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Intel i5-4590 EVGA GTX 970 SC MSI Z97 Gaming 5

My first PC build in over a decade. Last time I built a PC I was still in high school. I use mostly Macs so I wanted a cheap gaming PC so I could play Rust on Fantastic! Being out of the game for so long made me realize how expensive it can get to play on high settings with over 60 FPS.

Because of this I decided to go with last generation Haswell products. This was to keep the build cheaper and to wait out the price reduction of a future Skylake build. I anticipate this build to last me at least three years and I anticipate adding another EVGA GTX 970 in SLI and upgrading the CPU to an i7-4790k (both for ~$700) before buying a new setup.

I am into astrophotography so I decided to go with a red build with red LED lighting since I love how red light looks in the dark. Very pleased with the final product.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice red themed build.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks dude.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks sharp & Good Choices!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Have you played any other games besides Rust? If so how's the performance looking so far?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! Well so far I've only purchased two graphically intense games which would be Rust and I suppose Tomb Raider. I am pretty happy with the results on both as I do get over 60 fps on average for both games at high settings. The other games I play are more CPU intensive and are about on average 8-10 years old (Age of Empire 2, Spore, Sins of a Solar Empire). I have Cities Skylines, CS:GO, Space Engineers but I haven't played them. Truly getting the steam experience.

I'm just now getting into PC gaming again so I have my eyes on Skyrim and Battlefront. I will update if/when I get them!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Sounds fantastic I enjoy Skyrim myself, never got a chance to play Spore! Enjoy man +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful. Love, love, love, red! Just curios, How are your temps with the radiator fans on intake? I have the same case and I couldn't decide whether to have them as intake or exhaust. I have a push/pull config as exhaust. Do you have the top cover off as well? You can buy filters for the top, bottom and that tiny one at the rear top from PC Case Gear.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, glad you like the build! My max recorded temp on the CPU is 38 C. Watched a Linus tech tip video where they showed the difference was nominal. So I went with intake because the logo side was too bright and washing out the mobo colors.

I have the top cover off and I actually bought the magnetic dust filters for the top and bottom from a company in South Africa for $35.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a good temp. I haven't seen my CPU go above 35 C. I too saw that video so I figured, one or the other would suffice. I was going to get my filters from SA, but found them here in AUS. Have fun with your build!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! I have an extra set of fans lying around so I may just do the push/pull setup too! I checked out your build. The monkey braid of PSU cables looks dope. But I saw that you didn't use the case fan hub. Do you use the bios for fan control?

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

So would you recommend shelling out $300 on the i7 4790k over the i5 4590? Or should I just SLI my current rig and save up for a new MOBO, RAM, and a 6700k?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

You should sli it, you'll get a great boost in performance .Great looking rig too

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Upgrade GPU before that. The i7 makes a difference for some games, but it's an unreasonable gain for $300.

Then I'd look into more RAM and running stuff with RAMDisk, 2nd SSD, etc.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

That's what I'm thinking. Already ordered two more sticks of ram which arrive tomorrow. Thinking of getting an M.2 256Gb when the price drops.

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