Description

Background: I am a Portland State University student who is graduating with my bachelors of science in mechanical engineering in the spring of 2015. I am also a member of the Portland State Aerospace Society. I play games approximately 20 hours per week. Most of my gaming took place on gaming consoles until late 2012, when the power supply of my HP laptop failed. It was the end of winter break, school started in a couple weeks and I needed a new computer before the start of winter term. I wanted to build a computer, but unfortunately I needed a portable device. I also needed something with a dedicated graphics card to run drafting programs such as Solidworks. This led me to purchase the MSI GE70, a 17" laptop with a GTX660m. This barely suited my needs, it could play games on medium settings in 1080p, run Solidworks, and was portable. However, its performance paled in comparison to any gaming tower of the same price, and at approximately 9lbs, it was far less portable than a similarly priced ultrabook. A device full of compromises that is was not ideal, but has served me well and has been issue free.

Since then, I had been saving money for my first computer build, and by October 2014 I had reached my financial goal. IN mid November, I begun buying parts as they went on sale. The final purchase was made on December 16th and the building process began. Some of the parts I purchased were not what I initially wanted and some did not conform to my general biases, but they were chosen anyway because of their prices and ability to sufficiently meet or exceed the set goals.

Budget: $1500

Primary Usages: Games, Solidworks, and Entertainment

Performance Goals: Play demanding games on ultra settings at 60fps in 1080p

Form & Function Preference: Free-flowing Mini ITX or Silent Mid-Tower

Parts Discussion

i5-4690K: Most of the applications I use do not take advantage of multiple cores or threads, therefore I felt an i7 would be unnecessary. The 4690K is more than enough to meet my goals at its stock clock speeds, even a 4440 or 4570 would have been sufficient. However, I have an interest in overclocking and at a price of $195 I couldn't pass it up.

more to come....

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Comments

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

man if only i could have gotten does parts for the same price you paid. Awesome Build!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I won't upvote without a better description and or a reason why you chose the parts you did.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I will be adding more details throughout the week.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

You pretty much stole that motherboard o-o

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Static Pressure fans for the front intake? Uhm..

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Eh, not ideal, but it should be fine.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

The NZXT H440 has very restrictive air intakes being that it a silent case. Static pressure fans maintain a more consistent pressure gradient in confined areas with restricted airflow compared to high airflow fans. In highly restrictive environments, high airflow fans are very inefficient.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

You should have gotten a 1ms 144hz monitor, Iv upgraded not to long ago from a 5ms 60hz to the Benq XL2420z, guys coming out around corners is so much smoother than the 5ms which they seem to warp out on you.

Nice build other than that

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! A 120+hz monitor would have been ideal for this build, and is what I really wanted. However, the cheapest one was $120 more than this PLS monitor at the time of purchase. So I sacrificed response time and refresh rate for color accuracy and better viewing angles. I have it overclocked to 72hz and am overall very happy with the monitor. I hope to upgrade to 144hz or 21:9 monitor in the future. Thanks for your input.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Super clean build!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

How is that Motherboard? I'm planning to get the same one and was hoping it was at least okay :)

  • 63 months ago
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The motherboard is great so far. I have had no issue with it and the UEFI is very user friendly. Reliability is difficult to determine at this point since the build has been operational for less than a month. If anything goes wrong, I will let you know.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers! Hopefully it works well for you

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

how much could you overclock you CPU with CM 212 evo in a safe Temps

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi how is the motherboard as l'm thinking of getting the same one nice build +1 Ps does this motherboard have usb 3 a the front

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

what do u think of this monitor input lag? i mean while playing BF or COD when u move the mouse DOES the screen move at the same time?