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Deep Sea Creature

by l13199l

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14 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 14, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

980MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.01GHz

Description

This is the (nearly) final upgrade to the PC I built almost exactly two years ago for gaming, streaming and watching anime. At this point nearly everything has been changed except for the RAM (still waiting on the corsair to arrive) and I have gone through a couple motherboard, fan and HDD configs. When I started my goal was getting as much gaming power as possible on a budget, once I achieved optimal performance I turned towards aesthetics and silence which has taken place over the last month.

There have been plenty of issues that I've had to solve with this build, mostly when I used AMD. My first board died in less than a year, the pcie x16 slot just stopped working, forcing me to buy a new board. On the new board, I could have killed myself during the test boot, I used some tinfoil to short the front panel pins to turn it on, and I decided that instead of turning off the power supply - I could just short the pins again to turn it off. Not only did sparks shoot everywhere, but the system no longer shut down properly. Fortunately nothing else bad happened there.

There's been a lot of good things with this build though. I can hit 4.5GHz on the 4690k fairly easily at I believe 1.242v, with stress test temps hitting around 80c, and heavy loads hitting 70c. The 760 is still powering through every game I play, I am still amazed with this thing after 2 years. I don't get into very many graphically intense games, mostly gw2, CS:GO and LoL so I will be good pretty much until I decide to upgrade.

One big thing that I knew I wanted in the build was blue, however there was a deal on this specific MSI board and it has everything I need. I was going to get the MSI z97 SLI plus, but it went out of stock everywhere. The solution was to plasti-dip the heatsinks blue, it looks pretty decent, although the noctua cooler obstructs the view of them almost entirely. I was going to paint the expansion slot covers blue too, but after feeling them and how high quality they were, I left them untouched.

Other things worthy of noting - Only one Bitfenix fan is installed, I might use the other for a future project, my mouse is a logitech g502 and my keyboard is a Roccat Ryos Mk. Glow with MX blacks

Tried to take some good pics, the first one is inside my Corsair 200r, with a non modular XFX Proseries 550w, ugh that side panel was hard to close

Part Reviews

CPU

Pretty standard for gaming, got a pretty middle of the road chip I'd say. Handles 720p livestreaming and other multitasking very well.

CPU Cooler

Too large for my liking now, and fans are ugly so I had to replace them, overall very good cooler though and I got it for a nice price

Motherboard

BIOS isn't amazing, and I broke the front panel USB 3 pins a little, works well with the paint and handling of everything else, good deal too.

Storage

Does everything I expected from a reasonably priced SSD, I bought this around Christmas 2013.

Storage

Holds my steam games, music, other files, and a large anime folder. I love the price/GB on these compared to WD.

Video Card

$270 has never been more worth it. Plays games super well at 1080p. Pretty mediocre OC on my card however, but I usually leave it at stock.

Case

Superb case. The price, features and fans with this case are all pretty much right, best case on the market in this price range IMO

Power Supply

I wanted the 650w version, but I refuse to order from NCIX anymore and Memory Express was sold out, so only amazon had them for Around $150. Settled for the 550w, fully modular is super nice, way better than my non modular XFX.

Operating System

Win10 is ok. Nothing special that makes me love it more than Win7. Skype crashing multiple times per day makes me frustrated but I can deal with it.

Case Fan

These are a pain in the rear to install, which surprised me. They're pretty quiet, which is cool.

Case Fan

Love the design, the LED isn't overpowering, super quiet with strong static pressure, I would buy these fans for any blue color schemed build.

Monitor

This thing is super old, but it's served me well and it's 1080p, only TN though and I would like to replace it sometime.

Monitor

IPS, 1080p, good size, been using for almost a year.

Comments Sorted by:

philphaser 11 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

What you did to that mobo is blue…errr…true magic! Really like your build!

p.s. Your 'old' RAMs were HyperX? Don't see the need to change those...

l13199l submitter 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

I only planned to change them to match the colors a little more, however I have now found out that my payment on the corsair RAM did not go through, so maybe instead I'll hold onto the Kingston.

philphaser 11 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I definitely would.

Arkwoman1990 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Love your build, also i got the same case to for my future upcoming build.

Jacob.Dupuis 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Was it pretty difficult to paint the parts on your MOBO blue? As in dismantle, paint, and then replace them. Did you have any problems with that?

l13199l submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

It was fairly easy, taking them off of the motherboard was very simple, painting was easy, the only thing I had to be really careful about was the dragon, it was screwed and fastened down with glue so I had to slowly chip away at it to pull it off

tigerblood213 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

I love the fans you put on the heat sink

biggles5107 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago
Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler

Too large for my liking now, and fans are ugly so I had to replace them, overall very good cooler though and I got it for a nice price

Don't blame you but man, replacing Noctua fans is a bold move. Also great job on painting the motherboard! I was going to ask where you got a blue version of that motherboard. :P

l13199l submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

When I painted it I just kind of jumped right it in, up close you can tell it was an amateur job but as long as you don't look for mistakes it's pretty good :)

bengy22 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Great build! i was thinking about making a blue build, but i could not find many blue mother boards and i was just about to ask you were you got it... and how do you like windows ten? i have windows 8.1 and i like it (i don't see why people don't) very cool build but the only thing i would change would be the blue use used i'm more of a dark blue kind of guy :)

l13199l submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

win10 is pretty nice, although it has its flaws right now I can't say it's super worth the upgrade at this momentif you're happy with win8. Wait until around June of next year to upgrade and by then I'd imagine it will be super worth it

Nexofedex_99 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Dat Ahri tho <3

Xorex64 0 points 17 months ago

Love those fans, and this build is well done but the PSU could be better.

+1

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l13199l submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

:O Jipster! I'm honored, yeah I didn't think that through at all, but what is life without a little danger?

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