Slick and funny description, +1. What did you do for the home media server bit? Plex?
Slick, I love it.
That PSU is garbage unfortunately
Unsure in terms of currency, which one are you using? The Corsair CX series is not the best given your using high end components. Take a look at the EVGA G2 series, find one whose wattage isn't that high but has a better efficiency rating. Given that the watts listed is at 345, see if you can find something close to that with a little overhead.
Take a look here. The article breaks it down for you in detail.
Looks really damn slick, nice job.
EVGA, Corsair, Seasonic, and Thermaltake have good PSU's.
EVGA's G2 (The one I've been using for builds)
Corsair's RMx (Solid performer)
Antec (used to use em before switching for aesthetic reasons)
The thing is, any list I'll compile will have my personal bias towards certain brands and/or series. Create a new topic in the Parts list opinions wanted and PSU sub forums if you want an exhaustive list.
Ok, I accidentally was looking at the wrong parts list. The link you posted merely goes to my other in progress build. I did find yours however.
Your CPU cooler is fine as I'm using the same one. However, the fan will be more or less the loudest component if you're planning on OC'ing as it'll be running at almost full speed to keep you CPU at 30 (if that's what you set it as). The mobo is solid, but take a look at ASrock for equivalent mobos. My previous comment on your PSU still stand though, your paying extra for extra power you won't use.
Is MS:Flight Sim or Excel RAM intensive for what your uses? You might be able to get away with slower RAM modules.
Keep in mind, what is your budget and are you looking to upgrade down the road? If you're going to eventually go full liquid cooling, your mobo can be replaced with a cheaper equivalent version unless you're. Similarly, unless you need the extra wattage, your PSU is overpowered. You also need to pick up a CPU cooler as Intel nowadays does not ship them with the chip anymore. Keeping with your theme, a Corsair or Deepcool AIO liquid cooler could work. If you just want air, Cryorig, Coolermaster, Thermaltake, and Noctua are my preferred manufacturers.
Additionally, besides MS:Flight Sim, what else are you going to use the computer for? Media Server? Editing?
I recommend that you share your list with the Parts List Opinions Wanted forum as you'll get a better set of recommendations from other people as well.
Mainly due to the blue LED's give it an aquarium like look lol.
Edit: Didn't think of that at the time.
Yeah, the 212 wasn't my first pick as I was looking at Cryorig, but they were out of stock everywhere I looked.
I'm probably going to replace the CPU fan if anything better goes on sale. atm, it does it's job.
First off, nice build.
From a hardware perspective:
Are you planning to overclock your i5 and by how much? If not going to OC or OC heavily, then you can swap your cooler from an AIO liquid to a tower cooler, Cryorig has some good coolers. Also, what are you planning to do specifically in terms of gaming/editing? If you want to take full advantage of your 144Hz monitor, get something a bit more powerful though a 1060 will still get you good frame rates (depending on the game). Obviously a more powerful GPU means faster rendering. Same goes for the CPU, though for what you stated an i5 is fine.
The peripherals are fine since those are usually subjective. Personal note, the mouse doesn't quite need to be that much as there are others with just as many buttons for slightly less.
From an aesthetics perspective:
From the LEDs, I'm guessing you want it to look good as well? You could, if you wish, swap the 2 red LED fans for non-LED fans and buy a LED kit for around the same price (like this deepcool]
I think? I dunno really, the school that I study at currently have i7s and quadros for the cad machines.
ah, computer aided drafting. think of it as virtual playdough. Allows engineers to create and manipulate objects in 3D as well as do a rudimentary rendering of a finished product.
Ah ok thanks, I didn't include a HDD since I already have 2 1Tb HDDs. For the fans, does the CFM make much of a difference between the Corsair ones (60ish if I recall) and NZXTs 83? Plus they seem a bit pricey per unit.
I'm building it just can I can :P. Joke aside, I'm intending to use this for CAD and some coding.
I don't think faster RAM would make much of a difference. I don't really do any video rendering/editing and at most I do a lot of CAD.
Yeah, the 980 is a solid card still. That step-up program that nastycrout13 said is your best bet then. By then, EVGA should have a few variants of the 1080 (considering that within 2 months of the 980/980ti they had 4 variants on the market)
The first on the bandwagon maybe? I know that some people order ref/FE cards then OC the crap out of them with custom cooling loops since the PCB doesn't have as many variants (yet). That and ref/FE have the blower config which (to my knowledge) no other company makes/sells.
So in terms of preorder I'm not too sure, NVidia has an email list you can sign up for to get notified when they go on sale.
I do know that ASUS, Gigabyte, ZOTAC, and EVGA (just the ones I frequent) already have the 1080 founder's edition listed on their sites. None of them have an actual release date or price point posted on the sites just yet but I expect to see it soon. So I'd say shop around on different vendor sites to see if any of them accept preorders.
Also, Computex is coming up pretty soon and we might see some aftermarket cooled/modified 10XXs there with release dates and prices so if you are willing to wait a few months for those cards to be released, I'd wait for those.
Don't this the wrong way, but why would you preorder a reference GPU? With Computex right around the corner (May 30th) and AMD dropping their Polaris chips in the next few months (mid2016 or July if you will) the price wars will get kicked off and you'll see some nice cards that can offer better performance in general at a lower price point.
Well, they did have the Founder's Edition comparison the Titans. With Polaris coming soon, I really hope that this triggers a price war. It would be great for my wallet, preferably before the fall.
Well, considering there has been a lot of hype that built up, it all had to be taken with a grain of salt. That being said, thanks for the link.
On the fence honestly, right now, the only stats we've seen have come from NVidia itself so they may be already skewed to favor it as much as possible. The new architecture and smaller nm is impressive though so it'll be up to AMD to respond. If AMD's offerings either drop to respond or they announce something more about Polaris to compete with the 10XX series, then it just becomes a waiting game. If stay the same in terms of the expected depreciating price or nothing major really occurs, then, well, I'm going to purchase a 1080.
Yeah, I thought about it but wanted to keep a white/black theme going. was a turn off. For the mobo, I was looking for white/black that could handle SLI and m.2.
So the release cycle is pretty much similar to the 700 series where it was 7_ _ then 7 _ _ ti a bit later is what you're saying?
True enough, but the ratings generally also indicate build quality.
all good lol
Yeah, my mobo has a Z170 chipset
Ah, didn't know that.
would a hyper 212 evo be equivalent?
thanks for the info
First off, that is a really nice case. Back to business.
Custom for cpu only or cpu/gpu and are you going to OC?
AIO obviously is easier, custom has higher potential for failure but can look much better. Keep in mind failure points, as you have pump, rad, and water block. Custom has the fittings themselves become failure points.
For AIO, as long as the unit can push out heat fast enough you should be fine. Just keep in mind brand quality (Deepcool is a good brand for the price point) and how tolerable you are to fan/pump noise.
For custom, EKWB makes some good stuff and have a decent selection of blocks to choose from. Also, keep in mind whether or not you want to go hardline or soft tubing. Hardline is cleaner, but a bit trickier. They also have kits which makes things easier.
UV coolant, up to you, look for ones that can inhibit bacterial/fungi growth (also keep in mind corrosion). I like the koolance red UV, but that's from personal preference.
Okay, I really would've recommended you mention those 2 games as they need much more than CSGO, lol. I can tell you from personal experience that modded Skyrim has no issue running at around 60 FPS on a 3.0 Ghz CPU and 750ti. (I have a completed build that is ~700 that does that and is capable of going past the minimum requirements for The Division).
TLDR: Current linked fulfills those constraints, however, I assumed a basic 1080p monitor and gaming peripherals is enough.
Keep in mind future proofing, the build is going to last a while but you won't be playing 4k 60+FPS.
So cheapest as possible? What other games are you planning on playing?
Edit: Here's a quick one I made up, note what I selected though as meeting the minimum specs meant for CSGO would actually mean a much cheaper computer. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CzkhsY
You should be fine provided the GPU you get can keep with the CPU since you don't want bottlenecks to occur. This is a damn good PC