My Gaming PC 2015 build completed 16

If you have been following my progress so far you will know that for this year I set out to build a Gaming PC 2015 which was an update to my older Gaming PC build that has become a bit dated. With that in mind I compiled a list of new hardware that I was intending to place in my build in this article and finally all the parts arrived and I started unboxed and reviewed them all and finally I am at the big reveal as to what my new Gaming PC will looks like which can be seen further below.

The Parts that I have used in the Gaming PC 2015 build

These are all the parts that I have chosen to use in the Gaming PC 2015 build and you can check out each individual parts if you wish:

1. Intel Core i5-4690K Processor

2.MSI LGA 1150 Motherboards Z97-G45 GAMING

3.MSI Computer Graphics Cards GTX 960 GAMING 2G

4.G.Skill RipjawsX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866MHz Memory

5.Corsair Hydro Series H55 Quiet Edition Liquid CPU Cooler

6.Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 High Airflow ATX Cube Case

I did not include my SSD and other hard drives as those were carried over from my previous build.

Performance of the Gaming PC 2015

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I am very satisfied with this build and it has turned out better than I hoped. It’s very energy-efficient, fast and super quiet I have named it officially as: “Code Red” strange name I know but I like it. So far I am able to Play Far Cry 4 easily on Ultra settings which looks and runs great. I was able to encode eight and a half-minutes (8.5 minutes) of 4K YouTube video in 8 minutes quite easily.

Otherwise I am getting some great temps of about 32 degrees celsius on the processor at idle and about 42 degrees celsius under full load. The Graphics card sits at a nice 32 degrees celsius and this is thanks to the great case that they are all housed in which is the Corsair Air 540 and the liquid cooler on the CPU. In Cinebench the processor scores a 542 CB and the Graphics card a 117.42 fps which is awesome compared to my old build. I wont bore you with any more talk and let’s go into what every one want to see and that’s pictures of the new Gaming PC 2015.

Video of the Gaming PC Build 2015

Check out the Video showing the Gaming PC build 2015 with highlights from the build process and more.

Pictures of the Gaming PC Build


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The Old Build being Scrapped for Parts

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All my new components and Case

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Putting it all together

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I love this Double sided Case

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Here is the Finished: Code Red

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She runs super quet

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All Finished

I hope you enjoyed what you have seen in which case please leave a comment below. I would love to have your input or know what you think as your pointers are always welcomed, and also remember that you can check out any of the components that was used in this build above if you would like to build a similar Gaming PC.

About Ricardo

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16 thoughts on “My Gaming PC 2015 build completed

    • Ricardo Gardener Post author

      Thanks Steen for your kind words,it was fun putting it all together this is my best Gaming PC build to date. I just added some LED lights today that I will be reviewing soon and it looks even better.

  • Dwight

    Hey Ricardo
    It was a pleasure watching your un-boxings, and computer build.
    I am a Gamer also, and much of a computer enthusiast. i have build a AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 8-Core monster back in the day
    with Corsair Vengeance16 GB memory kit, a Sapphire HD radeon 5970 dual GPU with 2GB ddr5 memory and an ocz 120 GB Solid 3 ssd. i had the corsair h50 hydro series liquid cooling loop system on it. its real old now, i over clocked it to 4.1 ghz stable real easy.

    im saving for a ddr4 build real soon which should be epic…….

    love the work you have done man, looking forward to more posting from you
    if you are interested i could let you know the parts i have selected for my next build.

    you can let me know

    respect bredrin….

    • Ricardo Gardener Post author

      Thank you Dwight we fellow Computer Enthusiasts have to stick together and I am Glad to have you on the website. This has been a build for me after a long break, but I am back and into the swing of things as this website gives me an avenue to express my love of all things Tech, hope to go on to even better builds. I would love to hear what you have in mind as parts for your next build (Drool) lol its always good to bounce ideas off a fellow Techy.
      In case you were wondering my old build which was a monster too from a while back was a Intel i7 build with a Custom Liquid cooling loop You can see pictures of it here when I did a water cooling Guide, that bastard served me well and was a work horse- RIP. I am trying to balance my builds now a days in being cost effective (Yeh right) and energy efficient the old me would have gone wild on the super high end components if you know what I mean one has to be smart in these times.

      • Dwight

        Ricardo… i know what you mean man….
        my old build pushed a lot of heat and my light bill as well….lol
        but i’m into 3D graphics creation, video editing, sound editing and animation as well. so i always target high end gaming builds…..
        My job is what forced me to learn about computer building, after paying a lot to have ultra high end system built and getting my foot broken, so to speak ( i got ripped off 🙁 ) i learned how to build systems thru youtube.
        and now, i am hooked….lol

        Here is a proposed list of the components for my next build, “trust mi”, its not for the faint of heart, but as you’d expect, my last build cost me a pretty penny, but it severed me a good while before it needed an upgrade or replacement in this case….

        ASUS RAMPAGE V EXTREME, Extended ATX x99 Motherboard , LGA 2011-V3 Socket, DDR4 3300Mhz+(OC)

        Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E 8-Core 3.0GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W Desktop Processor

        Corsair Obsidian Series 900D Super Tower Computer Case

        2 sets of Crucial Ballistix Sport 32GB Kit (8GBx4) DDR4

        Power Supply
        Corsair AX1500i 1500 Watts ATX 12V/EPS 12V Power Supply with Titanium Efficiency

        CPU Cooler
        Corsair Hydro Series Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler H100i

        2 Sapphire Radeon R9 295X2 8GB GDDR5 DVI-D Quad Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card in crossfire (or Quad fire)

        Storage Solution
        Intel SSD 750 Series PCIe AIC 1.2TB Internal SSD (Main boot drive)

        Additional storage
        3 Samsung 850 Pro 1 TB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD

        this is the heart of my proposed build.
        Amd is coming out with a new series of GPU’s, but this r9 295×2 is still a powerfull GPU, in crosfire i believe that even my most challenging file should be rendered with relative ease……

        I’m doing an eyefinity setup this time with 3 4k ASUS PB287Q 28-Inch Screen LED-Lit 4K monitors on a single stand. like i said epic.
        i really need the screen real estate in order to effectively increase my productivity.

        there are several other peripherals which i will not mention, but let me know what you think about the components and what recommendation/s u may have.
        i have already received my fan controller from amazon.

        i was going to try a waterloop custom system for my cpu and gpu, but i don’t think it will give me any significant advantage since i am only going to over clock each cpu core moderately to about 4.3 gig hz max. (i will be leaving everything else on auto in my bios settings.

        love your old build man, i have the same hyper x memory cooler on my amd build too….lol

        how often did you have to service the water loop?

        • Ricardo Gardener Post author

          My Mind is officially Blown -What your address so that I can move in when that system is built-lol, with the components that you have given that build should be able to blaze through anything with ease. Second that going to cost a small fortune not that I am complaining I intentionally held back for my current build as I know when the upgrade hitch hits(Old reformed addict) there is no stopping it although I have found that with a solid system I am always able to make back my initial investment and more so I simply spend without thinking about it much.
          In terms of a custom loop it was not much of a bother every few months I would top up the Fluid and I never had a leak once as I test everything thoroughly, I would definitely go custom again makes for some unique and awesome looking PC’s when done. As for your parts and what I think I love everything you have selected in fact it sound like one of my crazy dream builds that I like to put together but I tend to be careful with those as I will sometimes end up moving from simple Amazon window shopping to buying. Why don’t you go with the ASUS GTX980TI-6GD5 Graphics Card they are brand new and more powerful than the now regular GTX980, although you seem to be more of a AMD guy at heart, I am more of Nvidia type although I am not into the whole Fan boy business. It may cost more but a custom loop would make the card and processor run super cool and you could have a system like that crunching away at editing night and day without needing a break and if you need it would provide more headroom for a higher overclock.I get Liquid cooling components from FrozenCPU Website they have everything for water cooling in one place.
          Also why go with 3 Samsung 1TB drives seeing you need the storage go with a Seagate 3TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s or the 4TB, I am running 4 Terabytes myself (They are now full) don’t ask, you will have all the speed you need in the SSD’s so the drives would provide better volume.
          Well that’s my two cents friend.
          That about it I am loving everything else as the case is perfect for water cooling and such.

          • Dwight

            Well, whilst The Nvidia camp has a lot in terms of memory capacity, G Sync and other technologies, my current card is a dual gpu on one bcb, sapphire hd radeon 5970, it was a great card and served me well, had a gtx 768 or something like that in my dell, and it always ran hot and eventually got burned.
            Amd is the underdog here, but im impressed with them, bcuz despite them being significantly smaller than Nvidia there r still around.
            I love there cards, and the overclocking potential they boast (which suits my needs), the card i choose is a wonderful hybrid, with water cooling right out of the box, ive checked benchmarks and stats on the stock settings and that’s fine enough until maybe three or so years later i can afford to upgrade. I’m not a fan boy of AMD, but i’ve had a great experience with them.

            I have chosen to phase out mechanical drives, because the fail within two to three years of operation,
            Especially where i am, we get power outages and surges all the time, i am on a ups now, but both HHD and SSD were susceptible until the release of the consumer grade Samsung 850 Pro.
            the Samsung Pro 850 I TB ssd has 3D V-NAND, which means longer and more stable read write life compared to
            a mechanical hard drive and also in the event of sudden power loss the information is still held in tack, meaning, you can resume from your previous activity.

            i have lost over a Gig of info because of this, because the drives failed all of a sudden, never giving me a chance to back them up. i was thinking of trying to replace the boards on them, but they are obsolete. Believe me, it hurts a lot. Such content can not be recreated and when clients come to me, often times i have to find a way to start from scratch…..

            Another reason for having the SSD’s was, because im using the intel 750 ssd which has crazy read write speeds, i didn’t want to bottle neck my system as the drive becomes filled and i have to backup.

            Your older build looked real slick with the water loop system,
            i will venture there one day, but i don’t think i have the balls to do it just yet, lest something leaks and i loose some vital component….. i would just bawl bredrin, the down time would literally kill me…..

            Speaking of which, i normally get fast returns on the funds invested. Time is my biggest commodity, and if it save me time, it makes me money…lol

          • Ricardo Gardener Post author

            Well said I get your choices now I can understand the whole data loss issue which is a real killer, also I can see why you would be hesitant on the water cooling as a side note they have none-conductive fluid for loops that might be something you can look at if you ever take the plunge. With your work you should consider a plan C and back up some of your more critical files to the cloud in case, just a thought.

      • Dwight

        indeed, i never knew about non conductive fluids before, thanks man, leave me a link where i could get them.
        Much respect Ricardo

          • Dwight

            Hey Ricardo
            thanks a lot for your recommendations man, i have decided to do a fully water cooled system build after all.
            i’m planning on cooling my mother board mosfets, south bridge, my cpu and dual gpu’s.

            i’m doing some home work here now, but its seems like a more rewarding build now, theoretically speaking.

            i will keep you up to date friend

            Thanks Again

          • Ricardo Gardener Post author

            Any time Dwight and do keep me informed, I really mean that, who know I could even feature your build when its finished if you are up for it, Love seeing a great build.