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The focal points of this build is the hero motherboard and the red and black NZXT H440. The NZXT Kraken series coolers goes well with anything since it is RGB. The graphics card is the only thing that doesn't fit the color scheme but I got a deal for it so Ill take the trade off. Ideally you would like to get a strix or msi 970 or 980 card to go with the rest of the build.

Here is the rationale for picking these parts

CPU: I went with the 4690K because I mainly just consume media and play the occasional game like shadow of morder, skyrim, call of duty, and this can handle that and then some. I have no practical use for the hyper-threading the i7s provide. Also this CPU is OC'ed to 4.2 using Asus' ai-suite since I'm not entirely comfortable tuning things manually

Cooler: The NZXT X41 is a thick 140mm rad so it performs about on par with a slim 240mm rad. I also picked this over the x61 since I wasnt sure what case I was going to get at the time so having a single thick 140mm rad had a greater probability with fitting whatever case I would end up with. I'm also a sucker for the RGB light on the pump since it can go with any color scheme

Motherboard: I went with the Asus Maximus Hero because I'm impartial to Asus boards due to their features and reliability. At 200ish dollars it offers all the features I wanted at a pretty reasonable price. It didnt hurt that the board looks really good.

RAM: I didn't really have a rhyme or reason for choosing this specific ram kit other than it was at a capacity I wanted and in a color that went with the rest of the build, although at the time the microcenter I went to was out of red so I settled with the black, but as you can see having the silver accents still goes with the build well

Storage: Not much to say about this other than the 850 is super reliable and is one of the best priced SSDs around

Video Card: This is really the only odd ball in the build. This was the first part I chose since I was able to pick this up on Black Friday for around $300. As far as I know this is the highest factory over clocked 970 at the moment, and it handles 1440P games even at max settings. 970 really are the best bang for your buck

Case: Just looking at the rest of the build I went with the H440 since it just went well with everything else and its optimized for silence. It also had 4 included fans which is better than your standard 2-3 you normally get with other cases. It also has a shrouds to cover the PSU and the HDDs. I also liked that it had a minimalist design. It has a classy look as oppose to something like a cooler master HAF that screams gaming

PSU: I picked this PSU because it was modular and the fan doesnt spin unless under load. It also has enough expansion ports if I choose to add or second card or anything else. I didn't mind it being yellow since the H440 has a PSU shroud so you dont see or hear it anyways

Wireless card: I also didn't really have a reason for getting this specific network card. My rig is upstairs while my router is downstairs so routing a 100 feet or so of cables wasn't an option. It works perfectly out of the box even with generic drivers. I get around 30-40 Mbps so I'm very satisfied. I just wish the PCB was black but you wont find a black or red network card that isn't Asus (Nothing wrong with Asus network cards, they are just expensive) and at $35

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Comments

  • 60 months ago
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I love the red and black format. ^

  • 60 months ago
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I was thinking about getting red and black sleeved PSU cables, but I wasn't sure it was worth it, seeing as you cant see many cables. Perhaps if I get a 2nd graphics card. Thanks for commenting

  • 60 months ago
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Yeah.. your new pc looks sexy as **** ^ Have you played anything with it?

  • 60 months ago
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I'm 22 years old and don't have a ton of time for games as much anymore since I work full time as an application developer, but I still dabble here and there. I've been playing CoD: Advance Warefare, Shadow of Mordor, Skyrim...things of that nature. This rig pulls 75-100 ish frames on whatever game at 1080P max settings with CoD and Skyrim being rendered at 2k Resolution

  • 60 months ago
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Wow

  • 60 months ago
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Great Build! Would have been complete with the MSI GTX 970 tho!!

  • 60 months ago
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I agree 100%, but on black Friday the EVGA was only $300, now that I look back on it I shouldve just spent the extra money

  • 59 months ago
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hehe, yea..