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.