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[Build Log] Gaming/Audio Production (New Builder) Devil's Canyon

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Hey OCN,
I want to say thanks for the inspiring builds on this forum. While this will be a more functional build than beautiful, I hope to at least manage the wires well enough!

I'm open to any part advice... New builder here. I explain some of my reasoning below but if the experienced peeps here see a part conflict coming or have some suggestions for parts/layout, I would really appreciate it.

Intel Core i7-i7-4790K Quad-Core Processor ~ $350.00

Noctua NH-U14S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler $55.28

Asus Maximus VII Hero ATX Motherboard ~ $250.00

Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory $164.99

Intel 730 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $229.99

EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card (2-Way SLI) $709.99 - $20.00 mail-in rebate

EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card (2-Way SLI) $709.99 - $20.00 mail-in rebate

Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case $149.99 -$50.00 $99.99
USD $30 promotional gift card w/ purchase, limited offer
$20.00 mail-in rebate

XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $150.98

Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98

Creative Labs ZXR 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card $202.72

ASUS BW-12D1S-U External Blu-ray Writer R/W Drive $105.00

Base Total: $3071.90
Promo Discounts: -$30.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$60.00
Shipping: $7.98
Total: $2989.88

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/artcomp/saved/4A8p

Long story short, I'm in a strange place in life where I have recently moved and my tools as not coming within 1200 miles of my location for a while so I will not have the luxury of having 20 screwdrivers to choose from ect. and will need to purchase everything to build this. Please advise if there are tools that will make life easier and options so I don't have to mod the case ect. I do have my studio monitors, mics, headset, gaming mouse, mechanical keyboard, piano keyboard, HHD, and a monitor that will do until upgrade.

I play shooter games (being a pianist) so I will probably prefer to purchase a monitor that trades image quality for refresh speed. The reason I am considering two Nvidea cards is to adequately support the ASUS ROG Swift if reviewers find it favorable. GSync will be a must as I have allot of issues with screen tearing and would just assume have a better experience. (Anything will be better than living with the company laptop however!)

I do plan on purchasing the new Intel Haswell refresh processor unlocked after June 2nd and the Asus Maximus VII Hero. From what I have read, this isn't anticipated to be a significant improvement but I am leaning on trying the new equipment so I can share some results and enjoy having the latest hardware. Please advise if you think this is a poor choice.

I've selected an air cooling option for this build but I would also be happy with a closed loop liquid option. There is the possibility that I will be moving once again this year (not very far). At under $60, the Noctua CPU cooler seems like a bargain for a well constructed cooler. There have been some reviews of the Corsair 650D having noise issues with the front fans. I'm open to swapping all of the case fans for Noctua to compliment the cooler if I go that route.

The look of the Corsair case without the optical drive is just too appealing as is so I will purchase an external drive and leave the natural beauty of the case alone. This probably expands the cooling options and maybe airflow also.
Edited by artcomp - 5/7/14 at 8:16am
post #2 of 7
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Someone mentioned to me that if I'm going to use a quality processor, I should have a closed loop cooler like the Corsair H105.

They also recommended

G Skill TridentX DDR3 - 1866 ( 2 x 8 GB)
Formula ATX motherboard
Corsair RM 1000W Gold rated ATX power supply
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Alright the following items are purchased.
I did go with the G.Skill 2666 ram and liquid cooling.

-Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case
-Corsair Hydro Series H105 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
-Asus Maximus VII Hero ATX MotherboardXFX
-ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
-G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2666 (PC3 21300)
-2 x ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB
-Intel 730 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
-ASUS BW-12D1S-U External Blu-ray Writer R/W Drive

Here's what I don't have purchased...
-Intel Core i7-4790K
-Windows 8 (will purchase locally)
-Tools for building.

I've moved and nothing has come yet so I don't even have a small screwdriver. Please let me know what tools/extras you would recommend that I purchase. I don't mind having quality tools on hand.

Thanks!
post #4 of 7
I don't think you need more than a philips screwdriver to be honest. I never needed more! I do believe the XFX (Pro Series) power supplies are better than the Corsair RM series - the RM's aren't that bad but there is a couple of issues with them and there not really cheap.
My PC
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 2600K MSI Z68MA-G45 EVGA GTX 780 Ti SC ACX Cooler Corsair 2x4GB 1600MHz LP 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Plextor M5S 256GB Seagate 3TB Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Windows 7 Professional 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
Dell U2713HM Cooler Master V550S Silverstone TJ08B-EW Sharkoon Fireglider 
Mouse PadAudio
SteelSeries Qck Aiaiai TMA-1 
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My PC
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 2600K MSI Z68MA-G45 EVGA GTX 780 Ti SC ACX Cooler Corsair 2x4GB 1600MHz LP 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Plextor M5S 256GB Seagate 3TB Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Windows 7 Professional 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
Dell U2713HM Cooler Master V550S Silverstone TJ08B-EW Sharkoon Fireglider 
Mouse PadAudio
SteelSeries Qck Aiaiai TMA-1 
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post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info! I'm glad you approve of the XFX.

Purchase updates:
New fans
1 x BitFenix BFF-LPRO-20025R-RP Spectre Pro 200mm LED Case Fan - Red
3 x Corsair Air Series AF120 120mm LED Quiet Edition High Airflow Fan - Red
8 x Akust Rubber Anti-Vibration Fan Screw

I read on two forums that the BitFenix 200mm will work in the case. Both links mentioned that I will need longer rubber screws to install it so I have purchased some from frozen cpu.

http://forum.corsair.com/forums/showthread.php?t=101729
http://www.overclock.net/t/1274549/corsair-650d-front-fan-with-140mm-cougar-or-200mm
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post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Just hanging around for Beelzebub and Keith. I hope you have brought a goat to sacrifice so the CPU comes out on schedule. wink.gif

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Edited by artcomp - 5/13/14 at 9:07am
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