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This build is something i've been poking at, changing and messing around with for the past 12 months, first purchased with my Tax dollars as a much smaller system. Original Specs:

i5 4590

ASRock H97m Pro4

8GB of Hyper X RAM (Still In current Rig)

120GB 840 EVO (Still In current Rig)

WD Green 500GB (Still In current Rig, Now as a video backup drive)

MSI Twin Frozr R9 280x

Thermaltake R21 Urban

Corsair CX600m

So I've changed a lot. Not all at once, that's for sure, just minor changes when i've had the money to do so. First things I added were an Aftermarket Air Cooler (A Thermaltake Nic F3 or something, It was the only thing i could find that'd fit in the case) and some extra case fans.

Then, I was still unhappy with the case, due to poor airflow and cable management (This case in particular has left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth when it comes to Thermaltake, I'm sure they make some useable stuff, but this thing was cheap, nasty, and didn't offer a lot at all. I Wouldn't recommend it to a new builder, no matter what the budget.) So I changed that over to a Coolermaster N500, Which was an absolutely Beautiful case, If it weren't for my bug I'd still be in it, but my girlfriend took it off of my hands when I mentioned I wanted to upgrade to my next case (More on that later). Now, The N500 is fantastic! From what I've seen on the Tube, The whole N series seems to be an awesome, competitively priced range of cases for any build, and this one offered something that i'd been looking for when I made the Case upgrade: Cable Routing behind the motherboard! This seems a must to me now, I don't know why but it just ruins a build for me if you can't manage cables well.

Next, the H100. I had a friend upgrade to X99, and with it, installed a custom loop. He literally gave the Cooler To me, for nothing. Best guy out!

Later, I added the next set of RAM, and My girlfriend bought be the 250GB SSD for Christmas.

After Christmas, I started Running into GPU problems. Regular driver crashes, BSOD's etc, so I RMA'd the card to the supplier, and they couldn't return it fixed, as MSI here in Aus had stopped shipping this card. So they gave me store credit, Next thing you know I've bought the 970.

Following that, I started helping my Girlfriend put together Her rig, which included a few bits and Pieces from the order that came with the 970 (RAM for her, as well as 2 1TB Barracuda's, one for each of us), So that's where the latest storage came from. Also ordered my Current power supply, and she took mine.

Next the Newest Case, The H440. Man, this thing is just gorgeous. I've had a few problems with it, I won't lie, but NZXT have graciously sent me out replacement parts for anything not working as intended, so a big thanks to them! Anyway, such a joy to build in, spacious, without needing a full tower. Manages cables so well, It really makes it easy.

Finally, the latest Update is the 4690k and the new Z97 Motherboard, which have only been in the system for about 4 weeks now. Was probably an unnecessary upgrade, however to justify it, I did sell the old gear, which basically covered the entire cost of the new CPU.

Into the future, I'm thinking of adding another 970 or pushing up to a 980ti (Maybe in April when we go to the US for a holiday), and then possibly water cooling the whole lot. May also try to track down another 250GB 840 EVO to run a RAID 0, as well as a 500GB M.2 SSD, and possibly remove all Mechanical storage from my rig. Maybe.

Thanks for reading this long winded Post!

EDIT: Today, the 27th July, 2015, I've added in my new CPU cooler, the Swiftech H220x! I'll be looking at grabbing a GPU block to go with it, as the H220x allows you to add that in, so this baby could be water cooled very soon!

Comments

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

This is a sexy rig, I would like to be able to see the front tho ! +1

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

(I'm blue) da bu di da bu da lol +1

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh yaaaahhhh

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Im blue, la da di da di da The name better be a reference to that song

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Of course it is!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

And thhe build looks quite good, except for the ssd brackets, thats why i avoided the case

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

The sss brackets are a minor detail, the build still looks badass

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

sexy mang, digging the blue :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Da ba dee da ba die da ba dee da ba die

Sweet build btw :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks really nice, but just a heads up, mixing ram kits is a bad idea. If you encounter weird hiccups in games, try taking on of the colors out and see if they go away.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the thing, they're identical kits, i bought them about 2 months apart. Both from the same manufacturer, with same capacity, frequency and timings. Thanks for the word of caution though :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Them being identical isn't doesn't necessarily mean anything though. There's a lot of teeny tiny reasons they can decide not to work properly. I mean you didn't completely mess up the building by getting non-identical kits, but it's just a piece of information to keep in your head if games get choppy.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah, I get that man, and thanks for the warning. But so far, no issues at all! :D

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like that keyboard?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, haven't logged in a couple of days.

I love it, my only compaint about it would be the MX switches - they're MX Blacks, I would've loved to have seen them release them in Reds (Steelseries has released an MX Red edition, although I can't find it anywhere here in Australia.)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm really? What's so bad about the blacks?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Slightly longer Actuation IIRC. Even though I'm a heavy typer, I loved the feel of MX Reds, and do want. Maybe need O Rings on here too.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the keyboard you have any good?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Yo listen up, here's the story About a little guy that lives in a blue world And all day and all night and everything he sees is just blue Like him, inside and outside Blue his house with a blue little window And a blue Corvette And everything is blue for him And himself and everybody around 'Cause he ain't got nobody to listen I'm blue da ba dee da ba daa Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa I'm blue da ba dee da ba daa Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa I have a blue house with a blue window Blue is the color of all that I wear Blue are the streets and all the trees are too I have a girlfriend and she is so blue Blue are the people here that walk around Blue like my Corvette, it's in and outside Blue are the words I say and what I think Blue are the feelings that live inside me I'm blue da ba dee da ba daa Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa I'm blue da ba dee da ba daa Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa I have a blue house with a blue window Blue is the color of all that I wear Blue are the streets and all the trees are too I have a girlfriend and she is so blue Blue are the people here that walk around Blue like my Corvette, it's in and outside Blue are the words I say and what I think Blue are the feelings that live inside me I'm blue da ba dee da ba daa Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa I'm blue da ba dee da ba daa Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa

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