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Jack Attack

by skemble

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73 Comments

Details

Date Published

Jan. 2, 2015

Date Built

Dec. 17, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.165 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

73.0° C

Description

Hello again everyone. I wanted to break the 2015 ice early on with this build. This one is for my cousin who lives several states away. He turned 13 a few weeks ago and his parents wanted something big for his birthday/Christmas. I was given $1200 to do pretty much whatever I wanted with it, as long as the Phantom 240 was the focal point. He had apparently been complaining about the lack of titles on his console. So I helped him ascend.

Goals for this build:

  • Fit a gaming build into the NZXT Phantom 240
  • Stick to the $1200 budget
  • Work in a Dallas Cowboys theme (Texas residents).

PARTS:

  • CPU:

I think it’s obvious that this is a go to choice for gaming by now. I overclocked to 4.2 @ 1.15v and temps were fantastic. Obviously I could have gone further and I did test at 4.5, but turned it back down slightly before shipping it out.

  • CPU COOLER

I love Phanteks.

  • MOTHERBOARD:

I was really excited to use the only black/white only motherboard. MSI has been my number two motherboard company on the Intel side for a while actually. The included software beats Gigabyte, but not quite Asus. This is a more budget friendly board with stylish appeals; overall very impressed with the bundled features at this price.

  • MEMORY:

I just needed some inexpensive memory. G.Skill gets the job done here; some 2x4 GB, CAS 9, 1600 MHz goodness.

  • STORAGE:

I went with a very common storage configuration with this one. The 120 GB Samsung 840 EVO paired with a 1 TB drive. Not a whole lot to comment on, just that both of these drives are very popular choices.

  • GPU:

The GTX 970 is a really nice card. With the latest manufacturing process from Nvidia you get the low heat output and high performance you would expect. After using the EVGA 980, I scored a good deal on the EVGA 970 during black Friday sales. The card itself is very quiet and the benchmarks speak for themselves.

  • CASE:

Oh NZXT. How I love you. They know how to make a case “budget”, but still include the features that builders expect. Those things called cable tie downs? Yeah this case has them in ALL the right places behind the motherboard tray. Bitfenix could learn a thing or fifty from NZXT. If you like the look of the Phantom line and need something easy to build in, this case is a dream come true.

  • PSU:

I went for round two with EVGA PSUs and was not let down. A PSU that is priced under $100 that has Gold efficiency, is fully modular, has all black cables, and has more than 600 watts is hard to come by.

  • EXTRAS:

I threw in an optical drive since he had a little extra in the budget and he may need one for CDs or movies. As little as we do use them, not having one can be annoying, and the Phantom hides them so easily.


CONCLUSION:

My cousin is very interested in learning more about computers and wants to go to school to study computer science. I realize he is young, but he is a really bright kid. Being able to take the reins on builds is really fun. This one turned out really nicely. The performance is top notch for the price, it’s very quiet, and pretty cool looking.

Questions, comments, or concerns? Post them below, in a PM, or on my Facebook page. I’m never far away from a computer and always respond!


Facebook Page

Twitter

Twitch I plan to build all of my future builds live on Twitch. I also like to do giveaways for Steam games, so follow me to keep up with all the action!

High Res Pictures


BENCHMARKS: using latest driver

Tests ran at clocks posted above. Settings were set to the maximum settings (1080P) unless noted differently. I test only tasking segments: firefights, lots of units on screen, explosions etc.


3DMark 11

3DMark Firstrike Ultra

3DMark Firestrike Extreme

3DMark Firestrike

3DMark Skydiver

3DMark Firestrike is apparently having problems with the 970/980. I consistently scored low in only that test


Geekbench

NovaBench

Cinebench


Unigine Valley


Unigine Heaven


Catzilla


Bioshock Infinite

  • Ave: 109.20 FPS
  • Min: 18.93 FPS
  • Max: 209.36 FPS

Hitman Absolution

  • Ave: 47.73 FPS
  • Min: 40 FPS
  • Max: 194 FPS

Tomb Raider

  • Ave: 78.8 FPS
  • Min: 60 FPS
  • Max: 104 FPS

Hope you enjoy!

Comments Sorted by:

bgiunt4 6 points 50 months ago

color schemes on point. Rad build, as per usual

skemble submitter 24 Builds 4 points 50 months ago

Thanks Ben :)

awlicata 1 Build 4 points 50 months ago

I don't think i've seen a single build of yours that isn't attractive in some way, whether it's aesthetics or parts, or even both. Awesome build man. +1

skemble submitter 24 Builds 3 points 50 months ago

Thanks man! :D

alextargaryen 3 Builds 3 points 50 months ago

excellent as always! +1

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Thank you as always!

dbg42 3 points 50 months ago

How would you rate this in terms of noise level? My 12-year old son and I are looking to build our first PC (Steam gaming for now, perhaps more intense needs as he gets older), and this looks like amazing work for us to learn from. Kudos!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Very quiet! If you put this hardware into something with sound dampening, Fractal Design R5, you would forget it was on.

tabascosauz 3 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Absolutely lovely as usual! Just ran across your FB page; now I know where to look for new builds from skemble!

The pairing of the TC12DX and Krait are impeccable. Hats off to you.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Thanks man! I try to keep things updated over there, but I will always make a post when I'm getting PCParpicker stuff ready.

Thank you for the kind compliments!

jacobs4525 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

Happy to see someone using that gorgeous Krait edition board. +1 for another great build.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

It's a really pretty board! Thanks! :)

SpicyPickle 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

Beautiful build, good part choices!

So the CPU cooler is worth the cost eh? I like it so much, but some people like it and some don't.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

The color matching makes it worth it. Plus I think they are gorgeous :)

call2die4 2 points 50 months ago

Very nice solid build! How does the mounting of the Phantek cpu cooler compare to Hyper 212 Evo?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Thank you sir!

Easier I think. You don't need to adjust the mounting mechanism to fit a particular socket type, due to just two mounting screws, one on each side

PolishXlion 2 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Sam, these builds-so good. This is why we should never go back to pre-builts.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

What are pre-builts? ;)

PolishXlion 2 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Trash ;)

shaffon 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

Nice parts. But the case is not for me. I rather more straight line.

But you still deserve a +1

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

It's not really for me either, but it's what my cousin wanted!

Thanks!

xx116xx 3 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Awesome job! Your builds are literally the only reason I visit this site.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Oh you :)

Meithen 2 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Nice pictures!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Thank you!

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

The price:performance is insane in this build!

One quick question: Do you not care about being able to SLI or what? I only ask because of the 650W PSU over something like a 750W/850W psu to be able to safely handle SLI in the future. Personally, I'm not a fan of SLI, but most people would have a pretty hefty PSU to for those purpose. Just curious!

Those scores on the benchmarks and games are amazing. Great job!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Thanks! I usually like to leave to option available for doing SLI or Crossfire if the plans are to add another card within 4 to 6 months. In this case (he's 13) I figured by the time he would need a new video card he would get a completely new system instead of adding a second video card. I do know that he is playing on an ultra-wide monitor and having no problems maxing everything out that he plays.

Thank you for checking out my work, I always appreciate the positive feedback!

KarlDenKungliga 2 points 50 months ago

someone's got a fancy camera, and now, a damn cool PC. :)

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Well my cousin has a cool PC, but I do have a nice camera too :)

GMAN-DV8 1 Build 2 points 49 months ago

Quality build with the right components.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Thank you sir!

fallouthalo 2 points 45 months ago

"CPU COOLER I love Phanteks."

PWAHAHAHAA!! Spent a few minutes laughing at this. Was really funny. And so simple.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

I've used these coolers so many times I figured I would become redundant. This sounded funny in my head and went with it! :)

GMAN-DV8 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

Awesome build

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Thanks man!

dcmabry 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Some very high quality pictures. Not a fan of the RAM choice but other than that everything else looks really solid. Good stuff

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Have you had bad experience with this memory in the past?

dcmabry 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Nah just every benchmark I've seen has it in the lower end of the spectrum, I'd personally just pay 10-20 bucks more and get the better RAM, it's more of a "sport" model RAM.

hjj174 1 point 50 months ago

Your Firestrike score seems a bit low. I have a 4670k and an R9 290 which gave me a score over 10000.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

There is a note about that below those scores. Apparently there was a bug preventing the 970/980 from scoring well in that test.

SirSnugzAlot 1 point 50 months ago

Can you tell me what you think of this micro atx build? I play mostly small games like LoL so I was wondering what you would recommend for the gpu. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/SirSnugzAlot/saved/24fD4D

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

The motherboard is a little scary and the CPU cooler is very pricey. Overclocking on that motherboard isn't recommended so a CPU cooler of that caliber doesn't make sense.

SirSnugzAlot 1 point 50 months ago

Okay, I don't plan on overclocking cause this would e my first build. I heard amd cpus put out a lot of heat so that's why I went with it. Plus its got a snow flake :3 What would you recommend?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Just go with something inexpensive that will fit in the case you want. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is a great inexpensive cooler that will keep the temps and volume down.

ColbaltHD 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

And now i'm drowning in the sadness of my little build :P +1

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Every build is special in their own way :)

brodosaur 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

I've been looking at that motherboard for a while. I already want to build something with it!

Ntress 1 point 48 months ago

how is this cooler compares to the Phanteks PH-TC14PE?

which one do you recommend?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

This is an excellent cooler and plenty quiet, but it's not quite on the same level as the dual tower. It mostly comes down to budget and case limitations. Since the dual tower is quite large it will only fit in larger cases. This cooler will fit in fairly narrow cases, so I would go with the biggest one you can fit in your case.

Ntress 1 point 48 months ago

actually i just bought nzxt phantom 530 which is full tower.. and i also bought the Noctua NH-D15.

but after i bought it i thought that maybe to noctua is ugly because of the size and color so i though about going liquid but people told me that its better to stay with air cooler..

well would you get the dual fan instead?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Yeah in that case get the dual tower, but if you can't return the Noctua you could just get a pair of Phanteks fans to match a color scheme.

SnazzyO 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Does the NZXT Phantom 240 case has the blue led fan installed already in the bottom front? Good built btw!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

It only comes with a white and black non-LED 120mm fan in the front and rear. Thanks for having a look!

SnazzyO 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Ah, alright. Thanks for replying! Also, what fan did you use for the front of the case? I really dig the look.

jnep 1 point 46 months ago

Awesome build! I've been putting together a build list for the past week, and seeing this build makes feel pretty good about my choices. I however would like a much better case (white) with a side window and better air flow, and also thinking i need a better PSU, all while staying near the price range. Any suggestions?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core OEM/Tray Processor $218.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $34.50 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $100.98 @ Newegg
Memory Kingston Fury White Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $62.89 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $67.98 @ NCIX US
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0 Video Card $334.98 @ NCIX US
Case Apevia X-HERMES-BL ATX Mid Tower Case $58.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply XFX XTR 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $61.98 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $44.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1103.77
Mail-in rebates -$65.00
Total $1038.77
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-04-24 03:28 EDT-0400
skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

This list is almost exactly what I was putting together for someone else a few days ago! The only differences are a 4790K (he's a movie maker), 250 GB (same SSD), and a different case.

As far as cases go, you might like the NZXT Source 220. It's all black with a nice window and a few white LED fans to match your nice theme. Or the Phantom 240 would be a viable option as well. I have built in both, the 220 is the same as the 210, but with mesh and LED fans.

As for your PSU, you've got a great unit already. XFX is basically Seasonic. Gold rated and fully modular. I would use that PSU in every build if I could. The only thing is you won't be adding a 2nd 970. If that bums you out go with the EVGA SuperNova NEX.

jnep 1 point 46 months ago

Its great to hear im on to something! This is my first ever build that ill be buying 1 part per paycheck ( priorities ). Ive been doing a lot of searching and getting advise over the past week and im going for as much performance per dollar as possible. Id love to have the GTX 980 but its way too expensive for the small gains over the 970. The PSU i feel might be under powered judging by other builds here. SLI is something ive thought about down the road but im not sure yet. Thank you for your response, Ill check into those cases!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

I know those feels. The 550 is plenty for an i5/970 build due to the efficiency level of both parts. If you intend to do a ton of overclocking, then a little more wattage might help, but I don't think you will have any issues with the XFX.

jnep 1 point 46 months ago

I was thinking of attempting a solid 4.3Ghz for my first time, maybe 4.5Ghz max.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

I would say 4.3 would be conservatively obtainable. You may not like the temps at 4.5, but it all depends on the silicon lottery.

FantasticFanboy 1 point 43 months ago

Were the included case fans blue or did you purchase blue ones?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

It was not included. I just so happened to have a blue LED fan in a box.

ragingvenom2 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Very nice looking build, love the color scheme! Very happy you took tons of pictures! +1

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Thank you! I tend to get a little over zealous with my camera ;)

roge777 1 point 41 months ago

I had problems with my phantom 240 because of cooler master's hyper 212 evo's height hitting the side panel, to remedy this I had to remove the panel. Does the phanteks-ph- tc12dx cooler have that problem?

I was thinking about adding liquid cooling, so what are your suggestions for the phantom 240?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

The Phantom 240 is kinda narrow, but the Phanteks cooler used here fits. It is super close to touching, but shouldn't touch unless you push on the acrylic.

LightningLord 1 point 34 months ago

WHAT CASE FANS ARE THEY!! THEY ARE BOOTIFUL!!!

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skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Thanks man! Nothing wrong with the 280, I'm still rocking two 7950s myself. Can't wait for the 390X release! :)

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skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

It's rumored to release in June and my birthday is at the end of that month! My GPUs are from 2012 so it's time to upgrade to a single card. I've grown tired of the Crossfire "issues" as well as heat and power consumption. Hope you can get some new parts! You should post your build, I'm sure we would love to see it.

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