I've been wanting to build a PC for over a year now, and now I finally built it. I mainly use this for school work and gaming (csgo).
My goal for this PC was to make it look very classy with the nice black and white colour scheme. Also one of my goals was to make it very quiet and I think it worked out pretty well.
As you've probably seen, my graphics card is a GTX 645 -_-. I borrowed it from a friend's old Alienware. The reason for that is that I didn't want to buy a GPU now, since Pascal will be here in a couple of months. Besides that, until now it holds up pretty well in CSGO, the only game I really play. When I've got my new GPU, I'll make a new post to show it off. I hope there will be a white GPU to fit with the colour scheme, or I'll go for something like the G1 gaming editions with the nice backplate and a LED.
Updates to come in the future (in random order):
- I want to paint the SSD bracket white, because It think there isn't enough white down there.
- A Pascal GPU
- White LED Lights
- Another 8GB kit of RAM to fill all that space in between the sticks
- maybe a M.2 SSD
- Another fan, PWM this time
When the time is there, I'll make an update post. Let me know what you think of the build and what I can do to make it even better.
BTW my peripherals are (I didn't put them in the build because they aren't part of the actual PC): - Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum (RGB) - Logitech G640 Gaming mousepad - Microsoft Wireless keyboard 3000 v2.0 (Logitech G710+ coming in the near future) - Logitech S715i 2.0 Speaker - HP 2309m Monitor (3ms)
Abslolutely awesome CPU. I had a really hard time choosing between a locked I7 with hyperthreading and a unlocked I5 without hyperthreading. Also, I was on a pretty tight budget. This was the perfect solution: it has hyperthreading and boosts up to 3,9 Ghz. IMO it's just an I7 without the integrated graphics. If you don't need the extra GHz's and you're planning on buying a GPU, this is the one I'd recommend.
I wanted a CPU cooler on my Xeon because I thought the ugly Intel one would destroy my nice build. The first time I saw this H7, I fell in love with it. The black and white colour scheme fits perfectly in my build, it's very quiet and keeps the CPU cool enough for the price. 10/10 would recommend.
Since I'm an average PC user, I didn't need any of all those fancy motherboard features. This does the job perfectly and the black PCB is gorgeous. The reason I took this instead of a cheaper one (I don't really need the Z97 platform because I have a Xeon) is that it fitted very well with my black and white colour scheme. Also, I might be running SLI in the future, and this motherboard supports it.
Gorgeous looking RAM, fits very nice in a black and white colour scheme.
I had to choose between this 250GB SSD (80€) and a OCZ Trion 150 480GB SSD (120€). The trion holds a better value and would fit better with my black and white PC, but the overall performace let me down a bit. In the end I chose this one and I have no regrets. Stupidly fast for someone coming from a 60mbps HDD.
Just like my CPU cooler, I fell in love the first time I saw the S340. White fitted my colour scheme, so I took that one. Cable management is really easy because of the PSU overlay, and for my use the 4 fan places is more than enough.
If I had to think of one thing I don't really like about the S340 it would be the material used for the black pieces. If you aren't carefull, a nail cratch will make a white line forever. This didn't happen to my case, but I've seen it elsewhere.
In my country (The Netherlands), this is the cheapest and one of the quietest PSU's that is fully modular. I took 620W for SLI to be optional in the future. The cables are all black, so no nasty colours interfere with my colour scheme. Otherwise, it's a PSU and it does it's job really well.
Better than 8 and 7 IMO.
Nice looking fan from fractal design. My complaint is that is always runs at 1300 RPM, which is a bit too loud for me. I placed it in the front of my PC, so I won't hear it as much, but it's still a bit dissapointing because I opted for a very low noise PC.