Description

After 10 years or so of not building or upgrading a PC, I all of a sudden got a real bad itch to get back into the game. I have spent the last 7 months just watching Youtube and reading the forums and the completed builds section here, to gain some knowledge of current hardware.

I've always had a low end gaming rig but this time, I wanted something really good. I had about an $800-$900 budget. I could have saved on the final price but Newegg and Cyber Monday kinda screwed me. Oh well, I am still pretty damn happy with what I ended up.

The build took longer than I expected. In total it took me about 3 1/2 hours. The most time consuming what the cable management. It was very easy with the Enthoo Pro M but just deciding where to route the cables so they looked the best, took a while.

The most difficult part for me was installing the Cooler Master 212 EVO. This was my first time ever installing an aftermarket cooler. At first I screwed on the back bracket upside down. Then when apply the thermal paste, I was off center a tiny bit because when looking at videos, it always looked like the plunger was stiff. It wasn't. Then getting the heatsink on was annoying because it kept sliding on me and the holding bracket wasnt cooperating with me. It kept looking like it wasn't lining up with the posts. I eventually got it on. Its a little crooked but I've seen worse.

The rest of the build was pretty easy. I had an old case fan with a molex connector from one of my old PCs that I used on this build as a temporary solution for intake but for whatever reason, it didnt turn on when I used the molex to 4 pin adapter that came with the power supply.

Edit: I switch from the molex to 4pin adapter and just connected the molex directly to the power supply and now the temporary intake fan in the front is working. I also turned the fan around as it was brought to my attention by PureBlackFire that I had it in exhaust orientation. With the fan working, my idle temps dropped a few degrees. Thanks Pure Black Fire!

The case definitely needs a led strip or something. Right now it looks pretty boring. I will also be adding proper case fans.

Edit: Took out the old 120 case fan that was connected through a molex connector. That lone fan was LOUD. Ridiculously LOUD. Sounded like I had a small vacuum. The rig now has 2 Corsair AF140 quiet fans in the front and WOW! What a difference. Now its as quiet as if the rig was turned off.

Ran the Valley Unigine benchmark

1443mhz on the core 3505mz on the memory Temp reached 80c but I only have 1 exhaust fan at the moment

Min fps 24.1 Max 111.1 Avg 57.9 Score 2424

This is on stock settings. Will overclock later on

The last pic is from the Rainbow Six Siege Benchmark. At first I did that test on ultra with vsync on and I averaged 59fps. Then I turned vsync off and got the numbers in the pic.

Edit: I added a Bitfenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED Strip and posted a photo. The window was dusty.
Edit: I took out the black Mushkin 8gb 1600 memory that came with the motherboard/cpu bundle and added 2 White Kingston HyperX Fury 8gb sticks. This memory looks better than the plain Mushkin one I had in there
Edit: (2/3/2017) I added a Samsung 850 Evo 250gb SSD and did a clean install and wiped the 1TB HDD.

Part Reviews

Case

The side panels are a bit flimsy and the window scratches easily but the rest of the case is solid. Its very open thanks to only having one optical drive bay. Cable management is a breeze. Wish it came with a case fan in the front. It only comes with a rear 140 fan. It has a 2.5 slot on the psu cover and one on the back side of the motherboard tray and has 2 3.5 bays under the psu cover.

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Comments

  • 51 months ago
  • 5 points

That CPU Cooler being Crooked would drive me over the Edge.. Should be able to just loosen it a bit to straighten it out..

Thanks for Sharing !!

  • 51 months ago
  • 4 points

your front case fan is an exhaust, should be an intake. flip it around.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

It didn't work anyway but thats for the heads up. Will take into account when I get replacements.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

well spotted!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks again for spotting the fan. I switched it around and removed the molex to 4 pic adapter and just connected the fan directly to the power supply and it began working. The idle temps dropped a few degrees to 27 for the gpu and 29 for the cpu.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

very nice. glad you got that sorted out. :-)

  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice but you might want to get a SSD

  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

an SSD is definitely in the plans as well.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

SSD a must here, overall smart picks

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Well you would obviously get 59fps with Vsync since it limits you to 60 (the Hz of your monitor) then with minor dips from Vsync drops you to 59 avg. But ignoring that a good build for the price

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build mate. Not really much to fault here. Would of loved to see an SSD though. Would of put the icing on the cake! Otherwise you did well!

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

This is the motherboard I ordered for my brothers black/white build, what would you rate it? I didnt do much research on it past the bare minimal(Z97 chipset) because I saw it was the only reasonably priced black and white motherboard.

It looks as if it is high quality but looks arent everything...

+1 on the build!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Ive only had a day with it but my only complaint would be there are only 3 sys fan headers. I dont know what the avg mobo has but I plan on getting a pwm fan hub/splitter or whatever its called. There are 2 cpu fan headers so I suppose the extra one can be used if the cpu cooler only has 1 fan.

I tried updating the bios but it apparently already has the latest version

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet, thanks for the reply!

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for just choosing a Phanteks case...gosh! my eyes burn from seeing the NZXT H440 (its a great case no doubt)..how do you rate the case?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

The side panels are a bit flimsy and the window scratches easily but the rest of the case is solid. Its very open thanks to only having one optical drive bay. Cable management is a breeze. Wish it came with a case fan in the front. It only comes with a rear 140 fan.

It has a 2.5 slot on the psu cover and one on the back side of the motherboard tray and has 2 3.5 bays under the psu cover.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Not bad dude, and I love your art work on the wall!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

lol thanks! I get a gold star every time I finish one without complaining