This build started about 6 months ago as my first 'from scratch' build that I documented here: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/DfgLrH
Since then I have slowly upgraded it to be almost as good as I want it (there's always more though right?) I changed the original G3258 Pentium for a i7 4790k, added a 500GB M.2 SSD and swapped out the Palit GTX 960 Jetstream for a stinking great big ASUS GTX 980 STRIX. I've also splashed out on a new K70 corsair mechanical keyboard with brown cherry switches.
It runs very cool and very fast, I'm only on a 24 inch 1080p monitor at the moment but plan to upgrade to the Acer XB270HU 144hz 1440p G-Sync monitor as soon as I can afford it, so hopefully the 980 will be enough. If not I'll either SLI another 980 or swap for the 980 ti (or whatever comes out next) and upgrade the PSU to the 750w Seasonic evo.
It smashes games @ 1080p (as it should) and can run certain games @ 4K using Nvidia's DSR feature.
I know my cable management outside of the case leaves a lot to be desired.......I'll sort it one day I promise :P
What else can be said about this CPU that hasn't already?
Not a bad cooler to say how old it is. A major pain in the arse to fit unless you take the motherboard out of the case. Easy to install the wrong way. Nice red LED's compliment my build.
Pretty solid MOBO with all the features I want, can't really see the difference between this and the Gaming 5 if I'm honest. Easy to navigate BIOS with classic and HD views.
Amazing that they can make these so small, 500GB at the size of a stick of gum! Fast and reliable so far, cloned my old SDD to this with no issues. The Gigabyte Gaming 3 Z97 Motherboard I'm using disables SATA ports 4 and 5 (I think it's 4 and 5) when the M.2 slot is populated so be aware of that if you have that board.
Beast of a card and since the drop in price (I got mine for £350) seems like decent value for money....sort of :P
Stays nice and cool under load, never have to run the fans above 40%. Demolishes games @ 1080p and runs some at 4K using DSR. Can't say much more as I haven't tested it with other resolutions.
Only downside is the two white LED's near the power plugs stay on when the PC is powered down, you have to flip the switch on the PSU to get them to turn off.
Great case for the money, the cable management bar is a fantastic idea, so is the PSU shroud, keeps everything nice and tidy. The window is easily scratched but that's true of most perspex I suppose.
Solid, fully modular and made by Seasonic. Decent price. No issues at all in the 6+ months I've had it.
How did I ever get on with a rubber dome keyboard? Love the cherry MX browns, great aesthetics with the brushed anodized aluminium, contoured and textured WASD and 1-6 keys are a nice extra. 3 stage backlighting, 104 key rollover, each key's LED programmable....Just a really nice KB. Not noticed any downsides yet but I've not had it long.