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by grimpode



Date Published

Feb. 16, 2015

Date Built

Jan. 28, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.165 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


This is my first build. I bought all the parts off a Newegg order to save time/convenience and their RMA. It turned out to be about 100$ more than going with multiple vendors including shipping.

Here's some points I've been really happy with:

-The Z9Z mobo is amazing! The bios has a mouse interface and it's easy to understand for some one who knows very little about rummaging around in the bios settings. The mobo runs the 2133 RAM at a default of 1600 and you have to manual tune it to 2133 but the RAM has performed excellently, both at 1600 and at 2133!

-Golden edition MSI GTX 970 GPU is what i went with, and so far i have ZERO complaints. I'm running Dying Light maxed out and having zero issues. I like taking advantage of the Nvidia control panel for the first time and the card has a ton of options and 3 pretty dope fans. The back-plate on the card also allows for better heat dissipation I think, and it's whisper quiet. The heatsink is STURDY. I didn't know what to expect(first build right?) but the card feels heavy and awesome like it's got some quality to it and so far hasn't temped out at all on anything in 1080p. Like I said, mainly I'm playing Dyling Light and looking for other graphically tough games since i haven't been able to run anything cool until now for like 5 years lol.

-The CPU cooler was a good edition. Easy to install even for a dunce like me. The directions were clear and it was newb friendly with no problems in the install. I haven't OC'd because i haven't needed to but when i ran the diagnostic it told me i could easily bump everything up about 35% without getting to the danger zone which i thought was cool.

-That SSD is real quality. It has a driver disc, and it was my first experince with any SSD. It's tiny!! It's like super cute, like a cooler version of an external HD you'd give your gf or something lol. Using it for a boot disc and one or two higher end games, and using the Baracuda 7200rpm for storage and loading regular games with. So far it's worked amazingly and i'm really happy with it.

-PSU is well above quality I was even looking for and 650w seems to work fine for me. I don't even always play in 1080 so i'm not even always drawing it pretty hard.

-This case is pretty dope. It has that window so you can show off your cool glowing MSI card and cpu cooler, and it has a couple 22mm fans inside front and back with a front vent opening that allows great airflow.

-Win 8.1 wasn't as bad as I thought I admit grudgingly although it has it's moments.

-Should be noted I also spent 30.00$ on a new keyboard i didn't figure out how to post yet. I'll edit this as things go.

I'll post some more pictures after I add more ram. All this new storage overwhelmed me and I forgot where i put all the normal pics

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Mikehandsdown 1 Build 3 points 50 months ago

That GPU doesn't have 3 fans does it?...

grimpode submitter 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

no it doesn't my bad i went to sleep after posting this lol

Grimboom 1 point 50 months ago


Mikehandsdown 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

"I like taking advantage of the Nvidia control panel for the first time and the card has a ton of options and 3 pretty dope fans."

grimpode submitter 1 Build 3 points 50 months ago

no it doesn't my bad i went to sleep after posting this lol

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

You're only getting likes because a lot of ppl are enjoying the new website layout. (In all actuality, awesome job on your rig. Very studly!)

grimpode submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago


vikingXcore 4 Builds 3 points 50 months ago

Surprised I got a downvote from that when it was obviously a joke, even if a bad one and I still complimented your build. Not blaming you, people just can't accept weird people I guess.

grimpode submitter 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

i don't think i did it on purpose man sorry, this freaking new website layout is killing me with all the protection i had set on auto in chrome and i can't even see the up or down arrows O.o i dont mind take it back, i got your joke i didn't even think about up or downvotes.

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

xD haha it's no big. yeah they're suppose to fix the up and down arrows. Just growing pains with a new website.

Philldog123 2 points 50 months ago

Love everything but the Alienware in the background. :P +1

grimpode submitter 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

Me too!! That laptop is really awful hehe

thejd54 2 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Solid build man +1

KyleOfTheDead 1 point 50 months ago

That's pretty perfect +1

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Great parts list! Very solid choices, you did your research well.

MrRileyyy 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

+1 for the build. Curious question, for anyone with a Fractal case. What computer table do you use or recommend for this case as it's quite large?

grimpode submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

right now I have mine sitting on a plexiglass aquarium i had laying around. It's big, but it will fit on a table if you aren't using multiple monitors?

Stuart_Munto 2 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Hey man, just stumbled upon your build here and saw that your ssd and had can be rotated 180degrees in the holders so that you can route the cables from the other side allowing for much better cable management! Sweet build otherwise!! +1

grimpode submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

that SSD sits in the bay like perfectly. The bay is about 4x the size of the drive itself. You can turn it whichever way you like for whichever way you decide to run cables? So thanks for the "Sweet Build" but what was the "otherwise" for? I got so much freaking room in this case I have plenty for however many HD's I want to add, and it also has amazing airflow. Idk if i put it in the guide but i got the one with the panel in the side and popping that off and on gives me a ton of access from that side, which is really awesome!

Marco283 -4 points 50 months ago

Looks like a great build to me. The only thing I would have changed is the cpu. I would have gotten à i7-4790k. (more expansive though). But I still have my i5 myself and it worls decently.

Great choice as a first build !

sapphiretech368 2 Builds 5 points 50 months ago

If you're doing gaming there is little to no performance increase

Marco283 2 points 50 months ago

Indeed it is only a small increase if you are only doing gaming. That being said, from my personnal experience, I started with only gaming to then switch to recording gaming and streaming. Then, video editing. Adding to that more monitors making me do even more stuff.

All I am saying with all this is that sooner or later, people will probably increase their amounts of monitors and start doing things such as recording themselves playing or streaming. Therefore, this is why I would have went for the 4790k.

That being said, it is a fairly decent build he has there and there is no need to change anything yet. It will work perfectly fine.

MaskedMonster21 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

The 4790k would only be beneficial if the OP was doing lots of livestreaming while gaming (or recording).

grimpode submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I might do that in the future but not for now, hence the i5. However i was considering and i7 pretty hard, just don't have any reason to try and live stream at this juncture :)

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