Update 9/4/2015 I'm back guys! As I promised I worked hard, saved my money and finally complete my watercooling set-up! Oh man oh man has the process been exciting! This experience was just amazing. After I finished my water-cooling set-up, everybody that I shown my computer to was just surprised to what I have done. Their reaction gave me a peace of mind that they are actually impressed by my computer (as I come from a family that think computers are worthless). When I got enough money to buy everything I was anxious but shipping on some items were 2 days while some took a week. The week long wait was just killer. The day I got my last shipment, the tubing, I did not sleep. I came home from work around 9 pm and couldn't go sleep till the next night. Saw the shipment, and instantly started working on everything. I was so excited to take apart everything all over again! I placed the water-block on everything, test fit the radiator, install the pump, etc. It just gave me so much adrenaline that I finally can watercool MY computer system. No more being jealous of jayztwocents :D. I wanted to go big or go home as many redditors told me in pc sub-reddits. I decided to go with rigid tubing since it looks amazing. I originally wanted plastic but I decided not to, it was actually jayztwocents who convinced me in one of his videos. I feel like that was the best thing I could have done to my computer. All of the bends were done by hand and it was just a fun learning experience, like when you should stop for a certain bend, how much should you cut, which way would this tube look best, etc. I highly recommend rigid tubing. BUT BE WARNED Yes, plastic tubing is more experience but they both are very similar for price. Rigid tubing is cheap but fittings are expensive, plastic tubing is expensive but fittings are not as expensive as rigids. Furthermore, now that I watercooled my system I was more than confident enough to overclock. I was able to OC my CPU to 5.0 GHz but the voltage was way too high along with temps, yes, even with water cooling. So I was able to get a much lower voltage rate, near stock actually, and have around 4.9. With my 980ti stock, I was able to achieve a OC of 250 MHz on both the core and the memory, without touching the core voltage. I connected it to my TV in my living room, which is a 4k TV, and I was able to achieve 40-70 fps most of the time, which I was impressed with, even though it's a TV and not a monitor I was still impressed. Some future things that I would like to do is the following: wait for ASUS 34 inch curved IPS monitor G-sync enabled monitor, mechanical keyboard, and a blue yeti microphone. That's basically it. I can't wait to update more for you guys! Also, please give me feedback on the pictures, I am currently taking photography class in college and I would really appreciate any constructive criticism. Thank you and have a nice day!
ORIGINAL STORY First, let me start of with some of my history ( sorry I'm just so excited that I finally have a computer), I was first introduced to gaming on a PC/Laptop back in 2010. I was at a hospital due to an ear infection and was reading a pc magazine, and I saw one of the Alienware laptops. I instantly fell in love with it, I was 13 at the time and never saw a laptop with illuminated keys, so I was going crazy about it, I believed it's was so cool. I thought PC games was not as good as console games at the time because I just loved my ps3. But when I was reading through the magazine and saw pictures from an actual game running on a PC I was instantly sold. My father was kind enough to get me an Alienware M15x as a surprise. Oh my god, I took back everything I said once I got this laptop. Games just looked so much better, at the time I was able to max out games, on a laptop, which impressed me even more! However, not shortly after like a year or 2 later and there was no updates for my laptop because it was discontinued and no longer supported. So for 3-4 years down the road I have been playing games on the Alienware M15x on the lowest settings and sometimes that was not even enough. Games like wow on low I couldn't surpass 40 fps, Far Cry barely had 30 fps. Skyrim was okay 40 fps. Saint rows 4 barely passed 30. So on average I was playing on 30-40fps and it was noticeable. So around the age of 16 or 17 I decided to start saving up for my computer but, for god sakes, new parts come out all the time and I would always postpone until this new thing comes out. I kept postponing but then I got into college and most of my funds were gone for my computer so I had to save up again. So basically, with college, I would gain money and lose money over and over again. But time has come. Originally, I wanted a gtx 980 and an i5-4690k, a cheaper motherboard which would have been perfectly fine, corsair ram sticks, because I love their sticks because of the way it loks, a large storage mechanical drive, and a nzxt phantom. But, when I tried to use engineering programs on my laptop, it was extremely laggy. So I was thinking that I want to future proof my system because I believed these specs wouldn't last as long. So I changed things up and I'll tell you my choice and story behind all of them.
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790k Okay, when comparing the i7-4790k to the i5-4690k, for gaming performance, I would have just went with the i5. But with the i7 having hyper threading for engineering programs, I just believed that would have been a much better choice. Thoughts on it: holy crap, I ran benchmarks and compared it to my laptop and I was just blown away. Some of you may think that this is silly but I never actually used a high-end computer before.First thing I did was test out WoW since it is a heavy cpu game. I ran my made-up benchmark, oh sweet jesus, how the game looks so beautiful on Ultra. I used to never raid on low, constant low fps, but now I can raid in Ultra straight 60fps, ugh so beautiful and smooth. I tested it through various games and applications and it ran perfect for me. Games that needed CPU power, it delivered well. For you overclockers, I was able to get a steady 4.7 ghz at a 1.248 V without passing 71 degrees. However, it's not needed now since I just have a 1080p monitor and I don't really have a need for it as of yet. So I decided to wait until I get my water-cooling set-up up and running. Then I'll go back to 4.7 or take it down a notch.
tl;dr - Great CPU was able to achieve 4.7 ghz.
CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO I was originally going to use the stock cooler for my processor but I had extra money and bought this. Wasn't expensive and does it job extremely well for it's price. With no overclock it never goes pass 65 degrees. Installation was a bit weird to me, maybe because I never had a computer before. Anyway, I tested out the stock cooler before I installed this just because I was excited that I have a computer and wanted to test EVERYTHING out. My god I'm glad I got the 212 evo. Don't get me wrong, the stock cooler does the job, I was able to play WoW on ultra and everything but it was too hot for me. With the 212 evo, when I finally got it in, my CPU was way lower in temperature when compared to a stock cooler. Stock cooler = 80 degrees max Hyper 212= 65 degrees max Note: I know getting an H80i or H100i would be much better but I am going to do a full custom water loop! :D
tl;dr- Great air cooler for your CPU, definitely buy it over the stock cooler if you want to go air.
Motherboard: ASUS MAXIMUS VII Hero ATX 1150 I wanted a simple Z97 motherboard that just did it job, but with this motherboard it looked so nice via images, I always kept my eye on it. But I just couldn't get it out my head, I ended up spending $100 more dollars just to get it when compared to other z97 boards, it just looks too beautiful. I ran to microcenter near my house and this was the first thing I picked up out of my whole build, and I just stared at it for the whole day. I was not expecting the Republic of Gamers cooler on the bottom right to have a red LED along with the red LED on the left side of it, which all can be controlled in the bios. Enough of my story with it, this motherboard, when changing settings in the BIOS, it's so easy. Fan controls were easy to take care of, they have presets which worked perfectly fine. Overclocking was a breeze I had no issues, everything you needed to look at was there. Just a tip, don't use their own optimization for their overclocking, because they put too much voltage. On the right they tell you your specs of your core components. Everything is just easy to navigate through. It's a simplistic BIOS, and all of what I said was done in the "advanced" so imagine how the "simple" layout would be. Also, I have 80/80 Fios internet and when I ran speedtest on my computer I have 95+. I really don't know if it's because of the motherboard or I'm just lucky.
tl;dr - You can get a motherboard for $100 cheaper while giving you the same thing. Only got it for the looks.
Memory: EVGA Superclocked 16GB (2x8gb) DDR3-1600 My motherboard can hold up to 32GB of ram. I wanted to do so, so I decided to go with at least 16GB as a start. I originally wanted the Corsair Vengeance the red sticks, but I just came to the conclusion it was just way to expensive when compared to other sticks. Another thing that made me not go with corsair, was that there really wasn't to much performance increase with faster sticks, and if their were any I only saw 1-2% increase. But what can I say, the EVGA sticks are the same sticks as of G-Skill, which I do have trust in, and they were just at a better price point in my head.
tl;dr - They look simplistic, has a decent speed, and not that bad for price.
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 120GB 2.5" SSD Originally, yeah I wanted a 1TB hard drive because I didn't believe in SSD because of how expensive it is. But after watching videos from many famous YouTubers and twitch streamers who talk about SSDs, eventually I was like "I want one!" Oh my oh my, the first time I installed windows it went super fast, I went to go get a snack, come back it was done, I'm like what?! This can't be right. So after calming down from the excitement on how fast it is. I shut it off and then started again. My eyes were so big on how fast windows loaded up. I swear I only blinked 2 -4 times and it was ready for my password. I only put 2 games that I play the most, Smite and WoW (these aren't the only games that I play I just devote a lot of time with my friends in these two), they load up so fast! WoW used to take like 10-20 seconds to load, but now it loads in less than 5 seconds. I'm glad I bought a SSD. However, if you only were to use the SSD for your OS, then 120GB is fine, but it is not fine if you want to use it as a main storage, just a heads up you may only get like 80-90GB left after Windows installation if I remember. I had no extra money so I was luckily able to find an extra 80GB hard drive in my house. Overall, extremely satisfied with a SSD, worth every penny.
tl;dr - Extremely fast and loads applications at a blink of an eye.
Video Card: Gigabye Geforce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Okay at first people were telling me to get a 970, but it angered me that NVIDIA is selling a 970 with 4GB but only 3.5GB is usable, I just couldn't buy it because of that. I really wanted a 980 that was my goal. But when I finally had money to buy my video card, boom, 980ti came out, I thought it would be expensive, but at the time it was only $100 more than a 980. I was like eh..... okay! Why not future proof it even more. Story time, I went to microcenter and I walked in hoping that they have one. They didn't have a brand new one. And I was kind of sad because all I needed was my video card to start building my computer. So I just looked around (it's like I'm a kid every time I go into that store), and all of a sudden, this guy walks in and returns his 980ti for a Titan X. All I'm thinking, is that a 980ti? I ran over and talked with him like "hey man why are you returning it?" He goes, "I found out there is a better card than this one (the Titan X) and I have the money for it so why not." We chatted, he wait to make sure the 980ti was perfectly fine and not damage, I instantly went to the employees and go, " I want that gtx 980ti," they told me that they have to test it and make sure it's functional and everything. I say okay, so I'm hoping everything goes swell, and guess what it, does! And on top of that, since it's an open box I was able to get it for $606! I saved a lot of money because of this! (Price in list includes tax) I was so excited I had to stay in my car for 10 minutes so I can relax from being so excited and go home. My oh my, I'm in love. You can name any game at all, I tried them all on 1080p, and I get 60+ fps and never below! Ugh I really hope you all know how I feel, coming from a laptop and playing on LOW settings with 30-40fps, to playing on Ultra/Highest Settings with steady 60+fps. Some of you may have looked at my monitor and confused as to why I bought this graphic card. Well long story short I am either going triple 1440p monitors or a single 34" ultra-wide monitor in the future.
tl;dr - Great card but would recommend a 970 or 980 for 1080p if you are going NVIDIA.
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Originally I wanted the NZXT phantom because It looked awesome too me, I didn't enjoy that I had to buy a separate window panel but it still looked awesome. However, I was watching jayztwocents (awesome guy) on YouTube and I love his case, the 900D. But I know for a fact that case is way too big for me. So I saw the 750D and it came with a window, a large one, which made me happy. I just really wanted a window because I wanted to show off this computer. My first build, I want it to be perfect, why not show off my hard work.
tl;dr - Amazing big case to show off your computer. Comes with 3 fans.
Power Supply: EVGA 750W Supernova G2 Gold-Certified Originally I wanted a Corsair power supply but I honestly saw a lot of bad reviews on them and was skeptical but I was going to buy one anyway. But during this time, Jayztwocents showed us his specs for Skunworks (his beast-watercooled build), saw his PSU, not going to lie, I trust his words of wisdom when it comes to computer technology and just went with the EVGA PSU. He talks highly of it. ECO mode is a plus too!
tl;dr - Powersupply, does it what it does, has eco mode for no noise under low load.
Operating System: Windows 8.1 Got it for free from my school. Always use windows and like to be up to date with the latest OS. Updating to Windows 10 this month!
Keyboard: Razer Anansi Back when I played a huge amount of MMOs, the extra buttons on the left side and bottom below the space bar was a huge help for me. Which is basically why I bought it. It's not mechanical, wondering if I should get one or not. I also love the back-lit keys.
Mouse: Razer Naga 2012 Again, was a huge help for me in MMOs, now I can't live without it. Every game that I play, this mouse helps with the 1-12 buttons. Along with the 2 extra button beneath the mouse wheel. MOBAs are so easy with this mouse. Wish I got the naha epic for the RGB colors but at the time couldn't afford it.
Headset: Razer Carcharias I bought this thinking that it was the lit up one but it wasn't. I was not okay with it and wanted to return it but the mic quality was fine with my friends and the audio quality was amazing for me so I decided to keep it.
Monitor: Samsung Wireless 23" LED Monitor I always wanted a monitor for my laptop back in 2011 just to have that "dual monitor" feeling. And my parents thought this was cool since it's wireless and all, which I never used, but I am forever grateful for it. Overall, quality is perfectly fine and I have no complaints about it.
Speakers: Bose Companion 5 5.1 My dad always loved Bose and basically has everything Bose in the house when it comes to audio. So I wanted to make him happy by deciding to have more Bose speakers in the house. Sure I could have went with Logitech speakers for more bass. But I compared the two, and Bose to me just sounds much cleaner. May not have a lot of bass but the quality is clear.
LED Lighting: NZXT Hue The fact that it's RGB won me. The simple buttons and functions made it an even better purchase. The lights are amazing it illuminates the case as it should be. However, one complaint I do have is that the sticky side of the strip are not so sticky. If I move the case around or lay it down on the side I have to reapply it to the case, simple solution is taping it with scotch-tape or adding velcro or something similar.
Overall, after a week of using this computer I am 100% satisfied with this computer. I just can't wait to water-cool, get new monitor(s), maybe start streaming (which I do right now but can't a lot because I'm taking school seriously currently), I can finally use engineering programs. Ah, I've been excited for weeks I don't know how long this will last! Hope you all enjoyed my story/reasoning behind my component choices! If you enjoy this I WILL update this post when I buy my water-cooling parts. Thank you all! #pcmasterrace
Great CPU was able to achieve 4.7 ghz.
Great air cooler for your CPU, definitely buy it over the stock cooler if you want to go air.
You can get a motherboard for $100 cheaper while giving you the same thing. Only got it for the looks.
They look simplistic, has a decent speed, and not that bad for price.
Extremely fast and loads applications at a blink of an eye.
Great card for 1440p, ultrawide monitors, and 4k but would recommend a 970 or 980 for 1080p if you are going NVIDIA.
Amazing big case to show off your computer. Comes with 3 fans. Never had dust issues.
Does it what it does, has eco mode for no noise under low load and has 80 Plus Gold Certified.
Nice upgrade from Windows 7, but should wait for Windows 10, it's basically Windows 7 + Windows 8.1 in 1.
Great keyboard for MMO games, any other game you are better off with a mechanical keyboard.
Great mouse for MMO games, but I used this mouse for a lot of games and this helps so much.
The mic quality was fine with my friends and the audio quality was amazing for me at the time of purchase but I would recommend the Kraken.