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Pcpartpicker just HAD to go under "maintenance" while typing this up, didn't it? Here goes again...

Let me introduce you to my computer Project Ashley! I have saved over a year and a half and I use it for gaming and some school work (not much, I try to avoid schoolwork whenever possible). Here are the parts and why I chose them:

CPU- i7 4790k I chose this processor because I had the money to spare. Some of you may say in the comments that "you don't need an i7 for gaming" and I agree with you because you are completely right. But I DID have extra cashola for it. It runs very well, even without OC'ing.

COOLER- H110 I got this a a birthday gift so it cost me $0. It keeps things reasonably cool at reasonable noise. One problem that I have had with it is that I couldn't remove the water-block when painting the motherboard because the plastic back-plate is made of really cheap plastic, not letting me remove it. I taped it off as best I could, but there was a little bit of over spray. Not too bad.The thermal paste I use is Antec Formula 7. I also use that paste on the GPU.

MOBO- Asrock PRO 4 Yes I know. It's not Z97, its H97 witch means that I can't overclock. However because the i7 4790k is powerful enough, I don't need to. I painted it grey because I didn't really like how the blue on this mobo didn't match the case. In my opinion the grey goes nicely with the rest of the system.

RAM- Tactical Tracer. Love it. I painted it grey as to go with the mobo. One complaint that I have is the limited amount of light patterns Crucial has in their software.

Storage- Seagate I originally got the 250 gig drive without looking for other alternatives (looking at you $40 1tb drives) because I really wanted to get my system running. Ever since then, I realized that it was not a very good deal. The other drive was taken from my old laptop but didn't seem to like my pc. It wouldn't connect or anything, so if I killed it when painting it, there was no harm done.

GPU- XFX 290 DD I really like XFX. I think that they make the best looking cards out there. The 290 that I have maxes out all my games at ultra 60 fps ultra-wide 1080p.

CASE- H-440 I chose this because I liked the look of it, and I liked NZXT. The only thing I don't like about it is the cost of shipping. Shipping cost me about $40!

PSU- RM 750 Another gift. I can't hear any coil whine nor can I hear the fan (if it spins up at all). Happy with it so far.

OS- Windows 8.1 It's okay. I prefer Linux, but none of my games are on Linux.

Monitor- LG alotoflettersand#s I love it. I don't know how I lived without an ultra-wide for so long. There is a funny story behind this monitor. I was using my old 720p monitor that was extremely overpriced, and I was playing video games when I wasn't supposed to, so my mom gets angry and throws it down the stairs. So when I decide to buy this one she throws (heh, geddit? throws? throws monitor?) $180 towards this one.

Please leave comments on what you think!

ps- I have one leg

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  • 61 months ago
  • 15 points

I give the MOBO an average life of 3 months... The paint will probably burn your chipset and all of the other chips on the MOBO. I'm even surprised you got it to work. Your GPU will probably burn too, once the PCI Xpress port you put it in burn with the rest of the MOBO.. Really, you should never paint a MOBO like that.. I mean if you have a plastic cover on it and you only paint the cover, it is fine, but the MOBO itself... All your electric circuit are crap now.. Good luck in the future, you just lost 1590.00$ US

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

Crap! I was going to say 3 months too! Ill give it 4 months! :) Great concept! poor choices.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It has been about three months now, and everything is still working great, Even have my gpu oc'd. I will be getting a new mobo soon thought (not gonna paint it this time) msi krait, so I can sli eventually. It will be colors i like (white and black). I have painted the case though. Now all the blue parts are a sick looking metallic grey.

  • 61 months ago
  • 7 points

k kill ur mobo lol

  • 61 months ago
  • 5 points

Yay for experimenting and all but umm... maybe practice first so it doesn't look like you just dropped your motherboard in your yard and spray painted it. It's hard not to be rude. At a minimum, removing the cpu cooler so you would half spray the tubes could have helped. I don't really understand why the plastic backplate made it impossible to remove. Why not tape off the other PCI slots in case you umm ever wanted to use them?? just so many whys...

  • 61 months ago
  • -3 points

It's hard to explain, but the backplate made it impossible to remove the cooler. the little tiny threaded hole things that you put into the backplate just turn and the backplate doesn't stop them.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

ooh damn, i gotcha. maybe that'd be covered under warranty?

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Maybe it was, but it's not anymore lol.

  • 61 months ago
  • -2 points

Dunno. It's probably just corsair being cheap and not using strong enough plastic. I can check and since i didn't get much paint in it its probably still covered.

  • 61 months ago
  • 5 points

As others have already stated, what were you thinking when you decided you wanted to spray paint your motherboard? You've essentially ruined it now. May as well buy a new one ASAP, so you'll have a spare ready when this one ends up failing.

Shame :(

Also, the motherboard colors fit the build perfectly before the paint. I just don't understand the reasoning behind this...

  • 61 months ago
  • -3 points

the color was just different enough to annoy me, so yah.

  • 61 months ago
  • 4 points

Question: Why is this featured?

  • 61 months ago
  • 7 points

It is a unique build that took some risks and is sparking discussion.

  • 61 months ago
  • 5 points

Love the avatar! :D

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I want it!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

good point. Even tough the paint job is good, it's nothing out of the ordinary...

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

Seen you post this on LTT fourms -^ I think you used too much paint.What my question to you is- HOW THE HECK DID YOU GET THIS TO WORK WITH ALL DAT PAINT?

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

well, i call it tape. The only thing that I forgot to do was check if the paint was conductive or not. Turns out, it wasn't.

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

why..

  • 61 months ago
  • -1 points

why what?

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice profile pic nice build... only thing I don't like it the fact you have beats on your desk..it disgusts me. The fact they are 200-300 $ and it only cost 14$ to make them is ridiculous.

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh don't worry, I'm no fan of beats. I bought them afew years ago before I began to know better. I only have them on my desk because they match the color of my case

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  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the same exact case! Nice to see another one on here +1. Personally not a fan of the paint job. Nice build though! P.S. Up your storage!

  • 61 months ago
  • -1 points

thanks! I will, when I have money, just bought the monitor you see.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Painting a motherboard is always a risky thing to do IMO, even if you have only one leg. It does look good but it would have looked even better in black or in white I think. Good build, keep it up and keep checking your mobo for any paint leaks.

  • 61 months ago
  • -1 points

as it turned out, the grey color was just going to be a base coat for a blue that I was going to put on, but at the end i liked the grey alot so I kept it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll give you credit for trying out something new, but I really cannot upvote this, personally. :(

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Either my eyesight is going bad, or I just don't see it. Why exactly was this painted in the first place?

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

why did you have to mention that you have one leg and i am sorry for you and your'e lost leg?

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Applaud you for being different, your have infact actually got a unique custom build right there.

Going off the topic of spray paint, though I will agree with the blue's, the asrock blue on their motherboards is identical in colour to that of the corsair blue. It may of been easier to get a paint match done and few custom cans of paint made and just paint your case, thus keeping all your warranty intact. Easier to replace a case than potentially the entire contents of it. I guess warranty isn't an issue for you.

I did similar build using this case and an Asrock Z97 Extreme6, decided to live with the slight differences in colour especially when you look at the cost to build it.

Your temps are very worrying, and looking at your comments regarding not being able to remove cooler hence painting some of it it suggests you may have not got that installed correctly.

You said you have changed clocks to 3.99Ghz on all 4, that is actually stock speed and it would run that speed straight out of the box, at 75 degrees your expensive grey H110 is actually performing worse than the intel stock cooler that comes in the box with your processor.

Your 3.99Ghz is purely because like most Asrock boards your BCLK is running at 99.9 yet bios will show it as 100 Windows OS picks up the slight mishap on system overview). A slight bump to 101 will even it out. But did you change bios settings yourself as something has gone wrong for 75 degrees under load at 4Ghz. Is your processor still boosting depending on load. Even across all 4 cores you should still boost to 4.1Ghz as long as temps are okay and this is automatically. Under light threaded loads you can hit easily run around 4.2/4.3 automatically without even having to change a setting. Looking at your specs, obviously board has some limitations but using Asrock OC profiles you should easily be running at 4.4ghz across all cores all day long well under that stated temp but with what you have stated at 4Ghz clock speed you are almost hitting your thermal limit and processor isn't even working at its maximum out of the box speed.

I would check your fan setup, cooler install, maybe plastic tab on copper base on pump still left on, thermal compound issue, not seated, is it tightly screwed down. There are a few things you need to go over. I could probably put it down to the paint but as you said you could remove cooler before hand so I would hesitate to guess the issue might lie there.

At 75 degrees under load in that case with its airflow using H110 I would of said your clocks speeds should be in region of 4.6 to 4.7 with a voltage increase to about 1.27v

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

oops, I meant 4.39

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  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

nice white and gold color scheme +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

or is it blue and black?

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Get a extreme6 or exreme4. Will go nicely with that H440 and you wouldn't need to worry about paint.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but seriously does your i7 go up to 75c? +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

yah, But i set the turbo boost to 3.99 on all cores, not just the first

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

oops, meant 4.39

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

What games do you play?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry but the paint job looks nasty

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

People are crazy the paint looks fine. So what the mobo gets a little bit hotter? It's not the 90's anymore. I think you should use that gray paint on the NZXT lettering, maybe keep some of the white around the edges to bolden it a bit. Blue-gray scheme looks great though.

  • 61 months ago
  • -1 points

thanks, I like the look of the grey and the white lights from the logo and the xfx card. I probably will change the lights to a white light strip

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

what if you have to RMA it ? +1 for the case though.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

are you planning to add ssd for future?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

yah, ebentually

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I just want you to know I also have one leg.

That being said I can never understand why you would butcher a fine looking motherboard. ******* Cthullu, man...

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

well, I was going to paint it completely blue to match the case, but I liked thefirst coat I put down. (grey)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I respect your individuality, but its just like the cars with "matte" paint, when in reality its primer. To me it looks bad. Do what you love though!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

Why not drop the i7 get An i5 and get an R9 290X?

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Beacuse I plan to xfire 2 290's (but i'd need a new mobo) and my 750 watt psu can't go that far.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Your motherboard isn't crossfire compatible.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

yah "(but i'd need a new mobo)"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

290s are almost equal in performance to a 290x for a lot less money.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not a huge AMD fan didn't know that sorry :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

I thought that the 290x was just a little bit better? 15%?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Note I said almost equal. 290xs are a little better in gaming performance.

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

Man, you did a really good job on those cables. Are you ever going to sleeve those suckers?

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

thanks!, maby eventually. When i'm not broke

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, I know. I had my eyes on some Corsair sleeved cable but they were $90.00!

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

Unlike most people in the comments, I want to congratulate you. I have seen people paint all or some of the heats inks on the mobo, and people who just painted the slots but I have never seen a person who just spray painted the whole thing. Nice job, and how did you do it?

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

I taped over all the slots/dimms/fan headers/stuffs that I was going to use, and used afew light coats of non conductive spray paint on the whole mobo.

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

Impressive paint job! I'm surprised it still works! Don't like the color tough, but it's a personnal opinion. Have you tested the connectors you havent protected, like the mobo molex or the mini pcie? I doubt they would work anymore but I may be wrong.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

no I havn't. I will never use them (probably) so I didn't tape them off. Most likely they don't work now.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

"Most likely they don't work now."

1 positive........someone considering in the future to do some painting will be advised when reading your build :)

I like the grey

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice build, looks good. Never seen anyone paint a whole mobo like that, lol. Very unique, didn't know you could actually do that.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

as far as I know, don't paint over stuff you are going to use, and use non conductive paint and yo're good

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool, That may be useful in the future :3 Thanks for the build upload

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

I like the name Ashley. My mums called Ashley :-)

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