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    I thought I would port this thread over as I really enjoy this thread.

    I will try to port posts as well, but feel free to port your own posts over as well.
     
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    Edit: TheGame did the honours and copied my post from Changstar, so this is redundant. See below :)
     
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    Very nice build, I really like the Corsair Obsidian cases. I'll post my build here soon, not as good as yours, but it is still a pretty powerful PC.

    What do you think about the Logitech C920? Is it the C920 Pro? I was thinking about getting one as they have some really good prices on eBay for them. Just wanted your thoughts on it.
     
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    There is really only one C920 http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/hd-pro-webcam-c920

    And I've tried about 12 different webcams before I settled on this, and there simply isn't a better consumer webcam in the market today. Best there is is the C920 :)
     
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    thanks! I just want to use it to make tutorials and product reviews, thinking of purchasing a clip-on Lavalier for sound since I have read the onboard mic on the c920 isn't very good and catches a lot of background noise. Is this your experience with the on-board mic?
     
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    Yes, this is true. While the image quality for a webcam is unmatched, the microphone really picks up a lot of background noise, especially when quiet. When somebody is speaking, it's nice and clear, but the moment the sound disappears, it picks up anything from AC to kitchen appliances rooms away, etc.

    I use a Samson Meteor mic, as it provides a nice clear sound on Skype or otherwise :)
     
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    awesome, thank you for your valuable input!
     
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    Original post by velvetx

    Figured I would start this thread as I have been building PCs as a hobby for most of my life. Whether you are a beginner or veteran to me cable management is the most important thing when doing a build. It makes things cooler and it looks much better. Anyway onto the build. Pictures are most welcome.

    VelvetX Desktop Rig:

    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC
    CPU: Intel i7 4770K
    Video Card: Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB
    RAM: 8GB G.Skill Trident X Series DDR3 2600
    PSU: Seasonic Platinum 1000w Modular
    Sound Card: Creative ZxR (Asus Essence STX II as well)
    Case:Corsair Obsidian 900D
    Cooling: XSPC Raystorm RX360 Water Cooling Kit w/ D5 Variant Pump
    Hard Drive 1 (OS): Samsung Evo 850 (500GB)
    Hard Drive 2 (Programs): Seagate ST3000DM001 Barracuda 3TB 7200 RPM Drive
    Hard Drive 3 (Games): Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX 600GB 10000 RPM Drive

    Peripherals

    Mouse: Logitech Daedalus Apex G303
    Keyboard: Das Keyboard 4 Professional
    Monitor 1 (main): Asus VG248QE 144hz
    Monitor 2 (secondary): Benq RL2450H 24in
     
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    Original post by smitty1110

    Case: Rosewill Thor
    CPU: Intel i7 4790k
    Graphics Card: EVGA Superclocked GTX 780
    RAM: 32 GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3 1600 w/ great timings
    PSU: Can't remember, but it's excessive and 80 PLUS Platinum
    Cooling: Basic Bitch intel cooler

    Peripherals
    Keyboard: Ducky Zeros w/ Cherry MX Brown switches
    Mouse: Steel Series Sensei RAW
    Monitor: Samsung 4k w/ 1ms response time

    I've got a rebuild/upgrade that I'm planning out, I'll probably post some pictures when I start that.
    I've been considering trashing the Thor and getting a 900D, how's it worked out for you velvetx?
     
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    Original post by zerodeefex

    I went from an 800D to a 900D to a lian-li Q25 with drive cages removed. It's tiny and was easy to drill out unnecessary internals. The top is just the right size for my custom loop. I no longer run 2 3x120mm radiators anymore so I prefer the smaller form factor quite a bit.

    As for internals:

    P8Z77-I deluxe
    3770k @ 5 GHz on a custom loop
    32GB (2x16GB) DDR3
    512GB Samsung 830 (3 years still going strong)
    580 lighting XE (was running a 980 ti, don't game so I sold it)

    I'm using a topre realforce that I traded some older keyboards for and find it fantastic

    I had 3 Korean 1440p displays. I sold two recently since one is more than enough for my needs.

    In 1986/87, my mom worked at AMD and one of her work buddies came over and showed me how to put together a PC. Years later, he helped me overclock the family 486 DX2/66 I had built. Now I don't have time to futz with computers much, but when I do I make liberal use of heat shrink tubing, my soldering iron, various hole saws with my makita 18V, and a dremel. I abhor windows and flashy LEDs.
     
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    Original post by RazrLeaf

    As for my own build, the internals are as follows:
    Intel i7-5820K @ 4.3 GHz
    Asus X99-A
    Crucial Ballistix Sport 4x4GB DDR4-2400
    Asus Strix GeForce GTX 970
    EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2
    Crucial MX100 256GB and 2x Seagate Barracuda 2TB in RAID 1

    I use a pair of Dell P2414H 1080p monitors, a Razer Taipan, and a Razer Blackwidow TE Stealth keyboard with O-rings, and Simple Audio Listen speakers.
     
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    Original post by keanex

    Just built a budget box for myself:

    CORSAIR CX series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    1 x Rosewill Computer Case - CHALLENGER - ATX Mid Tower
    Intel Core i3-4160 Haswell Dual-Core 3.6 GHz LGA 1150 54W BX80646I34160 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4400
    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
    Western Digital WD Green WD10EZRX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache
    ASUS H97I-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    Crucial BX100 2.5" 250GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    With my near worthless GT610.

    I plan to get a 750ti eventually with a larger storage drive. Everything else I'm pretty happy with for now.
     
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    Original post by Mrip

    Corsair Obsidian Series 250D (Mini-ITX) - Shoehorned in some huge case fans.
    MSI Z87I GAMING AC
    i7-4770 - OCed
    CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i
    Nvidia GTX 780
    Couple Samsung 840 Pros
    Gskill Ares - 16gb
    Modular 80 plus plat psu, can't remember the model.
    WASD keyboard
    1080p ips monitor

    Quiet, cool and fast. I see no reason to upgrade anything.
     
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    Original post by takato14

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T @ 3.31GHz
    GPU: MSi GTX-550Ti Superclocked "Cyclone II"
    RAM: 8GB G.Skill Value Series 2600MHz
    CPU cooler: Noctua C15
    PSU: 1000W Platinum Seasonic
    Case: Lian-Li PC-B25F

    Monitor: Eizo Foris FS2434 (IPS, 0ms input delay)
    Keyboard: DAS 4 Ultimate
    Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Black Edition
    Second monitor: some old eMachines thing
    Speakers: PowerWoofer OG-5050 (not too bad sounding, modded with a crossover and piezo horn tweeters)

    replacing the second monitor with a Yiynova MSP19U+ soon, keeping the same perhipherals for next build
     
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    Original post by kapanak

    Intel Core i7 4790K
    Asus Maximus VII Formula (Z97)
    Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB DDR-3 1866Mhz
    Gigabyte G1 GTX 980

    Samsung SSD 850 Pro 256GB
    Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB
    WD Black 6TB x 2

    ASUS Dual-Band Wireless-AC1900 PCE-AC68 (did not like the built-in one on the Motherboard)

    Corsair Obsidian 750D Case
    Corsair AX1200 (Gold single rail one) PSU
    Corsair H100i CPU Water Cooler

    2 x Scythe S-Flex 120mm on bottom intake
    2 x Gentle Typhoon AP-29 with PWN Mod on the radiator
    3 x Cougar CFD140 Orange/Red LED for front intake and back exhaust

    Monitor: BenQ XL2420Z

    Speakers: Razer Mako 2.1

    Keyboard: Filco Majestouch 2 Ninja Full Size

    Mouse: MadCatz M.M.O.7 Orange/Black with G.L.I.D.E.7 Surface

    Webcam: Logitech C920

    Microphone: Samson Meteor Chrome


    Edit: Technically not mine, but my wife and I built a gaming PC for my her birthday this month:

    Intel Core i5 6600K (she liked the box)
    Asus Maximus VIII Hero (Z170)
    Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB DDR-4 2800Mhz (pretty lights!)
    Zotac GTX 750Ti
    Samsung SSD 850 Pro 512GB
    ASUS Dual-Band Wireless-AC1900 PCE-AC68
    Corsair Obsidian 450D Case
    Corsair AX860i PSU
    Corsair H100i CPU Water Cooler
    3 x Cougar CFD140 Green LED for front intake and bottom intake
    1 x Cougar CFD120 Green LED for back exhaust
    2 x Corsair SP-120 for the Radiator

    Since this was purchased all in the span of 4 days, I have an idea of pricing regarding how much this cost: $1300-$1400.
    She doesn't like the look of the Zotac, so her first upgrade is probably going to be the graphics card.
     
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    Original post by Xen

    Built my current machine in the Summer of 2012:
    CPU - Intel i7 3770k Ivy Bridge OC'd 4.3GHz
    CPU cooler - Noctua DH-14
    GPU - eVGA nVidia 670 GTX SuperClock 4GB
    MOBO - asRock Z77 Extreme9
    Monitor - BenQ XL2420G (1080p 24" GSync, bought in 20142015)
    RAM - 1.25 V G.Skill Sniper 2 x 8GB (CAS9 etc etc etc)
    SSD - OCZ Vertex 4 128 GB
    SteamDrive - 4TB Hitachi (bought in 2013)
    Case - Rosewill Thor V2 White
    Keyboard - Corsair K70 (Cherry Red)
    Mouse - Logitech G502 Proteus
    Mousing Surface - Corsair MMM600
    PSU - Seasonic Platinum 760W (maybe 860W, can't remember)

    Future Upgrades - nVidia Pascal-based GPU, Soundblaster Z
    EDIT: Cost about $2200 without monitor back in 2012. Probably get similar performance at about $1500 now mainly from the better GPU and lower SSD costs. If you like strategy and simulator games, also get a benefit from the newer CPUs. PSU was also overkill.

    My Linux Server
    CPU - i3770
    MOBO - asRock Z77 Extreme6
    RAM - Same as above
    SSD - 64GB Samsung 830
    HDD - 2 x 4TB Raid10, plus 12TB external storage array
    Case - Silverstone Fortress FT02B (no window)
     
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    Original post by Thad E Ginathom

    It's a few years old now...

    Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H + AMD Phenom II x4 995
    Mere 4Gb RAM.
    Graphics: onboard. Nothing else needed, I don't game or movie.
    Antec P183 case.


    What I tell people: Playing audio does not need much resource, my most trouble-free audio machine was a Pentium. You do not need heat producing power and all the fans that cool it.

    What I tell myself: hey, it's my only PC, it's a general purpose machine and one day I might want to edit video or ...something.

    What I do: mostly, surf the net and listen to music.

    I bought an Antec power supply with the case. Post-purchase, I found, from a review, that it measured very well for electrical and physical noise. Happy coincidence. However, my hobby then became swapping out fans. I recommend Nokia Whoops, Noctua! and have a big Noctua CPU cooler.

    The antec PSU died a few weeks ago. The replacement is not as quiet.

    None of this is ever going to be upgraded, and will be replaced only as and when it fails. Who knows, though: I might end up, one day, with a tiny, fanless, silent little box [​IMG]

    Operating system: Linux, currently Mint 17.1, MATE desktop, KXStudio (minimal install, not all the tools, bells whistles etc) looks after the audio tuning (It is a pain when you can hear the mouse pointer moving) and provides JACK.

    Audio path: sometimes ALSA direct, sometimes JACK->ALSA
     
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    Original post by Luckbad

    - CPU: Intel i7 4790k
    - Motherboard: Gigabyte Z97X Gaming GT (was Asus Maximus VII Hero--Micro Center was out of them to replace my old one, so I thought I'd try the fancy DAC-UP Gigabyte has)
    - RAM: G.Skill TridentX DDR3 2400 2x8GB
    - Video Card: Galax GTX 970 HOF
    - SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB
    - HD: HGST Deskstar NAS 7200RPM 4TB
    - XXD: Two externals (WD and Seagate) and an OCZ Agility 3 doing ShadowPlay duty
    - PSU: Corsair HX850
    - Case: Corsair Carbide 400R
    - CPU Cooler: Enermax Liqtech 240
    - Keyboard: Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid Cherry MX Brown and Kinesis Low Force Keypad (numpad with Cherry MX Brown)
    - Sound Card: Sound Blaster ZxR for gaming
    - Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Chroma on Razer Scarab mat
    - Networking: Asus AC68 (router) and AC68 PCIe + Zyxel Powerline Ethernet
    - Monitor: Asus 24" LED (2ms)
    - Fans: Lots! My favorites are the Cougar Vortex but they only sit 3 optimal spots for my case. Radiator fans need higher static pressure.
     

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