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My new friend called Bob.

by philquin24

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13 Comments

Details

Date Published

June 1, 2015

Date Built

May 27, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.18GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.0GHz

Description

This pc was built as a replacement main pc with it being multitasking and medium - heavy gaming. The objective is for it to be good value for money as a pusher for max settings at 1080p resolution for gaming (AAA title games), while able to have room for potential upgrades.

CPU: Intel i5 4690k - This took a while for me to choose cause it was a toss up between the i5 4690k and the i7 4790k. At the end I didn't envision myself doing any workstation tasks anytime soon. Not to mention the extra £90 for the i7 could be spent somewhere else.

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 - What can you say about that? Known as one of the best air coolers on the market. The reason I chose air cooling rather than liquid cooling (AIO Cooler) is it's cheaper and I'm a fan of air cooling more than liquid cooling.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97x-Gaming 7 - I wanted to try out a Gigabyte motherboard after my friend recommended them to me. But another reason is the M.2 Port, I do plan to put an M.2 SSD one day. I could've chosen ASUS ROG Ranger (which I nearly did) cause it has the port as well, but I didn't due to technical reasons (too long to explain :P ).

Memory: Kingston Fury White Series 16gb DDR3 1866 - I could've gone with the 1600mhz version but I found these about £5 more, so it was no big deal getting these. Possibly in the future (if I'm crazy) I can buy another 2 ram sticks to make it 32gb ram in total, but it will be the black fury, so it can go in the colour scheme of Black and White ram sticks. and why 16gb of ram? Multitasking lots of it. :P

Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 250gb SSD (Boot Drive), Toshiba 3TB HD HD and WD Green 2TB HD (Both data drives) - Nothing more to say really :)

Graphics Card: Gigabyte Gaming G1 GTX 970 - Obviously as a gaming pc this is the most expensive part. I chose this one in particular because of a recomendation from a friend (who also uses it) and also from Custom PC Magazine. This card should handle almost all games at max settings 1080p. and as said on the motherboard, I can explore the option of having 2 way sli on this card if I wish to jump to higher resolutions.

Case: Fractal Design Define R5 - I could've gone for a Phanteks Enthoo Pro, but no because a full tower case will have trouble fitting below my table. Well why not the NZXT 440 or Noctis 450? Hmm difficult choice but I liked Fractal Design more.

Power Supply: EVGA G2 750w - This was chosen as a result of going through a PSU watt calculator and reading jonnyguru.com reviews.

OS: Windows 8.1 - This was actually my only regret buying for this rig. Not because of Win 7 is better, but because the so called Windows Media player on this edition sucks, you can't install codecs on the player. You would need Win 8.1 pro. But to rub salt on my wounds, my dad told me he had a spare Win 7 professional and Win 8.1 pro (Just after I built the pc, installed the OS and drivers.) So the lesson is research more on the OS before buying.

Case Fans: The case came with two fans, there were moved to the front as intake fans. The Corsair AF140 Quiet Edition was moved to the back as the only exhaust fan. I will look into getting another exhaust fan if cooling really becomes an issue.

EDIT: This PC is running a dual monitor setup (just in case someone is wondering) Going to a 24 inch 1920 X 1080 and a 19 inch LED TV 1360 x 768

Part Reviews

CPU

A good solid CPU for the person who wants maximum gaming and productivity without going into the high end part of the CPU market. You could go to the i7 4790k but that's only if you ask yourself "Will you be using anything like CAD programs, video conversions or twitch streaming often?" If yes then go for the i7 if not stick with the i5.

CPU Cooler

One of the best air coolers in the market, nice big heatsinks and quiet fans when used with their quiet fan adapters (Included).

Storage

Solid SSD Performer, nothing more to say.

Video Card

Great graphics card, maybe a bit more expensive than the other Gtx 970 cards but well worth the extra cost for the performance in terms of running games and cooling.

Case

Solid, sleek understated look, and a good price for it. Good for both air and water cooling builds. Just make note that the window scratches very easily and they cannot be wiped off. So be careful with it or you'll have to live with a scratched window.

Operating System

An ok Windows OS as expected, but not good if you plan to watch videos on the windows media player.

Comments Sorted by:

maggotshero 10 Builds 3 points 30 months ago

I just downloaded VLC media player, its much easier, plus it can play DVD's... which for some reason 8.1 can't do..

philquin24 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Yep, I just downloaded a Codec pack with Media Player Classic Home, and yes for MS it seems that they believed that the normal consumer doesn't want to use DVDs anymore, so they didn't bother giving DVD playback, but you can buy them from them, for a price. :(

Obviously we just download free players and be done with it....the beauty of the internet :)

maggotshero 10 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

I know, I was trying to watch a movie I hadn't seen in forever and was like..Uhh...what. Then I just got the idea to get VLC since I knew it had dvd playback.

Grumpy_the_Grump 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

That's because VLC media player is VLC media player and isn't a waste of space on the computer :)

Stupidmouth 2 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Purple brown and blue. Sexy af! Plans to OC?

philquin24 submitter 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

Ha ha! Don't forget the red glow from the Motherboard. Very Sexy ;)

And yes I do plan to, in the future, which tends to be like 2-3 years later, cause I think this pc can deal with games at stock speeds for a while. Although I do turn on OC mode on the Graphics card when I run high demanding games like GTA V. :P

Lopolow 2 points 30 months ago

This is almost exactly my build, except i cheeped out on the case... Question! would a second 970 G1 fit in the lower slot without having to remove the lower hard drive cage?

philquin24 submitter 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

Ah right, well I just checked the card in the second slot and yes, you can fit the second GTX 970 G1 in there without removing the cages, in fact you can squeeze the 2nd drive cages with the 1st card if you wanted.

Lopolow 2 points 30 months ago

Oh, cool! i see the spec's for this case say 310mm, and the 970 G1 is 312mm. It must be a snug fit! Well, ill consider this case when i inevitably upgrade my current one.

Lopolow 2 points 30 months ago

Im about to order a different case, but another question! does that cooler make the top pci slot unusable?

philquin24 submitter 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

Yes it does, you better discount ever using that slot, unless you use a smaller air cooler or an AIO liquid cooler. P.S. sorry for the later been a very busy of late. :P

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Dat big toe!

philquin24 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Yep, my lovely big toe there :P