Finally over 2 years I have made a competent rendering, editing and gaming machine. I'm a regular 1080p gamer that on the odd occasion can be found on Photoshop or Vegas, so a fast PC is a requirement for me, and this machine does not let me down. It has gone through various upgrades, most notably going from the laughable GTX 560 to the absolute monstrosity of the GTX 970. I really am enjoying this build, I plan on getting some more storage in the near future and that is about it. THERE IS A LOT OF WEIRD CHOICES IN THIS BUILD. I KNOW THAT. READ THE PART BY PART DESCRIPTION FOR EXPLANATION! (Also, sorry for the lack of pictures. I might upload a couple more later)
i7-3770: I decided to originally go for a locked CPU to save a couple bucks, and I'm actually glad I did. Because I recently found out the small but effective overclocks are achievable and easy enough to complete on non-k processors. I have got this beast at 4GHZ but it maxes out at 4.3, but just to be on the safe side, I left it at 4. I got this when I originally got my PC, hence the Ivy Bridge. I have the Hyper 212 EVO on it which easily keeps my 3770 (4GHZ keep in mind) at less the 80 degrees, even running the Intel Burn Test. This chip scored over 750 on Cinebench. Impressive.
ASRock Z77 Fatal1ty Performance Mobo: Great board, and provides me with plenty of CPU and RAM overclocking options with a robust and easy to navigate BIOS, which is greatly appreciated. Only issue I have with it is that there is no SLI support, which is a bummer, but I have been reading that a person with the same board managed to use SLIHack/HyperSLI to SLI his cards together and he has no issues as far as I can see. Great board, purchased with the original system.
RAM: I'll cop a lot for the RAM choice here, but let me explain. I originally started off with 2x4GB, but my Dad recently upgraded his RAM and gave me some of his old DDR3 2x2GB sticks (he said they wouldn't work, but I'm a stubborn teen so of course I tried anyway) and I was happy to see that they worked, and I have to say, under a full load with lots of applications open (the usual, BF4, Photoshop, 6 Chrome Tabs, Vegas) the PC was slightly faster (from already fast enough) so that was nice for free. I'm a total tool when it comes to OCing my RAM so I just put all sticks to 1600mhz which works and is good enough for me. If anyone can help me out with OCing RAM I would be forever in your favour.
Storage: SSD: Very fast, keeps OS and applications on it. HDD: OK speed, keeps my games and videos on it.
GPU: OK. THIS IS A BEAST. I have never know detail and FPS like this before, which isn't saying much because my last GPU was a GTX 560. I didn't get a G1 edition, because Centrecom was only having a sale on the normal card, and seeing how it was just a backplate difference, 50 bucks was enough to convince me to get the conventional one. Easily running at 1.3GHZ without breaking a sweat, I don't really care to OC this card yet, because performance is already good enough for 1080p 60FPS. Considering this isn't even Nvidia flagship card and it is beating out AMDs 290x, that is pretty impressive. Good value, even in Australia. Crysis 3 on Very High settings and 2x SMAA at 1080p got me anywhere between 50-60FPS, which is just awesome, BF4 easily gets past 100FPS at 1080p Ultra. Good stuff. It should be mentioned I'm pretty much just a BF4 gamer (can't get enough of Final Stand).
Case: Plenty of room, and it has the looks. Has a custom paint job on it from Centrecom, because it was the last one left in stock and was just a show model.
PSU: 700w is good enough for me, and should even be enough for 2 Maxwell cards, considering how power efficient they are.
Razer Deathadder 2013: Best mouse for the price, great sensor and software, 6400DPI is just so ridiculously overkill, I only use 2100 MAX. Grips are starting to peel off on the side, I no longer have the receipt, but Razer was generous enough to offer me an RMA. Great customer service.
Logitech G19: Got this for $200 when it was a more relevant keyboard, was really excited for the screen, but to tell you the honest truth, it sucks **** and is so useless. Kicking myself I just didn't get some mechanical keyboard like the Blackwidow. But in terms of its foam keys, they are the best foam keys on the market, which is good news. The keys feel borderline mechanical.
Razer Blackshark: Sound great and Razer's Virtual Surround software is brilliant. Great for music and games. BF4 edition too.
Thanks for checking out my build, I hope you like it. Keep it civil please!