I included a pic of my console games because i wanted to show that i was not a PC gamer before this build lol, my current computer which was an HP i bough at costco for 700 back in 2008 was just not up to par with my needs.
this build is used for my video editing, recording, streaming, emulating, gaming and was built to last for quite some time.
I BUILT THIS ALL MYSELF WITH JUST THE HELP OF THE INSTRUCTION MANUALS =)
NIGHTMARE......i called it this due to all the problems i had with faulty products, wait times, wrong items received and rude customer service.
- case was white not black so i sent it back
- PSU was DOA TWICE so that was a hassle
- NO MINI SATA CABLES INCLUDED
- POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE THROUGH NCIXUS
now idk if mini sata cables are included on anything i purchased but since i was not aware i needed them i had to purchase 3 cables so thats another few days wait time.
So After i purchased all these parts it was about 2 weeks and 5 days later that i finally had everything i was supposed to in order to make this work. the term NIGHTMARE was a joke but it stuck and i thought it sounded catchy so i used it as an actual name.
CASE.....this case has very little room for cable management, my biggest concern was a nice clean look well good lord with literally less than 1 inch of room from the side panel to the panel the MOBO sits on its not much so it was a hassle putting the panel back on....sorry i did not include pictures of the wiring......i was able to zip tie them together and to the panel but there was just so many that it was a mess regardless of how much i tried...force finally let me secure the panel back on. ALSO the ports to run wires through is VERY VERY VERY WEAK the rubber gripping the case where the wires run through will easily pop out with even the smallest wire pushed through.....to me i give this case an 9 out of 10... a perfect score would have been if more room for cables was added.
PSU......the biggest problem was the PSU cord being almost 1 1/2 inches thick it was very difficult to thread it anywhere on the case so that is why its visible under the optical drive. in the pictures above
MOBO....nice, clean, and very sexy with the black and red finish everything was clearly specified for easy installation. the owners manual was literally a life saver. also the Optical sound port was a huge plus since i own Astro A50's. many people said this MOBO was DOA and faulty but to me it was sturdy and worked first try
CPU....not much to say but i went with the one i thought was best although i am aware there may be better ones than the one i purchased.
CPU COOLER.....ok now this thing dear god....the case has a fan attached to the top of it so it is mandatory that you remove it in order to place the cooler as i did. now i saw builds with the fans placed under the radiator but this was not capable with my build, the fans would make contact with the mobo making it impossible to install. so i installed the radiator under the top of the tower and then placed the two stock fans it came with ontop of the radiator serving as a foundation holding the radiator up in place.
MEMORY.... was not my intention to get these colors but im glad i did due to them matching the MOBO color's. i originally went with just two 8gb sticks but said screw it go big or go home and went with another set for 32gb of ram
STORAGE.... i originally had two 3tb seagate HD but thought that was a little to much so i went with one and got a 256GB SSD.....neither came with cables and my HD didnt even come in a box NEWEGG just sent it to me wrapped in its factory sealed bag and then wrapped in bubble wrap no box at all very lazy and suspicious.
VIDEO CARD.....no idea what was better or worse this was the category where i thought the higher the price the better lol, although before purchasing the card that i did i had another model in its place. it was cheaper i know that but i decided screw it and went with the one i got.....lucky me it came with a free game called DAY LIGHT so that was cool. ALSO i had to remove 6 of the internal drive slots in order for this to fit, in the end it looks nicer with the drive slots taken out anyway
PSU..... received and DOA then returned it and got another and still DOA finally the 3rd worked and idk what everyone is complaining about cause its literally silent while the pc is running. people complained that it was loud but not mine so im happy with the purchase.
OPTICAL DRIVE....idk why i thought when i purchased windows 8 it would just automatically be installed so after realizing OH S*** its a disk i went to best buy and purchased this OD, 3D playback, blue ray burner and player along with cd burner and player nice and sturdy but the disk tray on its way out is very flimsy and seems very delicate
KEYBOARD.... i purchased this cause i liked the style and red back lighting on the keys also its a huge upgrade from my HP keyboard that came stock with the pc i purchased back in 2008
CUSTOM......i purchased this NZXT HUE because no computer is complete without LED lights lol, the strand is long, i was able to wrap it around the windowed side panel twice before i ran out. its easy to use although its sometimes confusing trying to get a color but as for the settings and modes its a simple click of the button to change the brightness and modes.
MISC.......i had purchased a ASUS monitor but it was not what i expected it was labeled as an LED but in fact was a LED BACKLIGHT LCD so i returned it and got my money back which was 597. i do plan on purchasing an LED monitor with resolutions of 2560x1440 in the future once i can find a decent one.
i am also using a ASTRO A50 wireless headset not included in the final purchase due to buying these last month for my xbox one and ps4 but i have them plugged into the MOBO and the sound quality is amazing.
well that about sums it all up.... i hope you all enjoy the build i tried to take the best pictures i could some may and are the same picture twice but some with flash and some without