the same price. Also, after looking at motherboards, I kind of had my heart set on the Asus RIVE mobo. (kinda wish I waited for the black edition now, but it's still awesome).

As for the 1200W PSU: I am planning on doing SLI in the future, and didn't want to have to upgrade my PSU in the future, so I got a really good one at the start. I was originally going to get the 1250W SeaSonic for under 250 CDN$ (on sale) but than found the "Platinum Certified" Corsair 1200W on sale at a local shop for Black Friday for close to the same price. So why not go Platinum?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I wasn't saying you should've gotten a 3930k, rather a 4670k or 4770k... If you're happy with it, that's all that matters. Also, 860i would be plenty for a couple gpus. But either way, if you're happy, then great! :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build with an epic budget. Couple things though. One: 780 ti is WAY overkill for that monitor. You can get one Korean 1440p monitor for that price and it would fit that card nicely. Two: having so much money I'm sure you can go on a full blown loop. You can even keep the build under $5k and still have the CPU and Graphics card under water if you are careful. Three: A second card later? Something to consider especially if you want three of those 1440p monitors I said before. Four: Why not Cosmos 2 or 900D or something BIG? Just curious. Way to go all out though :) Hope you have money for peripherals, games, and other software.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

1: The reason I picked the Asus PA248Q 24.1" monitor is because it was one of the top rated monitors on CNET last year, and it got a little cheaper when the newer model came out. One thing that sold me on it was the 1920x1200 res (8:5 aspect ratio rather than the 16:9 now popular ratio). I just like the extra vertical real estate.

I didn't realize there's 1440p monitors out there for that price. I just did a bunch of research, and I think I might get one. I was even eventually planning on getting a 4k screen in a year or so when they get a little cheaper. But for now, I got this Asus one, an old Acer "AL1913" 5:4 ratio screen next to it, and I also hooked up my old 40" Sharp Aquos to the left of me. So I can always upgrade monitors and discard the old ones.

2: The water-cooled stuff I originally was going to do, but this is my first build, and I'm not that confident in myself yet. Plus, I didn't want the extra maintenance of it, also a little worried about leaks.. I like the maintenance free Corsair H100i Liquid Cooler for my CPU. Maybe for my next build!

3: When I do upgrade to 4k, or in a few years if I can get another card for cheap, why not.

4: If you read my post a few posts up, I actually mentioned that I somewhat regretted not getting a newer, better case. But I saw this case a few years ago when I was thinking of building my own computer, and fell in love with it. Plus I did a bunch of research, and it seemed pretty easy and compatible to fit everything I wanted to put in it.

And as for something BIG? I thought this case was HUGE! I just looked it up though, and can't believe that the 900D and Cosmos 2 are like 6"+ bigger than the HAF X! Crazy!~

And don't worry, I got lots of $$ left over for games, software, etc.. Kinda looking into a gaming keyboard & mouse next. Might as well..

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok well first off. If you are happy with it, which you definitely seem you are, then cheers to you and hope it will last you a while.

  • Second, those are all valid points and I essentially agree.

  • After a few vids from Jayztwocents, reputable guy (Youtube channel, has his own website, watercooled for 10 years and Pcpartpicker member) he shows that watercooling in a custom loop isn't that intimidating.

  • Getting another card down the road MIGHT be something hard to get although cheaper as you said.

  • I personally don't like the look of most Coolermaster cases, but dang they are functional and my Uncle uses that exact case. I didn't mean to bag on it. It is definitely a good case but again, the budget is just out of this world it seems to not go for an "Ultra tower" rather than a "Full tower".

  • Lastly, Would you like some help on the keyboard and mouse? Or are you going to wait to see what happens down the road? I personally wouldn't buy a keyboard if you don't have to until the Corsair RGB mech keyboard comes out.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I just looked at Linus's review of the Corsair RGB mech keyboard. Looks pretty cool, but I don't know if i need all those programmable colours. (As cool as they are)

I was thinking of something a little more functional like one of those 20 button gaming keypads. I've never tried one though, just seem to look comfortable + programmable.

I know the Mad Catz mice and keyboards look pretty cool too, as well as expensive; but as you can see, I obviously don't care about over-spending..

For the mouse: I was thinking of something like the "Razer Naga MMO PC Gaming Mouse". Perhaps not that exact one, but I like the idea of having all those programmable buttons. My thumb is used to not doing anything. Seems like it could do a lot more with one of those mice.