Description

My first pc build. ~$3k in parts excluding the monitors and desk components.

I wanted to use certain brands in my build due to the best reviews and price/performance value, but without breaking the bank. My top brands were Corsair, Cooler Master, Gigabyte, WD, Crucial and Intel. Each section below is explaining the breakdown of my build and hopefully I can give you the most accurate info and my opinions. Please note that this is my build, no hate comments :)

Start it off with the Cooler Master Stryker case. The reason for this was the cooling properties and high count of cooling fans as possible. I also wanted to control my fan speed and LEDs without software. I also do a lot of moving around and the handle is rated to carry as much as 70 lbs. It conveniently held my H100i rad plus 240mm fan support. It also holds 2 duster screens and very accessible for cleaning purposes. Since I do have 2 SSDs currently ( more to come) the case is built in with a SSD hot swap configuration.

Next is the Motherboard. I chose the Gigabyte Z97x Gaming 7 due to the looks, it supports DDR3 RAM (32GB max) and multiple GPU support. It has great Audio options as well. The reason for not going with the X99 series was that at the time; DDR4 was just released and it nowhere within budget. Aside from the higher support, I was also told by several friends and review specialists that Gigabyte was notoriously known for their unique code display, reset and power options on the board itself.

The processor is a i7-4790k unlocked 4.0GHz unit and can easily be OC'd to around 4.8GHz stably. Due to the build I wanted to keep compatibility throughout and The Devils Canyon i7-4790k was the best choice for this build. If I had to do this build again I would of chosen an 8 core AMD and switched a few things up.

This build includes a 2x 1TB Caviar Blue HDD & 1 Crucial 500GB SSD & 1 Samsung 850 Evo 500 GB SSD for the ultimate storage capacity. The Crucial MX200 500GB SSD & Samsung 850 Evo 500GB totaled to $310/1TB whereas the more expensive 480/512GBs for Intel are way over priced in my opinion and result in about the same rating per performance. If money was no problem I would suggest Intel's 750 series 1.2TB but I didn't have $1k lying around for storage. Separate from the build I have a 3TB external Toshiba HDD as the main backup to the system.

Moving on to the power supply. I chose the Seasonic 1050w Full Modular power supply due to my build having around 750W of power wattage and I knew I would be Overclocking. This gives me about 300W left over before maxing out. If I wanted to be anal about the color Seasonic offers a 1200W supply that is all White but it does cost an extra $75 more and thought 1050W is plenty. I also loved the fact that you can customize which ports can be used and the order in which you want them.

Last but not least, the Graphic Cards. They were my last purchased Items and the most expensive. The reason I kept with Gigabyte was due to its 3 fan cooling setup and amazing results for a whopping 6GB GPU. Not only that, but having 2 of them beats any reference or brand Titan X card. It serves the necessity to produce a 4K monitor setup with high FPS rates and super fast After Effects and Premier 3D rendering processing. It can easily be used on the new 5K monitors, but have not tested it out. Note I did sell one of my 980Ti's so I have updated my pricing/build slightly.

In terms of misc setup, Razer is my choice. Deathadder Chroma & Blackwidow 2013 keyboard(standard green)

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Talk about an awesome first build. +1

What monitor are you using?

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Currently waiting on a 4K IPS Asus monitor from Newegg. Current setup involves a 29 inch Vizio full hd tv via hdmi. Once I get the new monitor, I'll update the pics

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn son, where'd you find this?

This is a hella good build with the looks to match, nice job with the cable management! May I suggest some custom sleeved cables to suit this awesome build!

+1 from me

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah man, never thought about sleeving. What do you suggest?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Silverstone has some great colours with their extension cables and the work with any PSU so its perfect!

Red 24pin: PP07-MBR

have a look for the rest, I won't ruin your fun

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

makes my memes tingle

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build +1 I also did a build in this case and would love it if you could take a look at it :D

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

do u have any of the storage in any type of raid?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Not really, one of the 500GB SSDs is used for OS the others are for games and storage. Thinking about doing a Raid 5 configuration just for something in the middle of speed and reliability.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

oh ok i understand now =)

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