This build is used for work (modeling and simulation) and gaming if I get time. I like tinkering with things, so I enjoy the build process and tried to make it visually appealing as well as functional.
This build was featured on Fractal Design's website:
-RGB LED lighting:
-Power supply enclosure:
-Black sleeved cables
-Custom cable combs
-360 radiator to 420 fan bracket
-240 radiator to 280 fan bracket
-Custom hard lines for water cooling
-Black PCI slot covers
-Sound damping in the front cover
-Modified air flowing moduvents
-Custom DDC pump bracket
The base price for the parts that went into this build is shown in an image. I saved about $350 on this build at the time.
A quad core processor with overclocking abilities was enough for me. I got this as part of a CPU + motherboard combo.
This is a great motherboard. It has lots of nice features and I like how it looks. I got this as part of a motherboard + CPU combo.
This ram is fast, and to me is the best looking as well.
Sandisk is a very reputable company. I do photography as a hobby, and I use Sandisk cards; they have never let me down. I didn't need much space as I keep all my music and pictures on external storage.
This is a compact drive that doesn't make much heat or noise. I just use this to store a few things locally on my PC.
I future-proofed my build with this card. I spent more money to have one of the best cards out there, instead of doing an SLI. I have never done SLI, but from the research I have done, it is better to go with one card instead of two. Power consumption is low, and I didn't have to buy multiple GPU blocks. Future-proofing the card assures that my watercooling set-up won't need to change for a long time. I can always get another one of these down the road and SLI it, but for now it runs anything I throw at it without breaking a sweat.
I believe a case is the most important part in any build because you see it all the time and it ties everything together. Therefore, I don't really spare any expense when it comes to cases, but luckily this one was really cheap. There are some better cases out there that I myself probably like better (Lian Li PC-08), but they all come with too many downsides. The Define S really has no draw-backs. I believe this case is the best bang-for-buck water cooling case out there right now. It is compact enough, yet you can fit multiple radiators, pumps, reservoirs etc. I don't think there is another case out there that meets my requirements as this one does.
This is the best power supply I have had. The active/passive fan control is an great feature. It is the highest power rating platinum supply from Seasonic that is still in the small form factor. This allowed me to add another 140mm fan in the bottom of my case.
These are great fans: quiet, good looking, and capable of moving air.
This is an awesome looking monitor with all kinds of neat features. It is an IPS monitor that does 4k at 60hz with really good response times.
This is the best mouse I have used so far. It feels really good in my hand, and is very sturdy. It's sleek and isn't covered in a ridiculous amount of buttons.