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My first ever build! I had some great help along the way picking parts and learning that paying a little extra to make it look pretty and spending that extra minute on cable management really goes a long way!

Edit: Thank you everyone for the kind words and feedback! After snooping on sharkbyte5150's build, I'm totally going to steal his idea of using a Zalman 9900 MAX cooler. The thing looks like a freakin' turbine with blue leds, and I think it'll go in nicely without me having to worry about it covering up some of my other parts like a water cooler might.

Update 29MAY2015: -Swapped out MSI 770 for a EVGA 980 K|NGP|N. The 770 was excellent, but left me dreaming for Ultra on GTA V! -Added two 1 TB Samsung 980 EVO-Series harddrives; One for games, one for storage. Using HDD for backup. -Now using 2 Acer monitors instead of the TV. Nothing fancy, knowing I'll be hopping on newer tech as it comes out. -My bud snagged me a Corsair K65 and a Razer Ouroboros for some fancy LED PC Master Race hype!

Update 21FEB2017: Been running a Predator X34 monitor for a while now, and MY GOD IT IS GLORIOUS. I also swapped out my K65 for a STRAFE keyboard due to it's number pad and better lighting. Next on the list is a better chair..

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  • 65 months ago
  • 4 points

Nice build! +1 for your time spent with the cabling!

Any reason why you went with such an expensive motherboard? And 16gb of RAM?

The extra money spent there could've gone towards a 970, but hey a 770 is really great and 16gb of RAM won't need updating anytime soon.

Congrats on the first build, hope you keep on building!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! If you want my pure honesty: for the looks. I'm pretty new to this, and I had trouble finding many blue motherboard options. My friend recommended the Z97 so I just kind of went with it without doing heavy research. I honestly didn't know it was a pricier board until you said something! ha! The extra gbs of RAM are a similiar story. I was only going to get 8 gb, but then thought how nice it would look with 4 sets of flashing lights. hahaha. All that extra money for led lights, but I have no shame.

On the plus side, my friend has the same graphics card and is having trouble with SLI, so I might give it a whirl!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Love the LED's on the RAM, and I like that you didn't go all blue, the orange fans add some nice variety, and definitely agree that you did a nice job with cable management.

There are motherboards in the $2-300 range so it's not that yours is really "such an expensive" board, it's just that there are many that are much cheaper. My board was in the same price range as yours, it's about what you should expect to pay for a quality OC-ready board with decent features.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, okay! The motherboard is the one bit I'm the most clueless about. I think this board just has extra features in it that I'm either not using, or don't realize I'm using. haha. I'm just happy it has so many USBs! I'm into the simple things. Thank you for the compliments on the build!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, having a "Z" series motherboard and "K" CPU means you're set for overclocking, so if you just run at stock speed you're correct in saying you're not using the features of your board. However, it's not like you're required to OC just because your system can do it, just an option if you want to.

Thanks for the hat tip in your description!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, also, I just checked out your build. That after market cooler looks nuts!!! Do you recommend it?

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I definitely would recommend it, and I think it would go great with the rest of the lighting in your build. It's not an easy install but it does a great job and my PC is WHISPER QUIET. Keep in mind, I'm not overclocking so my temp stays very low because it's operating at stock speed (stays between 25-30C even with several things running simultaneously). You have an unlocked CPU so you can overclock if you want, and that's when you really need an aftermarket cooler. I've seen many OC builds with the same cooler that rarely go over 50C under load.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty nice photos. Excellent build as well.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you very much!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice photos.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I'm trying to learn about computers and cameras at the same time. haha

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

What's your camera?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a Canon Rebel T3i, and I'm using a Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC lens.

I'm really such a n00b to these kind of cameras, but even a point-and-click comes out beautifully! haha

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Aha, so a budget shooter. ;D Still, the pictures are nice, especially the 2nd one. I have a Nikon D7000, but am also still learning to shoot, so I'm a beginner just like you.

Nice build, by the way. I have decidedly been of the opinion that ASRock's products are cheap and unreliable, but the Z97 Extreme4/6 and X99 Extreme4M really got me. Absolutely gorgeous, I say! However, I really think that stock cooler is letting you down here. Before you take off to the store and buy that 212 EVO, I'd suggest you take a look at Phanteks' TC12DX and TC14PE; both are available in a nice white/blue model that would suit your board and case perfectly. The former is a nice 120mm cooler that sits at or above the Noctua U12S in terms of performance, and the latter is a 140mm behemoth that trades blows with the legendary Noctua D14. Even if you aren't planning to OC, Haswell parts run pretty hot, so it's nice to be able to keep a CPU like the stock 4790K cool no matter what you throw at it. Anyways, good job!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build love the photos. As Rynesmith had already pointed out the the 16gbs of ram was kinda overkill, but well you did say it was for aesthetics so if your gonna look at something midiswell look nice and the 770 is still a good choice. I wouldn't really consider the motherboard that expensive so still a really solid build +1.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! Thank you. :) I started off just wanting a cheap pc to introduce myself to it, and then quickly discovered how much I wanted to be in love with what I built. The extra bucks in some areas made it all worth it, and I think I still saved a few by not going with the top of the line gpu. A very comfortably powerful build.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Nive build but i do have one question why dis you go with ORANGE led fans??

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Blue seems to be a bit out of style right now, and I wanted a complimentary color to break up the monotoney of a solid color. The mix reminds me not only of Portal, but also back home (Broncos colors of Colorado.)

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Ur from Colorado to? Nice build, +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Heck yes! I miss it back there and am super excited to be visiting soon! And thank you!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey mate,

Gorgeous build here, I've got a soft spot for softer rig colors like blue, green, purple, etc. (Clearly purple is manly as ****)!

Question: Will you get upgrading the CPU cooler? The CPU mighttttt get a little toasty. Could help with the longevity and life of the chip.

+9001

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm sure I'll pop in some fun liquid cooling eventually. Maybe even black friday? For now the temps have been really well, actually! I haven't tried OCing yet, but the stock fan has been doing surprisingly well for the time being! I just want to pick the right part as not to block the led fans or make it look cluttered. There's a ton of free room where the drive trays are, so I could maybe hide it back there.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the ram

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Best happy accident to stumble upon!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I like your build +1,The MOBO is one of the best Z97's around for quality it gets really high reviews in many places. The price is excellent IDK what these other people are talking about- Personally reading reviews and such would not get a Z97 for under 130-200 range depending on sales and options on MOBO. Anything under this price range and you are asking for trouble.

The RAM with 4 sticks could give you issues especially if you plan to over clock it. RAM in the past anyways gives people head aches balancing out 4 channels. I believe 16GB is good,I am starting to see Pro streamers having issues streaming because of lack of RAM.I like the 2x8 GB kits better as they have a lower CL/CAS rating. Which is the most important number to RAM speed.99% of MOBOS support only dual channel unless SUPER high end.So going with the 4x4 Sticks can add stress to the memory controller and you will not see any performance increase.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback! I had no idea about all that ram stuff. I haven't played with overclocking yet, but I'll keep an eye out for the ram's performance when I do, see if I can get a hands on understanding.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

The last picture is dope. Nice build.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello!

+1 for the Motherboard And +1 for RAMS! And +5 for the case!

But Im A Little Disappointed About The CPU cooler? Its going to get a bit how in there :O can you upgrade it? -1 for CPU Cooler :(

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Yus! +7! Does that come in Karma? haha

Temps are actually pretty low at the moment, all things considered. 6 fans in this puppy must be doing the trick. I'll upgrade the CPU cooler soon! I just needed to let my bank account breathe for a minute. haha

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Your decision to spend extra time on cable management is well worth it, and you have some very nice pictures to show your build. However, I feel that 16GB of memory is a bit unnecesary, though. Fantastic build, overall.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree! Everything looks and runs so much cleaner that way. Yeah, 16gb is definitely more than I need. However, watching those extra blue lights dance back and forth makes it sooooo worth it though. hahaha. Plus, I discovered it's really easy to keep on spending money once you've already started. Silly how that happens.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Couple of questions, has that motherboard caused you any problems, how is the aircooling in the h440 because I heard it was more for liquid cooling, and finally, hiw hard was the cable management in the case.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't had any issues with the motherboard at all! Air cooling has been surprisingly excellent! My idle temps have been lower than most people's watercooled temperatures, and this case makes cable management a dream! Dones of nooks and crannies, all the cables are hidden underneath, and they give you an excessive amount of ties. I really couldn't be more impressed with the case.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the help, will try and pick up the case soon

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for fellow Whovian!

Sweet build though! Nice mix of different LEDs, you usually don't see that kind of thing.