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A Couple's Build (2 Builds in 1)
by Nawp209
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Hey guys!

Note that these computers are almost identical. Only differences are: Monitors (1 from old build, 1 new), 1 500gig HDD (from old build), and 1 of the TL-WDN4800 wireless cards (again, from old build). Also note, pictures taken with iPhone after long day at work and somewhat rushing to build these before midnight.

This build is for a couple who plays games regularly, and was also bang-for-your-buck oriented. She was gaming on a 2010 Macbook Pro (I swore up and down that gaming and Macbook don't mix) and my old build was basically a i7-920 @ 3.2 and GTX 275 in SLI. Obviously we both needed to upgrade. Both CPUs sit at 4.0 ghz obviously on air and GPUs OC'd slightly. I haven't had a chance to stress test these in any regard since I built these Wednesday, and it's now Friday. The temps on the right are my current temps as I'm typing this. I didn't have too many problems with anything while building these as well, which was a relief. I also plan on getting her a NZXT Hue because she likes her LEDs.

Everything was on sale, except the video cards, or had a rebate like the Monitor. Also I used free 5-7 day shipping because I knew I wasn't really in a rush; this really helped on cost.

Not sure what really else to say other then that we are happy with our new computers and look forward to gaming on them! If you have any questions, I'll answer them!

I know you guys like pictures, as do I; that being said, I apologize in advance that these pictures are god awful.

Part List
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.0GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load-
MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.09Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.5GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle35.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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SrgtMacfly [1 Build] 13 points 9 months ago

i7-920 is still strong! I like this build, especially seeing 2 of them side by side!

PickItApart 4 points 9 months ago

Excellent builds. side note, you might want to remove the front mid HDD tray to improve airflow from front fans.

Nawp209 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Oh I will, I simply ran out of time.

gseyffert [1 Build] 4 points 9 months ago

The couple that games together, stays together. +1. I think this is awesome.

Nawp209 [Submitter] [1 Build] 5 points 9 months ago

We originally met on WoW and have been together for almost 6 years now! Thanks!

gseyffert [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Awesome! Congrats man.

FireflyNerd [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Heh. I've been playing WOW since open beta, and my wife has only recently joined me there. :D

xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

As I was flipping through the pictures, I kept trying to guess when the top drive cages would be taken out, but they weren't. :(

Awesome builds though. Happy gaming. :)

Zeus [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Sexy mobo's ;) +1

What kind of games do you guys play?

Nawp209 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

We lead and raid in a top 75 US raiding guild in WoW. She plays more Hearthstone while I play Borderlands 2, SC2, and many more (cause I can now _^)

Zeus [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

The 280X's a perfect for you

Gooberdad [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

I like the one on the right, but that one on the left? Nice builds!

XeroSlayer 1 point 9 months ago

Great build, great selection of parts and I really am a fan of Fractal R4.

illinklined [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Very nice, big fan of the MSi cards. Congratz on the twins!!

malcar11 [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Amazing! great selection and optimized as well. Congrats!


Frostbyter 1 point 9 months ago

Still have my 920, gonna put a 780ti soon with it :)

TNTrocks123 [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

isn't the define r4 case heavy???

Nawp209 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Not really. I had a CM 690 II before and I'd say it's slightly heavier, but that case had plenty of mesh.

Liam81 1 point 9 months ago

Well done but who has the system with the SSD?

Nawp209 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

We both have 1 120gig SSD and 1 1TB HDD. I also have a 500gig HDD from a the previous build.

Worriedwalrus 1 point 9 months ago

I cant justify paying that much for what the psu is but otherwise good.

Nawp209 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

They are 80 Gold and I got them $40-50 off with free shipping, each for a savings of $80-100. Was pretty worth.

Nawp209 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

I took out the extra drive bays today cause I found myself with some extra time and oh man how easy they were to take out. I was putting it off cause I thought it would take around 30 minutes but it took less than 5 for both.

Also both CPU and GPU are running 3C cooler while idling, it's nice!

SgtTherin [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Congrats on the toys! Gotta love gaming with the lady... Or vice versa of course :-) +1

Kragore [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Great part choices, think its the best for the money! Good Job and Enjoy!