Description

This build was carried over from my first build so you could call this my 1st/ 2nd build. I transferred most of the parts over from my last build. Much happier with this build than the last one mainly cause I wasn't happy with the case and the addition of the H100i cooler.

Had a great time configuring all the parts even though it was a challenge at points.

Reasons for part selection -

i5-4690k -

Seemed the best CPU for I wanted to use it for gaming, music production, video editing and other everyday things.

Corsair H100i -

Heard it lots of good things about this cooler - good performance & reliability. Also really like corsair parts.

Asrock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer -

Helped with keeping the Red & Black colour scheme I was going for. Also really like Asrock motherboards give good performance & features for the money.

Corsair Venegeance Pro 8GB -

Liked I said earlier I really like corsair products. Tided in with colour scheme. Really good reviews.

WD 1TB HDD -

Good price and enough space for what I need. Also had a few WD hard drives before and have all worked fine.

MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB -

Like MSI products. Always wanted a high end card. Runs cool and quiet. Ties in with colour scheme.

NZXT H440 Case -

Heard excellent reviews. Great for cable management. Good quality materials. Looks really nice & ties in with colour scheme. Also it has a side panel window so I can see most parts.

SeaSonic 550W -

Heard nothing but great reviews about SeaSonic. Was tempted to go with another company and let colour scheme play a part in my choice but resisted.

TP-Link Wireless Card -

Went with it cause it supports up to 300Mbps and its ideal for my needs and it was cheap.

BitFenix Spectre Led Case Fans -

Didn't know a lot about the facts of different types of case fans until recently or I might have gone with something else. Bought them purely for the following reasons; cause I was buying a BitFenix case and thought they were a good brand and I wanted red led fans to tie in with my red/black scheme.

Corsair Red LED 120 Fans -

Seemed like the best performing and quiet red led lights I could find. Also made by Corsair. Tied in with colour scheme.

Cooler master Storm Devastator Bundle - Cheap gaming keyboard that's back light.

NZXT Led Sleeved Kit X2 - Brightened up the case with a nice red glow accenting the colour scheme.

OCZ Agility SSD - Spare SSDI had. Definitely going to upgrade it soon I think.

Problems -

Only problem I've had so far is getting the h100i to work with the Corsair Link software seems pretty buggy.

Possible Upgrades Considering Later on -

Better Case Fans, More Ram, Another HDD, Better SSD, Liquid Cooling for GPU

Had a great time building it. Learnt a lot from doing it , experience I can put into future builds.

Hope you guys like the photos, tried to get photos both in light and dark environments.

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Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you have the graphics card in the wrong slot... If you put it to the very top one (PCIEx16) you will achieve much better performance.

  • 60 months ago
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not necessarily. all 3 slots are pcie 3.0 x 16. he can have his gpu plugged into any one of them and still get the same performance.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Oops, my mistake. I confused his board with another. mb

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

no worries. easy mistake to make

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I had some issues with Corsair Link myself when first using it. It's been working fine now after switching out the cables. Also, kind of a shame you can't see the leds on the intake fans unless you take the front panel off.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeh would be good if you could see the fans. But they give the inside of the case a bit more ambience from that side.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

How are the front panel intake fans creating circulation? do you have to take the front panel off when using the fans or is there a gap along the front panel for the fans to send/receive air?

I ask because I'm deciding between this case or a windowed Fractal R5.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

FIX. GPU. SAG. other than that nice build! +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking at the build again, maybe that's why his gpu is on the lowest slot. Least amount of sag.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

i understand he cant do much, but since its so low he can just put about anything under it thats small to fix such an issue

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeh it's was sagging more on the other PCI slots so yeh I put it on the bottom one cause it had less sag. The sag was annoying me too, going to try and put something underneath it to help hold it up :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Easy solution: a few Lego blocks. ;)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Im thinking of building a very close build to this. Was wondering about the BitFenix Spectre Led Case Fans, what would you have chosen instead of those ?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I really liked this build, it's perfect for what i'm searching too.

I like very much that case, unfortunately it's a little expensive for what I can purchase in overall. Maybe ill wait a little and try to buy it.

Anyway, thanks for sharing this awesome build!

Congrats m8!