This build was an emotional roller coaster to say the least. When I first started ordering the parts I obviously ordered them all within the same week. Problem was that the 970 was not in-stock anywhere, and it still isn't as I am writing this. I ordered it on the 24th of September and received it on the 16th of October. I will get back to that. Anywho. Since the GPU was back ordered I figured I would build it anyways and run it off of integrated. (Hence the reason there is no GPU in the pic with most of the parts there.) So the first frustrating thing was the back orders of the 970, then I realised that the computer would shut off 3 times before it would actually stay on. After days of tinkering I updated the BIOS and that fixed it. Then I the GPU came on the 16th. Popped that sucker in right away and ran some benchmarks. Wow was that ever depressing. I got 9600 on FS.. Others were getting 12k with the same specs. So I rebooted and then the highest score I got was 10549... That is okay I guess but I wish it was better. Another funny thing that happened was prime 95. Ran prime 95 for 10 minutes and it reached 100c.. Lulz. Apparently it is pointless to run prime 95 on Haswell chips because their thermals spike right away. Not too sad about those scores though. I ran Unigine Heaven on extreme preset and did really good. Did better then all of the reviewer websites. (Cant remember score) Then I ran Valley and did even better :D Reasons I went with these specs:
CPU - I was debating between the 4690k and 4790k for a little bit. Ultimately I went with the 4790k because I want this thing to have as much future proofing as possible. I know it doesn't exist but it does in regards to doing as much as you can at the time you buy everything
CPU Cooler - Okay many of you are going to hate on me for this thing I know it :P Why did I get it? Good question. I wont overclock yet and because it looks good. No point in me getting an H-240x went I wont OC for a few years. And that it what I do plan on upgrading to an H220x or H240x :)
Motherboard - I simply wanted a board that had great audio, quality and aesthetics and that basically highlighted everything on the Hero :)
RAM - Got these bad boys on sale for $76 in CAD. That is an amazing deal in Canada so I had to jump on it. I will be purchasing 8GB more near Christmas.
Storage - HDD: Wanted a higher performance HDD and this is what I got :) Also has a 5 year warranty.. Cant beat it. SSD: was on sale for $58 CAD. Was in the middle of class on newegg and I saw it on there and I had to jump on it. WWI History<Saving $20
GPU - Too much hype to ignore it. 970 gives 290x performance for $150 less and way less noise and power consumption. yes please
Case - I have had this case for 8 months already. I ordered it because it was on sale so I just threw it in my closet and then 8 months later I used it :)
PSU - the G2's offer way too much quality/performance/price ratio to ignore. 750W for future SLI
I am running Windows 8.1
LED kit is from costco.
No you cannot get a room with it ;)
Thanks for your time guys :) Tell me if you like it and tell me if you dislike it and why! Thank you :D
UPDATE I have recently added another 8GB of the memory, another 970, and I have changed the CPU cooler to an H100i. I did the H100i and memory at around Christmas time and I just recently added the other 970. To go with the 970 I got an ROG Swift which is spectacular! :)