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EDITED - March 20, 2015.

Hey, all!

So last year, I built my first custom PC. The purpose of the build was for animation, gaming, music, and video editing, in that order. Over the last 10ish months, I've been trying to learn and inform myself more about how these things work, plus the process of building has been a bit addictive. So I've added a few more things to my build, and now I can honestly say that I'm completely done adding stuff to it, and that this will be my build for the forseeable future. :)

Below, I want to give a bit of rationale to my part selections in case any questions arise.

CPU: At the time I started buying parts, this was one of the better processors available. It was also one sale, and I knew I wanted an i7 for my purposes.

CPU Cooler: This was a new addition. I ran with the stock fan, which did great, but I wanted to have a cooler so that I could overclock at some point.

Motherboard: This was also on sale at the time of purchase, and the price, plus the amount of USB 3.0 ports and PCI slots I could use made it a winner.

Memory: Initially I went with 8 gigs of RAM, but after seeing how much After Effects and Premiere started using, I decided to get a second 2x4GB kit. The second kit was also on sale at the time, which influenced my decision.

Storage: I went with a 500GB SSD initially, and after about 9ish months, I was starting to run out of room. Making the shift from HDD to SSD was amazing, and I couldn't see myself going back, so I saw a sale for a 1TB SSD and took it. The plan was to use the old 500GB SSD for a Hackintosh drive, but I changed my mind, and instead I'm going to use it to house my Steam library.

Video Card(s): I'm sure this will probably bring the most questions. When the build was first made, I was using the 760 as my single GPU. It was my gaming card, as well as the card I was using for CUDA acceleration for After Effects raytrace rendering. I was curious about gaming at 4K, and when the 980 and 970 came out, they both piqued my interest. I was really down to get a 980, but the 970 def seemed to be the better value. I waited for a few months, hoping the rumored 8GB card would drop, but when I saw that production delays were pushing theme back, I happened to see the FTW+ on NewEgg one day and made the plunge.

Once I got my 970, I was thrilled with the performance gains I was getting gaming wise, but I failed to consider something very important in regards to using it as a rendering card. Since NVidia switched from its Kepler to the Maxwell architexture, the CUDA support for ray tracing was no longer a thing. Was kind of disappointed, because I was hoping to sell the 760 to recoup some of the money spent, but in the end, I ended up making the 970 my primary card, and the 760 my card that's being used solely for rendering. Same manufactuer, so no issues (so far).

Case: My very first custom PC that I had wasn't put together by me, but the person did help me select parts and we went with an Antec 300. I was pleased with it; it wasn't too flashy, and I liked the big blower fan on the top. So When I decided to build my own, I stuck with Antec, buying the 900 case. It was on sale, and I thought the blue LEDs were cool. If I build another PC, I may go with a different case, only because cable management isn't the most fun thing to do with this case, as you can probably tell in the photos.

Power Supply: Went with an 850W initally because I knew I'd be upgrading in the near future, and I knew it'd have enough headroom for everything.

Optical Drive: Was on sale, plus, I was thinking a little future-proofing with a BluRay burner wouldn't hurt.

Wireless Network Adapter: I had a StarTech card initially, and I didn't really like it. Plus, at some point, I was thinking Hackintosh, and I knew this was compatible.

Monitor(s): Initially I had the LG Ultrawide as my primary display. Great monitor, beautiful colors, etc. But when 4K gaming started to interest me, I started looking. I still wasn't going to take the plunge because they seemed a bit expensive. But then Black Friday happened. So now I have the 4K monitor to game on, and the Ultrawide to edit video on, and well as do any color work.

Keyboard and Mouse: I just want wireless backlit stuff.

So that's the rundown on my rig selection. I should mention is that I haven't overclocked this yet (I know, I know). It runs everything that I like to play at max without breaking a sweat, so I can't justify adding more heat and power draw to my PC yet. But maybe in a few years.

Let me know what you all think, or if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. I appreciate all the comments already, and I enjoy reading the forums and gathering ideas on making my own stuff better, so I just want to say a thank you to this community. You guys rocks!

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Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 11 points

nice build. but i can't +1 as you used swag in your title and that does not comply with my personal rules of sanity, to support the word "swag". gives me shivers. meh maybe i can make an exception +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 5 points

i couldn't agree anymore lol, excellent build though

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Hahaha thanks XD I tend to use the word ironically a lot among my friends; it crept its way into the build title haha

  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

First of all, I hope you like what you have done and Congrats on your first build.

You went with Ivy Bridge and not Haswell.... Any reason why?

Your processor is a "K" version which is capable of overclocking but yet you do not mention that desire. Many folks here would be disappointed by this choice of CPU if you do not plan to overclock. Should you decide to do so please keep in mind that replacing the stock cooler is a must.

Your power supply is a bit overkill for the way your system is currently set up but does leave the room for substantial upgrades. This choice may have folks confused and thinking you made a less than perfect choice. Having said that, the purchase price is a winner.

In short... I hope your PC serves you well and I hope you know you have some headroom with some of the parts you have purchased. I like the parts and would suggest that you view other builds that have used the same case and see that you can make your cable management better.

A great start..... +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much for your input!

To address your questions:

I went with the Ivy bridge because at the time I purchased it, I was still doing research on motherboards and had already decided on the one I picked for the price. It wasn't compatible with the newer Haswell 1150 pin CPUs.

I don't plan on OC'ing initially, but maybe in the future. At the moment, it seems to be performing everything I need it to do fantasticly at stock, but I do want the option to OC if I choose to do so later on. I'd absolutely change the stock CPU fan out :)

Kinda the same with the PSU; I wanted to have headroom in the event I ended up OC'ing or dropping another 760 in SLI, etc. Tried to futureproof it a bit.

I tried to do extensive research before I undertook the task, and I'm pretty happy with the results so far. I do know that I need to work on the cable management in the case. Unfortunately, the Antec 900 doesn't leave many options, but I will set some time aside to tidy it up a bit :D

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate the reply and it seems as if you had things thought out very well. I have built PC's with two of my Nephews and each (12 and 13 years old) expressed the desire to OC so one system was built with a Hyper 212 and the other has a H100. Neither has OC'd their system or even tried and we are 12 and 9 months removed from the build date.... But they can.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, though I'm not a fan of that case.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah, I wish there was better cable management options with the case :/

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build however why the 4x4GB ram not 2x8GB. +1 anyway.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :) I initially was going to go with 8, but I saw the second sale was also on sale as I was getting the last few parts, hence the different prices

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

lmao love the name

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Welcome to the PC COMMUNITY!! How is the monitor working for you?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

I love it haha. I had the HP LV2311, which was still an amazing budget monitor. However, I did want to have something that I could do some possible Graphic Design work with. Not to mention, this thing is amazing for gaming. After 2 minutes, I literally forgot there was a monitor in front of me. If I could go back, I'd get the 29", but this is still a good buy IMO.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I love it! It's an amazing monitor for movie watching, and since I do animation and edit the clips in Adobe Premiere, the extra real estate is awesome. I'd def. recommend it! :D

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the case easy to work with? Looks like a solid build, though... For your purposes, I personally would have gone with an AMD, but Intel works just fine.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

To be fair, I do feel as though I'm a bit of an Intel fanboy hehe, but AMD could've done just as well, I agree. My last build was an AMD build.

The case is kinda funky.... the main thing was that it was on sale, and I like the large top fan that the Antec cases have. I do wish there were better cable management options with it, though. Overall, it's very quiet, and the blue fans are a nice aesthetic :)

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

gtx760 to push 4k 60 fps? lol wut

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha the monitor is new as of a week ago. I'm getting a 970 FTW this week :)

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I suggest getting a second if your motherboard supports SLI and you can afford it or wait for the 8gb editions.

4k destroys cards.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, after mulling over it for a few days, I'll probs wait for the 8 GB cards

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. May I ask why you chose a 760 to go with a monitor with that high of a resolution?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

The monitor is actually new, and I intend on upgrading to a 970 :) Prior, I was using an LG 25" Ultrawide, and games on it were lovely

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for sharing. I have an SSD that i placed on the bottom of the case and barely secured it. Never thought to relocated to the side. I may look for another case and try to sell or save for my kids this case.

Yes and wire management leaves much to be desired. I was thinking my wire tuck skills were lacking but, it could be a combination of both.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the case, but I think I'll be getting a new one soon. The Shift X coming out looks promising :o

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :D