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First Computer Build (~$1000, i5-4670k)
by sogden24
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Hello everyone!

After two months of researching and waiting for sales, I finally built this work/gaming computer! Special thanks to the people over at the /buildapc reddit for all of their input and advice on part choices.

CPU: Primarily chose the i5-4670k due to the sale Newegg was having on a mobo combo. I was originally going with an i5-4570, but this sale came at an opportune time and was only $10 more. I also feel it gives me longevity if/when I decide to overclock to keep up with more modern tech/games over the next few years.

CPU Cooler: Pretty cookie cutter and standard, has worked great so far. (Amazon)

MOBO: Not only did this come at a good price in combo with the CPU, but it had also gotten pretty good reviews anywhere I looked. (Newegg)

Memory: Again, pretty cookie cutter...got it at a pretty good price with rebate. (Newegg)

Storage: Cookie cutter, it was between this and the Seagate Barracuda...I went with the cheaper drive. (Amazon)

Video card: I was torn for a while on my decision for a GPU. I originally was going with a 7870, but the 7950's dropped so dramatically that I was able to afford one in my price range. Fortunately, I was able to get good feedback from reddit and I picked up a card with a good cooling solution. I've been happy with it thus far (able to run both Crysis 2 and Witcher 2 extremely well.) (Newegg)

Wireless Adapter: Got it on sale at Newegg, it's dual band and works like a champ.

Case: I was originally going to go with an NZXT 410 Elite, but Corsair was clearing out some of their refurbished cases. I was able to get the 400R at a great price + free shipping. The case is great, only has one minor surface nick. (Corsair)

PSU: This was a highly recommended PSU for the sub $800 - $1000 builds. I was fortunate to get this on sale. I'm happy with it thus far. If I ever decide to crossfire, this would have to go (no plans to as of now.) (Newegg)

Drive: Cookie cutter...no real reason behind choosing this over any others. (Newegg)

OS: The first few hours I used Windows 8, I didn't like it. But after I got the hang of it, it's IMO better than Windows 7. (Newegg)

Monitor: I didn't want to go too overkill on the monitor, but I wanted a solid IPS monitor and this was on sale over at Best Buy (actual monitor is a i2269Fw.)

Keyboard/Mouse: Highly recommended and on sale...also fairly cookie cutter.

After a week with this computer, I'm very satisfied with the part choices. The computer runs cool under load and is quieter than I expected. I'm hoping this computer lasts me a good 4-5 years before I have to upgrade too many of the main components.

Future additions to this computer include a SSD and a second monitor (I like using dual monitors for work.) I also plan on adding some additional fans to further help heat management when I decide to start overclocking.

Thanks for looking!!

Edit: Thanks for all the feedback guys!!

Edit 9-12-13: Added Xigmatek fans for extra cooling.

Edit 9-29-13: Moderately overclocked CPU from 3.4 GHz to 3.8 GHz...passed stability test.

Edit 10-24-13: Minor overclock on GPU to 1000/1300 MHz....passed stability test.

Edit 2-14-13: Overclocked GPU to 1050/1350 MHz...passed stability test. Also purchased a new keyboard.

Edit 4-13-14: Added SSD and overclocked GPU to 1150/1450 MHz.

Edit 5-30-14: Overclocked CPU to 4.1 GHz...passed stability test.

Edit 7-1-14: Overclocked GPU to 1150/1500 MHz.

  • Reasoning on the SSD: Bought it during a sale on Amazon. I would have preferred a Samsung EVO...but can't argue over a $40 SSD.
Part List
Date BuiltAug. 8, 2013
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.1GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load72.0° C
Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.15Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.5GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load62.0° C
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iiLeGiT101 [1 Build] 26 points 17 months ago

Very great choices and this build is lovely. I love it when I see very logical builds like this! Enjoy your games on max settings! :D

iiLeGiT101 [1 Build] 8 points 17 months ago

Random downvoters ...

LeMonarque [3 Builds] 7 points 17 months ago

Don't worry, I gotchyu!

MyNameIsDerp 8 points 17 months ago

Really, really awesome build for the price! I can hardly believe you managed to get a 4670K and a 7950 along with all those peripherals for not much more than a thousand.

condor80 [1 Build] 4 points 16 months ago

Great build! It's pretty similar to my build, but yours seems like a better deal with all the peripherals you got. Have you tried overclocking the CPU or the video card yet?

sogden24 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 16 months ago

Thanks! Your build is very well put together too!!

I have not overclocked yet. I'm planning to sometime in the near future. I don't have an immediate urge/need to overclock right now...the components are currently performing very well at stock clocks/voltages for what I need them for.

LookTopHats [2 Builds] 3 points 17 months ago

Great build mate!

jekhari.lovett 3 points 16 months ago

nice clean build

Ajaxtheman 3 points 13 months ago

How is that monitor, because I am realy interested in it. Are the colors good, etc...

sogden24 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

I've liked it. It has a very good picture and the price was very reasonable for an IPS monitor. The colors are also pretty solid...I don't have any complaints.

Also, one of the primary reasons I got this monitor is because of the decent stand. It's much sturdier than the majority of the monitors I looked at (including ASUS and Samsung, which I found to be really wobbly.)

pods_pc [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

Hey, nice build, alot like mine! How do you find the audio on this board? Mine doesn't really sound to great for music and games even with eq and stuff in realtek audio

sogden24 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks! Our builds are surprisingly similar!

The sound on my MOBO has been good...though I'm not much of an audiophile either. I have the sound playing through two speakers and a sub without any of the fancy software interfering...it has sounded pretty good to me so far.

PCModder 2 points 15 months ago

How is that monitor working out for you? I am looking to upgrade my monitors and these look like serious contenders. It looks like there is almost no bezel. Is that true?

sogden24 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 3 points 15 months ago

I've liked it. It has a very good picture and the price was very reasonable for an IPS monitor. The only real bezel is on the bottom, the rest of the frame is pretty thin. The picture doesn't extend all the way to the edges on the top and sides, but it hasn't been a big issue.

Also, one of the primary reasons I got this monitor is because of the decent stand. It's much sturdier than the majority of the monitors I looked at (including ASUS and Samsung, which I found to be really wobbly.)

PCModder 2 points 14 months ago

Thanks for the recommendation. At that price you cant really go wrong for a decent IPS monitor. I am deffinatly getting a few of these on Black Friday.

StewieMonSta [2 Builds] 2 points 7 months ago

Absolute awesome choices, nice case and epic cable management, you should be very proud of this bro :)

somedude56 1 point 17 months ago

Very nice build.

sketch24 [6 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

nice build.

LeMonarque [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Smart picks! I especially like that you included peripherals. People tend to leave them out to reduce their "total" cost even if they include the boxes in their pictures :) So considering you've got $200 of non-tower stuff, awesome build!

PickItApart 1 point 17 months ago

The prices are incredible. For that alone upvote. Because your choices are also top of the line, a second upvote.

LeCerial [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

I wanted a few more pictures, but great effort! +1

sogden24 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 0 points 17 months ago

I'll post more as I add to the build (fans, SSD, etc.) Thanks!!

sdc177 [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

I have the same CPU, CPU Cooler, Motherboard and Case coming in tomorrow and this will be my first build. Any suggestions on installation order?

sogden24 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Cool, good part choices! I essentially followed Newegg's video guide to building and their build order. The only thing I skipped was the test boot.

The video can be found here:


PapaRay90 1 point 11 months ago

Sweet looking build. I got a question for you buddy. I just bought the Corsair 400R case and i noticed that the case is coming with 9 mobo standoffs preinstalled. Now the thing is,i am going to buy a Gigabyte B85-HD3 mobo and it only have 7 standoff holes,just like your Asus mobo. What you did with the 1 extra standoff?Did you unscrew it? I say 1 because the top one it's a bump standoff so you can't unscrew it.

sogden24 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks man! I just unscrewed any of the standoffs I didn't need. The ones that are removable aren't too hard to unscrew.

jay_gaz27 1 point 11 months ago

How do you like your monitor?

sogden24 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

It's a nice monitor. It has great colors and viewing angles. Highly recommend it if you're looking for a cheaper IPS monitor.

bobokiller 1 point 11 months ago

nice build, the only con (to me) is windows 8. Then again, it's my opinion. Great build, logical, and cheap. Check out my build, tell me please if i need improvements

BobNoxiousUSA [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

nice build. What did you use for stability testing?

sogden24 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks! I use Heaven Benchmark for the GPU and Intel Extreme Tuning Utility 's built in test for the CPU. I usually ran them for an hour or so.

Elshelfo 1 point 9 months ago

Nice build! Just curious about how youre liking the GPU, does it handle modern games well at a smooth frame rate and what do you think about the keyboards, I have heard good things about it.

sogden24 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 0 points 9 months ago

Thanks! the GPU can run the majority of games on ultra without any issue. I've been happy with it. I was tempted to sell it during the mining craze, but I decided to keep it since it does everything I want it to do.

As far as keyboards, both are pretty nice. The Sidewinder was great, but I jumped on the Steelseries because of a sale/student discount. I prefer the Steelseries though due to its size and feel. The Sidewinder turned into my office keyboard. You really can't go wrong with either of them.

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Duke_countu 1 point 7 months ago

How's the SSD? How fast is it?

sogden24 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

The SSD works great. I just use it as my boot and general use drive, not gaming.

Speed is pretty good. I couldn't give you any benchmarks or numbers, but I've been happy with its speed for booting and loading programs so far.

I'd still recommend the Samsung EVO if you're debating between SSD's. Only reason I got this one is because of how cheap it was.

Echocookie 1 point 2 months ago

That doesn't look like the same monitor as listed in your parts list...

sogden24 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

Read the description...

Echocookie 2 points 2 months ago

Lol sorry I didn't read that quite right.

sogden24 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

It's cool :)

ShadowKnightNinja313 1 point 1 month ago

Hi, please tell me if you had to update your mobo or did it work with your cpu outta the box?

sogden24 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 1 month ago

It worked out of the box with my CPU (4670k).

However, this is not the most current Haswell refresh where you would potentially see a problem (4690k is the most recent).

ShadowKnightNinja313 1 point 1 month ago

that means if I use it with a 4690k it won't work?

sorry im a bit noob

sogden24 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 1 month ago

It may need an update to the BIOS if it's an older version...but the MOBO is compatible.

ShadowKnightNinja313 1 point 29 days ago

Ok I used a h97 board instead so no worries

Jacob2210 0 points 9 months ago

Great build and everything! Just one thing you should of gone for windows 7 as it is more mature for gaming.

sogden24 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago


I've seen many different opinions on this subject. Personally, I really haven't seen any observable differences between Win 7 and 8/8.1 in terms of gaming (I've used both OS's for gaming purposes). It may be the case that one is superior than the other, but I just haven't seen any detriment to my gaming experience in W 8/8.1. I use my computer for work/light graphic editing and it works great with Win 8.1 as well.

BlastXin 0 points 9 months ago

Is the PNY SSD ok? Tell me when it dies please!

sogden24 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

I just installed it two days ago and it's running great.

Fayng 0 points 7 months ago

How is the SSD working out for you? I was thinking of getting it, but if it isn't very reliable than I will find something else.

sogden24 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

It's been working great so far! I have had zero issues with it. I wouldn't hesitate to buy it if you get it on sale.

However, if the Samsung EVO is in the same price range, I would get that instead (faster write speeds).