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While this may be my first serious computer build, I strongly feel that I made very few mistakes with this one. Working reliably for over six months now, I am very satisfied with the system I have put together. I still have yet to get a nice CPU cooler, which I plan to get a Corsair H110 280mm Cooler, but other than that, I strongly recommend this build to anyone wanting a serious gaming PC, but not wanting to spend crazy amounts of cash for the crazy 8-core CPUs and the 4 way SLI graphics setups.

Here's a brief part breakdown.

CPU: I nabbed the 4790K for a meager 10$ off at the time. I suppose I shouldn't complain though, popular CPUs don't go on sale very often. This is a very nice, popular CPU for gamers, and for a reason.

Motherboard: This was a great buy, I planned on buying a separate wireless card and RAM, but this little guy came with both! I got it packaged for free with the G.Skill RAM. It's also a pretty solid Motherboard, optimized for overclocking and longevity.

RAM: Pretty standard, popular, and most importantly, free RAM.

Storage: The black 1TB WD hard drive was on sale for 75$, and for an extra 10ish dollars from the blue version, I just figured I'd nab it. So far it's been a very solid drive, though I always recommend SSDs for serious gaming. The 110$ OCZ Vertex was a great deal for a middle end 240 GB SSD, and it has definitely served me well thus far.

Video Card: At the time I bought this card, AMD was offering a great deal packaged with their newer cards to where any buyer would get a few, rather nice games. Nabbing Star Citizen, Tomb Raider, and some other decent third game (Might've been Just Cause 22) was a nice bonus to an already pretty solid card. However, without that bonus, I very well may have bought a nice Nvidea card. While the R9 290 is not a bad card, there are a couple of games in which I can not turn the graphics all the way up without some lag. However, Star Citizen is not yet one of them, and therefore, I can give some kudos to this card.

Case: An extremely well-built case, this one shined out to me from the start. This case definitely has it all, longevity, great aesthetics, lots of room for cable management, and amazing airflow (HAF, or High airflow is not a joke with this case).

Power Supply: This was one of the best deals I got on this PC. At 95$ on sale, this power supply is not only extremely high quality, but also fairly cheap. Even now on Newegg, I think you could get this unit for a whopping 130$. However, for anyone looking to cut a little bit of cost on their PC, I would get something cheaper, definitely not a 660W platinum rated power supply.

Optical Drive: This is not really worth noting, it was cheap, and it plays CDs and DVDs.

Monitors: 2 or more monitors are now a must-have for me, and these do the job optimally. At 140ish USD, this 21.5 inch 1080p IPS LED backlit monitor is a nice buy. I didn't have a huge budget for monitors this go around, but there are definitely larger options for those that do.

Keyboard: An amazingly beautiful mechanical keyboard, this was a great buy for me. Not everyone is able or willing to dish out 170$ for a RGB mechanical keyboard, but for me, this was definitely worth the extra cash. Even if I didn't have the funds for this particular keyboard, in my opinion, a 50$ mechanical keyboard is a million times better than any membrane keyboard out there.

Mouse: Anyone who uses wireless desktop mouses for any reason, this mouse is for you. I've never enjoyed using wired mouses for any reason, and at 25$ this wireless mouse is both solid, and inexpensive.

Custom parts: Unfortunately, the PX21s were discontinued, but this is definitely one of the most enjoyable headsets i've used. The UPS was a must-have for me, as an SSD and power outages are not good friends, and where I live, the combo is a definite possibility.

Any comments, praises, or criticisms are gladly welcomed.(Keep in mind this PC is over 5 months old!)

Edit*: Added some updated Pics.

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Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build and nice score on the free ram with the mobo! May we peak inside the case? :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure thing, I just took a few shots. Sorry for the poor lighting.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

how much ram came with the motherboard?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

WHY no z97 for broadwell upgrade?

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

The RAM came free with the Z87 version, plus the chipset was compatible with haswell-refresh CPUs so there was really no downside.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Broadwell isn't supposed to be much of an upgrade outside of integrated graphics. Skylake is the one to wait/prepare for; which will probably require a new chipset as well.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have not gotten that keyboard and used the extra money on your graphics card. I would have gone for a 970.

If you had gotten an i5 4690k (absolutely perfect for gaming) and saved on that keyboard, you could have gotten a 980!

Why that CPU?! That's what I'm most curious about. You do not need that for gaming.

Overall though, it's actually really nice. And looks good. +!

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Ya. Unless he's doing video editing, he doesn't need the hyper threading. It kinda goes against his description of paying less money

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

You're probably right. At the time, I didn't realize the inferiority of the R9 290 versus some of the higher end NVidea cards, so by getting a 290 I thought I was being prepared for future gaming, which was my logic behind getting the nicer CPU. If and when my GPU does need an upgrade, i'll probably look to the nicer NVidea cards, but for now it performs very well with all but the most intensive (or poorly optimized) games.

And for the keyboard? I actually bought that a few months after the rest of the PC, when I had a bit more spending money than before. Still though, I do not regret the keyboard, it is quite a solid piece of equipment.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

poorly optimized games? coughubisoftcough

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't forget NetherRealm studios as well...lol

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build. I'd just go with something like a Hyper 212 Evo for cooling. It's cheap, quiet, and performs much better than a stock cooler.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, but I was looking more for a liquid cooling option. I've had my eyes on the Corsair H110, but if you have any different suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah if you want liquid get the H110, go for it, but it won't be quieter than a hyper 212. Much better at cooling, though.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Make the Radeon a 390

  • 59 months ago
  • 0 points

i think you may have gotten ripped off when they told you that motherboard was coming with free ram, the normal price of that motherboard is $160.... even if you bought it a while ago $65 is a pretty drastic drop in price

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

The motherboard is on sale right now on Newegg 30% off for 160$. So 6 months ago for 225$ with the ram? I wouldn't say that's too shabby. Oh, and I bought/buy about 85% of all my computer parts from Newegg, they are my go-to for most computer components.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

i'm not saying it wasn't a good deal! it was! but i think they upped the price a little when they sold it to you to include the ram.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

My guess is that it was a Shell Shocker bundle. It's probably easier for him to mention it the way he did instead of trying to figure out the price on each.

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