As the title suggests this machine has two identities - one for day-to-day and development in OSX and one to drive the HTC Vive that should be arriving any day now. I chose to stick with Haswell and Asus to maximize OSX compatibility, and for SLI-friendly components to keep things future proof.
I used to build all my own machines but haven't since I switched to Macs around 2007. Things have really improved since then - putting my chosen parts together was a dream, owing largely to the Corsair case. I can't say enough good things about it!
Went with dual SSDs to make dual-booting easier. Can't go wrong with Sammy.
Originally got a Gigabyte G1 Gamer video card (as seen in the pix) open box from NCIX but it turned out to be defective so I returned it and got this EVGA one used for $75 less. Score!
Already had Apple peripherals and monitor.
Got it used and accidentally got the lower power S version but I haven't found myself waiting for it despite throwing some pretty heavy games at it.
Whatever the opposite of understated is, the Hyper 212 EVO is it. What a monster! It's completely overkill for my modest CPU but I love it anyway. Installing it was a bit finicky (you don't need to screw in the middle thumb screw!) but having a HSF that produces its own gravity well makes me smile. Plus you can see it from orbit.
It's been a while since I built a PC so I was pretty blown away by modern mobo features. Crazy graphic BIOS with every tweaker setting known to man, cool looking heat sinks, M2 interface, it's great. Kind of surprising wireless isn't standard though.
One issue I had: Turning on Intel Rapid Storage sounds like a good idea right? Nope, Windows kept giving me INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE with this on. Took me forever to figure out the problem. I guess it's only for RAID setups.
Cheap, looks nice, no problems with it.
Cheap and stupid fast. You can't go wrong with this SSD.
This video card eats Ultra setting for breakfast. Crysis 3, Witcher 3 and Project Racing maxed out, no prob. Looking forward to using it with the incoming HTC Vive.
I can't say enough good things about this case! Slide-in SSD bays, covered PSU and HDD bays, rear cable management, air filters everywhere, beautiful understated design; I'd choose it again in a second.
I've lost parts in the past due to blown PSUs so I opted to spend extra on this one. Wow, totally worth it - Solid and heavy, modular, flat cables and keeping the power bill down doesn't hurt.
It even comes in a nice box with carrying handle and the cables have nice velcro straps. No expense spared, love it.
Being into Macs I never had a need for a gamin mouse but when I went looking for something more Windows friendly than a Magic Mouse this came up in many a good review.
Feels great in the hand, though perhaps a touch heavy for day to day use. Braided cable feels great. Software is alright although odd to pick pointer speed via DPI settings.