I always see a lot of red/black or uncoordinated builds, so I decided to go blue. I feel that the work to organize your cables/case makes your build seem so much better, even if it isn't top tier. Many of these parts were not purchased together but instead were left after upgrading other parts. Others I got because of a crazy deal at the right time. As a result of the time difference, I do not have any component or building photos (._.)sorry...
The organization of the inside is not reflected in the back, where I just stuffed all the wires together and shut the panel. Heh.
It is much quieter than other cases/fans I have upgraded from. I am able to have the computer rest on top of my desk and not even notice the noise during normal use.
CPU – i5 4690k: Pretty much top notch in performance for gaming and will definitely last me a long time before I need to upgrade. Hopefully I can fully utilize its power when I go to college. Overclocked to 4.2 Ghz because ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°).
Cooler – Hyper 212 Plus: Was $10 cheaper than the EVO at the time. Cools insanely well for the price and allows me to overclock within reasonable temps. It is also much quieter than the stock heatsink. I really like air coolers and if I were to upgrade I would get that giant Phanteks cooler.
Motherboard – ASRock Extreme4 Z97: Fits in with the blue color scheme (although the heatsinks are actually more ‘aqua’ colored). Allows me to overclock with no problems. The sheer amount of features on this board will guarantee future upgrades compatible.
RAM – PNY XLR8 16GB: I really only need 8GB but god damn that price after rebate…
GPU – XFX HD 7850 1GB: Got this a year or two ago for an older build and really don’t need anything else. League of Legends, Starcraft 2, and other random games with friends run just fine and I don’t want insane graphics for those. I won’t need a better card until games require something more powerful. I did paint the top to match with the color scheme, which turned out okay.
Storage – PNY XLR8 120GB + 2TB Seagate Barracuda: Good deals. Run fine with no problems.
Case – Fractal Define R4: I hate really flashy cases that often compromise quality for some cool LEDs or giant plastic facades. The R4 is quiet, sleek, and good looking. Definitely one of- if not the best cases for the price. It gives great freedom in cable management and customizability with the drive cages.
PSU – SuperNova G2 750w: Way overboard but it was cheap and probably the best PSU in this range. If I ever need to expand to a better GPU, this will be able to handle it. The cables were hand sleeved and turned out fine for a first attempt. I could’ve saved a lot of time and effort if I used an actual tool to get the connectors out instead of bent staples...