Thanks for looking at my build! This was my first build and let me say that I have been hooked. This build began in June 2015 and has been constantly evolving. I decided to build my own computer after I had just completed my undergrad work and received a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science. I had been using a 2011 Macbook Pro 13" for my entire time while in school and I just wanted to do something different. It was starting to show its age and also i was using Windows VMs for the majority of my classes.
This computer is mostly used for programming, watching youtube videos, and gaming. It does all these fantastically.
Future upgrades may include:
- Larger Air cooler - maybe Noctua NH-U12S or Dark Rock 3 by be quiet! - DONE!
- sleeved psu cables - I'm thinking white - partially done!
- RGB lighting - to match the keyboard and mouse - DONE!
- new graphics card when Pascal is released - upgraded to 1080 but sold it.
Its been awhile since I have uploaded pics to show the upgrade that I have done on my computer. Here are some of the new items:
- Added NZXT Hue+. Fantastic lighting! Highly recommend it!
- Changed from ATX powersupply to Corsair SF600 SFX powersupply. This change was to give more airflow to the powersupply. ATX powersupplies are right next to the bottom of the card. Also SFX powersupply potentially could provide enough room to put 2.5 slot GPUs in a Mini ITX case.
- Added white cable extensions to the 24-pin ATX cable and 8-pin EPS cable. They look fantastic!
- Added a Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD for my Steam games. I wish I had more time to play them.
- Removed the Noctua cooler and replaced with a Fractal Design S24 Celsius AIO. Nearly silent and provides additional headroom for overclocking my 4690k cpu. Currently temps are at 50C @ 4GHz with 100% utilization.
Thanks for looking. Feedback is welcome! Let me know what you think!
When I originally purchased these parts, this was the best cpu for gaming. I wanted to try my hand at overclocking and I currently am running a modest overclock of 4.0GHz. I don't know how far I can push it but I know there is room for more. With a small overclock temps stay within what I feel comfortable. Prime95 pushes the temp to 78 - 80 degrees C. Normal gaming I don't get over 60 degrees C. Idle temps are around 30 - 32 degrees C.
I wanted to have a blue based theme and this board fit the budget well. It was pretty competitively priced as compared to similar models from different manufacturers. The onboard WIFI is really good since currently I don't have an Ethernet connection in my office. The BIOS is wonderfully layed out and easy navigate and I like that the BIOS is HD. It more appealing to look at and use.
The color matched the build that I wanted to work towards. It does its job and the capacity is more than I need for now but I have room to spare for future upgrades.
This drive is fast! It was the first SSD that I have purchased and have since put 2 additional SSDs in my wife's and my sister-in-law's Macbook Pros. Both of which are the Samsung 850 EVO's but 500GB instead. A great way to breath new life into an aging laptop IMO.
Originally I had purchased a EVGA GTX 960 FTW for this build. I used it for about a month and decided I wanted a little more power. Through EVGA's Step Up Program, I was able to trade my 960 in and pay just the difference between the models and get the GTX 970 SSC instead. I am so glad that I did. This thing is a monster when it comes to gaming at 1080P. All games are maxed out at 60FPS with ultra settings. Currently I play Fallout 4 and Witcher 3 both on ultra. I couldn't be happier with this card.
I always looked at a the Fractal Design cases and even planned to upgrade this build to a Define R5 or Define S but I really liked the small factor builds. I was so happy when this case became available. I purchased it as soon as I could. The quality of this case is amazing. I really like the multiple filters that are included and the sound dampening material as this case sits 2 feet from me when I use the computer. The included fans are quiet and the layout is fantastic. The only thing I would have liked for them to include but didn't is a fan controller or hub. Mini ITX motherboards are not known for having multiple fan headers. Mine only has two.