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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 :)

Cooling- 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 :)

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Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

10/10 would bang. Except for the monitor.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice lol

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks glad you liked it :D. Lol I know its a little old! It was built in 2003. xD. ill get a new one once i save up the money, till then I'm using a 37" TV as main monitor and the 2003 monitor as my second screen. :) Ill post a pic soon of my full setup :).

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build. Good description. Good pictures.

Overall, very good build. I am also, very happy with the description.

Do you plan on saving for a Quadro or are you planning on sticking with the consumer video cards?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I do plan on getting a Quadro some day, but not in the near future, since Cinema 4D fully supports GTX cards i have no need for one atm. :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Build looks excellent! Have fun with it!

I've heard that some of the z97 boards are slightly thinner than their predecessors, which can account for the poor temps if Corsair's square shaped blocks (H80i, H100i, etc.) aren't mounted properly. (don't quote me) :P

Regardless like I said, looks great!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man! Ill have a blast with it that's for sure! :D I've never heard that the z97 boards where thinner before, but that might explain why i was having such trouble mounting it right, i did have to tighten it down quit a bit.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Dat keyboard doe! Nice build, I tip my hat.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sir!:D Lol yea my key board is probably 6+ Years old xD, but it works quite well :).

lol after i spent every thing on the computer i had nothing left for a new mouse or key board xD.

I upgraded form a laptop with a 525m gtx graphics card and a 2.5ghz CPU. so was a huge step up :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

lol I recently upgraded my CPU and PSU...still have my HP keyboard from 2 years ago

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

lol i have had my build for a year now and all my friends have been yelling at me for still having my regular HP keyboard. I want a mechanical but I'm still deciding between the Corsair K70 RGB and recently the Logitech Orion

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

both of those keyboards look awesome! Here is a link to Newegg.com where they talk about the different types of keyboards, such as red, green, blue, and black key types. :) Lol I never knew there was such a difference until I watched this video :D

http://www.newegg.com/Keyboards-Mice/Category/ID-234

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I am going to get the K70 myself.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I was looking at that one to, seems like a good buy :D!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

They are a hardy brand! Takes a licken and keeps on clicken :D

The only problem I am having with mine, is that every now and then, when I restart my PC, I loos connection to my keyboard, and i have to unplug it, or do a reboot to get it to work again. The only other fix I found, and this works the best of the 3, is I go in and uninstall the keyboard driver and USB driver and re-install them, this fixes every thing, until i restart my system again :/

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah I had some weird keyboard issue also, plugged it into another slot and forgot about it till now haha

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

lol. Iv tried that but for some reason mine still has the problem :/

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking setup bud!I'm in the process of trying to build one similar. Sorry to hear about your issues with the corsair H100i, you've scared me a bit as I'm looking at the same one. Might consider others now!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! Let me know once your build is done, I would love to see some pictures :D.

The H100i was definitely what made my build a bit harder that's for sure, but its working well now, (knock on wood). Now I'm having a problem where the fans on the H100i are starting to run louder,(Its only really loud when I run the CPU at 100%, and then it does a kind of revving sound.) and squeaking a little on and off too. I think they need some oil. The irony is that the last H100i I had was condensing oil on the fans from being over oiled. xD. It seems to always be one extreme to another. lol.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like the 750D btw. I was looking into that case as an upgrade to my existing one but also looking at the enthoo pro. Any suggestions?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I am very happy with my 750D, and have only two complaints. 1, it came with one dent on the side panel handle, it dose not impair functionality, and you can't really see it, but it just bothers me lol. 2, the top dust filter is NOT as tight of a mesh as the bottom and front dust filter. This has aloud more dust to come in from the top then I would have liked, but I'm planing on buying a new, more dense dust filter in the future. All in all, I would highly recommend the 750D, for its amazing amount of working space, ease of use, excellent air flow, and cool look :). I have never used the enthoo pro before, but after looking at some pictures on amazon, the enthoo pro and 750D have many similarity's. They both have top dust filters that could be more dens in my opinion, and they both have front and bottom dust filters. Only thing negative I can say about it is that the HDD drive bay is not modular. So unless you plan on using all the HDD bays, then you will be filling up unneeded air flow space. The enthoo pro also only has one large fan in the front, while the 750D comes with 2. Hope this helps. :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan on buying the DECMI or whatever filters myself.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! Those are the filters i plan on getting as well :D!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I ended up going with the enthoo luxe by phanteks. It looks insanely nice. I'll update pics soon

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow that case is awesome :D! Nice buy! :)