Hello there! You might have seen me before. I spend lots of time commenting, asking, and giving feedback on the site. I have well over a thousand comments, and have learnt plenty from this great site. Before we get into the technical side of the PC build, I'd like to give a special thanks to everyone on this site, because you guys are the ones who make this site special. I'd also like to give special thanks to my closest friends and most helpful people on the site, Geekazoid, Godzlegend1, Tiny_Voices and Vagabond139. Thanks guys!
This started roughly 3 years ago. After doing extensive research and becoming inspired, I decided to make a decision to change my life - join the PC master race. I had saved up $1400 over the last three years, with a dream to make my own custom built PC. And finally, that dream has come a reality.
The reasoning behind my choice for certain parts varied. Some were chosen for aesthetics, some were chosen for solid performance, and others were a personal choice. Overall if I am very happy with how this build turned out, and if I were to do it again, I wouldn't change a thing.
I must say, this was very hard to choose. I had to make a decision, either an i5 4460 with a stock cooler, or an AMD FX 6300 with an aftermarket cooler, and a chance to try out overclocking. I understand that in overall performance, the i5 wins hands down, but choosing the FX was a little more personal. I generally play multi - threaded games, wanted to try out overclocking, and didn't need the power that the i5 bought before me. I am very happy with the FX chip. I have done a decent OC to 4.5HGHz, and temps haven't gone higher than 25 degrees Celsius when under load. At idle, it sits at 16 degrees. I am very impressed with this chip, and would highly recommend it.
The Seidon 120V was an interesting choice. I could have gone with a simpler air cooler, such as the Hyper212 EVO, saved $20 and still achieve decent results, but I found that air coolers can be a little ugly, so I decided to go with a cheap AIO liquid cooler. I am extremely impressed with how this performs. 25 degrees on an overclocked CPU. The Jetflo cooler it comes with is quiet and performs quite well too, and the LED lights up my case. For $70, this thing is worth every cent. The installation was very easy, and it looks very clean. Good job Cooler Master!
I was tipped off by my fellow PC builders on the site that this motherboard was known to have problems. Unfortunately though, I was stuck with it, since I had already ordered it. However, it isn't bad at all. In fact, I haven't had a single problem with it. The motherboard handles an overclocked CPU, GPU and RAM perfectly fine. The motherboard looks quite nice too, and is quite solid. If I do have a problem with it, I'll let you guys know, but for now, this thing is working like a charm.
This is a great set of RAM. The RAM is covered in an aluminum heat-sink, and handles a 2000MHz overclock perfectly fine. Is great for multitasking, and looks nice and clean too. For $65, you cannot beat it.
It is widely known that the Kingston SSDNow series SSDs perform very poorly. This however, doesn't carry through the rest of the Kingston SSD range. The Kingston HyperX Fury is a lightning fast SSD that I am deeply impressed with. Boot times are under 10 seconds, and I find my OS to be much snappier than my sisters', who has her OS installed on a HDD. I also included a 1TB Seagate Barracuda to store my games, work, music and movies on (Everything on there was totally installed legit. I promise. No pirating. Wink :P) Great value for money! I picked it up for $65 at Umart!
GPU (Graphics Card):
I as originally planning to get a 4GB version of the card. However, Umart were out of stock, so I bought this instead, and I must say, I am very happy with it. I did my research, and I found that there is minimal difference in performance, unless the resolution it bumped up to 2560x1440. This card has only been used in minecraft (I got 140FPS, and 250FPS when Idling), and I'm very happy with the results. I am going to test battlefield 4 soon, and will post benchmarks once I've gotten it. I have done a Overall an excellent mid/high range card for under $300.
In my opinion, there is no finer case anywhere. The cable management system, the tool free installation, the liquid cooling support, the airflow, and the window - all done perfectly by Thermaltake, This case is amazing. If you are looking at this, thinking you want to make you own PC, I would highly recommend this case. I would also recommend throwing a LED strip in it, as it would look even more awesome. 10/10 - IGN.
PSU (Power Supply):
This is an excellent quality PSU. I snatched this for $100, and I'm quite happy with it. Wish there was a blue version though. Provides sufficient wattage to the system, and handles a GPU, CPU and RAM overclock at the same time perfectly fine. Well done Antec.
The LG 24M47VQ is a great monitor. It delivers a nice, clear picture, and has a very nice 2ms response time. Games look great on it, and will be adding a second one when the time comes.
The CM Devastator is also excellent. The keyboard quality is outstanding, and the mouse has a very nice feeling to it. The backlighting is great too, it makes it look like there is a pool of blue underneath the keyboard. Typing is quite good too! Within 10 minutes, I was typing at a solid 60 wpm.
To be honest, the Cooler Master case fans aren't what I wanted. The fan speeds are fine, the noise levels are fine, but compared to the Jetflo fans, they look quite dull. A main reason why I chose the fans were for aesthetics, but the LEDs are not very strong, and they are basically lines. They do not light up the fan, nor much else. Still, they're better than nothing, and keep my system nice and cool. :D
For $1400, I present my personal gaming PC. It does what I want it to do, and I am very, very happy with it. I did have some problems with installation, but other than that, it is working perfectly. Please drop a comment down below, and an up-vote would be much appreciated.
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PPPPPPPPS - Whew, good. Thanks for reading! XD