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Wireless Gaming Beast

by BerettaOnTheNightStand

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8 Comments

Details

Date Published

Oct. 13, 2015

Date Built

Oct. 15, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.85GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

54.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.14GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

Description

Intended for laid-back wireless gaming on your living room/bedroom TV - Affordable end of the high-performance - Paired with well researched high-quality components - So DON'T spill Mountain Dew & Doritos on it!

*Pricing in Canadian Dollars (.05% Tax Included)

Part Reviews

CPU

Great price/performance gaming CPU. Intel turbo boosts up to 3.9GHz, so it's plenty speedy right out of the box. But if you're on the fence between this and the K version, just know that you can really only get a stable OC of 4.2GHz on the 4690K. That's the difference of 300MHz, so it would be the same as me getting this (the 4690) over the 4460. I chose the 4690 as a good middle ground between the 4460, and also not having to OC the K version. So i'd say it's perfect if you want a good affordable gaming CPU, without the bother of having to OC it.

CPU Cooler

Paired this with my i5-4690, I just wanted anything better than the stock cooler that would come with it. Installation wasn't too bad (the instructions are good, but some parts of installation were a little fiddly) Also, make sure your case is wide enough (mine cleared it by a few centimeters) Overall, good value and the performance is holding up, I get around 45 - 49 Celsius in game, and around 70* Celsius on stress test. In conclusion. I've had it about 2 months and I'm very pleased with it.

Thermal Compound

Seems to work good, very pleased.

Motherboard

Great MoBo, very durable & well-made. I love the M.2 slot, it keeps cable management very clean. It's got everything else you'd expect a good MoBo to have, overall very happy.

Memory

It's RAM, and it works... Ze End!

Storage

Best thing ever! I was considering buying the much faster version, but I saw reviews of how hot they get and decided to stick with this. These are absolutely great though, super fast and no cables :D

Storage

Good price/performance mass storage HDD.

Case

Pros: - good ventilation - good sound proofing - quiet fans - sexy shape & color (black) - rubber grommets - easily removable dust covers (magnets)

Cons: - some of the plastic feels a bit flimsy (just my personal opinion) - not the greatest backside cable management room (I had to squish the cover on) - my PSU has a really tight fit, and one of the screws could only go in crooked (it's nothing too bad, it's just seated at a slight angle. nothing I can do about it)

Overall, it's a great case for the price. I'd buy it again

Power Supply

Great 90+ efficiency PSU; fully modular, cable sleeving, single rail, Japanese capacitor, double bearing fan.

Optical Drive

Good little optical drive, makes a little noise on start up, but it works as it should.

Operating System

Overpriced like any legitimate OS, but it works.

Wireless Network Adapter

Perfect little adapter, best speeds I've ever gotten on wireless and it's really small

Keyboard

I've always trusted Logitech, they've never failed me, and this is no exception. Great little wireless keyboard.

Mouse

It's a mouse, it works, nuff said.

Comments Sorted by:

johngerges582 2 points 26 months ago

I do love a Bitfenix case.

+1

riomist 2 points 26 months ago

Pretty nice build and great rationale to top it off! +1

That front appearance kinda reminds me of my P4 pc, just add a floppy drive in that 3,5' bay and it will be 90% similiar LOL XD

philphaser 12 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Dat arguments tho! Imma stop OCing immediately!
Or wait…naaah… ; )

TMcKenzieP 2 points 20 months ago

Amen on the mountain dew and doritos-I had two Corsair K70s....the first i spilled beer on and it seeped in and broke, and the second one i drank way too much vodka and barfed on it. Bummers. Right now I'm typing on a Logitech K120- i can recommend both! If you're not comfortable getting a expensive mechanical keyboard dont buy a middle of the road 50-60 dollar keyboard thats still rubber dome, its a waste of money in my opinion- go big or go cheap

BerettaOnTheNightStand submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

I'm surprised nobody commented on it, but I haven't installed the Video Card.

In fact, I just ordered it, so I should have it sometime soon. Long story short; I was on the fence between the R9 380 and the GTX 970, but ultimately sided with the 970. That being said, I've been playing on my CPU's integrated graphics, and they're actually not that bad; so far I've played Left 4 Dead, Arma 2 & 3, DCS, and Payday 1 & 2 (with moderate settings of course) It even managed to run the new Battlefront Beta on low settings, so I'm pretty impressed with it. Anyway, I'll update the photos when the GPU arrives.

And thanks for the comments guys, this is my first build and it means a lot :)

BerettaOnTheNightStand submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

UPDATE: The GPU's installed and working flawlessly :D

Turbo83 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Read that the 970 100ME has max refresh rate of 60Hz. Is that true? I plan to get a 144 Hz monitor and game at 2560x1440. Would the card be able to reach 120- fps?

BerettaOnTheNightStand submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

I wouldn't recommend the 970 for that set-up. Firstly, the notorious 3.5GB of full speed VRAM will be very limiting when running at 1440p. Secondly, the 970 gets something called "Coil Whine". This is caused in part to high FPS (over 120 FPS) Thus making it a bad choice for gaming over 120 FPS. And lastly, the 970 just isn't powerful enough to play most AAA games at max graphics on 1440p 144Hz. So that being said, I'd recommend to you the 980 or higher for that set-up.

P.S. No, the 970 doesn't have a max refresh rate of 60Hz. Hertz is just a word that means "one cycle per second". And it relates to your monitors ability to process the amount of frames the computer can produce. So no, the 970 isn't locked at 60 FPS, unless you enable VSync (which locks your FPS to match with your monitors refresh rate.) Make sense.

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