The System

Chakemco's Feedback:

My daughter was looking for a high-end gaming rig. I did a ton of research and had originally decided on a pre-built system; that is until I ran across your site. It had been a dozen or so years since I last built a system and your instructions helped immensely! She got an awesome system for substantially less than an off the shelf build. She can run Assassin's Creed Unity on Ultra video settings or run an instance in World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor with all of the high-end effects with the video settings maxed. Thanks and keep up the awesome work!

Built: November 2014

Chakemco didn't just do a great job building up this system, he also created a helpful guide to all the parts he incorporated into the build, illustrating how they fit together. We bet this diagram is going to help plenty of would-be builders gain the confidence to build a system like this for themselves...or their kids!

The Inside View

Component List:

  1. CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K
  2. Motherboard: Asus Z97-A
  3. RAM: Crucial Ballistix Elite 4GBx2 DDR3
  4. Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 G1
  5. Case: Rosewill Blackhawk
  6. Solid-State Drive: Crucial MX100 256GB
  7. Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB
  8. Power Supply: EVGA Supernova G2 750W
  9. Optical Drive: LG 24x DVD Burner
  10. CPU Cooler: Thermalright Macho Rev. A (BW)
  11. Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1

Lights

There's no better CPU for a high-end gaming build right now than the 4690K, and it will have plenty of room to stretch its legs in this system equipped with the impressive Thermalright Macho cooler. The Macho is spec'd here with a sleek white 140mm fan, denoted by the (BW) in the model name.

Handling graphics duties for this build is the top-of-the-line Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 G1, which offers a 150MHz overclock versus the reference speed, along with a big triple-fan cooler and a sold backplate, which provides both improved cooling and component protection. Note that due to the video card's length, the case's middle hard drive bay needed to be removed before the card could be installed. Luckily, there's still plenty of room for Chakemco's storage array, which includes a Seagate mechanical drive and the Crucial MX100 solid-state drive.

Powering this system is the EVGA Supernova G2 750W, which not only has ample wattage to run this rig at full tilt, but is also exceptionally quiet and very easy to build with, due to the fully-modular cables. We particularly like that EVGA backs it up with its exceptional customer service and a 10-year warranty, the longest in the industry

To the right you can see some of this system's go-fast bits peaking out through the tinted side panel window of the Blackhawk case - you've got the Windforce logo on the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 G1 lit up in blue, and the white 140mm fan of the Thermalright Macho spinning up top. In addition to looking great, Chakemco sends word that this build is "whisper quiet even with a total of 9 fans running." Very nice!