Description

Mainly used for Gaming at 1080p and general everyday use. I had help from a friend to put it together on this as a few years back i broke a few pins and after saving up for a while i didnt want to damage anything and he was there to guide. The prices on PCPP dont reflect what i paid for at the time.

I originally had a Galax gtx 970 EXOC and was extremely happy with it. I upgraded to a Evga gtx 980ti FtW to run my new Asus 27" 144hz screen. The 970 could run at medium-high res on new demanding titles and keeping frames at 120-144, some games could run at high with other settings lowered. It just wasnt enough, wanted to max out or near it with 144fps so the 980ti came knocking.

Overall iam happy with the build and although some parts could of been better, but when budget dictates at the time only time will let me upgrade. =)

If yous have any questions about parts and how they run just msg. thanks

Part Reviews

CPU

Went with the i7 4790 for its performance and it was just in my budget or an i5, wanted something that would last a few years. Didnt plan to OC so i didnt go with the K version as it was a good $60Au more + a beefier cooler = more $.

CPU Cooler

Picked the 212x, upgraded version of the EVO, great reviews and wasnt expensive to keep the CPU cool, as we get some warm weather in AUS. My CPU temps are about 5 degrees celcius higher then room temp at idle. What can i say it blows.

Motherboard

why a Z97 cos it was $25 more than the H97 at the store and with SLI and other features.

Memory

Since ive always been running many apps at once and gaming at the same time 16gb would be efficient. The brand really didnt matter just the price. Timings not as fast as other brands but doubt i would notice.

Storage

Had to have a SSD for bootup time, storage of Steam, Origin, Uplay. Its fast 8-9sec boot. cheap for 240gb.

Storage

A HDD to store files, games and other stuff.

Video Card

Originally had the Galax gtx 970 EXOC black edition. Only recently sold it to a friend. Upgraded to an EVGA gtx 980ti FTW, its a beast of a card, at 1080p maxed out at 144fps on nearly all the games. The 980ti does run a little hotter at about 70degrees under load compared to the 970 at 62degrees under load. Only thing i was unhappy about was the power cables that came with it, was like 3inches long.

Case

A black case that could fit everything comfortably and have a few spots for fans. I wasnt fussy, not the best looking but just into budget.

Optical Drive

To install games and run media. A Blu ray burner for the price of a DVD. Runs pretty silent.

Monitor

Asus 27" 144hz 2ms response time, great for FPS. Easy on my eyes and no blur when playing Battlefield, COD, Rainbow Siege and other games. It doesnt have the best colors like an IPS screen but is enough till i upgrade.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build. Solid parts, ok cable management, only thing i would change is upgrading to a 1440p monitor. But hey, that's all preference. This build reminds me of mine a bit.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

More like Ticking Time bomb with that PSU :c

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

But great build man +1

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Why 3 stars on SSD?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

At the time of build the 1st one i got was damaged out of the box and had to swap it with another. Made me iffy about getting the same one. Cant change the rating on it now, but the one im using now is great. No issues.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I cant see why not if its 120mm, although ive not changed mine, make sure its quiet and has a high CFM similar to the original otherwise you would lose performance.