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So this is my first build guys. I would like to thank everyone who gave me feedback and comments in the forums for my questions and concerns.

Basically I set out to build somewhat of a budget build, general computing and gaming. My older gaming laptop, basically, was just getting older. I have an Asus g5ov and although it still kicks @ss after all these years, I'd figure instead of buying another gaming laptop, why not build a computer and have some fun? I did go over my original budget of ~1k, however i decided to aim instead at quality parts for the purpose of being future proof somewhat... as in my laptop is still around after 5 years so this pc should as well... in the future I might buy another gtx 770 and sli them!!

After some time I decided to narrow down my parts decision based on a theme... perhaps not the smartest choice but it sure made things easier... so I looked at the forums and noticed red or blue themes very common, so I went with a black and gold theme! Of course Asus had a black and gold theme mb so that was a start... was looking at the z87-a or the sabertooth... the later too expensive and I could not justify the price... I went to local micro center and I got a discount on the z87-plus that made it the same price as what the lower model was, so i took it lol Both the i5 and mb were a good discounted price worth my time... the memory was chosen primarily on aesthetics... again maybe not the best choice but they look amazing :P

My biggest problem was finding any gold type fans... none found. So I decided to modify some instead... at the end of the day I got amazing results with the corsair quiet 120mm editions for a nice touch. I got the fractal design case based on the fact that it had plenty room and a clean front bezel/door... perfect for any potential mods or stickers or spray paint if i wanted. In the end I decided to pay homage to my old (and missed) teggy by installing some carbon fiber for a unique touch, like the hood I used to have lol... I also have some jdm stickers and the likes laying around but I havent decided on that yet (not sure if a ricer case would be too much)... the final jdm touch I stopped at for now was the gold cathodes I ordered online... only issue there is, is that they aren't too bright and wires way too short for proper wire installation or tucking. :( over all happy tho. Also the corsair h100i gave me some trouble as the c-link wasnt reading the fans (software issue) after some re-installing of software and fiddling around I managed to fix it and was able to change the led light to yellow... also managed to oc the i5 first try directly to 45 multiplier and 1.25v... stable.. havent pushed harder as i don't really need more.

My windows index is at 8.2... limited by my ssd (mb i guess isnt full 6gb transfer i heard) everything booted right up first try, amazing experience overall... worse part was the mb i/o shield made me want to kick a baby in the face... nothing broke but it was a close call. I havent played any games yet (installed bf4, mw3, batman arkham origins, assassins creed, splinter cell and later on ghosts) If anyone has questions or anything ill try my best to update... I kinda impatiently threw this summary together XD

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  • 76 months ago
  • 6 points

Dude, +50 JUST for the aesthetics.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

omg... ;) that almost made me cry... lol thanks!!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol :D

  • 76 months ago
  • 4 points

Sitting here looking at this build in awe and can only think of one phrase as I sat here: "Richy Rich just built his computer!" +1 Great line up and parts!

Edit: Also +1 for Batman background! Forgot to mention that! Favorite comic character!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

5*s for the "awe" lol thank you

  • 76 months ago
  • 4 points

I would call it Gold Member if I were you.

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

Holy crap awesome looking build and good part choice. Love what you did with the corsair fan rings. Looks amazing! And microcenter is the best lol the deals they have are tooooo good :D

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you... I kinda went for a "whatever, let me try it" mood and I got a beautiful result that I was surprised at with the fans. I heard microcenter was good from the forums and some other people, the one nearest me was pretty crappy. They refused to price match the psu even though on the manufacturer website it is listed for $10 less... at the end of the day the other deals were worth my drive tho

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh man,I was fantasizing about a black and gold theme build, you actually built it! Very nice!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

"fantasizing"... yes! XD

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice job thinking outside the box. +++++ for sure.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice neat build. Absolutely love the colour scheme too. +1

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

my favorite part :) Im also happy I thought of the carbon fiber.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

If only you had a full side-window to show off that sexy aesthetically gorgeous interior...

Love the way the Corsair fans look for some reason.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

I am absolutely happy at how the fans came out... I had no idea how the result was going to be But i'm glad at the end...

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

excellent, i thought i was in a gold mine !!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Neat, a pretty easy to do mod, that really kicks *** and doesn't even cost that much. That is totally worth it. Awesome buil dude, I would +5 if i could.

seems like you got a good i5 there, How much can you push it? Have you tried 4.7? I reccon you could get close to 5ghz if you delidded that thing and it have it some better paste.

Btw isn't that more like a Bronze color? Or is it just the camera that makes it look like that?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't tried pushing i5 harder, will try later on... the color is pretty much as gold as its ganna get so as to match the mb. might be a shade off but itd not bronze. I used metallic paint, not gold flake tho. matches the corsair ram if you have seen it.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I really recommend delidding it and putting new paste on, the best paste out there for a job like this is the Liquid Pro, It really helps temps a lot. Something like 10-15 degrees C that's what made it possible for me to push my i7 to 4.7ghz when it otherwise only wanted to go to 4.4-4.5ghz.

Oh yeah i see, It matches pretty well with the RAM. Maybe other gold paints were gonna be too much.

This: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXs0I5kuoX4

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

His temps are really good, I don't think he needs to delid his processor, plus delidding is a scary thing to do for your first time. By the way, nice build, the gold is organismic.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

delidding ?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw the vid... looks easy to do but I dont really want to risk that lol

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey this is awesome, how did you mod the fans to be gold?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry I didn't notice this message sooner...

Gold spray paint :)

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a pretty awesome color scheme. Well done!

  • 76 months ago
  • 0 points

I don't really like the black and gold but if thats your color choice thats cool. You did a great job on it. Take pride in your build! :)

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought about plastic dip but figured it would be too think of a layer. The fans come with removable plastic rings so I spray painted instead