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[Update - 08.11.2019]

Just a quick update! Might add some more RAM and a new GPU.. But maybe it's time for an upgrade?

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4 GHz Quad-Core Processor Purchased For $391.99
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X52 Rev 2 73.11 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler Purchased For $149.99
Motherboard ASRock Z97X Killer/3.1 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard Purchased For $104.50
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1600 Memory Purchased For $52.49
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1600 Memory Purchased For $52.49
Storage Western Digital SN750 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive Purchased For $107.99
Storage Toshiba X300 4 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $119.99
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB Video Card Purchased For $425.00
Case Fractal Design Define C ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $75.99
Power Supply Corsair RM 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $83.99
Case Fan Corsair HD120 RGB 3-Pack w/Controller 54.4 CFM 120 mm Fans Purchased For $84.19
Custom Mailiya M.2 PCIe to PCIe 3.0 x4 Adapter - Support M.2 PCIe 2280, 2260, 2242, 2230 Purchased For $15.99
Custom Deepcool FH-10 Fan Hub Purchased For $15.10
Custom Massdrop VAST 35-Inch Curved Gaming Monitor Purchased For $401.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2080.70
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-11 21:27 EDT-0400

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[Update - 04.17.2018]

The final version of my first build DAGON is completely finished. Save for a RAM upgrade I'm going to do soon (32GB of DDR3-1600) and a new z97 from eBay, I'm finally happy to say that after three years this build is DONE. After everything was said and done, the cost came out to around $3k. I've already done a lengthy post on my Instagram about this build and the process, so go check that out if you're interested (just search for my username.) My next build will be a workstation build and the cost will be around the same. Can't decide on Threadripper or i9 yet, but I've got some time to think about it. I'm doing a lot more projects that involve video editing and audio production, so I want a build that I can throw anything at as well as be completely future proof. This will probably happen sometime next year. Thanks for checking out my build!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-4790K 4GHz Quad-Core Processor Purchased For $379.99
CPU Cooler NZXT - Kraken X52 Rev 2 73.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler Purchased For $149.99
Motherboard Gigabyte - G1.SNIPER H6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard Purchased For $109.99
Memory Corsair - Vengeance Pro 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $279.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $89.67
Storage Toshiba - X300 5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $119.99
Video Card MSI - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Video Card Purchased For $425.00
Case Fractal Design - Define C with Window ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $75.99
Power Supply Corsair - RM 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $83.99
Case Fan Corsair - HD120 RGB 3-Pack w/Controller 54.4 CFM 120mm Fans Purchased For $84.19
Keyboard Logitech - G613 Wireless Standard Keyboard Purchased For $69.99
Mouse Logitech - G602 Wireless Optical Mouse Purchased For $29.99
Other CableMod® ModFlex™ C-Series AXi, HXi & RM Basic Cable Comb Kit - TRANSPARENT $11.90
Other Audient ID4 Audio Interface Purchased For $199.99
Other IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitors Purchased For $299.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2410.65
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-04-27 14:07 EDT-0400

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Finally finished! I'm very very happy with how everything turned out. Took me a year to upgrade but it all came together so nicely. My used GTX 770 is holing up very nicely still but I do plan on upgrading it in the future. I also want to upgrade to an i7 as well.

I apologize for all the dust. One thing I didn't invest in was an air blower which I regret. I'll be picking up one of those soon for sure. I wanted tentacle decals for the window but couldn't find any that I really liked. I'm opting for a Dark Souls "Sunbro" decal instead. Close enough for me!

Thanks for checking out my build!

Update 02/17/2016: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Cooler Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $59.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $38.49
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $36.95 @ Amazon
Case Fan Corsair SP120 57.2 CFM 120mm Fans $20.99 @ Amazon
Monitor Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $249.00 @ Amazon
Other BitFenix Alchemy Multisleeve 45cm 8-Pin PCI-E Extension Cable $14.99
Other BitFenix Alchemy Multisleeve 24-Pin 30cm ATX Extension Cable $18.43
Other BitFenix A​lchemy Mul​tisleeve 4​5cm 8-Pin ​PCI-E Exte​nsion Cabl​e $14.99
Other NZXT 2-Metres Light Sensitivity Sleeved LED Kit $15.53
Other SilverStone Technology All Black 1-to-8 PWM Fan Hub $11.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $481.35
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-17 11:55 EST-0500

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Hey guys, this is my third computer, my second build, and my first time posting a build here. I really wish I would’ve discovered this website my first-time around because I could’ve had so much more insight. Seriously, this website is great. Thank you to all you guys who post your build with all the details and what not. I want to quickly note though that I could not find the battery for my digital camera. It disappeared LITERALLY last minute. I had to default to my camera phone, so I apologize for the crappy quality of the photos and the stupid flash that it gave off.

This time around, I wanted to build a mid-level gaming PC and a semi-workstation for projects (game design and some audio recording.) I wanted components that were going to help my computer last a while as well. I understand though that some of my choices are strange. I did a lot of research for this build and gave myself a slight case of anxiety trying to figure out what I exactly wanted. When I finally pulled the trigger though, I was happy with what I chose. But I’m open to criticism as well, there’s still much more I want to learn for my next build. So let’s get into the components:

CPU: Since I have no experience with overclocking, I chose to go with the i5-4690. I thought that maybe I could’ve saved myself some trouble and money in the future by going with the 4690k but with no desire to overclock, I stayed with the regular version.

MOTHERBOARD: This choice is what troubled me the most at night. Between ASUS and Gigabyte H97 boards, they all seemed great. What I didn’t need though was a load of special programs and bloatware just so it could slow my system down. Since I wasn’t going for a dual-gpu setup down the line, I didn’t need to pay for that feature. I wanted at least four phases for the CPU as well. I decided on the G1 for it’s great color scheme and value.

GPU: I was going to spend extra on a GTX 970 to sort of “future-proof” myself, but since I wasn’t going to be gaming very heavy anyways, the GTX 960 seemed like a great choice. An R9 280 was also on my list but since it needed extra PSU power and gives off more heat than the 960, I crossed it off. In the end, the same day I was going to buy the 960, one of my co-workers came to me and sold me his GTX 770 for $150. Couldn’t pass it up. This card is great! (Thanks dude)

RAM: I get special discounts from Corsair so I chose what was compatible with my board and color-scheme.

FANS: My two 120mm fans are the AF Corsair versions and my front two 140mm fans are the SP versions. I’m going to upgrade to a Corsair H110 280mm radiator in the future which I know is OVERKILL for my CPU, but I want my components to last very long. Both fans are whisper quiet too.

CASE: My original idea for this build was a mini-ITX. I was going with a 250D for the build. I decided that without proper cooling, my 250D would’ve had heat problems early on. I switched to the NZXT s340 for it’s great airflow, design, and cable management features. I love my s340 and I don’t regret changing my mind at all.

SSD: Caught this one on sale for $47, couldn’t pass it up. Would’ve loved to spend the extra on an EVO 850 but I had a $900 budget for my build.

FUTURE UPGRADES: As I said before, I’ll be upgrading to 280mm radiator, hence the SP versions of my front fans. I’m also going to throw two more sticks of RAM for a total of 16GBs. For a more pleasing look, I’m getting a Corsair Commander mini for my fans and the Corsair LED strip. For the window, I’m going to get some tentacle decals to finish paying tribute to one of my favorite authors, H.P. Lovecraft.

In conclusion, I believe I did well keeping under my budget of $900. I compromised on some components but my computer runs smooth and looks EVIL. I love it. Thanks for checking out my build! Please, leave comments and criticism, I’m more than happy to learn more for my next build.

Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for hp lovecraft

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I've always like black/red builds. Looks great. Love that case. +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Should def invest in an aftermarket cpu cooler, other than that pretty nice.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Why do they need an aftermarket cpu cooler when they have no intention to OC since they were lack of experience? (Not really too hard but yea if no idea what you are doing maybe wait for another time unless never interested.) Plus it was mention somewhere in the description...

could’ve saved myself some trouble and money in the future by going with the 4690k but with no desire to overclock, I stayed with the regular version.

I know this H97 MOBO could OC some but I don't think they had the intention to OC at this time. Usually it's just fine to grab an H97 for non-Ks despite you could overclock either way but that's with caution.

Maybe, yes if they had an intention to OC, but right now it doesn't seem necessary to grab an aftermarket cooler. Unless they had temperature issues with the stock cooler because it was not providing enough cooling. Then yes the option to grab an aftermarket cooler is there, right now it's not a need.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree, no immediate reason for an aftermarket cpu cooler. Only thought to add is if they want/need a quieter cpu cooler than the stock. Sometimes (for those of us with sensitive ears, or specific build needs) the stock coolers can be annoyingly "loud," in the relative sense.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed, this is also true.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, not immediate, but still think it's a good idea, especially with how cheap you can get them for.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

its not like we're talking $100 for a cpu cooler. Paid $35 for my Cryorig and cut my cpu temp in half, and that is before summer. It will also help extend the life of his cpu. Especially when Intel cpu coolers are known to be garbage, I would get one.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, I wouldn't suggest a 100 dollar CPU cooler either. I paid $30 for my 212 EVO. Sometimes I think money can be spent else where. Yet, I don't think the CPU is going to wear down so suddenly. IF the Stock Fan is acting odd and the computer refuses to boot which it's failing to work properly, yes I have seen it before. Then it's understandable to get something better. I also understand some people prefer cooler temps but when it comes to money, every penny counts.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

True, good point. Maybe one just ran really hot or the cooler was defective.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I will eventually. I'll be going with water cooling for a more clean look down the line. I'll be over-doing it but I want to make sure my PC is cool and stays cool.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Please do not use link shorteners on our site.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, sorry about that

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I ordered all my Corsair components from the Corsair website, except the keyboard which was sold to me by the same co-worker that sold me his GTX. The K95 RGB is a great mouse!