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EDIT After I added the additional RAM I ran a stress test on the computer w/ temps. I'm happy to report that CPU temp remains a breezy 30° Celsius resting, and ~60-80 with stress/extreme-stress. Thanks to everyone for all the help and input!

This is my first attempt in building my own PC. And I’ve learned a lot about the process. Don’t even get me started about the stupid things I did… lets just say, power cords are fickle.

Let me start off by saying I wanted a computer that could edit videos, photoshop, surf, and Game. One of the most important goals of this build was to not nessicarily make it future proof, but at least last more than a few years.

TimeWarp --wHhoOoAA--

Three years ago on May 4th (may the Fourth be with you) I got married. My wife and I wanted to get a top-of-the-line computer with some of our wedding money. My wife and I argued up and down about buying a Mac or PC. Until I went all out and procured butt-tons of flow charts, pie charts, and professional opinions, to prove that a built PC was the way to go. In the end, “we” decided the logical choice was obvious… we bought a 2,500$+ iMac.

Something went wrong with the f**ker, so we took it into the store. The “Genius” called the three year old computer “vintage” and informed us they weren’t a loud to even take to it into the back to look at it. I ended up fixing it myself. After a few grueling hours searching the world wide web for some assistance, loads of tinkering hours, and a small fortune in replacement parts, the computer was finally fixed… mostly. It still kinda sucks.
Enough was enough! My goal is to build a better computer than the One that’s known to draw its mythical power from a poisonous white glowing apple, which is told to be fueled by simple folk’s hard earned coin. Armed with the thirst to prove my wife wrong, I departed on my PC building endeavors.

-Enter Bad_Replay-

I was Joined by my trusty Asus Hero Vii mobo, who brought along his two blades which are enchanted with 4gs of mighty ram (Which will soon be blessed by a holy priestess who insures a 50% upgrade in future Quest), his loyal comrades Intel Of The i7’s, and the EnForcer of the 970’s joined our group shortly after departing. From Rendering hours of Epic Tails, to making little n00bians cry the sweet tears of defeat in 1on1 mortal combat, WE LOVE DEM SWEET TEARS!, we shall surely succeed!!!
Anywho…

CPU- Intel Core i7-4790K 4GHz. I was originally going to use an AMD, but my brother-n-law talked me into switching to an i5. When I was at the store they had an i7 combo deal with the mobo I wanted, so I picked it up instead. KAPOW! Upgrades!

MoBo- Asus MAXIMUS VII Hero. What can I say about this beautiful board? It’s reliable, looks nice, and will handle anything I need to throw at it. Holy Hymnals are played on hellborn Fender Stratocasters!

RAM- yeah, I didn’t really think there was any real difference between RAM. So I bought some red ones that had a decent speed of 2133 and called it a day. BAH RAM YOU F**KA!

Case- This guy took forever to pick out. I decided on the H440 because it pretty much nailed the criteria that I was looking for in a case: 1) rounded edges/rubber grommets made it easy to work with. 2) Windowed 3) Good Reviews 4) Excellent CM solving 5) Well vented 6) Priced well 7) Possessed by the power of Satan -and honestly it was the first case that I saw that I could picture working with, so I bought it. No regrets thus far. Needless to say it has been a journey of enlightenment… mostly for the wife. But the battle is never over! So if you have any comments or suggestions on how to make this setup full of even more awesomeness, then feel free to comment it up! If you think it sucks… THEN YOU SUCK! Kidding! everyone is entitled to their opinion. Just know that I’m praying you fall into a pit full of spikes with baby **** all over the place. There is NOTHING worse than pits full of baby ****. Trust me!

This guy seems to be running a little hot to me. When I have the duel monitors, watching Netflix on one screen while playing WoW on the other, the temp is about 160 °F. Any comments or insight on that would be appreciated. I couldn’t have done this build without the community and this website. So thank you all.

BeeTeeDubs. ill be streaming a few different games on Twitch.tv/bad_replay every day after 5pm est if you want to drop by to say hello!

Comments

  • 58 months ago
  • 6 points

Best advice I ever had on marriage, from a 92 year old 65-year veteran: "At some point you're going to have to make a decision: do I want to be happy? Or do I want to be right?"

Great story, congrats on finally getting to do the build

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Couldnt agree more, the situation with the wife and I is very playful. This was all in jest. I couldnt agree more with that old man :) but in this situation i was both happy & right xD

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

This guy seems to be running a little hot to me.

Your GPU will run rather hot, as the fans don't spin until a certain temperature. Plus, it's in a H440 - the majority of 'silent' cases will cause your components to be a little hotter.

Great build.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

good to know. thanks man!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Ya thats what you get for getting a mac

then again the wife was happy... So... Rock and a hard place there man

Good build overall though

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

the wife was happy, and now I'M happy lol. thanks guy!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

also forgot to mention how great the description as a whole was. Overall i love this post huge +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Your temps look hot bc theyre in fahrenheit u lokk at pc temps in celsius, not fahrenheit

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

You know, every day I look at my rig. And I think, "yeah, I've got a pretty decent build." But then I look at beautiful builds like these and think, "damn, that makes my rig look like crap, even though performance-wise it's not that different."

Nice work, +1.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the kind words! i would love to check out your build whether or not its "pretty". let me know if you ever post up!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Heh, I've been procrastinating doing so. I'll get around to it when I'm not busy.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. I enjoyed the read-through of your build description. I sorta expected a "Knights of Badassdom" ending...but whatever. Baby poop pits with spikes works too. Couple of comments/questions:

  • I don't know how to say more than three words in French, so the poster in the background is lost to me (<in French-Canadian voice-over> I know French Fry, French Dip, and my personal favorite, French Kiss...mwa-mwa-mwa).

  • Nice beer. I think, personally, a Liftbridge Hop Dish would have looking much nicer there in the middle.

  • Why the Hero?

  • Custom painted gameboy? Or some other tool?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

1) I'm sure the poster says something profane since silly Americans dont speak any other language than english (and sometimes thats a stretch). to answer your question, i dont have the slightest idea lol. 2) I would defiantly love to try that beer, sadly its not available out in Ohio. I asked the wife to pick me up whatever, what she got wasnt bad, would have preferred a Southern Tier Gemini though 3) Why not? it was highly rated, great price point (especially with the Micro Center bundle). I have no qualms over it yet, and i dont think i will.
thanks for the comments! ill work on my ending on my next build! haha

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Fun read

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build bro! And awesome description haha :) +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the write up. Loved it. The build is great as well.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Where'd you get the mobo so cheap?

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I picked it up from a MIrcoCenter (actually in the store, not online). I talked to the sales rep for awhile (found out from another gentleman that they work on commission), and she shaved some of the $$ off if i aggreed to an upgraded processor. Which was fine with me because PCPartPicker listed MC as the lowest price at that time for the i7. win win

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Argh, it's always MicroCenter. Just another reason I loathe living in Alabama

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

i'm sure it has its perks tho!

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  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build (for a filthy alliance scum) .

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

shhh, im undercover here man! i will always be FOR THE HOOOORRRDE!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build. Somewhat similar to mine but with a different color scheme.

On the i7, I'm assuming that mobo combo deal was from Microcenter? At those prices not going with the i7 would just be wrong. Gotta love having one of those near by.

71c is a little hot for a CPU but well within the safe zone (my 4790k runs at about 61c under load with a small OC on an air cooler) if that is your GPU temp, that is pretty typical of 970 temps. You could try reseating the waterblock on the CPU to make sure the thermal paste spread out evenly, but honestly unless it starts getting close to 80c I wouldn't concern myself with it. I once had a folding machine run at 80c for 2 years with no issues.

+1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, got it from MicroCenter. When i asked the sales woman for the i5 and Hero she told me that she'd knock of some $$ if i upgrade to the i7. I'm not sure if it was a sale per-say, but she did give me a deal on it. I'll try messing around with the fans when i get home, and get exact numbers for the temps on everything. I didnt think to remember then numbers, but when i read the temp off of the temp to my from from program i use, he said that it sounded a little too hot. but safe is safe i guess. thanks for the info buddy!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Best Description I've ever seen on here!!! +1million

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you Very Much Matty!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! Also, the twitch says it's a justin.tv account so I can't watch :( Also, those selfies were great haha!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm really loving your write-up. +1 How do you like that monitor? I've been looking around for cheap gaming screens, but it is such a complicated subject...

  • 58 months ago
  • 4 points

i wrote this long post for you describing the monitor, then i accidentally hit back, and lost it all. so i'll just do a sum up. its a really good monitor so far. my only complaint is that the cords face straight back, and that there are so few output options. find one that fits what you are looking for, and judge by the reviews. i give my ( as of a few days) as a 4 out of 5.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build man! And that case is one of my all time favorites.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

it's pretty good so far. easy to work with and ascetically pleasing. the inner hipster is dreading the fact that its easy to get and everyone has it. lol

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey dude! Funny enough, I am actually thinking of buying most of the same parts you are. I was actually hoping to find something like this to cross reference that the parts all work well together. I am going with the EVGA gtx970 SC ACX 2.0 edition, and am running with a single 2 tb harddrive and a 750w power supply for upgrades in the future, also I opted for a cooler master storm trooper full tower case. So, after having this build for a while now, still no problems? is it quiet or loud? does your gpu still get really hot? Anything else I should know about these parts and how they work together?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I have had zero problems so far. It's a great setup imo. It still runs a little hot, but I think that due to my case and how hard I push it. I'll be looking for your build when you're done with it! Good luck and if you run into any issues, feel free to hit me up!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man, really appreciate you commenting back. I am building this machine very soon and will post it when I'm done.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I may be late but:

I used my AIO to pull air in. I wasnt going to till i read the mounting instructions provided and they advice you to make it pull air in. So i said, eh, that makes sense because there is cool air behind my desk and hot air in the case.

My pc sits inside of a desk with an opening at the back so i think it makes sense for me to do it that way.

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/yksJ7P

check out my comments, they had a jolly good time arguing with me about it :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

i very much enjoyed reading your little novel :D ups to you dude!!! nice build!!!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you very much!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

SO CLOSE TO BEING $1337!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

BEST STORY EVAR

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you Sir!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Is there a reason you didnt include prices for the parts?

Looks awesome, Im acutally planning on building a VERY similar system anyway (same mobo, GPU, CPU, ram), so its great to know everything will look great together once its assembled. +1 for the discription

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

the reason why i took the prices off is because people at my work wanted to see my setup, so i wanted to keep the prices private. my system is nice, the only issue is the heat, the case has pretty poor air flow, even with my upgraded fans. but if you arnt planing on doing a great deal of multitasking then you should be fine. I stream on twitch, when im streaming i am running with two monitors 1) my game, 2)pandora, 3) twitch chat, 4) my channel dashboard, 5) OBS, 6)and usually skype. To not over heat i must bring back my game graphics. I'm currently looking into dumping even more $$ into my cooling, i'm hoping to be able to run all of those things while keeping my Ultra graphics. other than that the system is pretty entertaining. future upgrades will be another monitor, better cooling, & SLI another GTX 970. also overclocking will be done in the future. Thanks for the ups!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

As far as hear, have you thought of liquid cooling. There are closed loop coolers that are very easy to install. Plus there is even a closed loop cooler for that gtx 970. I do believe it was called the Kraken g10? Maybe? Good luck.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't get it....

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

what don't you get friend? That is an external hardrive i made with an old laptop HD.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

i was jk, but i actually thought it was a red theme since i didn't read full description

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, i ******* love the gameboy thing

  • 58 months ago
  • -1 points

Best presentation ever XD Pretty build. Good job on proving her wrong. Mac doesn't suck... until the new one gets out.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate! couldnt agree with you more, no one ever said a Mac is built to last.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel like a ton of people say that.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

well, we all know that most people are pretty naive when it comes to computers...

  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

Yes, but with reasons. Pc and mac are both good, but pc is more customizable, more future proof, less expensive, compatible with more stuff, and, let's be honest, can be waaaay prettier than a Mac when well done. And Mac... works out of the box and is well packaged and doesn't fail... for 2 years (top)... I kinda destroyed my first statement here.

  • 58 months ago
  • 4 points

I know lots of people who are still using those white or black plastic Macbooks. To say they last two years tops is ridiculous.

I figure it's two things that make it seem like they don't last as long.

  1. People who aren't willing to put in the work to do general upkeep/housekeeping on a computer are the kind of people who the "it just works" ideal would appeal to, and are more likely to buy an Apple.

  2. People with more disposable income can afford an Apple, and people with more disposable income are more likely to buy a new computer rather than fix the one they're having problems with. See: this build. Guy has a $2,500 iMac. Three years later, isn't happy with it, so spends $1,300+ on a new build. $4K on computers in three years. They very well could have just bought a new iMac, but this person decided to build their own PC.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

i really think its the purpose of the computers. if you plan on surfing the web on these devices and backing up your iphones... then these are perfectly fine for a few years. i bought mine looking for a rendering machine and a gaming computer, which was fine for about a year, then they became obsolete. its not ridiculous, just reality and logic. not everyone is looking for a renderer and gaming computer. my father and mother want a compute that will last, and they only browse the interwebs. a mac is designed for them.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

did you keep the thermal compound that came on the unit? im starting to think leaving it on was a bad idea.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I wouldnt worry about it if your cpu is running around 60 degrees C under load.

ps. you didnt specify if the gpu is 160 °F or the cpu is 160 °F

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