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!