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Yeah, I know. Corny name. But I'm an old-school Transformers fan, and there's a lot of blue in my system. It's also streakingly fast in comparison to the 8 year old Gateway I just left behind.

I started this process completely from scratch. I knew next to nothing about current generation components. This website's build guides were invaluable to my research process. To other new builders out there: Yes, the sheer number of parts options here can be overwhelming at first. However, with visits to good PC hardware sites, lots of YouTube build video watching, and picking the brains of friends who have built their own, you too can build your own PC!

This is a gaming and general use PC (web browsing, etc) with no serious content creation in the works. My main goal was to play games at 1080p on Ultra or close to it. I primarily play Blizzard games (WoW and Diablo 3:RoS), but I also desired the horsepower to branch out and try games that are more demanding on a system. Also, I wanted to have the ability to overclock in the near future, so I selected the i5-4690K and a Z97 motherboard. All of the other choices came as a result of researching gear that was generally acceptable for 1080p gaming and would fit into my budget. I tried to stay under $1000, but you can see I ended up going over a bit.

Thanks for reading this if you took the time to do so. I hope I can play a small part in encouraging someone else to take up this challenge. It really is the most rewarding thing I've done for my gaming hobby... well, ever!

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  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

Awesome build ! About the gaming hobby... I love some CS GO or Skyrim... But I think messing with computers is more entertaining ( and expensive ) than playing games on them. I'm not building a PC to play games. My laptop can do that. I want to build a rig then sell it then do it again then sell it. What I'm trying to say is, I agree with the rewarding part of the gaming hobby.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build you got there. Add some white leds that would look awesome imo ^

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan on adding some blue LED fans in the future to continue with the theme.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Thats nice too. Well I noticed in my build that the red parts of the mobo blend in with the red led but it still looks good ^ I guess blue will do the same xd ps the led on fans don't give that much light just keep that in mind.

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

That's fine by me. I don't want to be blinded by them when I'm gaming at night. :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

is the 970 worth the extra money cause im thinking about getting a 960??

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

970 all the way! Way better for the cash.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with TechLlama. Find the room in your budget for it. The 970 really is at the price/performance sweet spot. I was afraid I'd screwed up by buying it a few days too soon when Nvidia announced the 980 Ti, but they didn't lower the price of the 970 any. If you absolutely can't add the budget room for it, consider an R9 290. Not quite as expensive for a little bit less performance (depending on the game, of course). Still lots of bang for the buck.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

ok thanks!!!!!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, clean build! Isn't cable management easy with that case and psu (I have the same ones).+1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the compliment! I have a feeling I could have managed things a lot better in the back, but the side panel went back on with no bulges. So I'll take it. :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah cable management in the back in the Enthoo Pro is bad, I tried for half an hour to clean it up and promptly gave up and put the side panel back on. It doesn't really matter though it's just hard to wire up more storage or graphics cards especially since you have to take off the psu shroud.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey mate, do you happen to play Dota 2, CS:GO or GTA V? If you are, could you tell me what kinds of FPS you're getting? I'm looking into getting a GTX 970, but I'm not sure it can yield the fps that I desire.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I do not play any of those games, sorry. I did get Witcher 3 for free with my 970 purchase, so I will report the FPS later.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, no worries. A Witcher 3 Benchmark would be an awesome comparison and would be very helpful for me, thanks again!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I run Witcher 3 with the settings that the Nvidia Geforce Experience program picked based on my machine (a mixture of Ultra and High) with one alteration. The preferred setup turns off the Nvidia HairWorks. When I have it on, I average 53 FPS according to a few FRAPS 5 minute benchmarks. When I have it off, I average 60 FPS. I can't really tell a difference FPS-wise, and the hair, fur, beards, etc, looks so much better with it on. This is all at stock clock speeds. I have done no overclocking to my processor or my video card. Hope that helps.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

You do not understand how much you have just helped me. It truly is invaluable. Running a high-tier graphics demanding game at 60fps has more than sold me. GTX 970 ordered and on the way, thanks to you :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I just put in the same board for my friend only to find out it was DOA, i should have bread boxed it and tested it before I ran all his Cables

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Tough break. I admit I was so gung ho to get the build done and operational that I almost passed on the POST test. I'm glad I didn't, though, for that reason. Much easier to put things back for RMA purposes. :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice! I'm planning a build with the same case and PSU pretty soon. It looks like the motherboard power cables were plenty long enough, but I'm curious about what your experience working with that combo was like.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Cable length with all of my parts was not an issue, or I should say none of them were too short. Managing the excess on the back was a bit harder for me as a new builder. I also ended up changing my mind several times on which cable management hole in the case to use for what cable. I think I got a nice clean result on the front side, but I probably could have done much better on the backside. That being said, the back side of the case slid into place without bulging, and none of the airflow is impinged by it, so I call it a mixed win. I heartily recommend the case, though. The manual was clear, and the storage case for all the various screws (as well as graphic charts showing which screw is for what part) is fantastic.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

The front's the side that people will see, so I would definitely call that a win. That will be a bit new for me as well. I've mostly used super low budget cases in the past, so this should hopefully be a refreshing change. Thanks for the response!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you supposed to do that with BIOS ? I doubt that's a good thing to turn on a mobo with a CPU in it and no way to cool it... Oh well. too late now xD

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Eh, I had it on for less than 30 seconds. Just enough to make sure the UEFI screen showed up and then snap a pic. I was nervous enough about installing the cooler (and that stupid thermal compound) that I didn't want to do it until I was ready for it. But hey, maybe someone will see that and think twice before doing the same thing, LOL.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I do it all the time, it's safe for about 2 minutes. You just gotta be quick.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Is the 212 EVO hard to install ?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It wasn't as easy as the videos I watched made it seem, but I'm sure that's more my lack of experience than anything else. If you're building a system from scratch, I definitely recommend installing it prior to putting the motherboard in the case.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Ohh wow ! You did that after you put it in ?! Holy crap that probably was hard...

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I installed one in my sister's PC after it was built. It wasn't the hardest thing ever but I wouldn't want to do it again.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I installed it prior to putting the motherboard in. Sorry if I wasn't clear on that. Just putting that tip out there for those who haven't messed with one before. :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

when you were doing the post test ..... WHY didn't you have cooler? i know it's only a post test but still i shat myself when i saw that.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I describe my thought process on that in comments above. Long story short: rookie mistake.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

haha we all have to make mistakes in our lives (computer nerds that is )