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by lachie_mcd


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Date Published

July 22, 2015

Date Built

July 7, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.57 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.002 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

22.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C


For years i was a laptop peasant rocking an Asus G75VW. It got the job done and was easy to transport between my parents houses but you really don't get much for your money.

So i sold that piece for a stupidly high amount for what it was worth (not complaining, people must just like laptops...) and went about planning my gaming PC.

This is my first build and i wanted to do it right so a lot of research into the parts and i think it's almost at a point now that i'm happy with it.

Wanted a themed build because it was going to be on my desk for show and i'm a stickler for good looking things that all go together.

Also wanted to get a 1440p monitor and game at 1440p, and i am not disappointed. Would highly recommend anyone making the jump to 1440p if you have a good enough graphics card.

Overall the build process went pretty smoothly, the S340 is a fantastic case to work in. The cable bracket is the greatest idea i have seen and you can hide the cables so easily. PSU bracket is also super helpful for hiding all the unnecessary cables downstairs and keeping upstairs clean. For future might get some custom cable sleeving as the EVGA power supply is fully modular, although it's stock cables look pretty nice not going to lie.

All the prices are my total $AUD amounts converted into a $USD for all you Americans.

CPU i5 4690k - Originally was looking at a 4590 but in the end said screw it and went for the big boy. Sits pretty at 4.5GHz at 1.25v. Runs everything like a champ and barely reaches 60% load. Bought second hand off eBay hence the lower price.

Cooler H100i - The S340 is designed for front rads and with the 4690k's overclocking potential i thought why not. Again bought second hand off eBay. It was pretty dusty when it arrived and only the red LED's in the logo work which i'm a little bummed about. Otherwise it keeps the CPU hella cool and it was relatively easy to put on.

RAM Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1866MHz - It was the cheapest 8GB dual channel kit and it matched the colour of the ASRock MOBO perfectly. Plus it has low CAS and is 1866, no complaints here.

MOBO ASRock Z97 Pro4 - Here's where things get a little tricky. Originally i was going to go AMD on the GPU and managed to get an R9 290 for $242 off eBay, and i was originally also going to just get the Z97 Anniversary, but i thought if i ever wanted to go crossfire it would save me having to get another motherboard. However turns out my R9 290 was defective and ended up getting a 970 so this board is a little bit much for what i need, but it has good overclocking potential, and an M.2 slot if i ever want ridiculous SSD speeds in the future. Also has a nice blue colour to suit the case, although the blues don't match up quiet as well as i'd hoped.

Storage 2TB Barracuda - It's storage and it's cheap. For all my "videos" and "audio files" Galax Gamer SSD 120GB - Bit of a dark horse of the SSD world. Heard good reviews and it was significantly cheaper than the competition. Nice looking thing as well.

GPU GTX 970 G1 - The real hero of the build. Was going to go AMD but after the defective POS and the ****** drivers i decided to go green. This thing is so quiet and so cold. Overclocks like an absolute champ and runs games at 1440p well enough on its own. Very impressed with this piece.

Case NZXT S340 Black/Blue - Thank you NZXT for creating such a pleasure to work with. Only complaint with this case is that i wish it came with two fan spots up top to put a radiator for future watercooling loops but other than that this case is perfect and looks amazing.

Monitor QNIX 2710 Evolution II - This monitor is a beast. Stand/Shroud looks okay, but the PLS panel is just like an IPS and the colour representation is ******* amazing. 1440p gaming is absolutely gorgeous on this thing as well as the fact of it's overclocking ability. Can overclock to 120Hz on some tight timings, but i currently have it at 100Hz with stock timings. My model also has a 4ms resonse time, not the average 8ms as with some models of this monitor. Definitely worth picking up second hand for it's price.

Cheers for having a geeze at my build, hope you enjoy some of the eye candy photos! (Taken with my iPhone 5)

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syntaxerrur 22 Builds 3 points 45 months ago

I am a huge fan of the NZXT S340 and builds like are the main reason why. You have done an excellent job matching color and giving us a taste at what a clean setup would look like in this chassis. Well done!

I only wish it supported a 240 rad up top as well. :(


lachie_mcd submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

thanks for the kind words bro

Pierceoftheender 2 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Snazzy build, and sweet title as well. Like the blue.

hooh888 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Nice build, nice color scheme, and great pictures. +1

Atron 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

I like the colour theme here, different but very nice

Ropota 2 points 45 months ago

I really like this build. Good overall matching color scheme.

Value 1 point 45 months ago

Great looking Aussie build mate. Please tell me what you think about that keyboard.


lachie_mcd submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

cheers mate!

Fantastic software, LEDs are great, keyboard looks great and feels really nice. You do have to realise that it's the equivalent of cherry blues so they make a bit of noise. Overall i really like it though. Just the USB passthrough and audio/mic passthrough are on the wrong bloody side.

Marco-736 1 point 45 months ago

Amazing build, I will go something like this hopefully.

lachie_mcd submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

thanks mate

IMojoe134 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

So simple i love it. Great case i love the color scheme +1

lachie_mcd submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

yeah baby yeah hahhaa

thanks mate

iasianxmofoi 1 point 45 months ago

Where'd you get the desk?

lachie_mcd submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

think it was my dads old desk from work, we've had it like 15 years, from ikea i'm guessing.

Busy_Schedule 1 point 45 months ago

Where did you find those prices?! Would the prices be considered cheap in Australia? Because converted in the UK they are very cheap.

lachie_mcd submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

most of it was bought second hand off ebay, only things that weren't were the motherboard, ram, case, storage items and the case fans, so yeah the second hand ones are cheap, the ones bought new are normal prices i'm guessing.

Stupidmouth 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

What games do u play and what fps you get with what settings?

lachie_mcd submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago


GTA5 - 60fps @ Ultra / Witcher 3 - 50fps @ Ultra / BF4 - 58fps @ Ultra / Talos Principle - 79fps @ Ultra /

pcbuilderman 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Very good build! Always liked how those NZXT cases make builds look so clean and professional.

andrefoster 1 point 44 months ago

Pc noob question Did you have to upgrade the BIOS for your PC to work (boot up) because I am going to buy the asrock z97 pro4 and a i5-4690k but on the asrock website it says I need to update the bios of the i5-4690k to 1.30 bios.

lachie_mcd submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

no update needed for me, worked right out of the box.

andrefoster 1 point 43 months ago

Ok think you

DeclanGaze 1 point 40 months ago

do you know if you can fit blue leds and how much will the pc cost in pound ? at the moment

DJRob 1 point 29 months ago

i got my 4690k for a great deal too! specifically $170 U.S. or 228 AUD :D

ManyEnglishmen 1 point 28 months ago

Hey mate!

Thinking of building a very similar build right now, do you know if it is still viable for playing the newer triple A titles? First PC build but love the color scheme and the ASrock MOBO is the only good black blue MOBO out there!

Hope you're still enjoying your build~


Channel5Pc -1 points 42 months ago

might want to think of a better monitor for any type of gaming. Like at least 5ms response time, but with a gtx 970 I would try to get something with 144hz and 1ms response for the best visuals and performance like an Acer GN246HL at $270

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Channel5Pc 1 point 41 months ago

what monitor are you talking about because i cant find any 120hz listed any more under the 350$ price range

Channel5Pc 1 point 41 months ago

unless the monitor your referring to is the one from you own build thats only 60hz non ips but 1440p and 27 inches then I'm sorry I prefer my current selection

lachie_mcd submitter 1 Build 2 points 41 months ago

QNIX sell it as a 1440p, 60hz IPS monitor, HOWEVER, and this is the big however, is that the single input (so DVI-D only) monitors are all overclockable to 110hz, and with special timing adjustments, most can reach 120hz. The price on this is what i got for it second hand, it is $350AUD brand new from Korea.

Channel5Pc 1 point 41 months ago

oooo I think ima look into that thanks

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lachie_mcd submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

hahah thank you very much, spent a lot of time planning it so i'm glad it payed off.

I wouldn't really know its not as if i went out of my way to actively touch the plate. It seemed fine from me because it's made out of steel, but i mean reviewers tend to scratch pretty hard to find flaws in the things they review.

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seabass121 2 points 45 months ago

You are everywhere.

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QuantumEssence 1 Build 3 points 45 months ago

Someone needs a restraining order..

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

lol. "Law 9999: Thou shalt not post a comment in every build!!"

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TechyinAZ 14 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Yumm Yumm.

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LinusWeedTips 0 points 43 months ago

Blackwidow Chroma and the Logitech G502