My apologies if this may be too long. This build was my first personal build. Before Barricade, I used an old DELL PC that me and my brother shared in his room. (He would go to bed really early so I couldn't play with my friends late at night.) I had upgraded this machine with a GT 650 and some additional memory and storage.
I had received a refund from my college of about $ 2,000. I used PC part picker to browse and buy most of my parts. I built this PC on February 21st, 2015. Barricade was not complete. The partlist shown is the complete form of Barricade, which is much more expensive. I will describe the parts initially used further below. I initially planned this PC to be a budget build; a PC that I could have in my room, and play counter strike on as late as I wanted. Unfortunately I did not have a desk that could go in my room. All I had was the table that Barricade was born on which was located in the living room. Barricade would later move into my room on October when I found a desk.
I chose the name Barricade because the color scheme that I used reminded me of the Deceptacon Barricade which transforms into a Police car.
The Corsair Spec 01 is an affordable case and I have no doubt that the majority of you are familiar with it. The cable management is not the greatest and it can get loud with 5 fans but the case filter does a great job keeping dust from entering the case. Installing the mobo was very difficult because the case did not come with the appropriate screws so I had to use some of my own mobo screws to get it to fit.
MSI Z97 boards are great and the PC MATE version is perfect for a budget build. I have not had any problems with this board and I would recommend it to anyone.
Gigabyte GTX 750Ti
The graphics card I initially installed to barricade on Day one was the GIGABYTE GTX 750Ti 2gb. This card was great and ran GTA V pretty smoothly. DayZ was excellent on 75% rendering resolution.
MSI GTX 970
My current GPU, the monster, the all mighty MSI GTX 970 4gb (3.5 +0.5 gb) is what gives Barricade it's excellent FPS. This monster is so quiet and sips power. I get over 90 FPS on Star Wars Battlefront (2015) on ULTRA settings. This graphics card runs pretty much anything you can throw at it. What is even better about this card is thatI got it for $250 at GPUshack.com. This website sells refurbished graphics cards with 2 year warranty. I have had this card since May 2015 and it has never given me any problems.
Another common part that is perfect for the price and performance. I just love the 4690K, and with the Hyper 212 cooler this CPU does amazing things at a great temp.
Gigabyte Bu-tooth+WiFi adapter
The Gigabyte Bu-tooth+WiFi adapter is a great product and works like a dream. I am not blaming the issues I had on this card but on my location. I live in Miami Florida, which is located extremely far from the rest of the US and it's servers. With only 2.7mb/s(at most) I had extremely slow download speeds and terrible ping (especially for Counter Strike). for the longest time I received terrible ping spikes in Counter Strike ranging from 300 to 999ms every 10 minutes exactly. It took me months to figure out what was causing it. It turns out it was my stupid IPhone causing bad reception and when I found out I threw it across my room. Even when the phone was off It was still giving me bad ping.
My lovely girlfriend bought me the LINKSYS PLEK500 for our one year anniversary. Power line adapters are the best thing next to a fully wired connection. I have great download speeds and ping now (for Florida Standards). I have not had any issues what so ever with this device.
When I used the GTX 750Ti I had a CX 500M PSU. I decided to upgrade because I read online that Corsair PSUs are no good because they do not make their own PSUs and as a result they are very cheap and you should not use a cheap PSU because if it goes bad it can take down your System with it. I went with the EVGA 750 G2 because I was overwhelmed by how many good reviews EVGA PSUs have. I love the cables and plugging in the CPU power was much easier than the CX because its slightly longer and I was able to route it through the back. I love the ECO Mode on the EVGA! It rarely ever needs to run the fan because of how cool my system is.
A silent case NZXT H440(will change the name of the build)
Another HDD for my videos that I have recently been making
Water cooled CPU
SLI?(I would need a new board)
Another stick of 8 GB RAM
Thank you for taking a look at my Build! Its not the greatest but it does the job well and I'm very happy with Barricade!