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I use this PC for audio recording and editing. To be said, it does this EXTREMELY well, so I certainly can't complain. It's overclocked to 4.4 GHz and remains at ~38-40° C during idle and moderate use. I haven't really put it under load, and as such, never seen this thing go above 45°. I built this with a few ideas in mind: A) I wanted to air cool; I'm just not too crazy about water cooling. B) I wanted the option to put WHATEVER I wanted in here. C) I wanted something that would last me 4+ years in the foreseeable future.

Were I to do anything differently, I would definitely chuck that Kingston V300 and grab a Samsung 850 EVO; for just a few bucks more, you get monstrously better performance.

The whole system runs quiet, works great, and looks sleek and minimal too.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 4 points

I use this PC for audio recording and editing. <--- anybody bother to actually read that? Not sure how an R9 290X 4GB GPU would improve his audio recording... I don't see any mention of gaming in the description or name. Did I miss something?

Not every PC on this site is about gaming...not every machine needs a badass GPU to do what the builder intended.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly!

Though the option is lovely, I frankly don't game enough to justify the cost, you know?

I also only use a single monitor (how 'bout that ****?!). I've considered possibly grabbing a better monitor some day, but my current desk is so small, I would need a new desk too! Money Money Money Money Money, right?

Thanks for the vote-of-confidence!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

That GTX 750 Ti 2GB card is a bargain beast. I built a new gaming machine for my wife, and that was the card of choice. She's addicted to Diablo III and her PC is hooked up to our 65" TV in the living room. That card is MORE THAN ENOUGH for how she games.

Too many people on this site fixate on the GPU. If you are hardcore 100% gaming, maybe that's the way to go...but I think they lose sight of the fact NOT EVERYBODY IS A GAMER. Or at least a hard core gamer. Not everybody, not every build, has to have that bleeding edge GPU that you pay top dollar for and is replaced by faster and cheaper in the market place within weeks of release.

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

This is most definitely not a very good usage of money.

Should've gotten this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $226.69 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.75 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $100.98 @ Newegg
Memory GeIL EVO POTENZA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $60.98 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $49.97 @ NCIX US
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.63 @ OutletPC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 290X 4GB TurboDuo Video Card $312.98 @ Newegg
Case NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case $148.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ NCIX US
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.75 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $87.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1210.60
Mail-in rebates -$60.00
Total $1150.60
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-04-04 12:50 EDT-0400
  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, i spent basically the same amount of money and got way better performance out of it. check my build if you like.

  • 58 months ago
  • -1 points

i7 is an excellent choice for engineering calculations and compiling long lines of code.

Although that 970 might suffer in some games due to its 3.5 GB of VRAM...read this:

http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/2vcepp/discussion_4gb_vram_being_used_at_1080p_in_2/

Great clean build though and you used good logic. Gave it a +1.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate the comment man. I know, the 3.5 GB gets to me sometime when i play game such as shadow of mordor but the rest of my other games don't use more than 3.5 GB. I really wanted to sell my 970 and get a 980 but since i found out that nvidia is coming out with the 8GB version for the 970 so im going to hold off until they're available.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a fan of that Bronze PS. I grabbed the 600w PS because the Gold+ below it was only a few bucks cheaper. It also gives me expansion room in the future, should I ever wish to upgrade the GPU.

I mostly spent the money I had on "nicer" parts. On the parts that I wanted to keep longer. With a cleaner power supply, I can run everything cooler and improve longevity. It also benefits the total system temp. and lets me run pretty quiet for an air-cooled system.

I actually really like that MB; thanks for sharing :) The MB was probably my trickiest piece, oddly.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I just want to ask, if you had a $1500 budget why go with GTX 750 Ti? I mean you couldve bought a cheaper Z97 motherboard (something like a Gigabyte or AsRock) and also that Corsair PSU is so overkill. You couldve dumped all the money into a stronger card like a GTX 760 which hovers around $180-200 or a 960 for around $200-220 or a R9 280 for $200-230 depending on which models. Lastly, I just wanna say congrats on your build and I hope you're very with it! Maybe post some benchmarks?

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

He doesn't need that good of a graphics card,probably why he went for a 750 ti.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Just because I CAN spend $1500 outright, doesn't mean I need to. I spent months deliberating parts and pieces. I created this PC with a few things in mind: flexibility, upgradability, and longevity. The last time I bought a PC, it lasted me over 4 years. Hell, that PC is still kicking!

I chose the Switch 810 case for 2 specific reasons. It was my first build, so I wanted something easy to work in; lots of space, easy cable management, etc. I also wanted a "foreseeable future" proofing. Basically: any component that comes out in the next 5 or so years will fit into this thing.

I chose the overkill power supply in the event I ever DID want a better graphics card. I have friends and family that can adopt the 750 Ti should I ever move on. Frankly, I actually really enjoy its performance! Every game I have shown interest in runs perfectly. I'm not much of a +AAA title guy XD

I mostly use this machine to record and edit audio! The money I didn't spend on the GPU went towards the Focusrite Saffire Pro 14 Firewire Audio Interface (and a firewire card). With it, I can live monitor through my PC with a round-trip latency of 2.8 ms (short enough to comfortably monitor VO).

Thank you for your input! I really do appreciate the info :)

My next step would probably be water cooling (nothing fancy, just an all-in-one closed loop).

What kind of benchmarks would you have in mind?

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

All the hating on the GPU...makes me wonder if any of these people have owned, or actually used a GTX 750 Ti, or just read benchmarks and base comments off that? I have one in a new machine I built for my wife a few months ago. I paired it with an Intel G3258 CPU and overclocked it to 4GHz. For 1080p gaming, this combo gives an unbeatable price/performance value that is amazing.

That card is FAR better than non owners will ever realize based off what they read.

Will it give 120+ FPS on AAA titles at 4K resolution? Of course not. But look at all the players around the world on consoles...this card trounces console graphics. Yet it's not top of the line bleeding edge...and it gets ragged on. Makes no sense to me. This is the product that should be luring gamers from console to PC.

  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice little build. any plans to upgrade the gpu?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Not currently, but I was definitely a thought. I am planning on keeping this system for as long as possible. With the proper care, maintenance, and upgrades, I am hoping to keep it at least 5 years!

I purchased the overkill PS with the possibility to upgrade should I ever get more into gaming.

Thanks for your question :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

This 750Ti isn't gonna be that great in the foreseeable future!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

True, but I don't game too much. Everything I've run so far works great for me. I don't play anything recent, hardly. And I don't play much too often anyhow.

However, with my current PS, I could easily upgrade to practically anything, should I want to.

Thanks for your input :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

true :)