Hello fellow PC Building Enthusiasts!
This is yet another build that I did for a streaming friend, there are even more prospective builds on the way! The client wanted to be able to run streaming software, PC games and other applications at the same time. He wanted to be able to play most games at High-Ultra settings at or around 60FPS in 1080p and also specifically requested that the CPU to be an i7. His budget was ~$900 so it wasn't entirely difficult to make that happen but the 4790k did take up a little over 1/3 of his budget.
CPU - Great chip, alright price, it works great for the multitasking he'll be doing.
CPU Cooler - A cool little cooler from Rosewill that was cheap and matched the color scheme of the build. It doesn't fare much better than the stock intel cooler but it runs much quieter and looks way "cooler" lol
Motherboard - This is one place where we saved some serious money, I had the Maximus VII Hero lying around from a previous build and decided it was time to give it a new home. It was literally collecting dust inside of an empty 450D Corsair case and I had to hit it with the some compressed air before putting the CPU and RAM inside. It's normally a $200 motherboard so hopefully he likes it, charity is fun! XD
Memory - 2x4GB sticks of DDR3 - 1600 RAM from G.Skill, nothing special and it was a good price. Only issue I had was that the system wouldn't post with both sticks installed initially; I had to remove a stick, setup the memory profile in the BIOS, change the BIOS to "Fast Boot - Disabled" and THEN install the second stick after a reboot. Everything seems to working fine now, both modules are running in dual channel mode.
Storage - Went with a small and cheap 60GB SSD for the OS and ESSENTIAL applications, a 1TB 7200RPM Seagate holds everything else.
GPU - This is my second time working with the GTX 960 and I'm here to say that it's quite the beefy little graphics card for just $200. I was able to get a respectable overclock on it and the Windforce edition stays very quiet compared to my wife's White MSI GTX 960 OC. I'm a huge fan of this card for mid-range gaming PC's.
Case - Having worked/struggled with the Spec-02 I was reluctant about trying the Spec-01 but since the CPU cooler wasn't huge and the front fans were easier to mount I actually enjoyed this build much more. It was still a pain to manage the cables in the back of the case but the whole evolution took less time overall than the Spec-02. Would definitely recommend this case for people looking for that "Gaming PC" look on a budget.
PSU - Just a cheap semi-modular 450W PSU from Rosewill, I would normally go with Corsair for the PSU but this one was on sale.
OS - Windows 8.1, because Windows.
Feel free to comment with your questions/concerns/comments, thanks for checking out the build!