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I'll spare you all the short book I wrote for my last build ;-)

This was a pretty straight forward build that came to be as the result of an impulse purchase by me and good timing by my friend wanting to build a system. I found the 290 on ebay and bought it since it was almost $50 cheaper than anything I had seen comparable before as a buy it now. I tried to run it in crossfire in my personal build but the fans rubbed the backplate on my PCS+ 290.

So we got him an i5 from microcenter, and used an SSD he had gotten for Christmas, but didn't put in his laptop due to limited space (will update with exact SSD later). The N200 turned out for a pretty nice looking little system, and seems to have pretty good airflow too.

We overclocked the i5 to 4GHz at 1.12V (need to check for 100% stability but survived several hours of stress testing so seems okay for gaming) and it seemed to stay under 70C in a 20C room which impressed me a bit. Also overclocked the GPU to 1075/1300 core/mem and it gets 59.5FPS on Unigine Valley vs 55 or 56 stock.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

By the way, that is one heck of a PSU. :)

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

In the first picture it almost seemed that your 212 Plus was touching the graphics card and I was a little worried, lol. Everything does fit pretty snugly in that case though.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah, there's miles in there ;-) you can see it better in the "Nintendo DS for scale" picture. If I use the top slot on my personal build the fan clips on my cooler touch my graphics card backplate. This build is definitely a bit cozy but nothing is that close to touching, crossfire would definitely make it tight between the bottom GPU and PSU though.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't know a microATX case can fit a CM 212 Evo. That's amazing. How much room/gap is left between the case side panel and the top of the cooler?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey sorry for the delay, Because of how the side panel is made (the part that bulges out), there is plenty of clearance (probably like 10mm), but that does definitely negate the opportunity to mount the side ventilation fan as a standard fan is like 30mm thick.

  • 55 months ago
  • 0 points

I built almost this exact same PC back in January... only exception, I skipped the video card and used intel onboard... for the performance difference, I couldn't see forking out the extra 150-200 dollars. This is a nice build that i would highly recommend to anyone. If you are considering this build for yourself here is my advice.

CPU - best bang for buck hands down. try and catch any of the i5-4000K series on sale. CPU cooler - skip this if you don't plan on overclocking the CPU (you really don't need to) Motherboard - is a good board, price shop on this make sure it has USB 3.0 and at least 6 SATA 6 ports. DDR3 Memory - just price shop its all the same just make sure DDR3-1600 Storage #1 - I have this exact SSD... works great, if you have never used a computer with SSD, your in for a very nice surprise. Storage #2 - skip the old school HDD, if you need more space get a 500GB SSD... believe me HDD will be obsolete soon. Video Card - check out the 560ti or just skip this if your gaming does not demand the absolute highest graphics. The onbaord intel graphics are actually really high tier and have come a long way... do some research on intel onboard graphics before throwing your money away. Case - just price shop Power Supply - just price shop, but i would suggest looking for reviews on something that is quiet like Seasonic. The worst thing in the world is listening to a jet engine because you paid 10$ less on a power supply. this build needs about 550watts max. Operating System - whatever you prefer if needed. If you are upgrading often times you can clone your HDD and keep everything you had.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

depends what corner you're getting it from.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha okay so bang for the buck/ slightly cheaper generic build. When you get one part free and one pretty cheap I guess it makes it cheaper than other similar performing machines.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Probably cause it was on sale like alot of the z87 boards.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

msrp is like $150-$160 for the gryphon series, not much changed between the Z87 and Z97 versions, so it was a high quality board at a budget board price.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah z97 mainly brought in sata express and m.2. Some z87 boards need a bios update for devils canyon (I think) but they're mostly the same

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