Well, at least its overkill as far as I'm concerned. Anyways, not long after I got my rig up and running, my sister decided she was jealous and threw a bunch of money at me, telling me to build her a really good system. So I did.
For the processor, I chose an i7 4790k. I was going to use a 6700k, but when a really good deal popped up at a local tech shop, I pounced on it, got this chip for a really good price. Its currently running at 4.5 Ghz.
Cooling that surprisingly volatile CPU is a Phanteks PH T14s. The version with black blades. This is one bit of the build where I skimped a bit, but it does fine. The processor, under idle usage, with the core frequencies sitting at 4.5 and vcore on auto, hits 55-60 degrees Celsius. Not very pleasing. I do plan to try and convince her to let me install a water cooler. We'll see.
The motherboard is an MSI Z97S SLI Krait edition. I have an X99A Krait board in my own rig, and have had very good experiences with it. So I thought I'd try them out again. As I had figured, this board proved to be a good choice. It doesn't cost an awful lot, overclock well, looks cool, and has an easy to navigate bios.
For ram, I got 4 4gb sticks of vengeance pro ddr3. Vengeance pro sticks are pretty high end. Good heat sinks, good looks, and they overclock well. I got 16gb of the stuff for $100 from the same tech shop that sold me the 4790k. Not the best deal, but its good enough.
For storage, my sister just wanted something simple and reliable, the polar opposite of my machine's dual raid arrays. I chose a 128gb corsair force lx as a boot drive and a Seagate 2tb sshd. The sdd is fast, that's to be expected. The hybrid drive? Its quicker than a wd blue. Pretty good for the money
For the graphics card, I got her a GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition. I had originally bought this card for myself, but my sister decided she liked it, and I struck a deal. She could have it if she bought me a replacement 1070 (she did). So yeah, that's easily the biggest highlight of the build. Overclocks nicely and looks great with the leds in the case.
Speaking of the case, I got a corsair spec alpha. Now, let me address the elephant in the room. The one in the pictures is blue and white but the case listing is black and gray. I can assure you that's not a photo edit. The case was found at the same shop I've mentioned twice before. Weirdly its not.even listed on the corsair website (or wasn't when I looked). Its got plenty of room for fans and hdds, and it fits the color theme she wants.
Powering this thing is a 650w supernova p2. Its got plenty of plugs and such, and is whisper quiet. What else can I say?
The os of choice is windows 10. I have used it on my rig and had no issues, so I got a copy for her rig. She likes it. I might buy a copy of windows from the actual microsoft store later, but for now this version of Windows is doing well. It hasn't been shut down yet and was cheap. So, yeah...
I also bought a bunch of Thermaltake riing fans, for obvious reasons. They push air well, and look cool while doing it. I've got em hooked into the case fan controller. I also got an external disk reader, due to the lack of a 5.25 inch bay, and some cosmetic enhancements (specifically a hue+ lighting kit and a Cablemod full kit for evga _2 power supplies. The led lighting kit was a necessity to my sister from the beginning, but I decided to throw in the custom cables because the stock ones make a bit of sick come up into the back of your mouth when you see them. The led kit would be spoiled by them. So yeah, there's the rig itself.
Peripherals? Well, I got an m65 pro, due to it being white, and a corsair k70 rapid fire. She likes both of them but for the wrong reasons. They may feel nice to use, but all she cares about is the rgb.
For the monitor, she chose a BenQ 1080p panel. I'd say this is one area she did pretty nicely on. The panel wasn't insanely expensive, its sharp, and has nice color production. And its big.
So yeah, the rig is fantastic. But she hasn't used it to its full potential yet. While I'm playing doom at 4k, she's listening to ****** music without headphones and doing assignments. This is because while she does have a great computer she won't buy any games for it. It saddens me really. Watching it sit there... Ugh.
At this point in time this processor is a tad bit old. But it can still rip through anything you throw at it. Running at 4.5 Ghz its definitely not a slouch. And I got this chip for only $230. Just a bit more than the Skylake 6600k.
It cools the 4790k in my sister's build, but only just. I'm pretty sure a fan or two more will solve that.
Easy to navigate bios, white and black color scheme, reliable, and not very expensive. Pretty nice board.
Its ram... Um, it works, I guess it overclocks nicely, and it has a good looking heat sink. Um, yeah.
When picking parts for this build, I found this ssd at a local frys and decided to buy it. Not having any reviews on pcpp kind of raised an eyebrow, I was a bit nervous to pick an add that has no previous user experience. But I've had no issues with it so far. It reads and writes quickly and is pretty capable. Would recommend.
Hybrid drives get a bad reputation and I don't see why. Running some tests, this is faster than, for example, a wd blue. My sister uses it primarily for media storage and game storage, and its pretty fast.
This video card is capable of competing with the likes of the 980 ti and titan x. All for just $449.99. The shroud looks mean, and overclocking is very easy. This card is currently running at 1.9 Ghz stable. Would definitely recommend.
Good amounts of expansion, an angular design, and a side panel window. It also features good airflow, and to top it off I got this case in white with blue accents. It even has a built in fan controller.
Fully modular, looks nice, and provides plenty of power and expansion. The platinum rating also means less fluctuation for smoother operation.
For gaming, look no further. Its not the greatest version of Windows, but with dx12 compatibility and a ui similar to windows 7, its really the only option nowadays.
I put four of these things into my sister's build. Definitely worth it. They push air nicely, cooling the hdds, and exhausting hot air out the top.
The GL2460HM is a 1080p panel definitely worth your money. Its got under low response times, its pretty big, and its got good color reproduction. Overall, a great monitor for the money.
Click click click. The k70 rapid fire is definitely a great gaming keyboard. Its leds are good, the keys are nice to press, and they make a good noise too.
Pretty much an m65 with a white shell and higher dpi. It tells nice, matched the theme of the build, and performs nicely. The removable weights are the icing on the cake