Thanks for stumbling across my build! Been working on gathering parts for this since July last year. Been a bit of a bumpy ride, but alas, we've reached the end:
A big shoutout goes to those who helped me pick out the right parts. A few honorable mentions are Chillsabre, vagabond139, pegotico, and GentelmanShark.
Special shoutout goes to jipster69 for helping me come up with the name. We brainstormed for a bit and decided to mix Nuit d'or (Night of Gold in French) with Chemistry symbols because we're nerds, thus Nuit d'Au.
Color concept came to me when I bought this motherboard. Decided to look around for some black and gold builds for inspiration and came across Arvaci's build. Decided to take the same concept, but wanted to make the gold accentuate the black, like how the motherboard's heatsinks has gold stripes. Spray painted my RAM heatsinks and Corsair fan rings. Sleeved PSU cables are Black/Vanilla Sands ordered from Beyond Customs, an MDPC-x retailer located in South Africa (great value due to the currency exchange rate!)
This build is for streaming and content creation for YouTube. I've been a YouTuber since 2014 and I decided it was time to dedicate more time and effort into it. Decided I needed to have something that could record demanding gameplay without breaking a sweat, and for the couple of days that I've been running this PC, it hasn't broken a sweat ;). Also, I cheaped out on a lot of parts on my first build, and while it was sufficient to run the couple of games I was initially playing, that all went to crap after my first Steam sale, when I found that I could barely run anything else.
Parted out my initial gaming PC, with the exception of my HDD, in July and have been gathering parts since. Was able to score some great deals, as you can see:
One of my church members is an Intel employee and allowed me to use his Intel discount to grab a 6700k for less than $200.
I had a 60hz monitor from my original build. Found my 144hz one on LetGo. The guy used it twice and put it back in its box and just had it sitting in his room for a couple of years. Was able to grab a practically new monitor for about $75 less than retail, so score!
Microsoft Store has the Mionix Castor for $45, while most other stores sell it for upwards of $60.
Snagged the Orion Spectrum on Black Friday for about 40% off.
My music mentor gave me his old mini mixer and DAC. Those are first on my upgrade list for the future.
I did run into a slight hiccup when first building this. A couple of pins in my CPU socket on my motherboard were bent, resulting in everything on the motherboard turning on and running on boot, but not the CPU. RMA'd my motherboard with Gigabyte and they repaired it for me. Would've taken a shorter time to RMA it through Amazon, but unfortunately, it was one of the first parts I purchased, so my 30 day grace period had long since been over.
I haven't overclocked/benchmarked yet. For now, just working on configuring my audio setup for the best recording experience.
I'm very honored to share my finished product with the PCPP community. Since I parted out my PC back in July, this site has been my home. I've learned a lot of things about PC building, and still am learning. I just helped my friend put together his first PC after his first attempt on his own wouldn't POST. Glad to be able to apply what I've learned from all the great community and staff members here to my friends and family as well. Hope you guys enjoyed the build!
P.S. There were a lot more pictures, so if anyone is interested in seeing them, I can share via Google Drive :)
Great mobo, easy BIOS. Color scheme inspired my black/gold build idea. Love it.
10/10 for customization. Make sure you enable your XMP profile.
I tried recording how quickly this could boot to show to my friend who hadn't seen an SSD boot before. I couldn't get my camera up in time. Nuff said.
Easily wins sexiest case of 2016. Great cable management. Very easy to use.
Do you really need another reason to buy this?
ROMER-G FTW! Love the minimalistic look. Doesn't give off the "gaming" keyboard vibe, but definitely performs as such.
Feels like you're using a cloud to navigate through your computer. 10/10 dreams attained.
BRUH. It's MXL. It's Black/Gold (sexy). No brainer on purchasing this.
Saves lots of desk space and it's pretty neat.
Holds my GPU up and isn't an eyesore. Definitely recommend.
Just enough light needed to highlight the details of a sexy build. Easy to put together.