I love the look of a white and black build and when I have time and money I plan on upgrading this machine to truly take on the cold winter chill of white on black

I use this for gaming, streaming, video and photo editing as well as generic home computer use (YouTube, Netflix, MS Word/Excel, etc.)

Note: This build is under upgrade and will be changed as need be, items replaced will have a strikethrough

Update 1 (9/12/2014): Ordered first set of parts!
  • G.SKILL TridentX Series 2 x 4GB DDR3 DDR3 2400
  • ASUS Z87-WS LGA 1150 Intel Z87 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • ASUS VS228 21.5" Widescreen LED Monitor
  • Corsair Carbide Series White 500R Mid Tower Computer Case
  • iMicro Optical Wired Keyboard
  • Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD
  • Western Digital 500 GB WD Black SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache HDD
  • Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Desktop Processor
  • Corsair HX1000i PSU (overkill, I know)
  • Bestpriceam 1200 DPI 3 Button Optical USB Wired Gaming Mouse Mice
  • TurtleBeach PX21 Universal Headset
Update 2 (9/21/2014): MOBO broken, had to RMA for a new one
Update 3 (12/1/2014): Got a replacement MOBO!
  • ASUS Z87-PRO (V EDITION) LGA 1150 Intel Z87 ATX Intel Motherboard

Update 4 (12/6/2014): Finally built!

Update 5 (12/25/2014): Ordered a GPU! Also, Christmas! (Thanks mom and dad!)
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti FTW Graphics Card with ACX Cooling
  • QCK Heavy SteelSeries Mousepad
  • Logitech G402 Gaming Mouse
  • Toshiba PA3885U-1LC2 21.5" LED LCD Monitor
Update 6 (1/29/2015): Time to get some more RAM
  • G.SKILL TridentX Series 2 x 4GB DDR3 DDR3 2400
Update 7 (1/30/2015 - 2/11/2015): I think it's time to get an audio system on the go. It'll be nice to be able to switch between multiple audio outs soooo
  • Sykik Sound Wireless Bluetooth speaker Powerful Bass system w/ 3.5mm Aux Port
  • RiteAV RCA Stereo Audio Cable (6ft)
  • AmazonBasics Digital Optical Audio Toslink Cable - 6 Feet (1.8 Meters) x 3
  • AGPtek® Digital Optical Audio True Matrix 4x2 Switcher/Splitter (4 In 2 Out)
  • Portta PETDTAP Digital Coax and Optical Toslink to Analog Audio Converter
Update 8 (7/23/2015): I could use some more storage
  • WD Black 1TB Performance HDD - 7200 RPM
Update 9 (7/31/2015): I think it's time I get me a gaming keyboard, and maybe a new mouse!
  • LOGITECH G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse
  • Logitech G105 Illuminated USB Gaming Keyboard
Update 10 (10/6/2015): 144 Hz refresh rate and a third monitor here I come!
  • ASUS VG248QE Black 24" Gaming Monitor, 144 Hz 1ms
Update 11 (1/4/2016): I can't borrow a DisplayPort cable forever!
  • StarTech DISPLPORT10L 10 ft. Black
Update 12 (5/31/2016): It's time for a graphics upgrade, 3 144 Hz sounds amazing on a stand (I might keep the other Samsung around as a 4th), especially after GTX 1080 Launch! Baby steps though
  • ASUS VG248QE Black 24" Gaming Monitor, 144 Hz 1ms
  • Link Depot DVI-10-DD Black 10 ft. DVI-D male to DVI-D male dual link Cable - OEM
  • Oncore Power Model DP-10F-MM 10 ft. Display Port Cable M-M x3
  • Ergotech Triple Monitor Desk Stand w/Telescoping Wings
Update 13 (6/4/2016 - Present): Looks like I'm doing a full system upgrade as well with the help of my dad (He needs/wants my leftover parts)
  • Intel Core i7-6700K 8M Skylake Quad-Core 4.0 GHz LGA 1151 Desktop Processor
Update 14 (6/21/2016): 750 is starting to lose it's kick, time to buy a new one pre Upgrade and install the second 144Hz monitor with stand!
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 950 2GB FTW GAMING Graphics Card
Update 15 (6/26/2016): The ASUS VG248QE went on sale for a refurbished monitor for 169.99, I had to get it to complete my 3 monitor setup with all three of the same monitors! (pics updating soon)
  • ASUS VG248QE Black 24" Gaming Monitor, 144 Hz 1ms

Part Reviews


By far the best monitor I have owned! (granted I haven't owned many)

Extremely smooth and not too large. It can really enhance your gaming experience!


I am in absolute love with this mouse!

It has smooth and fantastic performance mixed with the ability to make it weigh more or less based on your preferences!


  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I was using the same cpu, mobo and memory for my sons build. Have you tried to overclock it? Was wondering if you had any problems with stability if you did.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I personally have not due to the lack of an aftermarket CPU cooler. However in accordance to my research, the 4770k is a fantastic CPU for overclocking if you have the cooler and PSU to support the power draw.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

He has been running it pretty much stock. We had a mild OC of 4.1-4.3GHz but the 4.3 eventually blue screens (and he doesn't want that in the middle of a gaming session) so we brought it back to about 4.0. I have done a lot of research on cooling solutions and it appears that the mild improvements of all in one liquid coolers really don't justify the increased cost. I don't want to mess with a custom loop and really don't think that would be much better. By all accounts the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is the best bang for the buck air cooler out there but I get conflicting advice if it fits on the MOBO (not to mention will it fit in the case). The PSU isn't a prob I just put in a 1000 watt bronze cert (it's what I could afford). I will keep trying.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I've told every one of my friends to not run stock coolers and actually fully back up the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, it's a great cooler and for the price none of my friends have complained! (Kind of a do as I say not as I do situation :D) From what I've read through research the only major reason to go for an AIO is strictly looks, it keeps you from having this massive heatsink in your rig and allows people to really see your setup (if you have a windowed case). Custom loops are expensive and you really need to make sure everything is clean and not leaking, but whence you finish one it is very rewarding from bragging rights all the way to overclockability. If you're son's usuing the rig for gaming, video editing, or streaming this i7 is honestly fantastic stock and I would personally suggest upgrading to one of the new skylake i7's over trying to get the cooling capability to make it stable again.

Hint: that's what I'm in the process of upgrading to with my full system overhaul, can't wait to show it off when it's done!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with you 100%. You might take a peek at the swiftech h240-x cooler. It's not as bad as a totally custom loop cooling solution but is very customizable. I think swiftech has real potential. I would however like to see more in the realm of fluid research or maybe phase changing AIO's. I will prob take your advice on the i7 change but may be a bit before I go there cuz then I may as well change out the MOBO too. Good luck with your upgrade...can't wait to see it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll have to check it out! Phase changes would be interesting but not easily doable due to the amount of energy it takes to complete a phase change, but in theory it also would pull a lot of heat away from a system as well! For the skylake i7 upgrade you pretty have to commit to a new MOBO, RAM, and CPU in order to switch over, that's why I'm taking the time to do an entire system upgrade and really delving into the white and black look so stay tuned for that, I'm more than excited and my friends also can't wait to see it when it's done!