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So I've had an xbox 360 since it came out and it finally gave me the red rings of death unfortunately. So I started looking into the next gen consoles coming out and I am not very impressed with that they have to offer. Tablets will have better graphics in a couple years...

So I decided to build myself a gaming rig. I did some research for about a month or so before buying my parts and I can honestly say I am very happy with my first ever build and I am now addicted to it all.

I'm all about understated elegance so I didn't opt out for the shiny or ostentatious parts that some of the guys on this site have used. The Fractal Design R4 is perfect for me. It's large enough to fit anything I may need in the future and quiet enough to let me enjoy my reading from time to time.

Anyway, I find it pretty hilarious that BF4 convinced me to spend this money on this thing but what the hell.

I like getting the best of the best but I realized I didn't need the hyper threading that the 4770k offers so I opted for It's baby brother, the 4670k and so far it has worked wonders. I have it overclocked at 4.4 on 1.2V and ran all benchmarks including Prime95 multiple times. Looks like I have a pretty good chip.

I do plan on purchasing the H100i whenever a sale comes around so I can push it even farther, but for now the CM Hyper 212 does the trick.

The mobo looks awesome and performs even better. The UEFI Bios is a breeze and it has everything I will ever need.

I had to purchase the low profile ram due to the cooler but ram is ram and it does it's job.

Now storage... SSD's are amazing. Coming from a cheap laptop and then using this thing for my OS, BF3 and a few progams, it's ridiculously fast. Looking back, I may have gotten the Caviar Black for my mass storage drive but I can't tell the difference from something I've never tried so no complaints!

Now for the part I had such a problem deciding on. The EVGA GTX770. I love it. I was debating on going with 2 760s but I think I made the right choice.

Power supply is semi modular, has everything I need and does its job well.

The monitor.. I was debating on whether to get the ASUS vg248qe 144hz monitor or the 2560x1440 Qnix monitor from Korea. Well I chose the Qnix and my risk was worth it. I love it. The colors are bright and crisp! Games look amazing on it and I really cant feel any input lag at all. I also overclocked it to 96 and 120 hz so I'm a happy camper.

I do plan on purchasing another 770 down the road or when it comes on sale (if ever) Or maybe using EVGA step up program and upgrading to a 780. Any thoughts?

Anyway. From not having a desktop pc to building my own with these specs, I'm very happy. Looks like I have found a new hobby.

Oh and any ideas on a gaming mouse? I'm going to purchase the Corsair K70 keyboard. thanks guys!

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  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I have to say that ive seen a lot of builds using the G45. What made you buy that mobo? Dont get me wrong its a great mobo, i have it too.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Well the looks caught my eye. Then I did some research and the more and more I read into it and the more reviews I saw, the more I wanted it. I haven't heard of anyone have any problems with it. Probably the best mid range Z87 board.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

how do you like your monitor?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

No complaints. After opening this thing up on that resolution, I could never go back to 1080p. Colors are bright and pop really well. Overclocked it to 120 hz and its a beast.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

i currently own a Benq xl2420xt 3d monitor and i rarely use the 3d option so i was looking to sell it and invest in one of these

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Man, I wanted that exact monitor for my first build, but due to time constraints I didn't want to risk having to wait for overseas shipping back and forth if I needed an RMA... So I bit the bullet and dropped $500 on an ASUS PB278Q.

Wanted that QNIX so bad...

Also, for your mouse I highly recommend the Gigabyte M7 Thor. Same form factor as a Deathadder (super comfortable) but laser sensor and manages to be cheaper. If you've got some more coin for it, the Logitech G500 is the old standby, and I really enjoy my Gigabyte GM-M8000X.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Well it came with free one day shipping haha. Ordered it on a Tuesday and got it Wednesday night. No idea how that was even possible. I bought the Pixel perfect edition and it is in fact pixel perfect. Colors are great and the ability to overclock it makes it a steal for 369. I'm glad I just went ahead and got it.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

probably gonna be ordering one in the next couple weeks. what seller did you use (i assume you went through ebay)?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I used my Amazon store card to buy so I went through them. You can't go wrong with either of them though. They both will refund your money if you aren't happy for any reason.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

i second the G500 vote. it's great for larger hands.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I also have one of those monitors! Did you get the matte or gloss screen?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Matte Screen!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Me too! Did you have any dead pixels or edge bleed and have you overclocked it yet?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I have one stuck grey pixel that I only notice when it's a full white screen like facebook or something. But even then I really cant see it since there's so many pixels on this monitor. As far as edge bleed, I see none. And yes, I have overclocked it all the way up to 120hz and it definitely makes gaming in bf3 a lot smoother. I'm very happy with this monitor. Cant wait to get a second 770 to really take advantage of it.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job, looks very clean, tidy, you did a great job.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid pc, I really like the cable management, and part selection. Do you have a microcenter around you? They have processor and motherboard bundles where you would have saved around $60-$70 on just the processor and motherboard.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish! Closest one is in Atlanta and I'm 8 hours away unfortunately. Definitely would have saved me some cash.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Get an Anker 8000 DPI High Precision mouse. A bit off the beaten path, but cheap, high DPI, weights and 9 buttons. I have one and I love it. If not, go for a Razer Deathadder.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!!! If you hadn't said it was your first, I would have never guessed.

As for GPU choice, I have SLI 760 Supcerclocked ACX EVGA cards and I piss on titan for exactly $500. By the time my GPUs become "obsolete" it will be time for a new build anyways.

I build mine while keeping BF4 somewhat in my mind and opted for 2 x 8GB memory, because it asks for 8 GB for best performance, so with 16GB I'm future proofing a bit. Just food for thought.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Very true. I think I'll just get another 770 since I won't be using multiple displays and me single 770 runs very well on my 2560x1440 monitor. Another one will just be icing on the cake. And I do plan on purchasing another 2x4gb kit of ram before bf4 launches.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Is the graphics card quiet under load? I'm considering buying a 770 but wanted one that doesn't sound like a jet...

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Well it also depends on your case! My case is VERY quiet and if you game with headphones, it really doesn't matter anyway. But yes, the card itself is very quiet! I have it overclocked to 1228 mhz and the fan goes up to 70% and I can't hear it!

  • 75 months ago
  • -2 points

The Define R4 is a pretty bad choice is you are planning on upgrading to an H100i as the rad doesn't fit in the top of the case, other than that, it's a very nice looking build.

  • 75 months ago
  • 3 points

Actually it does. It' been done loads of times. And without modding. In fact, it's been done in front of 200,000 viewers on a YouTube user's video.

  • 75 months ago
  • 3 points

My friend has the exact same case, mobo and the h100i. Fits perfectly. So thanks for the heads up but I always do my research.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Really? I have the H100i and the R4 in my build. Go ahead and check it out if you don't believe me. Fit in just fine. No problems whatsoever.

  • 75 months ago
  • -3 points

I noticed that you have a Core i5-4670k series, Probably overclocking? If you're overclocking i highly recommend a liquid cooler considering thats what liquid coolers are generally designed for and that cooler you have wont agree very long with overclocking. :) very nice build though i love it! P.S. I just read the part about you changing your cooler, so good pick lol.

  • 75 months ago
  • 4 points

I don't know where you got that information from, but the Cooler Master Evo is one of the (if not) best CPU coolers available for consumers. It is very well capable of being used in overclocked system. You do not need watercooling to overclock. Yes I use watercooling in one of my build, but that is because I do not want such a big cooler on top of my CPU. In my other build on this website I do use the Cooler master Evo and got an extra 700MHz out of the FX6300.

This comment is not to flame or anything, I am just trying to learn you a little bit on CPU cooling. If you really want to go over the top with CPU cooling, you should buy a cryostat and use a phase change cooling solution for sub-zero cooling.

  • 75 months ago
  • -3 points

Yes it is capable of being used on an overclocked system but its not as effective (like most standard CPU coolers) as a liquid cooling system. Yes it does depend on what kind of liquid CPU coolers you get, but with liquid coolers you wont see any temps above 65. As seen on this page his temp under load is 79, we all know that's a little high and will eventually cause unneeded damage. That is why I recommend liquid over standard in an overclocking system. You are right though, you do not NEED liquid cooling to overclock, but it definitely worth having keeping your CPU cooler.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha yeah! I didn't have the cash to buy the h100i when I bought all the parts but that's going to be one my next purchases as well with a second 770!