I put this together around September 2014 with a cooler master storm scout 2 case. The case was too small for my liking; so now, more than a year later, I opted to go with a full tower. Main reason would be the aesthetics (particularly side panel and easier cable management).
I use my computer for simple tasks most of the time (browsing - studying - editing documents - watching shows - non extensive programming). But other times I'd use it for demanding tasks (data mining/machine learning - gaming - compiling large projects).
For gaming on 1080p, GTX 970 and i7 4790k are more than good enough. I've ran Unity, GTA V and Black Flag very smoothly. If I ever upgrade the monitor, I will upgrade to 2 way SLI which the motherboard supports. passmark benchmark: http://www.passmark.com/baselines/V8/display.php?id=55924142031 . To overclock the GPU I used MSI Afterburner. To test the GPU I used MSI Kombustor and played video games. To overclock the CPU I used AI Suite 3. To test the CPU I used Prime95.
clarification: When I run prime95 with fans low: 88° C with fans high: 64 ° C hope this clarify. All fans are manually controlled using NZXT Sentry Mix 2.
i7-4790k: at the time of picking this part x99 motherboards were kinda new (I think they only hit the market August 2014). Z170 weren't a thing at the time either. I do feel like going with a processor with more threads could've helped. Overclocking this thing is a piece of cake! All cores run at 4.7 GHz and I'm sure I could've pushed them further.
not as silent as I hoped it was, but does the job! Very easy to install as well.
I didn't do any benchmark before and after or anything like that. This isn't supposed to conduct electricity which makes me feel safer using it in my system.
baaaad choice. I feel like I don't use half the features (M.2 socket 3, Sata Express.....). It has an 8 phase digital power design and it seemed to do well with over clocking. Also it supports sli so I could upgrade in the future.
I literally don't care about ram anymore xD. They might be awesome, they might be complete garbage, I have no idea.
not part of the original build but its price really went down since last year... a much needed upgrade. I boot from this disk now obviously.
really horrible... doesn't seem like that much of an improvement from your average HDD.
Looking back at it, I have no idea why I chose this 970 card, of all the options. I'm glad I did though: overclocks alright and doesn't heat up. GTX 970 is all I need for now, it handles whatever I throw at it at 1080p (max settings or max settings with less shadows/anti aliasing). Until I upgrade my monitor, this will do.
God bless, this case is soooo perfect. Perfect size, perfect side panel, perfect cable management.. I love it.
it's waaaay more than I need for now, but if I upgrade to sli it will be worth it.
does what it says on the tin.
I just wanted to rout all the fan connectors behind the case, this allows me to do so pretty much.