I built another Military themed case back in March, but did not like the lack of space in the Case, which was a Corsair C70. After looking around I decided I wanted to redo the whole thing. I am happy with the build. I am a O365/Exchange Consultant so I utilize this in my home office, but I also love BF4, so handles Gaming with no issues as well.
CPU: Read a lot of reviews and purchased it based on the more affordable price, and the positives reviews from Maximum PC in regards to Gaming. I have it overclocked at 4600 Mhz.
CPU Cooler: I have not seen this cooler used in many builds, but saw it at Fry’s and had to have it. I had tried Corsair and Antec, and while great, I wanted something a little different looking. CPU low temp 27c and high temp is 48c, under a full load. It comes with a large bottle of extra coolant, and Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow coloring. With the clear tubing, it looks like one of those custom water cooling units I see, with none of the work. I am all about instant gratification.
CASE: Thermaltake Core V71 - I came across this case, and after much reviewing, pulled the trigger. Plenty of room, and quiet enough. The Thermaltake Riing fans are very nice as an addition and of all the fans I tried, I prefer them the most. Quiet on low, lots of air on high, and that Tron looking middle ring adds just enough light to the inside of the case.
MOBO: I had an ASROCK Z97, which color wise matched the build. But I wanted something that at least on paper seemed a little higher end. Likely just paid for the name only. But I am pleased with the ASUS offerings for motherboard monitoring software.
RAM: Got a good price at Fry’s, and while not the sexiest heat spreaders, it looks good and is fast.
STORAGE: Boot Drive 500 GB Samsung Evo, it’s fast and plenty of space. I run BF4 from it, and point OneDrive Personal and OneDrive for Business to the 1 TB rotational drive for storage.
GRAPHICS CARD: I am all about aesthetic. And Sapphire Card is all of that and a slice of bread. Love the Sapphire Logo that changes color based on temp, nice heavy card with three fans which only run when needed. With 4 GB of RAM, handles Ultra on BF4 with no problems. And I actually use the Mantle Video setting in BF, because I find it looks better. Likely just my personal preference. Temp on the card 34c at a low and 69c when under load.
PSU: Again after trying and looking into different PSU’s I really liked the aesthetic look of the EVGA black brushed metal looked. The cables look good, and plug in much easier than the Corsair PSU I had tried.
FAN CONTROL: Again aesthetic in play. I love the display on this. It’s pricy addition for just a fan controller, but looks oh so nice on the build.