Story Time: For the past 5 Years, I have been doing all of my Gaming Sessions on a PS3. Before that I came from a PS2. The difference between the Two Systems for me were phenomenal. I couldn't believe my eyes when Seeing Graphics on the PS3 for the First time back in 2009. I thought nothing could surpass the Greatness of these Graphics for a while. And then a few years ago, there were Next Gen Consoles. But the #PCMasterRace caught my interest massively. With the help and support from Family Members, I am proud to present to you: Keygen 404.
This build took over a Year of Heavy Research and Patience. Last year I spent the Summer researching Parts like if I didn't want a single cent wasted on Dropped FPS. I was however, unfortunately Flat Broke last Summer. I decided to Start a Partnership with Youtube since I had a Video that grew immensely popular over the course of Several Months. It raked in some huge Earnings. The NVIDIA Maxwell cards released just in time, and after my School Year Finished, and I decided to pull the Trigger. I was losing money while I tried to save up for the Computer over the Course of my Youtube Winnings, but my Dad was willing to help me get towards my goal. I started buying parts around Early June. Every weekend we would assess what parts to spend our money on. After all the main parts were built, I had extra money come in from a Job. I decided to blow some of the money on buying accessories for my computer. Man, PC's are a Very Expensive Hobby. This is why as you scroll through the Photo's, you will notice the difference as parts get Switched around/replaced. I built the Computer July 7th, and "finalized" buying parts on July 29th.
The Build Process took me 31/2 Hours (Not including downloading Drivers and Organizing the Battlestation) which took almost the entire day. I couldn't sleep the night that I built it, as I was overflowing with joy, and was super proud with what I've made. All the Photos were taken with my Samsung Galaxy Note 4. I will review each and every part on the Part List below these Paragraphs of Stories.
CPU: The 4690K is Fantastic for Gaming. This computer will mainly be used for Gaming, Music Production, and Light Video Editing. I think it will handle everything I throw at it Nicely. I have overclocked it to 4.0GHz, and It is super stable. But I left the Clocking Speeds at normal because of the GPU and Windows 10. (More on that below.)
CPU Cooler: First thought "Holy crap, this thing is huge." I installed the Intel Heatsink before going out and buying this later the same day I built my Computer. I installed the Motherboard onto the case too. What a mistake. When I came back home, I had to remove Everything I connected to Install the Damn Backplate. Had to also find Alcohol to clean the Thermal Paste Residue. Lesson Learned. The Cooler drops temps from the Original Heatsink by almost 10+ Celsius.
Motherboard: It looks great, has many connections, was the Theme of my Build (Color Scheme), and it comes with a whole ton of fun extra goodies.
Memory: Performs great at 1866 Mhz. Might buy Two 8GB Sticks in the future, since it's idling around 3.0GB. (UPDATE 9/12/16): I have indeed increased it to 16GB with the exact same speed and model.
Storage: No matter how Tight your budget is, PUT A DAMN SSD IN THAT PART LIST. You will grace Gaben for the Speeds of your Loading Times becoming almost Nonexistent. Also, got it for close to $150 for 500 GB on eBay. There is no Competition in terms of Price/Performance against the 850 EVO. Just get that one. The WD Blue 1TB Holds everything I don't want hogging up the SSD very Nicely. It's space also seems Endless to me.
Video Card: My favorite Part of the Build for Obvious reasons. The Twin Frozer V looks Stunning in Person. The Front Plate is Plastic, but I wasn't Disappointed. NVIDIA's Latest Drivers might have been problematic, but the Overclocking I figured out was what's causing so many Freezes/Crashes. Left it to Normal Clocks until NVIDIA can solve that with Windows 10. 3.5 GB VRAM causes no Problems for me when I'm running Ultra 1080P Settings. In the Witcher 3 and GTA V, I'm getting 40 FPS at the lowest. I'm so happy with my purchase. Shame that One of the Two games I got free with it is Unplayable at the moment... Ahem Batman.
Case: This Case is perfect for Beginners getting into PC Building. Unfortunately, it's not perfect due to one major flaw to me. Routing Cables and Wires were Super Easy. Installing Fans were Head On. Everything fell into place perfectly. Best Full Size ATX Case at this price hands down. So what was that one flaw I mentioned? The Acrylic Window. It gets Scratched by just about Anything, including Oxygen. I am so disappointed with the Quality of the Window. I left the Film on and didn't touch it until I put on the Final pieces when i was first building the computer. Looking for a Window Replacement Panel. Leave a link in the Comments please.
PSU: Comes with so many freaking cables. Super High Quality Kevlar. I'm glad this thing was Modular. Also, 650W is PLENTY for a Build with My Part list.
OS: Started with a Technical Preview of Windows 10 when I first built it on the SSD. Windows 10 Is what Windows 8 should've been. It is super friendly for those coming from Windows 7. Only I hate the fact that they enforce a damn Microsoft Account everywhere you click. Small Gimmick to Sign Up for an Account and never use again. Also, DirectX 12 is the reason why you should make the Upgrade if you haven't already.
Case Fans: I have 4 Fans now running inside my Case. (1 Intake, 3 Exhaust). That could be why I have lower temps than you. The Bitfenix fans are Quiet, And the LED Lights are Bright as hell. The Red ones look like Lasers. The Anti-Vibration Rivets were horrible to Install. So I Half-Assed it. Still doesn't Vibrate. The Original Phanteks fans I moved to the Top of the Case. Never sticking my Hand in my Computer while it's Running ever again.
Keyboard: I spent Hours on the Music EQ Software. The Lights are pretty Hypnotizing, my Neighbors hate how loud it is with Cherry MX Brown Keys, and it was the One good thing that was on sale on Amazon Prime Day. Never going back to Rubber Domes ever again. 10/10.
Mouse: The Lighting Effects aren't that great in Person, not the smoothest transitions, but It fits perfectly in the palm of my hand. The Macros are super useful for games I need it in. Scored it for $45 on Black Friday.
Headphones: I can never go back to Basic Earbuds. Might need to buy the Cushion XL Pads because they can cause fatigue after a few hours, but these cans sound like Gaben whispering in your ear. 11/10
Speakers: My neighbors filed a Noise Complaint.
Monitor: I got a 24 Inch Samsung HDTV from a Relative of mine. It has Two HDMI ports, Perfect Color/Viewing Angles, and 60Hz, which checks of all of my requirements.
NZXT HUE: Every single Windowed Case needs it. If you don't have it, that's why you're growing Frown Wrinkles.
Xbox Controller: Never Owned an Xbox, but the Controller has a Really Nice feel to it. I can play for Hours on it without my hands getting tired. The included Cable is Extremely Long. Should Let you sit back even in a Living Room. I was gonna get the Elite Controller, but $150 for a controller was out of the question.
Other Unlisted Items
Z-Line Desk (Dad gave it to me from his iMac Station)
Two Mousepads (A Calendar from 2014, and a Speed Fanatics one. (R.I.P SPEED Channel.) Helps clean up spills/support hot plates when Eating at the Desk.
IKEA Lamp Uhh... It's Bright Enough? Also useful as a Headphone Stand.
Comcast Router Spent around $150 one time fee to get around 90 Mbps of Speed. Let's just say "I Know a Guy".
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TL;DR: Built a PC, Took lots of Pictures, Posted it on PCPartPicker to get your Upvote.
Knocked 1 Star off Because of Poor Acrylic Window Quality.
Knocked 1 Star off because of Screw Quality.
Knocked 1 Star off Because of Screw Quality.