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While designing this build, I was looking for something powerful enough to run the latest games on high settings; but who isn't? As an enthusiast, though, how the part looked was almost as important as the part itself. I didn't want flashy, I wanted powerful and sexy. Simple on the outside, beefy on the inside. My design became a reality, a machine for a minimalist gamer.

The machine runs great, averaging about 40-50FPS on BF4 (1080p, Ultra). However, I prefer to drop down the settings to high to get the best performance possible. But every gamer knows, if it can run BF4, it can pretty much run anything.

My favorite piece of this build is undoubtedly the graphics card, but that's because I'm coming from a laptop with integrated graphics. A stand alone graphics card to me is like gaming jesus. Sliding right into second though is, surprisingly, the hard drive. "What? That's the simplest part in the whole system!" You say. Yes, it is a simple part, but it's more powerful than I expected. Since I didn't have the budget to buy a 1TB SSD, and I didn't want to give up that large capacity, I chose a hybrid. It. is. Amazing. Again, compared to an SSD, it doesn't quite match the performance. Compared to a standard HDD, though, its speed is doubled - tripled in some cases. I'd highly recommend the part for anyone on a budget.

Well, that concludes my short review, hope you enjoyed it.

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Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

I'd love to see it with the cooler in.

-1 that keyboard. come onnnn.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I know, I'm cheap! I'm planning on replacing it...

Edit: I'm uploading new pictures that include the cooler today!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 I love me a clean build! I recommend you get yourself an extended mousepad to cleanup your desk space ;)

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

u sound like ed from techsource

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

lmao you watch setup wars too!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you running SteamOS or just Steam in big picture? If it's OS, how do you like it?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

He's got Win 7 in his parts list, so I doubt it buddy ;)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

So true. Tx :P

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Just steam in big picture. I considering doing SteamOS, but I wanted this to be a bit of a work PC as well.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 nice and clean.

You could of gone i5 with the amount you spend on your mobo and cooler and still got a PSU.

But me still likey :D

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

great build! +1 the inside is so neat and clean, unlike any of my builds :D

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

clean! i like! +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I'm pretty curious about your choice of power supply.

I'm building a new PC myself, and I'm getting an i7-4790k, 16gb ram and an z97-AR asus motherboard but what was really worrying me was the GPU im getting which is a R9 390 8gb black edition double dissipation from XFX, and, like yours, on the XFX website it says it requires a 750W PSU to run it.

Are you not having any sort of troubles like crashes or anything of the sorts with your own GPU/ PSU? Because right now, I'm considering either paying 30€ more for a 750w psu or just going with a different card alltogether while i can still refund.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I was wondering the same thing when I was planning my build. I was originally going to go with a 750W power supply because of it, until I watched this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiWThqgFfI4

As you can see in the video, you really don't need what it says you need. I haven't had any trouble with my build, and I highly doubt I ever will.

Hope this helped!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you think of this motherboard??? Any issues????? I was going to either get this motherboard or the Asus Saberooth R 2.0

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

No issues so far. The manual was very helpful, had no problem plugging the front panel connectors in. I think it's a little to early to tell if I will have any problems in the future, but for now I'm very satisfied.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Something is very, very wrong when CPU cooler costs more than CPU itself.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I disagree. I wanted a quiet build, and a watercooler was the best way to achieve that. I was willing to pay more for it than my cpu, which I will never use the full power of.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

THE GOLDEN CAT DISHONORED!!!!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

So out of curiousity, where did you put the hard drive?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually sat it unsecured where the CD Reader would normally go, as it was empty. It worked out great for the one drive, but I definitely wouldn't recommend it for several. Since then I've reinstalled one of the hard drive cages and secured it there so I can eventually install my SSDs along with it.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a bad system at all. I especially like how clean she looks.

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