Disclaimer: This is my first build! So... Yeah, if it's not fantastic I apologize but I think it came out alright.
So first off, the GPU/CPU numbers.
The temperature under load was taken using Prime95 for the CPU and Unigine Valley for the GPU (Don't really want to run Furmark or Intel Burn Test.) It took 1.249V to get the 4670k to 4.2GHz, and everything is pretty much default on the GPU except that I turned the Clock Rate up to 1120 as opposed to 1040MHz. I start getting artifacts at about 1140Mhz without touching anything, so I figured I'd drop down to 1120 instead of 1130 just to play it safe. Also, these are MAX temps, they're always lower on average.
My score on Valley ended up being:
(Which I'm pretty satisfied with, anything over 60FPS on Valley was a bonus for me.)
Now the hardware, I did have a budget, I don't remember what it was exactly, but this is how it ended up coming out and price was what justified most of these parts. Keep in mind I live in Canada, so everything here is pretty much more expensive. I originally didn't even plan to overclock but the 4670K is almost always cheaper than the 4670 where I am for whatever reason (Demand I assume). So that part came out perfect. The Vengeance RAM wasn't an issue with the 212 Evo because my default slots are the 2nd and 4th slots and not the 1st and 3rd. So that was another bonus! I didn't go with an SSD because... I really didn't need one, I'm happy with the speeds I have! Everything is extremely quick and I'm very impressed with how the system runs.
I tried to make everything as blue as possible (Damn EVGA PSU) but I like to think of the special red cable as super hyper turbo boost for my GPU... Or something... It makes it run faster okay? (Just like flame decals on a car.) Now why did I go with the 290OC over a 780? Because I liked the extra VRAM, and it was either this or a Zotac for $100 or so dollars more, or get into even higher quality 780's and pay ridiculous amounts for the almost negligible FPS. Plus it comes with an excellent stock clock of 1040MHz.
Why didn't I go with the 23" 2ms Asus over the 21.5" 5ms Asus? Because I can't tell 3ms difference and 21.5" and 23" look the same to me. Why did I go with a $12 network card? Because it gets me full bars two rooms away and effectively gets 99% of my wired internet speeds. The $10 fan? Because budget, and it pretty much keeps level with the provided fans with the Fractal R4. The Das Keyboard over a gaming keyboard? I don't like to be in the habit of using macros and it's a fantastic feeling keyboard that everyone around me can hear, which is er... better of course. The motherboard because it was blue, Z87 chipset, and pretty nicely priced. The RAM because I like to inconvenience myself and also because a longer heatsink on RAM cools it down and makes it perform approx. 681x faster than Low-Profile RAM, you can really tell the difference! Just looking at it makes things perform slicker. The PSU because it was between this and the Corsair CX600M. And the 212 Evo? Because it's cheap and better than stock and I can actually play with overclocking. The gaming mouse because 8200 4-Mode DPI selection and weights at a nice price, plus I can change the colours and make it breathe at different speeds.
Am I missing anything? Of course I am.
"The Fractal R4 is so mainstream I prefer the XXXX" Yes I agree I love XXXX case too, it's very fancy, more room for cable management and it just overall looks better! Not to mention the cooling on the XXXX case is basically #1 in it's class.
Other than that stuff, I already had the PX22's and the Kicker iK501 (Fantastic Bass) and the NZXT Hue just makes everything look nicer. BUT THE DOUBLE SIDED TAPE. DON'T USE IT. Seriously. I was one of those "It's probably just that guy because he has a dirty case or didn't apply it properly etc." No. It's really bad. It fell off and slapped my 212 Evo in like 3 days time. So it's in there with hot glue now, which is much much better.
Now I'm pretty sure I covered everything, and I tried to make a computer build as humorous as possible so people could actually get through reading it, but other than all that, I love how it turned out! It was pretty much everything I wanted it to be and I couldn't have asked for more. All criticism is accepted and don't let anything I say impede your thoughts, I'm just trying to make this terribly long description readable.
The description is so long because I know you people love the descriptions, and also lots of pictures just because, and a video to show off the NZXT hue.
So I hope I did everything right for my first build and first post here on PCPartPicker!
If you made it this far, here's the video to thank you for reading!
Also, sorry if the pictures look dusty at all, I don't have optimal room lighting and flash does that.
So a bit of time went by since I've made the build, and two things happened, the Asus monitor developed a red stuck pixel (Just like the Asus tablet I have developed a red stuck pixel...) So it has been replaced with a 27" Acer K272HL for $199 ($40 off the regular price) and it's working awesome.
Next thing, the hot glue lasted longer than the double-sided tape that came with the NZXT Hue, but it still managed to fall off, it's now in there with No More Nails double sided mounting tape. If this never gets edited again, it's holding up fine :)