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Price to Performance High-End Gaming Rig

by chief_cowboy

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31 Comments

Details

Date Published

March 24, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.0GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.14GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

Description

Built with an i7 in mind. An I7-4790k was chosen because of the following benchmark.

https://cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7-4790K+%40+4.00GHz&id=2275

A Geforce GTX 970 was chosen because of the following benchmark.

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=GeForce+GTX+970&id=2954

Build includes everything from the wireless adapter to the monitor. After using it for gaming, I can say that it runs all games on the highest quality available, even with quality increasing, performance intensive mods. I would definitely recommend this build to those looking for a strong rig without breaking the bank.

Layman's Benchmarks (I literally just played the most intensive games in my Steam library and recorded the results):

Skyrim: Ultra High, w/ tons of quality increasing mods = Over 60 FPS

Metro 2033: Ultra, both in characters and textures = Over 60 FPS

The Witcher 2: Ultra High = Not a drop below 60 even in combat, with the fans purring like kittens.

Minesweeper: ....I'll get back to you.

EDIT: AT FIRST, I skipped out on an aftermarket cooler because I will not be overclocking the CPU. The stock intel cooler keeps the CPU cool enough and the performance of the CPU is good enough non-OC'ed. I still will not be OCing the CPU for now, but I went ahead and purchased an aftermarket cooler.

Part Reviews

CPU

See the Benchmark in the description of my build. Great power, great value, no OCing required.

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chief_cowboy submitter 1 Build 4 points 27 months ago

I guess it is more of a high end build. My point for this build was to create a gaming pc with parts that held power for their price. Not cheap. Not Titan level expensive. It's basically the most powerful specs I'll ever need, playing games like skyrim and dark souls 2 on the highest quality at 60 fps, without going into crazy levels of cost.

8kchiadr 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

there we go. title makes more sense now :D

chief_cowboy submitter 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

Thanks. I was literally thinking, "What should I rename this build? Oh, look, he just provided one." :3

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ManThunder 1 point 27 months ago

awesome parts! get a new cpu cooler and youll be set

welshdiesel 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Hmm what is this build used for? Because I think you are misinformed about bang for your buck. Its more like a beastly build.

epicnerdgreg 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

bang for buck? hahahahaha no this is a high end build man

8kchiadr 3 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

i like to categorize the cost of PC builds in a spectrum form kinda like this:

Home- Business- Gaming- Enthusiast (Gaming/Rendering)- Workstation- Server -

each with their respective low-high end sub categories. i agree that this is definitely leaning towards the higher end gaming

8kchiadr 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

bang for buck? i'm not sure our definitions match. i'd specify and call its "High-end Gaming Rig with a focus on price:performance" . i would consider the 970 (your right its value is insane) among the higher end of current GPUs and your i7 defiantly is no slacker. kinda a misleading title but a strong build none the less!

i might recommend an after market cooler to fully take advantage of your OCing capabilities on that CPU

critical-hit 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

You managed to pick up some brand names, and made the costs around ~$1300. This is not a bad build at all. However if you want more performance for boot times and the like, with some saving in mind, allow me to recommend Kingston or Crucial. Their 120 GB and 250 GB at the time of this post are around 70~199.99$.

marcharius 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Nice build, fairly similar to mine. MOAR pics! I would like to see an aftermarket cooler on that 4790k (even a 212 evo will give you some more overclock room). I would also suggest an SSD upgrade when your budget allows, YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY. At this point if I had to choose between a higher end graphics card or an SSD I would downgrade the GPU to get an SSD.

chief_cowboy submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Soon, once Uncle Sam gives me my money back.

Dre_Pro 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

no aftermarket cpu cooler?

JaneGoodall 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

He doesn't need to overclock yet. Even the slowest i5-4xxx non-k doesn't come close to bottlenecking a GTX 970 by more than a frame.

Dre_Pro 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

not to overclock, to get more lifespan of his parts, keep the cpu cooler, and if u get that cpu aftermaket coolers are nearly required, you spend enough to not spend like 30$ more on a 212 evo

chief_cowboy submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Upon suggestions from various commenters, I picked up a 212 EVO.

Dre_Pro 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

nice, what are the temps u are getting

chief_cowboy submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Around 30-35 for the CPU, and 40-45 for the Gpu, Idle. Didn't test it while gaming, though.

JaneGoodall 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

The stock coolers are thoroughly tested by their manufacturers.

Also, CPU temp causing damage works like a critical point. As long as you're below the temperature at which it causes damage, your CPU won't be damaged. So it doesn't matter if you're running at 65 degrees or 68 degrees.

Think of it like a block of ice: As long as you keep it below 0 Celsius, it'll stay solid no matter what temp it's at.

And in the off chance that it does overheat (like if you misapply thermal paste), it will shut itself off long before any damage is done unless you intentionally tell it not to in the BIOS.

JaneGoodall 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Nice build but you could have gotten a 980 with an i5 and gotten better performance. Wouldn't make much difference for now though since the 970 can run most games at max anyway.

Good call on not OCing the CPU. You don't need to unless it bottlenecks your GPU. It probably won't even bottleneck a GPU upgrade a few years down the road.

Trevor123456789 1 point 27 months ago

what games do you play and how many FPS do you get?

chief_cowboy submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

I play pretty much everything. But for a benchmark, I just played The Witcher 2 on Ultra High Settings, and not once did it dip below 60fps. Dark souls 2 on Ultra (With an ENB wrapper on, mind you), also was consistently above 60.

Pittman90 1 point 27 months ago

I have this cpu with a noctua nh-d15 and i got this thing to 4.8 ghz its a beast, it you do not have a aftermarket cooler you are wasting the power of this thing, trust me.

chief_cowboy submitter 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

The Noctura seems like a beast of a heatsink. What software do you use to OC your CPU?

Pittman90 1 point 27 months ago

the bios is what you use to oc your cpu i have a asus z97 board so its a easy overclocker, although i was not completely sure that it was entirely stable so i brought it down to about 4.6 which is still good but it does not run into any issues to to ocing

mfischetti 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Quite similar to mine! I love it, this is an awesome build. Good work! +1

Corbindalllas 1 point 27 months ago

can you add more pictures of the case, so i can see, i might be getting the same case.

chief_cowboy submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

I actually have a SPEC-02 instead of 03. Amazon has better pictures of the case than I could take. I will say that it is a high quality case and I'm glad I have it, especially for the price.

socaldude879 2 Builds 0 points 27 months ago

Slap an aftermarket cooler on that beast! And can we get more pics!

Phantasion -1 points 27 months ago

you cant just put a stock cooler in a high end rig, thats not how it works

chief_cowboy submitter 1 Build 0 points 27 months ago

Upon suggestions from various commenters, I picked up a 212 EVO.

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