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First let me start with saying that I built this computer using mostly new parts but also used a few components that I had from a previous HTPC build (like the S series i7). I wanted a powerful gaming/vide rendering pc that did not totally break the bank. I am OCD when it comes to color scheme, cable management, and CPU temps so everything had to fit my black/blue color scheme. This will be primarily used for running handbrake as some moderate 1080p gaming. I initially went with an air cooling setup but opted for a closed loop cooler because it looks better and does not cover up any of my memory slots. I had a 212 Evo in a push/pull but it just slightly covered one of the memory slots and came just a little too close to my GPU.

CPU – i7-4790S- I went with the i7-4790S because it was a hold-over from a previous micro atx home theatre build that I had done. It is still a very powerful cpu, just a little slower than the 4790 or 4790K but it is more energy efficient and runs cooler so I am very happy with it. If I was building from scratch I would have gone with the 4790K.

CPU Cooler – Corsair H100i- Originally I was running with a Cooler Master 212 EVO and it performed very well (always does) but it covered one of my RAM slots making it hard for future upgrades. It also came a little too close to my GPU. I decided to go with the H100i because I have had very positive experiences with it in previous builds and Corsair has an outstanding warranty. You can get one for under $100. I was tempted to go with a Kraken X61 but I could not stomach the $139.99 price tag especially when I am not going to be overclocking.

Motherboard – AsRock H97M Pro4- Another hold over from a previous build but it was not worth it to me to upgrade to an ATX board. This is a great budget friendly board, I got if for under $60, and I have not had any issues with it. I did not see any reason to go with a Z97 board because I am not overclocking. It does everything I need it to.

GPU – Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 Gaming- What can I say… this thing is a beast. It is the fastest 970 out there right now and it matches my color scheme. I would recommend the MSI card for anyone looking to go with a black/red build because I have had one of those also and it was a great card.

Case – NZXT S340 (Color Edition)- This case is easily one of the best cases available in its price range (got it for $69.99). The build quality is great and the cable management is outstanding. I am a big fan or Corsair cases but when it comes to the more budget friendly lines this case wins hands down. It’s very solid and the simple yet bold design is awesome. Plus, who uses optical drives anymore anyways? I added 2 black/blue fans and it looks great.

SSD – OCZ ARC 100- I have always been a big fan of the Samsung 840 Evo and Crucial MX100 drives and just recently tried the new OCZ ARC 100. I have to say that I was quite impressed at the speed and quality as well as the lower price. I will probably be adding a 1TB (or larger) drive but for now this will do. I usually only concentrate on one game at a time so I am good to go. This SSD also matches my color scheme (was not planned that way but worked out great).

Power Supply – Rosewill Photon 650 Fully Modular- I originally was going to use a Corsair CX600M but decided on the Rosewill because I was able to get it for $69.99 with an additional rebate. I have used the Photon series a few times before and they are very solid; no complaints at all especially for $69.99. It’s unfortunate that some of the cable ends are red but what can you do. Once you go fully modular you don’t go back.

UPDATE: added screenshot showing temps under load. I am very impressed with how cool this thing stays while running handbrake. I had it running for 15 minutes and it never cracked 39 degrees

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  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

for anyone who might be interested I am going to be selling this build on ebay. I just finished it over this weekend and it runs great! It turns out I am basically addicted to building new computers haha. If you are interested hit me up for the auction link or just search for item number 261813135908

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build! I recently picked up 2 of those OCZ Arc 100 240GB's as well. Got them on a killer deal at Tiger Direct before it closed for $59.99 each. I must agree with you they are pretty freaking fast. Takes me about 17secs from my pc being completely off to logged into my game. LOVE IT! Also props on making that color scheme look good.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! yeah, I have been very impressed with the OCZ Arc 100 series; great performance for the price

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn, this is one of the sexiest cleanest builds I've seen on here for a long time. Such a nice color scheme, and clean atheistic.. +1 all day man brotha.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! it was not very easy finding good blue fans with leds; I didn't want it to be too bright

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I imagine man.. I would love to have a build like this man.. The s340 is also a very sexy case, especially with that side panel!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build man! Diggin' the color scheme +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! I could not get a decent picture with the h100i and windforce leds on but they match almost perfectly; I am very happy with how it turned out

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks good man. Only change I would make is slapping on some corsair blue sp120's

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought about it but could not justify the cost. I usually get a set of those to go with the h100i as they are better looking and better performing but with the side panel on you can't see them anyways

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the colour scheme! Great description as well.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The end of the GTX 970 G1 is bent.. happened with mine too when it came out of the box. It can be bent back though no problem, heh!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Might seem like a stupid question, but are those two 120 intake fans on your H100i the only fans in the front, or are the case's fans in front of those? The reason I ask is b/c I'm thinking of having pretty much the same setup as you but I want to set up the H100i in the front in a push-pull config...would there be enough room to do that with that metal bar/cable cover being there?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

edit: upon looking at similar builds I figured out that those two fans are the only ones...that being said, any chance of a push-pull or is there simply not enough room?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

there really is not quite enough room. you could probably make it happen if you really wanted to but I would not recommend it (would take some extra work for sure)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

the h100i fans are the only intake fans yes. The is NOT enough room for a push/pull with the cable cover bar in place unfortunately. I have seen where some builders have removed the bar but I would not (it looks nice and clean) and unless you are doing some heavy overclocking there is not a huge need for a push pull with the h100i. My recommendation would be to not buy the extra fans and instead get a NZXT Kraken X61 and use it in this case, you will be very happy with your temps. Also, if you do go push/pull you may have some issues if you use a longer GPU like the Gigabyte one I have. Go with the 280mm Kraken X61 and you will not need push/pull. happy building!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfect, thanks for the response!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build! You should throw in some sleeved cables, check out my S340 Black+Blue build. +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought about some sleeved cables but I could not justify the extra cost for the very few that you can actually see haha. Whenever I build using a Corsair PSU I always grab some sleeved cables. there is an ebay seller who sells them for $25 when they usually go for $79.99

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

also, I already commented on your build haha. I looked at it when I was planning mine; looks great!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice looking build. Love the Blue.