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Build #4: Intel/Nvidia Gaming Build
by JasonUK
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I did post this the other day, but a couple of the pictures messed up (orientation issues with an iPhone). I sold my previous build for a little profit, and put that towards building a slightly better machine. I've only used AMD so far and was starting to get a little bored, so decided to go for Intel instead.

CPU - I'm happy already with this, just because of how quiet it is in comparison to an 8350. The lower power consumption and heat is definitely noticeable. It should also perform well for what I intend, which is mainly gaming.

CPU Cooler - The standard choice for under £30. It's very quiet when coupled with the Intel i5 (especially when compared with the 8350, which a lot louder even when idle).

Motherboard - Gigabyte have a solid reputation, and this board had some great reviews (and a great price since it was an open box item). It's not going to cope with extreme overclocking, so I won't push it.

Memory - I have always used XMS3 RAM, and it always works well for me. I also like the simple design/colour. Storage - Previously used a Samsung 840, and I can already notice the difference between that and this EVO. 250Gb is plenty of storage space for me.

Video Card - I intended to get an R9 280x, but then Nvidia won me over last minute with their price cuts and 3 free games offer. Benchmarks also show that the 770 is slightly more powerful that the 280x, and should run well once I overclock it slightly.

Case - The 300r is very easy to work with. I purchased this case because I have been using the 200r a lot recently, but fancied a change (though they're not much different, to be honest).

PSU - Found this PSU for a great price, so had to buy it. Slightly overkill for my components, but hey-ho. My only flaw with this is that the CPU power cable is shorter than I'd like (though this could also be down to the 300r's awkward gap for it).

Peripherals were already taken care of, and I recommend each one - Sidewinder X4 keyboard, Roccat Lua mouse, Gamecom 780 7.1 headset and a 23" Acer monitor.

Didn't have any problems with this build. Took me slightly longer than usual because of all the Halloween kids knocking on me door!

If you have any questions/comments, please let me know!

Part List
Details
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.14Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.0GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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JoeyThePCNoob [2 Builds] 3 points 14 months ago

Great build. Great components. +1

 
 
JasonUK [Submitter] [11 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Cheers bud.

 
 
TNTrocks123 [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

How you got got the motherboard cable to fit in the back? I use corsair cx500m psu and the mobo cable really stiff.

 
 
JasonUK [Submitter] [11 Builds] 2 points 14 months ago

The connectors on this PSU are very flexible.

 
 
Firecrackers [1 Build] 2 points 14 months ago

I agree with Joey. Everything in here is very good. I hope you got the 770 with the 3 games and the price cut! :)

~Matt.

 
 
JasonUK [Submitter] [11 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks mate. Indeed I did, it would have been the R9 280x but Nvidia twisted my arm last minute with their offer.

 
 
Firecrackers [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Yeah, I was thinking about going with a 280x, but then with the 3 games, the card comes to be about $190 USD if you take off $150 for the games.

 
 
theonelonewolf [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

If only you could tell them to keep their games and just give you the card...

 
 
Firecrackers [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Haha! I know right. I would rather have a cheaper card, but for $330 you're getting a lot :P (rather have the card be $250 though).

 
 
Starlana [2 Builds] 2 points 14 months ago

+1 Very nice. :D

 
 
JasonUK [Submitter] [11 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

Thanks!

 
 
theonelonewolf [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

I like the all black theme (aside from the 212 EVO heatsink). Good build. +1

 
 
JasonUK [Submitter] [11 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Cheers. Wasn't planning a colour scheme, just happened to turn out quite well (apart from the cooler, of course!).

 
 
Zeus [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Nice Build +1 for the cable management

 
 
JasonUK [Submitter] [11 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Cheers mate.

 
 
Erikus [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Great build. Awesome balance of components. Good work!

 
 
JasonUK [Submitter] [11 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks bud.

 
 
Rolphy [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Damn, this build is ******* good. Congrats. Loving it, you really did your homework, im looking to pick up that exact same Graphics card in the next week or so. How is it Btw?

The only small issue i found with this build is that the Mobo supports Crossfire, but not SLi, so you will have to buy another board in the future or just a new GPU in general to upgrade!

Still amazing, loving it, +5 if i could.

 
 
JasonUK [Submitter] [11 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Cheers for the comments. I only use 1 1080p monitor, so a single 770 is plenty for me. I'll more than likely upgrade to a 290x or 780Ti if required, but that shouldn't be needed for a while (hopefully!).

Oh, and the GPU is great. Currently playing BF4 and Splinter Cell: Blacklist without any issues. I love using GeForce Experience as well, makes life a lot easier.

 
 
peccetti 1 point 13 months ago

instead of gigabyte gtx 770 2 GB you can use an asus gtx 760 2 GB?

 
 
JasonUK [Submitter] [11 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Yeh, of course. But obviously you'll get less performance from a 760.

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JasonUK [Submitter] [11 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks. I bought the RAM on Amazon, and the Motherboard was an open-box item on Aria.

 
 
love1231 [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thinking about the same mother board here. how is the sound card? isit necessary to get a separate sound card for this board?

 
 
JasonUK [Submitter] [11 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

The on board sound is fine for everyday stuff - listening to music, gaming, films, etc.

 
 
peccetti -1 points 13 months ago

Thanks