This build was a combination of 2 separate PCs, a 4690K build in a DIY-PC Cuboid case, and a 3570K in the Element G that I gutted and eventually used as the main case. I kept all the better/best parts from each PC, purchased a few more and this was the end result. Ive been building PCs for a long time and Ive never built something this powerful for myself, usually trying to skimp on costs and never had a need for anything beyond an i5.
I currently use this as my daily driver, from anything and everything along the lines of playing games, editing video to paying bills & studying, this has yet to show me any signs of inability to accomplish anything I decided to throw at it.
I purchased the Element G about 3 years ago and Ive been very happy with it. The stock fans are quiet, but dont offer any PWM control as they are all controlled from the fan speed knob on the top of the case. Not a huge deal, but I would always prefer to let the motherboard take care of cooling and fan speeds instead of having to manually turn a dial. Fan & cooling situation will change when I transfer the parts. The blue trim was originally red and I wasnt willing to have that color conflict with my theme. Thankfully all of the strips were little pieces of plastic secured with screws. A few coats of Krylon and goodbye red!
Before anyone asks, I know the 4790K is not brand new by any means, but I had begun to purchase parts about 14 months ago and I already had the first 16GB of DDR3 RAM & the motherboard was purchased on sale and I wanted to continue with what I had instead of starting over just to go with DDR4.
The Corsair H80i was left over from the Cuboid 4690K build and it keeps the 4790K at 29C on idle to moderate tasks. I contribute part of this to the Grizzly Thermal Compound & the SP120 fans I replaced the stock Corsair fans with (way too noisy).
The ASRock Extreme6 offered me everything I needed, 10 SATA ports, onboard RAID, SLI Support along with expansion possibilities should a need for M.2 drives become necessary later.
I currently have the storage configured as follows
1 x 850 EVO - Main OS driver, no RAID on this as my desktop backs up weekly to a server, separate post to follow.
2 x 850 EVO - RAID 0 for increased performance as a 500GB render drive
2 x 1TB HDDs - RAID 0 for game storage @ 2TB, game load times are VERY fast. These were just spare drives sitting around.
2 x Barracuda 3TB - RAID 1 for storing raw camera dumps & exported projects.
The 1.5TB drive was another spare and it currently just holds random data just as a temp disk.
I still need a DVD drive because there are still customers that have items stored on physical media. Its a dying format but its not completely dead just yet.
I went with 32GB of RAM because it was a very decent price at the time, its the most the 4790K can support and I doubt I will run out anytime soon. Running multiple VMs (currently studying for MS Server 2012 certification) can eat up a decent amount along with Chrome and some editing tools being open simultaneously but so far I am very happy.
The GTX 580s were a gift from a good friend of mine and Im still using 1080p-UW so for now I dont have any reason to upgrade them, but it will happen soon. Only 1 of the cards came with a backplate, have yet to find another on eBay yet but I would like to just for S&Gs.
I dont like the stock SSD mounts provided by the Element G, and since I had no other use for the 2x5.25 drive bays I purchased the StarTech BRACKET425F for holding all my SSDs w/ 1 slot available for future expansion if needed. The stock fan in the cage was a constant DC12V fan so I replaced it with a 3pin CoolerMaster fan.
The case was beginning to run out of USB 2.0 motherboard headers and I still need to hook up the USB controller for the H80i, as well as the HX1000i when I transplant the parts, so the NZXT Internal Hub was a good price, aesthetically pleasing and secures itself to the bottom front of the case magnetically.
The PSU was also a gift from the same friend and I decided to try my hand at PSU sleeving. It turned out "ok" for my very first time, but I am a perfectionist and I have enough materials left over that Im going to make a 2nd attempt by sleeving my HX1000i soon.
After I was able to finished sleeving the PSU and began to install parts, I realized that my ambition was a bit much and that the PC suffered from cable "baby bulge". It was very difficult to get all of the PSU cables along with SATA cables connected and routed through the dated cutouts the ElementG provides, and I was afraid that the stiffness of the cables and the force being exerted on them would eventually cause something to snap, so my wife being the kind tolerant and supportive woman she is, said "well just get the case you want". This was around Christmas and my birthday so I found the Corsair 750D for $120 w/ a $20 rebate so as soon as I finish sleeving the HX1000i I will transplant all of the parts into the 750D and perform stress tests, as that case will be the permanent home for the foreseeable future. MTF
Decent, very powerful, as good as it gets on the 1150 z97 platform. Stays relatively cool, has a high turbo clock than the 6700K.
Great AOI cooler, especially if space is a concern or you dont have the mounting options for the H100. Ive been using this same cooler in 3 different iterations of this build and it has yet to let me down yet. Stock fans are noisy but that can be easily remedied.
Great motherboard, I know a lot of people dont like ASRock or seem to have given it a bad rep, but for $100 this motherboard has a LOT of features that I was looking for, on board RAID, USB 3.0 & 2.0 Headers, SLI support along with a SATA interface & PCI Inteface M.2 slot.
I replaced the stock Corsair fans on the H80i with these, totally worth the $$. Temperatures are maintained at 29C at idle and noticeable noise levels have decreased. Interchangeable & paintable rings is a nice plus, especially if the standard colors it comes with dont jive with your build color scheme.
Got this on sale around BlackFriday/CyberMonday. Great monitor, every input you could hope for as well as DisplayPort passthrough. HDMI has a lot of bad reviews as being faulty but I dont use that particular input yet.