Description

This was originally suppose to be a $500 budget build that went a little over budget...but can't complain too much since I got some good deals.

CPU - I didn't even considered Haswell when I planned this build but the FX-8320 that was on sale for $100 was sold out at MC and so was the i5-4570k. I didn't wanted to leave empty handed so I went for 4670K.

MB - It was bundled with the CPU. After taxes and rebates, it came out to $32. Not much more to say.

Ram - Another bundle deal. This time with the GPU.

Storage - I pick the Seagate because it was the best bang for your buck. Can't imagine doing another build without a SSD. The 1TB for extra storage.

GPU - This is actually a huge overkill for me since I'm not much of a gamer these days but the price was too good to pass up.

Case - I was originally going for the Corsair 200 but heard great things about Fractal and it was on sale without a rebate. The case is awesome but now I kinda wish I got the R4 for a more quieter build.

PSU - I wanted a modular PSU with good enough headroom for future upgrades and this fit the bill.

Heatsink - I don't know much about heatsinks but I figure something this popular can't be bad. Installing this was definitely the hardest part of the build. I'm pretty sure I did it wrong and put too much thermal paste but the temps still look good. CPU idles at 25° and 70° at full load w/Prime. I'm currently OC'd at 4.2 GHZ w/ 1.085v. I'm not totally convinced that it's stable since I haven't stressed it overnight but I did ran a bunch of test and so far so good.

Overall, I'm happy with my build. Its been 5 years since my last build and this one will probably last me another 5. The only downside is I'm running out of things to tinker with.

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Does your power supply run silent? I just got the same one and it ended up being defective - the fan runs at maximum rpm all the time.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn that sucks, it was a good deal too. Yeah, mine pretty much runs silent. My case fans are much louder.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Extremely nice build for the price.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Deal hunting is almost as fun as putting it all together, I respect a solid budget(er). Check out my build, its scary how similar ours are!

  • 72 months ago
  • 0 points

Your heatsink should be set up so it blows air toward rear exhaust or top fans. The orientation you have is not good.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

The cpu fan might be in a pull orientation instead if a push orientation. This is probably due to the fan hitting the ram on the right side.

  • 72 months ago
  • 0 points

Yes. That is actually the best way to set up an Hyper Evo, if you are not doing push/pull. Sucking air through the radiator is slightly more efficient and less noisy.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I assumed so but you can move the fan away from the mobo so it doesn't interfere with the RAM. Also, the RAM could be moved into the A2 B2 slots which are further away from CPU fan, yet still dual channel.

Pulling the air is very inefficient and temps will be higher. It's better to orientate the CPU cooler so air is pushed towards top fans.

  • 72 months ago
  • 0 points

Pulling the air is very inefficient and temps will be higher. This is just not true. All the actual test will demonstrate the exact opposite. The difference is negligible, but pull performs better.