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I'm a graphic designer, my 5yr old son loves video games so I'd figure building a PC would give us some much needed bonding time and we'd both get to hopefully learn some cool things along the way.

My previous desktop was ancient, I could barely use Photoshop on it & PC games where out of the question. My son & I have a PS4 so we really didn't need a crazy machine with a $300 GPU for gaming. I just wanted a "light" gaming rig that could handle photo/video editing, word processing & maybe some Minecraft for my son.

As my first build I just wanted something simple for us, an all-purpose desktop that I could upgrade every year if needed. Even though I'm a designer I know very little about the internals of a computer, how to build one so I seeked advice on here, what parts to get & how to stay within budget. Walter_Quadkite, a member here gave me a list of the parts that my current build is using. I was going nuts trying to figure out what setup I should build so I just went for it.

I think my only mistake was ordering the ASRock Z97M Pro4 & the Intel Core i5-4440. The motherboard can handle overclocking but the CPU can't, I missed the whole "K" at the end. So now I got a CPU that cant OC but a MOBO that could handle one. So I'm guessing down the road I could purchase a processor with OC capabilities since I already have the MOBO to handle one? I think I'm understanding this correctly?

Let me know what you guys think? Suggestions are welcome. I'm on a budget but what would up change around? I want to add another SSD, something large. I wanted to have at least 16GB total memory & maybe a better GPU down the road but my current one can handle basically any game I throw at it.

All and all I'm pretty happy with the outcome. I'd like make everything a little neater inside, I was also hoping to make everything match, color wise but I guess that can wait.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

Fix those cables and turn the cpu fan to the front. Much better airflow, plus, you don't want one of those cables catching something and breaking.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Ha, yeah, don't remove the whole cooler, that'll just cause all sorts of problems :P but definitely fix that fan.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the response :) I just have a few questions.

  • A buddy of mine helped install the CPU and the fan so I'm not to sure on what you mean by turning it the front? The Cooler Master, the fan & that metal thing attached to it (no clue what that part is called, Heat Sink?) are currently facing towards the left. How would I go about doing this? Everything is bolted down, looks intimidating. My friend is out of town for quite a bit of time so I'd be kind of nervous of removing it myself, the thing is so damn bulky.

  • You said fix the cables as well, do you just mean use more ties to create less clutter? I'm not quite sure on what I need to do.

Again, thanks for the help.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, You could probably wait on the CPU cooler, but those cables should be re done to provide more airflow throughout the case, on almost all cases you can rout the cables through the back of the case, and on the cpu cooler again, there are tons of videos on installing that particular cooler for just about any type of setup.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Soryy for such a late reply, had a bunch of issues with my computer. About this switching the cpu to the front, I made a quick diagram to make sure I understand what you want me to do.

http://i.imgur.com/hQ99YQ2.jpg

You just want me to unclip the fan (A) and put it on the other side of the heatsink where the arrow is, just switch sides?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

So unmount the fan from the heat sink (the silver looking thing). Do I leave that there still? And then take the fan from the Cool Master and put it on the other side? As I posted below I'm not sure where to put the fan, probably need a diagram or something with arrows and whatnot, lol.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

I wish my Dad would spoil me like this. Still on mah Pentium est. 2009!

liek if u cri evytiem.

Jokes aside, this is an awesome build for a 5 year old. I hope he's happy.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

"awesome build for a 5 year old". What do you mean?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

You built it for your son to use as well, right? I doubt a 5 year old would be playing Crysis on 3x 4k monitors, so this should suit his needs perfectly.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

For a simple father and son build it looks nice, but for the love of God please fix those cables. You guys finished a nice project together, be proud of it and show it off properly. +1 for getting your son involved.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

We just wanted a computer that my son could you use for his games if he wanted and I needed something for my graphic design needs. I think I did an decent job with parts I purchased. How do I fix the cables? Just get more zip ties? I'm too good with cable management as you can see lol. I also wish I made everything color coordinated. The memory is red but the mobo is blue, I wasn't to happy with that.

Edit: Thanks for the kind words, I was worried I was going to get my *** kicked on here.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Most of those cables, 24 pin atx, 8 pin eps and such should first get sent through the closest gromment/open hole to the back of the motherboard tray and then routed and sent out the hole closest to the appropriate. If you look through some of the builds here on the site you'll see some good example.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

You are correct that the z97 is meant for overclocking, but that board is only 20 dollars more on average the asrock h97 which is the non-overclocking version. For design and lite gaming I don't think you'll need to overclock anyway, but if you do get the bug you can always upgrade later. Im in the process of getting parts for a build for my daughter and I so I understand. Good Job!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I can't believe I did that, getting a board that allow overclocking but not getting the right CPU. Newegg wouldn't let me return the CPU even thought it was only a day old and not even opened.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

How much Fps do you get on minecraft with best settings?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

How can I find that out? I'm a noob as you can probably tell. I don't know how to benchmark my PC or anything. However I am able to play Evolve, Far Cry 4 & Dying Light without any issues.

Edit: I don't know if I did it right but I downloaded FRAPS to find out the FPS. Under Video Settings in Minecraft I selected Unlimited Framerate (FPS) then I opened up the FRAPSLOG file after messing around in the game for a few seconds and it gave me this:

  • 2015-04-19 07:26:28 - javaw Frames: 155 - Time: 2575ms - Avg: 60.194 - Min: 59 - Max: 61

  • 2015-04-19 07:26:47 - javaw Frames: 104 - Time: 1731ms - Avg: 60.081 - Min: 59 - Max: 61

  • 2015-04-19 07:35:26 - javaw Frames: 1356 - Time: 22605ms - Avg: 59.987 - Min: 58 - Max: 62

  • 2015-04-19 07:36:37 - javaw Frames: 224 - Time: 3713ms - Avg: 60.329 - Min: 59 - Max: 61

Not clue what any of it means or if am doing it correctly? I don't believe I did this correctly..

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the kind remarks, much appreciated. How easy would it be, say down the road, to remove the current CPU & get a 4790k & install it? I get nervous with installing CPU's, never removed one before either.

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