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Client Build - Media Presentation (i5-4590, 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport, GTX 750 Ti)

by actechy

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45 Comments

Details

Date Published

Oct. 12, 2014

Date Built

Oct. 10, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.3GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.03GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4GHz

Description

This build is replacing an upgraded, but still under-powered, Dell Vostro tasked with pushing video to multiple monitors and processing live video switching using ProPresenter 5. The goal was a decent processor, SSD-based for quick file access and snappy boots and a case layout that would provide better cooling than the stock Vostro. Built on a budget as well as reusing parts.


CPU (i5-4590): I thought about similarly-priced AMD processors, but I just haven't been super impressed by them in the past, so I stuck with the trusty i5 at a decent stock clock. At $177 it's hard to beat. (TigerDirect)

CPU Cooler (Hyper 212 EVO): Nothing new here, just keeping things cool. Really thought about water-cooling just because the room this is used in is blazing hot 80% of the time, but I don't want any hassle with a dusty radiator and potential pump failure, etc. The EVO just works. Silently. (Newegg)

Motherboard (Gigabyte GA-H81M-DS2V): I like Gigabyte and this was a very reasonably priced, plain-Jane microATX board. Overall I really like the layout of this board and the 'performance' BIOS is really nice. (Amazon)

Memory (Crucial Ballistix Sport): Already on hand, excellent stuff. Don't need more and less won't do.

Storage (Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD): In terms of fast, reliable, SSD storage, Samsung is the best. This is a critical machine, so I didn't want to risk a lesser SSD even at the expense of saving some money. This thing is FAST. It's only a theory, but I'm hoping that having ProPresenter and it's files run on SSD will only help keep file access snappy. There's a re-purposed HDD for extra storage. (Amazon)

Case (CM 200N): I wanted a smallish footprint, and good cooling since the room this machine lives in is really hot most of the time, with lots of equipment constantly running. Overall, I like the case. There's a little bit of cable management behind the motherboard tray, but not enough for all the cables on a non-modular unit like the CX430. I hate to bundle cables, but didn't have much of an option. No 8-pin CPU cutout was a bummer, so I just tucked the 8-pin under the CPU cutout and cheated it. I like the vertical mounting options for storage and the overall aesthetic is really nice. (TigerDirect)

PSU (Corsair CX430): Pulled from the old machine, not much to say, it's a good power supply.

Graphics Card (Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti): Pulled from old machine, 2GB vram is just enough for this kind of work.

OS (Win 7 Pro):...because Windows 8. (DiscountMountain)

Extra: Picked up this Sunix USB PCIe Host Controller, because unfortunately this motherboard doesn't provide lots of USB hubs on the rear I/O, which is greatly needed in this case; just under-site on my part. (Newegg)

Other thoughts: I really wanted this build to turn out a little cleaner, but the lack of space behind the motherboard tray really kept me from making it super tidy. Overall, I'm pleased and it's a little work horse, which is exactly what is needed.

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friedfacekkk 1 Build 7 points 33 months ago

Good photography

actechy submitter 7 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Thanks, I appreciate it!

friedfacekkk 1 Build 3 points 33 months ago

Nice build too!

srs922 1 Build 5 points 33 months ago

Budget build with professional pictures? I love it. Good build!!

actechy submitter 7 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Thanks a lot!

SavNasty 3 points 31 months ago

Thank you for all the pictures, I have been considering this case with a very similar parts list. and your pictures sold me on this case.

actechy submitter 7 Builds 3 points 31 months ago

glad to have helped :)

karthikraman 1 point 26 months ago

Same thoughts here too!!

RyneSmith 7 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Fantastic! I would've gone with a cheaper SSD option but other than that no complaints!

I quite enjoyed the N200 and thought there was plenty of room to route cables and such (I manage cables like a madman though)

+1

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Yeah, I was pretty set on this particular SSD for speed/reliability/reputation/ personal experience, so I sacrificed some budget to get it. I took a peak at your N200 build, maybe I'll try throwing some more cables back there :)

Thanks!

RyneSmith 7 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Absolutely, Samsung makes great quality SSDs! I'm using that exact one in my rig now as well, no complaints other than I want a bigger drive for not anymore money :P

I really like the N200, it's one of the best cases on the market IMO (as well as the n600)

TheTekJake 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

The picture gods just jizzed their pants.

actechy submitter 7 Builds 3 points 33 months ago

haha I'll take that as a compliment!

alextargaryen 3 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

nice build!! and the photography is excellent!! +1

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Thanks, I appreciate that :)

diab0lix 2 points 33 months ago

Awesome build bro! I think I might invest in getting that case instead of the Rosewill Challenger because I liked how everything looked so compact and well organized instead having everything spread out with a mid-tower case. I have the same MOBO as you with a Intel Pentium G3420 3.20GHz processor. I plan on getting the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo too with a Asus Radeon R7-260X 2GB DirectCU II GPU. I would also like to ask how is the HDD/SSD racks/holders/whatever handle with that case?

diab0lix 1 point 33 months ago

Amazing photos btw. :D

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Thanks mate! I like the case a lot, plenty of airflow with a pretty nice layout. The actual HDD bay is nice, I may end up using it if I add more storage. If you can get by with just 2.5" storage, there are several nice options letting you take out that bay altogether. CM did a good job leaving the end user lots of options.

diab0lix 1 point 32 months ago

Good to know! :D

jacobs4525 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Nice pics. Does the 212 evo even fit in that case.

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Thanks! Yes, as long as you don't populate the fan mount on the side panel, it just fits.

jacobs4525 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Also, good choice with the 212 evo for cooling. I have the non-refresh version of this CPU and it's barely audible with the stock cooler, so liquid is unnecessary, and the EVO is perfect for quiet operation.

tpb1908 1 point 33 months ago

So the 212 evo fits. From building in the n200 (which I plan to buy) does it appear possible to fit a single radiator closed loop? E.g. the H80i and below? Thanks

tpb1908 1 point 33 months ago

Actually it appears to be able to fit either that or a dual radiator. Which I don't need. http://www.coolermaster.com/images/upload/images/case/N200-2.jpg

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Correct, should be plenty of space, good luck!

DeltasEcho 1 point 33 months ago

What made you subtract a star from that motherboard?

actechy submitter 7 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Nothing was a huge deal but only coming with 4 USB ports is a bummer, no internal USB 3.0 and, to me, oddly faced SATA ports. I knew most of these things going into it, but that's why the 4 stars.

Zambonie 1 point 33 months ago

Amazing Photography, and the part list is pretty amazing with budget in mind! I need to learn photography one day.. just one day.

+1

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Thanks! You should definitely go for it, photography is really fun and well worth learning, teaches you a lot about filming too.

alvaradodiego22 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Nice build ! What Camera are you using?

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Thanks! It's a Canon 60D with 50mm and 18-135mm.

archieyoxall 1 point 33 months ago

I like this case a lot! The photography was great and I hope to get a similar build!

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Thanks! Yeah, it's got a real nice, clean aesthetic going on!

Symnestra 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

How did you use three case fans when the motherboard only has two system fan headers?

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Magic ;)

I don't 100% remember, either I used a molex adapter and one fan runs full speed, or, more likely, a fan splitter.

TrapCity 1 point 20 months ago

Im planning on gettin a desktop like this so I was wonder if this pc give good FPS on CS GO on low setting or midium settings ? And how much do u guys will think it will hit ?

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

I'm sure this can pull of CSGO on High with reasonable settings!

noxcovenant 1 point 19 months ago

Would you be able to do a quick benchmark in a game like Fallout?

I'm curious how this thing performs frames per seconds-wise.

Nice photos.

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Sorry, it was a client build

asagilmore 1 point 15 months ago

nice! love the pics but there were some repeats of photos. :)

asagilmore 1 point 15 months ago

also could you see how it performs on some games like battle field 4.

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

haha, i guess that's bound to happen. I can't test it, it was a client build

polarbehr 4 Builds -3 points 33 months ago

unghhh so many box photos

actechy submitter 7 Builds 3 points 33 months ago

Sorry to bore you

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actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

You guessed it!

Sounds like a nice build! Haha, fair enough on Intel, they're both at the top of that list.

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