Description

So I mainly use this machine for gaming. going down the line, I decided upon the intel core i5 4690k mainly because I didn't need the i7 and I wanted an overclockable cpu ( I haven't overclocked it yet ). I wanted a good cpu cooler for the extra heat produced during overclocking so I bought the corsair h110i gt and it works great the cpu is super cool and the pump and radiator fans are super quiet. i bought the thermal paste because i have heard horror stories of people using the thermal paste that came with their cooler and regretted it. so heres the deal with the motherboard. i actually bought the extreme 3 first. but heres what happened. i had it all assembled and i go to turn it on for the first time and it works for about 3 hours. after that i turned it off because i had to go to work. when i got back i tried powering on the machine and it wasn't posting and was stuck in a loop of powering on and then off again. so i troubleshoot. tested everything and the only logical explanation was that the asrock z97 extreme 3 was defective. so i returned it and bought the extreme 6. ever since then the system runs better than ever! next on the list is the 16 GB of memory. i actually got these on a deal for $99 so that influenced me in buying these over others. next i decided on a relatively small ssd for the operating system and a decent sized hdd for everything else. this is a great setup because the boot times are about 15-20 seconds. alright so next i put a lot of thought into which gpu i wanted. it was tempting to get the 980 but i didn't want to spend the extra 200$. so i bought the 970 and don't regret it; the gpu is amazing. it produces some of the best pictures that i have ever seen in a game. i just downloaded far cry 4 and it looked amazing at max settings. alright so next the case wasn't the biggest deal for me; i just wanted something high quality and fairly inexpensive that also had a window. the power supply was a pretty easy decision. the system uses about 350W before overclocking and i wanted something efficient with enough of a power buffer that i could oc without worrying about power. the disk drive is super basic, just the cheapest i could find. the wireless adapter is completely optional based on your situation. although i wanted wired; my home situation required that i had wireless so that's why that's in here.

all in all it is a great build and i have had a hell of a time playing with it and enjoying the graphics and high frame rates!

**EDIT To do List: - corsair link commander mini - blue led lights that go with the commander mini - evga 970 gpu back cover - (on the wall about) buy 16 GB more RAM because my ocd is killing me with those RAM slots being empty

Comments

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

No! Not the carpet!

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! How did your find the case? Is it sturdy and easy to cable manage? Looks like you did a good job Also did you consider powerline adapters instead of wifi? Glad your enjoying those high frame rates, wish I had a 970 lol

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

i did consider the powerline adapter but i figure it would be more versatile to just go with a wifi adapter. and i can always go to wired when available. and yeah the case is really sturdy, its a little tough to cable manage though, the back is pretty full of wires.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

i concur about it being a little tough to cable manage this case. it has enough room it just needs a few more tie down anchors on the mobo tray.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

thats exactly what it needs. there are only a few and theyre all on one side of the case near all the holes to the back. on the side that has the 2.5" ssd slots there are none.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

The cpu temps seem to be quite high for a h110i gt. Ur cpu is not even overclocked yet! THere might be a problem.. Or it may just be me making false assumptions.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

those aren't the documented cpu temps that was just what i found online for maxed out i5 4690k i haven't seen any cpu temps over 55 degrees c

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

ok

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Great part choices +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Was it difficult to install the liquid cooler in there? I'm going to be doing my first build very soon and I want to have one in my PC too

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

once i watched some videos on the installation process it wasnt hard. since my case is only a medium atx i had to take one of the case fans out so i could put the radiator in and then put the fan back, but thats about all the trouble i had with the installation