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Update: I have overclocked the CPU to 4ghz and the GPU to 1.17 ghz. I simply could not resist overclocking the GPU because I have heard that this Gpu is one of the most overclockable Gpu's that there is. (dont quote me on that.) I also overclocked the cpu after I fixed the numerous heat problems that I was experenceing, I have not overclocked the memory yet, But I will when I have the time. I also dont want to fool around with voltage controlls eventhough that there is an option. Ill update later

First of all, huge thanks to the porofesionals at PC@NCIX.COM, and the experts at tomshardware.com . Also, a very large thanks to newegg.com, for providing everything in this build, and to my parents, for purchasing everything in this build.

Ok, now lets go through all of the componetnts.

CPU: Core i5-4670K

At the time that I purchased this CPU, It was on sale for the same price as the Ivy Bridge I was going to buy. I took this CPU instead of its Ivy Bridge counterpart because of a recomendation by a relative and because of the price difference between the two. This made me have to redo the choices for some of my build components. I am thinking of overclocking just a tiny bit because its unlocked, and because of the presence of the next component.

CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 EVO

The obvious choice for an afternarket CPU air cooler. Great reviews and cooling potential. Unfortionatly, I had a small issue with the thermal paste application and so the CPU temps on the right are slightly higher than they should be. I will update ASAP.

Thermal Compund: Arctic Silver 5

The Gold Standard. Enough Said.

Motherboard: Z87-A

A high quality ASUS motherboard that has many features and that I managed to get for just under $100.

RAM: Ripjaws X 8GB

8GB of Dual Channel Ripjaw X RAM for <$50? You have got to be kidding. :P anyway, Held up for 12 hours of Memtest86 on default settings with 0 errors.

HDD: Caviar Blue 1TB

WD was highly recomended by many sites and people, and the 1TB version is within my budget.

GPU: GTX 760

I bought MSI's version of the GTX 760, because while it had a lower clock rate than any other manufacterer version of the 760, I was rated the best for heat production and noise level. It also had some of the best reviews on newegg for a GPU.

Case: HAF 912

HAF stands for High Air Flow, and Cooler Master wasn't kidding about that when they created this case. This case has some of the largest set of features that I have ever seen in a case for <$50. Cable Management, Support for up to 6 fans, and the removable HDD cage makes this one of the most versitile cases I was able to find.

Case Fan: 2x Megaflow 200mm

These fans are great because 1. They spin at lower RPM than most other fans, generating less noise. 2. While spinning at slower RPMs, they move more air than most 120 mm fans. 3. They have cool blue leds.

PSU: 650w, Gold, Modular

At first I was very sceptical of this PSU. "A Gold Rated 650w Fully Modular PSU for $50? No Way". I was this sceptical because Corsair are usually the go to company for PSUs. But I took the chance and I dont regret it.

Optical Drive: DVD/CD Writer

Something Cheap just so I could install an old copy of windows 7 ultimate.

Keyboard: Sidewinder X4

Possibly the Best Keyboard for that price range. The backlit keys look amazing, and the keyboard comes equiped with six macro keys and seveal other media buttons.

Mouse: MX-100 IRON

Certainly an upgrade from the trackpad.

All in all, I think I did a nice job with the planning of this build and the build itself. Every fan spot on the case is utilized and my cable management is decent. Im thinking of a few upgrades I could make latter. Mainly the GPU to a 770. A dual Fan Setup on the Hyper 212 EVO. And some 120mm led fans to match the Megaflows.

Link for the 3dMark11 Result: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7641605

Link for CPU-Z Validation: http://valid.canardpc.com/4t8cte

Link for FurMark (Used to Stress GPU): http://www.ozone3d.net/benchmarks/fur/

Link for Prime95 (Used to Stress CPU): http://www.mersenne.org/freesoft/

Link for Memtest86 (Used to Stress RAM): http://www.memtest86.com/

Link for CPU-Z (Used to Validate Build): http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, very similar to mine. Though, for your next upgrade, get a Samsung 840 pro 120 gb ssd. With their new rapid mode, I got up to 1264 mb/s read speeds on a single drive. +1

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats great advice and I was actually considering getting that exact model of SSD. But unfortionatly it was out of my budget. Maybe when its on sale.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build. Great job managing your budget while maintaining high performing parts.

Few tiny things though. You might want to rotate the fan for the EVO so the fan cable is closer to the motherboard. Doing this will allow you to route the ugly cable behind and back out to the motherboard. It's not entirely necessary but I strive for perfection with cable management. (Even though I fail every time)

And speaking of cable management, Grab a few zip ties. Start locking those things down. It will improve airflow (although not really necessary with this case and your fans).

The monitor might be a bit of a splurge but that's entirely subjective.

Great build :) Hope you enjoyed the experience!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Great! Thanks for the advice!

Im glad you liked my build. I certainly liked building it! :D

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty nice machine! I have the same processor and GPU, No regrets until now. Tomorrow will be the "Fire test": Battlefield 4 in ultra settings at 1080p. Have you test this system with that game? I would recommend the same than Emperor200: a SDD will improve windows and critical programs performance (not games hehehe, use HDD for those). Congrats and if you have a minute or two, give me your opinion about my builds.

Yours, Caroline.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

With just the base clock it should run cooler, same with the gpu, you must need better airflow. It's possible the low rpm fans aren't pulling enough air out/in. Would probably go +10C cooler with a more open case and a more aggressive cooler, then you could bump up the speeds :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I am using megaflow fans, but unfortionatly I have the fan at the back plugged directly into the power supply rather than into the motherboard. The exact same fan that is plugged into the motherboard and set to full speed is running visually slower than the one that is pluged into the power supply.

Based off of these observations, I am willing to bet that my motherboard is not supoplying enough power to each fan. I still want control over my fans, one way or another. So I am wondering if purchasing a fan controler will provide every fan with full power while granting me the ability to still control the fans. If so, please let me know.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Those megaflows, in the first place, are 700 rpm and no higher if the description is right, while your bolted on cpu cooler stock does 600-2000 and is 33% smaller. While the cpu fan is supposed to spin faster to dissipate heat you need to have something that almost matches it and more power to help circulate air through your system. Like I said, your case isn't helping that much either due to its oven like nature. Also make sure that horizontal fan right above the cpu cooler is pushing air since if its a puller with no airflow directed at it its not doing much. I don't like using extra slots to control fans so I can't say anything for your slower fan problem, Trying to figure out whether it would be better to connect the front fan to the slower motherboard power or the top. Front should be pushing air towards the mother board so its pulling the air from outside the case, basically everything should be pointed towards the motherboard except for the rear fan which needs to be fast to exhaust all the heat out efficiently. Long story short: I would get a faster fan for the back, maybe +900rpm? and if you don't want to upgrade the case look into a H100i watercooling unit, its REALLY simple. Just overall the ventilation leaves much to be desired. It is a good build but airflow just isn't as good as it could be. Hope this helps :) P.S. Links to possible fans. 200mm - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835345039 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/bitfenix-case-fan-bfflpro20025wrp 120mm - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/silenx-case-fan-efx1215b http://pcpartpicker.com/part/masscool-case-fan-bld12025v1

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Great, thanks for the advice ad the links. I consider your advice when I open it up again for a revision (With these temps so high, that will probably be in a few days) :D

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I look forward to the results, though just make sure you keep track of purchase info in case it doesn't perform.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice rig! "Arsenic" - because it is a killer?

What case did you use? You have HAF 212 in the description, but HAF 912 in the parts list.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I'm guessing that you are one of the few people who knew that! :D

Sorry, my bad about the mixup. I am using the HAF 912 and I fixed the description.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

that case is cheesy. IMO, i think the insides look bad, but nice build, regardless

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, in my opinion too, the case is kind of cheesy. But It does ome with really nice features. While it does not have front pannel USB 3.0, the back pannel is not that far away, and I don't own any USB 3.0 devices.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sorry that I didn't clarify. i meant the insides. The exterior of the case looks alright, but the inside of the case, not even being black... Yuck... but hey dude, it works for you, so roll with it!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, that too is one of my problems with this case, (also, no rubber cable management covers. :P). However, I added a blue led fan on the side slot so it is not very visible. So its less of a problem with me now, I will try and update photos ASAP

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Blue always works. I have blue LED in my build too. So sexy...