Description

My super gaming system. I absolutely LOVE this build. It is fast and quiet. Although this was my first build I had been wondering about watercooling, but the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro is more than enough to keep my overclocked Core i5-4690K cool. Hardly any heat builds up inside the spacious Corsair SPEC-03, even when playing Dragon Age III: Inquisition at Ultra settings. I did a tonne of research on what worked well together and for the amount of money I spent this is an absolute diamond configuration.

I named the project "Sanctum" because the white LED fan gives it a kind of celestial look. When I build my next one I might go for orange and red and call it something to do with hell. Just a thought. I hope you like the look of the build. It was an absolute pleasure to build and once everything was installed and running... well I pretty much gasmed everywhere to be honest. Even my girlfriend (who does not care at all about PCs) said it looked amazing... though she could never appreciate the sheer power I now wield.

Component Notes:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz - I have OCed this which now runs between 3.9GHz and sometimes hits 4.1GHz. All of this was configured using the software that came with the motherboard.

  • CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro - This was pretty easy to install. It keeps my CPU well below 50°C which is great.

  • Motherboard: Asus Z97-A - Wow... honestly I couldn't have chosen a better board for my first build. The pre-loaded BIOS made setup an absolute breeze. The board was also very clear and I could easily find where to stick everything.

  • Memory: 2 x 8GB Corsair Vengeance Pro (DDR3-1866) - So far I have noticed no lag whatsoever in anything I've done. The only thing I would say is that they are very tall... and my CPU cooler is about 7mm from touching them.

  • Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB SSD - Very good and extremely fast (my OS starts in 2 seconds... I timed it). The only issue is that the pre-loaded firmware is faulty and so you have to get some software from Samsung website which may wipe all data... but you have to install the OS in order to run the program... so it's kind of a catch 22 if it clears your OS data, which luckily I didn't experience.

  • Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V - The most amazing gaming experience I've ever had. I love this card and it looks fantastic inside my case. I love it and the software they provide is 100% useful.

  • Case: Corsair Spec-03 White LED - The case is spacious and looks good two. The pre-installed fans (1 x rear 120mm, 2 x front 120mm white LED) are great and run almost silently. The case is always cool!

  • Power Supply: EVGA 750W SuperNova - This part was chosen after a LOT of research. Although it is semi modular, the right cables are permanent and you get plenty of option in the box.

Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 5 points

I got a fever, and the only prescription is, more pictures. ;)

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

@Forester, sajiin, Goldie90: I will take some more pictures at different angles. I just posted it for myself as I was proud, I didn't think anyone would care so I'm really happy to see the interest! As for my cable management... it might be really terrible, I am not sure :) I tried to make it as neat as possible and route everything behind the back cover so it looked all pretty through the window.

@Ian_H: It took me a really long time to finally decide to go with the 16GB, and you are likely right about it being overkill. My thinking was; I wanted this system to be somewhat future proof. With Dragon Age III: Inquisition actually recommending 8GB, I thought having more would be sensible. The MSI GTX970 Twin Frozr is amazing... I absolutely love that thing. It looks stunning in my case (pics to come don't worry :P ) and it really does a fantastic job. It manages to stay really cool with the two heat-sink pipes coming out of it and the two 120mm fans at the front of my case blow over it really nicely. I monitored the temps whilst running 3DMark 11 and it didn't go any higher than 50°C. I also wondered about the Asus Strix, especially as I took the Asus mobo.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the pictures, and cable management takes time. Much more than one would think. Cable management around here is a pretty big deal. You get a +1 from me, but my only recommendation is to tidy em up for better air flow. Good work!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

16GB for gaming? Dude, that's completely overkill. Overall though, very good build. How is the MSI GTX 970 Twin Frozr? I have been thinking about getting that card. Either that or the Asus Strix. +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't know 16G is very future proof moving forward. I probably would have split the 16G into 4x4 modules, but this build looks well built to stand for a long time, so 16g isn't out of the question.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

True, but the latest Triple A games only recommend 8 gigs :P It'll be a while before he can put all that RAM to use.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Photoshop? 3D Rendering? More RAM makes a difference.

  • 60 months ago
  • 0 points

The person never mentioned photoshop or 3D rendering. He only ever mentioned gaming. Your argument is irrelevant.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

That is also true.

It baffles me how little RAM is actually used relative to recommended settings.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

well they say 8 gigs cause they know you are probably going to have a internet browser open or some other program while gaming.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

A lot of games are moving to more ram as we are moving out of DDR3 and into DDR4. I have 16gb and if I had 1 monitor it would be a bit overkill. But like Goldie90 said with two monitors it is almost essential if you want to have say battlelog open while you play.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

This is true.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

One more thing, you should really add pictures of the interior.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the deal today? This is like the 3rd or 4th build posted today with just 1 or 2 pics. Please more pictures. Pics or it didn't happen. In all seriousness, it is nice to be able to see the components inside the case. You have some great part choices here, why not show them off? Wait I know, it's the cables...you must have forgot to manage the cables, lol.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Pics or it didn't happen.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

hey i was wondering if their is any coil whine on your gtx 970 and how loud the video card is?