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i know the name is just the case but i coundnt think of anything better. anyway, for christmas of 2011 i got a new laptop with an i3 2330m, which is fine for everyday tasks, and playing minecraft and sorce games. but over the years i needed more power. so i built this. i started buying parts last november and did not finish until 7/9/15

CPU-awesome. i hope for it to last until my first year or two of college(with GPU upgrades tho)(i just finished my freshman year of high school) h105-pretty good idle temps 25-33 celcius motherboard- it does live up to all the hype(i especilly like the AI auto overclock which instantly takes it to 4ghz) ram-nothing special ssd raid 0 for OS HDD raid 1 for mass storage gtx 970 awesome. never scene it go past 65 while playing skyrim for many hours case-its nice but i regret not going with the r5 or h440 becuase the phantoms so big PSU-not much to say ODD- overkill, i know

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build for your first time. I'm personally not a fan of applying stickers as it tends to draw the eye away from overall natural aesthetic but to each their own.

I would highly suggest getting yourself a better monitor. I don't know what that model is in the picture but you can get a decent 27 inch for less than $200. Enjoy your build!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello and welcome.

I believe your rig is very inefficient for gaming.

Something like this would probably provide an overall better gaming experience.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $229.98 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $87.55 @ OutletPC
Thermal Compound Gelid Solutions GC-Extreme 3.5g Thermal Paste Purchased For $13.00
Motherboard Asus Z97I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard $151.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $54.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $97.95 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $119.99 @ Micro Center
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB FTW ACX 2.0 Video Card $353.98 @ Newegg
Case Corsair 250D Mini ITX Tower Case $74.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $73.98 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $57.75 @ OutletPC
Monitor LG 29UM67P 60Hz 29.0" Monitor $349.00 @ B&H
Keyboard Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard $119.95 @ Amazon
Mouse Logitech G602 Wireless Optical Mouse $50.99 @ Amazon
Headphones Corsair Vengeance 1400 Headset $54.99 @ NCIX US
Other anti static mat Purchased For $17.99
Other anti static wristband Purchased For $4.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1974.06
Mail-in rebates -$60.00
Total $1914.06
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-07-13 11:05 EDT-0400

Just my opinion though.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

"Very insufficient?" I'm pretty sure a 970 is very capable of 1080p gaming at very high and ultra settings. Money could have been spent differently but he spent it where he wanted to and that's all that matters.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello,

it reads "inefficient", which in that context means the exact oppposite of insufficient.

I don't believe that's all that matters. In his description, the OP mentions he wanted "more power", so he decided to invest nearly $2000 on a new gaming rig. In my mind, when you buy a new gaming pc is because you want to have a better gaming experience. Better graphics, higher resolutions, smoother frame rates, etc.

Unfortunately, the gaming experience isn't confined to what's inside your case. There's more to it. And in my opinion, in his specific case, what's missing is the peripherals and monitor. Low quality peripherals are clunky, uncomfortable and unresponsive, and that will also affect your gaming experience.

On top of that, is the monitor, which is what caught my eye first. I'm unsure of the specific model, but I'm gonna guess it's about a 30hz, 19"- 21" 720p screen. In my opinion, a monitor is a very important part of gaming, because that's the main output you have.

Now, how expensive is it to get a pc that runs games at 720p with a stable 30 fps? I would say the $750 mark would be enough even more modern AAA games. The issue is that he spent nearly $2000 to game at 720p, 30fps.

That's not very efficient in my opinion.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the correction, it's good that we can have a friendly conversation even when I misread a word. I also didn't realize that about the monitor and other peripherals. I strongly agree that the monitor should be one of the most expensive parts because it's what you look at the most. And yes, with this budget people should be looking at high end monitors for gaming and not a platform designed for heavy workloads.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

My thoughts exactly.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I think our thoughts sum up my next build. https://pcpartpicker.com/user/build.a.pc/saved/gTR8TW

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

i dont only do gaming i also do video editing and rendering, hence the six cores

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

its actully a nice monitor. 1080p 75 hz, 4ms response time, 22 inch although i plan to upgrade

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. For an OEM monitor (I'm guessing) it's actually very good.

For some reason on the pic where the keyboard is right in front of it, the monitor looks realy small to me. That's why I thought it was around 19".

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

i dont only do gaming i also do video editing and rendering, hence the six cores

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

i dont only do gaming i also do video editing and rendering, hence the six cores

  • 57 months ago
  • -2 points

Buys $380 cpu and uses earbuds and standard dell keyboard

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

i just orderd the kingston cloud 2 headset and the k70 keyboard, the other stuff is just temporary

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Just a friendly suggestion, and only because I hate to see this be picked apart, but try and be more detailed in your description. Let us know what it's for and your future plans so you don't get nibbled at.

Another option is to say "I don't care. I wanted these parts and I'll use them eventually".

:)

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  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

no its not.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

The nzxt phantom actually allows you to mount your psu upside down which puts less hot air in the case. And no the psu airflow is not restricted

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

He's right. If it's not being choked, the PSU should draw air in and then exhaust in the rear without ever pushing into the chassis.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Argeru- You do realize most cases now have vents on the bottom so you can have the psu anyway you want whether upside or downside

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

What do u mean?

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  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

i dont only do gaming i also do video editing and rendering, hence the six cores

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey if he has the cash, why not. My first computer after graduating high school was a laptop and was $50 more expensive than his build. It also contained 90% less quality and power. I think it was a Pentium III.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with you on that statement and also on your initial comment. I'm just not trying to lessen his build experience. Perhaps this will encourage him to develop some skills in order to actually use the X99 build to its maximum potential.

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