30.

Jan

2016.

I built a behemoth!

So I recently decided I need a new computer, and chose to build it myself despite knowing next to nothing about hardware components, and what's good. I found help from YouTube, Reddit and friends. I originally had little idea what I wanted, but after searching I settled on a 1440p monitor. And then 2 1080p monitors. Then on 2 1080ps, one at 60hz and the other 144hz... This went on for a long time until I settled on a 1440p 144hz - which never arrived, so I opted for an ultrawide 1440p.

After cherry picking the perfect (in my opinion) set of components (and going for a subtle black/white theme), I decided to go ahead and pull the trigger and order them. I bought RAM individually because in the sales buying 2x8 was more expensive than 1x8 twice. The component list is as follows:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler be quiet! PURE ROCK 51.4 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury White 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury White 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card
Case NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit)
Case Fan be quiet! Pure Wings 2 61.2 CFM 140mm Fan
Case Fan be quiet! Pure Wings 2 61.2 CFM 140mm Fan
Monitor LG 34UM95-P 60Hz 34.0" Monitor
Mouse Logitech G502 Wired Optical Mouse
Keyboard Beryllium RED Switch Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-06 21:15 GMT+0000

The build went relatively well, and I had absolutely no problem with components (apart from the Enter key not working on they keyboard, so I had to RMA it). I intended on taking pictures and I took a few, however I was too into the project of building it to give too much thought to documenting it. My 2 greatest concerns whilst building were installing the CPU - the amount of force I had to put in made me think I was going to break it. My second was the RAM which needed an uncomfortable amount of force to fit in.

I've been running the computer for a couple of months now - and I'm in love. The black and white motherboard and RAM sticks look amazing together. I was originally skeptical about bothering with the cooler, but I decided to to allow me to overclock, and I like the design. The SSD was one of the best purchases on there. I had NO IDEA they were THAT fast - I get 7-10 second boot times (with fast boot enabled on my motherboard).

All in all it's an amazing pc - gaming is great with high framerate and ultra settings, and it's also good for game design. I can have Unity and Visual Studio split between the monitor and still have plenty of room.