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(OLD) Mid Range Gaming: i5-4590/GTX970 "Ferrous"

by The_PharmASSIST



Date Published

Nov. 29, 2015

Date Built

Nov. 29, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

57.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.19 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

78.0° C


This is a computer that I initially built earlier this year. However after multiple part changes, updates and additions, I went back and essentially rebuilt the computer with the updated parts.

My primary use for this computer is gaming (Overwatch, Witcher 3, BF4, CSGO, HOTS, etc ). It is able to play all of these games at high/ultra settings at greater than 60FPS.

Overall I'm incredibly happy with the way the build went. My main addition from the previous version was the addition of a SSD and a motherboard swap after the initial one died on me (ASRock H97m Pro 4). The computer went from roughly 45 second boots to now having sub 10 second boot times. Its absolutely insane. Also, after changing over to a 144hz monitor, I don't think I could ever switch back to 60hz. Everything seems so choppy now.

If I were building this computer with all new parts today however, the only change I would really make would be replacing the GTX 970 with an R9 390 in its place (cheaper and slightly higher performance).

Since initially publishing this build, I since added a Cooler Master 212 EVO CPU cooler, which brought my load temps while gaming down by as much as 10C. I also redid the cable management and made some more room in the case. New photos were uploaded.

Part Reviews


Can't beat Intel at this price point. I'm really happy with this processor. Despite the fact that its locked, I have never felt like it really held me back in any way. Again, runs all games at pretty much max settings. I have yet to come across a game where this CPU is any form of a bottleneck.


Does exactly what its supposed to do. The BIOS is a bit minimalistic and somewhat laggy/unresponsive for lack of a better word. However, it has the features I need and does what I need it to do. It only has 3 fan headers in addition to the CPU fan header as a word of caution. The board also had some very minor flex behind the CPU socket after installation of the stock Intel CPU cooler. Of note, the board is only Crossfire compatible (not SLI).

Note: this board was actually purchased for a dead ASRock H97M Pro4 board, which died on me after approximately 2 weeks of use. This board has shown no problems.


Had no issues and runs at specified speeds after enabling XMP. Not to mention it was relatively cheap and looks good with a low profile design. I can't recommend this kind of memory enough.


Had an absolutely huge impact on my PC's overall speed and 'feel'. While the actual performance in comparison to other SSDs is somewhat average, when compared to an HDD its a completely different order of magnitude in performance. I can't recommend this SSD enough especially at its price point.

Video Card

Great card for the money. Allows me to play most games at 1080p at well over 60FPS and high to ultra settings. I primarily play CSGO and HOTS. CSGO consistently stays about 144FPS at max settings, and HOTS is well above 100. The card does seem to heat up a bit more than expected (around 78-80C under absolute max gaming load) but otherwise does well. When priced well, this is still one of the best cards around. However, if buying a new video card today, one should give a serious look at the R9 390 (slightly better performance at a slightly lower price). EVGA never disappoints me with their overclocked card adaptations, this is no exception here.


The tower has a surprising amount of options for something so small. It has decent build quality with just enough features to really make it stand out IMO. The biggest problem with the case is the lack of cable management options. I had to route the CPU power cable behind the motherboard. It also left me with few options to route cables behind the MOBO. Overall though I would still recommend it.


As someone who plays many PC FPS games (esp CSGO) I can't believe I didn't make this upgrade sooner. 144hz has completely changed me forever. The colors absolutely needed some tweaking out of the box. I downloaded an ICC profile which helped to correct the colors and make them relatively accurate. I tend to keep the blur reduction feature (strobing) off, as it makes the colors very bland and reduces the brightness significantly. However, most people who buy this monitor are mostly concerned with the 144hz and response time, both of which are fantastic.


Probably the best FPS mouse I have ever used. The switches on it feel stiffer than many other mice I have used, which I prefer. The size fits my hand well and lends to my grip style (mix of claw/palm grips). I personally love the lack of additional drivers needed to get the mouse to work well. The DPS button on the bottom, and included extra teflon slider pads are a nice touch.


At this price point, its probably one of the best headsets available. The mic is detachable which is a huge plus for me. Sound quality is excellent. Only (minor) gripe is that I think I prefer open ear headsets to sound cancelling ones. This is an excellent product.

Comments Sorted by:

shadowbyte918 4 Builds 3 points 39 months ago

Just wondering why you list two 8GB RAM sets in the parts list but then only use one in your build. Cable management could use a bit of work to improve airflow, but you don't see them because of the solid side panel. Pretty nice build though

The_PharmASSIST submitter 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

The second set of RAM sticks are on the way! I ordered them when they were on sale at Newegg for $30 this week. I thought I would include them in the price list so I wouldn't have to update it when I get the sticks this week hopefully.

I think the image I included gives a poor perspective on the cable management. Most of it is pushed to the back of the case. I don't believe that any of it is blocking airflow IMO.

Thanks for the input!

detechtive 3 points 39 months ago

The computer went from roughly 45 second boots to now having sub 10 second boot times

The awesome perks of having a SSD!

the only change I would really make would be replacing the GTX 970 with an R9 390 in its place

That would have been a great replacement, but I'm sure you will be just fine with the 970 for now.

The_PharmASSIST submitter 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Yea I agree. When I initially built this back in April or so, the 970 was still king of that $300ish price range. Now that the R9 390 is out, it (slightly) beats the 970 in many applications, also while costing less. Black friday sales had some 390s going for as cheap as $280.

That being said, I'm not itching to get rid of my 970 anytime soon. I don't think I'll upgrade for at least 2-3 years.

kusanagiklan 2 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Yeah, some crazy deals on the 390 man lol.

I got a sapphire 390 for $225

LP_pro 2 points 39 months ago

Cs:go fps? (1080p all on ultra)

The_PharmASSIST submitter 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Typically 150-290. It never dips below 144 which is what I was looking for. If I turn down the shaders and shadow distance down to low, the FPS stays above 250 pretty consistently.

LP_pro 2 points 39 months ago

Thanks m8! Btw realy nice setup.

Treq 2 points 39 months ago

i built a PC mainly to play CSGO with the same processor but with sapphire r9 380 4gb oc... when i ran benchmark tests.. i get around 180ish average on 1080p all settings to max.. is that ok or it is something i should be looking into? i was hoping id get at least 200+ on average..

and also, hows your fps near smokes and nade particles? do you get fps drops massively or just dips a bit..? let me know... and nice build btw .. :)

The_PharmASSIST submitter 2 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Honestly that sounds more than OK. 180FPS is in no way bad. Many who play CSGO competitively turn off many graphic options to keep their framerate as high and stable as possible. I previously had a GTX 960 in this build which is right around the same amount of graphical power as your R9 380 (actually slightly less) and I was right around the 140-180FPS mark at max settings with that card. I think your setup is fine.

My FPS is pretty stable. Honestly I feel that it dips most when I'm playing casual with lots of players running around the map/etc. It does drop a bit around nades but not more than 20-30FPS. I really can't tell anyways since its always well above my monitor's refresh rate.

noap7 2 points 39 months ago

How well does that monitor perform? Would you recommend it?

The_PharmASSIST submitter 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Incredibly well. I would highly recommend it if you are interested in a monitor for 144hz gaming. The only real downside to it is the out of the box color accuracy. I fixed this issue by downloading an ICC profile which altered the color to be significantly more accurate. However, that being said, at the time I bought this the Asus VG248QE was the same price. Currently, I believe the Asus is about $50 cheaper in which case I would buy that monitor (they both have the same LCD panel). Hope this helps!

Shakeweight11 2 points 36 months ago

clean setup, nice build, cables could be a bit better, but overall great build