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This build was an upgrade of sorts from my FX-8320, though to the dismay I have not seen the performance increase that was hyped when going to the i5. The build did come to together very easy less me cutting my hand on the cheap IO shield. I am still benchmarking and will be updating with that information this weekend.

The CPU - I went with the i5-4690k, I was debating on spending the extra to get the i7 but I figured I would not use its power. The i5-4690k is marginally faster than the FX-8320 is most things I do, and slower in others. As with anything Intel the quality shows. I have not overclocked it yet, I'm wanting to see what it can do at stock clock first.

The MoBo - I went with an Asus Z97 board, I did not want to break the bank with the mobo but I had a set of features it needed to have. A Z97 chip set was a must since I was getting an unlocked CPU, as well as 2x 4 pin CPU fan headers; heck most fan headers are 4 pin on this board. This is the first Asus board I have used in a build, and the IO shield was very cheap; so cheap I have seen better on $50 boards and I was not impressed. Feature wise the board is great, I would just encourage them to put a better IO shield in the box and would it kill them to paint it black…

CPU Cooler – I have never liked water coolers due to how many points of failure they can have, so I picked up the Hyper Evo 212. This is one of the best rated air coolers and is really cheap. I did add an extra fan to it, I did not like how unbalanced it looked with one fan.

RAM - I went with Corsair Vengeance. I have a loyalty to this brand.

OS Storage - I wanted a fast SSD, so I went with the Samsung EVO. I don't think there is really anything else to say.

File Storage - I went with a 1.5TB WD green. I don't need anything fast for file and program storage so the 5400RPM dive will not be an issue.

GPU - I went with an R9-270x. I have always had a preference to AMD cards over Intel and did not want to spend too much on the GPU. I do light gaming such as WoW, and occasionally will by a steam game or two such as a Dishonored play though last week. This card handles anything I toss at it well, though I have noticed it being a bottle neck for the CPU. I will most likely upgrade this at some point.

PSU - I used a Corsair 500w semi modular PSU. Once I had everything together I realized that 500w is cutting it a bit close, I have about 85w overhead at load. That overhead will cause issues with upgrades in the future, so I'm thinking about replacing it with a 750w.

Fans - nothing to say here, I have an H440 and they are meant to be loaded with fans. I have 7 case fans, and 2 on the CPU with two more on the GPU (built in). In total this case has 11 fans, I wonder if I could get it to fly?

Fan controller - I went with the NZXT Grid+, I like knowing all of my temps and what my fans are doing and the Grid+ allows me to do this with the CAM software within windows.

Case – I reused my H440 from my FX-8320 build. It is a solid quiet case that is very well built. I have mixed feelings about it lacking 5.25” bays, when you don’t need a DVD drive its great not having them but every now and again you need one. Also it would have been nice to be able to install a card reader or lighting system with a front panel controller. The cable management in this case is amazing.

Issues None really aside of cutting myself on the IO shield, this is the first one I have cut my self on… A small annoyance, the second fan on the hyper evo 212 likes to slide around when the case is on its side. With this being an upright tower I’m no too worried about fixing that.

Other thoughts. I need to pull all of the fans from the PC and clean them properly, where the inside of the case is clean the fans are looking a tad bit dusty. With the exception of upping the PSU and GPU this build is for the most part in its final iteration, I don’t plan on upgrading anything else in the foreseeable future. Once I get a feel for this build at stock speeds I will be overclocking it to see what I can get it to do.

Any questions or comments put them down in the comments.

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Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 5 points

When you replace the PSU DO NOT get a Corsair CX. They are lower quality PSU and not great. Gof or an Antec, XFX, Seasonic, EVGA (G2,B2,GS)

Also, the 212 EVO actually performs 1-2c worse in every benchmark with 2 fans instead of 1.

Otherwise it looks great!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I have never had any issue with Corsair, but I have heard similar comments about the CX line. I'm still up in the air about what PSU I will pick, and I really don't trust running this close to the rated wattage.

With the Hyper evo, honestly it does not surprise me. the fans may be pulling the air though too fast for it to do any good, and also messing up air flow in the case. My CPU runs between 25c and 40c, so it is well in the safe range but something to watch out for when OCing.

Thanks for the comments!!!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I would definitely not use a Corsair CX when there are units which are SO MUCH better for only slightly more money. TO be safe, stick with Antec, XFX, Seasonic, EVGA (G2,B2,GS)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I did not know that about the 212. If you get a teir 1 another 500 or 550w should be fine.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

would it kill them to paint it black…

This.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Get a EVGA 750w G2 if you're looking for a reliable 750w power supply. :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

Or a B2. Both very good units and significantly better than the Corsair cX. not even in the same realm.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I was thinking a corsair 750w modular, but I will take a look at the EVGA. I heard the EVGA GPUs are good, and have really good warranties and I would assume that would go for their PSU's too.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

It does go for their psus. :) I think it's a 10 year warranty on the 750w G2.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and a solid GPU though I dont think intel make GPUs :P, my only issue is that those ASUS boards with the gold circle thing are so damn ugly I couldnt bear to put my gear on them unless I had no window or it was wildly better than anything at a similar price point

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Intel owns NVidia.

I agree about that gold Asus logo, but thankfully my GPU hides it. It would drive me nuts if I could see it.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the gold ring doesn't look that good. However at least the GPU covers it. :D

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Overclocked yet to be able to compare it to the 8320? I had a 8320, overclocked like a champ and was pretty fast, but that thing was a space heater! I ended up going to a intel i5 6600k, the i5 is overclocked, feels and tests faster, takes way less power and is much cooler.....altogether cost much more.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I have not needed to OC it, I have tested different speeds and benchmarks but have not left it OCed. I have been impressed with the 4690k, it is even faster then most of the 6th gen i5's. I think we are in a spot where CPU's are so much more powerful then what we need that you cannot tell a difference between the high-end chips unless you are doing a really taxing work load.

The FX8320 did gaming+streaming better then the 4690k, but that really puts all the cores to work. The FX was so much better at it that I have largely given up streaming on the i5. I build a second PC that I remote on to for my VM's so I don't bog down my desktop with the extra load. For application usage I have not noticed a difference, I think this goes in to how overkill CPU's are right now.

I use a hyper evo and had one on my old FX8320, the i5 does run cooler (normally about 40c) but not enough to be able to fell it. Granted I have 7 case fans lol.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya, after messing with older hardware lately and then building "budget" new pcs, it pretty amazing how far tech has come. 7 case fans, wow. I've got a FX-6300 pcs that I'm going to rebuild and post later. I though It had a lot fans and I think it has 5 or 6 . haha

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Got giggle I unhooked those fans last week and it did not change temps more then 2-3deg. lol

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha, Ya doesn't seem to help much after about 3. Mine were mostly because they were led to match the lighting in the case.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Personally I feel the magic number is 2, one intake on the front and an exhaust on the rear. LTT did a video on it a few months back that may be worth a watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OmkmluAYAQ

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty solid build, you sure did get that r9 270x cheap.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I had some discount stuff stacked up, I got it from bestbuy. Buy ya I got a steal on it. I got luck again a few weeks ago, r7-370 2gb SC gigabyte card. Got it for $80 after MIR, it was open box on clearance. :D

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  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I thought about taking a pic and it was a pretty deep cut, but decided against it. I did not want to have to put a rated R warning for showing blood, that and how would I price blood in the parts list if I counted it.

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