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UPDATE: I finally got a monitor, speakers, AIO cooler for my TX, and a new mouse :)
*Well I'd been wanting to build a nice gaming rig for quite some time and after much deliberation I finally got around to it. I've put together computers before but that was back in high school so the market has changed quite a bit since then given I'm a few years out of college now. I'd been staying fairly up to date with new tech and what not as I wanted to be on top of it whenever I came around to actually buying the parts and building my own rig. Well enough about me let's move on the the system itself.
*NZXT Hue RGB LED Controller: Looks great, works great though my first led strip had 3 LEDs that didn't shine blue light but really for $34 I'm pretty happy, especially given that Amazon was very quick to send me a replacement. A bit of caution though, the strip is 2meters long so it won't fit in all cases and the adhesive is really not the best, I'm still trying to figure out how to get the strip to stay put for more than a day or two.
*Well that's it, let me know what you think in the comments.
After ruling out AMD it was between this and the 5920k; I wanted the extra lanes even though I will probably never use them. Also I'm not very familiar with OC so the clock was nice. Currently running at 3.75
Looks great and works even better, it's been keeping my CPU below ~32 and the Corsair Link features are cool as well. Highly recommend.
High ratings and a ton of features for the OC challanged and the built in WiFi 802.11ac is a huge bonus. Started up beautifully first time also, was sure to update BIOS right away.
I actually went with the C15 version but they are running great. Had some issues at first loading the XMP profile but after a bit of tweaking I got it going.
For the OS
For my games just cause I like less loading time
Just cause you need a good data drive
This was by far the most difficult decision and one that I still don't know if I did the right thing but what's done is done. I honestly dont have the patience for the EVGA 980Ti to be back in stock and really aside from price there's no way to go wrong with the TX, that 12GB of VRAM should carry me through many years (let's hope) and if at some point I feel I need to upgrade I'll just get another and run in SLI. I got the backplate for it cause I know this sucker runs hot so ~3 less heat is something I'll take. Now I'm just waiting for the Hybrid cooler kit to become available from EVGA.
Update: got the hybrid cooler, got tired of waiting for the TX version and settled on the 980 one which is awesome, same parts just different colored shroud. It has done wonders for my temps and is a must buy for anyone not doing a custom loop.
I originally thought about getting the 540D but changed my mind after seeing the big beautiful side panel on the 760t and let's face it, it has a great layout for cable management and is open enough to do just about anything not to mention it looks great.
Had great ratings and cost a little less than the Corsair. I did the 1000G2 over the 850G2 cause I plan on getting the hybrid cooler for the titan and eventually getting another titan. Very glad the offer a cable set for this PSU also as the red VGAs that came stock would've been a major eyesore in my setup.
Just so I could use the OEM disk to install Windows and the Blu-Ray option was nice.
It's almost perfect, IPS (great color) check, G-sync check, 1440p check, 144hz check, all with a relatively good response time (roughly 4ms). Setup was pretty easy as I following the TFT settings, my display port cable is actually fully functioning, and the stand was easy to install. Hey and guess what, it performs beautifully, G-sync provides some beautifully smooth gameplay and the color is phenomenal. Now, the downside: QUALITY CONTROL, I think mine was part of the first run so there were some issues e.g. dead pixels and ips light bleed. It's very playable and still looks quite brilliant but can't wait to get my replacement, hopefully it'll actually be perfect :)
This mouse is just spectacular. Great DPI range (like 200-8200), can easily set up 5 profiles that hold 1-5 DPI settings, 11 programmable buttons, rechargeable, very comfortable, great weight, sleek design, I mean how can you go wrong with it? I'd spent months jealous of my friend having this mouse and finally after finishing my build I got around to ordering this and could not be happier.
These speakers are great, I don't think you could get a better 5.1 set for the price, period. Actually, idk if you could get a better 5.1 for 150% of the price. So, how should you take that? Easy, if you want a great system and not want to spend 150+ then get this, you won't be upset with the decision at all.