In June 2014, I replaced the CPU, CPU cooler, and motherboard in my previous computer. While it was just a parts upgrade, that previous one had been upgraded a number of times to where the only original parts I’m using from that build are the RAM and PSU, so it’s time for a new page.
My build is available as a list on PCPartPicker, but here’s a more detailed version:
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor. I’ve overclocked it to 4.7GHz
CPU Cooler: Corsair H105 73.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler. Has a dual 120mm fan radiator attached to the top of my case.
Motherboard: Asus Z97-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
RAM: Corsair XMS3 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory. This is ancient stuff from 2010 I believe but RAM is no longer the bottleneck it once was.
Graphics: Dual EVGA GTX 780s in SLI. Gaming at 2560×1600 takes real horsepower.
PSU: Corsair Professional 850W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
Local Storage: Two old Intel 320 Series 160GB SSDs in RAID 0. A modern single SSD is probably faster. I also have two Western Digital 2TB drives and a 1.5TB Seagate drive, all used for random storage.
Network Storage: A HTPC in my living room with six 6TB drive in RAID 5 (27.2TB). It’s also my Plex server. I also have two Synology NASes — one with 10.8TB and the other with 8.04TB.
Total Storage: 51.3 terabytes
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 ATX Full Tower Case. A nice, big, open-air case.
Primary Monitor: Dell U3011 60Hz 30.0″ Monitor. Huge! The screen space has spoiled me. However since it’s 2560×1600 (twice the pixels of 1080p), it requires a lot of beefy hardware in order to game on it.
Secondary Monitor: Dell U2414H 60Hz 23.8″ Monitor. IPS panel with an incredibly thin bezel. Primarily used for Slack and SSH terminal windows.
Keyboard: Logitech G19. It has a little LCD built into it that’s a bit gimmicky but it’s fun. The keys can also be set to be any color although some of the lights are beginning to burn out.
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse. I love this mouse. It’s my second one after my first one finally bit the dust.
Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M50. Incredible value for money and I don’t know why I kept using crappy headphones for so long. I have many thousands of hours of use on mine and they are still working great to this day.