So after having used 2 laptops, it was time for me to get a desktop PC, I needed somehting relatively strong to last me a good long long while, seeing as I aml a student. I did not buy all the parts that are listed here at once, I upgraded a little bit down the road.
I had a tight budget at first, so I saved some more money so I could build a pretty powerfull PC. the first build I made included an fx 8320 and gtx 760 but this didnt satiesfy me after looking up some benchmarks
back on topic now. I opted for the i7 4790k, seeing as some games got released that actually support hyperthreading, and ebcause I'm studying mechanical engineering, so I have to work with autocad software.
I started out with the zalman cnps10x optima cooler. it handled my CPU quite well, but I thought it was time to upgrade to liquid cooling. I should have dome some more research, I expected alot better from the h80i but truth to be told, I'm very disapointed by it's performance, and it is LOUD! I should have gone for a dual rad. ah well, these things happen.
for the motherboard I went for the cheapest SLI supported z97 chipset mtherboard there was, it's the gigabyte z97x-SLI. nothing to fancy, but good quality! i'll be able to get an SLI setup going further down the road if I need it.
as for the RAM, I got me some G.Skill ripjaws. no real reason for it, they arent that expensive and I'm familiar with the brand.
the thoughest choice was the GPU, I got the gtx 970 from MSI, the day it got released. I had a gtx 760 before, which I sold for a pretty good price.I havent regretted it for a moment.
I started out with a 1TB WD caviar blue HDD, recently I added an SSD because I ran into some money and decided I could spend some of it! so I wanted me a nice luxury item. and the long loading times in bf4 were quite anooying, so that was another reason for getting an ssd. so I imediatly took a 500GB ssd so I wouldnt have storage problems.
I made a little bit of a mistake with the PSU, the CX series are an okay line, but you can get so much better for the same price. ah well, I'm replacing it as soon as the waranty runs out.
I didnt start out with the corsair carbide spec-02 case, I used some zalman case which served me quite well, but I was able to get my hands on some items. so I got a carbide spec-02 case, a fancontroller(not the one listed in this partlist, I got the x-vision from aerocool but the item is nowhere to be found in this database) and k30 keyboard for a very good price. I bought me some new fans aswell because I was using sickleflow fans and they started making annoying(squeecky) noises.
seeing as the carbide spec 02 has a huge window, I bought a nzxt blue LED strip to add some more fancy lights to the case.
the speakers were a present to myself as the stereo I bought years and years ago broke down after such long service!
I didnt get a fancy monitor, perhapos in the near future I might get myself a second gtx 970 and a 1440p screen, but I dont need it. if I have money to spare and I want to get myself something nice, that's first on the list though!
I must admit, I'm realy happy with this build, the i7 4790k is a bit overkill for my needs, an i5 4690k would have been sufficient and I wouldnt notice much difference. but hey, now I got bragging rights.
I have been playing a bit with my GPU, seeing how much more power I could get out of it, I settled with a clock speed of 1506MHz and a clock rate of 8GHz. it's a significant boost, I can get more out of it, but it wont run 100% stable anymore, I did however get the speed up to 1601MHz to run a unigine heaven benchmark, but this only happened once. to bad I couldnt reach the 1600MHz mark! ah well! I still have a pretty good OCable card
I made myself some sleeved pci-e cables. did go well, this was the 1st time I tried this out. so not eveyrthing is perfect. in the future I will probabably do it again with a blue/black/white color combination. jsut didnt want to go all out on the 1st time!
I also got myself a backplate from coldzero, a portuguese modding group/company. it looks pretty damn good if you ask me.
todo next on the list is probably getting another cooler, possibly a custom loop. I'd also like to upgrade my PSU to a better quality unit, better safe than sorry right.
I also found a second screen may come in handy when working with autocad and other software, having a full screen for the design or schematic and the other screen with the toolbars would be nice!
I scratched the side of my case(the non window side) so I'll probably find some kind of logo or image I'll spraypaint on that(punisher skull perhaps)
I was dissapointed by this cooler, seeing the thick rad made me believe it would be more capable, but the cooling performance isnt all that great, it makes alot of noise when your fans go above 1100 rpm and the corsair link software is extremely buggy.