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My first Gaming Rig. (July 2014)

by simplysleep


Hello friends! I'd just like to share my first gaming rig. This was my first time building one myself and I had no experience whatsoever in the past. I had to do quite a lot of reading and I am really thankful for the redditors who helped me with my item choices . I initially actually had a strict 1k CAD budget excluding tax and shipping but as you guys can see I was way over that budget. I thought that since I'd dreamt of building a gaming pc for about 4 years now I might as well invest a lot on this for a really epic gaming experience once I built it. Plus, I intend to make these parts last a long time before I buy anything new to replace it.

Now regarding my cable management. After I finished building this I thought that I did a really good job on cable management for my first time. However, after looking at other builds, my bubble popped. Although I managed to keep cables away from the center (the mobo), the clunks of cable at the right side doesn't really look good. Do you guys think I could have done a better job with those? I feel like I wouldn't with the case I have. Sorry I forgot to take a picture of the other side of the case. But literally that other side doesn't provide anything useful except hide the cable that you cant see right now. It really doesn't give much space for more cables to be hidden as you can see.

So there. Hope you guys like the build. Please leave feedback and let me know what you think.

PS: A huge shoutout to the following redditors who took the time to give suggestions and feedback for my first build: LTCHIPS, 123kyran123, IDFdefender, TyroneTheWhiteWIzard, elcanadiano, iarf, jayj1120, rickra, DaynaUSMC, L_D_Machiavelli, lambor009

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CrazyCroak05 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago

Nice job!!!

simplysleep submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Thanks! :)

Grimboom 2 points 56 months ago

I would recommend getting a CPU cooler that isn't stock, something like a CM Hyper 212 Evo would work well. :)

simplysleep submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

I agree. But can I get one once I start to overclock? I haven't overclocked anything yet as I still need to educate myself on it. Or do I need it now?

Grimboom 2 points 56 months ago

Unless you start overclocking, the stock cooler is usually fine, but usually I would just to get an aftermarket one just to increase your processor's life span.

simplysleep submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

I see. I might as well learn about overclocking now so that I could overclock and prompt me to buy a cpu cooler asap.

DerekPDX 2 points 56 months ago

a lot of people who don't overclock get aftermarket coolers simply to cut down on the noise from the stock fan. My Cooler Master Hyper+ (nearly the same as the evo) is completely silent when running at normal levels.

infinitemerald 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago

Its looks really nice, with the exception of the cabling and the cooler. The cooler can do perfectly fine for now, but purchasing a OC cooler (H212EVO min) for an OC'able CPU on a OC board is highly recommended. The cables are still kinda cluttered, so try routing them through the holes instead of just en masse and then shoving them in.

DerekPDX 2 points 56 months ago

Two words: zip ties. They are your friends. Or twist ties, I don't hear a lot of people talking about them, but I really like using them in my builds because you can easily undo them.

shavashav 2 Builds 2 points 56 months ago

Awesome power, great job! There almost always ways to clean up your cabling. Any holes behind/beside motherboard for routing through the back? Try and pull cables through until there's no slack. A little bit of tension on the cables is all right. Even if you could shove them all in the hard drive bays it would look better.

simplysleep submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Thanks. What do you mean by awesome power?

shavashav 2 Builds 2 points 56 months ago

Just that this is one powerful rig haha. Plus I was referencing "Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job!"

simplysleep submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

aha I see.

jacobs4525 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

The cables aren't hurting your airflow too much, so you can leave them as-is if you don't wanna change anything, but if you want to make the build look cleaner you could route them all in the holes on the right side of the motherboard and stuff them behind the motherboard tray so they are out of sight. As for the cooler, the stock cooler will be fine if you are not overclocking, but once you start, grab something a little better, like a 212 EVO or maybe even an AIO liquid cooler.

simplysleep submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Thanks everyone for the suggestion. I will buy an aftermarket once I start OCing. I'll redo the cables again and see what I can do when I install my aftermarket cooler.

BaSkA 1 point 55 months ago

How is the Razer Mamba doing?

simplysleep submitter 1 Build 2 points 55 months ago

It's pretty good. The wireless is really good. I tried it for gaming and I thought there weren't any difference when it's wired until I get lags on the cursor a couple times. Then I just started putting it on wired. The only thing that bothers me with this mouse is whenever I click the left click button, I occasionally get a squeaky sound. Although I dropped the Mamba a couple times so it might be because of that.

BaSkA 1 point 55 months ago

Poor Mamba being dropped, haha!

Anyway, thanks for your response, I'll buy one soon. The price has been dropping for a few months so I hope that if I wait until October it'll be at around $90!

andrefoster 1 point 51 months ago

How is the motherboard as I'm thinking of getting the same one

simplysleep submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Hey sorry for the late reply. Motherboard is good. Been a year now and haven't had a problem. I don't think I have maximized it's potential yet though via its features. I did have a very hard time plugging in my CPU power when I had my water cooler installed though.

andrefoster 1 point 45 months ago

Ok think you.....

simplysleep submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

I will edit this response. MOTHERBOARD IS BAD from my experience. It died on me about 14 months in, I don't know why. My PC stopped booting and I ruled out that it was my motherboard. I am so pissed that I had to spend money and replace my motherboard in less than 18 months!!

xNaruto420x -5 points 56 months ago

Next time, take pictures of the process. It's more interesting.

simplysleep submitter 1 Build 6 points 56 months ago

HAHA really?