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Introducing, my first PC with a name: The Flop
This is not my first custom PC (they're all for gaming), but it's the first one I built by myself from start to finish. My previous computers I picked the components and just let the shop assemble it for me. I was never fond of the whole cable management thing and didn't see the fun in building the computer myself (I know! Right?). Though I've never done this before, I've fiddled with computer components for long enough to know all the main components and how to install them (CPU, RAM, SSD/HDD, GPU, anything other than those I've never touched).
I got half my stuffs from Amazon during a span of one month. I just need to group the orders to be above $125 for Amazon to do free shipping, yet still below $280 (roughly 400 Singapore dollars) so I don't have to pay import tax. Ended up saving about $400 compare to buying everything in Singapore.
I chose the 6700k since ll the CPUs I've owned before are non-K ones so I was never able to OC, this time I wanted to aim for the top.
I wanted to do liquid cooling, but decided to hold off on that for awhile. Air cool's a bit boring so AIO is the next best thing. The NZXT Kraken x61 was regarded as the best AIO and it looks good so no reason not to go for it. It's cheaper than the Corsair H115i too.
Honestly, I got the formula mainly for the look. I mean, just look at the damn thing! It's also one of the rare all black motherboard in the market so I can go with any color scheme , in this case it's RGB. Though I can utilize the great LAN port since I have a 1Gb/s internet. Biggest problem was that motherboards in Singapore are jacked up in price sooooo high and Amazon doesn't ship here. But since it's Asus, I wanted to have local warranty anyway.
As many people say, just go with the RAM that looks best. Well these Corsair Vengeance Led are beautiful RAMS with. Only problem was, Amazon sent me 2x16Gb in red instead of what I ordered, which is 4x8Gb in white. Initially I was going to set all my RGB to white, but now that the RAM's red, I go full rainbow mode.
Not much reasoning, it's reasonably priced and I prefer the Intel one over Samsung. I'm using it as an OS drive only but I got the 480Gb for the head room, just in case. My HDD from the previous pc got brought over to this one.
Well can't go to the top without getting a top of the line card. All the 1080s perform similarly, but I picked EVGA for a couple reason: * It's one of the only ones that Amazon ship to Singapore (price here is ridiculous, about $880-900) * It has the best side profile, no one can see the fans side anyway so who cares about the designs of the shroud (Asus win the shroud though, EVGA shroud looks quite ugly). * Most important aspect when building a computer: RGB
Tempered glass, 'nuff said. The compartmentalization is great too, no drive cage in the main compartment means clean build. It'll be good too should I decide to go full custom water loop.
114.90 (on Amazon for prime member, I got the free trial) for a 750W 80 Platinum tier 1 power supply, question is: why aren't you picking one up yet?
I wanted 1440p 144hz G-sync but Asus and Acer scares me with their quality control, and there aren't enough stocks in Singapore for me to be doing RMAs until I got a good one. Besides, their stands are huge, so I stuck with favorite monitor brand, Dell. Got to adjust a bit to the TN, especially since I have a IPS as my side monitor, but the thing is great after some color calibration and the stand's just simply perfect.
Cables and LED Strips
I couldn't decide between EVGA sleeved ones or CableMod. EVGA means I'll get free shipping, but then again, I need to grab the CableMod LED strips (magnetic and works with Asus Aura header) and they have a flat rate shipping, so I go with CableMod. I wanted to get the black ones to keep the build color neutral so I can turn on any color I want, but then I saw they have the carbon color and decides to get that instead and the thing indeed looks glorious. I think the carbon color actually is closer to the motherboard color compare to black. However, the thing's a PITA to work with, they're so hard and just getting the combs in and out a couple times hurts my finger tips badly. In the end, I paid more for the cables than the PSU itself (only realized it after the cable's are shipped).