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Power-up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raNNfT4kTJs

UPDATE 31/12/2015: RAM sticks are no longer running in single channel, currently in dual channel now.

UPDATE 1/28/2016: Soundblaster Z audio card installed, had enough of the built-in sound drivers...

Overall time build ~ 2.5 hours

Major Laurence "Prophet" Barnes is the protagonist in Crysis 3. He is the squad leader of Raptor Team during the events of Crysis on the Lingshan Islands and a major character in both Crysis and Crysis 2. He returns as the protagonist in Crysis 3 as he is the main personality and conscious in Alcatraz's body.

After hours of watching JayzTwoCents, LinusTechTips and spending hours of researches, finally getting to build and complete my very, very first build.

I first started PC gaming with my 3-year old Alienware M14XR2 (I'm done with it, period) running games like Portal II, Half-Life II, Trials Evolution, Combat Arms, Minecraft, anything else that wasn't too much demanding in graphics whatsoever. Huge upgrade today compared to my GeForce GT650M, was really blown away after making these changes.

Somehow it wasn't easy to choose which CPU and GPU. First thing was the CPU, even though I've always been using Intel processors I was somewhat interested to go towards the FX-9590 especially with their 8-core processing just until Skylake processors was released with a far more better "refresh" compared to the 9590. Also whenever my GPU's not available, these on-board graphics are there anytime.

GPU was a little more easier to go with, just by the time I heard the GTX 970 had this "3.5/4GB" VRAM issue where the last 0.5GB didn't seem to do well, this concerned me it wouldn't be lasting long compared to the Radeon R9 390 especially with 8GB of VRAM (a "bit" too much right now, to be honest). It's clear to say this is a new card on the market, obvious to say most games aren't optimized yet, but using a 512-bit memory bus, this is certainly staying future-proof for years to come.

Now for the storage, single SSD for boot-up, both WD 1TB drives are running on RAID 1 with all of my documents, photos, video captures, music & downloads, then there's the 3TB where all of my editing software and games are. Not only this adds more space, but it saves a ton of read/writing to certain drives for a longer life-span.

Nothing really bad about the case, nice-looking inside and out, great with the cable management and really easy installation. Only downside with this tower is the drive cages, once you take them off from the end, it's hanging loose like if there wasn't any drive cage you could put there, but they're easy to put back in, which is good (atleast), was also mentioned in a LinusTechTips' [video] during their H440 case review.

Didn't give a chance to the stock fans to run on this case for once, since I kept falling where people would say NZXT fans were always loud. Seriously love these custom fans, they run enough quiet overnight and do their job nicely, nothing else to say.

That's all what's coming out of my chest for my first build, fires up new-title games easily, operates very well, really proud of it. A few things may not be good/perfect around this rig, but who doesn't think of that, not every first shot goes by as we want, but we all learn from it.

Thanks everyone :) - Fred

Happy new year 2016!

Part Reviews

CPU

Still packs a good punch while doing editing, but seriously golden when playing games. Running at 4.7GHz with a H110i cooler, keeps on rolling for good.

CPU Cooler

Does a great job at keeping my 6600k at around 60c while overload, pumps very quiet and maintenance free.

Only thing to do if you're going to buy it is to change the stock fans that comes with it, even at slow speeds this almost sounds like a vacuum (gets worst at full speeds)

Motherboard

Easy BIOS setup and interface, lots of overclocking tweaks and sleek looking heat-spreaders. Never thought I could get my 6600k OC'ed at 4.7GHz, but this motherboard knows what he's doing.

Memory

Picked off the fastest one by 16GBs, benefits alot in all of my editing and gaming especially when loading up huge applications.

Storage

Barely takes 10 seconds to boot and login in Windows 10, been using HyperX SSDs for a good while, never seen a SATA drive that fast ever.

Storage

I've had many WD hard drives that lasted me in average 6-10 years, yet I could not skip this one. Using this as my userdata storage and recordings, does it's job perfectly fine.

Video Card

King of performance with the price no doubt, would definitely recommend this over the GTX 970. Real fast 512-bit memory bus and 8GB VRAM, something to consider future-proof

Case

Lots to say on this, but I wouldn't have anything bad to say for pretty much everyone whether they are new or experienced at building computers. Very easy cable management, lots of room and nice clean looking top/front panels, super easy to setup your parts in there.

Only concerns were actually closing the cable's side panel since I have lots of hard drives in there, also gotta be careful taking off a hard drive cage since they hang loose once slipped out a bit (meaning there's no "rack" to properly slide them out)

Power Supply

That feeling when you come from a non-modular to a fully modular PSU, cannot tell you guys how. Great PSU, nothing bad to say about it.

Sound Card

Always been a fan of Soundblaster since I had my Alienware M14XR2 with built-in sound chips, but this is by far one of the clearest sound cards you can find here for gaming. Great sound enchanting, works great for every speaker you can have, comes in with a real nice audio panel with all sorts of settings worth checking out. Microphone that comes with it seems quiet but works nicely when doing audio recording or playing online.

Case Fan

Really bright, nice looking fans, quiet and pushes a good amount of air.

Case Fan

Even when running at full speed you can barely tell a difference whether if it's louder or not, really silent, awesome light pattern and pushes lot of air to keep your radiator cool. Keeps my 6600k around 60c when playing games @ 4.7GHz

Keyboard

Great layout, very comfortable and awesome LED effects, only wish they would be a little more brighter but after all amazing keyboard.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build with beautiful pictures!!! But your ram needs to be moved. It's in single channel. Read your motherboard manual and use the dimm slots it recommends. +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Got some pictures who failed to upload, but thanks btw. I'll check out the ram later on, I appreciate it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build and nice colour theme! +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build! Love the color scheme! +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice looking build! I had the first gen Alienware M14X and I'm finally done with it. :-P

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Red/Black color scheme is the best ;) +1 Cause I have the same case lol

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build man. I'm building my first in the next few months and all our part selection is the exact same except for a few minor parts. Great choices.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh wow! That looks amazing, fantastic color scheme! I likey!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Prophet as in Prophet Muhammad or the Prophet?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophet

your build sound very religious esp with all the red and black accents

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

From Crysis 3. Just to notice if you go look deeper in my photos.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

i see

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent photography, it's one of the most challenging aspects of documenting the build. I do like to see more photos in progress but still amazing. Color theme is awesome too. You did red the right way.

+1

How's the low profile keyboard? How loud is it?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Not as much loud compared to my older laptop and backup keyboard, comes with a dedicated gaming mode, layout is alright for doing other things, very responsive, backlit with the custom colors are sweet. Since I always had a palm rest while playing yet wanted custom colors, went for this one, really glad of it.

Thanks also, didn't really expect to see my build having a handful of +1, I appreciate it :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

What score did you get on basic firestrike?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Just posted a screenshot, wasn't pretty but there you go xD

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats the extreme version your result is expected lol. Reason i asked is because i have a similar build on my profile and got a score of 11k on the basic firestrike 1.1.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build, is the lighting in the case provided solely by the AF's or do you have an led strip in there as well?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, using a LOGISYS Computer LDXRM12C RGB LED Strip, got one from newegg here, wasn't working until I connected to the other side instead.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build mate! Excellent parts selection!

Looks beautiful. Love the theme you got going on and excellent parts selection to back up!

Just make sure you end up moving that RAM. It should in the 2nd and 4th slot (from the left) so it can run in dual channel. It will work the way you got it, it just won't be optimal until its in dual channel. Consult your manual if you need assistance. Otherwise great build bro!

Wishing you every bit of happiness with it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven't thought about that until I was warned a few times with it, but thanks also, truly appreciate it :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a 390x. The AMD 390 series is fantastic! +1 Great build.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Came close of purchasing this one instead but thought the 390was already over-kill for 1080p. Just make sure not to run on V-sync whatsoever.

Thanks also :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I have to agree,

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

are they all 140mm fans???

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes ;)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey so I'm building my computer in around a month or 2 and I was truly inspired by this build so I decided I'm gonna pick up close to around what you did with little tweaks like my own 980ti but the rest will be about the same. I already picked up the same ram that came in today and I've been hyping this build up. It would be great if you could give me a couple tipes or troubles you had with the build and also what you used to of your i5. Thanks so much

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey there, thanks for stopping by. Here's a few things about this build:

1) The case already comes with screws inserted on the motherboard plate as soon it's ready to take place, sort of a time-saver.

2) Generally, I avoided using the fan-hub included behind where the cables are, since it doesn't givve you access to adjust the fans' speeds.

3) Installing the radiator for the watercooling procedure was a pain in the *** while alone, had to get someone just to hold it there while I screwed it up inside the case.

4) During the initial start-up, do NOT use the graphics card since the BIOS is pre-configured for integrated graphics at first, you may fully install it in the case but use the motherboard's HDMI port.

5) Don't flip the PSU's switch to ECO mode on (mine didn't boot-up when it was).

6) My best OC configuration using a i5-6600k along with this Corsair watercooling is 4.70GHz @ 1.37v.

and yeah, that's about it. I really don't mind if you build a PC like this one but as long you're confident and know your stuff, that'll be good. Wishing you nothing but the best of luck :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright man thanks for the tips and can't wait to get stated on it!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!

What is your experience with this motherboard.? I am REALLY confused about motherboard for my i5 6600k build. Budget is really a concern as I live in India; pc parts are bit expensive here. (1000 USD build will cost appx 1300 USD here).

Thank you

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

No problems with this motherboard whatsoever, runs great, easy to configure for the initial boot and while overclocking but for good cost, this mobo is clearly not balancing for a budget build.

Something very fimliar from mine, same manufacture here, hopefully you can find one nearby along with RAM sticks like these, unless if this mobo is only one of your most expensive parts and therefore you want to match some color schemes.

Hope this helps, thanks for stopping by also :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Please fix the ram you have to put it in slots 2 and 4.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Already did that 11 months ago lol

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