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Black and White Money Pit

by Sevin


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Date Published

Dec. 12, 2014

Date Built

Dec. 1, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

920 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.6 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


I built this for aesthetics and some gaming. It was bought over 3 months time. I'm playing Titanfall, Robocraft, Heroes and Generals, and Diablo 3 mainly. So far no hiccups on performance. My last rig came from cyberpowerpc, so this is my first time building. Cable management was a little harder than I thought. It took me around 5 hours to assemble everything and zip tie. This is an on going hobby and will continue to update components as needed. Anyway, now for the parts!

CPU: i5 4690K my research found this to be the standard. I had initially bought this as a newegg combo with a Gigabyte mobo. The combo price was 269.99 and I sold the mobo for 100 on craigslist. Not a bad deal.

CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO I saw many good reviews and a lot of people recommended this so I gave it a shot. Works wonders coming from stock Intel cooler.

Motherboard: MSI z97s Krait When this released it caught my eye. Man I think it looks sweet! Although I don't need a lot of features, it was the only white and black board I could find.

Video card: Sapphire R9 270 Dual-X Okay so currently I only have an old 720p ASUS monitor so this card is enough at the moment. I know this is kind of an odd combination. I usually people pair much better GPU's with this processor but I will upgrade my monitor and then to a more suitable video card, perhaps a GTX 970. Oh, I also tried to Plasti Dip the shroud white. It didn't work so well because it was so cold outside and it wasn't drying properly. I didn't even think about temperature effecting how it would dry. In the course of removing the heatsink from the shroud I accidentally broke one fan. So I am debating whether or not to upgrade now or just buy a replacement fan.

PSU: NZXT HALE82 V2 550W White Cable 550W I got this without thinking, lol. The s340 has a power supply shroud so you can't really see it. I had a hard time deciding between this and the 700w version. I'm keeping everything at stock clocks for now and the GTX 970 has a minimum of 500w so I went for this. It's fully modular and came with white cables so I didn't have to spend extra for sleeved extensions.

RAM: HyperX Fury White Series 8GB It's just white. Not much to say here. I saw other builds with this ram and thought it fit.

Case: NZXT S340 I love the simplicity of this case! It was pretty easy to work in and has potential for awesome cable management (Not mine!). Side and front panels are removable as well as the white NZXT bar towards the front. There is a magnetic dust filter on the front that is very convenient.

Thanks for looking! Share your opinions, good and bad!

Comments Sorted by:

jadbgee 1 Build 7 points 51 months ago

Man, that motherboard is gorgeous.

chowsownsomepizza 1 Build 4 points 51 months ago

We need more whiteXblack mobos! Also, I would like to see a white/purple mobo.

Sevin submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Oh yeah! Too good to pass up.

miznark 1 Build 3 points 51 months ago

Wish you could cover the mobo power cable, looks like a rainbow in the middle of the case. Everything else looks great especially the rear cable management.

Sevin submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Working on getting different cables so it looks better and thanks!

ITneto 2 points 51 months ago

I was waiting for someone to use that awesome board. +1

jacobs4525 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

That rainbow cable is bugging me. It's a good excuse to buy some sexy sleeved white cables.

Sevin submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Any sleeved extensions you suggest? Someone said Bitfenix has some.

jacobs4525 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

yeah from what I know Bitfenix makes good ones.

RunninUte 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Very nice! Are you OC this?

Sevin submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

I just did a slight OC to 4.1 on 1.00vcore but then dropped it back down to stock. Just wanted to see what was stable on default vcore.

Hankenstein 2 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Sexy build! only change I would make is to replace Heatsink fan with a white LED fan like corsair SP120 or something, then it'll be amazing!!!!

CrazyCroak05 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Weird!! I was going to build almost the same thing!!!

This was my list

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $64.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $128.99 @ Amazon
Memory Kingston Fury White Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $76.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $51.85 @ OutletPC
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 270X 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card $179.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $66.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply NZXT HALE82 V2 700W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Case Fan NZXT FN-140RB 62.5 CFM 140mm Fan $6.98 @ OutletPC
Case Fan NZXT FN-140RB 62.5 CFM 140mm Fan $6.98 @ OutletPC
Other External Cd/DVD Drive $20.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $773.73
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-12 21:42 EST-0500
M3RICA_ 1 point 51 months ago

Great Build, +1.

Time to Overclock

darksouls92 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Sweet build! love the black/white colours +1

Sevin submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Thank you!

gabrielzzz6 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

It's like... wow (so sexy)

Sevin submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Thank you!

Vipinven1987 1 point 51 months ago

Great, exactly what i been looking for, and not to mention that super cool Motherboard, RAM & Case Looks :) if it was me i would have added an Cosair H100I would have been more greater looking if replaced stock fans on it with the NZXT FN12 one's or the AF120 one's with White frontal layer added to it. Those white PSU cables, are those the standard one's coming with that PSU ?

Sevin submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Yeah the cables that came with the psu are white already.

Vipinven1987 1 point 51 months ago

Great ..... thanks

BreakingAnklesSince2002 1 Build -1 points 51 months ago

Ssd? Anyway great build