5th build completed, this time it was for a friend. Had a budget of 750-800 on a gaming computer, I would dare say this is the most successful "start-to-finish" build with little to no running in problems. Only time when I had a problem with building this was with the USB 3.0 header on the mobo. It had been pointed out to me that the cable wasn't all the way shoved in. So, in an effort to fix it, I took the cable out of the slot. A mistake. In that process I bent a pin smashing two together. Impossible seeming to fix it, within 5 minutes of carefully bending pins, I successfully bent it back into place. Lo and behold it works perfectly! Spending some time to write about this beautiful build and I hope you enjoy reading as much as I did writing about it!
CPU: Friend had specifically asked for an i5 processor as opposed to the FX counterpart which was completely understood as this processor does better with GAMING. Gaming build all around. The i5-4460 I warned couldn't be OC'd unless you OC the entire system. He was okay with that since he did not care about overclocking. The processor overall surprised me, it is a very capable processor for gaming!
Motherboard: Picked because this mobo because of it's black and white detail, fit right along the goal color-wise(black and white). It is a z97 chipset which couldn't be better! 6 USB ports on the back, 4 of which are 3.0, really nice to have a lot of USB ports. No DOA issues whatsoever. Great MOBO!
CPU Cooler: I was skeptical about this, but it is very sophisticated, quiet, and has a range of RPM depending on the temperature which is very good considering the price! Wasn't planning on overclocking, otherwise I would probably get a better cooler. We ended up ripping off the Arctic 11 plus sticker off, as it would just look better with the build without it. Good News here!
Memory: I had no doubts that the Kingston HyperX Fury 2 x 4 8gb would get the job done. Not much to say about them, they look great and flush with the build. Fit great and don't protrude too much if you are wondering about the cooler. Thumbs UP.
Storage: WAY quieter than the previous choice, the Hitachi 2tb HDD. I never recommended Hitachi as I know of their reputation, but it was insisted last time. The Western Digital 1TB HDD is fantastic! Quiet, fast, and I can't tell it is even there.
GPU: A loud card, doesn't get too hot, but is loud. In fact, it was way too loud. So I ended up installing the "MSI afterburner" software for my friend so he could manually manage the fan speeds. I tell him to frequently keep an eye on the temperature after gaming for a long time. It works! Even with the card being made with Gigabyte. Very stylish, and does take anything you throw at it easily in 1080p gaming. I would recommend another card, but all is well in the end.
Rainbow 6: Siege: Highest settings, 60 FPS all the time, no noticeable dips below.
The Division: Highest settings, 60 FPS all the time, rare dips.
The Forest: Highest settings with environment mods, 60 FPS with no drops.
Overwatch: Highest settings, 60 FPS all the time, no dips.
Case: A relative had this case and had a outstanding experience. That has definitely resonated here, NZXT does an outstanding job on their cases. Came with two amazing fans and is a fantastic case. Already installed stand-offs, great positive pressure throughout the case as well. Window is very clear, and gives you a great view of the "eyecandy" inside. Seriously seamless design, NZXT has never disappointed me when it comes to their cases.
PSU: Would have preferred a semi, or fully modular design. But with NZXT cases, they allow for you to easily manage a large amount of cables in the bay below. A great choice and EVGA is taking care of the power.
I feel there was a lot of positive to talk about in this build, almost too much. Everyone is happy with the outcome and it is a great PC build!