Description

I needed a new rig since my old one was aging and I wasn't able to play the games I wanted. At time of publishing, everything is currently at stock settings.

Main purpose: (in order of priority) 1. Gaming 2. Streaming 3. Content creation and editing

Parts: CPU - Intel i7 4790K. I know it's a little overkill for gaming, however I wanted to stream some games and I know I would benefit from hyper threading. Also I got a really good price for it. (Microcenter)

CPU Cooler - Corsair H100i. It's corsair's most popular AIO cooler for a reason right? Honestly, I'm a sucker for cool and sleek looking gear, so when I found out this cooler has a light that could change colors based on the temp of your CPU, it was my downfall. The good new is that it is a really awesome cooler and does an amazing job. It is winter when I am publishing this article so the temps may not be the best representation of performance; however with that disclaimer, my idle CPU temp is 27C (however no OC)

Motherboard: ASRock z97 Extreme6. For the price and features, I felt this board was a solid pick since a lot of review showed very little difference between boards. So with that, it just came down to price and brand preference. Now I've never used ASRock before, I have used only Asus boards in the past. However, I felt the premium on Asus boards weren't worth the name stamped on the board. I decided to go with the ASRock based on numerous reviews stating the exceptional stability of this board.

RAM G SKILL 16GB - 2400. Best ram out in the market in my opinion. Latency is lower than its Corsair rival and without the Corsair premium. No brainer for me.

SSD Samsung 850 Pro 256Gb. Fastest out there. What's not to love but the price.

HDD WD Green 2Tb. Cheap affordable storage.

Video Card Nvidia GTX 970 (MSI 4GB Gaming Twin Frozr V). I have no bias for either NVDIA or AMD, I strictly look at performance/price. The newly released Maxwell architecture is amazingly efficient and I was contemplating buying an r9 290, but after hearing all the good things about this card, it edged my decision towards nvdia even with the extra cost. Fans stay off until 60C. This particular card has an LED lit MSI dragon logo which is cool. You can't go wrong with any of the 970s.

Case Corsair Obsidian 750D. I wanted a full tower since my old case was an mid tower and I felt that mid tower didn't offer the room I wanted for all my parts. I know that mid tower cases are good and mid towers have come a long way since 6 years ago (the age of my old case). However, cases are pretty much aesthetics and I liked the clean look and construction of this monster. This case is big supports water loops and almost any size radiator. It also has plenty of room in the back for cable management. Last but not least, it has good airflow for cooling all your parts.

Power Supply Rosewill Capstone 750M - Semi modular. I liked the modular design without the full modular price. Unfortunately not a name brand but it got good reviews and is 80Plus Gold. But without the name brand comes a cheaper price. I picked this power supply because I plan to SLI later and if I do decide to buy an AMD Card later, I might need the extra leg room.

Fans 2X Noctua NF-F12 PWM. I bought these bad boys to replace the stock H100i fans, partly why my CPU stays a bit cooler probably (I'm assuming lol)

Peripherals This is the part I left out the price because I didn't want to inflate the price of the actual rig. Second, these items are OLD so they weren't purchased with this rig. But for those that wanted to know what I used, I made this section.

Monitors 2X Asus VH238H

Mouse Logitech G700 Wireless Gaming Mouse (Will be replaced)

Keyboard Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard (Ancient and will be replaced soon)

Edit: all the parts with the exception of the gpu were heavily discounted on Black Friday. These prices reflect the sale and any mail in rebates.

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Comments

  • 64 months ago
  • 4 points

8/10 would bang

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

haha, awesome. Thanks!

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  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm really happy with this build.

  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

Not sure if total price was planned or not...

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

I guess many people dont know Eizo screens :( try to check one personally in a store if you can..

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm. Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately it'll probably be an upgrade after a new mouse and keyboard.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, that's good price on that CPU. I feel like you did a much better job at squeezing bang for your buck than most people on here, so props to you.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

That rosewill capstone is a super flower psu and they make some of the best performing power supply's there is. The leadex platform.... Anyways it is a very good psu and performs admirably especially at its price point! As someone already stated excellent deals one would almost say you got some 1EE7'deals ! Sorry about that. Anyways the only thing I would have done differently is match the mobo and GPU colors although your part selection is spot on . Plus 1

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

i7-4790K is ~$300, he got it for $250 ASRock Z97 EXTREME6 is $175, he got it for $125 G.Skill memory is $170, he got it for $135 Samsung 850 Pro is $170-180, he got it for $150 Corsair 750D is $135, he got it for $75 Rosewill PSU is $84, he got it for $60 Western Digital is $80, he got it for $70 Monitors are $155 each, mouse is $100, listed at 0

So another $665 over the price he has. Personally I think the 750D is pretty mega huge to hold like 1 HDD and 1 GPU. I don't know why people use cases that big.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

It does look a little empty in there but that just means they will have room to run sli without it getting to cramped In there also it help keep temps down!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome man, Very noice. GooD. AMAZING. +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

How much were monitors and no tax and your micro center?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The monitors i bought a couple years ago for i think 120 and 140. The micro center is great for cpu's