Description

Forgive me, as this build has caused so many headaches, frustrations, unnecessary money spending and months of nit picking..

I wanted to upgrade from my old build (i5-3690k, 660ti, 8gig ram) and a friend has recommended a new motherboard. Blindly, i bought it and didnt realize until after it came, and i tried to install my CPU, that it was a different chip set.. "No Worrries, i'll buy a new processor" i thought.. With that installed, came a few months of in and out distorted sound, rendering most games i played unplayable. RMA'd only to find out i bent a ton of pins trying to place in the i5.

No big deal. Replacement board was purchased and installed. and a new PSU was bought for an UNREAL deal. hooked it all up, and it would failed to power keyboard, mouse, monitor more times than i would have liked for a new build.. Wasn't the biggest issue, so i dealt for a while.

Finally after endless frustration of having to restart on boot up, i took the computer in, and after a few days of tinkering, and troubleshooting a different PSU, we realized it was the PSU causing issues.

After the PSU swap, the SSD, GPU, and CPU cooler were purchased and installed. (inb4 "Why do you have an unOC-able CPU with such a decent heater?" comments) CPU will be the first to be upgraded down the road. Stock cooler took away from the build, and i wanted quality.

LED's were just a little pick me up to make the components pop, and im actually really stoked on how they turned out. have one arcoss the top in the back, and one vertically on the back of the HDD trays.

For my first "high quality" build, i'm actually incredibly pleased with how well this turned out. And am more ecstatic to have a fully functioning PC.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

I didnt realize how big this was going to be, and when i opened er up, i was pretty intimidated by it's size.

It was a LOT easier to get in than people said, an fits real snug. Quiet as all **** and keeps er cool

Storage

Lightening fast speeds. Complete boot up in ~5 seconds.

Video Card

Absolutely beast of a card. Maxes everything i have going. Only gripe is that i wish the red pieces were easier to remove/didnt void the warranty, hard to make a red card fit a not red scheme.

Case

The amount of NZXT cases i've seen after purchasing mine is unreal. Case scratches really easy, and the glass shows off prints like no other, but the case is phenomenal. Cable management is astounding, and it's sleek as all frig.

Comments

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Orange/black is a really sexy color scheme, might have to try it for my next build! That 980 sticks out like a sore thumb tho. A custom paint job on the cooler would be sweet.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan to paint it orange. Although you can't really tell by looking at it. Only reason why it sticks out is beside of the stand alone picture

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Interesting Name.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like your Ares RAM? Any issues with them?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

None! When I was having the power issues, I was told the ram was the issue! Needless to say, that particular Asus tech was pretty useless.. But since she's been back up and running, I've had no issues whatsoever.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

dank ssd bro, why does it cost so much tho? ive been seeing some sweet deals recently!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Truthfully, I think i paid nearly $300 for it when i got it. Since completion, i haven't been keeping UTD with pricings, so for $200, you're paying less than $1/gb.

  • 53 months ago
  • -1 points

The cpu cooler looks like a fat kid waiting in line at the buffet. Minor grip, but I would have gone for a more nicer looking closed loop cooler like such: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835214055&cm_re=liquid_cpu_cooler-_-35-214-055-_-Product

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

I really considered aios.. But with the amount of issues I had, and with my luck with computers, I wasn't risking a leak. Especially having the 980 in there. No offence, but the linked cooler looks cheap, and coming down to aios, definitely not the part I'd cheap out on.

  • 53 months ago
  • 3 points

I actually like the look of the cooler you used. Watercooling isn't always better, in this case after looking at the specs I actually think you made a pretty good choice. How loud (or quiet rather) is your system?

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

I've really had nothing to compare it too, so i'm not sure how other people would judge. It's audible no doubt, but not terrible. I tend to lose focus of it when im gaming and stuff.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

True that! And that's the main thing. Plus as long as you don't have the factory cpu fan, most anything is a very good upgrade choice.

  • 53 months ago
  • -1 points

Actually water cooling is generally far better and much quieter. The only air coolers that can compete are the most expensive & very high quality air coolers. It's just basic science water is a better medium to transfer hot or cold. Dunk your head in a cold bucket of water vs sticking your head in a door for a few sec that has air conditioning inside it.

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  • 53 months ago
  • 0 points

It's definitely not cheap and will outperform most any 2lb air cooler that is sagging down motherboards. Also it will generally be far quieter than all aircoolers (on par with the most expensive air coolers money can buy).

I think closed loop cpu coolers are def they way to go and over the last 1-2 years have gotten super popular.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I enjoy the look of Aios myself, and was pretty skeptical with buying the DRP. But with the new GPU, i was too paranoid to buy a water cooler. the NZXT one is only RGB, and i wanted to color coordinate as best i could. I repainted the 980 last night orange, so she's all snug now