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My Gaming Rig So Far - 2016

by JamesJB

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Date Published

June 28, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.19 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

Description

The Main Goal for this Rig will be 2K or 4K Gaming. I am trying for the MSI Dragon theme.

What my system will look like when done; http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jGj2Hx

Once I get a few accessories I will start saving for the new MB,Memory and CPU.

This will be my second build,my last build was about 8 years ago.

In the process of building,will be done when its done :).

I will post pictures over time once I get the items.


NOTES;

I found out from the Rosewill site that the NZXT Kraken X61 will fit the Blackhawk-Ultra Case at the top of the case,so that means I will upgrade to the X61 sometime soon,I wanted it in the first place but PCPart Picker kept saying it was incompatible that's why I didn't get it at first.

Source; https://sta3-nzxtcorporation.netdna-ssl.com/uploads/download/attachment/70/Kraken-Series-Compatibility-Guide-10.22.2014.pdf

Spoke to NZXT support and they verified that the Kraken X61 will fit in the TOP of the Rosewill Blackhawk-Ultra and not the Bottom.

About the updated CPU choice;

Yes I know its overkill to get the Intel Core i7-5930K 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor for gaming but I don't care I want it,plus it should future proof me for about 3 or 4 years hopefully.


Tried my best with the wire management,once I get a better PSU that is fully modular I will do better.

I would like to thank Godzlegend1 and many others for helping me so far :) I appreciate the help :)


UPDATES;

4/1/2015 - 8:30am

Purchased Rosewill Blackhawk-Ultra Super Tower

5/1/2015 - 6:35am

Purchased 1TB Mechanical Drive for Storage. Will upgrade to a faster 4 TB Mechanical Drive down the road.

6/1/2015 - 7:40am

Purchased EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card will be upgrading from a GTX 760.

7/1/2015 - 7:33am

Purchased Intel Core i7-4790k and Arctic Silver Arctic Alumina Premium Ceramic Polysynthetic 14g. Upgrading from a i5-4690 non k.

7/19/2015 - 4:11am

Purchased NZXT Kraken X41 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler I am replacing the Noctua NH-L9i 57.5 CFM CPU Cooler because I found out it is not meant for the i7-4790K

9/1/15 - 9:00am

Purchased G.Skill Trident X 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 I am moving from 8 gig to 16 gig finally and sooner or later to 32gig max.

10/1/15 - 2:47pm

Purchased MSI Z97A Gaming 6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard. I thought about the 7 but the 6 was cheaper,seems the same feature wise.

Part Reviews

CPU

Finally have a i7-4790k :) I am happy now.

Upgraded from a i5-4690 non k

CPU Cooler

So far so good the temps seem a little better now.

Upgraded from a Noctua NH-L9i 57.5 CFM CPU Cooler,wasn't meant for the i7-4790K.

Had to install it at the top of the Rosewill BLACKHAWK-ULTRA ATX Full Tower,would not fit in the back.

Once I figured it out it was easy to install.

Motherboard

Love it so far,love the way the UEFI looks. Its working so far.

Memory

Its doing its job. So far so good,stuff seems running fine.

I might add another 16 just for the heck of it :)

Storage

Everything seems to load faster than before. Its my first SSD I hope it lasts a few years.

Will be upgrading to something even faster and will put it in a laptop that doesn't have a hard drive,and yes the laptop can use a SSD.

Storage

Its doing its Job,no complaints.

I will be upgrading it to a 4TB.

Video Card

So much better Gaming wise now,I am happy :)

Case

Flipping AWESOME!! The case is huge.

Love the case so far :) ,it just sounds like a tornado with all the 8 fans going lol,maybe once I can afford the Noctua Fans I will replace the old ones with them.

Power Supply

Its doing the Job so far.

Operating System

Love it,I have No complaints

Keyboard

Ive had it a few years,its still working,Love it.

Will be upgrading soon,almost time for it to retire.

Mouse

I've had it for a couple of years,still working,love it.

Will be upgrading soon,almost time for it to retire,I may use it with a laptop I have.

Comments Sorted by:

mattias1172 4 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

No internal pictures?

JamesJB submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Was going to wait till I got the new Motherboard,the MB I have in there now is my older one.

I don't have the EVGA Classified MB yet :(

mattias1172 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Ok that makes sense now.

JamesJB submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Have internal pics now,got the Motherboard I wanted :) Decided to go with MSI Gaming 6 instead of the EVGA Classified.

Have new memory too,CAS 7 :)

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Godzlegend1 1 point 41 months ago

Oooh..... The Orion spark!!!!!! How is it? i'm thinking of getting it :)

JamesJB submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Not sure yet will have it in September or October.

Godzlegend1 1 point 41 months ago

Oh....... Damn. Well tell me how it is when you get it!

JamesJB submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

I will :)

Space_DollarDollar 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Godzlegend1, I have the Orion spark and it happens to be amazing, most reviews say its terrible, but for an all plastic, the feel is nice and looks as good as it is. Definitely worth in my book. Oh yes, and great choice on the mouse as well James, let me know if you enjoy just as much as I do.

Godzlegend1 1 point 41 months ago

Sweet thanks!

JamesJB submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

I will let ya know :)

Honestly was going to get this but really didn't want to spend that much :( If it was cheaper I would of;

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/logitech-mouse-910004337

Space_DollarDollar 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Looks cool, but yeah I agree with you 100% and the difference in other aspects makes the G502 just another great buy compared to most other logitech mice, esp. other gaming ones IMO.

Growliff1234 1 point 41 months ago

Key spacing is tight but, is very quiet for mechanical keyboard. Cousin talks about how stupid I am for getting a blackwidow constantly, he's right but, still annoying

Godzlegend1 1 point 41 months ago

So it's worth 200$?

Growliff1234 1 point 41 months ago

If you have to have fancy lit keys go for it but, I'd just do the G710+

Godzlegend1 1 point 41 months ago

Yea i'm looking through some keyboards now, I like the k70....

Growliff1234 1 point 41 months ago

AVOID THE REDS that's what I had at first. I felt like I was destroying the board whenever I'd hit a key. They make a nasty sound

JamesJB submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Hey long time no speak :)

Instead of the Orion Spark I'm gonna go with SteelSeries Apex M800 instead,gonna do all SteelSeries mouse and headset also.

Mouse - Sensei Wireless/ Headphones - Siberia 650

Godzlegend1 1 point 34 months ago

Hey man!

Yea you do whatever you'll enjoy more mate :)

Atron 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Nice build, and by game creation do you mean graphics or coding? If coding which type are you using?

JamesJB submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Graphics I want to dabble in it.

Coding which I want to learn making Apps using this;

http://www.appgamekit.com/

And PC Games using this;

http://www.thegamecreators.com/?m=view_product&id=2125

I already have those above I just need to start :)

Atron 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Nice, Im learning python, java script and C++

JamesJB submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

I tried learning C++ on my own.

I almost pulled my hair out :( lol

Atron 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Thats why im learning python first then java then C++ python is the easiest.

JamesJB submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

oh ok didn't know that.

mattias1172 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Lol, i have to take c++ classes in college for data structures. Definitely very annoying if your trying to learn it independently and not in a class of some sort.

JamesJB submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Can't afford college so trying to learn on my own lol.

Godzlegend1 1 point 37 months ago

Mobo fits the colour scheme, Hope you like Upgrading as much as you do using it :P

JamesJB submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Honestly once I am done with this machine I might go thru withdraw,Building is so addicting :)

Godzlegend1 1 point 37 months ago

Hahahaha Enjoy it :)