Description

I went into this not knowing anything about building a PC. After two weeks worth of shopping for parts, I have built my first PC and it's operational! I think it's going to be a continuous build because I have other things I'd like to add to it. Maybe a second graphics card. Sound card? Speakers? Maybe water-cooling?

I'm currently returning a Samsung monitor because it kind of sucks. The 32" BenQ monitor is on it's way. Hopefully it's better.

The Rosewill keyboard in a few of the pictures is also going back. it was replaced by one from Cooler Master. The Rosewill keyboard went well with the "black and white and blue" theme I was going for but I really needed one with a back light. (I came from using a Macbook Pro Retina. I think that's why I was picky about the screen too.)

I guess we'll see where this adventure takes me. I'll update as I make changes to the system.

Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice and clean but why 2 SSD? Why not just the 1TB? +1 anyway.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I had the 120gb first thinking that I'd use it as a boot drive and get some other form of storage for games and other programs but I liked the performance of the SSD that I decided to get the 1tb. I'm thinking of taking the 120 out and getting another 1tb or maybe just a 500. I want one of the drives to be dedicated to games only.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you need 1000w? You wouldn't even need that much in SLI.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm a noob. I bought what I thought was reasonably good from researching reviews. I probably won't need the 1000w. :/ I kind of knew that when I was putting in my parts in PCPartPicker. I think wattage came down to a lot less than 1000w even with 2 video cards. I was just very unsure. Still am. I don't know these technical stuff so I wanted to play it safe. I probably could have saved some $$$ buying a PSU with less wattage.

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

You overspend like crazy. 550w would've been fine for this build, and even 850w is more than enough for two 780s.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I know. It's my first build. On my second build, I will know better. I've definitely learned a lot, and still learning a lot, from this build. You really won't know until you go through the experience I guess (at least for me). With the PSU, I went with ratings and reviews and I wanted to play it safe. I guess I played it too safe.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm totally with you on the "...going with ratings and reviews" part. That's pretty much how I had to base most of the purchase decisions on. And I was nervous about each purchase too. But, for a first build this turned out really well. So well, it looks like you've done it before.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Just do 3-way SLI at some point and it will be worth it =]

You've got a lot of nice parts. Really expensive parts... But really nice.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

It's funny because my budget was 2000. :/ I will have to think about the 3-way SLI. Definitely going to do 2-way.

Buying online is hit or miss. I love not having to pay for tax though. The only way you know a product would work is when you start using it or when you do more research on it.

It's been a couple of weeks now and I find out that my 780 with ACX cooler isn't the best choice for SLI. It'll work but definitely notice the warm air that's exhausted out of the case when playing games. The reference is definitely a better choice. Plus I'll have more choices as far as GPU waterblocks when I do decide to watercool.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, heat really isn't that big of a deal on graphics cards I don't think. But it looks great man, and that monitor... I wish I had that.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Tip: Don't add a sound card. They're literally useless. If you want a noticeable bump in audio quality, get a DAC (Digital-Analogue converter) and an amp. Schiit makes awesome ones, and Mayflower makes affordable and combo ones that are still very decent quality.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! Thanks for the tip and learned something new. Will definitely do more research into those two brands and add it to my list of things to improve.

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

Sound cards are NOT useless. Literally. ASUS and Creative Sound Blaster cards are still way better than MB built-in audio.

And they are a great half-way point between OK audio from MB to audiophile DAC's for full range HF speakers / studio monitor.

Get an Sound Card if you don't want to spend the cash to get a good DAC. If want "audiophile quality" get a DAC. Simple as that.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like it compared to your Macbook? ;D

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG. The performance with games... I couldn't fathom what the experience was going to be like. I've heard games were so much better on Windows but I never knew the experience would be SO MUCH BETTER! I'm not ditching Apple completely. I probably will go with the next Air that comes out and use it for school.

However, I do miss the Retina. I have sensitive eyes and used to not having to strain when looking at the screen. I do hope the BenQ that's coming this Wednesday will be better than this Samsung.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad to hear! :D

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, has the monitor came yet? If so, how do you like it? I'm tempted to get the same model and wanted to know how it feels and all that, also considering you used a retina display, you have more experience with high quality panels than me :D

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

haha 1kw boss...aren't ya ready for sli...even 850w enough for sli bro...anyway nice build love the casing ;)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

How good is the NZXT Kraken X61?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, actually. I'm planning a very similar one with the white Enthoo case. Mine will be both Windows and OSX. Since you're coming from Apple, you might look into using the smaller SSD to install OSX. Your parts should allow you to do so. Check out: http://www.tonymacx86.com/home.php

That way you can still do most of your work in OSX and switch over to Windows for gaming. Though for Mac-compatible games, your rig will probably run them fine in OSX.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

in the future just get 1600mhz ram with cas 7 latency. about the same overall performance and a hell of a lot cheaper. :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Good Build but Did you have to remove some drive cages because i plan to put an 980 strix in there in a few months

  • 63 months ago
  • -1 points

...no case is worth that much

..to me anyways.

Dropping 3.5k on a building and not doing an SLI. That's none of my business though. sips tea

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

You're right. I've checked out other cases at our local Micro Center and they all seem flimsy, even the Corsair Obsidians. Maybe the displays were just bad, but I went with my gut and what I learned from my research and got The Phanteks Primo.

It's a great case and the quality of it... Fantastic!. But I wish I would have gone with some other case. It's heavy and a bit on the big side. Plus one thing i really don't like about it is that a bracket that hides all the cabling will have to be removed when I do SLI. That part could have been designed a little better.

Plus, I probably should have gone with a black case since most components, peripherals, devices, etc. are black

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

2.5k build* $930 of that went to $750 moniter + mouse + keyboard, which not everyone includes in build price. however...i wouldn't spend that much on a case either.