So basically for my job I'm more or less a rack monkey. Though I do spend a decent amount of time in various *nix distro'd servers fixing apache/nginx when clients break shit, I'd say the majority of my time is spent in the datacenter building web servers, running cables, racking and installing, etc. Even though I've been doing this for quite a while, I oddly just became very interested in building a PC for myself about two weeks ago. Then I thought to myself why I haven't done this already, considering all I have is an old desktop I built back in high school (before SATA cables were available and cases had better cable management, so there's just big fat gray ribbon cables everywhere) and a really shitty Dell laptop that just hit the 6 year old mark.
I didn't really need to do much research considering in my job I have to keep up to date, however graphic cards and GPUs I was completely behind on because obviously you don't install those in web servers. Anyway, so throughout the past two weeks I compiled all the parts I wanted, bought them, and just finished building it out last Friday. And I wanted to share my creation with you all, because I think it came out great for a nice budgeted build! Especially since I hadn't done this in over 10 years.
But without further ado...
Here are pictures of Penguin v1.0
: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case
An incredibly, gorgeously subtle case meant for silencing your build until it's barely audible. No glass panels, no flashy lights. Just roomy, black on the outside, white accents on the inside, adjustable/customizable case with great cable management possibilities.
: NZXT HALE82 V2 550W
This is a completely white power supply, with a sexy finish and incredibly quiet. It matched perfectly with my black/white case above.
: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H ATX LGA1150
An absolutely gorgeous motherboard at an extremely reasonable price considering the features/slots/expansions included. And though I'm not a fan, it has both types of NICs - the old, reliable Intel, and the newer "Killer".
: Intel Core i5-4690K Haswell Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150
In my opinion, it doesn't get any better than the K/Haswell Intel chips right now. So needless to say, I had to grab an i5 and extremely happy that I did.
: EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support w/ EVGA ACX Cooler
I'm a casual PC gamer, so I definitely didn't need anything hardcore. However I was still hesitant about grabbing this one and hoping it would at least be good enough to run my games in 1080p with a dual-monitor setup. Luckily this thing can handle that without breaking a sweat. I still don't feel like I fully understand the ins and outs of GPUs yet, but I'm still super satisfied with this purchase.
: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 250GB SATA 6Gb/s SSD
Well it's 2014, so I obviously wanted to install an SSD. It was basically between this and a similarly sized Crucial (256GB), but this one was on sale at the time and $45 cheaper so I went with it. Plus I've never had issues with Samsung, and so far it's proving to be great.
: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Honestly, memory is memory - despite what many will argue. So in deciding this, I went with a brand I was familiar with, that wasn't incredibly expensive, and that was a "low-profile" (so I could later replace my stock CPU fan with an actual third party CPU cooler; the cooler I want needs a lot of room). I'm thinking 16GB was probably a bit of overkill, but I just thought fuck it.
: $1158 (including coupons/deals)
Would love any feedback!
Future planned products
ENERMAX ETS-T40-W White 120mm Cluster CPU Cooler
Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid-i Mechanical Keyboard (White LED/Brown Switch Model)