Build Video: https://youtu.be/ME0vfJyYX6Q
This is my second build and my first client build. This was Built for high fps gaming, mostly for CS:GO
CPU: the cpu was an obvious choice for me because of the bang for your buck that comes from the 8320, in my opinion i would much rather have this cpu over a lower end i5.
motherboard: good branded mobo with room for extra ram, overclocking wasn't a goal.
RAM: the mobo has two dims and i couldn't fit 16 into the budget so I put one 8gb stick so there is room to upgrade later if needed.
Storage: a nice small SSD for boot and programs, and a nice seagate HDD for mass storage, not in Raid.
GPU: This was probably the most difficult choice in the system, i have an AMD card so I immediately checked there first and had decided on a 290X. After thinking about it some more I started to doubt myself, so i consulted some of my PC buddies and they all agreed the 970 was prime for this system, after watching some videos fro Jayztwocents they reassured me as well.
Case: My client wanted something sleek and flashy as well as something that matched the Orange color scheme and after many times of oogleing at the Prodigy I decided it was the one. However I was really relying on the cheaper motherboard to allow me more room on the GPU and other things. so a mITX mobo was out of the question. In comes the Prodigy M to save the day, BitFenix, you da man.
PSU: When it comes to PSU I have a lot of confidence in Corsair so i almost always make it a point to put them in systems i build.
Wireless: Sadly I wasnt able to fit the WNA because the 970 covered the PCI port so instead i gave the client a USB WNA, he informed me that he would most likely be using Ethernet anyway so it wasn't a big deal.
Fans: small case and hot components so to stay reasonably quiet and move enough air I relocated one of the stock case fans and replaced the other with a large 140 exhaust fan. Two fans up top push cool air in past the gpu while another bottom fan blows into the case as well then all are exhausted out the back.
Lighting: as previously mentioned the client liked showy so to complement his keyboard (Razer Blackwidow Chroma) I thought hey strobe lights and a remote control was a good idea the lights are Saitechs. Fan Controller: cheap fan controller is what i wanted and what I got didn't even have a brand.
Benchmarks: Im very sorry but delayed part arrival and and a mixture of bad timing made it impossible to get numbers before it left my hands the only thing I know is that it runs CS:GO very smoothly on a 1080 144hz panel.
any questions or concerns please comment.