...and it got thrown right out the window. This is my first build ever!
I started with the goal of building a PC capable of playing Skyrim on higher settings. Well, mission accomplished. I also really really really blew my budget.
Case: I really love the Phanteks Enthoo case, very nice and easy to build in and made cable management a snap.
CPU: I went with the 4690k and the Z97 MoBo because I have visions of OCing in the future.
Cooler: Started with the Evo 212, which worked fine, but for the OC I switched to the Noctua D15, which is worlds ahead. Very nice!
GPU: This is one thing I didn't want to cheap out on, and quite honestly a big chunk of why I went over budget. I've only played a bit of Skyrim for now, but ran flawlessly at highest quality with the high-res texture pack installed. Very happy and excited to see some newer games with this thing!
PSU: The power supply. Oh how I blamed thee for my own ignorance. By the end of the build, I was convinced I didn't have a big enough power supply. My GPU's lights were on, but the fans weren't spinning and the Nvidia software couldn't find it to install drivers. Oh how I blamed my poor PSU, just sitting there humming about. Turns out I only plugged in the 8 pin power cable and didn't realize it needed both 8 and 6 pin. Stupid. 3 hours to resolve the "problem".
Other then that everything went pretty smooth!
Please let me know what you think, what I could improve on, what is maybe unnecessary.
Thanks for checking it out!
Results of the OC: 4.3 ghz running at 1.2 volts.
Not super thrilled with my results, probably could push it more and up the voltage, but with only my Evo 212 we were getting close to 70*C (not too bad, but I'm going to wait until my Noctua NH-D15 arrives.) Ran Aida64 stability test for 3 hours with no problems., hopefully if there are any bugs they would of shown up there.
I also updated the temps of the build to reflect the new OC'd CPU.
Please leave a comment if you have a critique, I'd love to hear it!
Installed the Noctua NH-D15. It was super easy to install and it performing great. After the install I amped up the OC. Got it to my goal of 4.5 GHz at 1.3 volts. Stable and cool. peaks at 74*C under 100% load in AIDA64. Idels in the low 30's.
Very happy with it!