Description

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.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Slow build time is not bad. Gives you more time to think about parts.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Why did you go with the 280mm rad when the case specifies 240mm max top and front? Obviously it worked out but it definitely looks cramped up there. Was the front not possible at all?

My only negative would be going with a 2gb 960 for almost $200 when you could pick up a different 4gb for that price or even the EVGA 4gb FTW if you find it on sale. I went back over what you said and I see it was bought quite awhile ago so it makes more sense now.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

That radiator to me looks very pleasing. I love how it fits right in with no gaps. Hnnng.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

When the case first came out, I thought that it would be able to handle a 280mm radiator because I had the case before I bought the AIO cooler. I wanted to connect it to the front in a push config, and I wasn't running a DVD drive anyways so I just mounted it to the top. I wanted to utilize all the available space, but I did regret it immediately at first.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Good Build, but an SSD would be a good edition too it, maybe later.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Choosing to buy the 2GB over th 4GB (though since you bought it immediately once it came out) is an interesting choice. To be honest, part to maker matching is weird in my opinion, but your choice. Sure is a nice PC, and I'd buy it if I had the money and given the choice.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I honestly wanted the FTW edition because FTW edition. The 4Gb version didn't come out till 2 weeks after that and I was crapping myself over not waiting for the 4Gb version. Lol.