This is an updated version of my Deep Blue build. I decided to finally move from Sandy bridge to Haswell. I was able to reuse a lot of the parts just needed a new motherboard and a new CPU. I managed to pick the CPU up for very cheap off craigslist and I am pleasantly surprised with the results.

Only limiting factor is I wish the case could accommodate air coolers over 120mm tall and I would have gone with Cryorig M9 as I like the look better. But overall I am happy with the C7's performance since I hardly ever see my temps reach 60 C while gaming.

Part of the motivation to update is recently I have been working more on my blog and youtube channel with game recording and I needed a more relevant PC but don't have a huge budget so Haswell was the way to go for me.

I will be posting benchmarks and game footage of this build on if you want to come check it out. You can also watch benchmarks directly on youtube at BX Tech.

I plan to make this a constantly evolving build. Since posting this I have added an SSD for my OS, Upgraded to Windows 10 Pro, and added an LED strip.

Future plans I am thinking about upgrading to an i5 and getting 16GB of RAM and maybe moving to a quieter case. I really like the look of the air 240 but when you have 4-5 120mm fans this thing can get pretty noisy IMO.

Part Reviews


Great processor for mid-level gaming. Hyper threading is extremely under estimated. I was surprised I can play GTA V, Titanfall 2, Warframe, Warhammer: Total War, Paladins, etc just fine and most of the those over 60 fps. For desktop usage this is a very responsive chip that handles web browsing, spreadsheets, and multiple remote sessions just fine. I do plan to upgrade this to an i5 or i7 due to my video editing. This will render 1080p movie files just fine but were talking about 18 minutes for an 8 minute video.

CPU Cooler

Easy to Install Quiet operation under load Nice look Comes with good thermal paste Please see my full review below


If you are looking for a reliable LGA1150 board this one is perfect. Booted up no issues, all ports working, clean easy to use bios, Overclocking capability if you have a K CPU. Love the blue accents I think they went well with my build. This is my first MSI board I typically have bought Asus but I am thoroughly impressed with this MB. Even when gaming for 4+ hours no issues and VRM temps stay well within the norm but that is probably helped from my downdraft CPU cooler.


Great RAM, I actually have the 1600 mhz version of this. Performs well and I haven't had any functional issues. Because these are 1.35v RAM, when trying to find some compatible sticks to upgrade to 16GB most are 1.5v. 1.35v tends to cost a little more and are harder to find. Not G.Skills fault


A must have for any PC. I use this for nothing but my OS and desktop use. A world of difference from an HDD. Boot up times down to 10 seconds.


Great response time for a HDD and has been working just fine for over 2 years. HD Sentinel still gives this drive over 1000 days of usage when total power on time is over 510 days.

Only negative this thing runs hot. My case pretty much forces passive cooling on the HDD cage as the only fan you can install is near the SSD cage. This thing will easily hit 49 C which is at the edge of my comfort zone for HDDs

Video Card

Great card for 1080P gaming. I have played with this card in GTA V, Titanfall 2, Paladins, CS:GO and it runs great and quiet. Love the dual fan design and the illuminated crest on the back of the card.

Only downside is the stock fan curve is set to be as quiet as possible so the fans never go over 40%. Which means with long gaming sessions you can easily hit 74 C but that doesn't affect performance. I made a custom fan curve in MSI afterburner and it runs about 10 C cooler and its not much louder.

Operating System

I like the look, the added functionality and Direct X 12. I dislike all of the privacy invasion you have to disable and unnecessary bloatware that comes pre-installed with it.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Fire? You have an i3 and a GTX 750 Ti! LMAO

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

lol it relates to the color of the tower (ice) and the keyboard and mouse (fire)

Will eventually be getting rid of the 750 for something recent

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

the name would fit better if you had an AMD FX processor and an nvidia GPU.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 4 points

Or an RX 470

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! And an SSD and a 2TB HDD are on my list for sure. But one part at a time.

And I am between a 1050 ti and a RX 470 at the moment. Leaning towards the 470 if the price is right.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The difference between the 1050 and 1050 TI is very small, so I recommend either getting the 1050 or RX 470 as both make the TI obsolete (but as you already have the 750 TI, I'd think 470). The RX 480 has been at a decent price too (actually $200) and is ~$50 cheaper than the similarly performing 1060. I'm no AMD fanboy (I buy based on pricing and performance not brand), but right now I recommend for you to look at the RX 470 and 480.