First I would like to give a special thanks to my Mom, my brother, and my 2 sisters, who ,with out their help, this build would not have been possible :).
This is my first computer I have ever built. Before this build, I had never even replaced RAM in a computer before, so this was all new to me. So the cable management might be a little sloppy :).
I built this computer for heavy After Effects, Cinema 4D, Photoshop, Premier Pro, and Rendering work. Also for some gaming, such as Guild Wars 2, Battlefield, and Chivalry.
I built my own computer to save money, and for the experience, since I wanted to know how to maintain the truck that moves my work. :)
Reasons for choosing the parts that I did:
Processor- I went with the i7-4790K for its high base clock of 4.0GHz and quad core speed. Since I planned on doing a lot of rendering, I knew that I needed a good processor. It does not over clock very well, hitting at most 4.6GHz-5.0GHz (In extremely lucky cases), or so I hear. I did not want a Processor to over clock as I wanted it to be stable. I run mine at stock over clock of 4.4GHz, but the high base clock gives me very fast rendering speeds that I am extremely happy with :)
I went with the Corsair H100i Liquid Cooling, because I knew that the 4790K runs very hot, and I wanted to keep temps down. So a 240mm radiator seemed like a good choice, and it had the highest ratings of all the liquid cooling systems on the market. This cooling system, however, was the cause of much of my problems.:(
When I first booted and did some tests on Prime 95 I was hitting 100c in temps, and 95c in Intel burn test! and 30c when idle. We tried remounting the H100i 3 times, but was still hitting 100c and 95c. I replaced my Processor, because I've heard that there was some bad batches of them that were over heating, but this only gave me a lower idle temp of 26c. I then replaced the H100i, and it gave me down 18c from my previous readings, and bringing me down to 67c on regular rendering use, and 83c on Intel burn test.
NOTE: Do NOT use the latest Version of Prime 95 ON Haswel Processors, it runs them much hotter then they normally would under normal use. That's why I was hitting 100c on it.
It ran well for 8 days, and then I noticed some liquid droplets on my H100i fans. I took the whole thing out and ordered a replacement, because I thought that it was leaking. My 3rd H100i came 1 day later, (Gotta love Amazon!) And I remounted it to my system. This, however, gave me bad temps like the 1st H100i. Now, after doing a bit more research, I found that the liquid on my 2nd H100i I was seeing was oil from the fans, NOT a leak. I know, I'm a moron. So I took the 3rd H100i out, and remounted the 2nd one. My temps are back to normal now. It was my first build and I knew that I would make some mistakes, but I still feel like a idiot. LOL
The fact still remains that 2 out of 3 H100i's were faulty, which makes me a little upset with their quality control.
I would still like to get my processor temps a bit lower, but that's just a matter of adjusting the voltage it is receiving.
Thermal Paste- I chose Arctic Silver Thermal paste because it had the highest reviews, and it seemed like that's what every one used on the videos I watched. It worked well, and the 3.5g it comes with lasts a good while. I've used it 8+ times to re-seat the cooling on my processor, that darn H100i.
Mother Board- The Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO Mother board works very well, only problem with it is the USB 2.0 ports on it are a little hard to use.
RAM- I ended up going with the Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3-2133Hz 2x8 16Gig set. For games I did not need the extra speed the 2133Hz would offer, but for video editing where the ram is constantly filled and purged, it was the better choice. I am extremely happy with it, as it was a dream to install and use with no problems what so ever.
SSD- Samsung 840 Pro 256GB 2.5" SSD is what I chose, and I'm happy I did! I bought it because of the great reviews and my brother had one. It has worked flawlessly and runs at a unbelievable speed! I have never had a SSD before, so that might be why every thing seems so much faster :)
HDD- As any video editor will tell you, "You need a fast drive for your software, SSD, and then you need a Huge drive for your media, "HDD." Well the Western Digital BLACK SERIES 3TB is what I went for when I needed huge space. It is in the BLACK series and that means it was made with video editing in mind. It runs quite fast for an HDD, hitting up to 175Mbps, and its huge 3TB size is what I need for my Media :). Only down side is it is VERY loud, but that does not bother me.
Graphics Card- For Video editing a lot of people will tell you that you need a Quadro, or some graphics card that is made for video editing. These type of cards cost a lot more then your regular GTX consumer cards, and they lack the performance that they offer. I also play some games, such as Guild wars 2, and Battlefield. For this reason, I ended up going with the EVGA GTX 760 4GB Super clocked Graphics Card. Since I mainly use After Effects, Premier Pro, and Cinema 4D, and they all support, or can be made to support this graphics card. It was a clear choice. I can not say ENOUGH how much I LOVE this Graphics Card! It has performed AMAZINGLY! I hit 250Fps in Guild Wars 2 at MAX Graphics, and run at an average of 100fps through out normally game play, and at 50-35fps in huge Zergs in WvW. It runs at 70Fps consistently in Battlefield 4 at High graphics. For the price of $259 that I paid for it, I am amazingly impressed :D.
Case- With all of these components, the need for an airy case, and dust filters, as well as this being my first build and needing something easy to work in, I went the the Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower. It has a Dust filter on the bottom for the PSU, and on the front for the 2 intake fans, as well as one the the top, but it does not work as well as the other two, because it has bigger holes in it. As you would expect, the Full Tower design is very big, and it gave me much more room to work in supposed to a mid tower. It has a great amount of cable management options, and makes wiring the system much more enjoyable. In the end I love my case and the clear window on the side. The only complaint is that it came with a dent on the one side panel handle, but its not visible.
PSU- The EVGA 850W ATX12V worked perfect right out of the box, and I love the modular design! I wanted to have power to spare, and room to upgrade. It Also came with a 10 year warranty! So it was a great purchase to make! Highly recommend this PSU!
DVD Drive- To be honest, the only reason I went with this DVD drive, was that it was cheap! I only used it just to install the operating system and a game or two...still though, it works well.
To sum all of this up: This build was a bit harder then I would have liked, but in the end, it performs very well and I'm happy that I built it :D I've been able to hit a bench mark score of 1090 on Intel Extreme Tuning Utility :D I've dubbed it the "Black Pearl" as it is an awesome Black, with red lit interior.
Thanks for reading all of this. I know it was quite a bit as I get a little carried away :)
Please leave a comment and let me know what you think and what you would have done different :) Thank you! :D
I've updated this with more pictures. :)
I've updated a special thanks note on the top of this page :)