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Before I talk about my build I want to thank everyone on PcPP for helping with this build, definitively couldn't have done it without this website and the forum.

This is my first gaming pc. I wanted to go "all out" stopped only by a budget of around $1500 CAD. I also wanted it to look really, really good which is why I chose the H60 (not the best $/performance but looks really good) and the Enthoo luxe over the enthoo pro. I am coming over from a 3 year old laptop that just wasn't cutting it for the new games that are coming out, it has an i5-3210m and a radeon 8670m.

The build process was smooth with no real problems except the when I went to put the 200mm including fan at the top the screws that are used to mount it are a couple mm too small and have nothing to grab on to. I fixed this by mounting the fan with a dozen or so zip ties, hopefully i don't have to take it off any time soon because of I do I will definitely just give up and break it off. Overall the build went extremely well and I am now addicted to building pc's and am building ones for 2 of my friends in the upcoming months.

Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core

Went last gen because skylake is very expensive in Canada. Still performs insanely good and runs nice and cool.

Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid

Wanted a liquid cooler for the looks, was slightly worried about the performance because of the hate people give 120mm liquid coolers. With the fan basically off and the pump at %60 it runs at about 32 degrees. Will update with load temps.

MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition

The board fits the theme of black and white, supports everything I need and was a great price. I do wisi it was a black and white version of MSI's gaming 5 and I would have had no problem spending more but this board should do great.

Kingston HyperX Fury White 8gb

Kignston's HyperX lineup of ram looked good, was said to be very reliable, and runs at 1866mhz.

Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250gb

Got it for a really good price because of a best buy gift card I had and runs super fast. Boots in a matter of seconds.

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB

Used to hold all of my games and other random things. Lots of storage for a reasonable price.

Gigabyte Geforce GTX 970 4gb G1 Gaming

Looks really well, super cool, overclocks like a bat out of hell, good price for the Canadian peso. What more can you ask. And yes I know 390 is better price/performance but wanted 970 because the people I know that have it have had no problems and I had some bad experiences with AMD on my laptop.

Phanteks Enthoo Luxe ATX Full Tower

Expensive I know but was so easy to build in (cable management is amazing) looks fantastic and those LED's tho. The optinal 2m strip of led's for the inside are a pain in the *** to install because of the crappy 3m adhesive including but i knew this already and had some double sided tape to fix this. They give the computer some personality and look great. Had some issues where 3 led's are green while the rest are white but fixed this with putting some tape around them tightly interestingly enough this makes them white again.

EVGA 650W GS

Good **** EVGA, the little things that you add in the packaging made me extremely impressed. Performance is great and the 650W and reliability will give me some headroom for any future upgrades.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I totally understand the 4690k, my opinion i would still get a 4690k over the 6600k because i got mine for $179 and the 6600k goes for $259

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

At the end of the day the 4690k is still a sick cpu

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! +1 Good lighting, good cable management, good GPU & CPU. One thing that makes me wonder, why the full tower? Don't get me wrong they look great but they take up soooo much space. Any overclocking yet?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know, I love full towers for some reason.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha fair enough. How is the FPS with the 970?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Omg i can't even begin to explain, especially coming from an old laptop its insane. I've yet to install witcher 3 so that will be the true test but on borderlands 2 fully maxed im hovering at 150 fps and in rocket league fully maxed about 70. Will update with witcher 3's fps in a few day

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I have basically the same specs as you, great graphics card

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah i love the g1 gaming version. It was actually cheaper than the windforce 3x at the time

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a special place in my heart for the Krait Mobo, Phanteks Case, Kingston Fury X Ram, and Gigabyte GPU's for some reason. It's my dream PC! Haha. Love the build, it's awesome! +1 for an awesome build, grats.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I love your LED color and intensity. Not many builds properly make use of lighting, however yours does perfectly.

+1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. Awesome looking build! Could you toss up a link to those led's? I want to get my build looking like that.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Those led's only work for the enthoo luxe. The luxe has led's on the outside and u can hook up an optional set of led's through a connector inside the case. That way when you change the led's with the button on the front both led's will be the same colour and change together. Anyway here you go http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811984003&cm_re=Phanteks_led-_-11-984-003-_-Product

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Good old 4960k

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a champ. Great prices for it right now as well.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you use the 1m or 2m LEDs