This build started in April 2015 while I was away at school. I needed an upgrade pretty badly. I was coming from a Intel Q9450 @ 3.0Ghz which was cooled by a Hyper 212+ and an aging GTX460 1GB. But that processor died on me and was running really slowly. I quickly scrapped that.
It started with me finding a great newegg deal on a MSI Z87m GAMING motherboard on Newegg.com thru bensbargains.com. I couldn't find a good deal on a Devil's Canyon i5-4690k. But when I bought it, I had it cooled with a Hyper 212 Evo. At first, everything was housed in a Coolermaster N200, I bought a pair of Corsair 120mm white LED fans for the front. I recycled an old Antec Basiq 450w PSU semi-modular, DVD-RW drive, and the Palit GTX 460. The next part that I added was a EVGA GTX 960 FTW edition 2GB. I waited for this specific version to release one month after the release of the reference version GTX 960 came out. Bought it directly from EVGA.
After I left the school I was attending, I was working and decided to continue putting new parts in this machine. I tried to be meticulous with the wire-tucking and brand matching. I tried to get as many Corsair parts to match brands. Corsair 350D case, GTX H110i CPU Cooler, PSU RM650, 2x AF140 Corsair white LED fans, and 16GB Corsair Vengeance RAM. I decided to get a Seagate SSHD 2TB because I was curious about hybrid drives. I love it so far.
Problems: Because of the really huge cooler and the coolants hoses, I can't utilize the rear 120mm fan. For awhile I decided not to use one, then I ziptied one to the outside of the case to let air in. Now, I installed a 120mm Scythe slim fan connected to one of the fan jumpers on the motherboard.