My First Computer Build! Although the physical build is done there is still more to do! First explaining the name. This will be a dual boot Hackintosh eventually (OS X doesn't quite have support for my CPU yet and i need a stand in graphics card just for installation). Bertha will be the Mac (Highly superior) side of the computer, Perkins is the Windows side of things. I also need to get an adapter to connect my old second display to. If you have any questions about the build or parts let me know.
This computer is in my opinion the most powerful computer for around 2,000$, and I certainly believe it will be future proof with its 8 cores.
Special thanks to @Vagabond139 for giving me TOONS of advice and drafting parts lists. And to my friend Noah for coming up with the basic plan and for knowing a ton more about these parts than I did.
I will be using this computer mostly for video editing, music composition, data management, word processing, programming, and gaming.
Benchmarks! All benchmarks were run at the highest settings possible
CPU: 10.93 (single core 1.15) Open GL: 47.55
Heaven Benchmark: 65.1 fps (max 142.9)
Valley Benchmark: 58.8 fps (max 124.4)
Calculating the digits of pi: 8 million digits in 3:21. Obviously, if I let it go for longer it could have calculated more
Hard Drive: 35
Firestrike:11862 Sky Diver: 30323 Cloud Gate: 2875 Ice storm: 127498
I did have some troubles building this computer read the following thread for details. I did testing and it appears everything is working properly. http://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/78260-things-i-wished-i-knew-before-building-my-pc
Looking online I found a PC buy dell with similar specs, however the room was split into 4 slots, and no BD drive. This pc costed about 640$ more. Considering the parts it lacks id say I saved at least 700$ by building it myself+I learned tons and know exactly how to service my baby.
Breakdown of why I chose these parts
*CPU: Intel was a given, I wanted quality speed. I seriously considered
*CPU Cooler: Honestly, I had no clue what I was doing here. I just wanted one that worked well, I heard Cooler Master had cheep quality ones. I don't plan to overclock this cpu (I want all parts to last) so I don't need more.
*Motherboard: It was a toss up between this one and a gigabyte one. However, this motherboard looked nicer to me. An unexpected plus was that it already had a CPU fan backing on it.
*Memory: I chose ram that had a good warranty. This one did.
*Storage: I decided I would have 1 SSD for Bertha, and 1 for Perkins. 850 Evo's seem to be the best SSD's on the market as far as performance. The HDD was chosen just for its low price. It is incredible how cheep HDD's are now.
*Video Card: I looked at TOOOONNNS of benchmarks on different sites. Ultimately the gtx 980 doesn't have much more power than the 970 in most cases, however, I plan to SLI this eventually and this card seemed to have more benefits from being SLI'ed.
*Case: I wanted something that had lights, but was elegant. I fell in love with this case the first time I saw it. And as a plus it had fans built in!
*Power Supply: I didn't choose this one for the lights rather the great quality of build. It had great reviews on many sites. The funny thing is I couldn't find similar quality PSU's without lights for a cheaper price. Also the way my build is the PSU is completely covered.
*Optical Drive: I just chose one from a company I had heard of
*Wireless Network Adapter: I got this card because it could do more than my ISP is proving me. That way I am never limited by my card. I plan to get ethernet up to my station eventually.
*Monitor: This was probably the hardest choice. However, I ended up choosing this one for its borderless design, If you look at the pictures you can see I have a small area between shelves. I needed the biggest display that would fill up this space. This monitor did that.
Processor works very well! Its Intel! In tests the cpu does amazingly, even when running single core tests. I have never had any issues with multitasking on my computer
Cooler does as advertised. Installation was a bit tricky however I got it on. It is verry quiet. You wouldnt be able to tell that it was on if it werent for the air it displaces.
Great Memory! I did some stress testing and didn't find any errors. Came in very minimal packaging.
Crazy fast amazing hard drive! It also looks great in my case.
Really Powerfull card! Benchmarks amazingly! It has plenty of places where you can grip it so installing it wasnt too difficult. I suspect this card will do great when it comes time to dual gpu the card. Also it has TOONS of outputs, and nice little caps for each port. Oh and I did make a mistake when installing I thought i could completely intall it and remove the plastic wrap later (that way i made sure it was nice an shiny), however you can only remove it when it is out of its slot.
Pros: Beautiful Case The best cable management (I didn't have to add any more then what was built in) Fan Hub is great Led lights that change color with the press of a button Plenty of screws Cons: Manual is not super detailed The reset button is right next to the LED light switch, I have mistakenly hit the wrong one before The SSD tray locations are a bit awkward
I actually didn't get this power supply for the lights, I got it for its efficiency and safety. It comes with PLENTY of cables for regular computer builds, and has a good manual. I would suggest getting an extra surge protector (power strip) to plug the PSU into that way you eliminate even more risk. So far the PSU hasn't had any problems, I dont expect it will any time soon.
Pretty good optical drive. Plays everything nice, and does things quickly. My only problem with it is that sometimes when it is idle it makes strange noises, even when there is no disk. Also remember this drive doesnt come with blu-ray reading software so be prepared to buy some if thats what you got this for.
I originally hated it, but its growing on me. It is quite snappy. And the tile system is easily bypassed. System settings are well organized.
Wireless Network Adapter
Seems to be working nice. I dont really know what to expect out of a wireless card. A nice feature is that the antennas can easilly be bent so that they do not stick out.
Great monitor. Near edgeless design. Very pretty display. I haven't noticed any hot edges/corners. The darks aren't that good, however it still plays Blu ray videos quite gorgeously.
Also, I took some pictures of the display with my phone. I don't know if this is ok with the moderators, but you can look at them if you want https://app.box.com/s/5z3m9hl5m903c8gvwli30ivgzov1k9w8 I assure you any awesomeness you see in the pictures is exemplified in person.
I was amazed at what I got for the price. For a wireless device it has quite a range, and the the usb reciever is miniscule (barely even sticks out). The Keyboard feels very nice to use.