Something beautiful, minimalist, quiet, but still filled with power and performance for every task
Hey guys, so after tons of laptops and pre built old PCs, it finally was the time to build my first and own custom PC. My budget was quite limited, because I got the money as a prize for the 1st place on IT competition. My goal was to build a PC which does every task without problems and stays for a few years without upgrading (that's why I chose the newest but a bit less powerful parts) Mainly I will do light (mobile) and heavy (console) Game Development, Photoshopping, Video editing, Hackintosh and obviously gaming :) I'm from Hungary, so the prices my differ in your country (also, sorry for my ****** english :P) (I've converted the prices from HUF to USD using Google on the 21st of August) Just to be clear, not every part is new, I got the monitors, the CPU and the Motherboard as used, so that's why their prices are particularly cheaper.
My choise was a sure one, I was really obsessed with this case right after the first time I saw it on Google Images, while looking for minimalist cases ;) If you don't know me (and you probably don't), you should know about me, that I'm passionate about minimalism. The case was the first part I chose and I chose the other parts to fit with the case. It has a beautiful plexi window aswell (be really careful with it, it scratches easily!)
This was a hard choise for me and for my budget. I had to chose a cheap board which is completely OS X compatible. My original choise was the MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition, because with it's Black and White color it could have looked much better than the Black and Red combination. (If you are about to build my machine and you have a few more bucks in your pocket, go with the Z97S SLI Krait motherboard) But at the same time I was thinking about the Z97S has more overclocking capableities and additional features which I will never need and never use. So I gave up a little bit design wise and went with the red H97 Gaming 3. With design aside, I am really happy with this board. The BIOS is quick to configure, fast and has useful features. It has blazing fast Killer E2200 Gigabit internet, and it the board has a feature which proviced constant volts to your USB headphones, so it makes less static noise. Perfect board, exept the colors :)
The i5 4690K was the perfect choise for me. It has 4 cores running at 3,5GHz and it's unlocked. I'll probably not gonna overclock it, I'll maybe only use the motherboard's built in OC Genie feature. The only reason I bought the unlocked version over the regular one, is that it was cheaper at the seller. (And with the K at the end it sounds cooler B-) )
Not much reasons, it was cheaper than the other ones, great specs, that's it.
Great specs, mid-price, nice ratings. Probably if I get extra money, I am looking forward to upgrading to SSD.
The 960 series was the perfect choise aswell. Every game running smooth on 1080p on high settings. If I know right for games today the VRAM is as important as clock speeds. That's why I spent a bit more on a 4GB card instead of the standart 2GB model. I went with the MSI card, because it has slightly bigger clock speed, it's not that power consumer (like the Gigabite Windforce) and it looked cooler than the other ones :)
It is greatly enough for these components, if you are planning to upgrate eg. to a 970, you should get the 600 watt model :)
The Yeti is more than enough for my needs. Perfect for 1080p video editing, game developing and for gaming in 1080p. It runs silently, even when pushed while gaming. In the future I'm planning to get 2 more NZXT FN V2 White fans to improve the air-flow and the temperatures and some LED RGB strips to make the Yeti sexier ;) (Also apologies about that ugly box bellow the monitor, my stand furniture didn't arrive yet :c)
Some performance tests
FarCry 4 runs on Very high settings on 1080p with 50-60 fps GTA V runs on High - Very high settings on 1080p with 40-50 fps GeekBench 3 (OS X 10.10.4) - Multi Core: 12408 points
If you guys want me to do some specific benchmarks, I'll do them for sure :)
Thanks for visiting, have a nice day! ;)