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When you are a student here in Belarus, it's a headache to upgrade your PC. That's why the world can see such rigs as this one;) So, once my old system became out-of-dated and unstable I needed the one reliable for work and studying. Here we start.

CPU: I decided to stick with Intel, just because. 210 dollars for i5-4570 seemed quite affordable for that moment of time. I didn't actually want to OC.

MB: Well, my previous were manufactured by MSI and, you won't believe, Fujitsu-Siemens. As far as I didn't need OC chipset, H97 seemed to be quite reasonable choice. Asus had everything I wanted from MB for quite low price.

RAM: Crucial is based on Micron chip, was really chieap, nothing special. I gonna add more RAM in future, that's why it's 8GB.

By this point I didn't have more money, so it was Zalman Z9+ case and 1TB Toshiba hard drive. And old 9600gt video card. But suddenly my hard started working so loud, that I could literary climb up the walls.

CASE: It was love from the first sight. No noise any more. Recommend.

Then I started issuing troubles with Realtek on-board sound (plugged/unplugged issue with HD cabel). I received some more money, and.

Video Card: I guess it was one of the cheapest way to upgrade my gaming experience. Since I am able to play GTA 5 and The Witcher 3 with no problems, I believe it was right choice.

Audio Card: No more sound issues, good sound quality from Asus card. As you see I decided to stick with Asus even though I'm not their fan and personally think, that MSI VGA's are better.

CPU Cooler: New case - new cooler. Macho freezes the CPU just perfectly. No noise produced at 300 RPM.

Still some Hard noise from 1TB Toshiba drove me crazy, so I bought 2X3TB versions and made 1TB Hard external with the help of PlUGABLE box. A lot of space for my music collection.

SSD: Bought it for OS only. The best performance improvement in my experience. Hard for Windows? No more!

PSU: Before it was old Sweex noname and Chieftec Navitas. But FD case made everything so silent, that PSU became one of the loudest parts (the very loud, I would say). SeaSonic is silent as dead.

Other stuff is very minor in comparison. Looking at the total price I still can't understand where did I find this amount of money from. See, I could have bought even 970 or 980 GTX. But the process of building such a PC is enjoyable itself, so I would never trade it. Looking forward to buying new VGA in autumn + new monitor. But it will be another story. Hope my PC will work for me at least a couple of years now.

Cheers!

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Comments

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build considering what you had access too - I don't imagine it's real easy to acquire parts in Belarus. Still, the Define R5 has some really nice cable management features, and though it's hard to tell from your pictures, it looks like you aren't utilizing the grommets to route cables behind the mobo as well as you could, which will make things tidy and improve air flow. Also, if you aren't utilizing the upper HDD bay, you can remove it for even better airflow. Just a few suggestions.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, the quality of the photos is not the best, may be I'll retake them when I open the case next time. With Navitas PSU it was impossible to hide VGA connector, it was too short due to the specific connector location on Asus VGA. With SeaSonic everything is ok, so the only cables, which are inside, are HD audio front panel cabel and power for Asus DX. I am going to add some more hdd's for backups in the nearest future, that's why the bay is still there. Anyway, temperature is quite low inside.

Thank you for you time:)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. What speakers are you using with the Asus Xonar DX soundcard? I'm thinking about getting the same card and wondering if my Logitech Z313s will be good enough to notice a difference between the soundcard and my onboard audio.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I use Microlab A6201 (but I changed the speakers from another set: F&D IHOO). I personally heard the difference, even though I find realtek 892 a codec of reasonably high quality, as for on-board audio.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any compatibility issues with Macho and Intel 4570?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

why should I? not at all. you can run it almost fanless with this cpu.