This computer build has been an ongoing project for me. It all started out with a AMD FX 4300 and a GTX 750, and here I am a year later with a Core i5, and crossfire 7970's. I do not play demanding games at all, I am a student, so I use it as a word processing/media/gaming machine. By gaming, I mean games like CSGO, Star Wars Battlefront, Skyrim, LA Noire, COD4. I have always loved building computers, but this is the first time that I have had a little bit of disposable Income, so I went to town. (still on a budget of course)
Cpu: i5 4460 It seemed like a no brainer for me, I am not a overclocker, I do not need a i7 for my needs, and i felt that a g3258/i3 would be a bit underpowered for playing games like skyrim on ultra across three monitors.
Motherboard: AsRock Z97 Pro4 I know i do not need z97, as my CPU is locked, but it matches my case, so why the hell not!
Ram: 16gb Ballistix Ram is Ram, and this was the cheapest available when i bought it.
GPU(s): Radeon 7970's! HUGE upgrade from my previous gtx 750 (not TI). I got both of these cards from a guy on craigslist for $250 for the pair.(great deal here in Canada) They came with the original boxes, manuals and all! They are reference, but they do what I need them to do, and they are surprisingly not as loud as I expected reference cards to be, and they will meet my needs for years to come.
Cpu cooler: Deepcool Captain 240 This was my first time ever using an AIO cooler, and I am very satisfied with this cooler. It keeps my CPU cool, and looks amazing.
Case: S340 This case is BEAUTIFUL. Cable management has never been easier, the radiator fits in perfectly, and the shroud for the PSU is very very nice, as my PSU is not modular.
PSU: XFX TS 750 I have had horrible luck with power supplies. I have had two CX500M's crap out on me, so I decided to pick myself up a 80+ Gold unit, and after doing my research, In my opinion the XFX TS 750 was the one to get. The non-modularity does not bother me, due to the shroud on the s340, and this PSU is very quiet and it just works!
SSD/HDD: 120gb crucial BX100 and 1tb barracuda hdd Nothing special, ssd for boot drive and hdd for media/steam library
Fps and Temps!
There is not much to say in the FPS category, I play a lot of less demanding games.
CSGO : 300fps 10080p - ultra preset
Skyrim: 120fps 1080p - Ultra preset/Hd texture pack
Battlefront : 80 fps 1080p Ultra preset
La Noire : 150fps 1080p Ultra preset
To sum it up, really they all are very playable. I have not yet come across a game that I can not max at 1080p
Temperatures are another thing, My 7970's are a problem.. 86 degrees maxed out, the reference coolers no not help that. I have looked into water cooling them, but I have decided against it. My CPU is running at a nice 25-27 idle and goes up to anywhere from 60-66 Celsius when under load. The water cooling was really not needed, as i have a locked processor, but it looks great, so who cares.
Thanks for checking it out! I really would appreciate any comments and constructive criticism. Cheers.