I built this PC last Christmas with a budget of around $1000. Since then I have been slowly adding new parts and what not. The only major upgrade has been the case so far. I went from the NZXT Source 210 which I got because it was cheap. I decided to get the H440 for the clean looks while still having room for water cooling which I plan on doing in the future. Building in this case was super easy, there was ample room for cable management, although the back panel was a tight fit.
After using an old PC I built from parts I scavenged or was given, I decided to build a powerful gaming PC that could blow anything out of the water at 1080p. Some of the parts are overkill, I realize that, but would it be as fun if they weren't? Nah. I had a blast building it and it's served me well over the year. It still plays pretty much everything at ultra at 1080p.
Planned upgrades are:
• Custom sleeved white extension cables. ✅
• Another 8gb of ram
• GTX 980Ti
• Corsair H100i GTX to hold me over till I can get a full custom loop.
• NZXT Hue+
Now to go over the parts and why I got them
• CPU: I chose the 4790k because it was reasonably priced with a mail in rebate, and it's basically just a beast. I plan on getting into video editing and this was taken into consideration as well. Without going X99, this was the best all around choice for me. Right now I have it sitting stable at 4.4 Ghz. My cooler isn't the best so when I upgrade that I will see what I can push it to.
• Motherboard: I wanted something that had all the features I wanted while remaining at a good price point. I settled on the ASRock Z97 Extreme6 because it had everything I needed, and had the color scheme I wanted.
• GPU: So I wanted a top end card. I didn't have space in my budget for a Titan or a Ti. So I settled on the Asus GTX780 DCU2OC. It's such a beast of a card and destroys anything I throw at it. The DCU cooler is amazing and keeps it cool and quiet. It also overclocks like a champ. I plan on replacing it for a 980Ti this year. I know pascal is coming, but since we don't know when, I will go for the 980Ti since it's more than enough right now.
• RAM: I picked the Corsair Vengeance for the price point, looks, and good performance. Corsair makes good things and I trust them. It's quite fast and suits my needs. I plan on getting another 8gb soon.
• Storage: I knew I wanted an SSD. I ended up getting the Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB. I know they aren't the best, but it was really cheap at the time and it's still really quick. I want to upgrade to Samsung EVOs soon. I also got a WB Blue 1tb of which I also want to add another. 1TB just isn't enough :'(
• PSU: Corsair CX750M. It was cheap and had a rebate. Semi Modular and 80+ Bronze. It does the job. It's not the best of the best and will be swapped out when I put in the custom water loop.
Over all this PC has been amazing and it was a pleasure to build!
Added white bitfenix alchemy cables. 24 pin and gpu cables.