So already preparing for the hate.
The PC- The origins of this PC come from an old (not so old, but old to PC building standards) dell xps 8700. The only remaining components are the hard drive, CPU, and sadly it's stock cooler. Everything else has been bought and put into place. The Intel i7 4790 runs on the Asus Pro Gamer Z97 motherboard (already saving up for a K skew processor) with 16 Gigabytes of Corsair Vengence Pro RAM running at 1866mhz. Pushing the pixels is a (please don't kill me) reference 780 that has been water cooled with the Corsair HG10 780 bracket and the Corsair 80i v2. I did this because however much I knew putting an aio on a non-K skew was useless I also didn't wanna have an aio laying around. All of this being powered by a simple yet effective Corsair Builder 500w power supply.
The Gameplay- Specs on this build are amazing for easy 1080p high to ultra gaming at either 60 fps on titles such as DOOM and easy cracking the 144 fps counter on titles like CIV 5 and CS-GO. By all means I honestly don't even play the games, my new video game is trying to squeeze out fps. I will have out proper benchmarks soon.
The Benchmarks- While ironically I don't have any benchmarks yet, I will be getting around to them. For now we can talk about temps. At idle the CPU stands true at the 32 to 36 Celsius mark, while on water the GPU stays chilly at a solid 26-28 degree mark. While on load the CPU never reaches over 60 C and at worst moments the GPU will scrape the bottom of the 70 C mark.
The Building- Well I need to say this first, as this being my first official build I never really thought it would be so easy yet difficult at the same time. With the early stages looking like a frankenpc with wires everywhere over time I began to refine it. The biggest difficulty and the biggest thing that I was upset with had to,be the case itself. Being an immature builder at the time I went for form not factor and the Corsair Spec-03 case while looking stunning and having useful features, personally I would not recommend it for a future proof builder. It simply isn't expandable and truly keeps you confined. Other challenges was at my fault this time, I'm not even sure how I did it, but the radiator cooling the GPU is placed at the bottom of the case exhausting air (at first it was intaking and hot air was blowing directly on the card, trust me I felt so stupid). Not only is this case not built for this kind of rad support if the PSU was any longer I wouldn't be able to fit it period. Another problem that occurred after a few months was a failure of the Asus Pro Gamer motherboard, I was truly devastated after only having this build for some time something like this came as a shock, contacting Asus was a breeze and Dean from motherboard support was amazing.
The Upgrades- First thing for me after all that building that has to go is the case, and since RGB is the new thing I'm looking to the new Corsar 460x for its proper rad support and sleekness of the build, not to mention its longevity for future upgrades. Besides that popping some new fans and either a custom 240 loop at the top or a custom 360 loop at the front I haven't decided yet. Along with that I want the loops solidly to take care of any CPU for the rest of my PC building endeavor that's why I'm putting a little heavy into cooling so I can keep the same cooling loop and just change sockets with some adjustments here and there while I can keep slapping new GPU's in. Speaking of GPU's the upgrade I'm looking to get would be the Asus Strix 1050 it or the 1060 6 gig. I know the 1050ti won't make that much of a difference; however, I'm insane and I wanna collect nvidia's 10 series so that just might be a card I buy and never use. In addition to that I am looking into new peripherals here and there as well as a second monitor. All of this being in the very hopeful future.
Thanks for sticking around this far (if you even have lol), and I look forward to keeping you guys updated on the build. Meet you in the comment section.
Edit: Now that I actually took the pictures I realized how much the ketchup and mustard cables just ruin this setup, dang that upsets me.