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Kindling

by shottycall

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Date Published

Dec. 31, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

967 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C

Description

I use my rig for mainly 1080p gaming on high-ultra settings. I prefer playing with my monitor set to 100hz so the GTX970 really gets a workout sometimes. I used to have a gtx780 and it couldn't keep up with anything much over 60fps. The windforce 970 is amazing. Never goes over 60C even playing gta on ultra. I'll never get another brand card, the gigabyte windforce is well worth it. I occasionally record gameplay with Nvidia Shadowplay and edit in Sony Vegas 13. The 4690k does very well at a mild 4.2ghz OC. I have had it up to 4.5ghz but my cheaper Cooler Master 120v CPU cooler couldn't keep the Temps under 75C when rendering. When I upgrade the cooler I'll see how far I can push it.

PCPartPicker won't let me review custom added parts so allow me to add here that the Sades 7.1 Shakers are awesome. They have tiny rumble motors in them like controllers and they vibrate for bass/explosions. I wish it had an optional external power so the vibration could be more intense in games.

Also I love my G27, super realistic addition for simracing. I have had a few different DFGT and Driving Force Pro wheels and they are pretty decent but the G27 FFB is way faster and smoother.

Part Reviews

CPU

Sure it's a great CPU but I am a bit disappointed at times. Maybe I just ask too much of it.

CPU Cooler

I liked this cooler for a long time, but recently I've grown to dislike it. The tubes have gotten harder and harder to manouver how I want them and my Temps are slowly creeping up. I think I'll be going to the Cryorig H7 soon

Motherboard

Tons of features, tons of ports, cool looks, still working great.

Memory

Got these in a trade for an ssd. Idk why I went to 16gb of ram, I never go over 6gb. These heat spreaders are huge as well. Ram works fine though

Storage

Love this SSD, had to do a clean reinstall of windows 10 to fix some crashing issues so I upgraded from 120gb ssd to this 480gb PNY. It looks cool, came with software to transfer my old drive if I wanted to and so far the overall performance is great

Storage

Seagate gets bad rep for failing drives but this one has been going for at least 5 years, it's from a dead laptop

Storage

Got this for $15 actually from a guy that was parting out a DVR

Video Card

Amazing GPU, never gets got, fans don't spin up much, outperforms my old overclocked 780

Case

I won my case on a instagram contest. It has a solid plexiglass window instead of the plastic window with fan mounts. Cool case but I'm ready for an ITX

Power Supply

GO SUPERNOVA! I've had 3 different EVGA PSUs, no complaints

Operating System

Not sure why so many people hate on Windows 10. Sure it has the ability to "spy" on you but unless you're searching how to build bombs or saving assassination plans on your microsoft could they really don't care about you...sorry to tell you that lol

Monitor

I've never experienced an actual gaming monitor so I can't compare but MAN this monitor is amazing coming from the Dell one I have as my secondary now.

Keyboard

Only Complaint is that it's not RGB, but it was a lot cheaper than a full RGB board.

Mouse

I'm really disappointed with this mouse. I've had a cheap $11 ET X-08 Gaming mouse for over a year and always thought my aim would be so much better if I had one of those expensive gaming mice...well I finally went for one and...meh. After 3 days of using it and tuning the custom DPI settings it's about the same as my cheap mouse. I understand it has custom tuning, RGB, profiles, etc but that stuff isn't really necessary. Also since I installed the logitech gaming software my non logitech keyboard and PS3 controller have been acting a little finicky. I see no reason to spend $60+ on a mouse unless you just have the money.

Comments Sorted by:

dpinsent 1 point 35 months ago

how much did the build cost you in total

shottycall submitter 7 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

This is the point I am at from upgrading over a year. I originally started with a $350 rig that used my current motherboard and a pentium G3258 dual core with some Radeon HD GPU I got for 20 bucks at a yard sale, then quickly upgraded to a GT 740.

I've probably spent around $1000 over the past year on it

commodore64 3 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Cryorig H7 is definitely a solid choice, which I have.

shottycall submitter 7 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Cool thanks! I have heard it's becoming very popular

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Interesting colour matching/...+1

shottycall submitter 7 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Thanks, I wanted it to be mostly blue and orange led's with black components. I'll be upgrading more parts here soon and probably ordering the NZXT hue+

AndrewR.OC 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Just wondering what you are disappointed about with the 4690k?

shottycall submitter 7 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Dont get me wrong. Its an extremely powerful quad core. Stock clock was way too slow. Overclocked to 4.5 ghz and it's pretty good, I just think I should have went I7 for me personally. The 4690k can game anything on ultra with a good gpu but I do occasional multitasking on a second monitor and the 4690k can't handle it well. I start dropping some frames. So if you plan on multitasking like recording with OBS or watching movies while gaming, you simply need the extra cores.

I was thinking about going xeon, but the 4790k i7 has a higher benchmark score, so idk now