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First and foremost, I built my machine for the purpose of playing games at 1080p, a 60fps. I don't need all the settings maxed out, but I value framerate and resolution highly. As such, I chose a GTX 970; a very capable graphics card, just not the best one.

CPU: I also am an aspiring programmer and video editor. I did some research and found that the particular programs that I use do benefit from Hyper-threading, and as such, I splurged on the 4790k (the extra Ghz don't hurt either. 4.4 is insane!).

RAM: I chose Avexir RAM for two reasons: one, I got it for a pretty good price, and two, my applications really like the extra speed that I can get out of this kit. However, if I had known how bright this RAM was beforehand, I would not have paired it with a windowed case as it makes it rather hard to sleep at night with my computer on.

Motherboard: I chose the Z97-AR because it was on sale at Micro Center when I picked up my CPU, netting me a $80 savings. It is pretty decent, but handles XMP poorly and interferes with the operation of the H100iGTX ( a problem I could not have foreseen as I bought my H100iGTX almost 7 months after my motherboard). In retrospect, I would have chosen a better motherboard.

CPU Cooler: I chose the H100i GTX because it looks cool, and cools respectably well. I also got it on sale on Amazon with Next Day Delivery. I would have been satisfied with the stock cooler, but the i7 4790k is not a cool chip, and mine in particular seemed to be particularly difficult to cool. It would routinely hit 70 degrees Celsius when gaming, even without my GPU in the case. Not fun, and not good for the long-term health of the CPU.

Case: Looks nice, easy to build in, not very expensive.

Power Supply: I originally have a CX550m (a corsair semi-modular PSU), but after getting two defective units from Newegg, they gave me $25 off my next replacement PSU, so I chose the XFX PSU. It is pretty good, and extremely quiet. No issues, but seems to cause more coil whine with my GPU than the CX550m did.

Fans: Quiet, look nice.

Storage: I like lots of storage, so I bought a 1TB disk, and salvaged a couple others from older PCs.

All in all, a great experience for my first PC. With no major issues, I am satisfied.

Sorry for potato-quality images, my HTC One M8 has a pretty hard time with these things.

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Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and well done! In a sense, you got lucky with the two defective PSUs. That XFX unit is of much better quality than the CX, which definitely matters given the price point of this build. I would try to get an SSD if possible.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I'm gonna get the Hynix SSD out of my laptop when I upgrade it and use it as a boot drive. I have ran out of money, and am trying to maximize my efficiency.

Thanks for the compliments!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice to see people are still using the Z97-AR. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I actually purchased my Z97 well before Skylake was released. It's a solid board, can't complain much.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Strix GTX 970 ftw

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you wire up the HDD in the back, I am having trouble getting the panel on with it hitting the SATA power cable.

Cable Management picture ?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure, one second.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I have added some bad pictures of my bad cable management. Basically, I didn't have a 90 degree angle SATA cable available, so I used a regular one and sort of wedged it behind the bottom-most part of the case (the part where the bottom prong of the side-panel attaches). It is a really tight fit, and made me worry when I installed my 3rd HDD, but so far (5 months) so good.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I think we both need a better method :) But yours is better than mine...

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

No telling for sure, but seeing as the i5 2500 is still pretty strong I'd say it'd be a long time. (If CPU's still advance at the rate it is advancing right now, which can likely change with AMD's Zen)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

My particular CPU is not going out of style any time soon. It still tops the charts in game-performance because of it's unusually high stock core clock. I can't really speak to the i5's and locked CPUs though.

If I were to rebuild this today, I would go with Skylake. Much more platform potential, and DDR4 RAM is super cheap right now.

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