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I bought a prebuilt rig in 2012 from Dell, and for that time i was fine with it because my knowledge of computers and such was limited. but then i started to get into this kind of stuff. That's when i realized the mistake i made. Buying prebuilt is not only a terrible idea, but its a waste of money and a shortcut for the lazy.

So with that out of the way. This build was my response to what $1500 could buy you when you buy premade or build yourself. The amount of hardware you could get is insane when you sort it yourself. It's mind boggling looking at what brands the Dell offer for their prices.

Yes, "$1500 and you only have a 960!" i understand i could have gotten a 600W PSU, a $100 dollar cheaper MOBO, $200 Cheaper CPU and have gotten a 980 or something of that sort. But i did not want to slack on the core of this PC as it will serve me for many years to come. And it is much easier to upgrade a GPU than a MOBO, CPU, and PSU. That's my reasoning behind it. And that's how i came to this as my final build.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 6 points

Red and black... Yum... >Stares at the amazing redness that one could hear a voice saying touch it< Good job with your lovely new computer, it will serve you well. >Slaps her own hand< No, don't touch someone else's pretty computer... must not be rude.

  • 57 months ago
  • 5 points

Your time will come, precious...

  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

(I think... I should touch it...) >Is mesmerized by the precious<

  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

Couldn't agree more with your part choice.... You have some really high quality parts here and when the time comes and you have some spare funds, you can easily throw in a new GPU! Amazing build and well done! Don't listen to the haters! You have my vote!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :D

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

The astetics are beautiful as stated by others but when a refined builder reads your parts they will definitly cringe. the $1500 used is mostly for aestetics and the performance per dollar is disastrous. If you dont mind performance thats fine but firstly the point of having a high end unlocked cpu and mobo is to overclock it to its max potential. You could have cut down the mobo price a tad which makes next to no performance degrade and gotten a better cpu cooler for max overclocking with good temps. Next if you are going to game nobody (emphasis on NOBODY) should get your cpu and a bloody asus gtx 960. Asus's clock speed and cooler isnt that good compared to msi gaming or the super clocked versions of other brands like evga and gigabyte. Next if you got an i5 4690k you could have used all that money to get urself a nice 980 i beleive especially if u cut down a bit as mentioned with the mobo. Other than that i understand some people like there fancy fans and cables and such. Finally wtf is the point of 850watts. If you are thinking of sli, you should sli with a 970 or better.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for your feedback, even though it was harsh hearing some of the plain truth of how my spending was seamlessly wasted. But i am happy with the build and look forward to throwing whatever i can at it in the future. And i am a proud owner of Asus products as i know i can rely on them. And also one thing i didn't note is the 960 is simply a placeholder for a 980 , and then the 960 will be integrated into a smaller portable LAN build i have planned. Thanks Again

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I apologize if it was a bit harsh, my enthusiam released a lot of strong words ^ good luck

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

haha i dont mind, thanks though!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks beautiful, now you can start saving for a 980 ti XD

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

haha thats the plan! Thank you!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build is beautiful. I plan on doing the same thing you did. I would rather start out with an awesome looking system and better core components than buy a super cheap cpu, mobo, and psu and splurge on a gtx 980. Like you said, it is much easier to replace a gpu than it is to replace the core components. Down the road you should look into a 980ti and maybe even a red custom watetercooling loop. Here is an excellent kit that is affordable and performs great. http://www.performance-pcs.com/xspc-raystorm-extreme-universal-cpu-watercooling-kit-w-ex420-radiator-750-pump-res.html

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!! That is the next thing i am going to do for sure, a 980 ti would be so great to have. And i appreciate that link a lot, i will definitely look into a water cooling loop in the near future; as that would fully complete this build! Thanks again!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

My original budget was for $1500, same as you. But I wanted to go cheaper, and I picked out the exact same card you have, the 960 strix 4gb. I figure I can overclock it too. Love your build, especially your monitor config in the pictures

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Computer looks amazing!!! I could not stop staring at it and also amazing parts

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the case my favourite Mid tower for the price I agree with the choice of components as its easy to get a new GPU or even SLI. Love the overall look of the build and i'm sure it performs as good as it looks :)

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Its my favorite too! Thanks, i appreciate it!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Yo, N6S2F, How's that GPU doin' for ya? I want to buy It myself and am wondering if it's any good?

Thanks. ~Dyn

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, sorry for the ultra late response, it's doing wonderful. Handles all the top games with no problems. In my opinion it is the master of 1080p at its price range. 10/10 Would recommend :)

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, no prob. I got a GTX 960 with Twin FROZR V and It just Annihilates games. Thanks for responding, and I'm also sorry for responding late... :D

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't doubt it! haha no prob xD

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

i think the same, mobo must be strong** love it! +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

God I love the Strix series

  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

Surely you should have bought a 970, you should've got a cheaper mobo because a motherboard doesn't affect performance but there are still good motherboards with just as many features for £50 less. You could've saved money with the PSU too. 850W is way overkill for this and you could've got a 650W fully modular PSU for £60 or £70 saving another £30 as you will never use the extra power, even with SLI graphics cards. I don't know if you need the RAM for video editing or whatever but if you don't then you could've saved another £40 there. All this adds up to plenty enough to get a 970. However it is still a good build, I like it and you definatly shouldn't go any lower than the 4790K, you made a good choice there, and everywhere, except for, in my opinion, the graphics card

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes i agree, i was just a bit paranoid in selecting the MOBO. I wanted to make sure i had a board that would be as reliable as can be, and can handle what OC and cards i throw on it in the future. Thank you!

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  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

Comment section is where we're allowed to critique other peoples' builds, so long as it's constructive. I do think he could have gotten away with 8GB ram and got a 970, giving him much more performance to start with.

Beautiful build regardless