How is that Captain 240? I don't see too many coolers outside of Corsair and NZXT these days, so it's refreshing to see someone trying out something a little different!
It looks lovely!
That's nice computer! I have the same keyboard and video card, they're great. Are there plans for a new monitor in the future?
Duuude, you will be offending people if you don't start gaming on this PC!!
So, is there a story behind "BBC?"
Excellent choice! I just finished a build with the GTX970 (Gigabyte's G1 card) and it is a wonderful piece of technology, personally I don't think you can go wrong with it! Eventually I'd love to get another and run a 2-way SLI setup with 970's. I don't know much about the Oculus's specs, but I bet you this computer ought to have no problem running it.
Thoughts on monitor, if wanted: I decided to jump on board with a relatively high-end monitor, the Asus VG248QE. It features a 144hz refresh rate and 1ms (GTG) response time. It is a pretty sweet monitor over all if you have the budget for it. Considering the power behind the GTX970, I figured I may as well buy a monitor that can get the most out of it!
That's a nice looking PC! What's the GPU plan?
Very lovely PC, I enjoyed reading about it!
Dude, I totally bought my CPU and motherboard at microcenter as a bundle! Haha anyways, I looked very closely into this myself and as far as I can tell the only difference between the two is that the Z97-A supports some extra video output option like DVI-D and RGB. (compare their specs for yourself if you'd like: http://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/Z97A/specifications/ ; http://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/Z97AR/specifications/)
I always use the video output of my video card, so it doesn't matter to me whether my motherboard has it's own separate outputs or not.
Bottom line, if it's a great deal that would work for you I'd say go for it!
That's a good motherboard you have chosen! I use the Z97-AR currently (which is basically identical) and I love it. It feels well built and offers tons of room for upgrades, but you already know this...
I'm with Xalian on the aftermarket cooler. I run the 4690K (non-overclocked)with it's stock cooler and it's temperatures are perfectly fine. I feel that there's not much need to overclock my 4690K with the games that are out currently, but later down the road the extra power might be nice.
Wow. That PC looks great!
Looks great, in my opinion! Personally I'd prefer a better keyboard and mouse to bring out the most in my system, but these will probably work just fine.
I think the i5-4690K is worth getting. You already have an "unlocked" motherboard and a CPU cooler; with the i5-4690K you will be all set for any overclocking in case you change your mind about it in the future.
I got one from Microcenter the other week for about $195 with tax, and I think they're still going for that price. If you're near one this might be useful to know.
This motherboard is very good for the price if you don't mind the mail in rebate. It is well built and will be able to support SLI if you wish to upgrade in the future: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz97xsli
And this PSU is more power efficient and fully modular, again if you don't mind the rebate: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-120g10650xr
Thank you for saying so! I've never used an SSD so luckily I don't mind going without until my budget can accommodate one!
I agree, my only recommendation would be about the PSU. Seems great to me otherwise!
This is great to know! I'm always happy to support a good cause.
Thank you, I chose the wrong RAM by accident. I'll have to look into that powersupply when I purchase. If it's still running at that price that's a damn good deal! There are so many parts out there, it's too easy to overlook good ones like this, so thanks!
Ah yes the RAM! I meant to have 2x4gb, must've selected the wrong one, thank you. As for the cooler it will definitely be added later before I overclock, I just want to drop money on what I'll need for now. Thanks for the tips!
Yes, this instantly became my new GPU strategy as of a couple days ago! The GTX 970 is definitely going to be the card in my machine. Thanks.
Oh yeah, that could save me a few bucks! It definitely seems like a perfectly good PSU, although isn't semi-modular like the Corsair. I'm going to keep this one in mind in case I decide the semi-modular feature isn't worth the extra ten dollars. I'll throw that sucker in my inventory, thanks!
An SSD is definitely something I'm going to add at some point, but I've decided since it's not absolutely essential I'm going to hold off on the purchase for now. I still need to buy a good monitor and keyboard with this build, and I just can't get myself to drop more money at once than I have too!
Thanks for the tips!
I didn't even think of that actually, but you're right! Done.