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My son and I built a gaming machine as his Christmas present. We ordered all of the parts from Newegg or Amazon. There were a few sites that were a tiny bit cheaper for some items but we figured the fewer merchants we used the better. We ordered everything on Black Friday and saved about $150 over regular prices. The build runs great. We did not do any overclocking even though it is possible to do so. It is running well and fast just as is. We went with the Cooler Master air cooler because we had a friend who had a water cooler leak and we wanted to avoid that possibility. If the air cooler did not do enough, we decided to go water cooling later. But so far no heat problem. This may be due in part to our Thor case with its four huge but quiet fans - oh yes - and great looks! Also excellent for cable management. As for the Samsung SSD - plugged into the Gigabyte mobo SATA express - it flies - boots Win 8.1 in seconds. We considered the i5 4670K but the i7 was only $60 more at the time we ordered. We did a lot of research on video cards. It was a toss-up between the GTX 770 and the R9 290. We went with the Sapphaire R9 290 because of good reviews (performance and cooling) and a good price on Amazon. Plus it is looks good!

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  • 62 months ago
  • 6 points

That cable management D:

  • 62 months ago
  • 4 points

"Also excellent for cable management." Then why didn't you use any of it for cable management? Anyways, this should look quite nice once you reroute some of those cables around the back and through the grommets.

I'm not sure what you think SATA Express has to do with the 850 Pro; you're still running off of a SATA 6Gbps connection. There are no SATA Express drives on the market.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe a mistake in computer terminology from someone who isn't a expert?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. Overkill for gaming but overkill is always good.

It would make a perfect workstation also.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok so... You have some very nice parts. There are one or two thing I am not sure about though. Firstly the CPU cooler, it's good but I think it's mostly used on cheaper builds, I would expect an all in one Water cooler or something a bit stronger. WHy didn't you get a bit nicer case for the 100 bucks you payed, kepping in mind the H440 is 20 dollars more? Also I might be wrong but isn't that PSU a bit outdated? Overall a nice build, still I would get a nicer cooler and maybe a next time a higher end case?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

The prices listed now are not what I paid on Black Friday. I actually got the case for about $69 after rebate. Same with PSU - about $85. The case had 750 reviews mostly all excellent. And we love the case. We love the whole build. The cpu is running at 47-51 C playing Assassins Creed Unity.If the cooler doesn't make it we will go water.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Water will keep it much cooler during long sessions, and it will also ensure a better overclock. I also have a cheaper case an I regret it.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

That case is really roomy and looks like it has lots of cable management options; I'm just not down with the aesthetics of the top and front (and that side panel gives me the creeps), it's just trying too hard to scream "Gamer!". That's just me I guess, because as you said, there are a lot of good reviews on NewEgg about it. The power supply was, I think, a great pickup; I have had the 650w version running my game PC for almost 2 years (and it powered the previous pc for a year before that) with no problems. As for the cooler, well, there are good reasons it is considered the gold standard in it's price range. It's inexpensive, looks great, can be VERY quiet (I have the Plus, not the EVO, so it's a little noisier), has a lot of mounting options and gives you a fair amount of headroom for overclocking. I run mine on a FX8120 AMD cpu and they aren't as power efficient as an Intel cpu, so you should have no problems for quite a while.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

why does it seem to me your are trying very hard to sound smart....

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  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Mind explaining why 128GB SSDs are useless?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

How was 60 bucks extra for the 4790K a waste? It just means that it will be that much longer before an upgrade is needed, if at all. I might have gone with faster RAM, but that's about it. As for the cable management, it looks like they were still building when the pics were taken. (Myself, I'd like to see some pics from when they got it running.) Nice mother-son project, +1.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with you regarding the i7. My understanding in GPU - CPU - everything else!!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Intel tends to change CPU sockets a lot, and sometimes makes incompatible ones with identical pin counts (LGA2011 chips won't work in a 2011-3 board and vice-versa) so getting as much CPU when you can while you can is, I think, a good idea when dealing with Intel CPUs.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

There are a lot of false claims in there

  • The prime and best of them being Noctua, that sell fans able to cool any system

  • a Corsair expensive liquid cooler will NOT leak unless it's wrongly installed however

  • You totally wasted the $60 extra to swap i5 for i7

  • 62 months ago
  • 0 points

^ True, Noctuas are good but far from the best fans.

Ooooh and look how fast that comment got deleted.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Some good ol Gentle Typhoons would surpass a Noctua's performance IMO

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