Description

This was my first build ever and I'm very happy with it. I wanted to make a relatively high performance rig (16GB ram and SSD) that could handle moderate 1080p gaming and rendering for under 1000$. Many will argue that a R9 280 and an i5-4460 is not high performance computer, but it will be able to play most triple A games at low to medium setting at 60fps, and many other less stress-inducing games at high settings at 60fps. As for rendering and CAD work, this is a HUGE step-up from my old laptop, and runs plenty fast for me.

I also wanted this build to look great, and it does just that, I had to make some compromises in price for components that look this great, but I think it was worth it.

In the actual build, I really only had a 900$ budget, and I wanted to order everything from newegg, so I dropped the R9 280 and decided to use my brothers gtx 750. It preforms better than I had expected, but I see an upgrade coming in the near future.

As for the keyboard and mouse, I'm using a crappy basic keyboard my brother stole from his school lol and a decent microsoft mouse I had lying around. The Monitor is a nice 23", 1080p, 60hz Samsung that I was using with my laptop.

This is a great way to build an awesome, upgradable rig that looks great for under 1k.

Notes: The motherboard is an MSI z97A Krait Edition, not a z97S Krait Edition. This z97A Krait is seldom talked about or used, but is actually a better board with 2x USB 3.1 and 3x PCIE 3.0 x16 slots. When I ordered the parts, this board was actually 10$ cheaper than the z97s Krait, thanks to a sale on the part.

Hope you guys enjoy the pics!

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Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

… why put a liquid cooler on a none k Intel processor .-.

Other than that i like it

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I intend to upgrade the cpu eventually, and thought I might as well buy it now. In addition, it looks much nicer than a heat sink and fan. Thanks though!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Does look better than a air cooler well the important thing is that you're happy!!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

If you wanted to keep with the white theme you have going on when you upgrade your graphics card, I'd suggest you get either a GTX 970/980 HOF edition from Galax. They are a bit hard to find, but to my knowledge, no one makes a solid white card like that besides them.

Other than that, the only other white GPU I can think of is a black & white GTX 960 that MSI makes.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I just looked them up they look awesome! Thanks for the advice!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

You can also do one of the Asus 970 Turbos for a cheaper alternative

https://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-turbogtx970oc4gd5

OR, you can do a reference model 770/780/ti or 970/980/ti and just mod it white, which is what I did :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Where's the SSD? Id expect to see it in that perfect spot right on top of the PSU cover! Nice build, really clean. That mobo would look good in my build.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

It wasn't a particularly nice looking ssd and I only had one so it would've been uneven on the psu shroud. I decided just to put it on the drive sleds. Thanks for the feedback though!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Aw man this is awesome! This week I just made a very similar build (same case, mobo, concept). +1!

One thing I'd suggest is to move the cables for the x61 the other way so the tubing doesnt cover the sex that is the led :D

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea ik hahaha I'm figuring out a way to rearrange the cables. Thanks for the feedback :D!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wondering what you think of the led strips as I am considering getting these.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

They're great, work really well. However, you need to put the receiver somewhere in the window, and expect to get better tape as the 3m they give you sucks

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

is that a 6 or 6+2 pin going into your card?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

That is just a 6. The current evga gtx 750 I have in the system only needs a six. However, the cable is a 6+2.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build i wish i got some led's with mine but meh i'd spent enough

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

If you ever have the cash I highly suggest it, they go great with the white h440. And thanks

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

well it turns out i may have gotten a faulty motherboard so i'm not spending any more on my build for the mean time

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  • 56 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks for the feedback man! Yea I threw in a R9 280 into the parts list because that's probably what I would've gotten if I had 1k rather than 900 to spend. It seems I accidentally said 960 in the description my bad. I'll fix that now lol

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