Description

Hello, this is my first build ever! I admit it was tougher than I initially thought, but that was due mainly to the size of the radiators for the GPU and the CPU. This case was amazing, and if you look at the pictures, (there’s two right now, but I will add more soon), you can see Project Xena engraved on the side. My friend Anthony Fiorello helped me by requesting a company to do the engraving especially for me. The case glows red and white at night, and is literally the jewel of my house. I have benchmarked this computer using Heaven Benchmark 4.0 and GFXBench GL. Both produced optimum results. I have little to no issue with games, and my computer has never been quieter.

This computer is also extremely efficient. The PSU has a 94% efficiency rating, the RAM is overclocked at 2666 MHz, and I have an SSD running my OS. In addition to efficiency, there is security. I have two passwords on my computer, the log on password and a boot password for my motherboard. Also, most of my computer is wireless, so it looks clean in the back as well as the front; I have a wireless keyboard, a wireless mouse, and a wireless network adapter.

The build was $2,900 when I purchased everything, and the reason I spent so much on a computer was for it to be not only a great computer now, but also in the future. Later, whenever I choose to, I can upgrade to 128GB of RAM, a 4K monitor, multiple SSDs, and add however many GPUs (as long as they can fit).

Now, some things that were mentioned to me was that I could’ve chosen to buy two GPUs and set them up, but the issue with that was that I had chosen to go with a cheaper CPU that only supports 28 lanes, so I couldn't run two GPUs at x16. The 295x2 can run at 16 lanes and still uses two GPU processors, (hence the x2 in the name). I understand that each processor of the GPU only has 4GB, but it’s enough for me.

Let me mention the issues with the PC: the secret box in the case was nearly impossible to take out because one of the tabs on the side was broken, one of the standoffs in the top left corner broke in the case (the motherboard isn't completely secure), the CPU socket was higher and the screws to the cooler barely reached it, the Ethernet port on the motherboard gave out after a week, the PSU was huge and so I had to push the radiator for the GPU beneath the HDD rack area, the dust filter for the bottom of the case had to be drilled in order to fit the heads of the screws for the GPU radiator, and the case came with a dent on the right panel (replacement panel hasn't arrived yet).

Also, if you have seen this build before, that’s because I had to recently download Microsoft Office and re-type everything. I just deleted it to start fresh.

I have also uploaded a video on YouTube called Computer Build: Project Xena. This is the full build, (or most of it), on video, with two time lapses, (the second one is in a lower resolution), and several pictures of the entire computer and the individual parts. Here's the URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CrVwH28bAk

Thanks goes to my friend Anthony Fiorello for not only helping me to get the case engraved but also helping me piece together the computer. I also want to thank Cooler Master support for being awesome. They helped in the best ways possible. Please comment below, (and subscribe to my channel!)

Part Reviews

CPU

Pretty good, it's a little slower than my original CPU that I chose, and has a 28 lane limit for PCIe, but handles the job pretty well.

CPU Cooler

Was nearly impossible to install on a LGA2011-3 socket. The screws come up short, literally. The LGA2011-v3 socket is higher than the original LGA2011 socket, so it was tough to put on. But other than that, it keeps my processor cool and is nearly silent.

Thermal Compound

Best there is, even though I had to apply it and remove it with cleaner about ten times (separate reason).

Motherboard

Awesome, but the Ethernet port died after a week.

Memory

Fast and reliable; it was detected with no problems.

Storage

Gave no **** to me.

Case

It's OK, I like the dust filter, the style, the handle, the SSD dock, but one of the standoffs that came with it broke off when being installed (the rest were fine), the secret box had to be removed for a radiator and was hard to take out because it had a tab broken, and the side panel came with a dent. Cooler Master support was pretty chill about it though.

Power Supply

It's a fat-*** PSU; I had to move my GPU radiator just because it was so big, but it gives no other problems and is extremely efficient.

Optical Drive

A little loud here and there, but it does what I want, (I haven't used the blu-ray feature because I have to get a separate program for it).

Operating System

Exactly like Windows 7 Home Premium, but utilizes my 16GB of memory. Easy to use and easy to install on an SSD.

Sound Card

I use it mainly for games that don't use the motherboard integrated audio card, so as far as I know, it's perfect.

Wireless Network Adapter

Makes my computer look so clean in the back, and it gives me a great Internet speed.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

same psu i went way too overkill like 1000wW overkill

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Wholy crap, Your PC downgraded loads in value, Precisely 1,691.36 dollars if you built the computer for 2,950 Dollars.. Damn..

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh and did you buy more ram that you were telling me about?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't really care; I'm not planning on selling it :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, I don't think you checked the current price for the 295x2; the cheapest one is about $1500 :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy, how did you do that art work so well on the window panel, it's like done professionally.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it was professionally done; I don't know the company, but my friend made a personal request to get it laser engraved.

  • 56 months ago
  • 0 points

u just print them and stick them really really well.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

No, this was laser engraved by a company

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't need a sound card xD. If anything just buy $$99 speakers or headphones which will be much better. Sound cards aren't nesscesary with high end motherboards.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I got a good chuckle when I saw a hammer in photo 6 ;) I'm sure you didn't need it...much.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Didn't even notice...well, this was my first build :P

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid build! Sorry if this is gonna sound noobish but how does that wireless network adapter work? I have always used and ethernet direct wire but that's not an option as of now. I.e. how do i install it, where does it go, and how well does it perform?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

What you do is buy the wireless device and it will come with a CD with a driver. You install the driver per the instructions, (for mine I had to install the driver before plugging in the device), and it should work. Keep in mind that if you don't have access to internet, it'll tell you to choose a different method of installation, such as to download straight from the disc. You'll also have to connect to your wifi router with the password and everything. Also make sure you buy a wireless adapter that's compatible with your OS, because I think with Windows 10 you'll have to download some new driver from the website.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thnx man! You're awesome! Definitely screenshotting that reply. I really appreciate it!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Great byild, and I love the profile picture! Also funny because my friends dog is named Xena

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the build, just one question around how long and how hard was it for you considering it was your first build? And I'll be the one guy to say you went overkill on the psu :P

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't worry, you aren't the first one to say that about my PSU (I've been told at least 15 times now) ;) But in total, with doing all of my research on specs and compatibility, it took me about 7 months before I was completely done building the computer. If you're asking how long it took me to actually build the computer and test it, it took me about 15 hours or so.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you install the SSD I'm thinking about using this case in build can you please tell

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

It comes with trays where you can screw in the SSD and just slide it in; the cables should be easy to plug in.

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