I would like you to know that I have been planing to build a PC for a while now and this is my dream build. I have spend countless hours reading, researching, comparing benchmarks about a lot of computer components. I did learn a lot about building computers and it was definitely worth it. Next time you or your friend wants to buy a PC, I would definitely encourage you to build your own PC putting together the parts you want rather than purchasing a branded PC or a store build PC.
|Processor||INTEL Core i7-4790K 4th Generation 4.0GHz|
|Motherboard||ASUS MAXIMUS VII RANGER Motherboard|
|RAM||8GB(2x4GB) GSKILL RIPJAWS DDR3 1600Mhz CL9|
|CPU cooler||Corsair H90 Liquid Cooler|
|GPU||Stock Intel HD 4600|
|Power Supply||Seasonic X-650 Fully Modular Gold PSU|
|Primary Storage||Samsung 120GB 840 EVO SSD|
|Secondary Storage||1 TB WD Caviar Black 7200rpm|
|Case||NZXT S340 Cabinet|
|Mouse||Dragon War G9 Thor Gaming Mouse|
Boot Time: 3 seconds!!!
Processor: Intel Devil’s Canyon 4rth Generation i7-4790K I needed the best CPU in terms of performance. I choose the i7-4790K as it is an unlocked CPU and supports Hardware assisted Virtualization, (VT-x, VT -d and EPT). This is very useful for me as I do a lot of testing and virtualization. This CPU has 4 cores with 8 threads. The Stock speed is 4.0Ghz and 4.6Ghz Turbo which is very fast. Another reason I did go for this processor is I will also be doing some image, video editing (for my under construction Youtube Channel).
Motherboard: ASUS MAXIMUS VII RANGER Got this motherboard as it has solid performance, VFM and has potential for decent overclocks (upto 4.8Ghz with liquid cooling). I haven’t played around much with overclocking yet, but so far have Oc’ed it to 4.6Ghz using the AI suite with no problems at all. But I must say, the Asus AI Suite is buggy and crashed multiple times.
CPU cooler: Corsair H90 Liquid Cooler The i7-4790K will get hot and wanted to try a liquid cooler for my build and I am happy with it so far. Its is 140mm liquid cooler. I wanted to go for the H100, but later changed my mind to H90 with an additional 140mm fan as some users had temps with the H100 installed in the front of the NZXT S340. Installing the CPU pump was a pain, but luckily Linus had uploaded an H90 Installation video in Youtube which made it a lot easier. (To see the H90 installation guide, you can find it here.) Fan speed: 1500 +/- 10% RPM Fan airflow: 94 CFM Fan static pressure: 1.64mm-H2O The H90 fans are silent under normal operation. I did a stress test using prime95 and AIDA64 and found the fans can be moderately loud when the CPU is under load, but its not that loud. The H90 stock fans are quiet under normal load conditions.
RAM: 8GB(2x4GB) GSKILL RIPJAWS DDR3 1600Mhz CL9 For my build, I got 8GB (2x4GB )Gskill Dual channel which runs at 1600Mhz with latency 9. Another reason I got this RAM is because it goes with my Black and Red theme. It also comes with a 10 year warranty.
Power Supply: Seasonic X-650 Fully Modular Gold PSU Bought the Seasonic X series 650Watt which is fully modular, Gold Certified. I did research a lot on power supplies, and found the X-650 to be the most efficient PSU in its class. The only problem I had with the PSU is that SATA power cable that came with it are angled so if u need to connect an SSD on the SSD tray in cases like NZXT s340, you need to get a straight cable or bend the existing cable but that may damage the SSD SATA power port due to pressure.
Primary Storage: Samsung 120GB 840 EVO SSD This is one single component that makes your computer seem extremely fast. For example, if you have an old desktop/laptop lying which needed an upgrade, try swapping out the HDD with an SSD and your computer would seem very fast. This is first time I am actually using an SSD in my build. After installation of Windows 8.1, the boot is just 2-3 seconds! My old laptop used to take so long. [Some Additional Info: The SSD came with the latest firmware EXT0BB6Q which fixed the bugs with slow writes. If you have the same SSD, make sure you have the latest firmware installed. You can find instructions in the Samsung website or even Youtube.]
Secondary Storage: 1TB WD Caviar Black 7200rpm For storage, I got the 1TB WD Caviar Black which runs at 7200rpm which is fast enough. I got this as it has good performance and got it for a good deal.
Case: NZXT S340 I got the NZXT s340 case simply do the fact it is simple, well engineered, excellent cable mangement and the beautiful transparent side panel. The only con of this case is that the side panel can scratch easily. [Note about S340: This case does not have 5.25 optical bays. I dint need them as I will be using an external DVD writer.]
Mouse: Dragon War G9 Thor Gaming Mouse I bought this mouse a few months before getting this PC setup. It is good for gaming and very responsive in my opinion. It has 8 programmable buttons with 4 on the fly changeable resolutions 800/1600/2400/3200dpi. The mouse has the ergonomic feel to it and also comes with a gaming mouse pad. It also has a gold plated USB connector which the states is for reliability, but I am not sure if there is any actual difference between a regular and a gold type usb connector. Windows 8.1 was able to detect the mouse with no issues and you can change the DPI without installing any additional software. But if you need to change the breathing light or assign macros, you will need to install the additional software that comes with the mouse.
Will be posting pictures and benchmarks soon.
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