Description

So I built this beast a little while ago but didn't have time to post it here, so here it is.

After using a somewhat crappy pre-build for the longest time (i7-4790 and a R7-240), I decided to get an actual gaming rig as that just wouldn't cut it.

This game runs all the games I play (Rainbow 6 Siege, GTA V, The Division, WoT, WoWS.) on either high or ultra settings no problem at around 60fps

Stressing the CPU and GPU was done by AIDA64 and UNIGINE: Heaven, both ran for about 10 minutes before I took the temperature readings (Using NZXT CAM.) I was going to also use CPU-Z for the stress test however it refused to push the CPU above 75% (and even dropped to 25% alot of the times) so I didn't use it.

So after dealing with a ram issue with the original Corsair Vengeance kit of ram I had and gotten a new kit, and getting some free time, I started overclocking finally. I managed to get the CPU to 4.8 GHZ with a constant temperature of around 75ish degrees Celsius. The GPU I was able to overclock to a offset of around +250 Mhz and a memory offset of around +100 before Unigen Heaven just said nope and refused to run.

EDIT: I forgot to Include the 2 Blue Cablemod 30cm LEDs in the part list, if i remember correctly, together they were like 30 or 40 bucks

Some Upgrades and changes between 2017 - 2018

Parts

Switched power supply from the Corsair CSM 650W 80+ Gold Semi Modular PSU to a EVGA 650 G2 80+ Gold Fully Modular PSU.

Switched Graphics Card from the Asus Geforce GTX 970 STRIX to a ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 1070 STRIX

Added a Crucial 500GB M.2 Sata SSD a few months after, and then a 120GB SSD I found in a box. Also added 1TB SSD in March 2018.

Peripherals

Switched from the G430 to a Sennheiser HD 598 and a Blue Snowball. The G430 have great audio quality but they have a really cheap plastic shell, the piece that connects the rotating part of the headphones broke a few months in, I used some tape to hold it together until that failed and the 598s were on sale so I went for that instead. Apparently the part that broke is a common issue with those.

I got myself a desk a few weeks after the build was complete, and then about 2 years after, I made changes to how I had setup my desk, and ended up not having enough room for the G910 if I were to sit comfortably, so I bought a Logitech G Pro. Both keyboards are very nice and I would recommend both. I only switched because I didn't have enough room

At the same time as my keyboard I switched from the G502 to a G900. The rubber layer on the side of the mouse where your thumb would rest for whatever reason wore away making it very uncomfortable for me, so I bought the G900 for Christmas. I wouldn't put what happened to my G502 as a reason not to buy as I know people who has had the mouse for way longer than I had and theirs are still more or less perfect, abit worn but that makes sense from how long they've used it. So I'm guessing it has something to do with how I'm using the mouse rather than the mouse itself. The G900's wireless feature is something I love, and it didn't take me too long to get used to a lack of thumb button and a slightly different mouse shape. I would recommend both, but suggest seeing if a local store has them on display to see how each of them feels.

Part Reviews

Video Card

Like the GTX 970 I had, ran everything I threw at it with ease, at mostly high settings at at least 60fps. With a few settings toned down I can get around 150fps+. Suggest getting a variant of the GTX 1070 (brand doesn't really matter, all of them performs very well but around the same level, unless you want EVGA's customer service) if you're looking for a build around 1200+ CAD (as of march 2018)

Operating System

I don't get all of the fuss about Windows 10 is about, it's a good OS, it's smooth, easy to use and I haven't run into a single comparability issue yet either. Windows 10 steals your data? Use the millions of guides on the internet to use disable it. Not that hard.

Monitor

If you're looking for a cheap 144hz monitor, this is the one to get. Be aware this does require the DVI cable to get 144hz as its using an older HDMI standard and does not have Display Port but you get what you paid for.

VESA mount on it's back could be placed somewhere better though.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks nice. Some good parts for the price range.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid build +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

With a GTX 970, what's the change in FPS on the i7-6700k (at stock speed) from an i7-4790? (Just wondering if an extra $565 for the mobo, CPU, RAM upgrade would be worth the cost).

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Not much, the biggest difference between the 6700(k) and a 4790(k) (comparing non-k with a k is pointless as theres already some spec differences) off the top of my head is the built in graphics (useless) and some power management stuff, meaning the reason for skylake as of now is for better overclocks and somewhat better upgradability. However, I cannot be certain as the 4790 build was somewhat buggy (I gave it to my bro with a 970 in it also and did some testing), alot of times games would not boot on full window despite an almost identical setup.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, thanks for responding. Enjoy your new build! :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking into getting the G910 with cylincdrical keycaps and the G502 Proteus Core. How do you like the peripheral combo? Nice blue setup, but mine won't be as extreme with the LEDs as yours is though. +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

That combo is good (imo), however, you might not like it, the mouse is the best, but I've heard some some people don't like the G910's weird choice of key caps.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, Logitech is selling normal cylindrical keycaps on their website, and everything about it seems perfect. Thanks for your opinion!

  • 46 months ago
  • -1 points

Be careful with that power supply. It's not exactly very reliable