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Assembly: 1 hr. Cable Management: 100 hours.

by mjaj



Date Published

Jan. 5, 2015

Date Built

Dec. 8, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.435 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.45 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

66.0° C


Cables really bothered me. I've untied and tied them up multiple times.

Goal of this build was to get the best CPU and GPU for an overall budget of about $1000. Kinda wen't over.. This will be used for school, graphic design work, and occasional gaming.

Future Plans: Another 8gb ram, SSD for OS, and some case fans to fill in the slots.

Additional Parts

  • Monitor: Dell S2340M IPS panel

  • Keyboard: CM Storm Devastator

  • Mouse: Logitech G602

  • Speakers: scavenged Dell A425

  • Tablet: Intuos4 Large

  • Desk: Ikea Micke Desk

  • Silverstone SDP10 5.25" to 3.5" bay converter


  • 20 March 2015 Drive cage removed, HDD mounted on optical bay drive. Re-did the wiring; taped it so it wouldn't bulge the side panel

  • 10 May 2015 Added another 8GB stick

  • 30 May 2015 Successfully installed Yosemite + Windows 8.1 Dual Boot

Part Reviews


Definitely, I wanted an i7 for the workload but x99 platform, 6 to 8 core intel cpus are way out of budget.

CPU Cooler

Best bang for your buck cpu cooler. The fan can get loud. Installation was okay, just take your time.


Got this in combo with my CPU and RAM. Board looks nice. All black with some red highlights. Recognized all my parts right away. Layout of the board is nice. The fan headers are in ideal locations for easy reach. The only thing is Ethernet does not work out of the box, drivers need to be installed first. Packaging is very nice and feels very premium. Includes numbers of accessories, even has padding on the I/O plate.


Combo with the CPU. This ram looks really good. I wish it was red to match the motherboard. It was plug and play, didn't need to manually set the speed.


To stay on budget, I didn't go for an SSD this time. Read good things about WD Caviar Blue and it was fairly cheap. This is fast enough.

Video Card

It was a tough call choosing which gtx 970 to go for. But I narrowed it down to msi and gigabyte g1. Sadly, the G1 has always been out of stock on the time of purchase. Scored 9963 on Fire Strike and haven't played with an overclock yet. It stays relatively cool while gaming (36-40C on idle passively cooled) My only gripe is that this card sags down a little; it's not that bad. A back plate could have been nice too ^ It's like the thing now for gpus. After reading about the memory issue, I just laughed it off. This card performs really well.


I didn't need anything fancy. I was also trying to keep things under budget. Found this case on sale. Cable management area is a bit small, but I managed. Nice things about this case: 8pin cpu cut out. All-black inside an out. Black front I/O cables. Tool less bays. 3 included fans, which are silent. There is a bit of vibration noise coming from the HDD cage tranferred to the side panel. I've fixed it by fiddling with it. Wish the front fan filter was easier to access; you need to take off both side panels to take the filter/the whole face just to clean it.

I was fortunate enough to get this case for cheap. But at its regular price of 70$, it's a little expensive for the quality and features you get in this case. NZXT S340 dominates at this price point.

Power Supply

I don't plan on adding an extra gpu (at least for now, my needs are met) I read many reviews and found this one at jonnyguru. The 24pin cable is a bit stiff. Fan is silent. The modular cables are flat/ribbon style. Would be nice if the cables all looked the same.

Comments Sorted by:

M3RICA_ 4 points 52 months ago

I can see the 100hrs. This is really good. As in, I would sell my body parts for a build this good.

mjaj submitter 1 Build 2 points 52 months ago

Haha thanks

call2die4 1 point 52 months ago

Looks great, love the name. Where did you get the case for that price?

mjaj submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

It was discounted at Newegg and also had a $20 MIR. So I thought it was a pretty good deal.

overclockingfreak 2 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

Post a photo of what is behind the motherboard tray to show your cable management skills.

mjaj submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

what skills

overclockingfreak 2 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

I want to see how well you routed the cables behind the motherboard tray, I only ask because you titled your build as this: Assembly: 1 hr. Cable Management: 100 hours.

mjaj submitter 1 Build 2 points 52 months ago

maybe because i struggled??

Ab313r 1 point 51 months ago

Nice cable management, I can only see the mobo, the vga power connectors, and the cords coming out of the psu.

TransnerferN7 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Impressive cable management and part selection! My builds almost identical to yours!

mjaj submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Thanks I try I try Haha it's weird, you're like the 3rd one with almost identical build.

TransnerferN7 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

can I ask somethin? Just ordered that 970, but theres been a lot of rap towards MSI for apparentley not having hdmi 2.0 as it didnt say 2.0 on their website (just HDMI). They did say that was a typo and that the card does have 2.0, but is there any way you could check that (if you use hdmi that is)? Thanks

mjaj submitter 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

Personally, I'm not using the HDMI as my monitor only has vga, dvi But the card does have hdmi 2.0, it says on the specs 1.4a / 2.0. It's been confirmed.

Also, if it didn't have 2.0, that would only be an issue if you have a 4k display.

TransnerferN7 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Fair enough, thanks!

Brechristian 1 point 38 months ago

Very nicely built, your cable management is wonderful, I will say though that, especially since you said you went over budget a bit that you were burned on your ram and power supply. With the ram you could have gotten twice the amount for the same price (at the same or higher speed). Also the psu you could have gotten at an even higher wattage (semi modular or fully modular) for the same price.

mjaj submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

this was built in DEC 2014, price were higher compared to what it is now. Idk if you read it but ram came bundled with mobo & cpu discounts. thanks for the input tho.

Brechristian 1 point 38 months ago

Oh ok I see, yeah I guess the time at which it was built matters haha.

C.Ricks 1 point 6 months ago

How do you find running the Mac software on a pc? I have used apple for sometime and quite enjoy/used to using it. My concern would be how it runs on a pc system

mjaj submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

I find that I didn't use it that much since I got a Macbook Pro anyway.

I has been long since but at the time, I found it to be buggy. Audio would not work sometimes. Features like facetime or iMessage didn't work for me either. Another thing was updating the Mac OS. On a Mac, you would just click update. It's not so simple on a hackintosh from my understanding. Maybe it was my fault? I didn't look for much solution since the Mac OS was just for fun. Getting it boot on a Windows based system was a milestone in itself for me, as well as this build. :)

But I'm sure there are solutions to every quirks that come with hackintosh. It's up to you if it's worth the time.

Nater650 1 point 4 months ago

Maybe consider adding an SSD