I've been using the same Dell laptop since 2010. It features an old dual core, hyperthreaded i5 processor clocked at a blistering 2.66 GHz, integrated graphics and boot up times that comfortably allow me to grab a snack, walk my dogs and cook a full roast dinner before landing on the desktop. The CPU can, in theory, boost to 2.93 GHz. But only in theory, as it has recently decided to start running at 100 degrees under load. Needless to say, I decided it was time to upgrade.
This is the first desktop PC that I've ever actually owned (first build too!), and I wanted to make sure I'd have performance to spare for at least another 5 years. I'll mainly be using this rig for gaming and web browsing.
I went with the 4790K as it was on sale and only about £50 more than the 4690K at the time. I managed to get the CPU running stable at 4.6 GHz at 1.24V at temps that are actually lower than boiling point (always nice!). The Hyper 212 Evo does its job pretty well, but it gets REALLY loud under load. I would definitely go for a more high end cooler in any future builds. The motherboard I wasn't really sure about and I essentially chose it just because it came with a headset where I got it from. Still, it has decent range of I/O and will let me throw another graphics card in there in the future. Speaking of the graphics card, this Strix 970 is absolutely awesome! Dead silent even under full load when overclocked. I never get anything less than 45fps on AC4 at 1440p with pretty high settings and Skyrim with a few mods gets around 90fps. I will definitely be grabbing another one of these and going SLI at some point. The case was a pretty easy choice for me. I really like the design of the R5. Simple and clean, but it somehow manages to not look understated and boring. It was really easy to work in too. Tons of room behind the mobo tray with lots of tie down points and the velcro ties they included were nice too. I absolutely LOVE the fan controller at the front, it's such an easy way to adjust fan speed without needing a separate controller taking up room in the case.
Overall, I'm really happy with the way this build turned out. Performance is great, I think it looks great and it was a hell of a lot of fun to put together. Thanks for reading!