Description

Needed a new computer since my laptop was dying and can't handle games on super low. This is when the Midnight Blaze was born. Midnight Blaze is meant to be used for playing games at 1080p and doing light video editing.


//CPU: I was originally going to get the i5-4590 but when I when to Micro Center, they told me that you get off $40 the motherboard with the i5-4690K. Basically this was a free upgrade even though I am still not going to overclock because I do not have an after market cooler. Maybe in the future I will buy one but not now.

//MOTHERBOARD: There is really nothing wrong with the ASRock H81M-HDS. It is cheap and has plenty of features for its cost. I'd would love to see a fourth fan header but I can always use a splitter. The PCB is brown and disgusting but my case window is slightly tinted so it looks black from the outside.

//MEMORY: Kingston's memory is cheap and sexy. The heatsink is aggressively styled and looks great from the case. I went with the 1600mhz because that is the highest my motherboard supports.

//STORAGE: The Caviar Blue is pretty much a standard in any build. Solid performance and speed for its price. Might be able to add a SSD in the next year but not entirely sure.

//VIDEO CARD: My original build was to have a R9 290 but with the new release of the 900 series, I opted for the GTX 970. The Asus STRIX is fulled with features like the passive mode, where the fans do not spin at idle. Asus put a pretty sweet backplate on their card, it is brushed aluminum and has the ASUS and DirectCUII logos. The Gigabyte G1 was the one I really wanted but found out that it would not fit in the Air 240, but the STRIX works just as well.

//CASE: Corsair make a great case with a one exception. The 4+4 pin for the CPU power and the 3.5" HDD cages did not want to work together. Luckily, the cable was a flat ribbon style and that helped. Besides that, the case is tiny and adorable. The tinted window is perfect and the fan filters are appreciated.

//POWER SUPPLY: Power supply is cheap, quiet, and 80+ Bronze. Plus, the modular cables are flat ribbon style which are sleek and don't stand out. The main 24 pin power is like a rainbow, will definitely get a flat ribbon or braided extension cable.

//MONITOR: The Acer H6 is an amazing monitor. It almost has no bezel and very nice plastic brushed aluminum for it's bottom bezel and stand. Some people don't like the glossy finished on the panel but so far it has not been an issue.


Please leave a comment on what you think about my build! Thanks for reading!

Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 7 points

Amazing build for $1000! In Australia you couldn't even get half the performance for $1000...

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

Same here for Singapore...Once I saw a GTX 750ti for USD 200...shivers

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

This build (approximately) costs $1500 in Australia..

http://www.pccasegear.com/sc/bNc

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

What's with the -K processor and the H- mobo?

Edit: Oh, nevermind. It's the OP's build. The disadvantages of reading the comments before the build itself...

  • 62 months ago
  • 4 points

How you get motherboard for 10 dollar ?

  • 62 months ago
  • 6 points

Micro Center has this thing where if you buy a Intel Core i5-4690K you will automatically get $40 off the motherboard. The original price of the ASRock H81M-HDS was $59.99.

  • 62 months ago
  • 6 points

OOOOOO

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice. I can definitely relate when it comes to the brown ASRock budget PCB; it's disgusting but it's the features that are appealing. I do like how you managed to keep everything dark and rather subdued, with removing the sticker from the stock cooler and whatnot.

Nice to see someone vouching for a WD Blue over a Barracuda. +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice deal on the CPU+mobo. Maybe in the future you can OC with a new cooler. Great build man.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

My dream build ;D

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! Nice to know the STRIX 970 fits in this case.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

very nice case, I enjoyed the pics of the inside :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you get the sticker off that Intel stock cooler, I'd love to do that myself!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

I ghetto made a paper circle and colored it black and just sticked it on.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh right XD, sounds great!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

The Strix 970 seriously fits in this case? I was under the impression that the heatpipe touches the side panel and makes it bend, like the MSI 970 does. Could you elaborate? :S

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

It is a close fit, the heatpipe barely touches the side panel so it does not make my window bend.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build! I'm actually in the middle of getting an i5 4690k and GeForce GTX 970 for my build I'm currently working on. How are they so far? :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Both the i5 and the GTX 970 are wonderful. The i5 is just a great quad-core cpu in general and the GTX 970 is very good at gaming. I am able to run Battlefield 4 at 1080p with ULTRA settings and there are absolutely no drops below 60 FPS.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess that is a possibility but I have been gaming on ultra setting in many games and have not seen any deformation yet.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

May i ask what desk that is?

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

The desk was actually an IKEA desk. It had some scratches and I decided to spray paint it matte black.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you know the model?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

No I do not remember the model name. Sorry.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a Galant. I have one myself (a bigger one though). The series is discontinued, but you can still get them for dirt cheap on craigslist. I got the charcoal L-shaped version with an extension for $75 along with a writing pad.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice & simple build--no frills :-)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did you get a H81 board?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

wow, such an amazing price for this build. Bravo! +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

tear falls down face So, beautiful.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

10 bucks for the motherboard... Is that right? +1 tho nice build

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

That black theme is beautiful. +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

nice m8 +1 you should add a ssd in the future make it even faster

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Fantastic build, looks solid, classy, and clean. Amazing budgeting skills, you got a LOT of power for such little money. +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

woah so it does infact fit? air 240 and 970 asus strix combo? this challenges many many forums across the board. everyone is saying it dosent?

OP can you confirm no force or pressure is against the acrylic window?

thanks. i went for this same setup!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks really good. :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

is their any coil whine from your video card and how loud is it ?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get the Strix card to fit? I am having a hell of a time getting the card lined up. the back of the case gets in the way, where the expansion slot clamp locks in. Any advice?

Edit: Nevermind, I did a dry run with the just the card clamped onto the extension slot, and the side panel would not even close. I think that manufacturing tolerances might be coming into play, with you getting lucky and me getting unlucky =(

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait, what! Oh my, friend. You have it backwards. G1 970 can fit just fine, the Strix 970 can't!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to update the motherboard's bios?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get your Strix in? Many people say it won't fit in the Corsair Air 240 because the heatpipe gets in the way? Sweet build btw.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

how you change the Power light color in the case?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

So the ASUS GTX 970 STRIX fits? I heard that it didn't.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

question. I'm looking at the same case you have, and I also have the same Micro ATX mobo you have. How did you fix the 3rd chassis fan into the fan header around the GPU? My GPU is smaller than yours and I had trouble doing that. Ty

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