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I am a Civil Engineer, I use AutoCAD and other heavy programs often. After AutoCAD froze on me and I almost lost 80 hours of work on a major project (luckily I am a tedious backup phene) with my standard issue laptop I decided it was time to build a computer I have never thought to do such a thing since I took C++ in college. These are the parts I have ordered and they have been arriving daily I will keep you posted as I complete this build over the next week or so. I chose the Asus H97 motherboard over a few others because the capabilities to expand to 32 GB of ram and additionally to Cross Fire video cards. I already had all the extras (keyboard, mouse, headphones, speakers, monitors etc). But in the mean time tell me what you think. My total spent as of today on all these parts was $976 after about $50 worth of rebates (fingers crossed on those) my inital budget was about $700 but I really wanted to go with an intel based system due to the advice of a good friend of mine that is a programmer, so I bumped that to $1000. Anyway as I wait. Tell me what you think!

Update 1/7/2015: After a lot of suggestions I returned the H97 Motherboard and picked up a z97-A Asus from amazon due to the restocking fees and return shipping I am up for $990 luckily I was able to get a copy of windows for free through my office. Everything will be here on Friday and I plan to build that day

Update 1/9/2015: Everything has finally arrived, we are starting the build as we speak I just uploaded pics of my OLD setup aka POS. and the new parts.

Update 1/10/2015: Assembled everything yesterday, its crazy how big that cooler is but it all looks very clean on the outside I need to do some cable management I'm going to fool with that tonight but it turned out great. I got windows installed last night, I am still trying to figure out how to slave my HDD to the SSD because its starting to fill up fast please comment or message me with any suggestions I will have more pics as I clean it up, I'm not really surprised as to how fast this is I did this all for under $1000 ( i already had the monitor and stuff so I think that really good) more upgrades to come in the future, this thing boots up so fast from the SSD I just about miss the Bios every time. After I am done Ill give a full breakdown.

Update 1/12/2015: Worked overnight and tied down all the cables and sensors to the best of my abilities, I was able to figure out the HDD it needed to be allocated (Control Panel>Disk Management). It is finished now I just have to set it up on my desk and I am finished. All my necessary software is loaded and running great, got my two free games from AMD, This thing is FAST!

Breakdown: This has been a great learning experience for me, I've never done anything like this and I really enjoyed it.

CPU: I chose the i7-4790K 4.0GHz because I wanted to go with an Intel based system and it was a part that I don't plan to upgrade later. This thing is designed for pure processing performance its capable of being overclocked if I ever want to and it's all around one of the best processors on the market today I am very pleased with it.

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper D92 54.8 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler After a lot of research on coolers with the original idea to do a water cooled system I changed my mind mainly due to the fact that many people have negative reviews of them, if it malfunctions and oozes fluid all over my $320 CPU I will be pissed. This thing is great totally silent, push pull, and it keeps it cold, these i7's are known to run very hot under load so using the factory heat sink wasn't an option for me if I care about my investment. Also I got this for $35 on amazon it was here in two days I love that. The only cons I can say are that it is HUGE and when I say HUGE I mean it. Luckily it fit in my case. Note to others to definitely consider that.

Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard I chose this mobo after origninally purchasing a H97 and getting ripped on here for having an unlocked CPU and getting a locked mobo. So I got this one. I chose this one because of the price point and it was Asus. I like Asus, I guess I am partial to the brand but the BIOS on it is super easy to navigate. I have extra RAM and VC slots with this one too so If I later want to upgrade I can easily.

RAM: Team Elite Plus 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory I chose this because it was the lowest Price/GB for 16 GB of RAM and it was 2X8GB sticks instead of 4X4 GB so I have two free slots to put another 16 GB in this summer.

Storage: PNY Prevail 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive & Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive. I chose these two HD because I wanted to use the SSD to boot windows and AutoCAD from. The HDD is for all the BS and Storage/backup/files. Both were some of the lowest prices in their category.

Video Card: This is the only part I would buy differently but my budget wouldn't allow it and its alot easier to change a Video Card than it is a CPU so I put mu money there with an option to sell this and buy a bigger badder one or get another and run it crossfire. but it was cheap, its Asus (I'm a brand *****) and it works fine for everything I need as of now. Will Upgrade later though.

PSU: Corsair CSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply I got this on sale for 69.99 from 99.99 and it had a $20 mail in rebate, I couldn't beat it and it was still more than enough to power this, it stays cool and is very quiet. plus its 80+ Gold and Modular and Corsair and had great ratings.

Case: Cooler Master N400 ATX Mid Tower Case I liked it and I was worried about my cooler not fitting so I figured Cooler Master products better fit or I will call their customer service and give them a nightmare. This Thing turned out to be SICK. Lots of space, very sleek and professional looking, came with two fans built in, everything fit. I was way more concerned with keeping everything cool and having good air flow rather than keeping it quiet. Turns out this case has superior air flow, it keeps everything ice cold I have 6 fans in it and I can't hear a thing. I'm happy with it it could have a little better cable management but whatever.

Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry 2. I got this at a local store for $10 its touchscreen its accurate it looks sweet. I love it and I love the touch its pretty sick definitely adds to the appeal.

DVD Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer it matched it was cheap it was Asus

For under $1000 I highly recommend this build it went by flawlessly its completely silent it has a lot of power and room to upgrade I don't think you can beat it honestly I am pleased.

UPDATE: this gpu is cursed. I had to use the intel integrate graphics because it contantly froze my whole pc under any kind of load-even idle I do not recommend hopefully your not the poor soul that buys this from me off amazon.

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Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 4 points

My recommendation is get a Z97 motherboard due to you having an unlocked CPU so you may overclock it, But that's just my recommendation. Chair

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I heard something about asus enabling overclocking on some of their h97 boards, but too lazy to check exactly which ones.

http://www.techpowerup.com/202196/asus-enables-overclocking-on-h97-h87-b85-and-h81-series-motherboards.html

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly you could overclock, but with the current clock speed already on the 4790k I think you would do just fine.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, I've seen an article on it

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

will an h97 not over clock it? whats the difference?this is my first build so i'm looking for all the knowledge I can get. but anyway that's fine with me as I said above I have no intention to over clock this at all if anything i may under clock it to keep it cooler these cpu's tend to get it HOTT

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldnt worry about getting hot with this CPU. especially with the advanced thermal dyes, but if your still having trouble you might want to make sure your thermal compound from your cooler is not too much or too little.

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

K series processor with an h97 board? Why not 17-4790? Would have saved some money so you could get at least a 270 instead.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Stock speed is 400mhz faster on the "k" model. Also, the "k" i7 is cheaper sometimes.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Holy balls that keyboard is expensive!!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

he got ripped

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup and its net even a mechanical

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome, someone with my dream job! Hope the build comes along nicely!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

you dont have to dream man, it can happen for you too

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

nice parts, where is the build

i see a keyboard, no system

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Read the description before commenting.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

theyre coming in today and tomorrow I will have more pics up as it is getting finished so far all ive got is a gram or two of that thermal compound

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, I see!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

A good portion of parts just came in this cooler is HUGE I hope it will fit ill have to check it when i get the case tomorrow

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

why such as expensive keyboard also?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the keyboard a few years back with an alienware I already had it

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I would recommend going with z97 mobo as you are getting an unlocked cpu so that you might not be overclocking it right away, you will have the option to do so in the future.

I also recommend to refund the gpu and get something with higher performance as a single high performance card is way better than multiple medium end cards as they output more heat and if the games don't support crossfire, you are stuck with one single medium card performance.

A gtx 970 or R9 290x would be good or if you are not in a hurry to play the games, I would wait to see what amd brings to the table with their 300 series.

  • If you are into FPS or games that are fast paced, I would get a monitor with higher refresh rate with lower response time.
  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

so what do you mean by getting a z97 vs the h97 i ordered, is it just less expensive or what? I have no intention of overclocking this system at all it is more than enough power to handle my computing needs and i rarely game. This is my first build so its certainly a learning experience for a future one

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

yes I know and I said that as it looked like you were thinking of going with cross firing two r7 260x which will introduce more heat and power usage and have problems with games that does not support CF.

If you are looking to go that route, consider just getting just one r9 290 as one of them costs twice as one of the r7 260x as you said :P (actually bit more but still.....you want to CF or SLI when you have the best graphics card and want more juice in most cases and in situations like this, single solution is way better)

It looks like you do not know what overclocking means. So what overclocking does is it boosts the frequency of your cpu's operating speed to gain an increase in performance. It's not by a big margin but it does boost performance and people who does it finds it fun to do.

The cpu you got, 4790k is able to do that. However, in order to do so, you will need a motherboard that contains a "Z" series chipset such as z97 or z87 in this case.(Intel did this on purpose(?) to franchise(?) and sell the K series with more benefit I guess)

the board you have purchased will not be able to do that as intel has differentiated the chipsets and made it so that boards other than "Z" chipset boards are not able to overclock the cpu you got.

This doesn't mean that you won't be able to use 4790k with h97 but you won't be able to overclock it to squeeze that extra bit of performance out.

If z97 is bit too costly, you can go with z87 board and it will work just fine

I would recommend boards like these to go with as it will support CF, SLI, and able to overclock the cpu as well

https://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z97ssliplus

https://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z97extreme3

something like thses will do fine

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I just overnighted the z97 after some thought and the realization my budget actually allows it i got the asus z97-a graphics card will wait til summer

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

https://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z97pro3 i have this ordered also it was part of my first idea

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

but i decided i wanted to go with asus instead of asrock just a suggestion from a friend

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

you do realize a r9 290 is literally twice as expensive as well

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW THATS A REALLY NICE KEYBOARD DID YOU PUT YOUR I7 AND 16GB OF RAM IN IT?T?T?!!?!?!?!!/1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I probably should have haha, Ive had that for awhile already I havent started the build yet

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

gotta be the worst bottleneck ive seen in a while. wow. ok for editing, but lord have mercy your i7 is gonna hold back a ton while gaming

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm surprised no one said anyrhing, but in my opinion if your going to get one of the more expensive processors (Intel's I7) your gonna have to go with a more beefier graphics card. Its kinda like complementing your processor.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

it will come this summer when I mod it more i had a grand to play with on this one i wanted to get the job done and make it upgradeable for later Ill more than likely sell my graphics card this summer when I buy a much better one along with another 16 gb ram and if I need maybe a little more storage but this is primarily a work computer for CAD work Im sure Ill play a few games on it in due time. But this videocard did come with 2 games of my choice which I thought was pretty sweet any suggestions?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

How does that cooler work with the 4790k? Does it keep it pretty cool?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

originally i didnt have any intention of over clocking it but after some research i found that this i7 runs super hot (80C) so i looked at a bunch of coolers I got this one and it is doing extremely well it keeps it at about 24C and its completely silent this case is great too, excellent airflow and it has 2 built in case fans altogether Im running 6 fans and I can hear a thing and it is staying ice cold. this worked out really well now all i need to do is get windows to realize I want this HDD involved I know its working it just wont show it as a method of storage any suggestions

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know much about storage and the software aspect as much as most people on the site. Just make sure the HDD is being recognized (Search for new hardware in the hardware section of the control panel) and make sure it's formatted for your compt

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I got it figured out it wasnt allocated by windows, Im all done now and am installing all my software. cables are cleaned up etc.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

lol, how's the dinovo keyboard for gaming?