I see where everyone is coming from with how much fun building your own PC is! After all the research and review reading and watching i finally got the parts I was looking at. Thanks to an awesome family and Girlfriend, and a well timed birthday I was able to make this happen. This was a semi budget build that slowly grew. I got my build started by looking at the End all from reddit then took a couple of sweet deals I didn't want to pass up. I don't know a whole lot of tech specs but ill do my best.

CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core was originally going to get the i5 4460 but the deal with the CPU and mother board at micro center was a little to sweet to pass up. plus I get the overclocking option (which I haven't used but like that the option is there.

CPU Cooler Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 45.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing I saw mixed reviews about this from other builds and reviews on sites, but decided to go with it anyways. I figure from what I read anything would be better than the stock cooler. seems to work great temps stay super cool. it is a plastic mount which is a small concern but I don't really plan on jostling the system too much. works great for what I'm doing.

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 I wanted something that could do SLI and Crossfire because i wasn't sure what GPU I was for sure going to get. The reviews had me scared on this one as it seemed that every other unit was DOA. I took the gamble and it seemingly paid off. I got this as part of the bundle at microcenter so after an annoying rebate it was very reasonable. the LEDs on the side were a very nice bonus. matched the theme perfectly.

Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 the first piece I purchased for this build. it was one of the least expensive prices for what you get, plus the added bonus of being black and red (my favorite colors) it semi set the tone for the color scheme of the pc. but it also happened by chance for the most part.

SSD Sandisk Solid State Drive 128GB 2.5" SSD this was one of my splurges. I wasnt originally going to get one but I was at microcenter getting some cords and thought why not? I pulled the trigger and havent looked back since. the start up for the os is awesome! Best choice I made with this build.

SSD Samsung 2.5" SSD it was on sale and wanted more ssd room GTA V came out so should be plenty of space

HDD Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM your standard HDD not much to say like the size for the price.

Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V This is where i let the wallet go a little bit. I figure I would go big or nothing so went with what i think is the best pound for pound option out there. the970. I was thinking the Strix originally but saw decent reviews for this line plus the black and red sold me. the option for throwing a second one is possible too. hopefully it happens sooner rather than later.

Case Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower it was one of the cheaper cases, I wasnt originally going to do a side panel case but it was there for cheap had a 3.0 header so why not.

Power Supply Corsair 750W ATX12V Considering I might go with two GPUs at some point I just thought i would future proof things a bit and go with the 750M the modular design was clutch given that the side panel on this case is pretty narrow so any extra space I could save was welcomed.

Extras Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm x3 NZXT SENTRY 3 Fan Controller 3 fans I was terrified with over heating but being that I'm not OCing anything I may have over thought this part. but it never hurts to have more airflow so i got 3 for a total of 4 in the case. keeps everything cool. the fan controller was also a last minute addition, more for looks but still very useful. really easy to use and definitely makes things look snazzy.

More Extras Dell 2709W 27 inch monitor x3 I know these are old and not the best for gaming but for the price of $150 for all three it was something I really didnt want to pass up. With the GPU as awesome as it is i can do really anything i want with these. another deal that just fell in my lap so I had to take it.

It took me and my good friend about 5 hours to complete. I wanted to go slow with it to make sure I didn't miss anything plus the fan controller has a ton of wires on it that made the management a bit rough. nothing was more exciting than doing the out of the box build and seeing if the BIOS booted up, once it did I never felt better! Im really glad I took on this project.


  • 58 months ago
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How is the gaming on it?

  • 58 months ago
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Its pretty smooth, Crysis on Ultra on all 3 monitors runs really well same with Metro 2033. I love it!

  • 30 months ago
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Hey, can you tell me how have you managed to lock the NZXT Sentry in place and also how have you removed the lock-tabs for optical drives (the ones with PUSH written in the side) ?

  • 30 months ago
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SOLUTION: For anyone who had this problem also, you can remove the tool-free tabs by pulling them out from the holders at their middle part, and then just screw your fan controller in the holes that were beneath it.