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OP:1/3/15 First build ever here, always wanted to build my own computer and finances finally allowed me too. I bought what I needed to get the computer up and running for now but will certainly be adding more later once more funds become available. Computer is used largely for school work at the moment as I finish up my last semester of college but of course I wanted it to be able to handle games as well.

Choose the i5 4690k for its price point and ease of overclocking when mated to a Z97 board. The Asus GTX660 is my get by graphics card for now, I like to play more graphics intense games like battlefield so I will need some more punch in the GPU departement later on which will come in the form of SLI 660's or perhaps an upgrade to a GTX970.

Using the stock box cooler for now, but plans are for a water cooling solution in the future, either full custom loop or a closed loop corsair setup.

A new keyboard is in the plan too, but for now my 12 year old HP keyboard does the job. Hopefully upgrade to some better monitors in the future as well, but for now the two dell 24" monitors for $90 a piece fit the bill. Ultimately I may go 4K but it all depends on budget. Thanks for looking, I'll be sure to update this as the build progresses. I have case lighting on the way for it as well, new pics up when that gets installed.

Update: 1/19/15 Had some amazon gift card money kicking around, so I ordered up a Corsair H100i since the box cooler couldn't keep up with the CPU temps playing BF4. Got it setup today and the computer is staying much cooler. Install was very easy and the Corsair link software is pretty slick.

Update: 10/8/15 Ordered up a BenQ GW2765HT from Amazon, huge improvement, also replaced the GTX660 with a GTX970 which is a nice improvement. 1440p gaming is pretty sweet as well as the larger screen size, that's probably how this computer will stay for a while, it should last a few more years before I feel like upgrading again I'd think.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 4 points

Why did you get a 660? You could have easily cut down a little bit on other parts to get a balanced GPU...

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Was cheap at the time, and will get me by for now. I really like the new gtx970 cards which i probably what I'll switch too. And if I have a leftover 660 laying around, is that such a bad thing? Just gives me an excuse to build a decent budget rig...always wanted to do a mineral oil PC...

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually; my friend is doing the same thing; he bought all of his parts which were terrible in comparison to what his original plan is. I disapprove; just because your wasting money imo.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

My original plan was for a single 760 for a while and then sli. But that was before I really understood much about graphics cards. The 660 isn't really that bad of a card and has treated me well so far, battlefield 4 can find its limits on high settings but I'm alright with that for a $130 card. Certainly when more money is available I'll swing for a 970 or something with more punch to it, but for now it will do. Everything else is pretty quality I feel, and I'm a couple graphics cards and a monitor away from a 4K ready PC in my mind. It's a solid base that can be expanded upon which is what i was going for.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

IMO 4k PC is way too pricy at the moment. Not just the standard 980 sli/r290x crossfire setup but also the 4k monitor.

As of right now, only 144hz capable 1440p monitor is ASUS rog swift (not 4k). It's priced around $800. Current 4k monitors/TVs only support up to 60hz and with possible high response time (some), which are okay for general use but could be troublesome for fps gaming.

By the way if you are really into fps games and your gpu can provide steady 60+ frame rate, try a 144hz monitor. You can see things so much better!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah things are still expensive now, I wouldn't be looking into upgrading to 4K for at least another year so I'm not too worried about it just yet. I'll keep that in mind for the monitors, I definitely would like to upgrade at some point when budget allows. I know there's much better out there then these $90 dells, but they work for now and got me up and running lol

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Been watching a bit of Linus (Mineral Oil Pc Part)=P But great build and cable management though +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Mayyyyyybe lol, I've always though mineral oil cooled PC's were cool. Just wouldn't want to put any reallllly nice components in one like linus does lol. What did he stick in that thing two 780ti classifieds? I cringed.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Good looking cable management, I'm going to building my own soon. If mine looks that nice when I'm done, ill be in good shape.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, the cable management was really super easy with the H440 case. Spent maybe a total of 15 minutes getting everything squared away.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good! I ended up having to rip a bunch of the foam off the back panel on my H440 because of all the cables, it looks like yours worked out a bit better haha. Good job.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

lol yeah, it can be tight back there. I was surprised, my back panel actually goes on relatively easy.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! I see a lot of people are choosing that case now... but that's not a bad thing! I was going to go with it as well. I personally love it's aesthetics and of course its functionality. Good choice of motherboard too. I love it. +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! I was gonna go with a sabertooth board at first, but for $140 this board hasn't given me any problems and setup was super easy. The BIOS makes everything so easy.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah Sabretooth boards look quite appealing. The Z97-A has plenty of features for a low price so it's my personal favourite :) The Asus UEFI is the best-looking, best set-out and easiest to use of all the UEFIs IMHO.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good! I also really like that table.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, thank! It's an old drafting table, suits the inner engineering geek in me.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! You laid quite a good foundation for the 970. Enjoy! +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and I really like that table. It looks like its a solid base of operations for you. Don't worry about the people on here man the guy that was giving you crap doesn't even have a completed build....sigh.... The whole you should have done this (with your money mind you) after it has already been built just feels rude and slightly trollish. You can't go back in time if someone wants to give you advice on your build how about what I should do next. Anyways looks great and as you said you have a really great base for when you feel you need to upgrade. Grats.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man, everyones a critic. The table's an old engineering drafting table, thing rocks.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the Power Supply as I'm thinking of getting the same one nice build! +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Working great for me so far, only gripe is that its not fully modular since the CPU and motherboard cables are non removable. Non-issue in the H440 case though with the power supply cover, don't even see it. Purely an aesthetic thing, and thanks!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

OK thank you

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

did you consider a hybrid drive for a slightly better performance than the HDD and at basically the same price?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't. I've seen them, I just swung for the Intel SSD because it was on sale and intel makes a good SSD. Have my OS and some games installed on that. All the other junk gets thrown on the Seagate 1TB drive.

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

Spending $315 on the CPU and only $130 on the GPU is not smart. You could have easily gotten an R9 290 with a lesser, but capable, i5. Going crazy on teh CPU and lacking on the GPU is something Alienware would do.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

$215 on the CPU and I looked at an R9 290 but man are they power sluts, 250 watts for the XFX card I was looking at, two of them in crossfire would max out my power supply. I would rather have the processing power, I can upgrade the GPU easily later to a GTX970 or SLI 660's, for now the GTX 660 is plenty capable of running what I need it too and fit the budget.

  • 63 months ago
  • -1 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $219.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $30.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock Z97 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $119.99 @ Newegg
Memory *Team Elite 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $57.99 @ Newegg
Storage *A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.99 @ Amazon
Storage *Toshiba Product Series:DT01ACA 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card $339.99 @ Amazon
Case NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $33.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $52.99 @ SuperBiiz
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $965.91
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-03 22:19 EST-0500

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor Purchased For $215.00
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $99.99 @ Best Buy
Thermal Compound Noctua NT-H1 3.5g Thermal Paste Purchased For $8.95
Motherboard Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard Purchased For $144.99
Memory Kingston Fury Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory Purchased For $76.99
Storage Intel 530 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $61.75
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $52.49
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card Purchased For $129.99
Case NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $106.56
Power Supply Corsair Professional 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $79.99
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $976.70
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-03 22:19 EST-0500

You could have literally maxed out any game on the market at 1080p at 60 FPS. You could have waited one paycheck to buy an H100i. The i5-4690K can handle ANY single GPU configuration at base clock. Overclocking for no apparent reason will barely improve performance. Buying a 600 series card in late 2014 (I'm assuming you built this 2014?) is honestly just plain dumb.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll agree its not the cheapest way to build it, but I didn't want to build it the cheapest way. I wanted quality products that would last and for them to come together as a whole with a good aesthetic. Yeah the 660 is a little lazy compared to the cards that are out today, but it works fine. I'm still in college, and paychecks don't exist right now. But when I graduate in 5 months and get a job (theoretically haha), I can upgrade then. So chill out man haha, go hate on someone else's GTX660 ya nazi

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

It frustrates me when people spend over $1000 and just throw it around not getting the best deal. I don't understand how people can just throw money like that.

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Not everyone's shopping around for just the best deals man. I was trying to stick to a color scheme, and I like Asus and Intel products because they're good quality. And now I have a solid foundation for upgrading later when I have more money to spend. For now, it does what I need it to do. I'm happy with what I purchased, and that's really all that matters. It works for me, you don't have to like it.

You'll understand that when you build a rig and post it on here and someone starts trying to pick apart your build. Everyone's a critic man. As long as it does what you need it to do and you're happy with what you got, the rest doesn't matter.

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