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I hadn't built a system since 2005 and i wanted to make sure i did my research before tackling this build. It took me over a year of saving and modifying parts to get where this is at. At first I wanted to buy all the top of the line products, but after reading these forums I knew i had to ask myself what I would be using this for.

This build will be used for moderate gaming BF4, SC2, WoW, Diablo 3 are my choice of gaming at the moment with DOTA 2 creeping into the mix. I will also use this build to run Ableton as I need a system where I am able to run the numerous addons that come with this software.

In retrospec I would have gone with a semi modular PSU as the Rosewill U3 does not leave very many options for cable management. In particular the 2nd 8pin power slot on top of the motherboard. I will need an extension in order to clean that up. A few of the fan cables also were short so i will need some extensions there too in order to clean up the cable management.

Currently I am waiting on the GPU and Corsair H60 to come in (will update pics when I get them installed). Then I will try my hand at a little overclocking. I really want to do my research before I start tweaking stuff. Any feedback would be great!

EDIT: GPU came in and I could'n have been happier with it. Got it with an instant $10 off at a $249 steal with Splinter Cell and Black Flag included. (updated pics)

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

Could have gotten a R9 280x for the price of the 760 4GB.

  • 74 months ago
  • 0 points

I actually respectfully disagree with this. I have seen quite a few reviews on both of these cards, and honestly they both seem to compare extremely similarly.

I think that unless he needed the Extra VRAM, he should of just went with the 2 GB 760 for $250~.

The slight increased memory performance on the 280x, as well as Mantle for BF4, just isnt worth the 50-60$ in my books.

http://gpuboss.com/gpus/GeForce-GTX-760-vs--9223372036824384685

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I took your advice and saved the $50+ on a 2GB model and I'm putting that toward cooling this ridiculously hot Haswell i5.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds Good, hows your performace?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Great! I'm running WoW at 100+ FPS on ultra. BF4 60+ FPS on max settings. Basically throwing everything I'm going to play at it and not even flinching. I am getting a bit of screen tear as I may need a new 120Hz monitor, but turning on vsync solved that. I'm glad i saved the $$.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Great to hear. The 280x still would of given you slightly more performance, but with the current NVIDIA sales, and free games, and lower price, just aint worth it.

Happy Gaming!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Very similar build to my own. Nice.

EDIT: Wish you would've gone with a better case + psu.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Yea as I was working through the cable management I realized I could have made better choices in the case and PSU.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't sell yourself short - this is not exactly what I would consider a mid-range build. Good cable management.

+1

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! After reading about so many builds on this site I've seen some cable management nightmares, this was one of the top concerns I wanted to address in this build. Could still use a bit more cleaning up, but I think I'm on the right track.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

For the case you cant go wrong with any case from cooler master haf series case or NZXT Case. For the PSU the SeaSonic 620W is $20 0ff at newegg right now.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the Naga?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome. The 2014 model is much larger than its predecessor and I think tracks more smoothly. It took me about 5 days of actual game time to fully get used to it.

They did take the switch of the bottom that switches it from your regular number keys to the 10 pin number keys, but you can do that all through the software.

The buttons on the side are now mechanical in feedback so you will never mistake a click.

Synapse 2.0 is apparently now in the "cloud" so your custom profile settings are saved there. I'm personally not a big fan of that. Software is still a bit buggy and it took me a while to get it to update and recognize this mouse.

Overall I think its great and will last the standard 1-2 years of heavy gaming. For the price I think its worth it.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to hear

  • 74 months ago
  • -2 points

I for 1 would have gone with a cheaper MOBO and gotten a better GPU, CPU, or more importantly PSU. Still looks like a good build.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback. I was debating over the MB for the longest time and i was kinda sold on this one based on the countless reviews I've looked at for ease of OC vs the G45. I'm highly debating replacing this case and PSU though... Any recommendations?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Corsair 600T... or some sort of NZXT case. As far as PSUs go, I like Corsair (anything above the CX series). I use an AX760.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the recommendations. I think a fully modular option would be the best as well to avoid the "cable octopus" I have going on right now.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are thinking about staying with 550w, I would get this psu: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ssr550rm If you are going 500w, I would say this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/pc-power--cooling-power-supply-ppcmk3s500

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

For case, there are tons of options. How much are you looking to spend?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I am trying to keep the case under a $100. I think I jumped the gun on seeing a case under $50 and I guess got what I paid for.

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  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the NZXT phantom in black and it is an absolute dream of a case. No worries about room its is huge

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

These look incredible. The frame said its built on part plastic part metal, but it isn't noticeable. Does it feel robust?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

It feels very sturdy. Looks great. And weighs a solid 25pounds.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want something classy and simple, the Fractal Design Define R4 is a brilliant case. While it's not the best for cooling, it's about the quietest case that's less than a hundred dollars. It also has great cable management. I almost got one but the Phantom 410 was on sale at the time for about $70. It's also a good case but the design is less classy/simple but it looks pretty cool. In NZXT's words it's "Bringing sexy back" xD

For a PSU, you can NOT go wrong with a Seasonic. A 500+ watt Seasonic will be amazing. If you're going to ever consider SLI or want more juice for a beefier card or extreme overclocking, look at a higher wattage Seasonic.

If you wanted better temps, you could return your H60, as it's not any better than decent air cooling (from what I've seen,) and get a Corsair H100. Only reason I say this is that Newegg has refurbished H100's for 48.99. Not a typo. FORTY NINE DOLLARS. I'm thinking about getting one myself, honestly. However, that's for you to decide whether it's worth it or not, because it IS a refurb and those are sometimes iffy. Just an idea if you skimped on the H60 but really wanted more :3

Good luck with whatever you do. EDIT: Sorry about the duplicate. Must've glitched. Deleted comment.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I've searched a ton of cases and most of the reviews point to the Fractal R4. I'm really not looking for flashy, just more of a robust design and functionality, but most important plenty of room for cable management. I will definitely look into the Phantom and R4 a little closer now.

In the future I will consider SLI what wattage range should I be aiming for? 650? 700?

H100's for $49? WOW! The only thing I would be concerned with is the larger radiator not fitting in my current case. All of the builds I have seen use the H60 purely for spacing. Of course if I upgrade the case the refurbished H100 would definitely be the way I go.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the H100 deal was pretty good, although I think it ended or ends tonight, if I remember the dates right. I'm not sure about whether it'll fit in your current case or not. An H60 is enough for an Intel system, although Haswell can get smokin' hot if you're unlucky. Reason for that is Intel used cheap thermal goop instead of solder between the die and the heatspreader, so heat can't get off the die if I recall correctly.

The R4 is basically the ultimate in class and functionality, as well as silence. (at least for a decent price range) It has tons of room for cable management and looks elegant inside and out. It looks very simple inside, and even has metal HDD trays. Personally, I'd choose that over the Phantom. My phantom carries vibrations from the HDDs a lot. Basically, the whole case vibrates because of my HDDs. That's pretty much my only gripe, albeit a quite annoying one. I think I just got a case that's a bit different than it's supposed to be, because nowhere did I hear of any issues related to this. Although the Phantom is VERY similar inside, there's more plastic on the outside and is a bit more flashy. Although, anything is flashy compared to the R4 :-)

The Phantom will have better cooling and airflow at the cost of less simple looks and some (but not a whole lot of) noise. The R4 will look sleek and be generally awesome and quiet but won't cool as well, because of the foam all over the place to keep it quiet, as well as less generous intakes.

As for SLI, I think you could get by on a 600-650 watt PSU as long as it's really good quality. For that range, I'd recommend the Seasonic 620W. I think it's the S12-something-or-other (?). I wouldn't do SLI on your current PSU unless you are undervolting the CPU and the GPU, if voltage is unlocked on the GTX 760s. Although, I don't see why you wouldn't overclock a K series CPU. I think that the 12V rail rating on that PSU is also a bit low compared to most of the same advertised wattage. I wouldn't do it unless you weren't going to be putting much load on the system and you were just setting up the SLI while you were waiting on your shiny new PSU.

The 650W XFX PSU would also be great, as well as a Corsair TX650 I think. There's a lot of good options, but far more bad ones. Stick to those 3 brands - XFX, Corsair, & Seasonic - and you should be OK.

Lastly, you shouldn't need a modular PSU with the Fractal case. It has about an inch behind the motherboard tray for cables. It's enough for even most of those beefy 24 pin cables easily. It will require some time though. Just shove all the unused cables through the first grommet and arrange them so that the side panel will go on. Doesn't matter a whole lot since nobody ever will see behind the motherboard.

This is a great (and surprisingly cheap) non modular 620W Seasonic PSU I found that should be enough for SLI (someone please correct me if you have solid information that suggests otherwise)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151096

EDIT: If you wanted to keep your red/black theme going look at this one, because the Seasonic has a touch of blue on it in the pics:

It's also modular, and the HCG line of Antec PSUs is pretty good I think. Also, someone in the reviews said that the OEM is actually Seasonic for this one. It's basically a Seasonic if they're right.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371059

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow thank you so much for the great information. I think black Friday/Cyber Monday is coming up so I will be on the lookout on deals to replace the PSU and case.

I will also make sure that I stick to the 3 power supplies that you have listed as further research suggest those will be my best options.

I may go down to my local microcenter (yes I've got one closeby) and see if I can compare those cases to make my decision. I can look at all the pictures I want, but unless I go and actually look at it (like my last case purchase) I wont be able to tell which will fit my build the way I want it too.

I need to find a custom site that will make 8 pin extensions sleeved in black and red. Any suggestions?

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  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Its a beast! Uploaded shots from my 3dmark benchmark.