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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.

Everything else is pretty much self explanatory. Leave comments and ask questions.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Good thing you cleared up the reason for the 1300 watts. I was thinking you were powering a home generator with that thing along with the pc.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL yea, I was originally going to go with 750 Corsair but it was too good to pass on. Thanks for the input!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

sorry bud, paid too much for that 4790k. you could get a new one for 280 atm

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

How is 285 too much?? Thats 5 dollars more than 280 and 6 dollars more than 279 where microcenter has it listed as much

Does it say differently on your end?

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

he paid 280 for a USED one. he couldve got a new one for 280 and not worry about it being a bad one and getting scammed.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

It was on sale at NCIX for $280 but they were sold out of the promotion price. I was bummed and kept waiting for the price to go down again but nothing until I found one on CL. I think its not a very cheap price but not too bad. Thanks for the comment.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang in! LOL Are you referring to Microcenter? There is not one near my house. I live in Seattle >.< I tried calling Fry's Electronics but even if they price matched I would had to pay tax. Newegg has it for $340 currently so I think I am still happy. Thanks for the input and the point!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

yes.and oh ok thats perfectly understandable, and yeah theres one about 2 hours away from me so if i go its a trip.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

About the power button LEDs, there should be a molex cable routed to the top panel (in the same bundle as the fan controller leads). Connect this to your PSU to light up your power button when on.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea it was pretty hard to put it in the front location. I really wished it could have been mounted on the bottom but the hoses were not long enough. The top fan is good at what it does which is exhaust (heat rises). Also without pretty heavy modification it is impossible to do push and pull with this case. So to utilize the top fan and have a push and pull setup I put it in the front. Where the two front fans push air in and the two fans mounted to the rad pulls them in. Its a plus because it feeds cool air directly to my video card. So a win win. Thanks for the comment!

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

At first I tried putting it on the top but there was no way my corsair fans will fit in between the handles without cutting them off. If you can show me some pics of your install I might try again later. Most people were running the push pull configuration as an intake. If you have it as exhaust wouldn't you be pulling warm air from the case to the rad? The temperature seems to pretty low with this setup. I will post a screenshot of my temps. Also I think the air seems to be pretty cool from the front. The motherboard temp sensor seems to be constant at 27-28 degrees and GPU around 31-35 degrees. Thanks for the input!

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, good luck overclocking!