Second computer I've built, but the first one for my own use and to my own specifications.
This build replaces an i5-2500 (locked, not the K version,) with a Gigabyte Geforce GTX 460 1GB, 16 GB HyperX Blu DDR3-1333, a Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB, Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB, Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB WD20EARS, another Antec 900, and a SeaSonic M12II 620W.
My old Antec 900 was the USB 2 version; this one has the updated USB 3 front ports. I liked the case very much the first time around and it had great cooling, which is why I decided to go with it again despite its famously horrible cable management. Considering what a lousy reputation it has in that department, I'd like to think I did a halfway decent job of controlling my cables. The RM650x's stiff modular cables helped, as they tend to stay where I put them.
Why pair a beast like the i7-4790k with a mere GTX 960? I use this computer more for productivity than gaming, and I multitask heavily all day long as well as dabbling in video editing and the odd other demanding task. Also, my old Dell monitor, which I'm kind of stuck with due to space constraints (see picture) has a maximum resolution of 1680 x 1050, so a better video card might or might not make much difference.
The one game I do play often is The Sims 3, with eighteen expansions and a ton of custom content installed. It's a notoriously CPU-bound game, and since I don't care to overclock my processor, I wanted the best out-of-the-box single-core, single-thread performance I could get for the money I was willing to spend. By all accounts, that's the 4790k. I have however modestly overclocked the GTX 960, and it seems to handle my game very well. I may still upgrade to a 970 if the price drops significantly when Pascal is released.
Why an aftermarket cooler when I don't overclock? My house can be difficult to keep cool in the summer, and I occasionally had heat issues with the i5 with its stock cooler. The i7 runs hotter, so I decided to bite the bullet and just put in a better cooler now so I won't have to worry about it.
The DEMCifilter was a bit pricey to have shipped from South Africa, but the filter itself was very reasonably priced despite being a custom size, and the superior dust control has been worth every penny. I highly recommend them!
Thanks for reading! Comments welcome, but please be kind to the n00b. :)
Excellent performance. Runs a bit warm, but this is easily solved with a cheap cooler upgrade. No impediments to installing and updating Windows 7 (or 8.1, if I should so choose.)
Not so massive as to dominate my case or interfere with other components. Did not require motherboard removal for installation. MX-2 thermal paste pre-applied. Required a bit of fiddling with the screws to get it set properly, but that was very likely my fault. Dropped my core temperatures by +/- 15 degrees Celcius vs. the stock cooler once it was properly secured.
Acquired open-box on eBay. Working fine; I like the two PS/2 connectors and the potential for M.2 SSD upgrade. The red track lighting was an unwelcome surprise, but was easy enough to disable. SATA connectors are a bit awkwardly placed, but not too bad. The board is a bit narrow and does not reach all the standard ATX standoffs; not too big a problem, just requires a little extra care when plugging in cables near the unsupported edge.
It's memory, it works. Set to XMP profile 1 @ 1866mHz, no problems.
Boots up fast and works fine.
Speedy for a mechanical drive, great warranty, working well so far.
Under-rated card, IMO. I've overclocked it to 1500mHz with PrecisionX software with no issues, and could probably take it higher if I wanted to. Runs The Sims 3 Into the Future + other EPs at 1680 x 1050 resolution without a hitch.
Older case, famous for its poor cable management and not toolless. Swapping the front cages around can be a pain. SSD mounting point seems weirdly positioned. Lacks an included filter. But it's solidly built, includes four fans, has spectacular airflow and easily-removable side panels, holds all my components, and looks good doing it.
Tier 1 or 2 unit. 80 Plus Gold certified, fully modular, stiff cables that stay where you put them, nice and quiet, sturdy look and feel, all Japanese capacitors. Hasn't given me a moment's trouble yet.
Cheap, can be loud at times, does the job.
Old reliable OS that does what Windows should do. System Builder OEM edition is still available cheap.
Blows air, pretty blue lights.