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5th build completed, this time it was for a friend. Had a budget of 750-800 on a gaming computer, I would dare say this is the most successful "start-to-finish" build with little to no running in problems. Only time when I had a problem with building this was with the USB 3.0 header on the mobo. It had been pointed out to me that the cable wasn't all the way shoved in. So, in an effort to fix it, I took the cable out of the slot. A mistake. In that process I bent a pin smashing two together. Impossible seeming to fix it, within 5 minutes of carefully bending pins, I successfully bent it back into place. Lo and behold it works perfectly! Spending some time to write about this beautiful build and I hope you enjoy reading as much as I did writing about it!

CPU: Friend had specifically asked for an i5 processor as opposed to the FX counterpart which was completely understood as this processor does better with GAMING. Gaming build all around. The i5-4460 I warned couldn't be OC'd unless you OC the entire system. He was okay with that since he did not care about overclocking. The processor overall surprised me, it is a very capable processor for gaming!

Motherboard: Picked because this mobo because of it's black and white detail, fit right along the goal color-wise(black and white). It is a z97 chipset which couldn't be better! 6 USB ports on the back, 4 of which are 3.0, really nice to have a lot of USB ports. No DOA issues whatsoever. Great MOBO!

CPU Cooler: I was skeptical about this, but it is very sophisticated, quiet, and has a range of RPM depending on the temperature which is very good considering the price! Wasn't planning on overclocking, otherwise I would probably get a better cooler. We ended up ripping off the Arctic 11 plus sticker off, as it would just look better with the build without it. Good News here!

Memory: I had no doubts that the Kingston HyperX Fury 2 x 4 8gb would get the job done. Not much to say about them, they look great and flush with the build. Fit great and don't protrude too much if you are wondering about the cooler. Thumbs UP.

Storage: WAY quieter than the previous choice, the Hitachi 2tb HDD. I never recommended Hitachi as I know of their reputation, but it was insisted last time. The Western Digital 1TB HDD is fantastic! Quiet, fast, and I can't tell it is even there.

GPU: A loud card, doesn't get too hot, but is loud. In fact, it was way too loud. So I ended up installing the "MSI afterburner" software for my friend so he could manually manage the fan speeds. I tell him to frequently keep an eye on the temperature after gaming for a long time. It works! Even with the card being made with Gigabyte. Very stylish, and does take anything you throw at it easily in 1080p gaming. I would recommend another card, but all is well in the end.

Rainbow 6: Siege: Highest settings, 60 FPS all the time, no noticeable dips below.

The Division: Highest settings, 60 FPS all the time, rare dips.

The Forest: Highest settings with environment mods, 60 FPS with no drops.

Overwatch: Highest settings, 60 FPS all the time, no dips.

Case: A relative had this case and had a outstanding experience. That has definitely resonated here, NZXT does an outstanding job on their cases. Came with two amazing fans and is a fantastic case. Already installed stand-offs, great positive pressure throughout the case as well. Window is very clear, and gives you a great view of the "eyecandy" inside. Seriously seamless design, NZXT has never disappointed me when it comes to their cases.

PSU: Would have preferred a semi, or fully modular design. But with NZXT cases, they allow for you to easily manage a large amount of cables in the bay below. A great choice and EVGA is taking care of the power.

I feel there was a lot of positive to talk about in this build, almost too much. Everyone is happy with the outcome and it is a great PC build!

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 4 points

Please move the GPU to the top slot. Other than that looks pretty good. +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

Agreed

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Posted it below, submitter has already replied to, but performance wise, it isn't necessary to put it in the top spot. Unless you are wanting it there for airflow/looks. Also, the slot you put it in should be a x8 Source: http://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/2488-pci-e-3-x8-vs-x16-performance-impact-on-gpus

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

You gotta admit it would look nicer there though ;)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Personally yes lol

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 42 months ago
  • 4 points

I got broads in Atlanta.

Seriously though, sick build! NZXT is awesome and I love their customer support. I asked for a replacement window but unfortunately they were out of stock. 23 days later, the same guy emails me that he just sent a panel to me and it will arrive in a week! That's pretty insane.

Also, +1 for using an R9 390. I love the appeal of that card. 8GB of useful Vram, 1440p and 4k ready, cheap and getting even cheaper, this card right here is the shizznet!!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, NZXT is really a great brand. :D This build makes me jealous that it's not mine!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I have almost the same type of PSU and Case both are godly

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Good theme. Make sure to pick up an ssd when you can afford one. It's like using cable internet vs dial up :D

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

dude sick build. I love how clean and minimal it looks great work. id recommend getting another gpu as well and cross-fire. awesome build tho

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

If the bottom slot is a x8 PCI-E, performance loss is EXTREMELY small. If you like the look and airflow isn't a problem, I'd put it where you want it. Source: http://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/2488-pci-e-3-x8-vs-x16-performance-impact-on-gpus

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

It seemed to have been getting a bit hotter on the lower one, but for looks sake, we put it back on the bottom since we felt it didn't affect it to the point where it would actually bother my friend. Thanks for the guide!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

nice, love the clean look

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, worked hard on it!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

You should just set up a fan curve on afterburner and make it start up with the system. That's what I do because it's a million times easier then doing it manually for every game. I never have to look at the temps or fan speed because I did it right and made sure it would never go over 75c. Also. Curious why you chose to put the gpu in the bottom slot?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I might set that up, thanks for pointing that out to me. No reason why we decided on the bottom slot, there is a lot of good pressure in the case, figured it wouldn't make a big difference in cooling(I am assuming that you mentioned that because of cooling). Since it is a problem, we will probably end up moving it to the top one.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Please Put The GPU To The Top Slot For Better Looks And Preformance.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

A personal preference, agreed on performance difference though.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure why the GPU is on the bottom PCI-E Slot. But besides that, it's a pretty solid build!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man! It has been switched to the top slot fyi. :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

To all comments: We kept the GPU on the bottom for looks sake, as we didn't see much of difference other than the look.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean build indeed... Make sure to move your GPU to the top slot for maximum performance

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean!!! Even your room is Clean!! Awesome man.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

where did u get that star wars head.. plz let me know!