My gaming pc broke down on me [ :''( ] in August 2k14 and it was old so I decided to just get a whole new build that will allow for future expansion.
I didn't really run into any trouble getting anything hooked up. However, I had to do some re-configuring of the case fans so that I could manually monitor them. At first I had plugged all of the fans into the PWM Splitter panel from the Swiftech H220-X. This prevented them from being controlled separately. I also got two high performance SP120 fans, replacing the stock fans, for cooler's radiator in PUSH since there's a filter above from the Storm Styker case that can be easily removed and cleaned.
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case
- This case is high quality, very sturdy and open/well ventilated.
- It's heavy but I don't plan on being mobile with it.
- Also, since it's white, you have to be careful not to scratch the paint job but the paint is high quality.
CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
- Overclocked the 3.5Ghz to 4.5Ghz at 25C idle and 65-75C under 100% load
- First time overclocking... might be able to increase the performance even further? Not sure yet.
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220-X 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
- Great cooler, worth the hunt. I wanted the H240-X but it proved to be pretty hard to find a vendor with it in-stock. Easily replaceable tubing and fittings. Powerful pump that can support additional liquid cooled components such as graphics cards and/or additional radiator(s).
- The reservoir and CPU LED plate makes it stand out from other all-in-one liquid coolers in the market.
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB 100 Million Edition Video Card
- I was thinking about maybe getting another 100 ME for SLI
- I plan on running some tests tonight to see how it performs
Motherboard: Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
- The AI utility was really helpful in overclocking and manually configuring the case fans
- BIOS is easy to work with
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
- Could have gone cheaper but I didn't want memory that really sticks out like a sore thumb against the white and black aesthetic. Plus the lights on the RAM match the white glow the the Swiftech CPU LED
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
- Primary gaming and OS Drive
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
- I hope that this power supply can handle the GTX 970 SLI. Plenty of modular room for expansions.
- Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition (2-Pack) (pushing air through the radiator)
- Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition (intake, pushing hot air away from the CPU)
Case Accessory: NZXT Hue LED Controller
- Very easy to set up but I needed to use secondary adhesive to prevent it from loosening from the top of the case. You have to make sure that when you connect the controller to the LED strip that the white arrow lines up with the plus sign on the LED strip or else you won't be able to utilize the full spectrum of colors! (i made this mistake lol)
Old Build Transfers:
- Hannspree HF225DPB 21.5" Monitor **looking to upgrade to maybe a Ben Q
- Logitech G500s & G930