As a computer repair technician, I felt it necessary to have a rig for myself, and thus Sabranco was crafted. It began with only the necessities: the 4790K, a, now replaced, MSI z97 PC MATE motherboard, 16 GB DDR3-1866 RipJaws X Series RAM, a 120GB SSD and 1 TB HDD, and the EVGA 650W PS, plus the BEAUTIFUL NZXT Phantom 410 in white. While only running on integrated graphics, I added more case fans, blue LED lighting, a DVD drive, and another 500GB WD Black for backup files. After a few months my friend offered to let me borrow his old ASUS 750 TI which I used for another few months. During those months, I replaced the low-end MSI MOBO with a shiny new ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark S motherboard (which my build is named after). MANY problems arose from adding this. The holes for mounting were just so slightly off from those in my case, so the instalation was off to a poor start. The stock Intel heatsink was not cooperating either, though I did manage to figure it out after a few tries. (At this point I'd just like to mention that socket covers go over the retention arm and bracket, not under. I stupidly bent some pins on my old MSI board that way, but was able to bend them back). Once everything was plugged in, turning the system on revealed errors. The PC would only boot when the RAM was placed only in the two farthest right slots, not allowing for dual channel. Though a VERY painstaking process, I determined it to be the heatsink no attaching properly and somehow causing a malfunction with the DIMM slots. Rotating the heatsink (and covering the Intel logo with electrical tape because with my amount of OCD, I wouldn't allow it to be sideways) allowed it to sit properly with no RAM issues. Finally, a few days ago the NVIDIA GTX 970 (reference card) was added to finally complete the system. Many hours of tuning went into making the graphics card run exactly how I wanted it to, and some Arctic MX-4 was added to bring down temps 5 degrees in all conditions (that stuff is really worth it, only kind I recommend to customers). I understand that there are better 970s out there, however this one was 1. a blower card (I feel like it helps case temps) 2. one with a backplate for sturdiness (which I plan to plastidip white in addition to my PSU) 3. made by NVIDIA themselves 4. the highest build quality of any card I have ever held. Seriously, this thing feels tough. Other than a new heatsink, this build is done and kicking. Primarily use it for virtualization and gaming.
To quell the questions about fans (current setup different than pictures), I have 3 intake fans, one on the back, one on the side panel, and one on the front (with another mounted on the hard drive bay, though it's in the middle of the case). I have 3-ish exhaust fans, two on the radiator, and one if you count the graphics card since it is a blower card.
UPDATE: Installed 850 EVO as new boot drive, using the Kingston as storage for VMs. Installed a Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing water cooler.
UPDATE 2/29: New case ordered: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv. Needed more room for cable management (this was the problem with the RAM on my MOBO, cables were packed so tight it bent my case and MOBO), and this looked like a high quality case. Just plastidipped my backplate of my GPU white, came out fantastic. Etchings are still visible. Once new case and lights are added, will post new pictures :)
Great CPU, good overclocker as it stays pretty cool.
Works great for now, the fans are quieter than expected and look good. The controller is a bit iffy but it may be my BIOS setup not recognizing it.
Beautiful, some mounting issues for me during installation with case and heatsink, but an incredible MOBO nonetheless
It works. Its RAM.
No issues yet, really fast, good for virtualization.
Fantastic. Great software included, but RAPID doesn't work on Windows 10.
Hasn't failed after a few months, so that's good. No clicks or anything.
Hasn't failed after a few months, though does audibly click under load (defrags and whatnot)
Great card, replace the stock thermal compound with Arctic MX-4, it will run 5 degrees cooler. I'm a computer repair tech, and this card has the highest build quality of anything I have ever felt.
Cable management covers could be secured better, otherwise a gorgeous case with great airflow.
No issues after a few months. No complains, runs quiet.
It does it's job.
Compact, feels great. The keys seem like softtouch, so the keyboard is very comfortable