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First Build - Gaming and Streaming i7 4th generation CPU (Pictures and Prices Updated!)

by CazzPhoenix

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Date Published

Feb. 18, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.216 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

Description

I've been working in IT for about 7 years, but have never built my own PC. This is something I've been wanting to do for quite awhile. I finally got the funds to do it and initially I was going with a budget of $800. After many visits to this site adding, removing, deleting, and starting all over, I decided that I needed to boost the budget a little. I didn't want to spend $800 and have to upgrade pretty quickly. This is where the i7 processor got added. I really want to be able to stream console gameplay and after a friends recommendation of the Elgato HD60 I knew I would need an i7 processor to do so.

Once the i7 4th generation was on the list the rest of the parts fell into place mostly based on cost, but after spending lots of time looking at other builds I realized how important cable management was as well. The case I had initially chosen left no room for hiding cables and although I liked the look of it, I know that would have been a poor sacrifice to make. Fortunately the AZZA Sirius case was not only better for cable management, but $20 cheaper than what I wanted. The only reason I had not chosen it originally was I was worried that AZZA was in big letters across the top as it is pictured on this site. I was happy to find out that it is not.

Since cable management had become a deciding factor in my purchase of the case I also decided to go with a fully modular power supply. To be honest, I had no idea how much, if any this would help out but it seemed logical. I also knew that I wanted a decent amount of wattage available for any upgrades but nothing that was obviously overkill. I decided on the EVGA Supernova NEX650G. I ended up storing 5 unnecessary cables and avoiding any major headaches in cable management.

I knew I wanted 8GB of RAM and went with Corsair Vengeance. I will admit, this was totally for looks. I was slightly disappointed that the sticks were red and not black but felt it wasn't worth causing a fuss over.

Since the Azza case was advertised supporting up to 3 fans, I bought 3 Corsair SP120 fans. I didn't think they were including the preinstalled fan. This turned out to be a good thing. Once I got to the step for connecting the front fan I couldn't figure out where to plug it in on the motherboard. It turns out that it's a Molex connection. I had a cable for this with the power supply but I didn't realize that until after I swapped it for one of the Corsair fans. This too saved some headache with cable management since I didn't need another thick cable from the power supply.

For hard drives I knew I wanted 1TB for storage. I had recently been given a 7 year old laptop that had recently been upgraded with an SSD. I was so impressed by the boot speed that this became a must as well but I really only made sure it was large enough for the OS and a few programs to keep it relatively cheap.

I chose the EVGA GeForce 960 2GB SC because it was only a little more than my original budget choice, capable of supporting multiple monitors(4 total) and met the minimum requirements for a few of the more recent games such as Assassin's Creed Unity.

I ended up getting 2 monitors because they were a combo deal with New Egg and I knew it was an upgrade I would be making pretty quickly being spoiled on dual monitors at work. DVI cables were not included so I did need to run out and make an additional purchase to have the build truly complete.

UPDATE 3/19/2015: Everything is still running great. I meant for this to record console gameplay but I've really gotten into PC gaming so I haven't gotten around to that yet lol. I have finally figured out how to edit the prices to show accurately for my build. I will be taking new and better pictures soon as well.

UPDATE 5/11/2016: All is well! No upgrades have been needed and the only addition to my streaming setup was an orange Blue Snowball mic. The glass desk pictured also became impractical as I began trying to do more and more so I purchased a cheap Ikea linnmon and triple monitor mount(black desk in most recent picture) so I could have a small TV above the 2 monitors for console recording/streaming. You can see what I've recorded at http://youtube.com/cazzphoenix and I am beginning to stream weekdays in the evening on http://twitch.tv/cazzphoenix.

UPDATE 9/25/2017: First Upgrade - Added an additional 8GB of RAM. Same as existing. Windows 10 OS finally filled the original up, so I Swapped out the 64GB SSD for 240GB SSD. Everything is still running great, the RAM was a just because addition. The only issue I have had is running PUBG, but I believe the crashing was due to Reshade which has been removed.

UPDATE: 12/18/2017: PUBG issues are resolved and I'm even able to run it on higher settings after recent updates. Over the last few months I've purchased the following:

  1. Logitech G300s Mouse - Love this! Not a full MOBA or MMO mouse but enough customization for what I play. I love it so much I bought the matching...

  2. Logitech G105 keyboard - The CM Storm Devastator was starting to fail and this was a necessary budget friendly replacement. I'm not a fan of super clicky mechanical keyboards but this has enough to let me know when I have pressed a key. This purchase led to the...

  3. Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum headset - OMG! I wish I had bought this initially. I'm pretty sure I had passed this up because logitech isn't synonymous with gaming for me but it works on everything I own. PC, Xbox One, PS4 and mobile. It also sounds amazing with the bass heavy music I listen to!

  4. BENQ GW2270 Monitor - I'm still using the 2 from the original build but this is now my primary connected via HDMI on the same video card. The other 2 sit above it for monitoring stream related applications and chat.

(Comments disabled because I forget to check here. Feel free to drop comments in Twitch chat. I am no longer regularly uploading on YouTube but occasionally post highlights from stream.)

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fryrim 2 points 48 months ago

+1 This is almost identical to the computer I am currently building. Mine is intended for streaming gameplay and editing videos and photos but not gaming so I have omitted the GPU.

hassanzwink@gmail.com 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

thats a very cool looking setup you got there i love the blue accents

Oldsnivy100 3 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

gr8 m8 i r8 11/8 plz dnt h8

Raze3 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

no picture of the 960 :/

CazzPhoenix submitter 1 Build 2 points 47 months ago

Pictures updated :-)

Raze3 1 Build 2 points 47 months ago

good pictures, nice pc

CazzPhoenix submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Thank you. :-)

CazzPhoenix submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

I've been intending to do a video on this build and taking more pictures. I will try to get the pictures done this week.

(sorry for the late reply, I'm not getting notifications of comments if I'm supposed to)

Zeoheart 1 point 47 months ago

What are you using for the accent LED lighting on the desk?

CazzPhoenix submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

That is the DIODER LED 4-piece light strip set from Ikea. I bought the desk based on an Amazon review where another customer did the same thing and tracked down the lights based on their pictures. :-)

Digital_Hero 2 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

How's the case because I'm not sure if this case is good for the budget...

CazzPhoenix submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

I'm happy with it. There are certainly cheaper options but I didn't find anything that allowed for the amount of cable management that this one did. You would be looking at a complete mess of cables had I gone with my original choice.

CrustyNugget 1 point 42 months ago

Hey what do you think about the monitors for gaming? Are they cool because I am planning to build with them but I'm afraid about the price compared to the size. Should I invest in a better one and spend more money or not?

CazzPhoenix submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Sorry for the late reply, I wish this site sent notifications.

I like them. There is definitely better to use and I wish I had gone larger but I'm in no hurry to fix that mistake.

Feisar2003 1 point 39 months ago

Bit late, but awesome build! How are/were those monitors? Do they use DVI-D and what's the quality like?

CazzPhoenix submitter 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

They are DVI-D. I have no problem with them but do wish I had purchased larger. They fit the budget though and I'm in no hurry to buy better.

Feisar2003 1 point 39 months ago

Ok thanks for the reply!

TheBlueberryLord 0 points 47 months ago

i would get a new CPU Cooler to overclock the CPU to over 4 GHz, and also get a GeForce GTX 980, or get a second 960 for more VRAM. Other than that, great build!

CazzPhoenix submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Thanks :-)

Being my first I'm not planning on messing around with overclocking just yet. Maybe down the road or on another build. I will probably end up with a liquid cooler at some point just because it's something I wanted and passed on trying to save a little money at the end. I realized I could've spend 10 more bucks and gotten a better graphics card after my build also.. I think it was the 980 but I'm not sure. What I have is working very well though so I'm not disappointed. Adding another 960 for SLA(?) has crossed my mind though but that too is something I can wait on. Maybe in a year or so... and then more monitors, because why not? lol

Zeoheart 1 point 47 months ago

It's a locked CPU so no overclocking, and two 960s in SLI would not equal 4GB of continuous ram like a single 4GB card, defeating [pretty much all of] the advantages of the extra ram. He would get 970+ levels of processing power though.

Best bet would probably be to wait for the 980Ti to come out since he says the 960 is fine for now.

Ropota 0 points 47 months ago

My OCD doesn't like the stock CPU fan not being in the right orientation lol but nice build!

CazzPhoenix submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

I wasn't happy about it either but it was best for wire routing. :-)

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CazzPhoenix submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

I'm having no issues with it. Since this is my first build I'm not comfortable giving any recommendations beyond that.

(sorry for the late reply, I'm not getting notifications of comments if I'm supposed to)

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