Although I built many desktop computers in the past two years, there has never been a computer that stays. I was constantly buying new parts or simply remixing and matching old parts. Part of it was I trying out different brands and configurations to figure out what exactly I liked, but it was also because I have never planned a system with a particular goal in mind. I often find myself in a room full of computer parts, yet unable to find a completed, working machine. So I decided to build a computer that stays, one that always sits there under my desk that I can go to whenever I need it.

You can head over to PCPartPicker to check out the build.

In the process I considered several memory options. One is the Corsair Dominator Platinum series. With a computer that I am going to keep for long, I want to be able to monitor as many parts of my computer as possible. It is rare in consumer hardware that memory supports any kind of monitoring, but the DP is one such product. After further research, though, I discover that the DP can only connect to Corsair Link through Corsair AirFlow Pro (purchased separately), which is stupid. So I gave up on Corsair DP. The other memory I considered was the Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer series, because its color matches perfectly with the Sabertooth motherboard. But by then I had decided to use as many Corsair parts as possible for consistency and compatibility reasons, so I stayed with the military green Vengeance memory. With this choice I forgo some performance, as those are basic DDR3-1600 kits. In my first iteration of this build I used a G.Skill TridentX DDR3-2400 CL10 quad-channel kit. I consider DDR3-2400 CL10 the best type of memory for Haswell systems (based on an Anandtech review). Unfortunately the black-red color theme would not match this particular build.