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First Intel Build

by sjmon3


Just passed from an AMD based rig to this Intel rig. AMD is great for a big data charge, but for general purpose PC Intel is better.

CPU and Mobo are not for OC, but is good because i've never made OC. Probably next year i'll upgrade the CPU with an i7 (always NO-OC) for more pow!. Planning to buy a real second monitor.

CPU: I've chose the 4460 instead of 4590 or 4690 because of the price. The 4460 is the cheapest and the differences between the 3 models were just 100-200 mhz.. So 4460 is fine

MoBo: The best H97M based mobo i've found was this AsRock Pro4. Good board. Well manifactured and great support

Case: The tower cases have just bored me. I had a Zalman Z11 Plus before, but i really love cube cases.. so i decided to buy this wonderful Node 804. Simply incredible!

VGA: I've planned to upgrade the vga with a R9 280x or a GTX 7XX but for now (at least until september) i'll be ok with my 270X. Is good for FHD gaming with some compromise.

RAM: For now 8GB sounds still good. Maybe in future i'll buy an 8GB Kit (2x4GB) and pass to 12GB of Ram (yes, i used to virtualize some stuff).

HDD&SSD: The SSD is old, bought at least 3 years ago. Small size but still good for SO and some other programs. The mechanical disks are really good. Quick in i/o operations. Maybe i can do a RAID 0 volume, but i prefer to have 2 separated disks, one fore data and one for storage. Next upgrade will be the SSD. I want at least a 128gigs SSD, faster than mine.

PSU: My OCZ works fine. Is semi-modular and is good for my PC. Probably i'll upgrade it only when is broke. 550W with 80+ cert.

HP 27xi: 27 inches of monitor. IPS panel and FHD resolution. Glossy panel with great luminosity and contrast. Great colors.

Second display: Found in garage.. Old but good for a second monitor just for a sporadical use. I'm looking for a real 22-24 inch monitor.

Part Reviews


Good. Cheap and powerfull.

CPU Cooler

Temps always under control. Good packaging and stuff. Great termal paste. Great product.


Best matx h97 based under 100€. No OC support, but good product.


Fast (for 3 years ago). Small but good for SO..


Really good. In RAID 0 is fast as an ssd.

Video Card

Mid range vga. Good for FHD gaming, perfect for lower res. Fans are quite.


Really the best cube case for matx mobo. Big, stable and really quite. Great cable managment and fans upgrade.

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SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

Your CPU doesn't support overclocking, but the board does. Good build though!

sjmon3 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

Yea i know but i can upgrade CPU with a K-series When i want.. The board ia just ready for oc. If i'll want to do some oc i have to buy only the cpu instead off the entire pc!

misspartee 1 point 44 months ago

Im a little new to building computers and I was just wondering if this motherboard came with a video card and sound card already?

sjmon3 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Of course the sound card is included, the vga is integrated with the cpu and the mobo offers some ports like vga, hdmi and so on,but without a cpu with integrated vga it wont work as well.

misspartee 1 point 44 months ago

That makes sense. Thank you!

LoneGeek 1 point 41 months ago

How many case fans do you have?

sjmon3 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Just the ones included. One on the front, two rear (one on the left side and the other on the right side). Temps are quite perfect, but i've planned one more fan on the top (just have to choose which fan).

rsmithspqr 1 point 39 months ago

What did you use for lighting?

sjmon3 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Some ikea rgb led stirpes.

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