Description

Hey all, this is my first build and first mod ever. I'll try to to keep things short and sweet but there is much I'd like to say about this machine. I want to say this machine is for general use and school, but the reality is, it's for gaming and nothing else. It all started around a year ago, I watched a video by JackFrags called how to build a budget gaming PC in 2014. From that point on I was hooked, I started watching all the tech channels on the face of the earth. I did my research over the course of the summer and decided to get a job at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) scooping ice cream as I just turned old enough to work there (15). I earned around $1200 in two and half weeks. I decided to wait until black Friday to grab my parts to maximize my value. I never ended up buying a PC then and I'm glad I didn't. However I did blow all my money on food, gifts, and airsoft gear. Fast forward a half a year of watching Linus Tech tips, Hardware Canucks, Awesome Sauce, a small youtube channel called All talk on, and many more lead me to my PC knowledge today.

My first thought of actually building a PC was after Linus' scrapyard wars video. This was around the time that a few of my friends got Grand Theft Auto V. I knew I had to play. For around three months I set up deals on craigslist, and Kijiji scoping out the exact parts. It was long process but the return was high.

CPU: For the CPU I ended finding an Athlon X4 860K for 65 bucks on Kijiji. It was either this or the Pentium K. I ended up choosing this CPU because I felt the Pentium K was too limiting with only 2 cores.

MOBO: The only part in my PC bought new. I ended buying this motherboard partially for its all black PCB and sleek looks and partially because it's so damn hard to find any mini ITX mobo's on Kijiji...

CPU Cooler: I figured I'd be overclocking and I found this liquid cooler up for grabs on craigslist for 40 bucks. The dude showed me it was working and was keeping his 4690K cool under load.

HDD: I reused this drive from one of my old laptops. Nothing special about this part.

PSU and Case: I bought these from a dude all the way across the city. They were pretty much brand new, only used for about 2 weeks. These in my opinion were the biggest score out of everything. I have been looking at this case for months now. I saw a picture a long time ago of this case painted white with a 120 rad and window mod and knew that is what I wanted to do. Big thanks to that picture for this build, wherever it may be on the internet.

GPU: This was the First part I purchased for this build. I bought it back in April and it has been sitting in my room in plastic bag haunting me until now. I bought this GPU because Linus used it in his scrapyard wars. It had pretty solid performance then so I figured I might as well use it too. This thing was a real B**** to get. I originally saw this on Ebay but contacted the guy if he could sell it to me through cash as he was not that far away. It was still a 70 km GO-bus ride to get it but it was worth. I also did a black and white paint mod to it to match the case.

Mod: The mod took a lot of time, more than I was expecting. This was my first time working with a dremel and spray paint so it might not be top quality. With 4 cans of spray paint, 2000 grit sand paper, a dremel with a back up cutting tool, and two 8"x 10" acrylic sheets I was able to make this thing.

I case you kept reading, here are some numbers. GPU OC to 1100mhz and mem OC 1300mhz CPU OC to 4.1ghz with turbo to 4.5ghz

Battlefield 3 Ultra averages around 58 - 66 fps.

Battlefield 4 high and Ultra averages around 50-60 fps.

Borderlands The Pre-Sequel locks at 60 fps stable.

There are also two fractal verturies hooked up to an NZXT grid + because there is only one fan header on the board.

I'm open to any questions if anybody wants to ask.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job on the window mod. Looks good!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Top job, looks sweet, nice Nikon camera to.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice indeed. How's that case going? Loud or quiet? Also what are the temps. I'm trying (at the moment) to choose between the Thermaltake Core V1 and the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX. Probably Phanteks due to it's watercooling support. Also, $1200 bucks is a lot for two and a half weeks. You must have worked long hours. +1 for Linus Tech Tips and ( if I could) another +1 for Awesomesauce Network. :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I would go With Evolv Itx. Its a great case in general its looks great and it got support for a really nice water cooling setup. Also, I worked around 8 to 10 hours a day!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

As far as temps go, they are very good. The 200mm fan does quiet a nice job of pushing air through the case. Idle on the cpu and the board are in the mid 30's and under load it never goes above 70 degrees. The PC isn't ultra quiet, when gaming it does start humming but it's not crazy.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. Thanks for the response. That's a long work day but ice cream scooper probably is the best job in the world! :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty sure that's illegal at 15 XD

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build mines is kinda like yours and its matx but am getting 7970

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Good looking system

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

nice bargains, good going

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I Like when people don't just take what they are given and make it their own. +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

EASILY one of the best build on PCPartpicker, which goes to show you don't need fancy, complicated full-loop watercooling to make a build great. Nice job +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the paint job and window/fan mod! What kind of glue did you use to attach the grill section to the back of the case? Why did you replace the factory window with a new piece of acrylic? Looks great and a picture of this case was the same thing that made me want to use it too.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I used very strong double sided tape to mount it. Its basically super glued on there. Also I needed to replace the top window because the old one got in the way of the 120mm fan.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

What voltages are you using for your overclocks--both base and turbo respectively. Btw, nice build +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

So I know little of this computer stuff now that it has been three years sense I took the class on PC building, but is this something that would run Dark Souls 2 (Potentially 3) and Space Engineers? I don't know how these compare to Borderlands or Battlefield, sense I'm new to PC gaming.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it would run those games fine. Definitely space engineers though. As far as dark souls, i think it would run it just fine.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

what fps would it run minecraft at?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

i have no idea... I haven't played minecraft ever but i would imagine it would run it at max settings at some crazy fps. I can play CS:GO at around 150 fps at ultra if that helps.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

well... i have "Recreated" this build and made it a bit better i put some slightly better parts in it and changed the case! (I'm only 14) http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Caeden/saved/#view=WtF9TW and that GPU isn't really the best so i went with with the Evga Gforce 750 Ti sc tell me what you think about it! Ps i have done ALOT! of research and its a pretty good pc for a 400$ budget build!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't necessarily declare your build to be better. Though my GPU is older, it's no slacker in all the games I've thrown at it. I just got out of game of BFH and it runs at 60 to 70 fps on high settings. However, for 400 bucks, i thin you've got a very nice build. I can't say i love the case but that's a personal preference. Also if you are going to go with that CPU and GPU you should consider an after market cooler like the hyper 212, and maybe go for the GTX 950 which has been getting great reviews so far!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I will be Upgrading to the 950 in like a year i plan to slowly get a better pc, im starting out with a pretty decent pc then ill upgrade and the case has a good amount of fans i have checked the average temps and they seem pretty good and i like the way the case looks! and keep in mind im only 14 xD. and the gpu doesn't run all games that well, i am a competitive minecraft player, i have done some research on the gpu and it runs minecraft at 80-120 fps when the the gpu i chose runs at 300-600 on good settings! but the gpu you have runs a little better with fps games i don't particularly know how that works but when i overclock the gpu it runs just a little better. and i dont really like small cases, i like mid tower cases or even some full tower, and im to lazy to mod a case xD

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Super toaster huh? Does it come with bread, or is that separate? P.S. Nice work on the customization, I checked out the specs, and this looks amazing.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, i really appreciate it!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl !

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, I was just.looking at your build ealier today. Nice build! The core v1 looks great!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Dumb question: what games can it run? Try to be a little specific please :)

(ex. metal gear solid V, CS: GO, Payday 2)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wondering how you went about painting the case? Did you sand all the existing surfaces first? Back to metal? Did you apply primer before spray painting?

Oh, and great looking case! I'd love to do something similar.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm pretty sure they have a white version of the case now, but yeah, I sanded all the panels first and then washed them to the surfaces prepped. Just a light sanding with some heavy grit sandpaper to scuff the panel will do. And i didn't use any primer just a lot of coats of white spray paint.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much for that info. I'm actually after a V21 and I checked with Thermaltake Australia and unfortunately their "Snow" edition never made it Down Under :-(

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The 7950 stick out of the case around half an inch.

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