Description

Well like the majority of builds in the past few weeks this is a first build. I started researching all of the things necessary to make this build happen around August of this year, when I decided to fully swap to PC gaming. I know I said PC gaming, yet there's no GPU.....well that's because I'm most likely getting a 290/290x non reference when they come out. For now the integrated is doing fine (187 FPS in League of Legends with settings maxed out). Over all the whole build took me about an hour to complete, I bought every part on Small Business Saturday excluding the case (ordered it off Newegg because my local Micro Center said they were out of stock online and couldn't be bothered to pick up the phone....Oh well). I put this together Tuesday night at 11pm when UPS finally got my case to me, it shipped out for delivery at 6:23am from my local store which is 10 minutes away....by 3pm I was starting to think they'd gotten my hopes up for nothing _^. I know my cable management is pretty crappy compared to most of the build on here, I'm sorry I was eager to get it running. My laptop (sole computer) crapped out on me last Sunday after 6 years, it was a Sony Vaio F series collectors addition that I picked up for $700 instead of the $2300 price tag. I know laptops aren't anything close to desktops but I was 13 at the time....when you're 13 and paying for it yourself you don't just pass up a deal like that.

Part Breakdown:

CPU: i7 4770k~ I do video rendering/editing/programming/multitasking/gaming/music creation/multi OS booting.....and there's probably more but the point is the hyper threading helps out a lot and I wanted Intel over AMD (sheer personal preference). I haven't messed with overclocking much but I got it to load and stabilize at 4.7ghz at 1.20V, I guess I hit the silicon lottery jackpot? I put it back to stock for now because I don't really need it overclocked at the moment. I'll tinker with it in a few weeks when I get some free time and post temps from Prime95, I think it was hitting like 60 degrees C, it's like 10 degrees Fahrenheit where I live so that's probably helping out (actually we just got our first snow of the year today).

CPU cooler: well it's the standard 212 EVO...it does the job

Thermal Compound: I didn't want to use the crappy kind that came with the 212 EVO so I picked this up at Best Buy as an after thought.

MOBO: I'm a bit of an audiophile and I wanted a mobo that'd last me 4-6 years hopefully, the Hero fit my needs quite well (originally I wanted the Formula but I couldn't see paying the extra cost for it).

RAM: well I was going to get a DDR3 2400 16gb (2x8gb) Gskill set but I needed to get my machine up and running asap and Newegg (cheapest place to get it at the time) told me it would be 3-5 weeks before it'd be at my house when I called them to check. It was just too long of a wait for me so I went with low profile Vengeance instead, it was on a good sale so I couldn't resist. By the way they're actually black in color, I couldn't find the black listed on partpicker but they're the same as the ones listed just a different color.

Storage: I'm going to get the drive in a week or two, I have something like 15tb's in external's I'm using right now for media storage and a 256 gb SSD from my laptop. I actually didn't know it was an SSD until I pulled it out to throw it in this rig (boot time is 6-8 seconds from being off).

Case: Fractal Define R4~ What to say...It's simplistically elegant and sexy looking, has a decent amount of space without being so massive that it becomes an eye sore, oh and it's super quite (huge plus for me). Plus it was something like half off with free shipping...made it and easy choice over the Phantom 410.

PSU: I went with one of the good brands (no Raidmax for me, I like my house whole and not burnt down) Corsair. It's a 750w gold rated because I'm getting a 290/290x maybe two down the line (if I crossfire I'll upgrade to a higherwattage) and I wanted a PSU that could handle them. It's quiet, nice looking, does the job well, plus it was on a great sale.

Optical Drive: Well it reads/writes Blueray, DVD, CD, the works. I back up all of my movies and T.V series to hard drives, makes it easy to put them on my iphone 5 to watch on the go when you have a digital copy also :D. It was a good deal, not necessary for most people but I'll get good use out of it.

OS: Yes it cost me nothing. No I did not obtain it illegally, it's an actual Microsoft copy of Windows 8 (upgraded to 8.1 for free because why not) that was around my house so I laid claim to it.

Well thank you for looking, it was a fun experience and I'm not going back to prebuilt systems anytime soon. For being 19 and purchasing it all without any financial assistance I'm quite happy with the deals I got. Here's to hoping I can get something similar on my GPU. Oh sorry for the crappy quality photo's, they're just high resolution ones taken with my iphone 5.

Feedback is appreciated, especially regarding how to fix my cable management.

Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 4 points

Is the evo a bit crooked? haha Nice build man, great overclock

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

i thought the same thing. I wonder if that is on purpose? Or is it merely just accidentally crooked?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it's a tad bit crooked XD. I have a black lab/German shepherd mix puppy that's 5 months old (already 60 lbs...supposed to get to 120+ which I didn't know when I got him) who managed to bump the table I was using to assemble, he got the EVO to shift a bit and I didn't feel like unseating it since it's not too bad. One of these days it'll bug me enough that I will. I was kinda hoping no one would notice :P.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

You dont need to unmount the heatsink. Since the evo mounts on springs, you can just twist it a bit to fix it. It could also be droopy because you didn't tighten the screws all the way. I just built 3 PC's with evo's last week and had the same problem (minus the dog).

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd thought about that too, but I looked and it's definitely just a seated a little crooked. Sadly not the springs so I would have to remount the whole thing. I'm trying to plan in some time to open it back up, fix the EVO and clean up my cables, I need some more zip ties so they aren't just all over the place...the back panel is kinda scary :/

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

OMG 4.7 ON AN EVO

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I know right? I was surprised too, I didn't even mess around with terribly many settings...Luck was with me that day. The associate who unlocked the case for me actually let me chose which one I wanted(maybe I avoided them giving me a dud?).

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

wow, yeah you did luck out, and 4.7 on 1.2V is kinda insane. If your feeling crazy you might be able to sell that chip for much more than a 4770k is worth if you can prove that is can get to 4.7 stable on 1.2V. There are lots of overclocking enthusiasts that would kill for a chip like that.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Well I guess you learn something new everyday! I did not know you cant get 187 fps integrated on LoL. Also that 4.7 Ghz OC doe. +1

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

LOL really isn't graphically intensive at all, I actually get lower FPS in Minecraft with my HD texture pack on...

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

Minecraft is more cpu intensive and barely optimized while League of Legends is extremely optimized.

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

That doesn't mean that it's graphically intensive...you can play it on 6 year old laptops with integrated graphics (I know from experience, that's what I used to do).

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

Yes, but saying, "I actually get lower FPS in Minecraft with my HD texture pack on" means nothing because of what I said.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually it does, with a high resolution texture pack installed Mincraft is more graphically strenuous than League. I'm not hating on the game, just saying that it really requires very little graphics power.

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

whoops it double posted-.- darn phone