Hi folks. I've been using an alienware gaming laptop since I got it in 2011 so I decided it was time for an upgrade. It was/is running an NVIDIA GTX 460m with a 1600 x 900 monitor at 60hz. Ugh. I haven't owned a proper desktop computer since 2007 (see my other completed build for info). My original goal was to stay under $2000 including OS, peripherals, etc. but I went slightly over. You all know how that goes...
Most of you who are aware of current hardware will know why I picked the components I picked, so I won't ramble on about them. The main reason I built this was in anticipation of Fallout 4 this November. Despite this, I've been enjoying some games I already own (Starcraft 2, GTA5, etc.) in glorious 1440p at a rock solid 60 fps (seriously it doesnt even dip below like 58 fps) at absolute maximum settings. I struggled between the decision of 1440p 60hz vs 1080p 144hz, but I'm glad I made the choice I did. When I have some money I'm considering getting a 1440p 120 or 144hz IPS monitor. Until then I'm really happy with what I have.
I'll be doing some gaming, some casual computer use, and maybe some 3D modelling or coding for engineering related work. Overall I think this computer is way overkill for my intended uses - which is just the way I like it.
I haven't overclocked anything and I don't plan on doing it anytime soon - I know a bunch of you will rage over this fact. Go on. I don't mind. In the meantime I'll enjoy my CPU and GPU frequency scaling (which overclocking disables, by the way) and reduced power usage, etc. Maybe sometime in the future I'll fiddle with the clock speeds.
Thanks for having a read and hopefully you enjoy the photos.
Incremental improvement over the 4790k, but works as intended. Thanks Intel. FYI: I have not attempted to overclock this yet.
Pretty good. Keeps my 6700k idle around 30-ish celsius. I haven't attempted to overclock with this so I'm not giving it 5 stars due to my uncertainty of this performance at max CPU load.
One of the cheaper 1151 boards I could find that had all the features I wanted. I refused to spend $300 on a "pro gaming whatever" board. Like some others have mentioned, the I/O shield and putting the motherboard in the I/O shield was a bit fiddly, but you'll only have to worry about that for all of 60 seconds and then you'll forget about it forever.
Nothing too special. Its a bit more expensive than DDR3 but has a higher frequency. I had a bit of trouble jamming in one of the sticks into my motherboard, so it could have been an issue with the RAM stick or the motherboard RAM slot. Otherwise I have no complaints.
I really like these drives. So far I have had a good experience with them and they are at a good price and typically slightly cheaper than the WD equivalent.
This card is beastly. I've barely begun to scratch the surface of its performance. Hopefully when all the new christmas games come out in november I'll be able to take it to the limit. Limiiiiiittt.
Amazing case. Great price. Tons of storage drive bays. Great box of tools and screws. Giant 200mm fan in front for excellent airflow. Completely dustproof with many removeable dust filters. The only downside is its not designed for low noise. Otherwise its perfect.
I think these have like a 10 year limited warranty or something crazy like that. They always have a stupid mail in rebate so add about $20 to get the actual price. Otherwise its gold rated, virtually 100% silent to my ears, and barely puts out any noticeable heat even under load with the 980 ti.
There are still lots of issues with Windows 10 (as of 29 Oct 2015). Displayport doesnt work between my 980 ti and monitor for some reason so I have to use dual-link DVI. I had trouble installing Office 2013 properly. The communication between the OS and power management from the OS is screwed up - meaning my computer never wakes up from sleep without a hard reset. Yes I've spent hours trying to fix this. Lots of privacy issues and other small things that STILL haven't been worked out. Also theres limited driver support for older devices. Most are still on Windows 8.1. Buyer beware - I knew what i was getting into with Windows 10 but make sure you are up to a challenge as far as fixing errors/bugs/incompatability/etc before purchasing this software.
Amazing monitor. A big step up from my previous 1600x900 at 60hz. I didn't think I cared about IPS panels until I bought this. Colors look great even at the lowest brightness setting. This monitor also works well with my 980 ti. Also its fricken huge and took me a while to get used to the size (previously used a 17" laptop screen).