Description

The reason for the computer build was for a high performance gaming rig which would allow me to play the majority of games out there in Ultra graphics settings. The aim for this build was to get the most for my money as who doesn't want more for less am I right? I originally set out with a budget of £600-£800 for just the tower which soon increased due to wanting to have a rig that would not get outdated quickly. With this being my first ever build I wanted it to be something amazing and I feel that this is exactly what I achieved.

CPU: I decided on the Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core for my CPU for multiple reasons; The Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core has excellent overclocking performance which is what I plan on doing after I have run the PC in for a month or so once I have monitored the overclocking I will also post my findings. Another reason to why I went for this CPU is that it is an inexpensive powerful CPU which tied in nicely with my budget. The reason I went for INTEL instead of AMD is that in the present market INTEL give you more bang for buck.

CPU Cooler: I decided to not use the stock CPU cooler and instead use the NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid for two reasons. The first reason is that as I previously stated I was looking to overclock and a stock CPU fan cooler would not have given me the right temperatures to overclock where as the Kracken which is a liquid cooler, is a beast at cooling. Secondly the Kraken is made by NZXT which is the brand as my PC Case. (Also who doesn't want more customisable LED'S in their case!)

Motherboard: For the Motherboard I decided to opt for the MSI Z97-G55 SLI ATX LGA1150. There isn't much of a reason for why I opted for this one. It does tick all the boxes as it has a capability to upgrade RAM to 32GB which allows me to future proof the RAM. It also is capable for all types of DDR3 RAM. I was not concerned with having a Motherboard that is DDR4 compatible as I do not use my PC for anything that is RAM intensive. 16GB of DDR3 RAM is more than enough and if I needed a boost in the future I can always add another 16GB of DDR3 RAM. Also the MSI Motherboard ties in nicely with my blue and black theme. Finally MSI have an amazing interface which I adore.

RAM: I opted for the Kingston HyperX Beast 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 as I prefer Kingston to most of the other brands for RAM. I also decided to take these as I felt that the memory type 1866 was fast enough for my use. I felt that 16GB of RAM was just enough for my PC as it is plenty for what I use but also future proofs an need for more, and I felt that there was no need for 32GB as that would be total overkill.

SSD: I chose to take an SSD for optimal boot times of the operating system and also my favourite games. I decided to go for the Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" SSD as this is a great quality SSD for the price tag. £60 couldn't buy you anything better. I also believe that Samsung is a reliable business that make robust parts that will last a long time.

SSHD: I went for a SSHD instead of the usual HDD as I had not heard much about them. I wanted to see if it helped with keeping speed optimal. I chose Seagate 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid as the price was excellent and I feel as though Seagate are doing a great job of making affordable but reliable with great performance hard drives. I also wanted to see first hand how great SSHD's are compared to a HDD.

Video Card: Now for one of my main priorities of the build the Video Card. I was split between the Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming Edition 4GB and the Gigabyte Radeon R9 390X 8GB SOC. I originally ordered the 970 as my previous PC as nividea and wanted to stick with them. The people that I ordered from messed up the order and thank fully they did as I was regretting my decision. I then placed an order for the 290x for a few reasons. The reason why I chose the 290x over the 970 was purely down to AMD giving more for your money with the current market as well as due to the fact that Nividea's 4GB scandal were where on all the 970's only have 3.5GB instead of the full 4GB. That's just a brief summary of the scandal but there is plenty of information to explain it to you properly. The reason I went for them in general was because the 8GB dedicated graphics ram allowed me to future proof myself from games that use more than 4GB which seems to be the way the gaming world is moving to. Currently games don't even use more than 3.5GB. The 390x is a great price, plays most games in ultra with keeping a steady 60FPS. Overall very happy with my choice.

Case: With the case I chose the NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower simply because I needed a case that was simple but also great. The S340 I feel give a simple but elegant look with the all black look and the hidden cable management and clear window. This case really gives me everything I was looking for and at a great price.

Power Supply: EVGA are the best power supply brands around to date. Performance is amazing and reliability is awesome! You get top brand quality for budget pricing. Always try to opt for fully modular PSU as this helps with cable management which you will understand how important less cables are when you build your own.

Summary: All in all I am very pleased with the end result. I have been running the PC since December 25th 2015 without a single fault. Constantly keeping CPU temperature below 50c and GPU temperature below 70c even with the stress of constant gaming with top graphics settings on one monitor and watching tv or browsing the web on the rest. I have decided not to overclock just yet as I don't want to increase my temperatures any higher than they are at the minute. Plus I currently do not see the need to overclock due to not seeing a need to improve the performance. My only concern with the rig is the noise output of all the fans when in performance mode. I would recommend all of the parts used in this build thanks to their quality and performance.

Part Reviews

CPU

The Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core has served me well for the past 6 months. Brilliant processing speeds. Not a single fault found. Great price, great quality and most importantly great preformance.

CPU Cooler

The NZXT Kracken X61 is a brilliant liquid cooling system. It has kept my Intel Core i5-4690k constantly below 50c when under pressure. Brilliant price and preformance. It also comes with its own software which is a great bit of kit. Only downfall would be the quality of the colours on the LED though it does come with a brilliant RGB customisation.

Case Fan

These fans do their job but are very noisy. The quality of the product seems cheap and the fans sound like they do not rotate evenly and brush up against something.

Case Fan

These fans do their job but are very noisy. The quality of the product seems cheap and the fans sound like they do not rotate evenly and brush up against something.

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