24 April 2016

New Gaming PC Build 2015 / 2016


Introduction


This page will act as a progress report for my new Gaming PC build For 2015 / 2016

At the moment I have one case serving as my main PC and a Gaming PC 

This is done by disconnecting one set of drives and connecting another set of drives

This is in a CoolerMaster Storm Trooper case which is too big and heavy for Lan / Gaming parties.




So I have decided to get a smaller case that is ideal for LAN / Gaming parties and keep the Storm Trooper for my main PC.


Component Suppliers


The Suppliers I will be using will be

1. Hardwareversand - http://www.hardwareversand.de

2. Komplett - http://www.komplett.ie

3. Elara - http://www.elara.ie

4. Dabs - Http://www.dabs.ie

5. Overclockers.co.uk - http://www.overclockers.co.uk

Research

 Reviews I will be using for tips and advice will be from:

1. ASUS PCDIY  Youtube Channel 

https://www.youtube.com/user/PCDIYasususa

2. ASUS PCDIY Website - 

http://pcdiy.asus.com/

3. OC3D YouTube Channel - 

https://www.youtube.com/user/TimeToLiveCustoms

 4. Linus Tech Tips Youtube Channel - 

https://www.youtube.com/user/LinusTechTips

5. Tek Syndicate Youtube Channel -

https://www.youtube.com/user/razethew0rld

6. JayzTwoCents Youtube Channel - 

https://www.youtube.com/user/Jayztwocents

The videos on PCDIY are the most detailed I have found or seen regarding motherboard info, JJ goes in to minute detail regarding the specs and features of the motherboards, and the videos can be quite long

The videos on OC3D are the most detailed I have found or seen as well, he covers everything about what will and wont fit in cases, builds computer systems from scratch, including systems with watercooling, and some videos are over 30 minutes long


Components

The components I will be using for this build, are listed below, with links to manufacturer sites, Reviews and YouTube Videos where available

CaseCooler Master HAF-XB EVO

Price: €110.86 including VAT & delivery
Supplier: Hardwareversand
Website: https://www.hardwareversand.de/Desktop/158520/Cooler+Master+HAF+XB+Evo%2C+schwarz.article

Status: Purchased on 30/10/2015
           Arrived on 13/11/2015


















Info and Specs From Manufacturer - 

YouTube Review - Linus Tech Tips - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhjoYbVX1XU



YouTube Review - Tek Syndicate -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKr5yZS-bHw


YouTube Review - HardwareCanucks -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVMkGv1uXTE


YouTube Review - LavcoPriceTech -



YouTube Build Video - LavcoPriceTech - 



YouTube Final Build - [LPT]R3KONT3K's -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_r_HmgeIg4A


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Case Accessory: Top Panel Window

Price: €28.95 Including VAT & Delivery
Supplier: Coolermaster Store Europe
Website: http://www.cmstore.eu/case/haf/haf-xb/haf-xb-top-panels/

The version with the window is rare as hens teeth to find online. I have ordered the standard version with a mesh top panel and will swap it out with the windowed panel

Status: Purchased on 31/10/2015
            Arrived on 5/11/2015


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Power Supply: Seasonic Platinum Series 860 Watt

Price: €247.33 Including VAT & Delivery
Supplier: Overclockers.co.uk
Website: https://www.overclockers.co.uk/seasonic-p-series-860w-80-plus-platinum-modular-power-supply-ca-015-ss.html

Status: Purchased on 08/10/2013





 Info and Specs From Manufacturer -
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Motherboard: ASUS Z87 Maximus VI Formula Intel Z87 (Socket 1150) DDR3 ATX

Price: €291.53 Including VAT & Delivery
Supplier: Dabs.ie

Status: 
Purchased on 24/09/2013
Arrived on 30/09/2013
Replacement Ordered on 9/10/2013
Arrived on 31/10/2013









 Info and Specs from Manufacturer -
https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/MAXIMUS_VI_FORMULA/



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CPU: Intel Haswell i5 4690K, 3.4Ghz, LGA1150. Retail Box

Intel® Core™ i5-4690 Processor
(6M Cache, up to 3.90 GHz)


Price: Swap with i7-4770K


Supplier: Friend

Status: Purchased on 



















































































































































Price: €450 Including VAT & Delivery
Supplier: Overclockers.co.uk
Website: https://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?pro



did=MB-628-AS Status: Purchased on 05/9/2014










Info and Specs from Manufacturer - 

YouTube Reviews

CPU: Intel Haswell-E i7 5960X, 3.0Ghz, LGA2011-V3. Retail Box


  
Samsung SSD 950 PRO SSD

Western Digital 3TB Black


Kingston HyperX Fury Black


Noctua NH-U12S

BitFenix Spectre Pro LED Red 120mm Case Fan

BitFenix Alchemy LED strips

ROG Front Base

ROG Swift PG27AQ

STRIX-GTX980TI-DC3OC-6GD5-GAMING


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Memory: 32GB (4 X 8GB Sticks) Kingston Hyper X Beast (DDR3-2400), Black PCB Price: €272.50 Including VAT & Delivery + €65 Customs Supplier: NCIX.ca Website: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=80230&vpn=KHX24C11T3K4%2F32X&manufacture=Kingston Status: Purchased on 27/07/2013
Info and Specs from Manufacturer - http://www.kingston.com/en/memory/hyperx/predator/beast/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Price: €88.62 Including VAT & Delivery
Supplier: Komplett
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Cooling Fans: 5 x Noctua NF-F12 Focused Flow PWMCooling Fans
Price: €133 Including VAT & Delivery
Supplier: Specialtech UK
Youtube Review - This Review is by Tom Logan from OC3D.tv - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qAvH3yJ_A8&feature=plcp
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CPU Thermal Compound: 2 x Noctua NT-H1 Pro Grade Thermal Paste Price: €27.74 Including VAT & Delivery Supplier: Specialtech UK Website: http://specialtech.co.uk/spshop/customer/Noctua-Pro-Grade-Thermal-Paste-14ml--NT-H1-pid-10628.html Status: Purchased on 04/07/2012
Info and Specs from Manufacturer - http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=productview&products_id=13&lng=en ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
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Graphics Card: Asus GTX 680-DC2T-2GD5 Price: €549 Including VAT & Delivery Supplier: Komplett.ie
Website: http://www.komplett.ie/komplett/product/nvidia/20162437/asus_geforce_gtx680_dc2t_2gd5_2gb_pci_e/details.aspx Status: Purchased on 07/09/2012
Info and Specs from Manufacturer - http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/NVIDIA_Series/GTX680DC2T2GD5/ Youtube Review - These reviews are from J.J. in Asus - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY5BRAuRRrI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LmqQTzMRBg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAg43Baj6Qs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFdECF7hZIM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFMQ0poFifk My Blog On Graphics Card -  http://repairitclinic.blogspot.ie/2012/09/my-asus-geforce-gtx-680-direct-cu-ii.html

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster ZxR Price: €195 Including VAT and Delivery Supplier: Komplett.ie Website: http://www.komplett.ie/komplett/product/zkb_01com/80009466/creative_labs_sound_blaster_zxr__5_1__pci_e/details.aspx
Info and Specs from Manufacturer - 
http://www.soundblaster.com/products/sound-blaster-zxr.aspx YouTube Videos -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnFue-1Qtms
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST Blu-Ray Burner Price: €105.63 Including VAT & Delivery Supplier: Elara.ie Website: http://www.elara.ie/productdetail.aspx?productcode=ECE2423405
Info and Specs from Manufacturer - http://uk.asus.com/Optical_Storage/Internal_Bluray_Drive/BW12B1ST/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1st Primary Hard Drive: Windows 8 Enterprise For Day To Day Use: Samsung 840 Pro - 256GB SSD SATA 6G Price: €229 Including VAT Supplier: Misco.ie Website: http://www.misco.ie/Product/199502/Samsung-840-Pro-256GB-Solid-State-Drive Status: Purchased on 22/05/2013



Info and Specs from Manufacturer -   http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/memory-cards-hdd-odd/ssd/840-pro/MZ-7PD256BW  2nd Primary Hard Drive: Windows 7 Enterprise w/SP1 For Games System: Samsung 830 - 256GB SSD SATA 6G Price: €223 Including VAT & Delivery Supplier: Dabs.ie Website: http://www.dabs.ie/products/samsung-256gb-830-series-sata-6gb-s-2-5--solid-state-drive-desktop-kit---free-norton-ghost-15-7S2K.html?q=Samsung%20256GB%20830%20Series&src=16 Status: Purchased on 03/08/2012

Info and Specs from Manufacturer - http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/memory-cards-hdd-odd/ssd/830/MZ-7PC256D/EU For an unboxing and benchmark results click here: http://repairitclinic.blogspot.ie/2012/08/my-samsung-830-series-256gb-ssd.html My Blog Article on SSD - http://repairitclinic.blogspot.ie/2012/08/my-samsung-830-series-256gb-ssd.html ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Data Hard Drives: 2 x Western Digital Black Caviar 1TB Sata 6G 64MB Cache Will be used again from existing PC
Info and Specs from Manufacturer - http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=760 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3.5" Hard Drive Hotswap Bays: iStar USA BPN-DE340SS 4 Drive (In 3 x 5.25 Bays)Trayless Hotswap. Black
Price: €90
Supplier: Newegg
Website: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816215244
Info and Specs from Manufacturer - http://www.xcase.co.uk/istar-BPN-DE340SS-4-Drive-In-3-x-5-25-Bays-Hotsw-p/hotswapbpn-de340ss-black.htm ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.5" Hard Drive Hotswap Bays: iStar USA BPU-124V2-SS 1 x 5.25" to 4 x 2.5" SAS and SATA 6Gb/s Hot-Swap Cage
Price: €
Supplier:
Website:
Info and Specs from Manufacturer - http://www.istarusa.com/istarusa/products.php?series=HDDCage&sub=SATA/%20SAS&model=BPU-124V2-SS -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Speakers: Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 High-power 2.1 PC Speaker System
Price: €269.31 including VAT & delivery
Supplier: Dabs.ie

Info and Specs from Manufacturer - http://www.corsair.com/en/pc-computer-audio/pc-computer-speakers/gaming-audio-series-sp2500-high-power-2-1-pc-speaker-system.html Youtube Review - This Review is by Tom Logan from OC3D.tv - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YM5a3nFJ160&feature=plcp
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Headset: Steelseries 7H
Price: €87.26 including VAT & delivery
Supplier: Dabs.ie
Info and Specs from Manufacturer - http://steelseries.com/products/audio/steelseries-7h
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Keyboard: Mionix Zibal 60 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Price: €124
Supplier: Newegg
Info and Specs from Manufacturer - http://www.mionix.net/page.php?al=zibal60 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mouse: Mionix Naos 5000
Price: €76
Supplier: Newegg
Info and Specs from Manufacturer - http://www.mionix.net/page.php?al=naos5000 That is the end of the component list, some of the components may look extreme and the prices also, but I am building this to cover me for the next couple of years, and because I am buying only 1 or 2 components at a time, I won't have to fork out the whole amount at once. Some of these components may need to be changed due to supply or model changes by manufacturers at the time of purchase, if that is the case they will be noted here. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Component Order Progress Every time a component is ordered or has arrived, I will post the following excel sheet. I will try and wait, if I don't get too excited, till all the major components are here before I start to do the build.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Build I will be posting photos and maybe videos at each stage of the build below