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Best All Around Build at Under $900

by anassiri



Date Published

Aug. 16, 2015

Date Built

Aug. 16, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

48.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.241 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


I spent a few months price hunting and part stalking, and this is the end result of all my efforts. For under 900 dollars I put together a build that features a liquid cooled i5 unlocked CPU, Nvidia GTX 960 with 4GB VRAM, 16 GB of 2400 Freq. RAM, a 240GB SSD with 550 read/530 write speeds, upgrade potential to SLI, and a built in WIFI Hotspot/Receiver. Not to mention a sexy end result that makes you drool as you look through the humongous side window of the NZXT S340. As for more storage, I already had a Caviar Blue 1 TB, but you can substitute any amount of memory into here plus another solid state depending on your own memory needs. All Max GPU temps were recorded while using two monitors for the Fire Strike Benchmark from 3DMark. Max CPU temp was obtained through the physics test that pushed the CPU to 100% usage during the same Fire Strike benchmark.

Part Reviews


There are already plenty of reviews for this CPU out there. Basically can't go wrong with it. Super fast and super overclockable, you sure won't be bottlenecking any GPU's with this thing.

CPU Cooler

This CPU Cooler has given me no problems so far, I have my 4690k overclocked to 4.3 GHz and my core temps stay relatively low both while idle and while under stress. I highly recommend it if you're looking for a budget liquid cooling solution.


I'll be honest, this board is going to be outdated in a couple of years when DDR4 and those fancy new format solid state become the standard, but for now, and for this budget, the board has treated me like a king. Its got looks, great support and features, and plenty of room to add accessories. Did I mention it looks awesome?


The saying goes "RAM is RAM", but this ram is just better ;). 16 Gigs is plenty for any build, and the 2400 frequency really ramps up the speed. Just be sure to change your BIOS settings to match the CAS latency, voltage, and frequency! This color scheme also matches the motherboard perfectly.


To be honest, this was the real star of the show in my build. My startup time on windows 10 after a night of being shut down is only 7 seconds! That's ridiculously fast coming from my last computer. Everything on it boots super fast and file transfers are so fast its like there's no wait at all. The 530 write speeds really show in this SSD.

Video Card

Now this thing is not going to be good for 4k gaming let me start with that. HOWEVER, if you play games like CS:GO , Osu!, League of Legends, and Rocket League on a 1920x1080 monitor, this is more than enough. I overclocked my card to the point at which I match VR Spec through 3DMark's Cloud Gate Benchmark, ( http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/8252290? )and my GPU handles it perfectly, with temperatures never going above 75 C. 4GB VRAM should future proof you a bit, and allow for you to play on multiple screens (I'm using 2) easily. I have not played a game and had it go below 70 fps on max settings yet, so for me, Its a hands down winner at the price point.


Extremely stylish and simplistic, I got the Black/Yellow version from Micro Center which features re-usable PCI-E backplates. That model is not listed on this website's part list for some reason, however the case made wiring a breeze, and there was not even a second where I didn't know where I should be wiring my cables through. This is my first build, and thanks to this case, wiring could not have been any easier.

Power Supply

Well for 60 bucks you literally cannot get a better deal on a 750+ watt power supply with a gold rating. This PSU Gave me no issues at all and the semi-modularity didn't bother me for a second. Good for keeping excess cables at a zero too, I would never recommend a non-modular PSU as a side not, they're such a hassle to build with. It gave me no issues and powers everything perfectly.

Comments Sorted by:

SamuelGame 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

This is computer ****

16TTek 2 points 37 months ago

you should sli this bad boy card!

rosemountboy 1 point 43 months ago

You paint that yourself? If so it looks awesome

jcanales714 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

The case comes that way. Only place I've seen it is at micro center

OnilEssallal 1 point 43 months ago

Nice choice of parts for the price! Only thing I would've chosen differently is the GPU and go with a R9 380 but then again they both have their differences, congrats on build looks awesome too! +1

LaTree 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Nice case.

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jcanales714 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

The case is a micro center exclusive. The micro center in California has a lot of them.

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