Description

I put this together around September 2014 with a cooler master storm scout 2 case. The case was too small for my liking; so now, more than a year later, I opted to go with a full tower. Main reason would be the aesthetics (particularly side panel and easier cable management).

I use my computer for simple tasks most of the time (browsing - studying - editing documents - watching shows - non extensive programming). But other times I'd use it for demanding tasks (data mining/machine learning - gaming - compiling large projects).

For gaming on 1080p, GTX 970 and i7 4790k are more than good enough. I've ran Unity, GTA V and Black Flag very smoothly. If I ever upgrade the monitor, I will upgrade to 2 way SLI which the motherboard supports. passmark benchmark: http://www.passmark.com/baselines/V8/display.php?id=55924142031 . To overclock the GPU I used MSI Afterburner. To test the GPU I used MSI Kombustor and played video games. To overclock the CPU I used AI Suite 3. To test the CPU I used Prime95.

clarification: When I run prime95 with fans low: 88° C with fans high: 64 ° C hope this clarify. All fans are manually controlled using NZXT Sentry Mix 2.

Part Reviews

CPU

i7-4790k: at the time of picking this part x99 motherboards were kinda new (I think they only hit the market August 2014). Z170 weren't a thing at the time either. I do feel like going with a processor with more threads could've helped. Overclocking this thing is a piece of cake! All cores run at 4.7 GHz and I'm sure I could've pushed them further.

CPU Cooler

not as silent as I hoped it was, but does the job! Very easy to install as well.

Thermal Compound

I didn't do any benchmark before and after or anything like that. This isn't supposed to conduct electricity which makes me feel safer using it in my system.

Motherboard

baaaad choice. I feel like I don't use half the features (M.2 socket 3, Sata Express.....). It has an 8 phase digital power design and it seemed to do well with over clocking. Also it supports sli so I could upgrade in the future.

Memory

I literally don't care about ram anymore xD. They might be awesome, they might be complete garbage, I have no idea.

Storage

not part of the original build but its price really went down since last year... a much needed upgrade. I boot from this disk now obviously.

Storage

really horrible... doesn't seem like that much of an improvement from your average HDD.

Video Card

Looking back at it, I have no idea why I chose this 970 card, of all the options. I'm glad I did though: overclocks alright and doesn't heat up. GTX 970 is all I need for now, it handles whatever I throw at it at 1080p (max settings or max settings with less shadows/anti aliasing). Until I upgrade my monitor, this will do.

Case

God bless, this case is soooo perfect. Perfect size, perfect side panel, perfect cable management.. I love it.

Power Supply

it's waaaay more than I need for now, but if I upgrade to sli it will be worth it.

Fan Controller

I just wanted to rout all the fan connectors behind the case, this allows me to do so pretty much.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Did your graphic card sag a little or is it the angle of the picture? It looks nice. I always wanted a corsair 750D but is too expensive for me. Is your cooler running at full speed when your CPU is under load? 88 Celsius seems very high to me.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It indeed sags a bit. Secured it with a screw, but it's no use. You suggest anything? Also, all the fans are connected to the fan controller and set to low during stress testing. As for h100i, I didn't connect via USB, I just let it be.Thanks.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

The only thing I can thing of for the sagging is add a back plate to it. And I don't know how to do it or is it possible to do it on your own. Thanks for your clarification on the CPU cooler, I want to get a liquid cooler as well and is digging around for more information about the performance.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

To be clear, I just ran a new test just for you and jhall18. It runs at about 64 ° C when I run prime95 while the fans are turned to high. I will look into back plates. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

CPU is 88 Degrees under load? You sure that's right?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

When I run prime95 with fans low: 88° C with fans high: 64 ° C hope this clarify.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

How does this not have more upvotes?

You have one from me dude.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm open for suggestions *_.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

How about: "i7-4790k & GTX97: I suck at cable management and don't deserve a window side panel edition"

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Where is your MSI build thing?! I tried to find it and up-vote it but it seems to be non evident. This is mine :D

http://au.pcpartpicker.com/guide/dqNnTW/msi-build-your-dream-pc-guide-crimson-overload

Just a heads up, you are 1 comment away from 6000 comments. :D

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Boom, done! thanks for the suggestion.