Well, after reading reddit, PC Partpicker, and various technology web sites, I decided to build a new gaming computer. I fell in love with the Thermaltake A31 Snow White case, and I decided that I was going to try to match its colors: everything had to be white, black or blue or a combination thereof. I think I succeeded with most parts (you’ll see where I haven’t in the pictures). However, that ended up being an expensive endeavor. I couldn’t find a video cards with that color scheme. Well, after some research, I finally found one: the Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon 290.
It’s been a while since I built a complete computer from scratch (I think my last one was an Athlon XP 1800). I’m currently running the i5-4670K at 4.0 GHz (never overclocked before, I guess I need to read up on that… it crashes at 4.2 GHz, but that’s using the ASRock A-Tune software automatic setting, so…probably would be able to improve upon that slightly). Temps are: idle, hovering around 32C and using Prime95, it climbs to around 65C max.
One advise, if you’re going to use a Corsair H100i with this motherboard, make sure to get small rubber grommets to use as spacers, because the back plate doesn’t fit quite right otherwise (my temps were running about 20C higher because of that).
Let me know what you think!
|CPU||Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||$244.99 CAD||(Purchased)|
|CPU Cooler||Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid||$101.24 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150||$189.99 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866||$164.99 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" SSD||$139.99 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$104.99 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Vapor-X||$509.99 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Case||Thermaltake Chaser A31 Snow White ATX Mid Tower||$59.99 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||Corsair 750W ATX12V||$99.99 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Optical Drive||LG BH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer||$94.99 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Monitor||Asus VG248QE 24.0"||$279.99 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Case Fan||Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition 39.9 CFM 120mm||$12.44 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition 39.9 CFM 120mm||$12.44 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Corsair CO-9050017-WLED 66.4 CFM 140mm||$8.79 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Mouse||Razer Naga 2012 Wired Laser||$0.00 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Headphones||Logitech G930||$96.24 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Total (Canada):||$2121.05 CAD|
|Date Published||June 7, 2014|
|Date Built||May 27, 2014|