Just before you read/comment/rate please note that I started getting parts in July 2014, Thanks.
Hi everyone, this is my recently built gaming rig. It was my first attempt at building a PC from scratch. I chose parts based on aesthetics and quality. The colour scheme I decided to go with was black and blue because I just think it looks great. There were a few bumps and hurdles throughout the course of the build (warranties and returns) but I finally got there. It took a lot of research, time and effort to get this build how I had envisioned. Especially because I’m such a perfectionist and was overly concerned about the looks of the build, hence buying the expensive braided cables and case fans.
In the section below I will answer some questions you might have:
Q. “You spent over $2000 on parts and only got an i5?”
A. The reason I chose an ‘i5’ is because gaming performance is my top priority, I don’t really need hyper-threading at this point, also this build went slightly over original budget.
Q. “Only 8gb RAM?”
A. Much like the answer above, gaming is what this PC was built for. Later on I plan to replace the i5 with an i7 and add more RAM.
Q. “Your prices seem high, did you get ripped off?”
A. I live in Australia, the prices for almost everything are higher but I did get the CPU on sale.
Q. “Why two SSDs?”
A. Even for storing games, an SSD has lots of advantages; silent operation, low heat output, lightning fast speed and being able to put it on the nice 2.5” drive bay featured on the NZXT H440.
Q. “Does your GTX970 have coil whine?”
Short answer: Yes, the more the card is under stress the more noticeable it is.
Long answer: If you didn’t know already there have been a large number of posts and complaints online by people who bought the GTX970. All brands seem to have a problem with coil whine. EVGA, MSI, ASUS, GIGABYTE etc. It might change in the future, but as of right now you are lucky to get a GTX970 without coil whine. A real shame seeing as though it’s SO popular. I too couldn’t resist the combination of great performance, low power consumption and relatively low price, so I bought it on day one.
Please feel free to leave any comments or other questions.