My first computer build was with Intel Q6600 and nvidia 8800GTS SLI. It has performed well for 6 years but it was time to build a replacement. Its crazy how much better the technology has evolved in the past 6 years. I wanted to spend as least money as possible so it took me about 3 weeks to gather all the parts.
Intel Core i7-4790K - Found this bad boy on Craigslist BNIB for $300. Negotiated a little and picked it up for $285. I chose this CPU because of the overclocking capabilities and the great reviews. Currently I am running at stock speed and it is TOO FAST! Cant imagine what the speed will be like after OCing it.
Corsair H100i - Back when I built my computer in 2008 water cooling was for the richest people on the planet. When I see thousands of people using this unit with great results I decided to give it a shot. Most people mount this on the top of the case and I thought to do it with a slight push and pull effect for more efficient cooling. It made more sense to have the unit pull air in and use the two 120mm front case fans to push cold air in. The cooler is about 1/10 of an inch away from the gigantic 290x and its helping the video card get cool air as well. I like to say it is a 2 in 1 bonus here. So far the temps are cool and still utilizes the top fan as exhaust. I got this unit for real cheap from Amazon. I applied for a credit card and they gave me a $70 gift card.
Asus Maximus VII Hero - A buddy of mine has this motherboard and he told me to get it. Looked at the reviews and it seems A++. After hooking everything up it started with first click of the power button. It seems to have tons of custom settings for anything you can literally think of. So far no problems and it is real pretty.
Team Xtreem Memory - Got this on sale. Paid the same price I would have paid for 1600MHZ for Ripjaw. Why not save a few bucks and get faster speed. The ratings were excellent on this product and I also took the stickers off with ease. So it looks clean as well. Nothing to complain and it reads the full 2400MHZ speed upon install.
Sandisk Ultra Plus - This was an advice from my friend as well. It is extremely fast. Installed Windows 8.1 in less than 10 minutes and boots up in 5 seconds or less. I can not believe how fast an SSD is compare to HDD. WOW!
Segate Barracuda 2TB - Just some space for extra things such as music, movies, and etc. HDD prices have gone way down!
Asus Radeon R9 290x - This thing is gigantic! A buddy of mine bought this video card a few months back for $600! Prices went way down after the new GTX 970s came out. It was around $50-60 cheaper than the GTX 970 so I decided to give AMD a try. I play games but edit HD videos as well. Heard Radeon cards are little bit better for video productivity. (I might be wrong so no negative comments please) Read reviews and benchmark comparison and it is dead on even with the GTX 970s. Decided on saving the extra $$ and maybe crossfire it later down the road. But so far so good!
Cooler Master Stryker - This case is Be---autiful! It is huge and good cable management. As you can see on the pics i did a pretty good job hiding the wires. Got this case BNIB on craigslist for $100. Steal in my opinion. Only thing I cant figure out is the lights for the power and HDD. Couldn't find the cables to pin it on my MB. Oh well, it doesn't bother me.
EVGA 1300W - Before telling me I went overboard on the PSU, let me tell you i bought this from the same person that sold me the case for $100. It was BNIB and it retails for $170. Great reviews and tons of ports. Cant go wrong with that. It will also help me when I decide to crossfire my computer. The full modular feature is great. Gets rid of unnecessary wires.
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