Hello fellow PC Enthusiasts!
I built this PC for a friend of mine who does Twitch streaming. He mostly does console streaming (WiiU and 3DS) but is looking at potentially doing some PC gaming in the future. He asked me to help him build something for under $1,000 USD that might fit his needs and I was more than happy to help! I used this opportunity to build in a case that I've been wanting to get my hands on for a while so I was super excited! Feel free to leave comments and ask me any questions about the build!
CPU: I went with the 4790K because he wanted the PC to have lots of potential for multitasking (hyperthreading) and be overclockable. He also had some headroom in his budget and I felt like this was the best use of money since a GPU wasn't in the works for the initial build. It overclocked like a champ at a stable 4.7GHz and is staying nice and cool under PassMark tests at 69*C.
CPU Cooler: I went with the H55 because it was on sale for about $50 through Amazon and since I have Prime it was free 2 day delivery! I've used other Corsair AIO liquid coolers (the H100i) in the past and they're always pretty easy to setup, this one was no exception. After reading the instruction manual on which parts to use it was relatively straightforward to install. The only issue I ran into was I had originally planned to have it setup as an exhaust on the back of the case. Unfortunately, the radiator and hoses would not fit in the rear section of the case so I instead opted to install it on the side of the case as in intake along with a second LED AF120 next to it. It's worked out well and keeps the CPU relatively cool for it's size, very satisfied.
Motherboard: I wanted a Z97 board that wasn't too pricey but still had a good amount of features. I went with the Gigabyte Gaming 5 because it was the cheapest most feature rich mITX board I could find, plus it matched the Black and Red (I know so original) color scheme I had going on.
Memory: I had two 4GB sticks of Corsair Vengeance Pro lying around from a previous build so I figured I'd save him $80 and throw it in there. It works great and after installing some drivers the MOBO is reading their clock speeds correctly.
Storage: I'm usually a Western Digital guy when it comes to 3.5 inch HDD's but the Seagate Barracuda was a steal. 2TB at 7200RPM's and it was under $80. From what I hear the Seagate brand is pretty reliable these days so we'll see how it works out!
PSU: Corsair CX430, not much else to say other than it was relatively cheap and it's reliable. I've used this exact same PSU in my wife's computer and I used a CX750 in my previous build, they've both been great so I feel good about this one!
Case: My favorite part of the build!! I've seen some other builds online with this case but I feel like it has so much more potential, so i wanted to get my hands on it to see what it was like. I was not dissapointed! This is a seriously feature rich case and Corsair did not skimp out on build quality either. The cable management options were plentiful for a mITX case and the added in feature of having the space for a 200mm intake fan was something I HAD to check out. The pictures seriously do not give this case justice, it looks AWESOME in person. I highly recommend it for the gamer on the go or someone that likes having the ease of access that this case affords with it's design.
Case Fans: Red red red! I wanted to cram as much flashiness into this case as I could since the last build I did wasn't very flashy due to budget constraints. I went with two LED AF120 fans (one as an intake in the side and one as an exhaust in the back), a Corsair SP120 for the radiator intake and a 200mm BitFenix Spectre Pro for the front intake. This fan is a monster! It's as large as the motherboard and only turns on when the case fan profile is on the highest setting! Luckily the LED's stay fully lit even if it isn't spinning. They definitely add a bit of awesomeness that wouldn't have been there with stock fans.
GPU: No GPU yet! He wanted to have the computer be something that he could expand upon himself in the future so we left the GPU out of the budget for now. He has his sights set on a 970 of some sort and I think that MSI's offering might be the best fit for the build so I'll keep all of you updated!
I'm shipping it off to him in a few days and I'll post updates if anything new happens, thanks for reading!
P.S. Here's a link to his Twitch Channel http://www.twitch.tv/bowserzero