Description

I made this pc build for gaming and video editing for our youtube channel. It has worked great so far. I am really pleased with the motherboard. The build is exceptionally quiet, which is not something I expected from such a powerful pc.

For a full video of the pc build from start to finish, check out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBhgWK865o0&feature=youtu.be

The Asus monitor is very soothing to my eyes. I tried a 23" Lenovo IPS LED, although found the screen too reflective and for some reason it gave me a little bit of a headache. The Asus VX228H seems to be the perfect fit for me --- I can work on this monitor for hours and there is no glare/reflection what so ever.

If I could go back I may have gone with the Samsung EVO since they are $40 cheaper and pick up a 500GB HDD to go along with it, while staying in the budget.

At some point, I may add 8GB more of RAM --- however I haven't pushed my PC past 6GB yet. If there is a need, it's definitely an easy upgrade. :)

The Cosair SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower case was perfect for me. It was $40 after rebate and it feels and looks much more expensive than what I paid for it.

Overclocking is super easy in the MSI BIOS! Although, I haven't fiddled with it much yet.

Looking for a better cooler now --- open to suggestions!

Check out my youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/savannahandjohn for a complete build guide from start to finish for this PC.

Cheers!

Savannah & John

Part Reviews

CPU

An awesome CPU and a really great choice for gaming. Definitely no worries about bottlenecking. I paired this with a GTX 970 and am easily getting 60+FPS in every game I throw at it. No regrets, just excited about getting some aftermarket cooling so I can overclock :P

Motherboard

Love the intuitive BIOS and has all the features you could really ask for out of a motherboard. I'm really glad I went with this one --- I can definitely tell it's a high quality board. And it looks sick. I made an unboxing video of it here: https://youtu.be/RKW6GknX8j0

Memory

Gets the job done and are low profile. They don't stand out aesthetically, which is a good thing because it goes well with looks-wise with any board.

Storage

Transformed my experience on my computer. Coming from a 5400 RPM HDD, this makes me feel like I stepped 30 years into the future as boot and load times are virtually non-existent.

Video Card

Went for the reference card because of its blower style cooling and its nice aesthetics. In love with the green GeForce GTX on the side of the card --- looks awesome from the side-panel. Oh and did I mention it's also a beast of a GPU --- 1080p 60+ FPS just about any game.

Case

Liked that it came with 2 fans and a red LED. A great price for a quality Mid Tower Case. It's a little narrow, but have read that it can still fit a Hyper 212 EVO. Easy to bulid in and a nice side bulge that aids in cable management. Side-window panel is a nice feature that I'm really glad it has --- personally unless I was going for a silent build I love to look at the components through the window.

Power Supply

A nice power supply at a great price from the reliable EVGA. No complaints whatsoever. I did a quick unboxing of it here: https://youtu.be/3KDWafqHYww

Monitor

Got it for 120 at Best Buy and am really pleased with it. It's a matte display that I really appreciate since my room gets a lot of sun those reflective panels make a lot of glare. For games that have dark scenes I can see really well without having to squint through a glare. 21.5" is great size for 1080p, pixels don't look bloated at all and you still have plenty of room. I did a quick unboxing of it here: https://youtu.be/7-XKHUxe5u4

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Comments

  • 58 months ago
  • 5 points

'I made this gaming pc build for gaming ' GG, didn't know. lol.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

if i'm not mistaken, that profile pic is Leone from Akame Ga Kill. laughed at your comment too. Anyways if it is, love the anime and the manga!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes! It is Leone!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

hehe, I noticed the redundancy in my first sentence :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

Whats the story with the fourth pic?

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Made an unboxing video of everything. It was my first build too --- had a lot of fun as well! http://youtu.be/WBhgWK865o0

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I would've dished out a little bit of extra $ for a 4790k/4770k if I were you, for hyper-threading for your editing.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I know --- if I could go back I probably would. This was max for the budget. I was thinking I could have gone for a cheaper MOBO, SSD, and GPU and put that extra towards the CPU. So far, it's lightning faster than the laptop I was using.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

So it might be a good idea to look at more ram for video editing. Depending on the program it might not eat ALL your ram. But do look at your CPU usage while video editing. If you start peaking on the CPU it's actually a good indicator that you could use more ram.

Some video editing programs leave some room on your ram by default, so even you're peaking they won't take up ALL your ram.

Overall this build looks really nice though. Great job! I'll watch you're video as well.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! We really enjoyed building it.

I'll be monitoring the CPU usage. We will probably pick up another 8gb of ram in the next couple weeks :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, in the middle of watchin your video... cause we love and support you in everything that you do!! Group hug!

One thing I noticed is that ram.

On page 13 of your motherboard manual you're gonna see that true dual channel ram is in the DIMM slots 2 and 4.

So if you're counting from the left you want your ram in slot 2 and slot 4. That will increase performance on your ram as well.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Aw thank you. That means a lot to us.

I will definitely change the ram configuration to get dual channel. first time building, so was kind of a learning process =) I'll also add a note in the video.

We are really glad you enjoyed the video --- hugs!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Savannah is the best "partpicker". Without her this could be boring :-)

Nice Rig dudes Have fun and be proud!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I went with John to Fry's and Best Buy so many times lol.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Why'd you return the gigabyte mobo for an msi?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I returned the Gigabyte Z97 Gaming 3 Motherboard because it wasn't full-size ATX. It couldn't use all 9 motherboard stand-offs in my case and made the build not so quiet.

Also, I could not get the Gigabyte Motherboard to recognize my GPU. I had lot's of trouble with it.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

This deserves the featured build spot:) <3

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Of course!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

can't tell which is sexier...your wife or the pc... ....ofc the pc!

+1 for awesomeness~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

:-) thank you :-) she is beautiful :-)

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build though. I like how you included a 970 reference in your build because I love reference card because of the aluminum plating design, the GeForce LED logo, and the blower on the card. Not the best cooler but still is really awesome. Better than the EVGA GTX 760 SC and FTW because those cards are like $500! The gtx 970 reference is a very good card for 1080p gaming 60+ fps and is only for $300!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Could not agree more with you. I love how it looks and the GPU boost takes it to over 1300Mhz so it's crushing games in 1080p. I turned the brightness of the LED logo all the way up --- there are also some cool effects, like breathing mode, temp mode, and pulsing that look great.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

ikr

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

cables.....but i think you may be limited in the cable management department anyway because of your case.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

FYI: it appears the RAM is placed incorrectly on the mobo (pic 7/18).

I like the part picks. But if you want to overclock, I think you need a CPU cooler. Judging by the build, I think you guys know how to find decent parts. So just find one that looks cool, air or water, that you think is a good deal and go for it. I'm sure the public will be clamoring for an installation video.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

We will be on the lookout for a good cooler. Also, going to fix the RAM today. :) Rookie mistake :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

That's a LOT of makeup lol.

On another note, I like the parts you guys picked. A lot of no nonsense pure performance parts as opposed to half the builds here throwing budget on things like LED lamps and water loops.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! We spent a while looking at different builds and finally settled on this one.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you! :) I was going over the parts we picked for our youtube video.