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Hello everybody and welcome to my first build! This rig will be primarily used for gaming, web surfing, Virtual Machines, occasional YouTube editing, and.. gaming :) Before I start, I would like to thank ESPM400 and gseyffert for their advice in regards to this build. I also would like to thank my friends Kevin for helping me assemble this rig and Mark for getting me into building my rig and destroying my financial aid refund in the process ;) The parts in this rig were purchased before and after Black Friday/Cyber Monday as I was not able to nab any deals on those specific dates. Now onto the story for this build.

Background for this build: I had never built a rig before and all my life I've been a console gamer. I also wondered what PC gaming was like and although I had a little taste of it due to some good days of CS 1.6 in high school, I never had my own gaming computer and I just wondered what it was like. And so, on a fateful day in October of this year as I was not paying attention in class, I told my then classmate Mark that I would like to build a gaming rig. Little did I know that he was an enthusiastic PC gamer and without hesitation stated that I should build one. One thing led to another and sooner than I expected, I was already on this wonderful website creating my would-be rig. It had gone through many revisions to where it is now and I'm just extremely proud and happy that I was able to learn how to build a rig and have my own custom computer. Now onto the part breakdown.

CPU: I originally wanted to go with a 3570K, but thanks to the helpful advice of everybody I mentioned above, I went ahead with the 4670K. I paired it with a Hyper 212 Evo due to it's price and pretty good reputation for being a cheap yet effective air cooler.

RAM: After realizing that I didn't need 16GBs of memory for the time being, I went ahead and got this pair of RAM. It was priced pretty good and it has a CAS latency of 9 and 1600MHz. Just what I wanted.

Motherboard: My first choice in mobos was the MSI Z87-G45 gaming primarily for how it looked, but after reading many threads about quality control issues and killer ethernet problems, I went ahead for the ASUS Z87-A. I saw many positive reviews for the Asus mobo and I couldn't be any happier. Plus that q-connector really saved me from a ton of hassle.

Storage: As per the norm nowadays, I went ahead with a SSD/HDD configuration. The 840 EVO is just amazing and this is my first experience with SSDs so to say that the boot times for Win 7 blew me away would be an understatement. The HDD is a 2TB Toshiba drive for the obligatory storage of games and other good stuff.

GPU: Out of all the things in this rig, this was probably the one area where I spent the most time researching... Perhaps a bit too much. I choose the GTX 770 not willingly. I originally wanted to buy the Asus Direct CU II R9 280X but when the time came around to buy it, the litecoin mining scene surged like hell and it ultimately went out of stock. I waited about two weeks and became fed up with how either the 280Xs were either out of stock or price gouged. Thus I went with the EVGA GTX 770 and I am quite happy with it.

Future plans 1. Redo cable management. It isn't the best but I think it's okay for the time being. 2. Upgrade/Replace SSD and HDD as needed 3. Upgrade RAM as needed. 4. Depending on my gaming needs, get another GTX 770 for some SLI goodness. 5. Water cooling. I'm happy with the temps for now but I understand I will need better cooling if and when I am to overclock.

Thank you for making it this far and if you have an feedback/suggestions, please leave it down! Have a good one!

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  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for my first honourable mention in a completed build. Glad I could be of service. I hope your build gives you plenty of good times as well...

EDIT: The cable management isn't bad, but I'd route the GPU power around the back and snug it up a touch if it's possible.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the help once again! As for the GPU cable, I got the card on Saturday and I rushed to slap that in alongside the networking card so I can get the rig completed. I will most definitely redo that cable alongside everything else.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice rig, Good job!

I'm a PC gamer turned console and now I'm a hybrid. My PS4 is perfect for sports games, but anything else, you can't match the PC. Welcome to the club and enjoy!

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

That's the only thing I miss about getting rid of my 360 and going full PC. You can't imagine how much I miss NHL.

DAMN YOU EA!! COME BACK TO THE PC!!

EDIT: By 'EA' I mean EA Sports. Origin can suck on my left one, because my right one can't be bothered...

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

The only things holding me back to console gaming is friends and consoles exclusive titles, all of which I don't mind :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much! I'm going crazy playing BioShock Infinite on Ultra with 60+ fps. I still love playing console games as well given all my friends are on consoles. I can't help but wonder how would The Last of Us or the Uncharted series would have looked on PC (drools)

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

is it me or is your cpu cooler really crooked? i have the same cpu cooler and it drives me absolutely insane because i feel like its a hair off from being straight. sometimes ill look at it and think it looks good and sometimes i feel that its off.i dont believe there is a way to straighten it without redoing the install as itll probably destroy the paste job when you spin, even if it is only a hair like in my case. im not 100% on that though. ahhh.... ocd lol

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

You are absolutely correct on the cooler being crooked. During the installation, the x-bracket was giving me and my friend a hard time despite using the correct form and thus we had to move it as you see now. I wanted to have it correct, but yeah... XD It still runs cool for the time being. Time will tell when I OC it.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. It should serve you well. +1

I have that cooler also on a older IB build and it to is just a little crooked also. Its in a 550D (No window) so at least I don't have to look at it. The challenges of that mounting system it uses.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

You should be able to manage between 4.0 and 4.2 GHz with that cooler whist keeping your load temps under 70*C.

EDIT: If you plan on OCing the GPU, I would suggest setting up multiple profiles. I don't know what software you intend to use, but in my case with ASUS GPU Tweak II, I have an underclocked profile that I use whenever I don't need the full power of my card, and an overclocked profile for high demand games such as BF4 and AC4. Just remember that keeping your GPU in an overclocked state can significantly reduce its lifespan.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the Evo 212 and a 4670k, got it to 4.3 with load temps (Prime95 after 12 hours of burn in) of ~74 degrees. On gaming, I've never seen it go past 55 degrees :D

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

what are you getting for idle and stress temps? its funny, apparently all the temp monitoring programs arent all that accurate until your system reaches about 40c or so, but for what its worth, before I installed the CM 212 EVO in my rig I was using the stock cooler to my FX4300, and id get a 30c-40c reading in the temp monitoring programs. now they read 0c...:X but in my bios it says my CPU temp is 18c. which is amazing! how much cooler could it get? lol

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

A lot of ASUS boards now come with temp sensors that you can attach to your mobo at various places (I think my Sabertooth came with three). From what I've heard they're pretty accurate at all temps.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy moly reply madness.

ESPM400: Thanks for the suggestion. I was going to toy around the 4.0 GHz area when I do overclock it. In regards, I might just do a slight overclock but I will definitely take the profiles into consideration.

criv: Thanks to the handy sensors ESPM400 mentioned: temps for idle in BIOS shows anywhere from 30C to 32C. I have yet to stress test it yet. Any suggestions for doing so?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

You must sleep at the same time I do, because I just woke up to this...

Go on YouTube, ASUS has a couple good tutorials for OCing their boards. Just search 'Haswell,' 'Overclock,' and 'ASUS.'

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the Evo 212, and you may have installed the bracket wrong. Mine sits perfectly straight, and there's a pretty darn specific way to install it. Check this guide, and look at the universal instructions for how to open the x-bracket on the cooler.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

I used that guide during the installation. I don't what to say. If anything, I'll redo it later on down the road. But thanks though!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Our builds are super similar at the core! Enjoy your build, its going to be really powerful and fast and you'll love it! Also, nice job on the cable management. I would just recommend getting rid of the slack and then tying the cords against the back side of your case with zip ties or something so it looked a bit cleaner.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the compliments! I really didn't have too much time between first assembling the rig and having the gpu and networking card installed. I will definitely redo the cables soon enough! BTW, your build is nice too! +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Great choices everywhere man! BTW, you should be able to get a respectable overclock with that cooler. I know plenty of people that have. However, if you want to push past something like 4.3(+) then you are going to want a decent water cooler like the H100i.

+1

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you so much! My thoughts were exactly the same in regards to overclocking. Hopefully, I'll get a H100i down the road. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I haven't seen too much builds with a H100i in a R4. For me, I think I'll be happy with aiming for a 4.0 GHz for the time being.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

If I'm not mistaken, that's a 140mm fan on the rear of your case. That means you can use a NZXT Kraken X40 if a 240mm cooler won't fit in the top of your case. If a full sized cooler does fit in the top, you could fit an H100i or Seidon 240M to the top and a G10 to the rear (see:THIS ) and OC the crap out of your GPU. Although that is a bit pricey...

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

That G10 looks mental. Hmm.. And here I thought I was going to spare my finances from any further torture... :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm actually waiting for my local PC shop to open, to see if they stock it. I just did my 2012 income tax (since, due to the nature of my work, I never owe, I use it sort of like a redneck savings account), and now that my rent is paid, I have a grand left over. I'd love to see how powerful my 770 is with water cooling...

EDIT: And how bloody heavy I can make my CM Storm Stryker. I swear that thing weighs 100 lbs. already...

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol my R4 feels somewhat heavy already as is. I can't imagine the Stryker although the aesthetics are nice.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

As long as it fits, I think i'd do it. I have an H60 stuffed in my Fractal Design Core 1000

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job on your first rig. Happy Holidays.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! Happy holidays to you too!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

This is quite similar to mine, and I assure you that you will not be disappointed!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! I just took a gander at your build and it looks great. +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Are the keyboard and mouse any good because I'm looking for some for about the same price

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

In regards to functions, they were just great. The keyboard might feel a little cheap, especially when I had one of the legs fall out but for the price I got it for I digress. The mouse works pretty good too and I can aim fast, maybe too fast in BioShock Infinite. I'd imagine it's nowhere near the mechanical keyboards and gaming mice but it works just fine for me! Hope this helps!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Sooooo many comments.Lol, it just hurts my eyes looking at all of them. Your build id solid , just tidy up the cables. Though, I still dont get why people go with Arctic Silver 5 to use as TIM nowadays. ;P

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Tell me about it, so many comments lol.

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  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it is, but I tried putting the GTX 770 there and it collides the with networking card. I tried the other way around and the same result. If anything, when I redo my cable management, I'll try it again.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

its no biggie aslong as its also 16x i deleted my comment because i googled your board and realized it was both 16x

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

It is all good.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

if you look at a site like newegg you will see that the slot he has his card in is only wired for 8x, you were right the first time when saying he should move it up.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello there! Yes, I was indeed doing an open test to make sure everything was okay and nothing was DOA. The black cable that you mentioned is the fan header cable for the Hyper 212 Evo. Hope this answers your question!

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry about the late reply. I actually used the Arctic Silver thermal paste that I have listed in my parts list. Regarding noise, it's pretty quiet while idle on Win7 desktop. If you listen for it, you will hear it. I'd imagine it would be louder while under load but since I use headphones while I game, I really don't hear it.