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The Meme Machine

by ClaraTheCatLover

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Date Published

Oct. 27, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

926 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.6 GHz

Description

Hello everyone, after months of saving and researching, I finally have a build to call my own, take a look! Below are all the parts and why I chose them and how they perform. I know my name is stupid I just like memes and I thought it'd be a funny name. Also, i know my pictures aren't the best just the light in my room is really dim so it's hard to take quality pictures.

CPU I built this computer back in February (I didn't get my graphics card until recently which is why I didn't list it as a completed build sooner) so at that time AMD's new Zen line of cpus wasn't announced yet (or if it was, it was still a long time until they released) . I really didn't like any of AMD's offerings, and I thought Intel would be a better fit for my build. I wanted a quad core, which means I had to get and i5. The i5 4590 was the cheapest i5 (I got it for $160 at micro Center, which is a steal because it usually retails for $190 or more) . I also wanted it to be capable of not only gaming and schoolwork, but a little bit of video editing too for my film making class at school and such. I thought this processor would be great for that and so far it hasn't let me down. The only problem I ever had with it was that my stock cooler came defective and the fan was really loud, you could hear it from another room! luckily I fixed that with the Cooler Master Hyper T2.

CPU COOLER I was looking for a cpu cooler that was cheap, compact, had a pwm fan, and didn't require you to remove the motherboard to install it, this was exactly what I was looking for. Even if I had wanted to go with something a bit beefier like the Hyper 212 Evo, my compact case wouldn't have supported it, leaving me to other options. This one is small, quiet, and super easy to install. And as a bonus, I really like the look of it in my case.

MOTHERBOARD I was going for a blue/ black theme with this build, and I liked the look of this motherboard (it wasn't bright blue like some of the ones from Asrock). This motherboard seemed to fit the bill, and as a bonus, I got it on sale for $80 at Micro Center. I know it's z97 and the i5 4590 is locked, but funnily enough, on Amazon, the h97 version is not only more expensive, but has worse reviews, so I decided z97 wouldn't hurt. It runs really smooth and hasn't given me any trouble even after the accidental rough handling of a beginner. But be warned, DO NOT install the drivers from the CD that comes with the motherboard. even though I unchecked it, it installed Norton, Google Chrome, and even changed my computer's background! Even though the programs were easy to uninstall, it was annoying and something I shouldn't have had to deal with in the first place.

RAM I wanted some blue ram to fit with my theme, and this was cheap at the time and it was cool because they're 1866mhz instead of 1600mhz, a little difference but still an improvement. They have worked like a charm and given me no problems.

SSD Wanted a SanDisk, but I just wanted a 120gb boot drive so when I saw this for $35 at Micro Center and I just couldn't resist (the SanDisk was going for $45). It's pretty quick and windows loads in less than ten seconds so I'm happy.

HDD Nothing much, just a 1 terabyte hard drive to hold all my Steam games and such. I kind of wish I had gone with a 480 gb ssd instead of a 120gb + 1tb because I don't really think I need all this storage but it's all good.

GRAPHICS CARD This is a long story, I was originally going to go with the r7 370, because it was in my budget of $200, then AMD's rx 480 was announced and I decided to go with that, even though I'm not really into vr as I don't have the money or the space. Then AMD released the rx 470, which was supposed to handle 1080p gaming smoothly, which was really all I wanted. I also wanted this card to last at least a couple of years, which I think this card will serve me well. When the all of the 4gb version of the rx 480s were still at least $230 and didn't seem to be going down anytime soon, I decided to pick up this sucker for $194 on Amazon. So far it's been awesome, after gaming on consoles and the Intel integrated graphics for so long, finally being able to look over at my computer and see a graphics card sitting there brings a tear to my eye. Even with my 60hz monitor, gaming is smooth, and I really like the lights on the side of the card, I think it adds that special pop to my computer. I know this sounds silly, but I really like the backplate too, it's clean and not too distracting. And for those of you wondering, you can't see the orange accents on the card when it's in the computer (for those perfectionists out there). One weird thing that I found is that it didn't come with any driver CDs or have a link to a website or anything . Luckily it automatically installed Wattman and I was able to find the software for the lights and overclocking and such.

CASE I wanted a mid tower that would support ATX, have usb 3.0, be $50 or less, and not have a window. All of the cases that I found were either of low quality or looked really gamerish (or both), which isn't really my thing. When I came across this case, I was immediately sold, it just looked really clean and had everything I wanted, and for only $50! So far, while not the best at hiding fan noise (Corsair makes a silent edition but it doesn't have a window and is $60) it's a really great case. Be wary, the front panel is a pain to get off, so just make sure you get your muscles ready because it can be a struggle. Also, since it's the airflow edition, my cat's hairs get in my case so just beware if you have a pet that sheds a lot. Though that may not be the case's fault and just me needing to keep my cat away from my computer. One last thing, the cable management room is TIGHT, I mean, my motherboard cable is thicker than the amount of room back there. And they only give you like, four zip ties to cable manage. After I bought a pack of zip ties and spent some time doing some work on it, it was considerably better, though I still have to lay my case flat and push the panel on there.

POWER SUPPLY Nothing big, just a 500w from EVGA. Pretty reliable, and even can power my power hungry rx 470 without a sweat. I don't really like the ketchup and mustard cables though. But I can't really complain as it was only $35.

OPERATING SYSTEM I have Windows 10. Even with all of the controversy with the spyware and automatic updates, I really like it. It looks really clean and it's way better than... Windows 8 shudder. I turned the spying features off (some of that stuff was disgusting, do I want Windows to send Microsoft my dates and events? Heck to the no!) and all the updates happen when I'm not at my computer anyway. I know it's not the popular choice, but it works for me. I didn't pirate it, I bought it (I believe in supporting the creator even if they are a multimillion dollar company), but I set it as $0 because it isn't technically part of the hardware of the computer.

CASE FANS They are the tiniest bit on the loud side but they are still good fans. The fans I have listed in the build aren't the exact fans I have but they are close and they are by the same company.

Thank you for reading this I know this was very long and very boring but what can I say, I like to talk. If you have any questions or constructive criticism or praise leave it in the comments. If you want me to post a picture of something you want to get a better look at just let me know. Again thanks for reading this and peace out ;)

Part Reviews

CPU

Very good cpu, a bit on the pricey side, but a nice quad core that handles games and light video editing without a hitch.

CPU Cooler

Awesome cpu cooler. Quiet, compact, and cheap. This is a great cooler for a compact case. I like that it has a PWM fan, an awesome addition for the low price of only $15.

Motherboard

Good motherboard for the price. Didn't fail even after rough handling. Just a warning, DO NOT install the drivers from the CD that comes with it. Even though I unchecked it, it put a bunch of bloatware on my computer. It downloaded Google Chrome (I'm a Mozilla user) and Norton, and it even changed my background. My background! Luckily it was all easy to uninstall but I shouldn't have had to deal with it in the first place. Overall though, great motherboard, if it weren't for the bloatware I'd give it 5 stars.

Memory

What can I say. It's fast ram. Do note, it is not as light blue as in the picture.

Storage

Quick and cheap SSD. Windows boots in <10 seconds.

Storage

What can I say, it's a hard drive. Games don't load super fast but fairly quick. If deciding between this and a Seagate, pick this one. Seagate has a reputation for not being very reliable.

Video Card

Really quiet under load, I really like the rgb. It's just like any rx 470. Do note that if you plan to play vr, the SteamVR test says that it is able to play vr, but Firestrike says it is under the minimum required spec. Not sure what's going on there but it's not a big deal considering that anyone paying $200 for a graphics card probably won't want to pay $600 for a vr headset. A weird thing I found is that it doesn't come with any drivers. Luckily I found some drivers online to control the leds and such. It automatically installed AMD wattman for me. Link to driver download: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5990#utility

Case

Very slick and clean midtower case. It is on the compact side (for a midtower that is) so be careful with what cpu coolers you install. It's really good for the price and doesn't have that "gamer" look you see on a lot of cheap cases. One note, There is very little cable room behind the motherboard tray. After tightening it all up with zip ties I still have to lay the case down flat and shove the back panel on there. But other than that it's a good case.

Power Supply

Can't go wrong with this cheap and stable power supply. Only thing I don't like about it is the ketchup and mustard cables, but I can't complain considering the price.

Operating System

I don't like the spyware or the automatic updates, but other than that, I like it, it's clean. It has a start menu unlike that weird tiles thing in Windows 8. I don't really like Cortana, but I guess that's a preference thing. I think it's clean and fits the aesthetic I'm going for with my build. Honestly, as bad as a lot of people say it is, it's better than 8. Plus DX12 is nice.

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Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

dont worry, my machine is called "The Sexy Whale", we're not here to judge.