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This here is my first commissioned build, woo!

The budget I had to work with was $1500 and the client wanted a build to play some older but also some newer AAA games, as well as be able to do some art stuff and some 3D rendering. They also choose a theme of black/red.

CPU: Client specified the i7-4790K, so that is what I went with. If this build was only for gaming, I would have recommended an i5, but as the client is going to be doing some rendering, I felt this was a good CPU as to prevent any possible bottleneck there.

Cooler: The 212 EVO is my go-to cooler for any ATX build that won't need water cooling. The 212 works great for stock speeds and turbos, and can even handle minor overclocks well.

Motherboard: Tried to stick with the back and red theme, so I picked a MSI board. I also haven't worked with an MSI mobo yet, so that's another reason I picked it. The connections are all nice and in the best spots, and I really like the 90° SATA and USB3 connectors; those make things look much cleaner.

RAM: It was red, it was 16GB (requested size by client), and I like the price and quality of G.Skill. Although two of the 4 sticks were bad when I got them, so I'm currently waiting for an RMA on that (Also why some pictures only have two sticks). Spent a good half hour figuring out if it was the RAM or mobo.. then figuring which sticks were bad.

SSD: 500GB was requested by the client, and I trust Samsung for any builds I do.

HDD: 2TB was requested, and again, Seagate is the brand I trust for hard disks.

Graphics Card: Client wanted a card that was a GTX 970 or better, and this was the best for their budget. Also happens to be MSI and red. This card runs 99% of games amazingly at high or max graphics.

Case: This is a really great case for the price, and seeing as the client didn't need more than 1 SSD and one HDD, the case would work. Also it was easy to manage the cables because there is no view to the back of the case from the front.

PSU: Brand I trust, wattage I needed. Fully modular to boast. 'Nuff said!

ODD: Eh, it's an optical drive, what's to say about it? Client didn't need Bluray, so I picked a relatively cheap one.

OS: It's Windows 10.. Woo!

WiFi Card: AC wifi card, not a cheapo card.

Lights: Always need dem LED's, right??

Built most of the PC in one night, added some parts the next day once I received them in the mail.

Overall, this was a awesome build to do! was able to try out some new brands, and just plain got to build a PC!

What do you guys think?

~ Built by Will, Owner of Rainbow Dragon Tech ~ My Site

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Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Sick build. You have basically every component I wanted for my computer, but I got too impatient :P +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

looks amazing!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I've been thinking about doing something similar to satisfy my itch to build PC's without using my own money.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

That is honestly the best part of it xD

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great. I just did a Red and black motif as well and used MSI. Sorry to hear about the memory. Glad my sticks weren't bad when I got them. Thumbs up

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

First time I've had any bad parts.. But good thing I have a spare 8GB set of ram for the client to use while the RMA is going through, sometimes they can take a while..

Also, I like your cat. :3

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

lol..that's Scully. It is a boy, don't ask me, I didn't name him. I am his fourth owner and will be his last. Great cat. He likes to stare at the fans in the PC and zone out.

Yeah, it is a good thing you had the extra ram around but I am sure the client would have understood that it was out of your control and being remedied.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice machine :) bravo! you'll have a happy client.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, now you can put "Professional computer technician" on any resume!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish that mattered to more people xD

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice clean looking build. Hopefully your client enjoys it, and tells their friends.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

Yeah, I hope so too :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid build. Exactly what I would want in my pc.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

How much are you charging for it?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Parts plus $40 for labor warranty and $100 for labor. Usually I'd also charge for shipping/gas but he's picking it up.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Odd CPU clock rate you have listed. Why is it at 4.16Ghz?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

That's just what it turbo'd to while I was doing a burn-in. It's a 4.0GHz CPU.

  • 47 months ago
  • -1 points

Why the gtx 970? You should have got the r9 390 for better price to performance.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The graphics card was the client's choice.

Either way, the build is below the budget, and it has everything the client needed. So there's no reason to save money anywhere.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I have an ad on Craigs List

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Check your PMs

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I think lots of people want to get paid to build. I'd do it in a split instance, but it's just a tough market.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not like this will become my full time job, yet.

Still have a day job..

Still broke as Fu*k.

'Tis life.

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