Description

I have been playing video games for a long time (8 year Xbox live member) but never really got into PC gaming until now. I have passed the point of no return...

This build was originally completed December 2015 but I recently rebuilt the computer, adding case fans and an optical drive (so that I can save some $ buying new games through amazon prime). All the parts were purchased at once so I did not save money by buying them over time. The good news is that I was able to snag a few good deals by buying them during cyber weekend. This build is pretty much only used for gaming.

Currently, I have not OC'ed the CPU (although I may do that in the future if I upgrade my cooler). You may be thinking to yourself, that CPU is a little overkill for just gaming, and you would be right. However, I went ahead and bought it because 1) I like overkill, and 2) I wanted to try to future-proof my computer as much as possible without going "too overboard."

I am going to go ahead and anticipate the typical GTX 970 vs r9 390 discussion and explain why I went with the GTX 970. I wanted to get a 144 hz monitor but did not want to break the bank by buying a 1440p or higher resolution monitor. I opted for the GTX 970 because it would do the job, and runs cooler than the r9 390. I know that I sort of ruined the black and white themed build with this particular variant of GTX 970, but it had fantastic reviews and the color scheme wasn't a huge deal to me. In the future, I may get another GTX 970 and SLI them (part of the reason why I went with the overkill 750W PSU), but at this point in time there is no need to do so.

Anyways, I am super thankful for PCPP because it helped me out a ton with selecting parts, and the community is awesome. Additionally, I was fortunate to have a friend who helped me build the computer the first time around. I have no regrets and am glad that I have joined the PC gaming community!

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice well balanced build! +1 for the R4!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Welcome to the PCmasterrace :)

one suggestion would be to put the system on a desk or something. you don't want all the carpet hairs being sucked in by the psu.

someone already +1 the case, so i'll +1 for that 4790k! :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Ideally I would like to do that, but unfortunately I live in a very small studio apartment and don't know that it is going to be feasible... :/ But don't worry, my PC won't always be sitting in the middle of my apartment

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Bottom dust filters bro, atleast my R5 doesnt get those "carpet hairs" very often

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I know...still don't like computers on carpet. and not every case has it or not nice ones as FD's

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, the Fractal Design R4 fortunately has filters on the bottom and front to help with that.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

what a entrance lol. I wish my first time into pc gaming was like this haha

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a hell of an entrance! Nice build!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't hesitate to do a little overclocking with the Hyper 212. From what I've seen, at 1080p with higher refresh rates, the CPU has a larger impact. I'm not saying you have to go for a big overclock, but a simple overclock could get you closer to 144 on a higher quality setting. Just keep an eye on temps under load and decide if you are comfortable with it.

Can always appreciate a build that includes OS, and all peripherals. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah, I could see myself playing around with overclocking a bit in the future but right now I will probably hold off. As you said, my cooler does provide a little headroom for overclocking, the problem is I am a fan of both overkill and being overly-safe (really bad pun intended).

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Exactly. Here's my viewpoint on overclocking. If it isn't necessary, then you don't need to push things. I've only got a 60hz monitor, so when I run games above 60fps, max settings, without an overclock, there is no need to do it to begin with. If a game needs a little more juice, you can always decide to overclock it if you think it is underperforming, of which I think you will be good at 1080p with that cpu/gpu combo.

Enjoy!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Welcome to the PC gaming community! Now for some critiquing.

You should try to use the cutouts to the sides of the motherboard so that you can route the cables behind the board, so that it's out of the way and it gives it a much better appeal. Use some zip ties, twisty ties or velcro ties to bunch them together and make it look overall cleaner.

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your input. Believe it or not, the cable situation has improved since the first time this PC was built... the good news is I don't think the current cable management will have a big impact on airflow, but I hope to clean it up a bit more soon.