Description

After successfully swapping out a noisy case fan on my pre-built HP two years ago, I knew my next machine would be completely built by my own hands and I would stop paying others to install upgrades for me.

Since the drive on that PC died before I had a ton of money saved up, I recycled the video card and the memory until I can do further upgrades later this year.

I think I may have been spoiled with the Enthoo Pro case being my first case; it was just so easy to use and looks great. I'm also glad I sprung for the NZXT HUE Led since it has many options for customizing your case lighting (and it magically fit in the edge grooves of the Enthoo Pro, to the point where I never had to use the adhesive backing it came with to get a snug and secure fit).

Upgrades for this year include:

*A new graphics card - some where in the $200-300 range

*After-market CPU cooler - I got a deal on the i5-4690K from Newegg, might as well give overclocking a shot

*Slightly faster ram - probably something that fits cosmetically with the rest of my components

*Replacement case fans

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Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 4 points

I'd suggest the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler. I did a build for a friend last year. His machine is overclocked to 4.2GHz stable and cool on air. We probably could of pushed it farther, but he was happy with that.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed, I've got a Hyper 212 and it keeps my CPU nice and cool.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Good cable management.... this is a nice looking PC

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

What keyboard is that?

The build looks great...nice job!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a razer deathstalker

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks to be the Razer Deathstalker Essential.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm using a Razer DeathStalker. Backlit keyboards are the best.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

You might want to rethink going for faster ram unless the cosmetic adjustment means that much. The differences in real-world performance is negligible unless you're really interested in OCing.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, new ram is probably the last think on my shopping list, might go with some that has a white shell just for looks.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

For your upgrades i would go for a: Sapphire R9 290 TRI-X OC 4GB Hyper evo 212 16GB 1866MHz DDR3 CL10 DIMM (Kit of 2) HyperX Fury Black Series Ram is cheap on ebuyer as their sale is on. Also what is the temp of that cpu? +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Cranking games up to high and ultra gets the cpu up to around 70ºC otherwise it sitting in the high 30s.