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A build for my girlfriend. I did a bit of research on a majority of the parts since this is my first full build!

CPU: i5 4690k. I felt it was good enough, I was planning on upgrading to the i7 4770k for $150 more, though the price didn't do it for me since it wasn't that big of an improvement and hyper-threading doesn't work on much currently, although I plan on overclocking this. The stock fan is pretty awful, but it does the job until I finish paying for insurance and other things.

CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i: A very reputable brand for a vital component of the rig. Unfortunately I don't have enough for one quite yet, but it will be purchased soon. I'd go for a H110, though I really don't want to stick rads on-top of the tower. :c

Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Paste: Loving this and the amount I bought. The temperature difference on the gpu is the difference between the fans turning on or the fans staying off. I have yet to do some overclocking to get some proper readings under load, but I haven't had the gpus fans kick in (for this gtx 980 the fans don't start until it reaches 60 degrees Celsius.

Motherboard: Asus Maximus VII Formula. This motherboard is amazing, the features are pretty awesome, but the cosmetic effects on it are just amazing. I took the liberty of spray painting the front part of the plastic pink to go with the case, and I was not disappointed. The BIOS is very easy to navigate with the instruction manual. Couldn't be happier with a mobo for gaming.

Memory: Corsair Dominator (2x8GB 1600). Very pretty ram sticks with those beautiful heat spreaders. They were pretty pricey and on specialty order, but I'm far from dissatisfied. I could have gone with faster memory, but I felt 1600(1632)mhz is enough.

Storage: A-Data 256GB SSD. Like any build, an SSD is an absolute must. Boot times went from 3 1/2 minutes to 15 seconds. Absolutely amazing. Western Digital PURPLE SERIES 4TB: Will be purchasing afterwards. Already have a 2TB external hard drive just in case.

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980. I know this is really overkill for this build, but I did it on purpose. It's a very efficient card with really nice wattage and how much heat it disperses. I was thinking of many ideas such as going with a two-way SLI for two gtx 970's, but that would mean higher temps and more wattage just to be slightly better than one 980, just an unpopular opinion I guess. Update: This thing is an absolute beast! I switched out the thermal paste and on idle it hangs around 40 degrees Celsius. I haven't tested load temps until I get a proper cooler for the cpu when I attempt to clock the rig. Also, the fans don't start kicking in until 60 degrees Celsius which is really nice. I kinda regret getting this, because two weeks ago Corsair plans on releasing liquid gpu mount brackets for reference cards, but at the same time there's kind of no need.

Case: Enermax Ostrog (ECA3253-PW). This case is amazing, there's lots of cool things about this tower. It's hard to come by something in pink without painting it. There are some drawbacks to this case, you just have to do your research. There's no 15mm clearance to fit dual rads on the top (although it looks like it will fit) unless you want to put the rad diagonally (ew). There's only 10-15mm of clearance for cable management, but as long as you get a fully modular power supply it honestly doesn't make much difference. No mounting bracket for an SSD, but ADATA's SSD's come with their own bracket. People are pretty worried about if they can fit a 24-pin ATX cable in the back of this, and yes you can. It's especially easier if you get custom sleeved cables for your psu so you can stretch them along the back of the case. Power Supply: Corsair HX850i. This psu is so amazing. I got it mainly for adding a second gpu in the future and for the custom sleeved cables. Corsair really outdone themselves with this.

Case Fans: Cooler Master 120mm case fan x2: I purchased two packs of these when they were on sale during black friday. I did some research and found out that they rattle a bit in the case, so I went to a Home Depot close by where I work and found some rubber nuts that really help with the vibration reduction. Though if you do this yourself, make sure to not tighten them a lot or your fan (depending on where your case is) could explode with the right temps. I reccomend getting rubber grommets/screws if you can find them. Also, blue LED's! :)

                                                 ~Peripherals and Displays will be added later~
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  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet build, when you said you spray painted the thing pink i was like that looks white until i saw it in the case and then i saw the pink real well. Maybe have been just the lighting outside the case. Any issues with the motherboard or is it pretty solid for the money?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :D Yeah I totally know what you mean, when the initial paint went on it I thought it would be too light for the case since I was going for a pastel pink. Though it looks like it flows really nice with the interior of the case. To be honest, it was quite a premium. There was no real problems with the mobo, I did get a Corsair H60 to cool the cpu, though none of the mounting brackets fit the motherboards holes unfortunately so I had to return it, but that's not even a problem. The price was a bit much, and came with a ton of free software that isn't really useful. The BIOS is not bad, very responsive, though kind of difficult to find things you need to do without the instruction manual. If you're not interested in paying as much for this board, you can pick up a Maximus VI Formula Z87 board that is a lot lower of a price point. The only thing to mention is it doesn't have any liquid cooling potential, and there are some incompatibilities with their mpcie wifi card on it.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I was planning on snagging the Swiftech H140-X for my future build so if the Z87 doesn't have any liquid cooling potential well it doesn't do me a lot good. Lol

But that is good that you haven't had an issue with the mobo

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohh, what I meant when I said it has no liquid cooling capabilities I meant the motherboard cannot be hooked up to a custom liquid cooled loop. Sorry about that.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

lol ah my bad

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, I'll add a downside to the motherboard. If you plan on using a Nvidia gpu, make sure to NOT use gamefirst. It conflicts with Geforce Experience causing it to not open. Another thing also, is it only has two usb 2.0 slots on the motherboard. So if you wanted to use Corsair Link, you will have to pick between a tower with less usb slots, or just not plug them in. Though you can still check on the fans in the BIOS, so I guess it's not as bad.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. The motherboard is exactly the one I am trying to get.

I thought this mobo comes with an 802.11a/b/c/ac antenna? How does the antenna works?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The wifi comes from an mpcie chip that has braided wires coming from it. So if you need a stronger signal you can always plug in the antenna.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm guessing you got tremendous ***** after you built it for her lmao. nice job