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The Gainer

by N4m3L3SS

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40 Comments

Details

Date Published

April 21, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.6GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.0GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.25GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

Description

I call this build "The Gainer" since it will be slowly gaining strength over the summer. I plan on getting an I7 4790k, a new gpu (haven't chosen one yet since newer line of gpu's coming out soon), an EVGA 220-G2-0750-XR psu, some new ram, and few different custom things I plan on doing w/ custom sleeving and making a custom psu shroud.

One problem i ran into was the front case fans i can not reach the cords to the motherboard :. I don't have a molex connector or w/e it is needed for the fan volt controller for the front of the case. Any feedback on what i should do to maintain cable management with getting the 2 front fans to reach the motherboard would be much appreciated. This case was fun building in compared to my previous NZXT Source 220. Much more room on the back side to route your cables. I think there is about 1.5 inch clearance between the back and the panel for routing cables :D. I removed all the HDD bays since I wont be using them and in the future plan on doing custom liquid cooling. I am open to suggestions on GPU's and RAM. If i get any type of 4k, it will be a 4k television, i have no plans on getting a 4k monitor anytime soon. If i ever get a 4k monitor it would probably be at least a year or so.

All the prices that are $0.00... All either are reused from previous setup or were given to me from family and friends!!

Part Reviews

CPU

4.2 ghz OC.. could prob get more out of it, but got no idea on overclocking. Im much noob lol EDIT 4/23/15 learned how to properly overclock my cpu and got it to 4.6 ghz with max temps of 65c.. could possibly get more out of it but i dont think i will press my luck.

CPU Cooler

CPU temps are very nice and cool while idle and under load!! I don't think I have seen the cpu go over 44c yet under load.

Thermal Compound

Not much to say.. thermal compound, helps keep my cpu nice and cool

Motherboard

Either I am very noobish or my motherboard doesnt want me to put in my own voltage settings for overclocking, that is why i give 3 stars.

Memory

Served me well when i had this paired with my older build w/ the AMD A8-5600k when it first came out. One of the sticks of ram starting to show its age and is ready for a funeral soon :\

Storage

Best HDD I have owned so far, fast boot up speeds for a hdd! :D

Video Card

When i first got this gpu 3-4 years ago, I was able to max just about every game I played. Now it can't max most games anymore. Time for a replacement this summer.

Case

Best case I have ever worked with so far with cable management and has dust filters!! :D

Power Supply

Served me well over the years when i had my AMD A8-5600k and current gpu paired with it. Will have to upgrade soon once i get my I7-4790k and newer gpu.

Optical Drive

Not much to say.. burns dvd's and cd's

Operating System

IMO best O.S. I have ever owned. Tried Windows 8.1 for a day or 2 and did not like at all and after some time going thru diff people I managed to get a refund on it and stuck with Win7

Case Fan

Pushes ALOT of air, keeps my h100i purring like a kitten

Monitor

Pretty good monitor (i have the white version) Got no complaints with this monitor, been serving me quite well for the last 2-3 years that I have owned it. Hopefully it lasts me another 1-2 years at least before I finally pull the trigger on buying a 4k monitor

Mouse

Best mouse I have ever owned. Improved my performance in FPS games by prob 20-25% :D

Comments Sorted by:

TechyinAZ 13 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Looks great!

I suggest getting a fan splitter for those twin front fans. You will only have one cable to manage and it acts as a nice long extension cord.

N4m3L3SS submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I will look around for one and get one asap :D. So i can look on Amazon and newegg and just search "fan splitter"?

TechyinAZ 13 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Yeah, both companies should have some. And look at your fan cables, are they three pin or 4pin (PWM) fans? If 3 pin then buy a 3 pin splitter, but if PWM then buy a PWM splitter.

N4m3L3SS submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

PWM is 4 pin right?

TechyinAZ 13 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

yep.

N4m3L3SS submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

sweet.. just found them on newegg. Def gonna buy some on my next payday!

LeMMingSlayeR 8 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

That 7950 is still a strong card, and while it cannot max every AAA title from 2013 and up it is definitely a card that will play ANYTHING on at least high settings. I have the r9 280 (basically a rebranded 7950) and I just got done playing BF4 with everything on high/ultra (except MSAA was off), and my FPS never went under 60 with vsync on @1080p. I resisted the temptation to get a GTX 970, and while I know it would give me better performance, I can't justify spending $350 just so I can use more MSAA without a framerate drop. I would like to see what AMD brings to the table when the R9 300 cards come out though...

N4m3L3SS submitter 2 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

So i might be better off doing crossfire with this 7950?

LeMMingSlayeR 8 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I have been considering doing the same with mine, as I can get another XFX card to match mine for about $170 Brand new on Newegg (and XFX still gives lifetime warranties). And more and more games are crossfire compatible all the time. The only thing holding me back is the (admittedly more than a few) horror stories I have read on line about microstuttering and other crossfire related problems. But I'm starting to think it's worth a gamble to really give my card a few more years of heavy duty gaming life.

N4m3L3SS submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I've heard the horror stories as well, but its def worth the gamble :D

LeMMingSlayeR 8 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Two 7950s with 3GB of VRAM would definitely be a GPU force to be reckoned with (especially when you can get two for the price of a GTX970), but I'm worried that the G3258 wouldn't be able to use both GPUs to anywhere near their full potential. So while I think it would definitely be worth another $100-$150, it might put you in a position where you are then forced to upgrade your CPU just to be able to use both cards fully.

N4m3L3SS submitter 2 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

I plan on getting an i7-4790k w/ a 750w psu or possibly 850w psu

Octothorpe 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

flip that psu and manage a few more cables more neatly and you have a truly pretty system. Love the use of the 7950, and I would love to see you crossfire it with another one and get a better PSU, just for the badassery of it.

N4m3L3SS submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

just had a discussion about crossfiring it and decided i will crossfire it. Might also look into getting some backplates. If i flip the psu will the fan of it be sucking air in or blowing it out of the bottom? Im thinking of pulling air in from the bottom and front and exhausting out the top and back.

Octothorpe 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

if you flip the PSU, it will suck in air from the bottom and blow it out the back, where there's a grate. Just make sure to keep the PC off carpet.

N4m3L3SS submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I would never ever ever have a pc on carpet.

sgtSnyder 6 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I agree, just crossfire with the 7950! It'll give you plenty of graphics power and will give the awesomeness of having two graphics cards. But you'll definitely need a different PSU! You can also push the G3258 even more, PM me if you would like any help with that.

N4m3L3SS submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I plan on getting the 750w EVGA g2 or w/e the name of the psu is, and also plan on getting an i7 4790k within the next 2-3 months. I sent you a pm!

LeMMingSlayeR 8 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

If you change your radiator fans to the top of the radiator and set them to pull, it will be much easier to clean your radiator periodically. You will be surprised how frequently dust will build up on the radiator fins (unless every intake and vent in your case is filtered). I had mine set up as yours is before and I was pulling the fans off almost monthly to clean the radiator (We have 3 cats and no matter how many filters I use I have to blow out my computer a lot. I'm back to air cooling now, and I still take the front fan off my Hyper 212 so I can get it nice and clean.

N4m3L3SS submitter 2 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

my case has dust filters on the front and bottom where i will be sucking air in, so i shouldn't get very much dust i think?

DTF1129 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I don't know how much you paid for all this but it looks really tidy. That's good to see because I see so many budget computers that get shown no love. Good job man!

N4m3L3SS submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

thanks!.. my gpu, ram, psu, hdd, and optical drive were all from previous builds i had. My cpu and mobo i got off of reddit for 100 w/ shipping included in the price!

DTF1129 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

nice! just keep upgrading little by little and youll see it grow fast, thats what i did.

N4m3L3SS submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

thats what i'm planning to do :D

Xorex64 1 point 16 months ago

What are ur average boot speeds?

Hows that mobo doing?

N4m3L3SS submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

my boot speeds aren't as good as i think they should be. Takes me about 1 minute to get to desktop. Idk if my hdd is just starting to show its age or not (hdd is about 4-5 yrs old). The motherboard is pretty good.

Xorex64 1 point 16 months ago

Thanks

N4m3L3SS submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

no prob. The motherboard is all around pretty good.. has enough usb ports for all me needs, overclocks my current cpu nicely. Planning on upgrading my cpu to the i7 4790k around Christmas time!

TewGudAlex 1 point 12 months ago

DO NOT GET A 4790k DO ******* NOT get a 6700 not oc able or something get new gen

N4m3L3SS submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

if i go new gen now, id have to get a new motherboard... i might wait til the next gen release at the end of the year :D

TewGudAlex 1 point 12 months ago

eh yeah imna wait till 2017 cuz i wanna see these zen chips and pascal cards

N4m3L3SS submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

hmm.. idk if i can wait that long.. this pentium g3258 is holding me back on so many games that i want to play... maybe if i can score a good deal on a i5 4690k used to hold me off til 2017 lol

TewGudAlex 1 point 12 months ago

i'd get a i5 2500k its about as good as a skylake 6100 but better there only a about 100$

N4m3L3SS submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

is that 1150 socket? don't really feel like swapping to a new motherboard yet lol

Stereotypical_Whale 1 point 9 months ago

a liquid cooler almost double the price of the cpu XD.

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N4m3L3SS submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks!.. It's going to become more of a beast over the summer time :D Can't wait til im fully finished building this