EDIT: added pictures of my new monitor

so i built this at the beginning of 2015 and posted a competed build about it. Now that i have had it for about six months i have decided to post a NEW competed build with reviews and rankings for my parts, along with performance info and such

Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor

It's an awesome CPU, and it meets all my needs at the moment. it's stupendously fast and overclocks as easily as its bigger brother in the i7 series. I'm running it at 4.0 GHz and it still stays really cool. Even in FireStrike it didn't reach 60 degrees, which i was surprised with. Overall, it's a great CPU and I'm glad it was my pick for my first PC. i give it a 5/5.

ASRock Z97 EXTREME6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard

Wonderful Motherboard and ASRock now has a return customer for my next build. Before i was able to set up my audio system, all i had was onboard audio and i was still superbly impressed by it. Very crisp and almost a refreshing quality to the sound. It isn't tinny, however. Deep, rich notes come clearly and vibrantly as well.

i don't think i'll run out of places to put storage any time soon. it has 10 (count if you like) SATA ports, all of which are 6 Gb/s. only problem is that you have to turn 4 of them on in the BIOS, which is more of a "oh!" than a real problem.

Build quality is very impressive as well. handling the actual board, i felt as though it were designed to support the entire computer, not just connect components together.

last thing is looks. it's beautiful in all actuality. it's not only blue, it's the RIGHT blue. it doesn't blend in too much or stand out and seem out of place. i might have to start calling it the "Goldilocks Board"

i love the board and i give it a 4.9/5 It's not quite perfect, (i would have loved another USB port or two instead of a PS/2 port. who uses them anyways?) but it's right close.

Kingston HyperX Fury Blue 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory

it performs, looks good, and sits easily. i didn't struggle placing it in the board nor did i feel it was too tall or big. i plan to get another stick later on because i feel it would be worth it. 5/5

GOT ANOTHER STICK OF RAM. works even better now, since i maxed out before downloading star citizen lol

Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive

I'm going to put storage all in the same category.

the SSD is nuts. It's blazing fast and fits both windows 7 and windows 10 along with a small Steam library. love it and might get another. apparently performance increases as capacity goes up due to how it is encoded, but i doubt i would notice. 4.7/5 because of that little quip (yes I'm being critical haha)

the HDD is massive. i have several games on it right now and all my files and music, etc.... i haven't even put a dent in the capacity. A lot of people have said something about it being slow because it's 5400 RPM. well, compared to the SSD, yea it is slow, but only because it takes 2 seconds to load instead of 1. For a HHD, i can't really tell that it's slower. i like it because of that. i give it a 5/5 because of the capacity and value of it. (Plus i'm a WD fan. their HHD's always work forever for me)

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card

this think is sweet. i can say that it is my favorite part and has every right to be. All that nonsense with the 3.5 Gigs of VRAM, i felt like people were being pretty critical, especially since you KNEW you weren't buying the top card. i've not had a single problem with is since i started gaming.

Every game i've played on it this card has performed even better than i had hoped for. it's a beast and on top of it all runs super cool

Some GPU's only come with a few ports, or only one kind of port. i have to commend Gigabyte for putting the number and variety of ports on it that they did.

i can't wait to get one of those new fancy 1440, IPS, G-sync, 144Hz, 1ms response Monitors that are coming out. it would be great to see how it performs with that.

I love the fact that it's blue. it doesn't sag in my computer at all and the backplate is pretty sweet actually.

so now for rating: i give this card a 5/5 for what it is. if you have a monitor, you'll be able to hook it up without a problem, no matter what port you use. it runs cool and superbly quiet, and looks very sleek in the case. it's a great buy and it's only real problem is the future. i have no doubt this card will last me a long time, and it may be held onto well past it's gaming life, perhaps going into the daily work computer.

NZXT Source 530 ATX Full Tower Case

i knew i wanted this case from the moment i saw it in Maximum PC (and a shoutout to the magazine that started my obsession. thanks MPCyou're the best. you have converted another to the master race)

The cable storage is insane. there's enough room for any cable you can imagine behind the back panel. every wire in my case is well hidden now and i love that.

it's plenty big on the inside, even though it doesn't take up that much physical room. there is a hidden SSD mount behind the motherboard and that's where mine is. All the drive bays are removable so you could easily put a custom loop in for cooling.

and yes, the window is STILL magical dust repellent, because i've never had any dust on it. ever.

the case is very well built and quite sturdy, and has three dust filters, one in the front and two on the bottom. the front one is a hassle to clean, because you have to remove the entire front panel, meaning you have to remove your Optical drive if you have one, because in order to take the front panel off you need to do that for some reason. the two on the bottom just slide in and out and secure with a little clip, and are easy to clean.

overall, i give it a 4.7/5 due to the hassle that is the front panel (it's a real pain) and the fact that it's a big black box. i do plan to maybe paint it later and customize it a bit. but small quips aside, it's a nice case and a good value, especially if you can get it on sale. i recommend it.

EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

if you need Velcro cable ties, buy this. it came with six of them and i used all of them holding my monitor cables and power supply wires in place behind my computer.

it's a great power supply and is actually pretty quiet. it has plenty of wattage and works. i don't actually have that much to say about it... i give it a 5/5 but try and get it on sale. i got it for like $40 on Newegg

LG WH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer

Yea, it's an optical drive but i have to mention it for it's sheer speed. i was transferring CD's to my computer and was able to move an entire collection of Led Zeppelin over in less than ten minutes. plus it looks good. 5/5

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 OEM (64-bit)

I'm running both Windows 7 and Windows 10 right now and love both.

Windows 10 isn't perfect yet though. a good example would be charging through a USB 3.0 port. Windows 7 allows me to charge my iPad and it charges quickly. Windows 10 will not let me charge it, which i find weird. it pops up "not Charging" on my iPad screen with windows 10

another issue i was having was with the new start menu. it will disappear after a few seconds and I'm not sure why.

other than that it's great so far, but i have yet to fully test it and do much.

Dell 1908WFP

they're 1400x900 monitors with a refresh of 75Hz. picked them up at an auction for five bucks and am glad i did. i like them even though they're not Full HD.

ALSO: now i use a Dell U2415 1920*1200 monitor. the old ones are trash compared to it. i cried because of how good it looks. best thing i have ever used monitor wise

Audio system

it's complicated how i came up with all this stuff. 4 of them were presents and i bought one of them, and all the speakers were free too. all of it is very high end stuff and sounds wonderful, especially paired with the audio off the motherboard. i will answer any particular questions about it as well.

So: this is where i put scores and performance stuff

Far Cry 4 settings

Ambient occlusion: HBAO+

Anti-aliasing: TXAA 4x

Display Mode: Full-Screen

Enviroment: Ultra

Fur: Simulated

Geometry: Ultra

Godrays: Enhanced

Graphics Quality: Custom

Post FX: Ultra

Resolution: 2880*1800 (DSR)

Shadow: Soft Shadows

Terrain: Ultra

Textures: Ultra

Trees Relief: On

Triple Buffering: Off

Vegetation: Ultra

Water: Ultra

FPS: Maintaining around 70


Fire strike score: 9336

sky diver score: 22770

Cloud gate score: 19672

ice storm score: 167897

that's all i've got right now. i was able to play DBXV in 4k and it held 60 FPS easily, but once i do some more testing i'll put it up

Tell me what you think! it's be great to hear from you all

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  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I enjoyed reading your description. Awesome work! I love the parts, mostly. I do wonder why you didn't go for a WD Blue 7200 1TB or the Black Series even though yes it does cost more but those go up from 1~4TB at least too. I'm aware you have 3TB storage of the WD Green but I'm just curious as to why you decided to use it. Thank you so much for sharing your build. I truly enjoyed reading about it and the photos. It's a great build. You earned my up-vote!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! it was a lot of fun to build.

i decided to get the WD Green because it was the highest capacity Western Digital drive i could afford, and actually had some good ratings. i have A LOT of music and do quite a bit with it, so i wanted as much storage as i could get, and this was the drive i chose. it works fine for me, and i actually am quite impressed with it.

at the time of buying parts i was a little restricted by budget and availability as well..

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries, and that makes sense about your reasoning. I truly understand about budgets. Enjoy your lovely build. :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :) wish i had four builds haha. it was a lot of fun to put together

  • 57 months ago
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In due time, in due time. Next thing you know, you have done over ten. Then twenty, and so much more. Got family, friends or anyone willing to let you build for them. It helps out a lot. (Well... in my case I been fixing desktops and laptops first. Now I been trying to learn to build them but out of my own pocket. So far the experience is totally worth it. As long you have passion about it, you will go far above and beyond the dream.)

  • 57 months ago
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yea i can't wait haha. time is the biggest enemy. well that and funding

  • 57 months ago
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Grt job I appreciate the detail with the photos and description! great JOB!

  • 57 months ago
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Thanks! i made sure to take my time on it. I'm glad there are people that appreciate it

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Your Dell monitors are HD. HD is 720p and up, and yours are 900p

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

while that is true, i believe that we have almost gotten to the point where 720p is a thing of the past. i should have clarified that i meant 1080p and above though

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow that audio system is expensive. Can you delve more into depth regarding that? (# of speakers + channels, layout, dedicated audio?)

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

certainly i can. Total: (i can't use it all at once, i like my windows. for now lol)

Kenwood KA-3500 stereo amplifier and KT-5300 FM/AM radio tuner

Pioneer VSX-321 5.1 surround HD receiver with front speakers and subwoofer. (speakers on desk, sub below the desk)

Sony integrated stereo Amp/receiver (my dad is using this one for now so idk the model number)

Kenwood Analog/digital FM receiver (the one on the bottom, it's also being used elsewhere :P)

Bose QC15 acoustic noise cancelling headphones

JBL LX500 150-Watt 3-way speakers (front surrounds, pictured)

KLH 9912 200-Watt 3-way speakers (back surrounds, not pictured)

1/4-inch to 1/8-inch, stereo-to-mono headphone adapter, made by me personally

umm i think that's it. i got a cabinet that some of the stuff didn't fit in so i had to stop using all of it. i'm hoping to either get a bigger cabinet or desk so i can actually put it all to good use. I'm getting a Yamaha stereo Power Amplifier (3-channel) tomorrow so hopefully it'll fit. this isn't even the bulk of my audio stuff, just what i wasn't already using, or what actually fit in my room lol

i need to update with some new pictures. i rearranged stuff and got a realllly nice monitor.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet. Good luck with getting it all set up!

  • 53 months ago
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thanks a lot! I'll try to put up the new pictures this week if i have time.

  • 53 months ago
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hey i was able to get up pictures of the monitor i had stored on the computer. idk where the pictures of my new audio system went though

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice. :D

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

it is pretty awesome :)