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Hey Guys. This is my first build ever and wanted to create a setup that would satisfy my need for graphic design and video editing as well as a little bit of gaming (Guild Wars 2).

There were a couple of criteria that I wanted:

  • The aim was to keep a budget that sat under $1000. Fortunately I was able to take advantage of some incentives through my banking card, retail store sales, and manufacture rebates and come up with a computer setup that ended at $860!

  • I wanted a blank and white Stormtrooper-esque exterior and black and gold interior design. Superficial I know but I can be picky.

  • I didn't want a crazy loud computer when the fans kicked in.

Please leave questions, comments, and concerns and I will try my best to answer them. I would definitely love some tips from those seasoned builders especially around cable management.

Also if you would like more specific photos of the setup I would be more than happy get those.

If you noticed in the part list, I got the Corsair H100i GTX. It looks nice but it doesn't sit well with the board in regards to the RAM slots. The right angled Mini-USB is large and if I had the logo sit upright, it would not fit due to the thumb screws(?). To sacrifice the fitment I rotated the pump to move the USB cable location to the right side. This will cause an issue in regards to blocking a RAM slot. If I tried the other two spots, it would sit up against the fan pins or heatsink. I had to choose the lesser of multiple evils. I think that if I had known the fitment was going to be an issue I would not have purchased this model. For those looking to use this product on an Intel setup, you should be fine. The mounting positions are wider compared to an AMD mount.

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Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 9 points

What is this? A build for ants! :P

  • 62 months ago
  • 4 points

This build needs to be at least....3 times bigger than this.

  • 62 months ago
  • 6 points

could you update your photos? they are all thumbnail size.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol agreed. I'm squinting really hard to look at the parts.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm so sorry! I just realized that I pulled the thumbnails and not the optimized images from my iCloud library. I will update these when I get home tonight.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

updated photos

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Great parts list. Better photos would be nice. I've used the Sabertooth and 8350 on several builds. Both are great. Enjoy!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

updated photos

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Looks good!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice and clean build! I always love and support amd themed pcs. Anyway, why did you prefer double r9 280 rather than single 290x? Other than that, solid choices. +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

thats a great question. I was given one and as for the other, it was on sale. My concern was that if that card were ever to die since I didn't have it since day one, I would be without a gpu so I set it up as the secondary card in a crossfireX setup. I don't really know how much of a performance upgrade I'm looking at but to me I think I'm keeping that "spare tire in the trunk"

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build sir! Thats awesome someone gave you one. XFX makes great cards. They also offer a lifetime warranty if registered within the first 30 days of purchase which i think is amazing! Great part choices you picked. +1 from me :D

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea. I could have easily just sold the card and looked at other options but I saw the lifetime warranty and that was definitely something that swayed me to go out and get another one. Thank you!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Well that sucks! My build was going to have that same MB and cooler. I really like the new Corsair cooler line up specially the braided tubing but now that I know they don't go so good with each other I might have to look for other options. Although I might end up sacrificing corsair link to just have that pump looking nice d:

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea the pump itself is gorgeous. It definitely has great craftsmanship with fantastic welds and accents along the radiator and the pump design is sleek and simple. I just wish the USB wasn't right angled. If the had a USB cable design that was short and flat, it would be easier to work with and tuck the cable. I feel as though they really took more care in the design revolving around an Intel setup rather than AMD. In the photos, you'll see some where I oriented the pump upright but the cable isn't shown. That's because it was impossible to install it without creating unnecessary stress on the physical port and cable. If you run without the Corsair Link, which could be an option since two fan ports are right above the processor on the motherboard, you may lose the ability to customize the color of the Corsair logo on the pump.

If you would like more specific pics of the Corsair let me know.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the cable go to the right or left side then its plugged in? Do you think if the cable angles towards the left side it would be fine?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

The usb cable is right angle to the right side only. If you wanted to have it angle to the left, you'd have to get the cable from somewhere. I'll tell you right now though that it probably will not help the cause considering that the space to either side of the port for the CorsairLINK is the same. The best option would be to find a USB cable that is flatter and can fold downward to be able to tuck under the mounts. I hope that makes sense.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Much better pics +1. Have the same GPU, love it.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Sorry about earlier. Still new to all of this. Do you know your benchmark? I'm curious as to how much I'm gaining with a crossfireX setup.

  • 62 months ago
  • 0 points

Any particular reason you went with the 8350 and the Asus MoBo?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Both are solid components. I have used both several times. The Asus board is well made and has the easiest BIOS update of any MoBo I've used. AMD makes solid CPUs, easy to OC, very stable. I have used the 8350 on 4 builds, oldest is 3 years old. Never an issue. The Sabertooth has been used on 3 builds. Also no issues with the board.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted something cost effective and stable once I feel ready to overclock. These had a fairly good dollar to performance value. Also I was able to get the two at a great price so that sealed the deal for me. I saved a lot on getting the two parts together. The attractive thing about the ASUS Sabertooth has got to be the easy bios update feature. Still getting to understand the ins and outs of computer building but a few people I know liked that feature.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

It is one of the best MoBos I've ever used! Love it.