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New consoles - New smonsoles!
by Kragore
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Firstly, a massive thank you to this site and all who use it, have posted their builds, reasons and comments.

After months and months of research and drooling over other peoples PCs, I finally got my act together. Upgraded from using a laptop and gaming has never been better. All the components were bought from scan.co.uk as it isn't that far a drive for me and have been really impressed with the company. It really was an easy if not nerve racking build, I work in IT but this was the first computer I've ever built and spent the price of a 2nd hand car on! One thing to bear in mind is ensuring the right mode is selected on the monitor and not assuming you've broken something. Apart from that heart stopper it was all good, only question I'm asking now is why I didn't do it sooner.

As for the choice of the parts I went for mid-high range , the sort of thing that will last a good number of years without any additions.

i5 4670K Single core performance edged it from the slightly cheaper and better is some areas AMD 8350

GIGABYTE Z87X-D3H Read some many great reviews on this board inc good heat dissipation and reliability, more than enough for my needs.

SAPPHIRE R9 280X VAPOR-X Last minute change from cheaper 760, maybe best decision ever! Its an amazing card just eats everything i have thrown at it 60+ frames in bf3, modded skryim, modded fallout 3, bioshock, witcher 2.

CORSAIR VENGANCE PRO 2 x 4GB 1600 Dual channel 8GB all that is needed for gaming went with the pro as well its.... blue, why not?

HYPER 212 EVO AIR COOLER Great cooler, solid looking and good cooling for the price.

FRACTAL DESIGN R4 Its big! and such a great case looks sleek and plenty of room for cabling air flow etc.

SEASONIC 620W Upped from 550W XFX due to bigger GPU, its semi modular and a quality brand. Its quiet to!

KINGSTON 120GB SSD + SEAGATE 1TB Bargin ssd and works a treat for just the OS. All programs, games and storage are on the 1TB. Can have no complaints for the price paid.

ASUS VS239HR IPS 23" Again was a highly reviewed and rated monitor for the money a star performer.

LOGITECH MK520 Was originally getting a 'gaming' mouse and keyboard but to keep cost down subbed this in and still very impressed with them, if wireless is your thing you can't go wrong, solid and sturdy and look the part.

HOWEVER have had some issues with the signal dropping out mid games for a few seconds. VERY annoying. *UPDATE Have stopped using the wireless set as the lag was a real show stopper. If you have gaming in mind DO NOT get this as it is a common problem.

If you're looking at this site and thinking of building a PC, justify your budget and get it done! Then Enjoy!

Part List
Details
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle27.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load58.0° C
Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Vapor-X Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate950MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.2GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load58.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Extreme Preset ScoreX3409
Performance Preset ScoreP9537
Entry Preset ScoreE12081
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Ggadget 10 points 12 months ago

This is a great build. I just want you to know something. You said that you upgraded from the 550w XFX to the 620w Seasonic because of three reasons:wattage, quality, and modularity. While I can agree with you on wattage and modularity, I cannot say that XFX is inferior to Seasonic. Actually, Seasonic OEM's for XFX. Just wanted to make sure you knew this.

 
 
Kragore [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thankyou! would have very happy with the XFX had heard that they were basically seasonic and good psu's

 
 
iTzSnypah 2 points 12 months ago

All XFX PSUs are SeaSonic rebrands.

Now to overclock! Go go go

You should be able to get at least 4Ghz on the CPU without any voltage changes.

 
 
Kragore [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Overclocking is the next step in the future currently battering all the games I've tried on it, bf3 , skyrim 50+ mods and fallout 3 with plenty of mods. Getting fallout stable , now that's a challenge!

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Awesome setup, wish I had a place to set my computer like that!

Nice build as well, great parts for sure +1

 
 
Kragore [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks it fits really well, who needs a fireplace anyway! checked out your builds some very nice work there, love the color coordination.

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

haha truth, thanks for the look!

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manirelli [Staff] [2 Builds] 10 points 12 months ago

Please keep it civil and refrain from personal attacks.

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manirelli [Staff] [2 Builds] 15 points 12 months ago

You don't have to pretend to do anything. Downvote and if it is egregious hit the report button. Otherwise, please refrain from attacking others users on our site.

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Taurasaurus [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Wow, really nice build. I wish I had more budget on my build to get one of the R9 280x or GTX 770's since they are on price drop right now. But yeah, beautiful build, very nice parts and budget, good cable management, well done :) Also I think it's good that you upgraded your PSU, so that you can add another GPU if you wanted in the future.

 
 
Kragore [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thankyou! two r9 280x's now that would be something to behold. May need a bigger psu for that :)

 
 
Taurasaurus [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

I think 620W should be enough :D

 
 
shirefolk [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

great job, very similar to what i'll be building tomorrow! i actually ended up returning the same 620w for something higher so i can xfire my 280x later XD

 
 
Kragore [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks, good luck with your build tomorrow! remember when using a hdmi lead select hdmi and it will all be good ;)

 
 
Moops 1 point 12 months ago

I love the placing of your build.

 
 
Kragore [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks :) just need a wireless power supply and it'd be sooo neat!

 
 
ThePCguy2013 1 point 12 months ago

hows the amd gpu I have an hd 7470 and within 6 months of getting it, there were screen defects and it began freezing

 
 
Kragore [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

so far absolutely great, not being fazed by anything. Ill update if i ever run into issues.

 
 
Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

omg, that wall pc hole thingy is BEGGING for a windowed side panel.

 
 
SumanIV [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Nice build, weird spot to put it in though .__.

 
 
Kragore [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

thanks! its really a mar-mite place some people really like it others really don't haha

 
 
Russianeer [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Just for future reference it is better to put the motherboard on top of the box it came in instead of the anti-static bag, anti-static bags are only anti static on the inside. Other then that really sexy build and awesome place to put the tower :)

 
 
Kragore [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 12 months ago

That's is a great point I got lucky there, box yes , bag no :) thanks

 
 
Russianeer [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

No problem, my pc is slightly too big for my desk so it sites awkwardly in my foot area, so seeing computers sitting snugly in their own special spot is very appealing to me.

 
 
superninjaleprechaun 1 point 12 months ago

Lol i love the clean and minimalistic look to the set up. Very nice. Oh and funny name ;)

 
 
Kragore [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks! got to love a bit of minimalism.

 
 
Shiku93 1 point 12 months ago

Nice build, only think i can comment on is the lack of internal pictures, wish there were more. Other than that, looks good :)

 
 
Kragore [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Thankyou, i had planned to do more photos but was too excited/nervous to get anymore just wanted it to work ;) When I'm not absorbed in some games Ill get the side off again and add some more.

 
 
PickItApart 1 point 12 months ago

Is that room real? Feels like another dimension.

 
 
Kragore [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

I think so.....

 
 
Mattios 1 point 12 months ago

Really really good. Your next step should be drilling through that wall to hide the wires!

 
 
Kragore [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Cheers, yeah that would be awesome!

 
 
muellerdillon [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

this is a great build, but how do you keep it cool in that little cubby hole it is shown in?

 
 
Kragore [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks, havent had a problem so far have core temp running at all times and hasnt gone over 58, theres more room than there looks either side.

 
 
xshadowsinxy 1 point 12 months ago

Next upgrade is a new keyboard. Get a mechanical one!

 
 
Maximation 1 point 10 months ago

How are the temperatures inside your case? Fantastic build! Is 620W enough to crossfire 280x's ?

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

Big delay but no the 620W won't run crossfire but that's something for the future. Temperatures are great not seen higher than 70c on anything yet, really impressed.

 
 
Maximation 1 point 9 months ago

Good. Have fun with your build! Thank you for your fast reply ;)

 
 
pokopikos 1 point 9 months ago

Really nice build. I m ready to buy almost the same parts well some of. The only thing that makes me worry is the PSU. Seasonic Makes the best PSU's but I5 4670k And all Haswell CPU's got that Lower power idle thing c6-c7 or somethin. That some PSU's cant handle. They said on forums that Seasonic 620 Isnt Compatible with Haswell and they get reboots when pc is goin on sleep mode. Did u had any issues?ty

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

Don't often put in into to sleep mode but on the odd occasion have noticed it has woken itself up. Not a problem for me but could be related i guess.

 
 
No_idea 1 point 6 months ago

Hi there i'm looking at building a pc with the same PSU and GPU as yours, however how did you connect the PSU to the gpu? with my knowledge, the psu comes with 1 6+2 pin connector and one 6 pin connector, whereas this GPU requires two 8 pin (or two 6+2 pin). So how did you do it?

 
 
Kragore [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

I have used the 6+2 pin and just a 6 pin connector and this provides enough power. No issues at all with this. The card comes with the 6 - 8 pin adapters any way should you wish to use them.

 
 
No_idea 1 point 6 months ago

wait what? I don't think that's such a good idea if you're only using a 6 pin connector in an 8 pin slot, the card shouldn't even turn on if you're doing that!

 
 
Kragore [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

You asked, I answered. Not arguing.

 
 
Brainiac777 1 point 4 months ago

Please don't put computer parts on the anti-static bag. The outside is conductive and may shock your components.

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Matryoshka [2 Builds] 12 points 12 months ago

This is the most idiotic comment I've ever seen on this website.

8gb of 1600Mhz ram is standard. A 620w power supply gives you future options such as upgrades and crossfire. Why not an i5? An i7 would be overkill for his purposes. Most people use SSD's for their OS, they can boot their computer fast and put a couple games and apps on there as well. The HDD is for everything else that doesn't have the need to be loaded quickly. A 1TB SSD will likely cost you over $900. Lastly, no **** the 780ti is better than the 280x. You neglect to mention it's also $400 more.

For his price range you cant do much better than this. You need to learn balance & moderation.

 
 
noob_for_life 4 points 12 months ago

just look at his other comments....

 
 
noob_for_life 4 points 12 months ago

-6 in 14 minutes thats gotta be a record. Nice build by the way dont listen to the other guy!

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 3 points 12 months ago

I'm sorry but have you done any research or anything?

  • Obviously a 780 Ti is better than a 280x... it's over $350 more
  • 8gb of 1600 Mhz RAM is standard for gaming rigs of this calibur
  • 620w PSU will suit him just fine, wattage estimates are always overshot
  • He doesn't need an i7 for gaming, there is little to no benefit from hyper threading in gaming at this day and age
  • SSDs make for better load times/boot times and the HDD is simply a storage drive

Please don't make ignorant comments about someones build when you honestly don't know what you're talking about

 
 
skemble [17 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

My brain hurts...

 
 
OCedPug [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Just because this PC trashes out your 276$ bucks crap PC , dont hate it. TBH haters like you shouldn't be here. Stupid comments like yours , kill everyone's mood.

Firstly Barracudas @ 7200RPM arent the slowest. 1600MHz is the standard for gaming. So is 8GB of RAM as 12 or 16GB are overkill. Same goes for i7 CPUs , they dont seriously give an advantage. SSD is for OS , HDD is storage. 780Ti has to better than a R9-280X , but is also really expensive , isnt it ? I think your just too crazy or have no idea of what your talking.

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purplepenguin 1 point 12 months ago

I don't even...

 
 
Spencer1012 [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Wat.

My head hurts. Of course a 780 Ti and a huge freakin SSD would be better but they cost way more. 1600 Mhz is about the sweet spot as slower RAM isn't really any cheaper, maybe a couple bucks. An i7 is only better for gaming with an unlimited budget. You won't see anything unless the games likes MOAR CORES and you're really CPU bound.

Please learn more before calling him out. If you're going to say it sucks, you better know what you're talking about, pal

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