I get comments in all the time that my computer is a beast. I wanted to take a moment to break down the parts I have vs the parts I’m looking to replace within the coming months. Here is what I’ve got now:
- CPU – Intel Core-i7 4770k
- Motherboard – Asus Maximus VI Hero
- GPU – EVGA GTX 980
- RAM – Corsair Dominator GT 8GB (2x 4GB)
- SSD – Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB
- HDD – Western Digital Black 1TB
- Heatsink – Corsair H100i
- PSU – Corsair CX 750W
- Case – Cooler Master Cosmos II
- Keyboard – Logitech G19
- Mouse – Razer Naga (Molten Core Edition)
- Monitors – 3x Asus VE278Q 27″
I will start by admitting that I have a heavy bias toward Intel, NVIDIA, Asus, Corsair, and Western Digital. This comes from my early days of benchmarking. These brands made the best of what was available at the time and I have continued to carry these preferences over because I mean, why fix what’s not broken? I chose the 4770k as it was (and still is) a beastly chip. I actually have mine set with a turbo boost overclock to 4.6Ghz and I’ve never seen a blue screen. Granted that is well supported by having the H100i but that’s the reason I even bought that heatsink.
Of course what makes the OC even possible is the Motherboard. I believe the Maximus VI hero gave me the overclocking ability I needed without paying for more than what I was going to use. I will say that I really wanted to get the Maximus VI Formula though. That board with the armor looks so BAMF! I also went with the Z87 chipset because I wanted more SATA III and USB 3.0 ports. But having PCI Express 3.0 was the main feature I was looking for. This leaves my transfer speeds to/from my GTX 980 un-bottlenecked per the given technology available on desktop motherboards. Of course being the gamer I am, I wanted NVIDIA’s best single chip 900 series GPU they have to offer.
For storage, I’ll say that I have been very impressed with Samsungs work on their SSD’s. The 840 Pro is hands down one of the best SSDs I’ve ever purchased or used. I haven’t performed many benchmarks on SSDs but 840 Pro series has dominated thus far. I’m really hoping this will continue in Samsungs 850 Pro series. I use my SSD for my OS and my main applications that I frequently use. I store most of my data for games and the like to the 1TB WD Black HDD. I’ve used many different brands and series of HDDs and this is where I landed. WD gives me near enterprise quality drives without paying the enterprise price. The drives actually last past their warranty date (I’ve actually never had a WD Black fail on me yet.) I have also performed various benchmarks to confirm that the Black series is WDs best performing drives. I heavily advise purchasing these HDDs for your next build if you don’t have them already.
My peripherals are where I get a little childish so please try not to make fun of me. I bought a Cosmos II a few years back because it looks mean and clean! I also really like the fact that it’s a super tower case. A lot of people say it’s too big for their taste and honestly, I’ll probably purchase a full tower for my next case but, I have absolutely enjoyed this case and all of the features it has. Speaking of features, this is also why I purchased the G19. It’s sort of crazily expensive BUT you get a color LCD screen! Hahaha. It really is nice having all the macro keys on the side and also getting to make it glow in any color you want. Now the Naga… best purchase I’ve ever made. I will never use a different mouse. This mouse is useful in and outside of a game. You can customize the buttons on the side to do whatever you want which is where the majority of my macros are stored. Lastly, my 27″ monitors. When I was in the market for monitors I wanted these features: 27″ display, 1080p resolution, LED blacklight, <5ms response time.
In summary, I generally try to buy the best of what available at the most realistic price. Of course these products weren’t all purchased at once. They have all been slowly purchased over time. Replacing one part at a time. I generally purchase parts to last me 2 – 3 years. So, what are your build specs? Let me know in the comments below.