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PICTURES COMING SOON

I decided to complete one final build using the LGA 1150 socket and I decided to go out on a high, albeit expensive, note. I do a fair amount of gaming and video encoding using handbrake so I wanted something that could handle anything I threw at it. For now my gaming is all 1080p but I am planning to jump up to 1440 in the not so distant future. I purchased a GTX 980 but will be using the EVGA Step-up program to move to a 980ti fairly soon. I usually have a few components that are hold-overs from previous build but this time the only hold-over the i7-4790 CPU (otherwise I would have purchased a 4790K to go with this Z97 board). I will also look at getting a better PSU as sli is not out of the question but for now the Corsair CX750M is just fine; can't beat it for the price.

CPU - i7-4790 This is a hold-over part from a previous build and is a great CPU. I don't plan to do much overclocking with this build right now so it will continue to serve me well. I still wanted a Z97 board as I may SLI down the road.

Motherboard - ASUS Z97 Pro Gamer I have been really impressed with this board so far. It ois basically a budget version of the ROG boards that ASUS makes and it has been great. For myself I see no reason to spend the extra $100 to get an ROG board; the feature set on this board is outstanding

GPU - EVGA GTX 980 This card has been great so far but seeing as I just purchased and the 980 ti is now out I will be taking advantage of the EVGA Step-up program for sure. I will be able to move up to a 980 ti for around $100; would be crazy not to do that!

Case - Corsair Obsidian 450D This case was great to build in, I love Corsair, but there were a few things that bothered me. Cable management was pretty good but could have been better if they would have added just a few tie down points on the back. The back top/bottom both lack tie down points which made form come interesting zip tie work. All in all it still looks very clean and I am very happy with it. The included fans are not bad at all but eventually I will get some AF140 fans for the front mainly because they look great.

Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought I would've seen an actual Red Rocket card coming here but, no.

Why go full SSD? Could've gotten a smaller, cheaper SSD (for programs an OS) and a i.e WD Black for files and such.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I used to have an Alienware Alpha and I was restricted to a single drive with that; I used the drive I already had otherwise yes I would have gotten a cheaper 120GB SSD for my OS and a separate 1TB drive for games/media

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotcha. Good choice

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Red rocket, huh?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build, very similar to mine with the 4790, hyper212x, Z97 pro-gamer, 16gb ram, 240ssd,1tb hdd, gtx 970, 850w corsair psu.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree; there is usually not too much cost difference between H97 and Z97 but Z97 is often better quality and more features. I like to use H97 for ITX builds but would not for anything larger. For me if I am going to go with Micro ATX or ATX I want the option for SLI so Z97 is the clear choice otherwise what is the point of going with a large motherboard? The main benefit of Micro ATX and ATX is expandability but if you go with H97 you are limiting that. There are some very nice budget friendly Z97 boards available; the AUS Z97 Pro Gamer I used has been great. If you are not going to overclock then it's worth it to save some money and get the 4790; you can find them on ebay for $250 US

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

no problem. yeah, people give me crap sometimes for having a Z97 board without an unlocked CPU but they just make more sense even if I am not going to overclock (which I do not think is necessary with modern cpus)

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