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Hello, Community!!!!

I would like to preface this by stating my age, intentions, and experience. I am a 16 year old male who has always been extremely interested in computers, hardware, software, and just cool technology in general. My intentions for this computer are gaming, video editing, 3D animation with programs like Maya, AutoCad, and the general stuff like web browsing, word processing, etc. For 3 months before building this computer, I spent countless hours watching every video, reading every article/how-to, researching every part, and visiting local stores. I prepared myself the best I could.

Now, for the good stuff! I actually go all of these parts for Christmas, so I am not sure of the exact price on each part. However, for a general ballpark of price, between $1500-1600 (not including the hard drive, as I already owned it.) I put together the computer in 4-5 hours (not including set up of OS, etc.), and was up and running by the end of the day.

Everything went very smoothly. I first did an external build with the stock heatsink (I don't know why I did it with the stock heatsink..) to test all of the parts, shorting the two power pins on the motherboard to start it up. After it booted into the BIOS smoothly, the very first thing I did was take the flash drive that I had copied the BIOS update onto and us Asus EZ-Flash to update the BIOS. The reason I did this as soon as I possibly could was because my CPU was not officially supported by the stock BIOS revision on the R1.0 motherboard, and I did not want to take any chances with it not working a next time for whatever unknown reason.

After the successful BIOS flash, I took the parts off (except for RAM and CPU) and started with my build into the case. First was the I/O shield and motherboard, next was the PSU, next was the GPU, next was the HDD, etc. The whole time, I was doing my best to focus on cable management as I did not want to deal with it later on in my computers life. For example, I ran all 6 SATA cables to the different places they might be needed even though I am only using one actual HDD right now. (3 other SATA cables used for eSata and 2 hotswap bays)

Now that I have been up and running for a couple of days, everything is running fantastic! I can max out any game I want to, sometimes with up to 200fps. (On Minecraft stock, I got 380fps. There is literally no point, but damn it's cool to say that). I have not given the animation and editing programs a go yet, but since this is indeed a GTX680 with Cuda cores and everything, I imagine it will take care of those quite nicely. People hate on AMD processors, but this one really kicks *** for the price. I have had no problem with it, and I'm sure your i5 is much better, and I don't care. I knew what it was when I chose it. Also, I know that the HX1050 PSU is a bit overkill.. I chose this because it will for any expansion I so desire in the future without having to buy another one. Same deal with the case.. I am ready for absolutely anything I could possibly want in it in the future.

Needless to say, as with most builds, I have had a few problems. One of the problems I have had is that I can not, for the life of me, figure out getting the RAM to work at 1866mhz. For some reason the motherboard thinks the maximum is 1333mhz and will only run it at up to 1439mhz (I have literally never heard of that number..). If any of y'all have insight, it would be much appreciated. The only other problem I have had is that sometimes my heatsink will run at 400-600 RPM (200 lower than the minimum for this fan) and give me a "CPU Fan Error!" when booting. However, a quick hard restart or two fixes it :)

Take a look at the pictures! I did my best to capture everything, if you want any more... just ask! I have 2x2TB HDDs and a optical drive shipping to me right now, so don't worry about storage space. Also, I'm going to buy an SSD when I find the chance to store the OS and crucial programs on.

Thank you, this has been quite the experience. I have had many requests from friends and my parents to build them a computer after showing them the price-to-power difference between custom computers and OEM ones.

Have a great almost New Years Eve! :)

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  • 87 months ago
  • 8 points

A $300 case?! Christ!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

The only case i would ever spend $200+ on:http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-cc9011022ww

Images: Here

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

The RAM problems, the bios does give you and option to run it in the rams native XMP profile? For a 990FX board i would have expected it should.. also first thing i would be buying next is a decent quality screen, A nice 24" IPS monitor will make the gaming experiance sooo much better

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you buy it over a decent mouse? right now all I have on this computer is a generic HP wired USB mouse to use.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

If i get the money spare for it then yes, but i have other stuff i need to buy and my microsoft mouse is very decent

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh and by the way, your sugestion about the native profile fixed my issue (when I read it 5 months ago.. lol). Thank you for that!!

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, no problem :D

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Monster box .. love the "V8" on top of the CPU cooler. Enjoy.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :) Yeah.. it looks pretty awesome in there. The cooler runs fantastic, as well!

  • 87 months ago
  • 3 points

If they made a cooler that said "Cummins Turbo Diesel" on the top I would probably get one just for the looks.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL Yeah I think I might too..

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice, you're making me jealous. I wish I had that kind of money for that type of build.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

The Cosmos II is here! It's the end times, the end times for other ATX Full Tower cases I tell you!

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Man. You allocate $300 to the case, and don't even get an 800D. Now come on, none of you can tell me the 800D isn't the coolest case you can buy.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry man but I'm telling you, this is the coolest case I've ever seen! Provisions for practically anything and everything you would ever want to do.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

The Corsair 600t Graphite White edition is the kewlest, just pricey like a full tower. However Corsair is great for quality. Nice Full tower selection. My bro has that 800D with water cooling.

Note: using the 600t for my build in Febuary this year.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Your brother has the 800D with water cooling... and... it's the coolest case you've ever seen? I don't know, I just love the look of it. Agree to disagree.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah the 600T Graphite White is the coolest case I have seen. Just mentioning my brother has the 800d for his water cooling gaming rig. He had to mod the **** out of his case.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Does anybody agree with me on this? I wanted to point this out because this is a really nice looking build. For most gaming builds, don't you think that making it look nice is almost as important as making it perform well? Because, in most cases, you're getting a gaming build so that you can max out the latest games, to make them look really sweet. If you care about how nice the games look, then wouldn't you also care about the looks of the case? I mean, maybe it's not as important, but still? Does anybody agree with me on this?

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! And yes I do agree, and the case looks amazing in person! I can definitely testify to that. Plus, it is EXTREMELY high build quality!

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

As you should expect from a $300 case, lol

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the 1050 wt PSu really needed? Other than that, good build and I love that case!

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Not at the moment but if I ever expand in the future, it may come in handy! Thank you :)

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice for a first time build. Though I wonder why u picked AMD processor instead of Intel? I don't think it's about money saving since u have a $300 case and u also got a GTX 680 instead of a Radeon 7970 GHz.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I picked this AMD processor because it is an extremely fast processor. While it may not be quite as good as the $500-$1000 Intel processors, I benefit greatly from the 8 physical cores. If I were to build it again, I'm not sure which I'd pick. From what I've seen, they both have their strong points.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

you CPU choice was great.. 179 bucks for a powerful CPU. well it's amd, but still a good choice

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

by the look your build, you clearly have no money issue. 300 bucks for a case? Cooler master haf x for 179 bucks is an awesome case for a cheaper price(for example) so i say that's the first OVERKILL. but like i said, maybe you dont have a problem with money issues. 2nd, PSU OVERKILL again. i hope your dad wont complain for the electricity bill:)lol but an 850 corsair AX PSU should do the trick even if you are gonna run SLI.

I dont know why you chose sabertooth. other than it looks cool, it's useless for the price. I was gonna buy it too when i saw other people's build with it. but like i said, you're just paying for the looks(which is not a bad thing)

well, you clearly know what you're doing, given that you were so confident flushing your bios:) GOOD JOB on the build. question though.. how is the cpu cooler working for you. my friend recommends it but after reading your post, i think im gonna need to check other options

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the Sabertooth has a lot of great features because of Asus' drivers and software.. I wouldn't recommend it especially if you are planning to run 2 GFX cards, though. There is not very much room for that.

As far as the CPU cooler, I have no idea what was going on. It seems to have fixed itself since I posted that issue nearly 6 months ago. Since then, its quietly kept my processor very cool and stable with absolutely no issues. In fact, for the past 6 months I have had no issues whatsoever with the entire build. I put in 2 2TB hard drives and set them up into RAID 0 and have been going to town with storing media on them... Yeah, anyway... it's been performing amazingly. It's a pretty big one though, you need a lot of room in your case. Just make sure to take measurements if you plan to get it.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh and by the way, I completely agree. There was a LOT of overkill in this build. Thing is though.. if its overkill, I'll probably only have to buy it once. Say I need to expand in the future for some reason.. I bought one of the best cases available and a huge PSU. Even if I add in more hard drives or graphics cards or who knows what else into it, I'm not going to have to replace those. That was the train of thought going through my head in choosing these clearly excessive parts.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

It doesn't matter if its a 1050W or 850W PSU, electricity usage will only be as much as the system requires and the PSU doesn't affect this by much.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build.. Big Case! What desk is that

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

its a foldable table :)