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Annd I'm back with another build, this time it's for a customer. I took the case with my friend.

He gave us a $2,000 dollars budget to build a machine that's capable of streaming and gaming. Since we have $2,000 as our budget, I'm of course gonna go with some overkill components because why not and he refused when we said that it could be done with just $1,000.

The specs are, of course, nothing out of ordinary of all the $1,000 ~ $2,000 systems.

CPU

My favorite 4790K definitely gets the job done for streaming & gaming at the same time, he could use it to edit videos while at it. Plus, I really wanted to see how much I can squeeze out using the liquid cooler, which we'll talk about it in the next one.

Cooler

This is also my first build featuring a liquid cooler, being the Corsair H100i, first time ever setting one up. The results are quite nice, even though I have seen the benchmark results by others a lot earlier before. I had never seen it myself IRL. I got a whopping 4.8 GHz, maxing out at only 70 something degrees under load with AIDA64.

Motherboard

As for the board, I originally wanted to change it to something like a GIGABYTE Gaming board, or the MAXIMUS series from ASUS for color scheme sake. But my other friend thought it's best to keep the WI-Fi capability. It's a shame that we did not paint the heatsink at the end to match the scheme. Oh well.

RAM

Nothing much to say here. I had just gone ahead and chosen Kingston's lower profile line up, the Fury series, figured it'd work anyways.

Storage

Again, nothing much to say here. A nice little SSD and 2TB hard drive should keep him happy for a long time.

Graphics Card

It was decided and bought a week before the VRAM news, otherwise I might have cut down some of the other specs for a nice 980. But then again, this is just for an average gamer. I doubt he'd try to push for 4K or anything that requires more than 3GB of VRAM.

Case

It was my first time using an H440. Man do I love it! The quality is amazing for the price so is the look. 10/10 would recommend.

Power Supply

I just chose a random cheap EVGA one as long as it works and is modular.

Pariphierals

Now, the customer wanted a monitor included in the $2,000 budget. I just chose a lower end 144Hz VG248QE. I mean, he'd be happy either way right? Otherwise, I might have chosen my favorite, the BenQ XL2430T/XL2420Z. Oh well, sadly the budget simply wasn't enough.

Conclusions

I'm quite happy with how the build turns out, it makes me really just wanna steal this as it's simply more visually appealing than mine. (My system could be found under my profile. For those who are too lazy, basically this, but without the fancy cooler, and a great looking case, and a 144Hz monitor. ;-;)

P.S. Sorry for the potato picture quality! Again, if my friend and I still remember we'll try to find his camera, he took the pictures using his One M8.

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3DMark Score

Fire Strike: 10364

Sky Diver: 28203

Cloud Gate: 29079

Ice Storm: 188819

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BONUS STORY:

We actually had a little bit of an incident while building this. The motherboard came this Tuesday, and we were about to start building it that day. We opened the box, and...

We were greeted with nothing but a bunch of random stuff. For example, a disc drive and a SSD bracket. We had to return them in the end, and Amazon support was kind enough to ship a replacement right away and got it the next day. It was kind of funny, but not really. :P

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Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build

Would love pics of cables at the back though!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! In the future most Asus ROG Maximus boards do have both wi-fi adapter and Bluetooth in one card. It fits in the upper left hand side of the board. A bit of a pain to install, but they work.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Iuno, I just want to make everything as easy as possible. Although, I'll keep that in mind!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Everyone's like: sweet pc, bro! and there's me: what guitar is that?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

He doesn't quite remember the specific model name, he only told me Johnsons something electric guitar.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 nice strat

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice with the 970, i have the same one and it is worth it rather than going up another 10fps for a 980, very clean build.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

The whole VRAM issue still bothers me with my main build though :(

I'm not sure if it actually affects the FPS too much, theoretically it should.

  • 62 months ago
  • -1 points

Much wow..such build..much pricey..wow I love this PC though you could have gone for higher MHz ram

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought it doesn't really matter THAT much. And still thinks so.