Background: I am a Portland State University student who is graduating with my bachelors of science in mechanical engineering in the spring of 2015. I am also a member of the Portland State Aerospace Society. I play games approximately 20 hours per week. Most of my gaming took place on gaming consoles until late 2012, when the power supply of my HP laptop failed. It was the end of winter break, school started in a couple weeks and I needed a new computer before the start of winter term. I wanted to build a computer, but unfortunately I needed a portable device. I also needed something with a dedicated graphics card to run drafting programs such as Solidworks. This led me to purchase the MSI GE70, a 17" laptop with a GTX660m. This barely suited my needs, it could play games on medium settings in 1080p, run Solidworks, and was portable. However, its performance paled in comparison to any gaming tower of the same price, and at approximately 9lbs, it was far less portable than a similarly priced ultrabook. A device full of compromises that is was not ideal, but has served me well and has been issue free.
Since then, I had been saving money for my first computer build, and by October 2014 I had reached my financial goal. IN mid November, I begun buying parts as they went on sale. The final purchase was made on December 16th and the building process began. Some of the parts I purchased were not what I initially wanted and some did not conform to my general biases, but they were chosen anyway because of their prices and ability to sufficiently meet or exceed the set goals.
Primary Usages: Games, Solidworks, and Entertainment
Performance Goals: Play demanding games on ultra settings at 60fps in 1080p
Form & Function Preference: Free-flowing Mini ITX or Silent Mid-Tower
i5-4690K: Most of the applications I use do not take advantage of multiple cores or threads, therefore I felt an i7 would be unnecessary. The 4690K is more than enough to meet my goals at its stock clock speeds, even a 4440 or 4570 would have been sufficient. However, I have an interest in overclocking and at a price of $195 I couldn't pass it up.
more to come....