Title: The title "Darth Vader" was chosen because the overall look and color theme of this build reminds me of a computer Darth Vader would own.
Summary: This is my second build published on PCPartpicker. Also for the second time now, I have posted a late build. This build was completed on July 3rd, 2014, and I am just posting it now, several months later. Hopefully I won’t be this lazy again when it comes to posting new builds. Well now that it is finally posted here, I would love to hear your feedback. I built this computer for one of my good friends. This is his first computer, and he doesn’t know very much about computers, so I had to help with every aspect of this build. He wanted a powerful and beautiful machine that would fit in his budget. He decided to go for the red and black theme to match the Corsair SPEC-02 case. He does a decent amount of 3-D modeling and CAD work, so I opted for the i7-4790K. Below I wrote a brief explanation and review of each component in the build.
CPU: I chose a CPU that is unlocked for overclocking and has hyper threading for CAD work. During the time of this build, the 4790K was just released, so it seemed like the logical choice.
CPU Cooler: I heard good things about this cooler, and it fits in the case well. The pump is relatively quiet and it does a good job keeping the CPU cool. The H75 only comes with a gray color ring, so I took the red color ring from my H105 and stuck it on there.
Motherboard: This motherboard was chosen because during the time of this build, Z97 was just released, and this model had one of the better deals and came with a Gigabyte gaming mouse. It is also red and black to match the rest of the components.
Memory: I originally chose a basic 2 x 4GB red, 1600MHz, CL 9 RAM kit, but my friend insisted on having 8GB of 1866MHz, CL 9. I guess the numbers got to his head. This model had one of the better deals during the time of this build, and the design is really nice.
Storage: I have a Samsung 840 EVO in my build, so I had no reason not to recommend it for my friend. He uses the SSD for his OS and other core applications. The 2TB Seagate Barracuda was chosen for file storage and games.
Video Card: The MSI GTX 770 was chosen because my friend doesn’t play the most demanding games, so I figured it would last him a while at 1080p. The MSI card had good reviews and matched the color scheme.
Case: My friend really liked the look of the case, so I just went with it. I should I put a bit more research into it to realize the major flaw with this case. The motherboard was too big for this case and blocked the routing for the EPS connector. I was forced to route the connecter across the top of the case and into one of rubber garments by the motherboard. Other than that, the case seemed fine. Plenty of cable management, good finish, well designed, has two SSD mounts, and plenty of fan mounts.
Power Supply: No issues with the power supply. I chose a power supply with enough wattage to support SLI 770’s, just in case my friend decided to pick up another card.
Operating System: I was able to get a copy of Windows 8.1 for free because I am a student. For those of you who are curious, I am studying electrical engineering. My friend seems to like Windows 8.1 more than I do. Personally, I prefer Windows 7.
Wireless Network Adapter: This card was chosen because it has high reviews, cheap, and seemed to get the job done. My friend needed a wireless card because he cannot always get Ethernet at his house.
Case Fans: My inner Corsair fan boy got to me. The case has 6 fan mounts, but the one at the bottom of the case was blocked by the power supply cables. Static pressure fans were chosen to put the radiator on the H75 in push pull, the 140mm LED fans were put on the front for aesthetics. The extra fan was placed in the top for exhaust.
Fan Controller: My friend insisted on this controller. I tried to convince him that there were better and cheaper options out there. Once I got to see this controller in action, I would say it was worth every penny. This thing is ridiculous! It comes with 6 temperature sensors that can be placed around a case to monitor the temperature across certain components or intake or exhaust on fans. The controller is easy to use and is very well designed.
Case Accessory: I thought this LED controller was too good to be true. For such a cheap price, this controller comes with more than enough LED’s, easy to use RGB controller, easy to install, and illuminates you whole build. Well done NZXT.
Monitor: I have a Dell monitor, I love Dell monitors. I chose this monitor because it’s a Dell monitor. But really, I showed my friend my Dell LED IPS 24” monitor, and he really liked the picture quality. He wasn’t ready to spend the large amount of money that I did on my monitor, so I chose a monitor of similar specs that fit his budget.
Sleeved Cables: I found these sleeved cable extensions in a pack that fit the components in the build perfectly. BitFenix does a very good job with these cables, very high quality.
Problems: Other than the case problem that the motherboard blocked the EPS connector routing, the case also couldn’t fit the NZXT Hue and the Lamptron fan controller. We were forced to shave down one of the sides of the optical bay to fit them both. On the software side, the build ran smoothly.
Final Thoughts: Well if your reading this, I thank you for talking the time to read through my description. I look forward to reading and replying to your comments. Just a heads up I will be posting a couple new builds on this account shortly, so keep an eye out.
Thank you for your time.