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CPU - I was initially going to purchase an i5 but Intel retail edge holiday deal came at the perfect time.

CPU Cooler - I really admire Corsair's craftsmanship so this was a no brainer. Close second: NZXT Kraken.

Mobo - I decided to go with the MSI's Z97 Gaming 7 mobo simply because their marketing tactic sucked me in. I admire Asus and was about to purchase one of their Z97 motherboards however my next build will most likely have a Gigabyte motherboard simply because I feel that they offer the most features for the price.

Memory - Nothing to really add about the RAM. Seems stable and built great.

Storage - Great little SSD for the price. I only have the OS and necessary utility files installed to keep it nice and snappy. The only game installed here is Skryim and the map loading time is out of this world fast.

Storage 2 - Western Digital is great. I have a WD green for all my random files. I converted this from an external storage device.

Storage 3 - Again, Western Digital is the way to go for me. This WD blue is designated just for game files. If this drive fails, oh well. Repurchase and re download.

Video Card - I was debating on EVGA and MSI. There's something about MSI that lets me connect with them as a gamer but EVGA stole my heart with the sleek look of their GTX 970. I bought two of them! I also purchased the back plates for both cards just to keep them looking clean. Apparently they are said to keep the GPU's 3 degrees cooler but I haven't used them without the back plate in order to confirm this.

Case - As mentioned before, Corsair = no brainer. I absolutely love the look of this case. I only wish it had one more drive bay. I also had a problem with the back panel clearance. I had a tough time getting it to close nicely after I swore up and down that my routing was golden for my first build. I'm sure there is enough space for routing cables and I will instead chalk my issue up to a lack of experience.

PSU - I first purchased the Rosewill Capstone 650w PSU however I get a great discount with Corsair and decided to purchase their 850 platinum grade PSU for the same price. This may be why my computer is quieter then expected as the fan-less design doesn't kick on until the system reaches 200W or higher. DONT SKIMP ON THE PSU. Probably my best upgrade of the entire build.

Blue Ray - It does exactly what it was designed to do. Is anyone even reading this part?

OS - Not a fan of Windows 8 but 8.1 is the closest thing to the comfort of Windows 7. Its growing on me.

Monitor - GREAT MONITOR! I went a bit overkill with the 1ms response time and 144Mhz refresh rate as this is mainly for competitive play but the build quality is amazing. I love the transport handle and awesome protective cover. I knew once I opened the box that I had made the right decision. However, if I were to game in 1440p resolution, I would go with Asus as the cost is nearly the same as this 1080p monitor.

Chassis Fans - I never researched any fans since my discount was too good to pass up. Half off all fans? Yes please! Not sure if it would have mattered since you can probably tell that I favor Corsair.

Fan Controller - This thing is pretty neat. I'm still learning how to use it and cannot provide any insight on its functionality.

Keyboard - Expensive keyboard but you get what you pay for. Custom keyboard LED layout with numerous profiles, excellent mechanical keys, macros and a sturdy cord just to name a few. I wanted all Razer gear so that I can control all my peripherals from the single software.

Mouse - I love MMO's and this mouse is a beauty. I love the number pad that's made readily available next to your thumb. My only complaint: I don't hold the mouse close enough to align my thumb with the top row (1,2,3). My thumb lines up to the 4,5,6 row. I think I hold the mouse with a combination of claw and grip style.

Headphones - Excellent sound quality. I haven't heard any issues yet however I am no sound expert. Sounds great with BF4!

Final thoughts - Prices are not accurate. I have quite a bit of discounts that were applied from Corsair and Intel. I believe the total system cost minus peripherals was around $1,500. I run any and all games under max/ultra settings without causing any stress to the system. I have not overclocked anything. I don't think I have dropped below 100FPS during any of the games I've played. The only two games that seem to get my fan running at a higher RPM is Assassin's Creed Unity and Battlefield 4. Even then its only a light hum even with all the graphical goodies maxed out and enabled. I even set the BF4 bar to 200% and this rig dealt with it like a champ. I'm in love.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for title

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Its more true than I want it to be. Next build, $300-$400 max. Just a mini ITX 24/7 minecraft server.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, I'm glad you could spoil yourself for once. Believe me, I know the feels...

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

dang, nice to see an abundance of pictures. With all the Corsair parts, I'm surprised you didn't go with Corsair peripherals.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought I might of went a bit overboard. Especially since the majority of the pictures are of the parts pre-built rather than seeing the good stuff. I might see if I can upload a few more of the actual guts in order to give everyone a better picture of what the system looks like when running.

I was also thinking about the corsair K70 and the M65 but didn't want to be too much of a fan boy, ha!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

ha, also how do you like the H100? I have an H80i myself. Does yours have a noisy wind up on boot before quieting down?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

So far the H100i is a joy to have in the system. I've been closely monitoring my temps these past few days under varying circumstances and the cooler is super consistent. I never hear the thing running even during boot. The loudest thing that spins are the fans on the graphics card during boot and then the entire system lowers back down to a slight hum.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

All that and only 8gb ram? Nice build!

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah I did enough research while trying to determine how much ram was needed. All advice pointed to 8GB as that is more than plenty for gaming. If I get into video editing or recording game play I will throw another 8GB in.

As far as it is right now, 2 more unused modules = more heat = more cooling needed = unnecessary wattage. Thanks for taking a look!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you having any issues with the SLI config? ppl are reporting some stuttering.. please let me know thanks!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Hello MobHonor,

No, I have never once experienced micro stutter with this setup. Not even running Battlefield 4 with all maxed/ultra settings at 200%. The system is smooth as butter and rarely ever drops below 120FPS. There are quite a bit of variables to the equation when talking about stutter and its sometimes hard to pinpoint why one person is experiencing an issue while others are not. Perhaps its the CPU/GPU combination? Perhaps its the GPU fan and/or heat configuration? Perhaps its the actual game that's being played? I did hear that Skyrim must be ran at a lower refresh rate to avoid micro stutter.

From my understanding, micro stutter is a common thing caused by the current communication between each graphics card through the SLI bridge. This is why the communication is becoming more popular through the actual bus on the MOBO.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback! it gives me some peace of mind that your not encountering any issues, if i consider going SLI in the future, either way Im going to research a deep more about which specific games are giving these issues. nice build the way!!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

"How cool are the fans?" "They are Cool AF120"

Ya'll know what AF means :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I understand the awesome computer/not so awesome bank account ratio. But it seems you've built a killer system for a very good price. I like it a lot. Awesome work man.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I just looked at this build after seeing your new featured build, why did you go with blue ram rather than red I know that is would not improve performance but it would just look better that blue in you mainly red system .

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello! I completely agree with you here. (Although I dare say there is more blue in this build then red). This build was actually my first, and color scheme was not taken into consideration. I was more concerned with getting quality parts with great ratings because I didn't want my first building experience to be a bad one. haha! Thanks for the comment.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

i like the white fans looks clean

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

Wow this is really nice and fairly clean (the cables are not bad but they could be better) love it....

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I agree with you on the cable management. I learned a lot from this first build and will be sure to apply that knowledge towards my next mini ITX build.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you Eltech! I appreciate your comments and hope to chat with like minded individuals such as yourself again in the future.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for clarifying the difference between headset and headphones.

The static pressure fans are great. I only used two of them for the h100i in a push only configuration. This way the air can pass through the radiator, chassis and magnetic cover on the top in order to provide superior cooling for the closed loop system. The airflow fans are excellent as well and cool the graphics cards quite well. The chassis is literally cool to the touch as I feel all the air being sucked into the rig. They are both very very quiet.

You are correct when it comes to the cost of a 3TB vs 2x 1TB HDDs however I wanted to keep everything separate in case one of the drives went out. The gaming HDD will be doing quite a bit of work reading and writing and I wanted to keep my important files on an HDD that barely did any work to increase the longevity. I am also planning on setting up another 1TB HDD in RAID 1 format for the files HDD to decrease the risk of losing my documents. If the games HDD goes out, oh well. I've lost nothing.

Like you, I have yet to use my Bluray player. I'm sure I will in the future though. Thanks.