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This build is for a 16 year old boy looking to move away from consoles and an old laptop and into the world of more powerful PCs. He came to me with a very solid list of parts and I took it from there. He wanted it to have a blue theme with black and white accents. Anything with $0.00 he already had or was a gift.

The system was designed to:

  1. Game at very high settings on a variety of games. BF4 will be played a lot.
  2. Have great support for litecoin mining.
  3. Handle all of his audio creation needs using FL Studio 11.


CPU: The i5 4670K is a very popular choice among gamers. FL Studio 11 supports multi-core CPUs, but shows little to no benefit from hyperthreading. The debate between the FX-8350 and 4670K will surely ensue, but I saw Intel as the best choice this time around.

COOLER: The Phanteks PH-TC12DX is one of the only blue colored air coolers that isn’t overly expensive, but still has great cooling ability. I used Arctic Silver 5 thermal past as I do on all of my builds. Temps are very nice with this cooler and it really stands out in the window.

MOBO: The Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H is a strikingly attractive board with a loaded feature set for its’ price point. The blue heatsinks, flat black PCB, and all black capacitors made this a great choice just based on the coloring. This board is heavy! I felt like I could battle some orcs with this thing. All jokes aside I would do a thousand builds with it.

RAM: I use G. Skill in my own system and have used them a few times before. I felt safe using them again. This kit is a very solid 1866 at CAS 8. 8Gb was plenty for gaming and the type of audio work he is doing doesn't benefit from more RAM. The blue color fit the bill.

STORAGE: He needed plenty of storage for large audio files as well as games and other media. I started him out with a 2 TB Seagate Barracuda. He may need to add more storage later on, but this should last quite some time. A SSD will likely be a future upgrade.

GPU: The 290X was chosen not only due to its’ great gaming performance, but also because of its’ litecoin mining abilities. It was also the only card available on Newegg that came with BF4 bundled. Luckily the plastic shroud covering the card’s cooling system is easily removed with a few screws without having to remove the entire cooling system and void the warranty. My girlfriend, using some model paint I had, added some touches to the card to make it match the color scheme. The card itself is very nice looking and comes with a back plate. Benchmarks for the card will be posted below as they come in.

CASE: I’ve only had good things to say about NZXT products and I won’t argue that I’m a bit of a fan boy. The Phantom 530 is yet another feature packed case from the company. I love the new window design over the original Phantom line that shows the entire “goodies” area of the PC instead of only the top half. They've implemented the pivoting fan mount from the Switch 810 as well as the heightened top fan mounting area to allow for push/pull configurations. All the intake fan mounts are filtered except for the one over the HDD cage, which is my only gripe with the chassis. I added a few fans I had laying around to really keep the 290X cool.

PSU: Seasonic is arguably the best PSU making company out there. The SSR-650RM is a tier 2 unit with Gold efficiency. It has a blue and black color scheme that just sealed the deal. The system pulls close to 500 watts under full load leaving plenty of headroom. I would have liked the attachable cables to be sleeved, but that’s just me being picky.


  • Rosewill RNX-N250: I've used these in a few other builds and for a cheap price they work very well for the average sized house.

  • ASUS DRW-24B1ST: I usually grab the cheapest DD available, since they are usually used once, but this guy will be burning lots of CDs. Having used this one before I felt safe using it again.

  • NZXT Hue: He liked the way my case was lit up so without having to get a bunch of LED fans we grabbed this LED setup. He liked how you can change the colors to fit the mood he was in on a particular day instead of being stuck with one color forever. The adhesive was really sticky and the overall length of the strip was long enough to go around the entire case with a little extra.

  • Silverstone Sleeved Extensions: I went with Silverstone on this one because they were cheaper and could get them all through Newegg. He wanted white since there isn't a full set of blue cables. I feel that they really accented nicely.


This build went perfectly. There wasn't a single hitch. I didn't do much of any tweaking and overclocking because the user wanted to try it out for himself. Benchmarks will be posted here later on as he gets some games and such. This will be posted on Reddit in a bit so you can see the high res pictures there. I’m always happy to hear your comments. Feel free to ask questions here or PM me!

Hope you guys like it!

Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/1vtu5c/build_complete_sherlock_i5_4670k_msi_290x_nzxt/

High Res Pictures: http://imgur.com/a/P2FNT#0

Part List
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle28.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load48.0° C
MSI Radeon R9 290X 4GB TWIN FROZR Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.04Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate5.0GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle36.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load69.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP8930
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TheTekJake [1 Build] 9 points 8 months ago

I'm in love <3. +1,000,000 if I could. Love the name. Very Sherlock style.

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 3 points 8 months ago

Thanks!! :D I always let the user choose the name. He really likes Sherlock on the BBC so that's what he went with.

SirYar 7 points 8 months ago
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago


RyneSmith [7 Builds] 6 points 8 months ago

I was loving the camera work and the detail of the build and then I saw who's build it was... I expect nothing less!

Great build once again skemble :)

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

You flatter me Mr. Smith :)

Retroman 5 points 8 months ago

+1 Great Cable management, cool color scheme, nice air flow and quality parts. That is one lucky kid :)

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you kindly! :D

Proluke [2 Builds] 5 points 8 months ago

oh cmon man how do you expect me not to +1 a skemble build!

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Haha! If only everyone thought the way you do ;)

fsma92 [2 Builds] 4 points 8 months ago

that is one sexy beast, I wish I knew about PC's back when I was 16, this is insane. Back when I was 16 and started working I had this kind of money but I bought ps3 and xbox 360 and a crappy prebuilt and spent over 2k$ for all that the consoles and PC, could of built a sick PC. :<

I'm sure he will enjoy the hell out of it, also cool pics!

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

Thanks man! I did the same thing when I was that age... He told me that he was finally able to play Minecraft with his friends with shaders and mods :)

fsma92 [2 Builds] 4 points 8 months ago

great! as long as you can make somebody's life better (I know it's just a computer, but I'm sure he's gonna have lots of fun) that's what matters :D

fnapoli [1 Build] 4 points 8 months ago

I'm still very surprised to see really nice, high end builds like this that don't have at least an SSD as a boot drive.

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 5 points 8 months ago

He was more interested in the 290X than a SSD. I would have gotten one personally, but it's not my build.

fnapoli [1 Build] 3 points 8 months ago

Yeah I hear ya

Trinity596 [3 Builds] 3 points 8 months ago

i actually really like this build. +1 Very cool and great job! Be proud!

Bladedrummer [3 Builds] 3 points 8 months ago

Love it.

Short_Circuit [1 Build] 3 points 8 months ago

Sweet build, love the attention to detail on the color scheme! +1

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks Chris!

Hitch_Blacklabel 3 points 8 months ago

Great cable management, lil guy should be proud of that build.

cam9 3 points 8 months ago

beautifully done sir.

xx116xx [3 Builds] 3 points 8 months ago

Wow. Very nice color scheming.

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

I take pride in my color coordination! Thanks!

xx116xx [3 Builds] 3 points 8 months ago

You definitely should :)

JasonUK [10 Builds] 3 points 8 months ago

Great work Skemble.

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you sir!

deathfromup [6 Builds] 3 points 8 months ago

Beautiful as always Skemble.

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks for checking my builds out!

LeMonarque [3 Builds] 3 points 8 months ago

Wow, this is so goo--oh, it's another one of skemble's builds...



...Wow, this is so good! Great pictures as always. Dat bokeh! :D And that's quite the 16-year-old-console-quitter build. Lucky dude.

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

I wish I had someone to build me a PC when I was 16 instead of play PS2. Thanks for checking out yet another of my builds :)

Electrospeed 3 points 8 months ago

A very nice build, as always!

hitmaniac [1 Build] 3 points 8 months ago

Great Build!! How did you start your personal business of building? I was thinking about.

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Word of mouth mostly. I did a few builds for family/friends and they spread the word that I was building and it's way more cost effective than buying a Dell or HP. I don't really make very much money doing this as it's mostly a hobby, but it's also not my real job. It's nice to get a little something for building a high quality machine though!

hitmaniac [1 Build] 3 points 8 months ago

ok thanks for your insight. I could potentially do something like this as a hobby after I finish college and once I start working

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

Go for it! Start small and just build up from there. If you can consistently build high quality systems that fit people's budgets and are catered to their needs you will make them happy and they will be more likely to tell their friends :)

j9506 [1 Build] 3 points 8 months ago

Clean build great job!

phusionplus 3 points 8 months ago

Very nice build. i might have chosen a different mobo but still a very solid choice. Nice camera work too, what did you use?

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

What board would you have used? I'm using a Canon t2i :)

phusionplus 3 points 8 months ago

Thats a pretty good camera. Actually looking back at the parts list, I would stick with that board. I saw that he wanted the blue and black theme.

If he had gone with the FX-8320(I would never buy a 8350) I would go with the Gigabyte UD5 AM3+ mobo because its primarily black/gray with blue accents.

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

That was the actually the CPU/board combo that he came to me with!

Sam008 2 points 8 months ago

+1 great build.

SpicyPickle [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

This is such a great build, but then again I knew it would be before I clicked on it! I saw the builders name. :)

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

Haha thanks! It's very flattering to know that people recognize my name on a site like this. Then again I do post a lot XD

Itroitnyah [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Awesome build. The guy you built the computer for must do a more of synthesis than recording in FL, then, if 8gb was all he needed. Although currently FL Studio 11 can only utilize 4gb (there's no 64-bit version of FL out yet, although they're working on making one).

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 3 points 8 months ago

Thanks! This was my reasoning for not getting 16Gb. He makes dubstep/techno/electronic type tracks using the soundboard.

Itroitnyah [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Nice, pretty much what I make, but I spent 1600 on equipment instead of a bigger and better computer. Did he happen to drop a youtube or soundcloud in your interactions? I'd be quite interested in hearing some of his stuff

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

He said he was going to get a nice DAC with his next paycheck. I'm not sure on the youtube/soundcloud, but I can sure ask him!

Yevonizer [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Very nice and clean build :) loving the cable management and color scheme :)

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you sir!

Stadt2000 [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

One thing I'm curious about whether you measured. Does the litecoin mining pay off in terms of how much electricity is used for running the machine? In other words, for every dollar of litecoin that can be mined with this rig, how many dollars of electricity is spent?

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Since he doesn't pay the electricity bill there is no overhead there. I'm not sure how much he would make, but he was adamant about having an AMD card so that's where we ended up.

18hockey [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

I'm not really one for the whole LED strip stuff, but I must say, it really enhances this build. Great job!

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you! That's how I felt too! The white cables "soak in" if you will, the different colors that you can change using the Hue. I turned out better than I expected :)

xIMcCloud29Ix [3 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

Oh sweet bananas that is nice lol. Beautifully chosen parts and cable management. Am I the only one who thinks BF4 is sort of lame? I want to sell mine after playing for not even an hour. Off topic sorry but epic build nonetheless.

markwheato71 2 points 7 months ago

oh dear oh dear just when i thought it couldnt get better, this is a machine of the gods,and the name just wow,well well holmes u sure cracked this 1.

sepnotic [1 Build] 2 points 5 months ago

Very nice build and great camera work. Please keep up the great work that you always do.

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

Thank you kindly! :) My camera skills continue to get better every build I do. Expect another one possibly next weekend!

sepnotic [1 Build] 2 points 5 months ago

Cool, I will look out for that build. BTW, I've learned a lot from your builds.

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

I'm glad someone actually reads/uses the content that I post rather than simply browsing the pictures! Was there something specific that you learned from this build or another one of mine?

Though I have to say your version of the Phantom 630 trumps this one :)

TheSleepGeek 2 points 4 months ago

Thank you skemble, I've seen so many builds where that white and blue cooler just doesn't work aesthetically and I want that in my system and was getting worried it just didn't look good but you pulled it off so I can too :) +1!

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Haha thanks man! Good luck!

Bossnutz 1 point 8 months ago

+1 Nice build similar to mine in a way.

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Jozmtr 1 point 7 months ago

I think you overpaid on the mobo, but other than that it's fine. =) +1

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Current price on Amazon and Newegg without shipping is $159. Prices fluctuate a lot from day to day, especially when there are so many great deals on parts. Thanks for checking it out!

Jozmtr 2 points 7 months ago

Alright. Thanks for the reply. I admire your other builds too. You've probably been building computers for a long time. I'm hoping to build my first PC this year. Good day to you sir. =)

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks man! I've only been building for about a year actually. Building costs money and so does school haha. When you're looking to do your first build you come to me and I'll help you through the part picking process!

Jozmtr 1 point 7 months ago

Oh sure actually. Here it is. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2SxIbThe thing about it is I'm not sure if I should get a 760 or a R9 270/x... I wanted a solid build with decent aesthetics and capable performance. I might be willing to turn a couple settings down for competitive reasons, but I plan to OC the CPU and maybe the GPU? I dunno. I picked the mobo because it's crossfire compatible and I could always upgrade to 16 gb if i wanted to. But, like I said, I'm still unsure of what GPU I can get. I'm 14, so I'm sure there're loads of mistakes in it, but yeah.. =P And that's understandable, I go to a private school so it's like alot more expensive lol.

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

I'm not getting anything from you link? Send me a PM.

Jozmtr 1 point 7 months ago

hmm.. how do you send a pm?

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Click on my name. Over on the right you will see a little envelope and "Send A Message".

Georgianfinest 1 point 6 months ago

Sorry for my noobism, but how you managed to run 1866 RAM on Mobo which have 1333/1600 support?

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Not a bad question! You also have to consider how people OC RAM past 1600 when the RAM is rated for just that speed. I'm no expert on OCing RAM, but I've found that OCing CPU/RAM coincide. So basically if you OC your CPU you will have an easier time with getting a RAM boost.

Georgianfinest 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks for the answer, very informative.

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

I just started OCing CPU first. Got it set at 4.2. Then went and set the XMP profile which was 1866 and had no problems.

babachicken 1 point 3 months ago

what is your internet speed, and what speeds are you getting with that rnx250

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

My internet speed is 15/3, but since I do not own that computer I can't tell you any exact numbers.

sepnotic [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Nice build my friend. Love the case too, I have one just like that but with a little bit redesigned :) +1

CrazyCroak05 1 point 19 days ago

How do you like your headphones? I'm thinking about getting them

skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 19 days ago

This isn't my computer and I don't use those headphones so I'm no expert on them. Sorry!