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I decided to build a new PC as my old one was showing its age. I wanted something that would last me at least a few years so I saved up some cash and built myself a new one.

I went with the i7-4790K and MSI GTX 980 as they are both very good components and will perform the best for what they are needed for - they also aren't overkill.

I decided to put these on a MSI Gaming 5 as I was planning a red/black themed build. The Gaming 5 is a very good board with an excellent BIOS.

Next was the RAM, I originally planned on getting the standard 1600Mhz DIMs but Amazon had a sale and 1866mhz was only around £10 more.

The CPU cooler was a difficult choice for me. First I was going to go with the Corsair H100i, then the Kraken x61. In the end I decided to go with the Corsair H105 as I had heard a lot of bad things about the other two. I did a lot of size checking to make sure it would fit in the case - and luckily it did.

Storage was a no brainer. One 256GB SSD for Windows and essential programs and one 2TB mechanical drive for everything else. I do have plans for another SSD soon though!

All the above came and worked out of the box. The only thing that didn't was the power supply. The first one was dead on arrival which sucked. Luckily I ordered it from Amazon, so when I discovered this on a Friday, I had a new one the next day, free of charge. It wasn't too much of an issue, but it's always scary when a new build doesn't boot up.

All these components were installed inside an NZXT H440 red/black edition. This case was easy to work with and looks awesome. Although it has limited space behind the motherboard, you can still easily manage all cables neatly. The case also does a great job when it comes to silence but also keeps the components cool. I would definitely recommend it.

I also decided to get a new monitor, keyboard, mouse and headset. I was originally thinking 4K but settled with 1440p as I feel 4K isn't really ready yet for consumers. I went with the Razer Blackwidow Chroma as I wanted a mechanical RGB keyboard. The mouse was chosen as it had good reviews and also suited the colour themed build.

I went with the original HyperX Cloud headset as I couldn't justify spending £20 more for one more feature on the Cloud II.

So, that was all, really. A new build that does everything I need. I did end up getting a 24-Pin red/black extension as the 24-pin adapter that came with the power supply wasn't fully sleeved and kind of ruined the colour theme.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build! And if you get the chance in the future get the Red and Black PCIe sleeve too :) I really like the way you explain about every component and temp is 25.0, its awesome.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I do plan to, sadly the ones I wanted were out of stock.

The H105 does a great job, I must admit.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi I have a corsair 750w modular and was wondering if it's compatible with a 4790k and the gtx 970 cause I don't want to break my pc.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't see why it wouldn't be compatible

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it'll be fine. I'm using a 750w with a 4790K and a GTX 980 and it works great.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I swear this is the most popular case on this site, in a good way of course! lol

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a good case, that's why :P

I just like it as I can hide all the cables away.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

How's that PSU? I'm almost ready to build, but I still haven't chose a PSU yet.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry I haven't responded. I'm guessing you've made a choice. The PSU is good, but can get a bit noisy under load.

If you do/did get it, I hope yours wasn't dead on arrival :P.