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First off, yes. I know that a 4690k is WAY overpowered for something like an R9 270, but my Dad, who graciously got it for me for Christmas, pushed me to get something nice that will last me a while. (I think he also loves his own Intel 3770K too much) The cooler was a no brainer for the amount of money I had at the time, and works like a dream running push/pull with a pair of Corsair SP120s. At a stable 4.5 Ghz, I never exceeded 78 Celsius within Intelburntest on Maximum with IC Diamond 7C TIM.

The motherboard, which I was initially a little worried about, looking at Fatal1ty's unsteady product history, turned out to work beautifully. Overclocking couldn't have been easier, and the best part about it was that the driver disk that came with it HAD GOOGLE CHROME. NOT ONCE DID I HAVE TO TOUCH INTERNET EXPLORER! This a massive plus in my book, even though the rest of the stuff on the driver disk was pointless. The BIOS is great, and everything was already dialed in first time, recognizing my RAM and it's speed right off the bat. Looks good too.

The SSD is the best thing since sliced bread to a person that has only ever had mechanical drives. Boot up is so fast, I often struggle to get into the BIOS fast enough, and everything is just so... snappy! Mounting the SSD was a tricky choice for me, but after looking at some other builds, I found that little mounting point on the case, right next to the motherboard. This makes cable managment much more tidy, and if you are just running an SSD in your 200R, I recommend putiting it there and taking the front drive cage out.

The GPU was definitely a stroke of luck. Tired of the prices on Amazon and Newegg for new cards, I went to Ebay, and found R9 270s in all flavors for around 100$. I ended up choosing a Gigabyte variety for 90$, free shipping. It works perfectly. To anyone on a budget: try Ebay for GPUs! Just make sure that you're buying from a reputable seller that posted pictures of the card you want and wrote a description, and you can easily save tons of money on a GPU that works perfectly.

I chose the 200R because it was wonderfully cheap, and extremely well build and designed for what you pay, with dust filters for the front intake and PSU, and reasonably good cable routing options. I personally don't think there are better cases out there for the 50$ price point.

The PSU was quite easy to choose, as every build guide I ever watched on Youtube used some variant of the CX series power supplies, and they were well reviewed wherever I looked. I don't recommend looking for PSUs on Ebay, (you don't get the great warranties you get when you get one new, and there's no way of telling how old it is) but that's where I found fine. Note, though, that the first one sent to me was DOA, and another one had to be sent over.

The rest of the case fans I found for cheap, and look great in the system. If you don't care for looks, get Noctuas, but if you don't mind some more noise (I put voltage limiters on almost all of them) and you want a pretty system, these Corsair fans will do fine.

Building this PC was very easy in this case, and the performance i'm getting is phenomenal. I really only play more casual games, but if I ever decide to get into Battlefield or something like that, i'll know I'll have the firepower.

Sorry this was so long of a description, but I wanted to make sure that whoever sees this is well informed. If you have questions, feel free to ask, and if you have suggestions for managing cables in this case or other things, feel free to let me know!

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Even with the free CPU, this is one very unbalanced build. Spent way too much on things that don't affect gaming performance like SSD and extra fans when all that money could have bought you an R9 280x or something. Aftermarket CPU cooler should have also been lower priority since overclocking doesn't give substantial performance boost for current games and would have been more useful in a couple of years.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

All these parts were bought sort of spontaneously due to opportunities that arose when I was looking for them. I agree that if there was a strict budget, you should allocate your money to a better gpu, but I couldn't resist the R9 270 for 90$. It was all the performance that I needed, and the SSD was on sale during Black Friday, and was the result of all the money I saved on the GPU. I also really liked the CPU cooler's price, and overclocking was something I knew I wanted to learn right away with this PC. No, it's not balanced, but I wasn't just blindly buying either. All the fans were also dirt cheap on Ebay as well. A 280X will likely be my next upgrade.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I love how you attached two non-stock fans to the CPU cooler... I just used the one Coolmaster gave me with mine... My computer never goes above 40 Celsius ... normally @ 31-36 with the daily activities I do..

(Note: I don't overclock though, never cared too despite my PC build is similar to yours, I bought overclocking parts just because I felt I might want to eventually)

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Its really more of an aesthetic thing to be honest, I really didn't like the look of the stock CM fan, and since I had already bought several fans, I figured i'd put some on the CPU cooler and just live with whatever small benefit I may gain from it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, sounds good.

I'm going to buy a few case fans to put in my Corsair 200R, probably get a 140mm for the bottom to push the air upperward and out the top with the top fans.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice work, I love the way your fans and mobo colors play together.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean build man!!!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot! V2 with more storage, better cable management, sleeved cables, LEDs, and a side panel mod is coming within the next week or so.

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

Now i am just throwing this out there but you spent WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY to much money on the processor. The graphics card should have been were you put all of your money. That will mostly increase your performance. The processor would probobly be second.

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Did you read the first line?

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

ah sorry. Didnt read the first line. I was just looking at the parts because the description for the build was to long. But i would also suggest not buying an ssd and just getting a 1tb hard drive but the graphics card is a nice choice for a small build.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I was questioning getting a standard hard drive when I was getting the parts together, but I have to say, the SSD is probably the best decision I made about this pc,since they make everything so damn snappy. Also, there was no real set budget here in the end, as getting a Motherboard and CPU for free, as well as a heavily discounted GPU and PSU really threw off my original plans. It's also nice not to have all the noise of a standard hard drive, and not having one meant I could remove the front drive cage :)

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Seriously bro?