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Build For A Friend

by dasangrypanda

Description

This is a build that I put together for a friend, really I just gave her instructions on what to do, and she did (most of) the assembling. She didn't really seem interested in making any posts about it herself so here I am!

This will be used pretty much exclusively for video games at 1080p 144hz (monitor on the way). For her first build this thing packs a punch w/ almost half the budget going in to the 980Ti; she should have no problem maxing most modern titles and maintaining well above 60fps.

My thoughts on the build:

As I stated before, I basically stood aside and provided some instructions at every step of the build to my friend, I thought it was important for HER to do most of the actual assembly, since it is her PC and all! I think she had a good time and seems really happy with the finished product.

  • I wish we could have cable managed better...

We were in a bit of a hurry while building so the cable management is not stellar (could be worse though), I think if it were totally up to her we would have just tossed all the wires inside somewhere and close it up, NOT ON MY WATCH!

  • This case is large for an ATX mid tower

Seems to have more space inside than my corsair 540. This normally would be a positive thing but It was long enough that we had to use a fan splitter to extend and reach the front intakes (which we replaced with 2 corsair AF140 QE).

  • The fins on heatsinks are sharp as fk

This is the part that I installed for her, as I had no experience with this particular heatsink and just chose it because of the great reviews; It was mostly a hands on learning experience for me and the install can be classified as nothing other than a pain in the ***. From what I observed though the temps are good and what can I expect for $20.

  • Fans

Didn't try the stock fractal case fans, though I'm sure they are good fans. We replaced all fans in the build, heatsink included with Corsair QE fans, 3 AF 140, 1 SP 120. These fans and this case are VERY quiet, the rig is totally inaudible unless the GPU fans really spin up.

Things I would have done differently:

  • Cable manage better, though she could do this at some point in the future.

  • Push her for 500gb SSD instead of 250, We had about 100 left over in the "overflow" budget, should have spent it.

  • Would have bought a different MoBo, I'll elaborate on that in the part review.

  • The CPU cooler is good if you are on a budget and the temps are fine but the install experience was terrible. Maybe I'm just an idiot as I haven't seen anyone else that had issues...

I suppose that about wraps it up! Some point in the future we will OC her GPU for a little more overkill @ 1080, she wasn't interested in OCing CPU hence the H97 and non-k processor, over-all I'm happy with the way this turned out.

Part Reviews

CPU

Solid processor, all the power needed for gaming.

CPU Cooler

Though it does keep temperatures good, the fan that came with it was a little cheap and the install process was terrible. Good cooler if you are on a budget, if you can afford better then go for it.

Motherboard

Pros:

Looks nice in person (photos had me thinking it was not very pretty), good fan header placement, good spacing on the PCI slots, great price, great ASUS UEFI.

Cons:

You get what you pay for, the included IO shield is TERRIBLE aesthetically and functionally, there are A LOT of sharp metal bits that protrude quite a ways on the back. I understand this is a motherboard and it's going to have some sharp metal bits like all motherboards but damn. The PCI slots are poorly reinforced/anchored to the board, as is the heatsink near the processor. Front panel connectors are strangely arranged.

Storage

No vibration, good size, good price

Video Card

Waaaay overkill for 1080p, but damn does it run games well.

Case

VERY quiet case, front panel door is a nice addition, also provides good airflow.

The drive mounting bays felt a little cheap but still of acceptable quality.

Pretty sizable case for ATX mid, had to run some cable through the front to make them reach.

Power Supply

Pre-"sleeved" cables, fully modular.

Optical Drive

Sounds like a rocket ship when reading media, wish it was fully black, but a good buy for the price.

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noap7 1 point 44 months ago

So how well does that gpu perform?

edman1212 1 point 44 months ago

nice build, I think that I will do something similar

Stupidmouth 2 Builds 0 points 44 months ago

Nice build. Pretty sure she's going to wish she had spent $15 more for a 4690k though

Edit - Made it to the end of the write up...she aint interested now in OCing but in a years time I bet she will!

Ps- so did you hit it? ;)

dasangrypanda submitter 3 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

I agree that she will want to OC somewhere down the line. With her target budget being 1500 I didn't push the subject much.

Ps- so did you hit it? ;)

lol, I appreciate the encouragement but I am happily married.

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dasangrypanda submitter 3 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I did, on the 212 EVO.

She of course shed no blood... Does this mean the PC views me as its master?

paintboy131 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

My 212 EVO fans weren't sharp?.. I was surprised they weren't. hm....

dasangrypanda submitter 3 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

The fan wasn't sharp at all, the fins on the rad were.

paintboy131 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

I meant the fins****

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QuantumEssence 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago

DAMN IT DASANGRYPANDA - LOOK WHAT YOU STARTED