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You can ignore reading this part if you want (I'm 20 years old and I haven't built a machine in 9 years. I have been using a Sony Vaio laptop for the last 3 years for gaming but now it is struggling to play the more recent games so I thought it was time for a upgrade. I have been planning out builds for the last 4 months. I've been trying to read reviews and go with parts that worked well together, and I wanted to future proof as much as I could without breaking the bank. I ended up getting all my parts from NCIX because at the time of purchasing most of my items were the cheapest from there. I ended up driving to Mississauga Ontario which was about a 30 min drive for me to pick everything up from their store there. I bought the Fractal R4 because the case I was going to use was older and the power supply was at the top and there was little to no cable management that I could do with it.)

I bought this rig to do some overclocking and future proof. I went with the I7 over the I5 because I use some design programs and I wanted just the extra power if I needed it but if you're just gaming and nothing else the I5 would have worked just as well. The OC Genie on the board set the CPU to 4.0GHz but I will most likely be cranking that up some more when I get around to it. The Cool Master is awesome it fits perfectly in the R4 case with a inch of room left to the window of the case. The R4 case it self is amazing it came with 2 fans which are super quiet and push air nicely and it has a fairly large space between the back motherboard mounting plate and the other side of the case I was able to run all my power supply cables back there without a problem. The SSD is just for my boot and other smaller things and the HDD is for my gaming library and videos. I use a external DVD reader for my discs.

I spent about $1800 after taxes and such (Canada, Ontario) and I'm very happy with the build it's super quiet and can play anything maxed out with 60+ frames. It took me about 3 hours to finish the build and do cable management. The only thing I would change about this build is I might get a liquid cooler for my CPU but the Cooler Master is handling the temps just fine.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my build I will try and answer any questions you guys might have. PS. enjoy my sleeping cat picture :)

Comments

  • 75 months ago
  • 5 points

What specs does your cat have?

  • 75 months ago
  • 12 points

He is currently sitting at 10.5Ghz of cute and when he is rolled up in a blanket he gets a temp of around Warm and Fuzzy.

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  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Simple and sexy. The cpu,cooler and gpu. are also on my list. nothin u cant do with that combo! well done bud

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I would remove the middle HDD cage...just a thought.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya that is actually a good idea considering i'm not using that bay and it comes out and it's blocking the fan. Thanks :)

  • 75 months ago
  • -1 points

I like your build other than windows 7. people need to stop being so afraid of 8. the hardware choices are very good though.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

YES, people just agree with the general tech community about disliking 8, when most of them haven't used it themselves.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

or researched the actual benefits that it has. it is really great actually.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

personal choice

  • 75 months ago
  • -2 points

No-one is afraid of Windows 8, but there's no denying that it wasn't made with a desktop in mind. They took a step towards the future sure but until touchscreen computers become a norm I see no real use for windows 8. It was made for tablets and to some extent it was a little optimized for phones (depending on screen size, it can be really useful or a big hassle).

  • 75 months ago
  • 7 points

this is a huge misconception with it. it is not all tablet based and they made huge improvements over 7. I am pasting a comment i made the other day:

"windows 8 is not a good OS for a company until 8.1 is officially out on 10/17. we are talking specifically about personal use. I'm not a teenager and I am actually a .net developer. If you want hard evidence I can give it. Average boot time with 7 is about 20 seconds with an ssd and 60 seconds with an hdd. 8 is consistently under 5. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sata-6gbps-performance-sata-3gbps,3110-7.html

windows 8 has built in virtual clone drive. windows 8 is much more secure. http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/operating-systems/windows-8-1-security-what-s-been-improved-1156705

also it runs natively off the .net 4.5 framework which has huge improvements over 4.0 http://stackoverflow.com/questions/10492647/differences-between-net-4-0-and-net-4-5-in-high-level-in-net

also there is a huge improvement in skydrive integration which is great for group projects. http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/microsoft-explains-skydrive-integration-windows-81

you can also pretty much completely ignore the metro screen which is basically just a start menu that takes up the entire screen. http://www.pcworld.com/article/2043243/how-to-boot-to-desktop-mode-in-windows-8-1.html

it is a MUCH better OS overall and you clearly need to do some research on the topic. "

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

I currently use windows 8 and windows 7. Personally I love windows 8 for home use but hate it for the office. Yeah really nothing much has changed from win 8 to win 7 other then the metro interface, but the improvements are worth the upgrade. The security is a major improvement and built in ISO support! You pretty much don't need to install a security software anymore and windows defender just runs in the background. Yeah other security is better but this free one is pretty darn good.

Overall upgrading from win 7 to win 8 isn't really needed but from xp to win 8 is a better idea.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

That's one thing I did like about windows 8 right off the bat was windows defender. I was going to install MSE but it just told me I had a better, upgraded version in defender. The biggest gaming issue I've had was with GFWL. It was fine at first but my windows messed up so I had to refresh (also a pretty cool feature). Then it didn't work, only to realize I haven't even downloaded it. So basically for me, I haven't had any problems with gaming other than not being able to transfer and play all of my saves for every game.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 amen brother

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Using both 7 and 8.1 now and I can tell you that I am starting to like 8 better. Especially after I installed ClassicShell and added a touchscreen monitor for the kids. IE also feels faster on win 8. And I have my windows 7 machine hardlined to my router. My windows 8 machine is on Wi-Fi.

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

From turning on my computer and login takes me about 10 seconds and 3 of those seconds are looking at the BIOS menu. I know it's down to personal preference nowadays but honestly I just don't see the point if your booting in under a minute.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

did you read what i wrote at all? it is not down to personal preference. windows 8 IS a better OS because of the things i mentioned plus many more. plus the windows key + x is better than a start menu anyway.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

You are ignoring the fact that Windows 8 has stability issues with gaming.

  • 75 months ago
  • -2 points

Air cooling a 4770k.. yikes. You are really gonna want to upgrade that to water cooling as Haswell already runs pretty hot.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya it does run a little warm but I have never seen it go past 83

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

If I was you I would be looking to upgrade that CPU Cooler before anything else. Especially if you have a Costa Rican 4770k which can easily be kept stable at 4.5ghz+ on water.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly until I really start over clocking or get a huge tax return for the end of year I don't think I will be upgrading the cooler. It's running at 4GHz stable with those temps and other than doing stress loads on it and getting those 80 degree temps it just isn't a priority. However thank you for your opinion

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't NEED water cooling, I guess you're temps are pretty high but people have hit 4.5ghz on an EVO. I don't know how good you're chip is and I'm pretty new to OC as well. What are you testing with? Also if you opt for an auto overclock I hear that the motherboard adds a bunch of voltage to compensate so if you decide to take the time you might be able to get a higher clock with lower temps.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

You definitely need water cooling if you plan on doing heavy OC. You said yourself that you are new to OCing, so I would highly recommend you look into that for your own rig.

You can get a decent closed loop water cooling like the Corsair H100i for only around 100$ and the gains over the Evo 212 are pretty big.