UPDATE UPDATE WITH NEW PICS Added the Corsair H90 Liquid Cooler. I tried to run Prime95 test and it was reaching 85C-90C within minutes with original intel cooler. Now it only hits about 59C max temp so far and about 24C while in idle when not overclocking
I will try to make this short and sweet since there are so many builds similar to this one already, but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
There is nothing crazy about this build but it was a lot of fun. This case was a dream to work on and it required some thinking in order to make the install as clean as possible. Due to the size of it, I think I managed the cables as best as I could.
Thermaltake Core V1 Mini ITX Tower
I chose this case 1. Because I always wanted to build a Cube/Frag style system. 2. I currently rent a room and I like to keep everything to my room. My roommate is very open and does not restrict me at all, but I still rather keep my stuff out of his way.
The case was a dream to work on, ALL panels come off which makes it (and necessary) a dream to work on. Despise being a mITX, it has tons of ventilation. You can actually install a minimum of two 3.5 HDD and two 2.5 SDD all at once, not bad.
My only complaint is the plastic window, very soft and scratches EXTREMELY easy. Also, if you are getting this case, I highly recommend getting a modular PSU. This makes it so much easier for cable management.
Intel Core i5-4690K
Not much to say, solid CPU unlocked at a very nice price. I am not the hardcore gamer so this is a very sweet spot in both budget and performance. I was able to OC to 4.7Ghz at 1.30v running Prime95 at 100% load for 6 hours with 79C max at the core; fans were running at full blast at this point though. So I took it down to 4.6Ghz at 1.256v same test, temps reach 79C at the core as well but with fan at low-med speed, much quieter.
Ideal board with built in WiFi. Zero issues. I love the back plate, I like how it is not just a generic shining plate. Tons of USB ports and HDMI ports. Overclock friendly menu and I got it for $89.99!
Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer
I love these sticks, they look amazing, perform excellent at CAS 9 and are not that thick where it can become an issue for aftermarket Air Cooled CPU fans, which I don't have. The best thing? the LEDs. They look amazing, and with Crucial software you can control the brightness, pattern and speed.
Samsung 830 256GB
Already owned it from my previous Alienware laptop.
Western Digital Blu 1TB
Nothing crazy again, just another HDD. One thing worth to mention IMO, it is super quite, unlike my other Seagate, this thing it is super quiet, not bad for a 1TB $39.99 3.5 HDD.
MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Gaming
So after a month of thinking and research, it finally came down to this card. The number one reason when considering my choices was the Case of course. Initially I had narrowed down to the R9 390 (Gigabyte variant only) and any GTX 970 (all variants for the most part). Finally when it was time to buy, I came to the conclusion that the 390 runs much much hotter, and it sucks a lot more power. Also, Gigabyte variant is the only one I can comfortably fit in this case and its reviews are not the best ones. So I went with the GTX 970, save a few bucks, and maybe next year I will get the next best thing instead.
Why the MSI variant? Looks :) . Pathetic, I know, but originally I was going to get the EVGA FTW wich is clocked at a higher rate, but I hated how it looks, sorry. Since I am not that crazy of a hardcore gamer, I thought the MSI would be fine, it looks awesome, runs cool, and it can always be overclock of course. So I got the card for $305 After mail-in-rebate and the new Tomb raider for free, which is being released in a coupe of weeks. The card is a beast but everyone already knows that so I wont' get into that, there are tons of videos and forum discussions on it. As far as install, it was very easy with zero issues; the card fit like a glove. I was able to OC it to 1456MHz Boost - 1444MHz Effective rate running @ 79C with fans at 70%, very very very pleased. I wish I could of gone up to the 1500MHz mark, but I was getting artifacts right after 1466MHz rate mark .
EVGA Super NOVA G2 650W (220-G2-0650-Y1)
I love this PSU, the build quality it is amazing. I think all my build from now on will be with modular PSU. Modular it is the way to go, for sure. The PSU runs very quite, I don't eve hear it and with a 7 year warranty what's not to like?
Asus MX259H 25"
Very nice monitor for the price. I originally bought two of this but had to return the other because I noticed a very slight light bleed on the upper left corner that drove me nuts. It was not bad but I am very picky about those things. Would I buy this again? Probably not. Don't get me wrong, it is very nice, very vibrant colors and stuff but I am very big in seeing true deep blacks. Not sure what else is out there that will give me excellent colors but with deep black while still being suitable for gaming. But in all fairness, this is very nice monitor, I like it enough to keep it. The built in speakers are not bad but remember they are built in speakers do not expect Bose/Earthquake sound, let's be real. In all I think they sound very decent. I did get a 2 year warranty so maybe around the 20th month mark something will happen to it and I will be force to take it back for something else ;)
If you have any questions feel free to ask. When I was researching for my build I asked a ton of questions and they were all very helpful. I would like to be able to do the same for others. OK so it was not a s short as I originally said it would be, but I tried