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The Bread Maker

by gunsofnavarone



Date Published

Feb. 28, 2015

Date Built

Feb. 27, 2015

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

38.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C


Ok, where to begin. I did this build in order to create more room on my desk, my old (5 month old build) AMD rig was just taking up to much room, the wife was complaining, so I had to fix that. The wife told me this is my last build for some years to come, I agreed. So I went all out in my eyes and got some components that shouldn't need updated anytime soon.

This is used for gaming and everyday browsing. Everything from Assassin's Unity to Minecraft.

BTW, I call it the bread maker because last night my grandmother stopped by the house and asked why I have a bread maker machine on my desk. lol. Anyway, on to the parts!

CPU - i7-4790k - Alright, So I originally went to MicroCenter in hopes of buying a i5. But when I got to the store I saw these puppies on a small sale, plus I had a 20 dollar gift card. So I decided to go big or go home with the cpu. This thing is beautiful. Very fast. I've been a AMD fanboy for years, so this being my first Intel, I'm glad I picked this one.

CPU COOLER - Zalman 3 MAX - Ok simple story, got it for free for my birthday. I already purchased a Corsair H60 to put into this case, but figured I'd try it out first. It keeps the cpu cool like its suppose to. But does run pretty loud compared to some other coolers. Not loud enough to be a bother though.

MOBO - ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac - This thing rocks! I got it for a great price at MicroCenter. My ONLY gripe about this is the 3 pin fan headers. THERES ONLY 2!!!! So I learned this the hard way, and I'm currently waiting on a delivery for a 4 pin molex to 3 pin fan headers adapter piece to place in this case. Yeah it'll make the front chassis fans run at 100% but oh well. I'd rather have them running then nothing at all. Luckily the CPU cooler sucks out the warm air pretty efficiently for the meantime until I get that installed in a couple days.

Memory - Kingston Fury 8GB DDR3-1866 - What can I say, its RAM. Its fast. It helps things run smoothly. Good price. Got the 1 stick of 8gb in case in the future i for whatever reason need to upgrade another 8gb.

Storage - Crucial BX100 500gb - OK, if you are reading this, and you're researching for a build. STOP WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING. And go buy one now!!! For this price, I was skeptical. I was going to fork over the extra cash and get the Samsung EVO 512gb. Boy am I glad I didn't. This puppy can read faster than the samsung but does have a slower write speed. I'm not worried about that. I love this SSD, once the TB SSDs are a little more affordable, maybe i'll upgrade to one.

Video Card - GTX 970 Superclocked 4gb - Do I even need to explain this one? Good price, good performance, good energy efficiently, quiet fans. The one thing I will add about this, is with the Node 304 case, the GPU can get a little warm.

Case - Fractal Design Node 304 White - This whole build I wanted to do a minimalist look. I kind of got off that course with the speakers and what not, but regardless this case is amazing! Super small and compact, but easy to move around inside. The cable management is very easy if you don't have the HDD racks installed. And place the SSD in the front panel as I did.

PSU - Silverstone 550w - If you get this PSU and its a small case like this, I'd recommend getting the short cable set thats for sale on amazon. I did that and it made wiring a cake walk. Didn't have alot of excess cables hanging around on the inside.

Monitor - Asus VX238H-W - I wanted something white, smaller than the 32in Samsung TV I was previously using. This monitor fits the bill for me and the wife.

Feel free to ask some questions and I'll try to reply ASAP. Thanks PCPARTPICKER for helping me create another fun build.

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Displaced 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

F Yeah Gregory Peck references! Nice little build, and solid deal on the i7.

$180 is such a bangin deal for 500gb solid state - and it's not even the best price you can find for a drive like that. We're rapidly approaching the point where HDDs will be (finally) obsolete. When you look at the simplicity of an SSD and compare it to the insanity of a pile of constantly-running-at-7200rpm disks, it's amazing it took so long for us to find a viable replacement. How do HDDs work as well as they do for so long? I honestly have no clue.

When I did my install in my Node I routed a lot of the cables to the other side of the case so they'd give the GPU more room to breathe. It was a bit sloppier as I had to come back to that side to hook up the case fan, GPU, etc, but something to think about.

I kind of wish the GPU was on the other side of the Node case- you and I both have the GPU up against the wall and I can't help but think it'd be better for the card to be on the same side as the power button/USBs so more people would orient their PCs differently on their desk. Anyway, still a great case and great build! I'm sure this one will last longer than 5 months!

gunsofnavarone submitter 3 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Thanks for the comment.

Yeah I totally agree about the placement of the GPU, i'd love to have the option to mount on the right side. But I haven't noticed it struggling to stay cool under load. Its leveling out at the same temp no matter how hard my games push it.

Once I get the 4 pin molex to 3 pin fan header panel in, i'll have the two front fans running at 100%, should cool everything off better.

epicnerdgreg 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

the white... so much white... it burns my eyes ;-;

but nice parts this build should run anything you throw at it really well :D

gunsofnavarone submitter 3 Builds 4 points 38 months ago

I got bored with the always all black builds. Never see really any all white stuff.

bigg_critter 1 Build 3 points 38 months ago

me personally, I love the look of those matching white setups. just looks so clean +1

epicnerdgreg 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

my build is all black simply by virtue of that is what is cheapest :P

but yeah fair enough there is a surplus of black builds here i cannot deny that

javierlrod 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Great build, also what program did you use to get your temp readings?

gunsofnavarone submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago


javierlrod 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Ok thanks.

javierlrod 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Does speccy have a benchmarking tool?

gunsofnavarone submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

I don't believe so. Speccy just gives you info on all the components. For the benchmark I used 3dmark on Steam.

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

That's a lot of white there! With the smallest hint of blue

Cibex 1 point 38 months ago

Ok so I'm loving the white theme.....The rig I'm planning is White/Black mainly. So my question to you is what keyboard/mouse combo is that? Anyway +1 for an awesome rig!

gunsofnavarone submitter 3 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

The keyboard and mouse is a Perixx

Cibex 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks!......This is my soon to made real build...GPU will get updated later. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Cibex/saved/#view=XvfG3C

gunsofnavarone submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Yea that'll be a rockin rig. As long as you up the GPU

Cibex 1 point 38 months ago

yea the gpu is a temp

RinHato 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

I was gonna go with a black and white build, but I couldn't get all the parts to match to my liking. The Krait looks nice but has basically zero features, and the only other black and white motherboards are the Asus Subranco which doesn't look that nice for me, or the X99 Deluxe series which for the whole platform just cost way too much and are complete overkill for gaming.

I tried to make do with the Asus Z97-AR but the silver heatsinks and cluttered PCB put me off. The GPU was an XFX R9 290 which looked fantastic with its black and chrome and white XFX LED portion but doesn't have the best cooler out there. It's certainly good but not as good as say, a Sapphire or Gigabyte one.

So I'm going black and blue cause red is so damn overused. Gonna paint the GPU to match the darker blue of the backplate and rest of the system though :)

(linky http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/RinHato/saved/RNjscf )

Eltech 19 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

I love your white theme and your components! (However, I have no knowledge on the CPU cooler.) Great work on your build and that's awesome what your grandmother said. Too bad your breadbox could not make some fresh bread while you are gaming or surfing the web at the same. And I'm certain your wife is happy with a new computer being able to share space on the desk, in a much better layout. So great lovely white theme here you have! +1

gunsofnavarone submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks for the comment.

I was skeptical of the CPU cooler myself, theres only a hand full of reviews on it, and the new egg reviews are 50/50. Some say the pump goes out after a year of use. So glad I got it for free.

If it does go out, I always have a corsair H60 sitting nearby I could pop in to replace it. So far with the benchmarking i've done and the gaming i've done in the last 24hrs, it seems to keep my cpu nice and cool.

Eltech 19 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

No problem and thanks for sharing your computer.

As for the cooler, that's good to know about it. I had no idea what the reviews were or any feedback was about it. Plus getting a free CPU cooler is a bonus I think. I'm sure your cooler will do fine as it sounds like it is so far and you are also wise to have a backup. In case the worse case scenario occurs you will be ready for it . :)

mattnauck 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

So I'm gonna be purchasing the motherboard this weekend what about the fan pins do I need to know about.. This is what I'm going to be building. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/mattnauck/saved/NJwp99

gunsofnavarone submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

The MOBO is great except this one con. You'll have a 3 pin for your cpu fan and 1 chassis fan. This is what I bought and it made everything much easier.


The only downside is that they'll run at 100%, you won't be able to adjust them since they'll be directly connected to the PSU. But fans nowadays run so quiet, I don't notice. Let me know if you got any more questions. Good luck!!!

mattnauck 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

So will I need a molex or does it come with it?

gunsofnavarone submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Yeah the one I posted you'd need a molex. But the one you found looks like you'd be able to pin into the mobo 3pin and run 4 fans off of that. just have to make sure that your case fans will be able to reach it, shouldn't be a problem though.

Cibex 1 point 36 months ago

You know i meant to ask before what speakers those were also? So hard to find decent white speakers.

gunsofnavarone submitter 3 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

They are just some logitechs I found on amazon. Not bad speakers for the price either.

borabosna -3 points 38 months ago

Why do you let your wife tell you what to do? Stand your ground dude.

Displaced 1 Build 4 points 38 months ago

Look at this single guy

Cibex 3 points 38 months ago

Yea...I been married 15 yrs and its more of minimizing the fuss rather then letting her tell me what to do. I been letting mine shop a bit more lately so when I build my rig I won't hear any lip. Guns +1 bro epic build

bigg_critter 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

I think dude knows what he's doin...two builds in the last six months!, doesn't sound like mamas crackin the whip too hard to me : )

gunsofnavarone submitter 3 Builds 4 points 38 months ago

My wife is from the Philippines, specifically down south in the Philippines. You don't want to mess with them women. She may be small and petite, but she'll put a *** whooping on ya, and not the good kind lol.

Eltech 19 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

That may not be a good advise to a husband when his wife is speaking her mind about a computer's size because it was affecting their desk's space.

I see it as a win-win situation for them both because she allowed him to build a brand new computer of his choice with a budget I'm certain. He had to agree of making a compact build for the desk but I don't see him complaining about it. It looks more on how this build become a reason to be into existence and thus is a lovely white theme build.

So... why bother complaining about a wife's request when he was allowed to make a brand new computer that was required to be compact? I don't think a fight is worth it when they both were able to work it out. Spouses are allowed to speak their minds of course but they are also a team. Or I would hope so, as the years go by.

borabosna 1 point 38 months ago

"of course but they are also a team. Or I would hope so, as the years go by." I don't think so. Male spaces in society have been completely destroyed, and men are relegated to the basement or the worst parts of the house where the living room and other rooms belong to women and children. You can read it in Helen Smith's book "Men on Strike" http://www.amazon.com/Men-Strike-Boycotting-Marriage-Fatherhood-ebook/dp/B00OFK22Y8/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1425343124&sr=1-1&keywords=men+on+strike

Eltech 19 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

You have a right on what you think and to express about it but we have different views. And we should probably let this go since this subject is straying away from gunsofnavarone's completed build. My apologizes.