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My current custom gaming build

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Date Published

June 2, 2014

Date Built

April 22, 2011

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.504 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

3.802 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

23.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C


Old build from 4/22/11

Gaming Computer


Old Case: Thermaltake Armor+ MX Mid-T Case Black w/230 mm Fan - $129.99

New Case: Cooler Master HAF 922M ATX Black Mid-T Case - $99.99

Old SSD: OCZ Technology Vertex 2 80GB Solid State Drive SATA II 2.5" - $159.99

New SSD: Corsair Force Series 3 120 GB Solid State Drive - $109.99


Old CPU: Intel Core i7-950 3.06Ghz Quad-Core (OC'd 3.449 GHz)

New CPU: Intel Core i5-4690k 3.5Ghz Quad-Core (OC'd 4.406GHz) - $238.99

Old CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V10 Hybrid TEC 90.0 CFM

New CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S 55.0 CFM - $69.99

Old Motherboard: ECS X58B-A3 SLI (V1.0) ATX LGA1366

New Motherboard: ASUS Maximus VII Hero - $211.99

Old PSU: Thermaltake 850W ATX12V / EPS12V

New PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 850W G2 - $137.99


New HDD: Western Digital 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Desktop Hard Drive Black, WD1003FZEX - $74.99


Added a fourth stick of Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) - 16 GB Total now.


Replaced GPUs with GTX 970 MSI Twin Frozr - $339.98


Upgraded to Windows 10

Part Reviews


Great processor, overclocks easily.

CPU Cooler

After having this CPU Cooler for over a year and a half, I can say that it is an amazing cooler. Extremely quiet and performs on par with its bigger brother the NH-D14, while being smaller and quieter. The only issue I have found with this cooler at all is when in a dual push pull fan config, it can make an obnoxious turbulence sound at full load. It is quite noticeable even with the noise dampening adapter on and the rubber pads. Fortunately the fans never need to be running at 100% even during CPU stress testing.


Great motherboard with lots of options, bells, and whistles. Haven't run into any issues with it whatsoever yet.


Very fast RAM for being nearly five years old now.


Does not deliver fast Read/Write speeds for an SSD, especially over time. Currently benchmarks at about 250 MB/s, well below what you would find on a Samsung 850/840 EVO or Pro for cheaper.


Best performance of any SSD I have ever owned and was very price efficient


Has lasted a long time without any issues at all, only complaint is that it is quite audible during long write times.


Very fast for an HDD, can't go wrong with the warranty on this either.

Video Card

I have only had this card a couple of days now, but so far it performs like a beast. My only complaint is that the card will occasionally underclock itself to 540 MHz with the only fix I've found so far being to restart the computer.


A lot of room, good airflow, has room to put in 4 200mm fans (top, bottom, side, and front) and I personally like the look of the case quite a bit.

Power Supply

Good quality, was cheaper than any other gold/plat rated 850w power supply at the time

Case Fan

Quiet, looks cool, only downside i guess is the quality of the plastic, felt like it would easily crack if i screwed it in too tight.


Great quality monitor for the price when I bought it 4 years ago. No longer has the best picture quality but it still works just fine as a second monitor. EDIT: Would no longer recommend anyone actually buy this monitor now a days. Much better monitors for cheaper.


Fantastic monitor for gaming


This keyboard is simply perfect, if you don't care for RGB lighting that is.


Great mouse with some of the best tracking I have ever had in a mouse. Razer Synapse is the only downside to this mouse.


These have AMAZING audio quality for the price and are very comfortable for a gaming headset, although still a little heavy for my tastes. The reason I'm putting these at 4 stars is the microphone has registration issues unless it is literally touching your mouth.

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DDR4worx 2 points 31 months ago

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