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I apologize in advance for any bad pictures, my phone was the best device around for taking photos.

So this all started out about a year ago, where I expressed a desire to buy a new Alienware PC. Upon bringing up the idea, I was instantly met with the suggestion that I build my very own computer. From that point on, I became hooked. I started off by just looking at cool cases, not even knowing what the terms "Full Tower" or "Mid Tower" meant. This is where I have to give some credit to three amazing Youtubers. I started off by subscribing to Barnacules Nerdgasm, a channel about cool new technology and computers. From there I found JayzTwoCents, who really got me thinking serious about the whole "build-your-own" concept. Finally, from Jay's channel, I found out about LinusTechTips. After watching his many build guides, I felt certain that I could make my very own PC. And this is where PCPartPicker came in. Before finding this site, I had been saving links to cool products in a folder on my bookmarks bar in Chrome. But, with this site, I could now have everything in one place, and see the compatibility too!

This rig will be used mainly for gaming and schoolwork, but I expect to be getting into rendering here shortly. I know that most of these parts are overkill for a 1080p main/ gaming rig, but I also want this to last a couple years and give me an upgrade path.

Well, now that you've heard my little introduction, here's some rationale on why I chose my parts.

CPU: I chose the i7 4790K for many reasons. It's fast, powerful and hyperthreaded. Thats the key word... hyperthreaded. I was originally going to get the i5 4690K, until I realized that it wasn't hyperthreaded. Now in reality, I will probably never utilize all 8 logical cores in my CPU, but hey, better safe then sorry.

CPU Cooler: It was between the Cooler Master Nepton 280L and the NZXT Kraken X61. The X61 looked better on paper, and I was just about ready to buy it. However, after looking at some thermal graphs, I realized that the Nepton 280L was a better performer. Plus, it cost less too!

Motherboard: I know that Asus is a reliable brand, and I knew that I needed WiFi. Nothing much else to say.

Memory: I know that Kingston is reliable from past use of their other products, and 16gb of DDR3-1833mhz is more than enough for my needs.

Storage: SSD: I've always been a fan of Samsung products, and I already knew that this was one of the better SSDs on the market. Got it for a great deal too in an after-Black Friday sale. HDD: I was originally going to go with a 1TB Seagate HDD, but when this behemoth went on sale for $80, I couldn't pass it up.

GPU: I knew that I was going to get a 970, and seeing as how finding them with the stock cooler is next to impossible, I decided to go with the Windforce G1 Gaming edition. I was a little hesitant upon seeing how long the card was, but after viewing Jay's review of the card, I felt much better. It hasn't failed me yet!

Case: As soon as I found out about the release of the R5, I was hooked. For me, the R5 fixed the two main problems that kept me from getting the R4: the door on the front had to be reversible, and better airflow was necessary. I chose to get the titanium version because I'm just plain old tired of looking at black PCs.

Power Supply: I was originally going to go with the Corsair RM850, but upon using it in one of my friend's builds, I instantly hated it. Corsair's packaging was less than minimal, and I was shocked to see that the unit even made it in one piece. But the worst was still to come. I'm not sure if this was a problem indicative of just our unit, but the cables were extremely difficult to plug in to the unit. So, I thought, I'll give EVGA a try. The difference was amazing! The packaging was stellar, and the cables were easy to plug in. Other than that, all I really wanted was an affordable, fully modular 80 PLUS Gold rated PSU.

ODD: I knew I wanted Blu-Ray, and this one looked to be one of the better one out there. Plus, it was LG, so I knew it would be reliable.

OS: Had Windows 8 on my laptop, and knew that 8.1 would only be an inprovement. I've had no issues yet, although I am looking forward to the release of Windows 10, with it's hopefully "re-optimized" user interface.

Monitor: I know that Asus also makes good monitors, and basically all I needed was a 1080p screen that would deliver 144hz refresh rate and 1ms response time without breaking the bank.

Case Fans: AF140: I've read nothing but positive feedback on Corsair's fans. Unfortunately, I did not experience the same flawlessness on my two Af140's. They were a pain to install, and I really had to torque them down in order to get them secure. They are, however, very quiet. SP140: As for the SP140's, they have been phenominal. I have them set up in a push configuration, exhausting out the top of my case through the 280mm radiator. They work as advertised, move pleanty of air, and are very quiet.

Mouse: I knew I wanted an RGB mouse, and when Corsair came out with their M65 RGB Wired Laser mouse, I was all over it. I love the lighting, although I still think that Corsair's Utility Engine needs some revamping to make the user interface more user-friendly.

NZXT HUE RGB LED Controller: It was everything I needed: easy to install, easy to set up, and bright. Oh, and it's also RGB.

Silverstone Fan Splitter Cables: Cheap, sleeved, and allowed me to plug two fans into one header. Not much more to it.

Overall, I have been very happy with my build. I have been able to run all of my games on ultra settings, with the exception of minesweeper (I can barely run it on low settings :p). Keep in mind that this is all being written by someone who, before this, had been running on a five-year-old Gateway laptop featuring an AMD C50 Dual-Core CPU. So, as you can expect, I am completely blown away by the performance jump.

I appreciate all feedback, both positive and negative! If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments, I'll be sure to answer them to the best of my abilities! Also, if you would like to see a picture of the LEDs in another color, just name it and it'll happen! Thanks again, I couldn't have done this without a great community like this!

NOTE I will be uploading CPU and GPU load temps shortly, as soon as I find a good, reliable program. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks again!

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Comments

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

So....can I have it?

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome and clean build! Why not have an exhaust fan 140/120 mm in the back?

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I had originally planned on a 140mm exhaust, but there was a clearance issue with the 280mm rad, and I've simply been too lazy to pick up a 120mm lol

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

It's beautiful mate :) How's the R5 holding up though? Is it really dead quiet as many people have said?

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! The R5 is amazing. It is indeed very quiet, although with two JetFlo 140mm fans in the front as intake, it can get a little noisy under load haha. Thankfully, I was able to go into the mobo settings and make the fans near silent.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

That's good to hear. I'm planning to go with this case once (or if) it becomes available in my country.

Here's hoping that build works great for a long time. :) Cheers.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, glad I could help! Hope the case becomes available to you soon! Cheers.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job man that's a really sleek and awesome looking build! Your description of it is very detailed too. Have fun crushing all those games giving your old laptop a hard time except for Minesweeper haha. +1 :D

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha thanks!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I am just like you: atm on a 2006 dualcore with 256mb gpu...just made what will be my "next 5 years" build, and it's actually really close to yours, aside for case, liquid cooling and monitor (benq 144hz). Here in Italy everything goes for +-1500eur, will it be worth it?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I just did some calculations, and I think it will be totally worth it. Good luck to you and your build! Let me know if you have any further questions, feel free to ask! Cheers!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

yes, should i go air cooling or not: i want to keep my watts low, but i live in a wood made attic, and i get 30°c in summer...

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

It really all depends on budget and how noisy you are willing to let your pc become. If the place where your computer is going to go gets hot, your pc will run hotter regardless of water or air cooling.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

budget is around 1300eur, and silence...well i am now playing with an opened pc and a huge fan blowing into it. Not a pc fan, a real one. I cannot imagine a pc being more louder :D

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha nice

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a long & big GPU +1 Must be really cool.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha yes it is definitely one of the longest I've seen (the GPU of course). It was interesting to install, and also very fun to look at as it really pops in the r5.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

My RM850 was in pristine condition with very good packing. I don't really know the problem with yours.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

My friend's RM850 was also in great condition, but the connectors were just impossible to plug in.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I've noticed that with mine as well. :/

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a shame, everything else about Corsair's PSUs is great

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the mix of colors with the ambient/LED lighting - very NICE! Kind of reminds me of vintage Stardust casino/resort in Vegas :-)

All around SWEET!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Your lighting is sick!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Job on this beast of a computer! my only regret is not having enough space for things. Yours seems really fitting!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I totally understand the space issue... trust me the R5 filled up pretty fast after installing the CPU cooler haha

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

Hyperthreading does not make much of a difference in anything with more than 4 cores. Still nice build

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It actually makes a huge difference in photo and video editing, as well as 3d modeling.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It may only be a 20% increase in performance, but that 20% makes worlds of difference when it comes to CPU intensive tasks. And no, I am not delusional.

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  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem! Anything in particular that you're looking for?

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  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol! I was thinking "is this guy blind????? There's tons of pictures!" Haha well glad you think there's enough pics xD