Hello world of PCPartPicker,
Thought I would put up this build I did last month, as I used this web site as a reference for PC parts for months before buying.
It is my first build in years, last build I did was using a 7800GT 512mb graphics card (10 years +).
I was stuck with the decision on what CPU and Graphics to go for, for quite a while. Being out of the game for so long meant I wasn't up in the latest technology. Luckily my friends just recentley made builds of their own, one with an AMD FX and other with the Intel i5. On seeing both in action I was immediately more impressed by the i5 processor, it well outperformed the AMD FX in single threaded applications.
So my decision was made, hunted around for the best prices (using this web site, which is great by the way) and managed to get a decent enough deal on an i5 4670k and a MSI G45 Gaming motherboard. Next up was what graphics to go for, having a gaming laptop with ATI graphics I think I was more biased towards that. Since that could play the latest games without any issues. So I chopped and changed around the idea of which one to go for 270x, 280x or go all out for a 290 or 290x. My decision was based on the fact I wanted a good performing card, but not to spend a fortune on an all out 290 or 290x. So went for the MSI 280x Gaming OC Edition.
So on to the build. Everything was relatively straight forward, had some issues attaching the Hyper 212 cooler, but went on in the end. Think it was more down to me being thick and not thinking before getting stuck in. The K380 case, not a lot of people like the look of, but I think it looks fine. It was cheap and cheerful and certainly does what it says it does. Everything fit like a glove, the quality of it seems fine and I like the idea of a windowed case.
I was shocked to see how big Graphics Cards having gotten since the 7800GT, cooling has come on leaps and bounds in that sector.
Once all built was onto installing windows, straight foward as well, but god I hate Windows 8, first thing was to disable metro and put back in the start button (phew much better). Idle temps were good sitting at around 19°C. So decided to overclock, got it sitting comfortably at 4.5ghz, volt 1.26, but thought no need for it, so put it back down to 4.2 and 1.2v. Gave me a nice performance boost in games and 3DMark. Overclocked the graphics card to 1150MHz and 6200Mhz on the Memory clock. Then again I thought why have it so high when it doesn't need it, so put it back down to 1100Mhz and standard Memory clock.
My actual reason for doing this build in the first place was so I can play the massively bug ridden BF4 on Ultra. Plays extremely well with fps ranging from 60-130 depending on map and players in game. That's with all settings set to the highest they can go. 3DMark score highest I got so far is 8074 on firestrike. Pleased with that and I think it went well since I haven't done this in over 10 years.
Only things I would change or do differently, is go for a bigger/better PSU, just thinking if I want to crossfire in the future I will have to upgrade to a 750w at least if I want to overclock, but at the time couldn't really afford a better PSU. It is a good PSU for what I have now, but not futureproof in my eyes. Also the secondary HDD I have, it is not the best, speeds on it are not great, but it does the job for now. If big storage SSD come down in price can always upgrade in the future. The screen on the parts list below is not the screen I have, but close to it. The screen I have is the "Acer 236Dbd 23" LED IPS Full HD" which is actually a Packard Bell. It is very good, great colours, refresh rate and size is perfect.
Upgrades: Added second MSI 280x and 850w XFX Gold+ PSU
Future plans: Corsair 750D to maximise airflow, Looking at Corsair AF120, SP120 fans to complete red/black theme and sleeved cables.