Description

I currently have a Mid 2011 21.5in 2.5GHz Imac which has been serving me well for about 3 years now. When I first got it I upgraded the 4gigs of ram to 12 gigs and have been able to video edit quite well. Lately, it has been slowing down, taking me a lot longer to edit a 5-minute project than usual. The assignments I have been getting are increasingly harder, and I'm not really able to game on it so it is time for a new computer. The idea for this build started while I was browsing the internet for a new computer, I became frustrated with how expensive they were. So I decided to build my own PC, I have friends who have done it so it shouldn't be that hard and I save hundreds of dollars while doing it! (don't get me wrong I like mac and PC) So this is my build, I spent about the same amount of money that I would on a new PC except the specs are jaw-droppingly better. I named this machine "The Pie Maker"(apple pie specifically) because of how much more powerful it is compared to my old Apple iMac

So now that I have an insanely powerful GPU (and not a laptop one like my old desktop had), an Intel I7, low latency(CAS 7!) high-speed ram, a huge SSD, reliable HDD, and a sweet case, I will be able to video edit/ game/ browse Reddit like never before!

Part Reviews

CPU

This is a Awesome CPU, Its blazing fast and i couldn't ask for more

CPU Cooler

i really like how small this cooler is, ram clearance is astonishing and its small enough to fit in most cases. during long game sessions my CPU tends to get a bit hot but the cooler does its job

Motherboard

This MOBO has plenty of usb ports, looks awsome, and does the job well

Memory

this ram is amazing! it looks awesome, has jaw droopingly low latency, is fast and the red heat spreaders can be removed!

Storage

upgrading from an old hard drive to this drive is mind melting. i also put GTA5 on this and omg omg omg.

Storage

really fast, great warranty, and has plenty of space. what more could you want?!

Video Card

This beauty cost and arm and a leg but now that i use 1440p resolution 1080p on a 25+ inch screen looks gross.

Case

Beautiful, love the front panel, and spacious

Wireless Network Adapter

a bit of driver confusion but for the price this card is great

Case Fan

quiet, pretty, and pushes a boatload of air

Monitor

perfect size, beautiful, and the IPS panel is awsome

Keyboard

my first mechanical keyboard, love the lighting settings, the MX Cherry switches, and the media controls

Mouse

really comfortable, standard dpi settings are awesome.

Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

hehe... Nice colour scheme. Love cryorig coolers as well.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks! the cooler is great.

  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

Beautiful color scheme! +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

Pretty sure I'm sold on the H440. Beautiful build.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I didn't know there was such thing as a mac fanboy, even the huge apple fanboys I know are actually reasonable in terms of admitting certain (but not all, and not with other apple products) flaws with macs. How absurd.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build, hope you're enjoying the switch. Do you plan on making it a dual boot hackintosh?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I tried making a hackintosh but would always get held up on one little thing that wouldn't enable it to install! Do you reccomend a guide? I feel like ive tried them all.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Used the linus one? If so then not really sorry :/

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice build. Clean and good looking as well as superfunctional.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

With those cpu discounts i would have gone for a 5820k x99 build

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

You should check to see if you can use your iMac as a video in. I know on a lot of older ones you can, and that's what I'm planning for my friend's system -- he's got a 2009 27" iMac. He gets to keep his gorgeous screen and the computer it houses, and is able to switch over to a full Windows machine instead of bootcamping it.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build. I would remove all the stickers from the case though!

I like you didn't waste money on overpriced cooling as many people love to do.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I really like the h440 (looks so clean). Have you tried overclocking your g257hu yet? I'm wondering what other people have gotten out of it. I have the same monitor and it's great!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

i would love to overclock it, i just dont know how!

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Use the nvidia control panel (right-click on desktop). Under resolution there should be an option to create a custom resolution. You have the option to change clock as well. I was able to get mine to 85hz though I keep it at 60 because my 780 can't push 85fps without sacrificing some major settings in game. Make sure to use a displayport cable otherwise you won't be able to overclock.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

This made me want to search for macs (so I did) and holy sh@t people actually pay £1500 without even getting a graphics card? God you could squeeze a 1080 for that money. Enough about that though I love the build looks really good and some good specs too (you are lucky to get discounts on intel cpu's) +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't find that cooler anywhere in the UK. I'm so jealous.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude like the story lol. Great Build

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you do the fan setup? did you put all the headers in the hub or individually put them in your motherboard?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

the cpu cooler fan is in the mobo but the others are in the hub, and contrary to what ive been seeing on fourms the hub works well and does not make them noisy

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok because ive read other comments on the hub saying their really loud but i guess it just depends.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

yep, mine are quiet as hell

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. Without overclocking the monitor, does it affect your gaming? Like is the input lag TOO bad?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

i dont notice any imput lag at all

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

NICE! And **** Apple. They make great phones (or so I'm told, I don't own one) but their desktops are overpriced pieces of crap. The only people who buy that garbage are pretenchous hipsters who spend $250 on a pair of organically grown pants.

Anyway glad to see it worked out for ya! +1

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

HA! and just for kicks I serched for a mac for $2200 and the closest thing I got was an iMac for $2049 i7 3.1ghz, 8g ram, and 1g vram. Ain't that just pathetic.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

I KNOW RIGHT i feel like learning how to build a pc has opened my eyes to that, and also you sound like me ahahaha, thanks!!!!!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

No prob.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

This one is art. Nice poweful and clean.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

how is that monitor?

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Either a student discount, or on reddit. That's my guess anyways.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I can get windows for free from my school. College Op