Originally built this pc back in 2013. The only thing that's even original from then is the power supply, and half the ram.
i7 4790K @ 4.7 GHz, 1.30Vcore 1.89Vin. Delided with CLU. Synthetic benches top out at 70C. normal usage loads rarely exceed 60-65.
Maximus VII Hero: fantastic motherboard, has some nice red led lighting that's pretty much completely blocked by my SLI 970's LOL. Oh and a blank spot under the CPU where it wants some M.2 storage, but probably won't ever get any due to no more pcie lanes left for pcie m.2 storage. i may throw some a sata m.2 ssd in there some day and use the 840 pro strictly for games. who knows.
The SLI 970's rock out on this massive 40" 4k monitor. I literally cannot explain how amazing this thing is and was worth every penny. Hopefully they'll be more well priced similar models available soon as this Crossover 44k has been out of stock everywhere for quite some time now. My only complaint is the slight bit of input lag, and that windows scaling is still meh and pretty much will forever be.
update: my itch to do a custom waterloop has finally started to become reality. sold the 970's for a 980ti. waiting on a package from performance-pcs with a 140mm radiator and an ek water block. once funds recuperate i'll get the cpu under water and some more radiators. benchmark performance is slightly down at no surprise but i'm looking forward to better game play experience in some cases where SLI caused issues.
- 1TB Mushkin SSD for main games drive
- 1TB WD Black for secondary games drive
- 4TB WD Green for Music/Movies/whatever
- 256GB 840 Pro for the OS and main programs.
The air 540 is absolutely my favorite case ever. After doing a build in the smaller 240 for my cousin, i fell in love and had it have its older brother.
G710 keyboard is nice but i think i might have preferred the quieter G710+ with the mx browns vs. my mx blues.
G502 mouse is excellent as well. dpi on the fly is very easy to use and the macros as well. buttons are well placed.
Let me know what you think. I think its a heck of a build for a 4k rig and SLI 970's really are the business.
pros: 4 cores, 8 threads 4.0GHz out of the box
cons: TIM still has something to be desired.
if you do heavy multi-tasking, compiling, rendering, gaming, and just a general pc enthusiast, this chip is for you. However, at the time of writing this, skylake i7 6700k is available and will be a better option for future proofing.
keeps my i7 4790k @ 4.7GHz 1.3v under 75C under synthetic benches. only 1 core will ever go to 70 when compiling maps in hammer editor for long periods of time.
corsair link is iffy, and i never got the led color to match cpu temp thing to work right except it will just go whatever color the cpu currently is whenever i click it in the program. but it works.
pump can be adjusted from 2 speeds, quiet, and performance via corsair link
best atx lga 1150 motherboard hands down. so many features for gaming, overclocking is fantastic. has more features than i'll probably end up using.
access time of a blue due to single platter. other than that it's okay but the older wd black had better access times due to having more than 1 platter. better off getting a 2tb black, or save $20-25 and get a 1tb blue for nearly the exact same performance.