Description

My first ever gaming PC build. Always gamed on overpriced gaming laptops. I know. Shame on me. My favorite color is red, and what goes well with red? Featuring Charlotte, my Black Widow.

PURPOSE: School, general use, casual to moderate gaming.

CPU: I was going to get the 4670K, but microcenter has a decent deal on the 4770K for $249.99. I also had a gift card that brought the price down to 4670K level so 4770K it is! Also, since I got the K I can explore overclocking later.

CPU COOLER: I was originally set on a water cooler like the Corsair H100i. But had to downgrade to the Noctua at half the price to upgrade the graphics card. Also tried the NH-D14 but my lord, it’s obscenely huge in this particular case, with not much clearance to do ANYTHING to the point where it became a big headache and I returned it. I plan on fiddling with some mild OC when I have more time.

MOTHERBOARD: Was going to get the MSI GD65 or even the Asus Maximus Gene boards but the G45 Gaming reviews convinced me. It has the features I need for a reasonable price and it’s not a POS board.

MEMORY: 8GB should suffice. I plan on doubling it when prices drop.

STORAGE: Pretty good ( albeit small) SSD and pretty good HDD. I don’t have a lot of stuff and stuff I have are on the cloud or external HDDs so no need to go crazy here. Would like a bigger SSD though.

VIDEO CARD: I was first set on the GTX 770 but decided I could get a 780 if I downgraded the cpu cooler, MOBO and SSD. I am somewhat remorseful about the MOBO downgrade but what do you guys think?

CASE: Right color scheme and had all the stuff I need at a decent price. Good value.

PSU: Pretty good PSU and had a solid sale on it. I don’t plan on SLI or anything so this one should be good until the next build.

I also bought a pair of Corsairs AF120 Quiet Edition LED fans and a Cooler Master 200mm LED fan. They look nice in the dark!

Overall I am happy with the build. If there are any gripes, I wish I had a better MOBO and bigger SSD. My biggest complaint is with the case. Overall it is a good case but it had a lot of small faults that, in hindsight, I would have spent a bit more time researching a better case ( with the red/black color) and I would probably would spend a bit more money on a better case and save myself some of the headache. If you want to know what’s wrong with the case, ask me and I’ll reply.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 6 points

Nice job with the build & price! Why an i7 for "school, general use and mild gaming"? Seems a bit overkill, unless your school work is 3D modeling or something...

+1 overall

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

He said it was on for a great deal, $249.99, which is about the same as an i5.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah thanks, I must have missed that and only seen the price above.

Mejohnny, you can modify the prices to reflect what you actually paid, that will add some clarity :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

The 4670K was $179.99 at microcenter, the 4770K for 249.99 ( these solid deals, but walk-ins only!). I had a gift card to bring it down to $200. So another $20 for an i7, so why not?!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

so ridiculous, you're a lucky guy to live near a microcenter!

  • 70 months ago
  • 5 points

Don't you hate when red themed cases have blue led lights for power? Nice build!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

One of the few niggles about that case I don't like. The blue is like a spotlight on my ceiling when comp is asleep. Kinda annoying.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

"niggles"

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Solid build! I have the same case and I love it. Great choice on the PSU BTW! I have the 750 Bronze and I love the thing. Wish it had active fan control... but what do ya do! If I were you I probably would've gone with an AMD-FX CPU instead, would've been half the price and you could've stuck with a better MOBO. From what I hear tho, that mobo isn't too bad. Why is there 2 GPU's in the last pic??? Again, nice job and we hope to see some more builds from you in the future!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, don't wanna start an Intel vs AMD , but yea... :P I've always been with Intel.

I was going to SLI the 780 but decided best not to hang myself too much more when the credit card bill comes, so returned one of them lol.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Remorseful over an MSI Z87-G45? It's a great board. The build looks really good.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

i love that case

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the case on sound resistance? Nothing worse than a powerful computer that lets you know by the loud fans.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Did some stress tests. Fans are pretty quiet under load: noctua fan on the cooler is noctua silent; and the big 200mm fan has slow rpm and quiet; the exhaust is corsair af120 quiet edition. If anything I expect the dual 140mm front, stock case fans to be louder but they are pretty quiet too.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

That's really good to hear. I am in awe at this. Great price for the power IMO _^

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I have almost the same setup. That Z87 board seems great to me.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Any issues so far?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

None with the Intel & Z87 hardware. Everything worked first time unlike my Kaveri attempt. I do have some user issues. Can't seem to fly a plane with mouse and keyboard. :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you made the right choice in downgrading a few parts for a better GPU, as that MOBO is more than enough for your needs. Air coolers work wonders (that one does for sure), so no need to fret that you didn't get a water cooler.

A larger SSD is nice, being able to put BF3/4 on an SSD greatly improves loading times. Many other games benefit as well.

Edit: Lol. Forgot. +1 dude, looks good.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah thanks. You can't go wrong with a Noctua air cooler! I was actually making this build for the upcoming ELder SCrolls Online lol. It will need 60gb of space...

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it's a very solid build with exceptional parts selections. Congrats!

I use Samsung 840 EVO and EVGA PSU. they are really really nice.

If you want to explore more into OC and want some improvements on the temperature side, it might be a good idea to add another noctua fan on the CPU cooler. Can't hurt, right?

For now, unless you are only gaming, I don't see the need of having another 8GB of ram. Currently with just for gaming, you wouldn't utilize all 16GB as none of the current games do. Let's hope that DDR4 sticks are abundant by the time we get to 16GB ram gaming era.

I live in canada, so the fact that you can get 4770K for $249 makes me infinitely jealous (they are about $360 at the lowest). Have fun with your nice CPU!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I managed to find mine used online. 200 bucks :P Doesn't OC very well, but all I do is game, so I won't see much improvement.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

only very specific games can benefit from OC'ing your CPU. I can only name Civilization 5 and Skyrim on top of my head. I'd do bad things to humanity if i can get a 4770k with 200 bucks :P

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

my previous post had an error. 4670k for 200 is what i meant.

And the OC is there, just because I can, and I like to tinker, as (i assume) everyone one else on here does too :D

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job. +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, but I think you overpaid for a few things here and there, but still well managed! :D +1

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

You should have gotten the H440, way sleeker and way sexier.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

how hot does it get?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Did yo replace the fans in the front? Or use the fans.it came with and put your other fans in the back

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build, so what is bad about the case?