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First PC build. Felt like building a new PC a week before black friday. Did some reading, started to put together a parts list on pcpartpicker and was prepared to wait for good prices. On Black Friday, everything either went on sale, had rebates or some other discount (paypal and Visa checkout deals), so I ordered everything. Prices below don't include rebates or credit card discounts. Overall, the system will cost me about $1,050.

Fast forward a couple of months after the build... set on upgrading to a crossfire 290 setup. Thinking I'll need to upgrade the PSU to 1000W. Have already started by replacing the remaining stock case fans. + $63 (3 additional fans Feb '15).

  • CPU - using the rig for mostly gaming and work, so didn't feel the need to spend for an i7. Overclocked to 4.3GHz.

  • CPU Cooler - thought about water cooling, but was worried about fan noise. On install, the front Noctua CPU fan bumped into the memory, so I had to move the fans to a pull/pull configuration. The back fan sits slightly above the MB heatsink.

  • Motherboard - was reading about Z97 MB online, this one got good reviews and went on sale.

  • Memory - thought this memory was going to be low-profile enough to fit under the CPU fan... I was wrong. Was initial going to go with 8GB of ram, but these sticks were a black friday special.

  • Storage - wanted a SSD for faster boots and a HDD for files. SSD came with Far Cry 4.

  • Videocard - I didn't want to spend on an nvidia card, so went with a 290 instead due to its performance relative to the price. Good card that runs quiet. I have it running a 3 monitor setup.

  • Case - like the phantom design, thought about the Phantom 530 initially, but decided on the 410 because of the smaller size. The fan controller and SSD behind the MB would have been nice.

  • Power Supply - Wanted a modular power supply (to help manage the number of cables) with possible room to expand (2x 290s). Price dropped on black friday along with a rebate.

  • Optical drive - tried to find something cheap. Don't know when I might burn a Blu Ray disc, but for $10 more, why not have the capability.

  • Operating system - friend's employee discounts. Was thinking of getting windows 7 pro because I heard how bad Window 8 is. 8.1 isn't that bad if you're used to 7.

  • Case Fan - updated 2/18/15 - replaced remaining case fans with Noctua fans. 140mm on top and side (NF-S12A FLX). 120mm (NF-S12 FLX on front fan and rear fan. 120mm (NF-P12) on front. Positive air pressure in case. Most have the low noise adapter on.

Benchmarks: 3DMark 11 - P13134 Firestrike - 9939

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Comments

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! hows that 4690k? do you play dayz or arma? does it multi-task good? thanks

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice slick build for a nice budget. I really love the look of that case. Never liked the aesthetics of Noctua fans though... Don't get me wrong, there great fans, but I find the beige/brown colour scheme not very attractive :p

Why did you use 4 RAM-sticks of 4GB instead of 2x8GB and leave some room for upgrading?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Yeah, I don't really care for the brown color either or the fact that it takes up the entire side window. I was considering water cooling, but thought the noise would be more.

I was initially going to get 8GB of memory (2x4gb), but then I saw the G.Skill sticks on sale on Black Friday, so I decided to switch to them and buy 2 pairs. It's going to be awhile before 16gb doesn't feel like enough.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the looks of this build you have alot. I was intially going to go with dual 290's in my build but didn't have the funds during BF/CM so decided to go with the 970s. I regret not doing a bit more research and figuring out my MOBO doesn't allow bios OC'ing. Very nice build though!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Thinking about dual 290s, but currently don't need the extra power. I'm unsure whether I'd need to upgrade my psu (to 850W) if I had 2 290s.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I would think so. The 290 has a max draw of 250watts. If you OC that just increases that number. 250x2 = 500 watts + 88 watts for the CPU = Near 600 watts just right there. I wouldn't feel comfortable being that close to max personally but you might be able to get it going since rarely would you ever 100% max out your computer.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I also bought the Noctua nh-d15. Do you recommend me to get a phantom 410 or phantom 530?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I initially wanted the 530, but went with the 410 because I realized I didn't need a massive case. The difference (besides the size) is the fan controller hub and the SSD mount in the back. I didn't realize until I bought it that the nh-d15 wouldn't fit in the case with the fan mounted in front (over the memory). The fan cleared the memory, but ran a couple of mm over on top, so I couldn't close the case. I'm thinking that the 530 could fit the fan in front because the case is wider.

With the fans mounted in the middle and back, I don't feel like it has hurt my CPU temps that much. Still operating cool and silent with a mild OC.

Hope that helps.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry my english sucks sometimes and im new to system builds. so you saying that i better get a 530 because the noctua doesnt fit the phantom 410? when i build my pc i should fit the noctua in front usually?

so how did you build yours in the phantom 410?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

the noctua (radiator) fits in the 410 case, but the fans will need to be place in the middle and rear (see my pictures), instead of middle and front as recommended.

If you don't want any problems, get the 530.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

only problem that here in Israel for now i can only get a 410 white or 530 black.. and i prefer the white but no 530 white :\

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and very nice parts:) +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the Noctua nh-d15? Do you regret getting it? And is it THAT ugly like everybody says?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

The noctua is really quiet, basically silent, and it keeps everything cool. I don't think it's ugly. It's really chunky, so if you looked through the case window and only see this huge cpu cooler, you'd be like "damn". If you want to see the other parts in your build , go with a water cooler. My computer is in a desk chubby, so I can't see the side window.