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The Minimalist - High End - Gaming - $2800 AUD

by natz1396

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Date Published

Nov. 4, 2014

Date Built

Nov. 5, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

61.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.085 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

50.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C

Description

I'm too lazy to make a lengthy description.

Feel free to just post a comment if anything intrigues you with my build and I'll reply to it as soon as possible

I also apologize in advance for the bad photos as I didn't know how to use my sister's camera

Logs:

11/05/14

  • Plan to add a CD/DVD Drive

  • Plan to add a Card Reader

  • Plan to add a 140mm fan (Exhaust at the back)

  • Plan to get a plain black mouse pad

  • Plan to get white key cap replacements for WASD keys

  • Already ordered a PCIE wireless networking card

  • Changed the build name "It's ugly but it works" -> "The Minimalist"

Comments Sorted by:

JasonUK 12 Builds 5 points 54 months ago

Solid parts list. Any pictures of the inside, so we can confirm its ugliness?

natz1396 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

The photos of the build were a bit of a pain to upload. I borrowed my sister's expensive camera and I didn't realism how big the photos were in size so it took a while with my 'australian' internet

But they should be up as of now.

sanchezliny 2 points 54 months ago

Great Build! Nice title and as long as it works without problems who cares what it looks like although looking nice is preferred. +1

natz1396 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Thanks works like a beast without making any noise I just clicked on the silent option in the motherboard and the fans don't even run while I play non-demanding games like DotA

Sed8Op8 3 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

I prefer the understated! I think your build is clean and looks great! ... 2 1440p monitors on your first rig. I've been debating dropping the cash on just one of those for 2 weeks and I can't really justify the cost as I have some decent 1080p ips panels. I'm just waiting for a sale or price drop I guess or a way to sneak it past my girlfriend . Lol I could get the monitor and put it up and she wouldn't know the difference, one day she would just say wow this movie must be in hi def or something stupid but our accounts are another story ... Sneaking 400$ past her in my bank account is going to require some mcguyver like ingenuity !

natz1396 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Yeah it seems like a lot of money to spend on monitors but I will end up using these monitors in the next 7-ish years or so and I might as well spend a little bit more.

On the topic of monitors have you considered a 21:9 monitor? The main reason why I went with dual 1440p was because they went on a really good sale $150 off and I snagged two as soon as I could but I was originally going with an LG 21:9 29" monitor.

welshdiesel 1 Build 2 points 54 months ago

ugly but it works eh? reminds me of my ex lol seriously though i see no ugliness to it. +1

brelovix 2 points 54 months ago

I think spending a bit more to get a GTX 980 would have been better, at least in my opinion. Could have bought a Zotac AMP! card for about $40 more or so. I just say that because you don't seem to be on a serious budget, and it wouldn't necessarily be overkill for 1440p gaming plus having the extra gig of vram and power that maxwell cards provide it would have secured you a bit more for later. Hopefully you don't take that as some insult like some people seem to on here. I don't know the specifics like how the shipping is to Australia for things like that, whatever else. Good built though, I like it. +1

natz1396 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Pricing is really different in Australia.

A reference EVGA 980 is $750 and the 980s average around the $800 range. And to make it worse the Zotac AMP! is on the $1000-1100 range

So yeah I got the GPU for $200 off because of the release of the 900 series and it delivers nearly the same (sometimes the same performance as a 980) for 3/4 the price.

But yeah pricing in Australia sucks.

brelovix 2 points 54 months ago

Oh alright that explains it haha, my bad. Welp, GTX 780 Ti is still pretty good so I'm sure you're happy either way :D

Vitriolicism 2 points 54 months ago

It looks clean and understated from the outside, and even cleaner on the inside. Great build. I like the cable management.

I just hope I can have the same luck with mine.

Tafel_Kafel 2 points 54 months ago

I think you spent too much on monitors, but who cares, have an upvote!

natz1396 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

I like the way you think.

Euphemia 2 points 54 months ago

Not sure how well a 550w PSU can power a 780 Ti, but it's otherwise great. I might have preferred a 4790k for a budget of this size, but still.

Ksongs 2 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

It's fine the power supply has a 12v rail supplying 45 amps the 780ti only requires 42.

natz1396 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

nVidia does say get a 600w minimum if you are going with a 780 Ti based system.

But countless other sources like JayzTwoCents and Linus proved that you could get away with a lot less (like 500w)

My PSU has really good ratings in jonnyguru thats mainly the reason why I bought it compared to other PSUs

Games don't benefit much from a i7 so I decided to put that money somewhere else.

Euphemia 1 point 54 months ago

Star Citizen has proven to dislodge that mindset, though I'll agree that it's an isolated case at this point.

ThatsPoorlyDrawn 3 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

Very nice build! Also, that is a pretty good overclock!! Love those temps for that overclock..+1 I love it.

natz1396 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

The reason for the really high idle temps are because I have my fans not spin until something hits 50C

ThatsPoorlyDrawn 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

I thought they were pretty good at idle. A little warm, but nothing major.

Melonguy 2 points 54 months ago

Obligatory cracked iPhone 4/4S included.

natz1396 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Haha I feel so bad don't worry I hate that phone so much and I already have the money ready to replace it when it breaks.

SynchHD 2 points 54 months ago

Phone, keys, wallet.

I'm too lazy to make a lengthy description.

Do you spend the entire day on the interwebs like me? :P

natz1396 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Yes. Just Yes.

vash76 2 points 54 months ago

Great build. I have to ask, does the Noctua NH-D15 fit nicely in your case or is it a tight fit?

natz1396 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

I have 5mm of space between the side panel and the top of the fan.

The Define R4 is a really wide case so you would have trouble finding another case that can house this massive cooler

vash76 1 point 54 months ago

Excellent. I have the same case and ram so I was quite indecisive when I heard that the height of the second fan would increase when using higher profile ram.

Echocookie 2 points 53 months ago

Gets a $600 780 Ti. Plays Dota on 1 monitor. I love you.

BrysonShires 2 points 53 months ago

Does the cooler fit well on the motherboard, do u need LP ram? X16 slot?

natz1396 submitter 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

If I remember correctly the RAM and the NH D15 is an exact fit and I think my RAM is just average height

and my motherboard has the x16 slot on the second slot instead of the first one for better compatibility with massive aircoolers like the NH D15

Ntress 1 point 51 months ago

How's the Noctua nh-d15? Do you regret getting it? And is it THAT ugly like everybody says?

jbh110tdi 1 point 42 months ago

how is you're temps with the 4690k running overclocked on the Noctua NH-D15?

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

I really wish I got the white version of the clouds... oh yeah nice build :)

SirSnugzAlot 0 points 54 months ago

how are the hyperX working for you?

natz1396 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

I'm assuming you're talking about the headset (because who talks about the RAM)

I only use it for games and it does its job well its really comfy with its real leather. I used it for 3 hours straight I think and its really comfy.

I'm not an audiophile so I can't really distinguish good sound and stuff like that but I use my speakers for music and video watching.

BluezCinema 0 points 54 months ago

How do you like the HyperX Clouds? I've been considering them, but I have no way of trying them out

natz1396 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

I only used them for gaming and they do the job well very good noise cancellation and very very VERY comfy. Obviously they cant compare to $300 headphones but for its price it very well worth it.

But for other stuff like music and video I prefer to use my speakers.

BluezCinema 1 point 54 months ago

Alright thanks! Also, I was reading your description and I noticed you wrote that you wanted a black mousepad. If you get a new one, I would suggest going for the Steelseries QCK+ or QCK Heavy, I highly recommend it. I know at least 50 people with them and they absolutely love them :)

heliontide 1 Build 0 points 54 months ago

Nice build, but for that kind of money, I would have waited and went with a 980! Either way, nicely done. Enjoy!

natz1396 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

You kinda need to factor in that I live in Australia where 980s cost About $800-$1000

heliontide 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Ah, yikes. Yeah, did not know that!

nonstopcrunchy -3 points 54 months ago

Shoulda shelled out the extra cash for an i7..

Also, if you were going for ugly, you should have bought a bunch of tacky lights and one of those gaudy cases all the kids like these days. This is not as ugly as advertised.

natz1396 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Countless sites and forums have informed me that the benefit of an i7 over an i5 (hyper-threading) contributed only a merely 3% improvement in games (which is the only demanding thing I currently do) and they also told me I could put the money I saved into the GPU or Cooling and that would wield me a much for tangible performance benefit

The reason why I thought it was ugly because my friend eternity_rising was making fun of my build for the lack of LED/UV lighting or any "gamer bling"

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natz1396 submitter 1 Build 2 points 54 months ago

I consider the outside minimalist and classy

nonstopcrunchy 2 points 54 months ago

That's fair. I suppose there's no use paying extra for some performance you'll never demand. I just figured that if you're going to spend $2800 on a machine, the extra cash for an i7 would barely be noticed.

P.S. Don't buy in to the "gamer bling" hype.

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natz1396 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Beautiful.

Runs at 300 rpm most of the time and ramps up to 750 rpm when I'm using HandBrake and it still hard to hear.

You will hear other things in your house before you can hear the Noctua cooler unless you put your ear next to it.

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natz1396 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

If you're willing to overclock to the upper 4.6 then I think it would be worth the money

But I built little gaming computer for my little brother and I has a Cooler Master EVO on it and I was able to overclock it to 4.0 and keep the temperatures Below 70.

The Cooler Master and the Corsair coolers are pretty good upgrade compared to the stock cooler but if you really wanted a solid overclock and keeping the noise level down Id recommend the Noctua

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natz1396 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Water coolers have a lot of advantages over air coolers

  • They look good (which doesn't matter for me because I went with a non-windowed case)

  • 100% RAM compatibility

  • Easier mounting (On average, Noctua and Corsair have easy to install coolers)

The main reason why I chose the NH-D15 was because of its Price/Performance ratio. It performs as good as a H110 (Dual 140mm) and it costs a lot less.

NH-D15 - $105

H110 - $169

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natz1396 submitter 1 Build 4 points 54 months ago

I can't wait till you build yours...

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