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My first build - for a friend. Why? He was playing his games on a moderate laptop, averaging 30 FPS on low settings. That's a no no. So, we built this bad boy. I’m sure there will be some comments like “Why the stock cooler?” Well there’s no need for overclocking so we didn’t need an aftermarket cooler Anyways, this is my first build and it went well. Cable management, I know. Please leave comments/ questions if you have any. Thanks for reading!

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690k - This was the perfect CPU for the budget and it is beefy enough for the games my friend will be playing.

Motherboard: ASRock Z97 Anniversary – Nice board, weird driver installation though. Does the job perfectly.

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 – You can’t go wrong with G.Skill! And it’s blue which looks great with the build.

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB – My personal favorite HDD brand, and 1TB is plenty enough of space.

Video Card: Asus STRIX GeForce GTX 970 4GB – Ahh, GTX 970. Amazing card and plays all games flawlessly.

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White/Blue) – Astonishing case. Grommets were kind of crappy, but the white with black accents look great.

Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W – Trusted PSU, quiet and has enough power to take in new upgrades if needed.

Fans: 3x Cooler Master R4-L4S-10AB-G – Easy to set up and looks preeeety, quiet and pulls/pushed air very well. Lights up the whole room blue (when lights are off).

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Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 4 points

you need to flip the PSU so it intakes cold air from the bottom and not hot air from inside the case. That way it will work cooler and last longer and will not be fighting for air with the GPU as both intake air. The only reason you should have the PSU with fan facing up is if you don't have the case over a hard surface (carpet), so it doesn't suffocate.

Corsair CX 600W – Trusted PSU

that is a misconception....

Also for future builds, the CX series is not a trusted psu as it is a tier 3. It is only rated to work at or below 30 c.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1431436/why-you-should-not-buy-a-corsair-cx

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html

You should try to keep you PSU at tier 2 or tier 1. BTW enjoy your build, just don't go overclocking with this PSU!!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Trust anything this guy says. He is great with air stuff. He is an Airbender after all...

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

if you didn't have the need to overclock then why did you buy the k version

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

It was cheaper then the regular 4690 at the time, so it was a steal :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah yes, the struggles of a non-modular PSU. The lights make them less obvious at least! Great budget build with a 970 and 4690k.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah they really do. Thanks!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Western digital for the WIN!!! (he started it)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, WD is still a great company :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

That GPU is sagging.. A lot. Might want to look into fixing that somehow.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah you're right, will check it out. Thanks for the comment.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Apparently, it has something to do with the backplate being heavy. Seems like a lot of STRIX cards sag, although the one in this build looks really saggy. Not sure what that's about.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

One reason not to use a stock cooler when not overclocking is noise and dust reasons.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Benchmarks?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't tell you much besides that it runs CS:GO at 250+ FPS at all times max settings, H1Z1 70+ FPS max settings and Rocket League 70+ FPS max settings.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Great budget build, Please fix them cables out eyes are burning!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, and I wish I could fix the cable management but I asked my friend and he said "No, no need for cable management it's fine how it is" so yeah lol.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you tried any (light) OCing on that board? Also curious as to what your temps run usually.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

No I have not done any overclocking on that board. Temps were regular, around 30º C to 79º C under load.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you by any chance follow the faith of the flying spaghetti monster because it looks like your is a shrine to his holiness

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, I sure do. You know me too well. Lol, I know the cable management hurts eyes, may eyes, but this was my first build for a friend that was completely careless on how the cables looked, as long as everything worked. I have asked multiple times if I could re cable manage (now that I somewhat know how to route cables) and he says no it's a waste of time and he doesn't need it soo yea. Pizza.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

M8 at least he gets a free spaghetti monster in his case...

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaah, that's gr8 m8, tell me If it tastes good!!!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

lmao

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha you're right, thanks!