This is my first ever build (hopefully the first of many). I had a smooth time building this PC and didn't run into any problems, probably due to the fact I took my time. I really do like this PC, its main purpose will be gaming. But my aim wasn't to just build a PC dedicated to performance. My aim was to build a high-quality build where each and ever component was of high standard and not just the CPU and GPU.
I think I did quite good with this build and I have to say I absolutely love it 10/10. All the colours match (literally everything) and the cables viewable are neat and tidy. Tell me what you think.
CHANGES SINCE INITIAL BUILD: Replaced PSU due to horrible coil whine. Very satisfied with the noise now (or none of it for that matter).
Overclocked CPU to 4.4GHz
Moved the X31 radiator to the right (of photo POV) for better airflow.
Bought Enermax Twister pressure fan for radiatior. Started making loud grinding noise after 6 months. Got a replacement, which broke after roughly 6 months also.
8GB more of RAM, 1TB HDD, 140mm Aerocool dead silence case fan as top out-take (much better airflow now), simple RGB LED kit, replaced later for NZXT Hue+ RGB kit (it's amazing).
2 EK-Vardar F3-120 fans for a push-pull radiator config, temperatures are cooler than ever.
A very fast CPU. Amazing value. Easy to overclock obviously with endless potential. This CPU goes perfect with a watercooler due to it's overclocking potential and temperature. I've got it to go to 4.8GHz at 1.45V.* It now gets a slightly higher benchmark that a £220 i7.
*(PLEASE do not use this for reference since suitable voltages vary per motherboard, power supply and cooler)
Quiet when idle, very effective when performance is needed. One of the first fully closed loop water coolers and the first with a variable cooler. The radiator is only 120mm yet it's one of the best coolers you can buy, anything better than this is slight overkill. It's price is very reasonable. The NZXT Kraken series has to be one of the best on the market.
This motherboard is very good for it's price. It's very appealing and packed with numerous useful features. It supports both CrossFireX and SLI. It has great sound which completely eliminates the need for a sound card for the casual user. The BIOS are great, it has endless amounts of options and overclocking literally is just changing two values. If you're only looking for a mild overclcok it's as easy as the click of the button which overclocks the CPU and RAM to a stable frequency.
Best DDR3 RAM on the market. Also one of the cheapest. I must note that this RAM is extremely appealing to the eye. You'd be stupid to not buy this RAM if red fits your theme.
The SSD is a good SSD for it's price, decent size and average SSD performance. Installing this will give you a huge performance boots. With a few tweaks in windows this can boot from BIOS to desktop in 8 seconds.
One of the best GPUs on the market (at the time of writing) the price is also very reasonable. I find it difficult to make this GPU perform bad. Maxes every game at 60+ FPS. I only bought this over the 390 because I had spare money, even though the 390X does perform better it's only a slight performance increase and not worth the extra £60. I recommend creating a custom fan curve for this card due to the card being able to turn of it's fans completely. If you put the minimum fan speed at 25% you'll reduce temperatures whilst gaming significantly.
The best looking case on the market, this thing is a beauty. It's also packed with numerous feature and has many good case fans which creates great airflow in case. Even if I had an extra £2000 I'd still buy this case. Comes with a fan hub, LEDS, a great window and many fan slots (7x120 or 5x140)
If you want a great PSU but don't want to splash cash then I recommend this. It performs great, has high wattage and is quiet. Has two rails. If your case doesn't have a PSU shroud but has a window then I don't recommend this due to it's many many cables. Defiently go for a modular.
Wireless Network Adapter
Great connectivity. Does it's job. Seen speeds reach 120Mbs on a 100Mbs service.
Good entry level gaming keyboard. Comes with 19 key anti-ghosting (overkill since you only have 10 fingers) the mouse also comes with several DPI options. Has 7 LED options which all look great. Also has slight mechanical feel.