I apologize for the out of order pictures, for some reason it won't let me rearrange them
I've been thinking about a new build for some months, and while a part of me thinks maybe I could've waited for Skylake, I think I needed to just pull the trigger and be happy. I needed something for coding, gaming, and hopefully soon some 3ds and Unity development. My last rig was built for the expressed purpose to play the first Crysis when it was released, there'll be pictures of that trusty rig as above for comparisons to an Antec 900 case. Make no mistake, the old rig still ran flawlessly, just slow, and showing it's 7-8 years age.
I don't possess the skills in photography that make so many featured builds look awesome, but I'll have above what I am able to do and show.
The build was probably the most fun I've had in awhile. The main reason for this was because I was sold on the Jonsbo U3 case the first time I saw it. I knew I wanted one sitting on my desk and I knew I was going to build my next rig in it. I personally feel it's too easy these days to buy a slick NZXT, throw top end hardware in it, and stuff the cables in the massive amount of space they create for it. As anyone who has built in a Jonsbo will admit, there's no a lot of room, virtually no cable management, and most hardware choices have to be selected carefully considering that lack of room.
On to the build.
Rosewill Legacy U3 (by Jonsbo)
This thing is beautiful. It reeks of simple elegance in a market where the more flash and zing tend to garner sales. I just felt it call to me and answered. Now, no doubt, it is hard to build in, but if you're at all handy with some basic tools it's a snap and breeze. Entire build time was about 4 hours, with a lot of breaks, a run to the hardware store, and lunch. Not too bad. The majority of the work came in the form of popping rivets which I talk about when I get to the GPU. I had a hard time with cable management and fully expect to get skewered by you all for it.
ASRock x99m Extreme4
I just needed a mobo and to be honest I'm not some crazed overclocker so I just needed something to work. I haven't had any of the issues some others have complained about with this particular board and found the BIOS menus pleasantly easy to work with. Zero problems, zero complaints, I would probably buy another ASRock again in the future.
Corsair Vengeance LPX
Bought because I needed low profile memory. I wasn't precisely certain on which air cooler I would use until the day I started ordering parts. I just knew I wanted something that fit color wise and wouldn't be stabbing my poor air cooler. It works. No issues. Bumped up to 2800 via BIOS with zero error.
Insanely easy to install. Good performance. Would clear taller memory heat spreaders. But mostly, I like looking at it when I glance over at the case. I swapped out the slim 140mm fan that it comes with for one of CRYORIG's standard 140mm fans. Also dead quiet and also has been keeping temps down perfectly. Ran the Real Temp's 10 minute Prime95 test and it never pushed above 45C.
Samsung EVO 850 SSD and Caviar Green HDD
Pretty simple. One for boot and programs. One for mass storage and media files. Both work as intended, neither were top of the line, but seriously, my old rig I could turn the power on, go downstairs load and fire the Keurig and when I came back, my desktop was probably still not quite ready for use. This thing, The only pause is the momentary F2 for BIOS screen which I will maybe disable later. Anything faster isn't appreciable in my book.
EVGA 750W G2
I like the paint job on it. And it comes well rated. Modular which is a necessity in this case, and its dead silent. Love it would buy another for another rig in the future.
I chose to uyse 2 both as intake, one in the rear and one in the bottom. The bottom is feeding the GPU fans and the rear the rest of the case. Both intakes are filtered now and the filters caused an overall increase of 1-2C temp. Fair trade off since my wife has cats. . . this things are also insanely quiet and push great air. The only sound this rig really makes is the sound of air venting. Completely unnoticeable when I play with my headphones and not even worth mentioning when not.
Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Before getting a decent fan curve in Precision X 16, when I ran Thief full out, 2560x1440, ultra everything, it would get crazy hot, like pushing 90C. But now with the good curve it's pretty quiet, does it's job and I love it. I'd even go so far as to say it was worth the $650 price tag. BUT it was the crux of this build.
The reason is, anyone who has thought about building in a U3 has probably watched the video of the guy stuffing a TitanX in one and how he had to bend the case. As you can see in the picture above, the 980TI does touch both ends. This is why I drilled all of the rivets and replaced them with my own thumbscrews. It added some extra work, true, but now this whole case is able to be disassembled, which made building in it 1000x easier, more enjoyable, and made fitting that 980TI in a snap. The trade off of extra work was well worth it.
Overall, I would do it again, recommend all the parts to anyone thinking about it. I love this thing. My wife isn't so sold, and as such it has been dubbed "Wife's Woe" because it's better to look at, treats me nicer, and does a helluvalot more for me.
Hope you enjoyed! Comments welcome.