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