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Hey guys! This is my first build, and I am extremely happy with the way it turned out. I have been wanting to build my own rig for a while now, but have always been satisfied by the performance of my various laptops. I will be using this computer for programming, gaming, and photo editing. Initial tests have been very positive. This thing runs near silent, and has pretty decent temps as well. I got most of my parts on black Friday sales, or at my local MicroCenter, so that's where those prices came from. Hope you enjoy it, let me know what you think!

  • Intel i7 4790k: I know most people say go for the i5, but for the price, I couldn't help it! I haven't overclocked yet, but will as it becomes needed. The performance increase over the i5 should help it stay relevant longer, which will hopefully delay the inevitable upgrade. Also, I nearly had a heart attack installing this thing. I didn't know you needed to apply that much pressure!

  • Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo: Hardest part of the build to install. But, it was cheap, and looks pretty cool in the case. Also keeps the CPU at decent temps, although obviously not as low as a closed loop liquid cooler. The fan is really quiet, but I can't help but wish that I went the liquid route.

  • MSI Z97 Gaming 5: I wanted a board with debug LEDs, has simple and powerful BIOS, and looks good. This one more than satisfies in all of those areas. I would recommend it to anyone, especially if you can get a great price, which you often can, and have a video card that matches it like mine.

  • Crucial Ballistix Elite 16GB DDR3-1866: It works, it's fast, and it looks nice. Enough said!

  • Samsung 840 Pro 512GB: Dang, this thing is blazing fast! My boot times are so quick. I got a large amount of storage for a decent price, and I hear they're pretty reliable. Love it!

  • WD Black 3TB: Has a ton of storage, and has pretty good speeds for a HDD. I have heard they were supposed to be loud, but I have not noticed it at all.

  • MSI GTX 970 Gaming: Very powerful, and looks good while it does it! Runs quiet and cool. More than performs to my expectations. I was struggling to choose between the Asus STRIX and this card, but ended up going with this one because it was supposed to be just as quiet, but slightly more powerful, and I am glad I went with MSI. As it gets outdated, I'll probably grad a second one to run in SLI.

  • Corsair 750D: So this was kind of an impulse buy. I saw the sale, sale that it had good reviews, a big window, and looked nice, so I pulled the trigger. In the days following, I got a bit of buyer's remorse while looking at pictures of other cases. I wanted something that looked classy, but this one seemed to lack a little bit of flair. Luckily, when it got here, all my doubts were put to rest. This case is gorgeous, pictures really don't do it justice. It is roomy and very easy to work with, and even though there is plenty of space for expansion, it does not have an empty look. It just looks great in person. People have said that it ruins the aesthetics by adding a disk drive, but with my drive and Hue in two of the bays, I don't think it's bad at all. I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Corsair HX750i: Powers all my parts, and is very quiet. No problems here, but you definitely pay more for quality.

  • LG BluRay Drive: Got it for a good price, and is nice to have. A lot of people opt not to go for a disk drive, but when it's so cheap, why not get it for those rare times when you'll need it?

  • TP-Link WiFi Card: Simple and easy to use. It's basically plug and play right out of the box. Good for those times when you don't have an ethernet jack nearby. The two antennas get good reception and pretty decent speed.

  • NZXT Hue: Yeah, this was just for looks. But it really does look good! I usually just have it set to white light, but it is fun to have the option for more colors. It has multiple brightness settings, so it can really fit any of your lighting needs. I thought the LED strip would be hard to install, but it wasn't bad at all!

All in all, I love my new rig. It is fast, quiet, cool, powerful, and just looks good. Future upgrade plans include a second graphics card, and a closed loop liquid CPU cooler, But that's really all I see myself needing for the next 5 years or more. Thanks for reading!

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Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

Love that huge window on the case, it shows all of its sexiness off. Nice parts, you really did a good job and I can't really complain about any of it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

Really nice build! That SSD though OMG!!

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

750D Boys. (Thumbs Up)

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

why is the gpu in the lower pci?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought it looked better, improved airflow, and could not find any negative reasons associated with it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

how is it better? is your cpu throwing air into the case? it should get it out

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Eh, I'll look into moving it. Thanks for the tip, but for now, I'll probably just keep it the way it is.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. Put that GPU where it belongs. You're just slowing it down.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Not true, all three of this motherboard's PCIe 3.0 slots are x16, and while it only supports x16, x8/x8, and x8/x4/x4 modes, having only one PCIe 3.0 slot filled will keep the card running at x16. I double-checked the manual to be sure.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

really Nice its excactly the same parts that i want i my gaming rig

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The cpu fan is mounted wrong, it's sucking air into the case instead of out. Also, i'm not sure if that bottom pci slot is the same speed as the top one...

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get that i7 at that price??

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

MicroCenter was running a sweet deal!