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Well to be honest the build wasnt supposed to cost this much. I just wanted to upgrade my old system and take out the GTX 750TI and put it in here, but as you can see it didnt go as planned because my brother wanted the old system intact so he can use it for games. He convinced me to do it when he paid for the GTX 970 I dearly wanted, and so I went down the rabbit hole of pc building.

This build is meant almost entirely for gaming so keep that in mind.

CPU: Intel i5-4690K I wanted at first to go with an i3 with no liquid cooler since i only had a 750TI but after I chose the 970 I was going to game at mostly max settings so I went with the de facto standard of a 4690K I was able to reach 4.2GHz overclock without changing voltage so I am happy about that.

CPU COOLER: Corsair H100i I went with a liquid cooler since my old system ran hot and i didnt want want that to happen here and I am very happy with this purchase.

MOBO: ASUS Z97M-PLUS In hindsight i should have went with the Gryphon board for future upgrades like possibly sli or crossfire but it does not really matter in the end. This board is still great for the money in my opinion

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB I went with a dual channel kit since they were cheap at the time of purchase. Still its just regular old DDR3 and it works just fine.

Storage: Crucial MX100 and WD Caviar Blue I went with the age old combo that really is not that old, the SSD and HDD. The MX100 runs good and snappy like any SSD should and the WD Blue is just used as mass storage and the home of my game library.

Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 The explanation is actually quite simple for this part. The card is just amazing for the money you pay for it.

Case: Cooler Master N200 I chose a case that will fit on my desk and for some reason this case i really liked so i bought it. cable management for most people is good but im no good at it so ill keep working on it.

PSU: Corssair CX500M I have always been a fan of the PSU's and are great for the money. Semi Modular was a must for better cable management and air flow.

OPTICAL DRIVE: LG DVD/CD Writer Its a CD drive what else can i say other than it works fine

Mouse: Cyborg R.A.T. 3 Had this mouse for two years and cant use anything else.

Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Tournament Edition Got this for Christmas and I must say mechanical keyboards are awesome.

Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz Monitor and great viewing angles better than my old 32 inch Samsung Smart TV. It barely fitted on my desk!

Conclusion: I am happy with my purchase and I would like to hear what you think also any tips for cable management will be helpful, thanks.

EDIT: I added another 8 GB of Ram and bumped the CPU up to 4.5 GHz. I also overclocked the 970 to 1448 MHz base and added 200 MHz to memory clock with 105% power limit surprisingly. I also added a few Noctua Fans on the cooler for less noise. I also added an EVGA 750 watt +80 Gold PSU for more growing room.

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Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for the opening line of your description alone! I bet most of us spend a good bit more than we intend, but fekk it, all worth it in the end. Nice machine too buddy.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man much appreciated

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I hear you on following the rabbit hole, I told my wife that I was going to build mine for around $1200. $1400 down and still $600 to go but she hasn't put me in the doghouse yet. Your build is similar to mine and I hope you like yours just as much as I love mine, Nice build.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

i think your psu is not enough it can lessen your system life..

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

i did the math and at most the psu would only take 342 watts which is only 68% max output and i havent raised any voltage with Overclocking but thanks for the concern

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the PSU doing with the build ? I plan on doing a very similar build but I am a bit frightened that 500w is not enough

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

it works like a charm no need to worry

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

The h100i fits with hard drive bay still in???

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

you can change the position of the drive bay a little bit to make it fit. I had to remove the top 3.5 inch bay though