Well this is my second build, first one was back in High School so it's been right around 13-14 years. Technology has changed so much since my first build and I'm loving it. This build has been in plans for well over a year now and I've been purchasing all the parts little by little. Right now I'm sticking with the GPU the motherboard brings until I can afford to get a real GPU. Color scheme was first going to be a traditional red and black, however, after seeing all the superman movies throughout a weekend...I decided to go with the red and blue (Hopefully it looks good). Below is a list of the hardware and software I decided to go with and a simple explanation as to why. Feel free to comment with any opinions.
CPU I had this CPU in mind since it first came out. Heard it was fast and efficient so I decided to go with it. I've had it now for about a week now and I have to tell you this thing is a beast. The first build I ever did was a AMD and I've been a AMD kind of guy since then but screw it, INTEL I'm all yours!!
Motherboard The MSI Z97-GD65 has been a top of the line motherboard since it first came out. I've loved playing with it, tweaking it since I got it. The MSI BIOS system is the....pardon my old school.....the bomb diggity. I've never seen a user friendly BIOS menu like this one, it's beautiful. All the other programs MSI offers with their motherboards are....again excuse my old school...off the chain. It offers the owner 4 slots for memory @ 32GB max, which is enough for me. The OC Genie just left me speechless, awesome feature. Thank you MSI!!!
CPU Cooler I wasn't sure on this one at first because most of the builds on here have the corsair H100i, but I wanted to be a bit different so I went with the NZXT Kraken X61. Let me tell you, I never looked back, this thing keeps my CPU so cool while gaming, editing and designing that I say Corsair who? every time someone tries to sell it to me. Given, the software that comes with it is a little faulty but as long as the radiator does its job I have no complaints.
Case So the first build I did back in high school was kind of conservative. It was all black and obviously there was no see through glass on the cases back then, so this time around I decided to go more extravagant with everything especially the case. I wanted it to stand out and after researching each case and seeing the NZXT 530 in red, I think it was love at first sight. Thing looks like monster to be honest. Every feature this case has is awesome. I would recommended to anyone.
RAM & HDD I've never heard any complaints about the RAM i'm using and I mean never, the Corsair brand RAM has a spectacular reputation on it's back and sincerely I didn't even look at anything else, it was a no brainer for me. As for my HDD, it's a great brand and it's been working for me like a champ these past couple of years on the computer I had so I just bought it again. I am however trying to get a WD Black Series with more storage on it.
Power Supply Honestly, I had several options going for this part of my desktop but after all was said and done I decided to go with this mammoth of a P.S. I fell in love with it when I read about it. Originally I had the Corsair in mind but after reading a lot of the reviews I found out the power supply had a lot of problems coming out of the box. On the other hand the EVGA had nothing but praise on its reviews. I know I went overboard on the wattage but the price per watt, the reviews and the 80 plus platinum convinced me to buy it. Besides I get room to upgrade in the future and I love it. My baby needs to be treated good after all.
GPU I know I show the MSI GPU on my hardware list but I haven't been able to buy it, honestly after buying everything else my wallet is really light at the moment. However, I am trying to save up to buy at least one for now. I am currently using the integrated graphics that comes with Devils Canyon and it's not too shabby at all, I'm actually liking it's performance a lot.
Wireless Adapter The ASUS PCE-AC68 is one hell of wireless adapter, man I can get a signal from the gasoline station about a mile away from my house if not more. It's a monster that sucks up all the wireless signals around my neighborhood. IT'S AMAZING!!! I recommend it to anyone who needs an adapter.
Blu-Ray Drive For this part of the computer I went ahead and ordered the BDR-2209, I can watch, hear and burn any kind of disc in existence with this bad boy. I do a lot of editing, whether it be Photoshop or Cyberlink Power Director and I need something to store it all. According to the description this puppy can handle it all. I say, "according to the description" because I had to RMA it. I received the BDR-2209 box but with the BDR-209DBK in it.
OS The operating system I installed is the Windows 8.1, hoping I could get the Windows 10 upgrade, which I did and I'm currently waiting on the download invite to come through. Apparently windows can't handle the demand capacity like Apple can and they need to do it by "special invite".
Case Accessories All the case fans are Corsairs with blue LED's. The case looks fantastic with them on and the performance is outstanding as well. Very quite even with the performance feature the case has on. I also went ahead and bought the NZXT Hue, maybe it's because I'm a newbie at it and can't work it right, but, I thought the lights would be brighter, the 3M glue that comes with it doesn't work much either. The strip comes off every hour or so. I might have to put some crazy glue on it to keep in place.
Speakers The Harmon Kardon Bluetooth Soundsticks are in my wishlist but not a must right now. I have some good speakers from Creative labs installed right now. I need to concentrate on the GPU's first don't you guys think?
Conclusion All and all I had a great time doing this system and it made me feel like kid again. People say I'm still a kid at 29 but I haven't felt that way in years and the people I hangout with day in and day out are in there 50+. As a newbie on this site I look forward to doing more builds, I really do. Any comments or feedback will be appreciated. I'll be putting up some pictures as soon as I can figure out how to do so on this site. If you guys can help me out finding that out that'll be great. Thank you for taking the time to come and see my build, I really am proud of it as well as myself. Any way...till next time guys, I look forward to reading your comments.