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So this is my first PC build. I am an engineer and I needed something that I could run some more stressful drafting/rendering software (Rhino, Revit, Solidworks, etc.), a few games and the occasional Ableton production without seizing up. Luckily, I managed to buy most of the parts during black Friday sales so I was able to get it close to 1050 after all of the rebates and after sale discounts were said and done.

She is still a work in progress and I am sure I will be continuing to add parts here and there for years to come. I also plan on overclocking at some point (with the MPower Z97 and the 4790K it would be a waste if I didn't) to achieve faster model rendering times and game performance; all after I find myself a decent GPU (or two) of course, which is why I went with the bigger PSU.

And for all you gaming gurus out there, no it does not run Minesweeper; but it does run Morrowind ;).

Edit (1/8/15): So I finally got a GPU. I went with the Gigabyte G1 GTX 970. I originally wanted an MSI lightning but after stocks ran out and the price doubled I couldn't justify the purchase so I went with the GTX 970 and boy does this thing kick serious butt. I have graduated from Morrowind to Far Cry 4 and BF 4 on Ultra. I got lucky with my card as it is audibly non-existent (no coil whine, fan speeds keep it cool but lack the sound of a jet taking off, etc.).

Edit #2 (2/3/15): So I finally got into some overclocking. The M-Power Z97 makes it ludicrously simple to overclock the 4790K (so much so that I feel like I have too much power; the bigger they are the harder they fall). After stress testing and countless reboots I was able to push my processor to a nice comfortable 4.6 GHz on the EVO air cooler with controlled temperatures hovering between 70 and 75C. The moment I went to 4.7 I started getting brief spikes (I couldn't visually monitor them but real temp picked them up) in the mid 80s, and at 4.7 I got spikes into the 90s, both with hovering average temps under 100% load around 78C-82Cish. So, until the budget clears and I have some watercooling en-route, that nice stable 4.6 will be where she stays and I am just fine with that for now.

Comments

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

Mobo looks naked without GPU. Good luck on your search. I would recommend the 970 depending on what level of gaming you will do but I imagine would also perform well for rendering. If budget is no issue get the 980 or a couple of them and call it a day.

  • 55 months ago
  • 4 points

or 2 970 which is barely more expensive than 1 980

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

2 970's has 50% more performance for 20% more than 1 980. Seems like a no-brainer.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

hes obviously just going to use integrated graphics

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

For the first couple of months, yeah, until I can scrape together enough room in the budget for an R9 290 or better. That or if I can somehow stumble across a decently priced 970 or 980. Hopefully soon...

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for engineering!

Also, this looks like a nice build that'll last quite awhile, and good luck with the GPU search. Picking my card took a long time because of all the options.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Exactly! there are so many options right now it's overwhelming. I'm trying to just do as much research as I can and make sure I get the GPU I want at the price range I want.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

It probably can also run Minesweeper.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I love that horizontal USB 3.0 connection. so much less looping cable needed. Lovely clean build overall.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Ack! That second picture! Tell me you didn't power up the board with it on top of the ESD bag? PLEASE tell me you didn't do that...

Otherwise, nice build man :)

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

oh God your right. I hope he didnt

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm safe. That was just there for when I was putting the RAM in. Unfortunately I had to assemble in my apartment which is completely carpeted wall to wall so It was just a resting area before putting it in. Booted on 1st try too :)

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, NEVER EVER power on your mobo when it's on the ESD bag. They can have conductive ink on the outside aaaand... yeah.

Building on the Mobo box, however, is perfectly acceptable and actually a good idea to check for dead parts prior to installing them!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the inside of the ESD is neutral, rather it basically levels out the charge so nothing flows, but the outside is up in the air for whatever charge the world can throw at it... Hence why I used the box as well. I didn't even power on until it was secured in the case. Also while handling the mobo and the ESD, I kept my big toe on the edge of the case to hinder any build up.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTGar7aoLDs&spfreload=10

Just to summarize, the video shows a dude powering on a mobo while it's sitting on an anti-static bag. Is this just some load of ******** that people spread around for no good reason or something? I'm pretty new to this stuff still, so I'm just curious. Maybe the bag didn't have any of that "conductive ink" on the outside that you mentioned, but still.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

didn't look like it had any conductive lines

plus, I think i'm going to keep to Linus' guide on the subject

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm just going with what Linus says in all of his build guides...sooo...depends on if you trust Linus.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Any one useing an Mpower gets my +1, even if they're using an air cooler and Corsair dimms. I love any Mpower build

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Once I start OCing I'm definitely going to look into some liquid cooling. I got the air cooler really cheap with good reviews and it is alright with what I need for now. And thanks for commenting on the Mpower. I actually built the entire system around that board (HAD to have it), and getting it for $162 was a steal!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Try getting your hands on the 780 or 290x Lightning Edition if you can get either decently priced.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

looks like a clean build, but you need a bigger desk!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

You're on the right track my friend, nice build +1.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Awww...that 212 EVO is really a letdown in this build's aesthetics...

The MPower looks gorgeous in those photos. +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I know. It is comically large, but for less than 30 bucks It's been keeping my CPU around 36c while running Solidworks, Draft Site, and Ableton simultaneously. Ive been looking into some liquid coolers for when I get my GPU though. And the Mpower is a beautiful board, in both aesthetics and performance. Highly recommended.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Has i7-4970k, is playing Morrowwind LMAO. I'm kidding with you, but I hope you are using that CPU for more than just playing Elder Scrolls (;

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

No GPU means limited gaming capabilities. I have been primarily using it for programs like Rhinocerous, Solidworks, Draft Site, and Ableton which EAT CPU for breakfast; but Morrowind is crazy nostalgic so I couldn't help but throw it on.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Check out the Sapphire r9 290x tri-x, it will match your color scheme plus its a good card.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome!!! I really appreciate the input and I like that card

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

You should definitely get a 780 Lightning or 290X Lightning...they're made for tht mobo man!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely looking into that card. I'm between the Lightning and the Sapphire R9 290X at the moment.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

The Lightning is a beastly card! Would recommend especially at the prices right now...

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely where I am leaning right now. With my build and goals for the future of my system, I simply cannot find a negative to it.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Why are you only using a 212 EVO with that overclocking motherboard?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Affordability and really solid reviews. It actually keeps my processor fairly cool on light overclocks so I'm pretty happy with it so far. I do agree with you, however, that once I really start to dig in and attempt to push the rig that I will need to invest in a better cooler. I have been looking at a NZXT Kraken or A Corsair H100i. Any suggestions?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

The Kraken X61 is a great choice, but the Corsair H110i was announced at CES 2015, but I would reccomend the Kraken X61, as the x61 is about 2x better than the H100i.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I will definitely keep that in consideration when it is time to watercool!