My system uses the highest quality parts to achieve great stability and performance. I use my system for both work and 1440p Gaming. I primarily play Mechwarrior Online and The Kerbal Space Program at 1440p (2560x1440) 144fps with a G-SYNC enabled monitor. When I get serious, I use my system to edit/render videos in Adobe Premier Pro and Adobe After Effects. For general business use, this system more than satisfies my daily requirements.
I chose the Asus Maximus VII Hero motherboard for this build. I like it's looks and features. The bundled ASUS software enhances the usability of the system by adding many useful tools to unlock the full potential of the motherboard. The Liquid cooled Intel i7-4790K CPU doesn't disappoint and has absolutely no problem achieving a stable overclock of 4.7GHz. I keep the CPU at 4.0Ghz with a 4.4GHz Turbo mode engaged. In tune with all the reviews and videos, the Swiftech H240-X is one of the greatest AIO (All in one) coolers on the market. The Brass Radiator with Copper CPU Block and high quality fans keep the CPU very cool under heavy load while being extremely quiet. I have another system with a Corsair H100i AIO cooler and the noise difference is huge under load. Respect to Corsair, I love all Corsair products but the Swiftech blows it away!
This system has had various different types of high performance DDR3 memory modules installed. Due to recent industry-wide price drops in DDR3, I decided to upgrade to 32Gb of 2666MHz KLEVV Genuine modules. The modules have an XMP profile of 2666MHz with timings of 12-13-13-35. I have played around with various memory settings and I have come to the conclusion that 2800Mhz with timings of 12-14-14-35 and NO change to voltage is the best & highest performing setting. The KLEVV modules will easily push all the way up to 2933Mhz and beyond with diminishing results. The modules are illumined by white LEDS and are beautiful to look at. These modules are truly pieces of high performance art. Check out the pictures.
Hard Drive/SSD Storage:
The primary storage for this system is a RAID 0 array of (2) 250Gb Samsung 850 EVO SSD's. I keep the Windows 10 OS and working Adobe Premier Pro/After Effects projects on this array. The RAID 0 array achieves a read speed of 1103MB/s and a write speed of 1045Mb/s! The RAID 0 array is absolutely incredible and dramatically improves rendering performance. The main application installation hard drive is a 2TB Western Digital Black. My secure storage area is a RAID 1 array consisting of (2) 1TB Western Digital Blue's. I am planning on adding (1) Samsung 850 EVO 500Gb SSD and swapping out the (2) 1TB hard drives for (2) 3TB Western Digital Blue's setup in RAID 1.
Graphics Cards & Monitors:
Dual NVIDIA GTX-980 GPU's setup in SLI configuration add a powerful 1440p Gaming punch to this system. The 27" DELL S2716DG 1440P monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC is absolutely incredible and completely transforms the gaming experience into a crystal clear & smooth visual candy show! There is NO tearing or stuttering! The in-game animation amazes me everyday and this monitor is worth every penny! The (2) GTX-980 GPUS's have no problem pumping out 2560x1440 (1440p) at 144fps and beyond if you turn off G-SYNC in most games. I always run the GPU's at their stock settings with an automatic custom fan curve setup in EVGA Precision X. The fan curve aggressively engages the fans to keep temps at 65C-71C under heavy gaming load. The custom fan curve is as follows: 50% fan speed at 50C, 70% fan speed at 60C, 85% fan sped at 70C and 90% fan speed at 80C. The highest observed top #1 GPU temp is 75C. I don't believe in running the GPU's hot. According to various reputable sources and authorities on Maxwell architecture, there is no need to ever increase voltage on GTX-980 Maxwell cards because you will NOT achieve any performance gains by doing so. The voltage has always been untouched and I have NEVER increased the voltage on these cards. The dual GTX-980'S have no problem running at full load with an additional +250MHz on the GPU clock and +500MHz on the Memory clock to push the cards to 1515MHz GPU clock and 8002MHz Memory clock under full load. Take note that not all GPU benchmarking software and games respond well to Overclocking. This is why I recommend that you always keep the GPU's at stock settings. The only reason that you might want to OC these GPU's is to get more FPS if you are gaming at 4k. The NVIDIA reference GPU's setup in SLI are finished off with a beautiful custom order NVIDIA SLI bridge with the LED illumined NVIDIA CLAW Logo. I highly recommend setting the NVIDIA GeForce Experience - LED Visualizer to the Flashing with GPU Utilization setting. The GPU's and SLI brisge will flash bright green with varying speed as the GPU utilization increases and decreases. To round out my setup, I have a 24" DELL U2414H UltraSharp monitor for In-Game TeamSpeak, Web browsers and 1080p IPS panel proofing of 1080p images and videos. Check out this video of me playing around with the NVIDIA LED Visualizer program in NVIDIA GE-FORCE Experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zONDFZn_hVw
Case & Power Supply:
The Corsair Graphite Series 760T Full-Tower Windowed Case is absolutely brilliant and makes the whole build! It's better than a fish tank with less maintenance and headaches. All of the parts fit inside this case perfectly. There are channels upon channels to run cables and wires out of view. All of the components are illuminated and displayed prominently in this case with Bitfenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED Strips. The Corsair AX860i Digital Power Supply has more than enough juice to power this beast at full overclock on everything at full load! Using the Corsair Link software, I was able to watch the Power Supply suck ONLY 560 watts from the wall outlet with the system running at FULL LOAD in every way! The Corsair Power Supply is the heart of this system , supplying super clean, high quality power to all the components.
Keyboard, Mice and Headset:
The Corsair K95 RGB mechanical Gaming keyboard is one of the best Gaming keyboards ever created in history. I highly recommend it and I am 100% satisfied with it in every way possible! Depending on my application, I use either a Corsair Scimitar RGB Gaming mouse or Corsair M65 RGB Gaming mouse. Both mice are extremely high quality precision gaming mice with full Macro Program capabilities. I currently use a Corsair H2100 USB Wireless gaming headset. I am satisfied with the H2100, but I will be purchasing a Sennheiser G4ME Zero audiophile grade gaming headset. I'm looking forward to the Sennheiser G4ME Zero headset because it will connect via 3.5mm analog audio jack to the front panel Asus ROG Base display to fully utilize the high performance Asus amplifier and audio driver circuitry built into my motherboard.
This is my main system. It is always in transition and is constantly being upgraded. I hope it's worthy of the PC PART PICKER.
DEATHRAT 69 George Cee