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I bring you my new personal rig, Omega. This is a build I have always wanted to do and really brings out the enthusiast pc builder in me. I have a passion for building and with each new rig I complete I gain more knowledge and am humbled with the opportunities that I have been provided. Without further ado here are the components and reasons why I picked them.

CPU

i7-4790k: This was an obvious choice for me because I live near a microcenter and before tax it was $279.00 As for overclocking I have not done anything to the CPU but I will edit the post when I do. Hoping to get around 4.5-4.6ghz

Cooler

NZXT Kraken x61: I was in between Corsair and NZXT but with extensive research and other user feedback I chose the one that made the most sense, Clearly the X61 is quieter and will deliver better performance for a marginally higher price. On a side note I was not impressed with NZXT's packaging. I would have liked to see something other than what looked like a recycled egg carton housing my $140 cooler.

Motherboard

MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition: I previously had an MSI board and loved it, I like the clickable bios and how the bios is configured as well as overall performance and appearance. (Black/White)

RAM

Corsair Vengance Pro 2133mhz: I thought about going with 16gb but decided to put the money elsewhere in the build and upgrade in the future. (corsair bandwagon... get on it)

SSD

Samsung 850 EVO: After I had purchased this I had heard about all the problems people had with the 840, I did some research on 850 evo trim and came to the conclusion that Samsung had fixed the issues and I have not had any issues whatsoever.

Mass Storage

1TB Caviar Blue: This is obvious look at the price.

GPU

Asus GeForce GTX 980 TI: This card is a beast to put it simply. I chose reference because I wanted the rear exhaust because the H440 is notorious for "bad airflow" even though I have had no issues. Card runs at 83C when under 100% load with Valley Benchmark on "Extreme HD" @ 1491mhz

Case

NZXT H440: This case is clean, has amazing cable management options, and looks flawless if done correctly.

PSU

EVGA G2 750W: This fully modular psu came with great factory cables but I wanted white individually sleeved cables so those were added to the list. Well worth it and was very impressed with EVGA's packaging.

Fans

SP120's: Obvious choice for the quiet edition, Very impressed as I have always been with corsair's products. Although I would have liked to not had to use soap on the screws, or at least not had to google a solution to get them in.

Monitor

BenQ XL2420TE: Great monitor once you get the color settings configured otherwise it looks very dull and straining on the eyes.

Keyboard

Corsair K70 RGB: Okay... I fanboy'd over this keyboard ever since it was first covered on LTT, and I fell in love. The MX-Red keys are amazing, would recommend to anyone.

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  • 57 months ago
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Great shots of the entire build - I'm hoping to build something similar, perhaps on the x99 architecture though. - Do you think the corsair fans are needed? - And how well does the Kraken 61 fit, was it an easy fit?

  • 57 months ago
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Went in very easily, i would recommend putting the backplate on the cpu first, then put the case on its side with something on the back to keep it from scratching (I used Styrofoam blocks cut from the case packaging). And then install the pump onto the cpu with the rad just outside the top of the case and finally install the rad.

  • 57 months ago
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As for the corsair fans, I was not entirely sure of how good the stock case fans where so I decided to get the SP120's because of the restricted flow with the front panel on.

  • 57 months ago
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What overclocks did you have to apply to hit that boost clock on your gpu? Did it throttle back at all when the temps hit 83 degrees? Awesome rig it's almost like the gefore logo glows in white in those photos.

  • 57 months ago
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you can sand paper the green off the logo.

  • 57 months ago
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I'm guessing that would void the warranty though...

  • 57 months ago
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It does void the warranty, but you can always buy a replacement logo and reinstall it if there ever are any problems.

  • 57 months ago
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I live in Australia so a lot of times we can't buy separate parts unless they are sold on Amazon or ebay.

  • 57 months ago
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It is white, I took apart the fan shroud and sanded the green paint off. Gpu min voltage: 1135mV, Max 1276mV

  • 57 months ago
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Thanks for the info, I'm thinking about overcoming mine in the future...

  • 57 months ago
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I'm used to seeing Kingston white and black ram with this style build, but I'll really digging the silver. Beautiful build.

  • 57 months ago
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Thank you! I am a fan of corsair ram :) so I dicided to go with the vengeance pro

  • 57 months ago
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decided* wow lol

  • 57 months ago
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real nice

  • 57 months ago
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Thank you

  • 57 months ago
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Nice minimalist black/white build! Love the white LED on the 980 Ti. How did you do that?

  • 57 months ago
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Thank you! As for the white LED, I disassembled the fan shroud to expose the heatsink, then there are four small screws that keep the fan guard on. After removing those the black guard comes out along with the GeForce GTX logo and it slides out of the housing and you unclip the wire from the pcb. Took some 400 grit sand paper to the green paint on the logo, then up to 600, then 800, 1000, 2000, 4000, and finally 12000 grit for a nice smooth finish.

  • 57 months ago
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Might have to try that when I (eventually) get a new system. Thanks for the tip!

  • 57 months ago
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1TB Caviar Blue: This is obvious look at the price

What about the barracuda?

  • 57 months ago
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The Barracuda is cheaper but quality wise the Caviar Blue is at a higher standard.

  • 57 months ago
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I thought they were the same price?

  • 57 months ago
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When I purchased mine the barracuda was cheaper, but I just preferred to spend slightly more to get the WD

  • 57 months ago
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Ok, I won't argue about your preferences :)

  • 57 months ago
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All good dude :)

  • 57 months ago
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This makes me moist.

  • 57 months ago
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smirks

  • 57 months ago
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Wow it is almost scary how similar and different my build is to yours, building it in about 2 days, waiting for my 980 Ti, http://pcpartpicker.com/p/44R3GX . Instead of corsair I am going Razer but I might get a corsair keyboard next year or so as I am rocking the Chroma blackwidow, and to top it of I have a BenQ XL2411T monitor. I might change motherboard to the one you are using, how do you like it?

  • 57 months ago
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I love it, its very sleek and the matte finish makes all the other components pop more. The transfer rates with the sata 6gb/s are crazy fast too.

  • 57 months ago
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Oh well I think I am staying with the Asus Z97-AR, thanks anyways though. First time building for me so I am pretty nervous, any tips?

  • 57 months ago
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Get an electrostatic wrist strap, take your time, and be careful with the components

  • 57 months ago
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Picking one up with my cooler and I will! Any problems with the case or cooler that you got?

  • 57 months ago
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No, my install tactic worked very well. In one of the pictures you can see how I used the carton style box that the cooler came in to hold the rad while I installed the pump onto the cpu. I recommend running the fans in a pull configuration from the interior to create more positive pressure in the case, this helps keep dust from getting inside..

  • 57 months ago
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Look at pictures 22 & 30. 22 for how I setup the rad in the box and 30 for how I positioned the fans.

  • 57 months ago
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Need those white ledssss

  • 57 months ago
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Looks great, I'd totally grab some Bitfenix alchemy strips just to showcase it a tad more though! Is the LED's on the gpu a mod normal, just I thought they were green..

Corsair's packaging isn't much better. SilverStone's packaging was AMAZING.

  • 57 months ago
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you can sand paper the green off the logo.

  • 57 months ago
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Like PESTILANCE said, I sanded off the green logo paint.

  • 57 months ago
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Awesome, looks so sick!

  • 57 months ago
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Thanks, I am really pleased with the way everything turned out.

  • 57 months ago
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Yeah I would be if it was mine too! Seriously though with some LED's at the top and bottom, damn.

  • 57 months ago
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Yeah I plan to :P

  • 57 months ago
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You could even replace the rear exhaust fan with a white LED fan instead and that would light up the main bay of the case pretty well, but yeah LED's are a must for this beautiful build! Are your radiator fans push or pull?

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  • 57 months ago
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Haha thanks man, I am loving the feedback. I plan on getting some leds. Thanks for the comment :P