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"I’m not the protagonist of a novel or anything…I’m a college student who likes to read, like you could find anywhere. But… if, for argument’s sake, you were to write a story with me in the lead role, it would certainly be… a tragedy." ~ Kaneki Ken

  • UPDATE 9/2/15: Added CPU cooler

  • Hello folks, here's my completed build for my first PC. I based my build on my favorite anime, Tokyo Ghoul. Since I'm a poor a** college student, my budget was limited but nonetheless I squeezed it to the brink of my bank account. It was a fun and stressful time building this PC as well as my brothers, but overall it was pretty easy.

  • Kaneki Ken - Part Selections
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 - Picked it because I need an i7 for 3D modeling/rendering in Maya and Adobe Programs in CC. DIDN'T go for a i7-4790K because I don't plan on overclocking + I'm poor already, don't judge xD Reason why I kept the CPU fan as well
  • MOBO: The MOBO was on sale and looks really sick when on (glowing red LEDs). I WAS gonna go for a Z97 board and do SLI in the future, but once again, budget reasons.
  • Memory: Cheap RAM and matches color scheme that I was going for.
  • Storage: Samsung SSD's have never failed me and by far the best SSD's I've ever used (I've had 3 in laptops). Was debating between WD Black or a WD Blue, went with the WD Blue because it has the same basic performance and it was cheaper.
  • Video Card: IS THIS NOT THE SEXIEST GRAPHICS CARD YOU'VE EVER SEEN!?!? It matched my case perfectly and was cheaper than most GTX970s (Strix included), but the newest in Asus's line of cards.
  • Case: The case is really modern looking and it was an easy case to handle for a beginner like myself. It has excellent cooling and the cleanest cable management layout. The stock fans are actually really great so I didn't need to buy a lot of extra fans. I was trying to go for a white, black, and red build in semblance to Kaneki (Black hair, White Hair, and Kagune).
  • PSU: I was either gonna go with Corsair, EVGA, or Antec. I stuck on Antec because it was the cheapest Platinum Grade PSU I could find with all positive reviews on all the sites I visited.
  • Monitor: Needed a decent display for Photoshop and rendering so this was the cheapest IPS Monitor I could fnd with positive reviews. It looks very nice as well on the desk with its extremely small bezel.
  • Keyboard: I'm a Corsair fan and have a couple of their amazing mice, so why not their keyboard too? It also matched the color scheme for what I was going for.
  • Case Fans: Corsair LED fans for lighting up the inside of the case. Silent fans and highly reliable in quality.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

In Asus, we trust. Awesome board with almost everything you need. Has a red awesome led circuit on board to make it aesthetically pleasing. No Nvidia SLI, but supports Crossfire for AMD cards.

Video Card

Nicest looking card I've ever seen! Performs phenomenal and stays really cool during idle and during gameplay. It will destroy all modern games at 1080p max settings and can even take 2K gaming. The card fits in with all white color scheme cases,

Case

Best case for beginner PC builders. Comes with 4 NZXT fans which are better than stock fans in most cases. The case is really quiet and has one of the best cable management.

Power Supply

Most budget friendly Platinum grade PSU you could find. Saves your electric bill and is reliable being an Antec.

Monitor

Fantastic IPS monitor with a price and look that can't be beat. The almost non existent bezel makes any table look modern. Only issue was the buttons on the back instead of the sides.

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 6 points

Erm...

Based on the photos, I think you may have plugged your GPU into the wrong slot, and you're not getting all the performance you could. The slot you're plugged in to only supports up to x4. See sections 1.5.5 and 1.5.6 of your motherboard's manual: http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA1150/H97-PRO_GAMER/E9495_H97-PRO_GAMER_Guide_0620.pdf

Do a graphics benchmark on your system. Then move the GPU to slot PCIEX16_1 (the x16 slot nearest the CPU), benchmark again, and see if things don't improve.

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

I saw that too after you mentioned it. It needs to be in the grey slot for that GTX 970 and you will get even more performance out of it.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Funny thing is when I built it, I put the GPU in and realized it blocked my SATA cable ports so I took it out and put it in the lower PCI port. I fixed it now so its on the top slot. The MOBO needs to state to put SATA connectors in first before placing in the graphics cards :/

  • 49 months ago
  • 4 points

Your OS section has been removed. Those keys are not legitimately distributed and break MS TOS.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 4 points

D: I apologize >.< Deleted parts.

  • 49 months ago
  • 4 points

Shark bit.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

That card is a beaut.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! Love white theme builds. They look amazing.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I am in LOVE! This is such an amazing build <3

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I love it _^ 10/10 unicorn stars

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I just like the name and profile pic

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :D

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

nothin but nice! your build/ overall setup looks really great...+1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Dat Sli perfected 970 looks surprisingly pretty. Very nice build, nice cable management aswell. Maybe a build dedicated to the gourmet? My favourite character tbh.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

"EL DORADOOOOOOOOOO!"

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

"I took your advice. You're right. I do taste nice."

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

THAT GPU :O

Literally saw that thing, and you made me change my whole build around it xD.

Awesome build! +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Might not be the the most powerful GPU on the market, but that 970 has the slickest appeal over everything else currently. Great to see it finally used in a build on the site! =)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, I have the same speakers as you only they are white.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

That video card... ugh. Oh my <3

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like that Raptor K30? It seems to be a very good budget gaming keyboard, and I have my eyes on it!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Great budget keyboard if you love the color red. They have the k40 I believe with other color options as well.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

i have a setup using 4790 without K same with your's. Many thanks to turbo boast that bring up to 4Ghz, but sometimes on gaming or adobe lightroom photography editing or on heavy task.I bring down to 3.8Ghz. After get after market cooler as Noctua NHd14, it keep maintain boast on 4Ghz. Excuse for my English. but my point is your must change cooler for make processor fully optimize.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

So as a fan of the same anime and art style, I have to know where you got that amazing wallpaper art and mouse mat?

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Mousepad was bought on Alliexpress and the wallpaper was found on google images. :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Im a huge fan of the show art, it reminds me of the art on Gurren Lagann, how they had different wallpapers between intermissions.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Very well thought out build. +1 for tokyo ghoul. BUT IS AMON A KILL?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice looking build. I recently came across a tower that had a centipede on it (though the tower itself wasn't that great) so a suggestion if your going with a Kaneki Ken look... Add a centipede decal to that blank side?? Would make it look sick :'D (I'm going to be doing the same with my tower haha)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

That sounds rad, I need a centipede decal now _

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the mouse mat but I cant find it anywhere. Anyway Nice build +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol You call yourself poor.

I can't even afford $600 PC...including OS and Monitor...

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome!!

  • 49 months ago
  • 0 points

That is the nicest looking video card I have ever seen on this site.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Yeah, I'll probably invest in a cooler later on :) Yeah, PSU was great deal and hasn't exploded yet xD

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Cpu cooler on a locked cpu? I guess for asthetics is cool too. +1 sexy build

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