The Build

David's Feedback:

My system is up and running and Windows 8.1 is set up (until windows 10 releases). My sister nicknamed my computer "Charizard" because of the red led fans. I'm still shocked at how speedy this thing is and how much fun it was to build. Thanks a lot for the help!

Built: June 2015

David based this build off of our $2,000 Premium Gaming PC Build, as of June 2015. He modified it with one of the ultra-high end case options we've listed in our $3,500 Build, the awesome Corsair Graphite 780T. We always provide a number of component options in our builds to cater to different needs and tastes, and there's no component that is more personal than the case. We therefore definitely encourage our readers to check out our other builds for case ideas, as each of our builds lists what we consider the best cases at their specific pricepoints. Whether you want to go big and bold, small and sleek, ultra-modern, or something in between, there's a case out there for you. And for David, the 780T was the case of choice!

Below you can see the all-important "box shot", followed by David's complete parts list.

The Parts

Component List:

  1. CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core
  2. Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H Black
  3. Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Gaming G1 4GB
  4. Memory: Patriot 2x8GB Viper III DDR3-2133
  5. SSD: Crucial MX200 500GB
  6. Hard Drive: Toshiba 5TB
  7. Case: Corsair Graphite 780T
  8. Power Supply: EVGA Supernova G2 850W
  9. Optical Drive: LG Blu-Ray Burner
  10. CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S
  11. Operating System: Windows 8.1 64-bit 

TBG's "Premium Gaming PC" is a high-end build to start with, but David actually upgraded it with more than just a super-high-end case. He also went with Toshiba's new (and very reasonably-priced) 5TB hard drive for bulk media storage, along with a Blu-Ray drive for playing and writing to Blu-Ray discs. He also got a bit lucky with the video card, which had just dropped in price about $50 right before he purchased it. Below, you can see the entire system as built up.

The Inside Look

By the way, we helped David get past a minor stumbling block during the building process. Turns out that he missed one small but crucial step - plugging in the 8-pin CPU power connector, which is located in the upper-left corner of the motherboard. This is an easy one to miss, as it's far away from the power supply and just about all the other power connections in a PC build. Luckily, once David plugged that last cable in, his system was up and running! We provided one last tip after David sent in these photos: the 140mm fan mounted on the Noctua NH-U14S CPU cooler would actually be more effective if mounted on the right side of the cooler, blowing through to the back of the case, rather than mounted on the left side of the cooler as in the photo above. Mounting it as shown, however, can be useful if RAM clearance is not sufficient on the right side, or if you want to run dual fans.

As shown below, David has his gaming PC hooked up to a sleek Sony 42" 1080p HDTV, along with color-matched peripherals, the excellent Razer BlackWidow Chroma Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and Razer DeathAdder Chroma Gaming Mouse.

The System

No doubt about it - this is one well-coordinated gaming rig! Congrats, David, on your awesome new PC!