Description

The first PC that I built for personal use.

I built this PC to mainly deal with the more intensive programs that I encounter at university and work as well as occasional gaming.

I was fortunate enough to have a number of spare parts laying around. Please note that this build was put together early-2014 so there currently better options than what I am running.

Brief Explanation for Choice of Parts:

CPU: Went with the i5-4670K due to its good price/performance ratio.

CPU Cooler: I went with the popular Hyper 212 Evo. Again, it performs pretty well for the price.

Motherboard: A bit overkill for my purposes, as a Mini-ATX motherboard with good spacing between the PCI-E slots would have sufficed. However, the easy-to-navigate BIOS, nice aesthetics, and the abundance of features made this board a pleasure to own.

SSD: The Samsung 840 Evo was selling for a good price back when I first purchased the parts. You can probably find larger capacity SSDs for a similar price now. The addition of an SSD added far better loading times for massive Excel spreadsheets and Skyrim.

HDD: I got this from my old laptop that died. Not the best choice, for a desktop, but it was for free so why not.

GPU: Similar to the SSD, when I purchased the R9 270X, it was selling for a good price. R9 280s were selling for around $350 and the GTX 760 was selling for a little more than $300. I was unable to afford the more powerful options, so I went with this card. It performs as you would expect from a mid-priced card - it maxes older games (early 2014 and older) and is able to play newer games at high settings. It struggles with games that have higher textures due to its lower VRAM.

Case: I use my PC in my small bedroom. As a result, silence was a relatively important factor in this build. This case softens most of the sound generated by the computer - it's almost silent when operating 5 feet from my bed.

PSU: The total wattage is a little overkill for my purposes. I bought it because it was selling for a very good price for a modular PSU of its wattage. In retrospect, a smaller, quieter, more efficient PSU would have been more appropriate for my uses. Under light load, most of the sound generated by the build is from the PSU fan.

Networking: I was able to dig up a wireless adapter from a older build. Due to the lack of Ethernet wiring in the house that I am renting, wireless connectivity was necessary.

Additional Case Fans: Got an additional 140mm Fractal case fan to generate positive case pressure. Not the best "bang for the buck", but it was selling for a decent price and does its job.

Additional Notes:

The Fractal R4 case was very easy to work in. Cable management was an ease with the modular PSU. I removed the two HDD bays from the case and relocated the SSD and HDD to the 5.25 inch drive-bay. Since both storage devices were a 2.5 inch form factor, i just screwed them directly onto the bay.

The CPU was below average in terms of overclockability. I was able to get it to 4.4 GHz at 1.3V, but I scaled it down to 4.2 GHz at 1.2V for Spring and Summer.

I only OC'd the GPU slightly as it was not able to stay stable at higher speeds without a massive increase in voltage.

The Intel CPU and AMD GPU combination also works surprisingly well for emulations. PS2 and Wii games can be run close to 1080p at 60 FPS.

Overall, the PC operates as I intended it to. Everyday computing tasks are very snappy due to the SSD and it performs pretty well when playing older games. The CPU and GPU operate at reasonable temperatures: 30 degrees Celsius under light load and 60 degrees when gaming.

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Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

The pc looks so tiny in these pictures, but congrats on your build.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Even after a year the config holds up decently. I have the windowed version of your case, and it's pretty quiet as well. I like your build, it seems to have been pretty solid for you and that's really the true test for any PC you have. +1