Crawl out from the fallout
What is the main intended purpose for this build? It's got a good processor and a decent graphics card (which I would normally consider a rendering build with a gaming twist), but it seems you're more interested in gaming. Since my judgement will change depending on the usage of this build, I will separate my comments.
If it's a gaming build:
-Wasted money on the RAM
-Not enough storage
-Should have gotten a better GPU
-PSU is way too big unless you got it with a good deal
Suggestion: Get a cheaper PSU and/or motherboard and fix that graphics card.
Overall thoughts: It definitely looks it's part with that sleek yellow/black color scheme, but the money just didn't go to the right places.
If it's a rendering build:
-Slow RAM considering the budget
-Too little storage
-The PSU is not suitable for this
Suggestion: Switch the power supply and/or motherboard if need be and use that money for the sake of memory and storage.
Overall thoughts: Great build. The motherboard isn't exactly my favorite since I consider it a bit overpriced, but other than that and the negatives I already mentioned, this is a very nice build.
If it's both:
-Storage is way too little
-PSU is way too big
Suggestion: Fix that.
Overall thoughts: I suspect that this is what it really is, and I must say that it is excellent for this role, though it is still leaning more towards the rendering side of things. I will say that you could (and should) have gotten the 970, but it's still solid.
Overall overall thoughts: It looks good. Really good. And by that I mean I love it's looks. The cable management is great, and the part selection isn't too shabby, despite a few out-of-place parts here and there.
I'm thinking he picked the psu for the color
It's not a bad thing to have a large power supply. It wasn't the most cost efficient but it wasn't bad
For those who think something like... "WHY MORE RAM IF NOT USING A SERVER? IF GAMING, 4GB/8GB ENOUGH" Well...
tl;dr A properly configured RAMDisk will make even HDD users not have to experience long load times...
Storage is okay, i've been gaming with an OCZ Vertex 3 128GB and storage space isn't that much of an issue. The 300GB HDD certainly should cover a large variety of games, even the ones that take up 30GB of space.
I agree a bit with the PSU. I think around that price OP should have looked for one of seasonic's PSU's that has a 10 year warranty. Though a 5 year warranty isn't too bad.
Thanks for the advice. I will admit that I chose the RAM based on the color and the 1866 spec. The corsair cooler ring, ODD, card slot covers and back panel are painted, John Deere yellow was the perfect match!
I wanted to buy parts that would be useful for a longer time when I choose to build something else later, hence the CPU and PSU. The power supply is a beast, the fan barely comes on! I built this with longevity in mind but could have done more research.
I'm mostly using it for games and I don't really load more than 1 or 2 at a time, I got the velociraptor for $25 on Craigslist. I would like to(as budget allows) add SSDs until I have a raid setup, just to experiment.
I bet he's thinking "yeah let me waste half the budget of the whole system and buy what this guy wants, that seems good!"
are u planning for future upgrades? cause that power supply is over kill even for 2 980's in sli
Please, the PSU. Turn it around!
What does turning it around do? I've seen other builds where people say the same thing and I've been wondering...
It's because the fan inputs and outputs air through the fan, as he has the GPU fan pointing the same way it'll be harder to get air for each component therefore raising the temperatures for both components, also cases have bottom fan filters for a reason, to allow your PSU to intake air from the bottom of the case. :)
Oh ok that makes sense! Thanks very much
You're welcome, we all learn at one point...
Thanks, I didn't even realize that. The fan doesn't seem to come on much at all though.
Nice color scheme
It's a pretty good build but my rule is never have your processor cost more than your gpu
Interesting rule, Mayday.
Going by your rule I shouldn't buy an i7-5960X because it costs ~$900 whereas an Asus GTX 980 costs $566. Doesn't make any sense to my builds (zero gaming).
Now, what about a GPU which costs more than an i7-5960X? I built such machines too (4960X; currently in plans for 5960X), again zero gaming :)
"One game at a time!"
Seems like a pretty good rule for gaming machine. Putting a i7-5960x into a gaming machine is like buying the most expensive Land Rover to drive around Manhattan.
If money is not a factor, then the people buying i7-5960x for their gaming machine would be putting in at least 2x GTX 980, if not 4x, which still satisfy the rule.
Nice Build. I kind of agree with you but there could be that off chance with a person with one monitor which would be completely overkill if they had 2 980's especially witha 4gb version even with a 4K monitor but usually if they can afford an X99 platform they have more than one monitor.
Why would anyone build a proper gaming machine using an 5960X (ignore 3/4-way builds)? An 4790K will do simply great for that purpose, in fact 4690K brings more value to gaming builds. I won't suggest beyond 5920K, if X99 is chosen for extreme gaming.
I was referring to proper workstation builds, no gaming except graphics usage. E.g., Molecular Dynamics?
I don't use 780s except Titan Blacks because of exceptional double precision and triple display benefits, which is a top requirement when it comes to running computational apps. My regular workstation cards are Quadro and Tesla based of the requirement and computing demands.
Then why would even by an i7 for basic computer needs that is so overkill.
Absolutely true, hence point.
I never suggest an i7 for a basic computer. Few months ago I've built 16 machines using G3258 and MSI Z97 PC Mate (combo). I think Micro Center still sells that combo for $99. Those machines are meant for my executives who do regular work.
Trust me, many of them feel jealous of those ultra and extreme workstations I carefully build for my technical and scientific staff. I simply laugh, like crack joke etc. I employ over 300 machines of various configurations based on varying requirements, geographical factors (cost of parts in other nations; we're lucky to be in the US!) and priority (computing).
$1600, you could have saved on the psu, ram, and a needless 10000rpm hdd and gotten a 970. I'm very disappointed with the money allotment and part choices here, also if this is for gaming you could have pocketed $100 and get and i5 instead of an i7.
Also, why get a 10000rpm HDD when you got a SSD for speed?
Sorry to disappoint!
The HDD was a Craigslist find, $25.
The PSU was chosen because I will use it for a very long time on many builds. As for the i7... because I can afford it.
Later I might get another GPU and run 2.
Nice yellow build bruh :D
I have a suggestion: EVGA offers backplates for 760's and they're less than $20. I think it'll make the system look much nicer. :D
Sweeeet, they aren't in stock at EVGA though, but I will look elsewhere. That will round this out nicely. I was always disappointed with the boring backside of GPUs. It seems like it would look cooler if you could see the fans.
You can also get yellow cables from bitfenix and corsair, too :P
My PSU is bigger than yours.
Yellow components are, by the way, hard to find!
I almost bought the Sharkoon fans.