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I'll start this off with a disclaimer, I suppose. I recognize that I am certainly not exempt from the helpful criticism present in the wonderful community of this site. However, I would like to say this: This build was in the configuration stage on this site for approximately 1 year before I finally purchased the parts. This is partially due to my simple lack of funds (as I'm 16 and don't have a source of genuine income), but primarily because I wanted it to be as perfectly color-coordinated as possible. Some may think that I could have gotten better performance for the price, but even tiny things like the heatsinks on the motherboard needed to be perfect for me to be happy.
Anyway, on to the more fun stuff. I have built a number of systems for friends, but never really got the opportunity to do one for myself until now. I simply love the process of configuring good-looking computers and seeing how they look once they're finally done, and I just wanted to do one for myself so I could say "This is mine. There are many like it, but this one is mine." As you can probably tell, color coordination and performance were my two primary goals for this build. That should explain my choices for the CPU, CPU cooler, Motherboard, GPU, and Case (and maybe the SSD as well). Aside from a little bit of unseen blue on the sticker of the WD 1TB drive, everything in this build matches pretty much perfectly. I even went so far as to order a third Phanteks fan to replace the stock Fractal fan in the rear 140mm slot because the Fractal one looked out of place sitting behind the Phanteks cooler, as well as specifically purchasing a color-coordinated monitor and keyboard to match the system theme.
As for performance specs, I haven't noticed a single thing wrong with this thing. I haven't been able to formally benchmark it yet, but I assure you, the 4790k and GTX 770 HOF have absolutely no problem with any game I throw at them, even at the highest possible settings (granted, I have played only a few games, including Skyrim and Need For Speed, but think what you will). In terms of noise output, this thing is barely even audible. Honestly, sometimes the only way I actually know that it's on at all is because the monitor is showing my desktop. Even from just a couple feet away, I can't hear anything more out of this puppy than the gentle whoosh of air that comes out of the fans.
Overall, I'm ecstatic about this build. It looks gorgeous, performs like a champ, and has no noticeable problems. Building computers is my passion, and I am so happy to call this beast my personal rig. I'm sure it will serve me well for years to come.
|Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.0GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||31.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||51.0° C|