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Core i5-4690K / Radeon R9 290X Gaming PC

by philip


For our latest build video we put together an Intel Core i5-4690K based gaming PC. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0Zh4Zot95s. In the $1000-1100 price range, this build is a solid value for a gaming system.

Newegg has kindly put together a combo deal with the same parts we used in the video (with the exception that they also upgraded the hard drive from a Western Digital Caviar Blue to a Western Digital Caviar Black):


The Intel Core i5-4690K is an outstanding CPU that is easily overclocked for additional performance. We included a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO to help keep temperatures low.

The NZXT S340 is solidly built case that is fantastic to work with. Cable management is a breeze - with plenty of room to route cables, plenty of wire tie points, and a power supply shroud to hide the excess. This is our second build video with the S340, so I was very excited to get to build in it again.

Hope you enjoy the video - let us know what you think!

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Niyawa 11 points 47 months ago

The 212 EVO seems to be always the go to for value builds, and from the benchmarks I've seen I can agree it holds up pretty well for the price. I'd like to think that people should give a chance to the Scythe Kotetsu as well though. SPCR review indicates that it gives near NH-D15 performance while being less expensive (MSRP of $35 vs $100) as well quieter than the 212 EVO. A higher value all things considered.

In my opinion, a power supply is the most important part in terms of stability so I'm relieved there's a gold unit in there, but according to jonnyguru's review, the build quality and overall package in the RM line are not up to Corsair's usual standard. They seem to have slacked on the soldering and other important internal componentry on this unit in particular so wouldn't that make the Seasonic SSR-650RM a better value instead? As it is in the same price range, and scores much higher on his ranking (8.7 vs 9.8).

I won't argue that the S340 is a good value, but that would be at the $70. For $82 I'd pick the $90 Phanteks Enthoo Pro (no window) instead. Better dust-filters, more flexible hard drive cage implementation and overall more potential for better cable management (thanks to the velcro straps and whatnot). Case is a very personal thing though, so ultimately you should pick the one you like the most. Speaking purely in feature and value terms however, that seems to be the better deal.

Other nitpicky things would be the RAM, at this price point I'd expect 16 GB at least. Any SSD should be fine for consumer needs, but I'd go with the Samsung 850 EVO line for their warranty and performance. I wouldn't buy a hard drive that prices itself on more than $40/TB unless on budget which certainly isn't the case here. I don't know why you choose that motherboard but I'd go with the Z97-A as it seems to have better VRM, which from what I learned, should be the priority when overclocking is involved. Besides, motherboards don't do much for performance, but they do a lot for stability. $20 more for an overall better package wouldn't hurt at this price point. Both 970 and R9 290X seems to perform similarly on 1440p benchmarks from Anandtech's bench with one outperforming the other depending on the game so... I'd choose the 970 one because the Strix has a fanless mode built-in and Maxwell is more power efficient, which means more potential silence since you can run fans at lower RPM. I also heard a lot of bad things about AMD's drivers but refer to the end of this comment before jumping on me for that statement.

I'm aware this build had a video which means you might just have had to salvage some parts regardless, but here I am writing this anyway. I've never built a PC before but I've been researching, so I nitpicked a few things for the sake of doing so since I'm wondering if I'm in the right direction. I came up with a build that is relatively close in terms of price so I'd appreciate some feedback as well.

LonghornAlamo2040 4 points 47 months ago

Think this is a solid build overall. I would buy it if I didn't care about AutoCAD. Just one concern...

I checked the power draw on the STRIX and it needs an additional 250w as headroom so it may stretch its legs. A PSU of 850w is more than adequate. No complaints about the STRIX itself, I would buy it were I not so concerned about budget.

And there's my comment about my heaving preference for 16GB RAM lol :3

I'm having trouble finding reviews for the Kotetsu Scythe. Where did you find your info?

Niyawa 2 points 47 months ago

The link to the review is embedded in the post (just click in SPCR).

Thanks for the feedback, appreciate it.

LonghornAlamo2040 2 points 47 months ago

Oh, I completely missed that link lol.

Color me impressed, the Kotetsu Scythe is hellova cooler.

You're welcome for the feed back bro :)

CaptainKendo 1 point 46 months ago

Would this build be of a better value at around 1000 dollars, I realize that you still need to purchase a monitor, keyboard, mouse and windows but you also get a watercooled i7-5820k and an r9 290x and a ddr4 motherboard.


Yoyomah20 1 Build 0 points 46 months ago

Your build is almost 20% more expensive! I realize you said it was realtively close in terms of price, but there is always a way to make a build better if you are willing to spend 20% more. At this price point, this is a pretty solid build. I will agree with the power supply, though. You can get an EVGA 750B2 for $40 cheaper and put the money elsewhere. I think 8GB is perfectly fine for the $1000 price point.

Niyawa 2 points 46 months ago

Nah, prices fluctuate too much for this sort of argument. If the difference now is 20%, at one point it was 5%. Look for the quality of components, their use case, your specific use case and then decide how much you're willing to spend from there.

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MashedBrotatoes 6 points 47 months ago

Opinions on this card vs a similarly priced 970?

Trogdor8freebird 5 points 47 months ago

I think it's smarter in the long run to go with the 970. It runs cooler, it consumes less power, its price is lower more often than not, its performance is nearly identical with the only real factor being whether the game's AMD optimized or Nvidia optimized. Yeah, there are a few things I think he could've changed to make this build less than $1000 and be a bit better overall. It's not a bad build by any standard though.

Huddy40 1 point 47 months ago

the 970 has 3.5gb of vram so I'm not sure how smart it would be for the long run. One may argue the opposite depending on your resolution and resolution in the future is only going to get more dense. So I disagree

Trogdor8freebird 3 points 47 months ago

It's also pretty darn rare for games to use anywhere near 3.5GB of VRAM even now. The fact that it still manages to perform similarly to the r9 290x even in the very few games that do use that much VRAM makes it no worse than a 290x. Most games like GTA V don't actually use up that much VRAM (in game settings are exaggerated greatly). Most of the games that do use up a ton of VRAM (Like Titanfall for example) only allocate extra VRAM and in turn you lose no real performance. Even in the extremely rare cases that a game effectively uses way too much VRAM (like shadow of mordor), the only time where there's a noticeably worse frame rate is at 4k resolution. Even 2k provides a negligible difference, and you're definitely not going to be 4k gaming on a single 970. This video shows that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjCod1_GizI The only time where the 290x would be consistently better is if you're primarily playing Advanced Warfare, Shadow of Mordor, and maybe one or two other games at 2k+ resolution. At 1080p though, the 3.5GB "issue" is really a non-issue.

Huddy40 1 point 47 months ago

From my understanding the 970 struggles with GTA V at 1080P @ full settings.

lambo75 1 Build 2 points 47 months ago

I definitely wouldn't say it struggles...


Yoyomah20 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

It's not darn rare for games to use anywhere near 3.5GB VRAM. I have a 970, and I VERY OFTEN have to turn down textures in order to stay under 3.5GB. It gets very annoying not having the full 4GB...

ZombieStew 2 points 47 months ago

Actually, the 970 has 4Gb of VRAM. Yes, the last 0.5 Gigs is on a separate partition, but the performance drop is only 1-3%. It is still a phenomenal card, but people are so quick to jump to conclusions and slander for brand favoritism.

If you're looking to play at resolutions higher than 1440 you shouldn't be buying a $300 video card.

Huddy40 2 points 47 months ago

that last .5 gigs being on a separate partition essentially make it irrelevant memory, since your not going to be able to take advantage of all 4 gbs of it. I agree the 970 is a great card but so is the 290x. Also 1440 does demand higher end gpus but there are reasons to be running a $300 card at 1440, like in the process of upgrade your build which we all do from time to time.

Yoyomah20 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

1-3% performance drop? The memory on that 0.5GB partition has 1/7th of the bandwidth. When I go over the 3.5GB mark on my 970, I go from smooth 60-90 fps to an immediate 10 or even lower fps. It is definatley not 1-3%

vagabond139 5 Builds 0 points 47 months ago

The r9 290x will run nearly as cool as a gtx 970 if you get a decent model and actually the r9 290x is usually cheaper and there are gtx 970's out that draw as muchpower as a r9 290.

UndeadSold1er22 2 points 47 months ago

Only issue is the 970 has a better price to performance than both 280 models but honestly I think both cards are great and I would use them any day.

Trogdor8freebird 2 points 47 months ago

Yeah, they definitely do trade in price more than I thought. You'd have to pay quite a bit more though to get a cooler that makes the 290x run anywhere near as cool as a 970 though. At load temps, the 290x (default settings) frequently goes above 90 C while the 970 rarely goes above 65 C. Also, there may be 970s that draw as much power as the 290x - but I haven't seen it yet. I'm not saying there aren't any 290x cards that run cooler and draw less power than some cheap 970s, but the 970s are way more consistently cool and draw less power.

Huddy40 1 point 47 months ago

I have a r 290 tri x which granted isn't a 290x, but I have mine overclocked and while gaming at full load it never goes above 60 C.

vagabond139 5 Builds 0 points 47 months ago

The stock cooler is all you need, the MSI Lighting runs around 65C and the PowerColor PSC+ runs around 70C. The Gigabyte G1 draws around 280 watts at full load. I wouldn't call 3-5C a lot more cooler.

Trogdor8freebird 2 points 47 months ago

Where are you getting your information?

seabass121 -2 points 47 months ago

no its not, on average a decent r9 290x is like $400 dollars, and the msi version of the 970 is only $330, the msi is the best. And the 970 makes the 290x look so stupid.

The 290x will not run as cool as a 970, 95 degrees C for the 290x after a game, and around 60 degrees C on the 970.

The 970 minimum power supply wattage is 500. The 290x is 750. So is it cooler, I think not.

Finally not even reference 970's get to even 80 degrees C.

Typical AMD fanboy.

vagabond139 5 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

I am by far a fanboy, a fanboy won't be considering buying a Nvidia card. Only the reference model gets that hot and the MSi version isn't the best depending on what you mean, the best overclocking GTX 970 is the Galax HoF followed by the Gigabyte G1. The MSI Lighting runs around 6C hotter than a GTX 970 and the PSC+ which is currently around $300 only runs a tad bit hotter than the MSI Lighting and it is a decent card so you are about $100 off. The minimum wattage depends on which GTX 970 you are talking about, the G1 draws as much power as GTX 970. You are clearly a fanboy, I'm not the one who made a biased statement like this below.

970 makes the 290x look so stupid.

Have a good day.

dking87 1 point 46 months ago

wtf 95 degrees what are you smoking my card has never went above 65 degrees and that's in a NZXT H440 case at full load i really dont get where these 290x high temps coming from it sits at 35 degrees idle i also have a 620 seasonic psu that powers my 290x and i5 perfectly fine also the 290x was 60 pound cheaper here in the uk thats almost 100 dollars more

asher65 5 points 47 months ago

Why not a 970?

TechL.T.I.A -1 points 47 months ago

becouse 290x is cheaper... and also dosent falls behind masively

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azureharp7 5 points 47 months ago

great build i think the 970 being almost the same price it is a little better then the 290x you picked out. from the benchmarks i have seen it seems to have at least 2% more power and runs cooler. At least from what i have seen for i have not built a pc. On a side note anyone think its funny how im a the xbox 360 internet browser puting a build together.

Nexofedex_99 1 Build 5 points 47 months ago

Why Not Put a 970?

Sacrimone 1 Build -1 points 47 months ago

Why not 4GB of VRAM? ;)

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manirelli staff 8 Builds 9 points 47 months ago

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nberends 3 points 47 months ago

Because of the whole Bitcoin mining thing going on recently, the AMD cards no longer deliver the power you'd expect when you pay the money. For this build I would have surely gone with a 970, especially since you went with an Intel processor. Other than that, I'd say you have a pretty solid build right here. Only thing I would add on is an additional 8GB of RAM, because (In my humble opinion), if you're gonna go high on the graphics card and CPU, more RAM is a sort of a "Heck, why not." kind of thing. But that's just me. Other people will think otherwise.

LonghornAlamo2040 7 points 47 months ago

I've been spoiled with 16GB RAM, so I want nothing less. Lol. But yeah all we need to game is 8GB. I haven't looked into Mushkin but I've heard it's a reputable brand just like G.Skill, Kingston, Crucial and Corsair. ADATA is on the rise too.

monkeybars 1 point 47 months ago

I had Mushkin years ago in an old build and it never gave me any trouble.

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jacobs4525 1 Build 7 points 47 months ago

That was last year, and has no effect on current pricing. Not sure which country you're in, but here in the U.S., AMD cards are much cheaper than their NVidia rivals.

smoke9 3 points 47 months ago

Can you explain what happened with BitCoin because I'm really really curius. I would appreciate.

nberends 0 points 47 months ago

Basically, everybody realized that AMD cards were great for Bitcoin mining, so they sucked up all the AMD GPU's on the market. This created a higher demand than AMD could output, so they raised the prices of all their cards to meet the demand.

jacobs4525 1 Build 9 points 47 months ago

That was last year. Prices have come back down and are even cheaper than they were at launch. The 290X performs marginally better than the 970 in most games for the same price.

smoke9 1 point 47 months ago

Thanks for explanation!

But I've heard that devices that are meant to mine bitcoins are much much better than the graphics cards. I cant give you specific device because i cant rememeber. Im thinking like bitcoin miners. I think you know what im thinking off. So why to buy graphics card wich cost 200-300 dollars when you can get bitcoin miner. Maybe miner is more expensive.

nberends -7 points 47 months ago

Basically people found the AMD cards were really good at Bitcoin mining. If this were two years ago, I would say go with an AMD card in a heartbeat because at the time they had better price per performance. But after their price raised they don't deliver in this same way.

JustinL 1 point 47 months ago

The Bitcoin craze was over a year ago, the 290x still crushes the 970 at a LOWER price point. Build looks solid, would have gone with a different PSU as $115 seems a bit much.

SpaceXD 3 points 47 months ago

Can't you just get a 970 for cheaper? theres a Palit GeForce GTX 970 for around £250 and I have been looking at reviews and its apparently pretty good. also, wouldn't 2x4 GB of RAM be better because of dual channeling (sorry i cant explain well, im still a bit of a noob. Other than that its looks good :)

timboroks 2 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

R9 290x is superior to 970 at 1440p and above due to higher bandwidth. I would prefer a 2x 4gb ram too(dual channel). Nice build over all. Almost same as my gaming build. People would argue about power consumption on 290x vs 970 too. But hey, $10-15 is gonna break their bank I guess.

laserpigofdoom 2 points 47 months ago

Too bad nearly no one plays at 1440p...

Huddy40 1 point 47 months ago

lolz, there are so many people that game a 1440p. A ton of the new gaming monitors from all the big companies are 1440p+, seems like a rather uneducated statement brah

laserpigofdoom 1 point 47 months ago

Compared to the amount of people running other resolutions, the amount of 1440p players is pretty much nothing.

A card being "better at 1440p" (whatever the hell that's supposed to mean (kidding - just making fun of your bad word choice)) is only a selling point lying on the SLIM chance that the consumer owns a 1440p monitor. Not to mention, of course, that a single 290x isn't really capable of maxing out a lot of recent titles (GTA V, FC4...) in 1440p, anyway.

Huddy40 1 point 47 months ago

I guess I just think saying "no one plays at 1440p" is inaccurate. Especially since the trend is moving towards 1440P and higher. I agree that the 290x isn't going to max out a lot of recent titles, that being said you could easily crossfire in the future when you deem fit and you wouldn't be losing any vram in comparison to the 970 especially with directX 12 on its way.

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vagabond139 5 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

There is no need to insult people, there are better ways to discuss something than calling someone names like a 5 year old and I reported you.

seabass121 0 points 47 months ago

Look man, chill, I did not try to insult you, I was just stating that you are giving false information on the r9 290. But I am sorry I was kind of a duchebag. I was just not having a great day then.

LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 47 months ago

I like all the parts on this list, some a little less that others but still-I like it. I just have one question. Why the slowest RAM? Why not spend just a wee bit more for 1800Mhz at least?

Niyawa 3 points 47 months ago

Since this build is gaming focused, I'm sure increasing the price for 1886 or a 2133Mhz kit wouldn't make too much sense giving the amount of evidence out there that says RAM speed doesn't matter too much unless iGPU/APU is concerned.

LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 47 months ago

Yeah your're right. Getting higher speeds is more geared for OC anyway.

Sacrimone 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Almost the same as my own current build. I approve.

Aceboyz 1 point 47 months ago

if i'd crossfire 2 r9 270x would i get better or worse results?

laserpigofdoom 2 points 47 months ago

Not worth it. I don't suggest going multi-GPU with lower-end cards

Aceboyz 1 point 47 months ago

ok thanks

Aceboyz 1 point 47 months ago

i've read some suff from tom's hardware, dual 270x's are better with a single monitor, however, a single 290x does have room for upgrading, i will weigh my options

Huddy40 1 point 47 months ago

Depends man, crossfire drivers and support are night and day compared to yester year. I currently am crossfiring 2 r9 270s and the scaling is impressive. I would say if you can find a used one from ebay for a good price I would go for it. Especially if you have the power supply for it.

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MagmaticMC 0 points 47 months ago

I agree with laser. Think of it like this: If you tie 2 stones to each other, does it make one diamond?

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MagmaticMC 1 point 46 months ago

It does when you're still struggling to understand that putting two buckets of milk next to each other doesn't fully double the quality of the buckets of milk, although it does give you twice the milk to start with. But twice the milk costs twice the COW. And doesn't give you twice the quality of CHEESE on your screen.

mutewit 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Thanks for the guide! I put together my system today and your video was very helpful in figuring out a sane order of actions. This is my first desktop build and I spent a good deal of the past 3-4 weeks hunting down deals. Let me know what you think!


Astronamia 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7jRMdC im thinking about this build at almost the same price. any faults??

YouTookMyJob 1 point 47 months ago

We replace those graphics cards at work... they are terrible, you're better off getting an MSI or a Zotac.

berko_max 1 point 47 months ago

Although this is called 'gaiming' do you think it would work well as my main pc for home. Also as a mini-storage unit/movie server and to be on 80% of the time?

jcd3rd 1 point 47 months ago

Philip, thanks for the excellent build and video! My son is wanting to build his first gaming machine, and I think this fits 95% of his needs. The video walks him right through the process. One question - is there another case you would recommend for this build that includes a external optical drive bay? I really like the simplicity of the S340 for his first build, (easy wire management, built in SSD mounts, easy power mount, etc) but he says he has to have a built-in optical drive. Thoughts on an equally simplistic, quality case with an external bay?

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

The closest thing I can think of is the Phanteks Enthoo Pro: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/phanteks-case-phes614pbk

It's very similar to the NZXT S340, but also includes 5 1/4" bays. I haven't personally built in one yet, but from what I've heard it's quite nice.

ManThunder 1 point 47 months ago

a 650w for a 290x, i thought 290xs use 750w?

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restlessmills 1 point 47 months ago

Is there a Canadian Newegg link for this combo?

zygo 1 point 47 months ago

How do you install the OS without an optical drive? Completely new to this!

Alessio749600 1 point 47 months ago

It must be done via USB. It is possible for it to be done on a hard drive or SSD that has been used in a build before and already has an OS on it. You cannot install an OS onto an external HDD. Refer to my friend Linus from LinusTechTips, Techquickie and NCIX Tech Tips for a tutorial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFJwiILbsdo

Thema5kedgamer 1 point 47 months ago

Could this run black ops 3 because the system requirements were released

A_Ginger 1 point 46 months ago

yes max settings easily

CelesTreeSloth 1 point 47 months ago

Why not run a Sapphire R9 290 Tri-x OC? i feel like you would bet better performance and a cheaper cost.

stan47 1 point 47 months ago

Can u guys give some advice to me idk much about pcs

TheCatOfLol 1 point 47 months ago

depends on what budget you're building on

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Alessio749600 1 point 47 months ago

Good build. The power supply is ****. Don't go for RM series go for CX or EVGA. Otherwise, solid.

ChaBoyJack 1 point 46 months ago

so i bought this pc but the parts didn't get the correct amount of screws to screw in the power supply and motherboard. can somebody pls help me with the situation.

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

The motherboard screws are included with the case. However, the screws for the power supply should come with the power supply and not the case.

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Bigbradford 1 point 46 months ago

Paying $450 for a 290x, considering the alternatives, is not a smart buy. Heck you can find used 290's which is almost as fast for $250 or less. Or you know, save yourself $70+ and just get a 970.

napm192 1 point 46 months ago

Hi, Thinking about this build; however, I only used my gaming pc to game. I don't storage anything on them. If I do, I use an external drive for that. Would be okay to have the SSD and not he HDD? Would affect the speed or the performance in games? specially RPG games?

Turd_Man_Joe 1 point 46 months ago

Hi i am very new to the "build your own PC" scene and i was wondering if this build could play GTA 5 on high. If it can how many FPS can i expect? ( this Question is probably stupid. Sorry )

duki512 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

How is the case? I was considering getting one of those but wasnt sure if it was durable, easy to work with, any concerns.

lifeoflopez 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Hey guys! I'm in the process of finalizing the parts for my FIRST gaming build and would REALLY appreciate some feedback and suggestions on a few components! I'm going for a black and green build theme and want to be able to run games in 1440p on at least High. I'll be starting out with one GPU before I get my second one for SLI relatively soon.

1) Intel i7-4790k 2) ASUS Z97-Pro (wifi ac) USB 3.1 3) MSI GTX 970 100me (will add a second soon) 4) 16GB Kingston HyperX Fury DDR3 1866Mhz (black) 5) Samsung EVO 850 250GB SSD 6) Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB HDD 7) Case: NZXT H440 Razer Edition 8) PSU: Corsair RM 650W 80+ GOLD (This is the part I'm most confused about, I'm not sure exactly how much I need, especially since I'll be upgrading to SLI soon. I also might get a dedicated Sound Card in the future. Also, do I need to allocate power for the mouse, keyboard, monitor, and speakers as well?) 9) CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i or NZT X61 (I cant decide between the two and really don't know how well they'll perform with the restricted air flow of the H440. A focus of mine is to keep everything running as cool and most importantly, as QUIET, as possible.)

Last thing, what fans (preferably with Green LEDs or just solid black) would be great cooling and quietness to replace the stock fans, radiator fans, and a fan for the GPUs? Rule out Noctua please, even though theyre great, they are HIDEOUS!

Thank you so much guys!

fearmadara 1 point 46 months ago

hi i have a new build with msi a78m-e35 and athlon x4 860k but no gpu yet.my ram is g.skill (2x4gb) 2133mhz. The problem is when i turn on,no display came out and it beeps 1 long and 2 short beeps..can anyone help me?thanks

fearmadara 1 point 46 months ago

hi i have a new build with msi a78m-e35 and athlon x4 860k but no gpu yet.my ram is g.skill (2x4gb) 2133mhz. The problem is when i turn on,no display came out and it beeps 1 long and 2 short beeps..can anyone help me?thanks

cdelgado542 1 point 46 months ago

Hi @philip, i need a motherboard that has an optical port. What is the best substitute that you would recommend?


Alphaftermath 1 point 46 months ago

Hi its my first time building my own pc. I've play on my laptop and i want to play gta 5 or ARK. I just copied your build but some were unavailable in Australia so i changed them just randomly selecting the ones that were not available can you have a check to see if there needs to be any change? http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/bPFvQ7

hulksmaaaasssshh 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

You can get a lower wattage PSU with that build. GTX 760 consumes a lot less power.

slachijt 1 point 45 months ago

why not a gtx 970

Death7 1 point 45 months ago

i'd recommend getting a better ssd and a velosoraptor

Wisdomteeth 0 points 47 months ago

you shouldn't have the r9290 okay the gtx 970 might not use the whole 4gb but it still kicks the r9290s *** and i think its cheaper so you should definitely change the video card

machinegun90 -1 points 47 months ago

Would an XFX R9 270x card work for this build?

Huddy40 4 points 47 months ago

What does this even mean? This build has a pci 3.0 slot so yes it would work....confused I am.

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kingfreeman1 -4 points 47 months ago

the cpu is going to bottleneck the gpu performance

Hman1250 1 Build -5 points 47 months ago

Some people may be saying go with a 970, I disagree with that. This PC will crush all games when Windows 10 comes out thanks to the 290X. This PC is a DX12 ready PC. To those who haven't heard, a benchmark was put down showing that the 290X is as power as a Titan X in Direct X12, and is 33% faster than the GTX 980. Don't believe me? Here you go: http://wccftech.com/amd-r9-290x-fast-titan-dx12-enabled-3dmark-33-faster-gtx-980/

lambo75 1 Build 4 points 47 months ago

Maybe you should read the articles before you quote them...

"I should remind everyone that these are synthetic benchmarks which should not be taken as the be-all end-all performance metric. Also please keep in mind that the race for faster, more efficient DX12 drivers is still in its infancy and very much represents a leapfrog pattern at this point."

"All in all as mentioned previously, synthetic benchmarks are very rarely the ideal metric to reflect real world performance. So the numbers you see above should only be taken as a rough estimate of how much superior lower level APIs such as DX12 and Mantle are compared to established traditional approaches which is what DX11 represents today."

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Foged 5 points 47 months ago

This is really overkill.

LonghornAlamo2040 3 points 47 months ago

You don't understand.

All the RAM you need for gaming is 8GB. Anything more is unnecessary. You could have gone with a faster RAM for $150 too.

You don't truly need two SSDs, just one at 250GB-ish to serve as your boot drive and most often used programs that would benefit from SSD performance. Seagate HDD's are known to be more prone to failure, apparently. For SSD's go with Samsung's 850 EVO at 250GB. Go with Western Digital's BLACK series, at $150 for 3TB it's the best deal compared to WD's other BLACK HDD's...or other storage brands of similar reputation such as ADATA for SSD's.

For the case, just get the Phantom 630. It's the latest model and it just blows all the other Phantom cases away for only $20 more. Youtube it if you don't believe me and here's the link in the site: pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-cap630wm1.

You don't need that fan controller. Corsair's SP140 high-static pressure fans are better for replacing the Kraken x61's stock fans.

Get Corsair's k70 keyboard with Cherry MXRed switches, or other similar products.

ASUS wifi is better. Just better than what you slapped on the part list.

If I had to get a Logitech mouse, it would be the G502. Otherwise I would get Razer's Naga, but this is just IMO.

You clearly don't know how to put together a build. You clearly have no idea how well the i5 4690k performs.

Jordi_Bear 1 Build -2 points 47 months ago

jipster69 understands fine..

also 1066mhz is actually the slowest for ddr3 on pcpartpicker not 1600

nzxt s340 is my favourite looking case and also happens to be an excellent value case with wonderful cable management and nice and compact but still full atx case which is why I went with it, so there isn't much need for a huge case like the phantom 630, you could also get a gorgeous H440 and get it in the colour you want even. But if you were getting a large case around the same size as the phantom 630 I would get the Bitfenix Shinobi XL Window or the Raven RV03B-WA or even spent more and get the gorgeous corsair 760T/780T don't get me wrong the 630 is gorgeous, but there are also many more options to go with.

I don't have a fan controller as I don't have drive bays and don't need them, but they are extremely useful I've heard.

The devastator bundle is excellent value and perfectly fine and comfortable for gaming so I don't think jipster69 really needs the k70 for now.

Almost all wifi adaptors are very similar, it's really just your provider and the cables you use that determine your internet speeds and whether you have dual band or single band.

Mice are completely preference and depend on what games you play, the naga is an mmo mouse so not all people need that, I certainly don't.

And actually I believe jipster69 knows perfectly well how to put together a build as he has actually done it with proof unlike yourself, you merely have part lists, no completed builds. I've put together tonnes of part lists over the past few months changing my mind all the time. So don't knock jipster69 he's doing better than you since you think consoles are great too considering they really aren't, you can put together a pc for $200 that's heaps better than console. Consoles like PS4 and Xbone have AMD jaguar apu's not even a single graphics card so they are quite pathetic. So yeah don't knock jipster69 he's doing fine (defs get a little better gpu soon though ;))

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-4690K 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor 11W - 88W
Cooler Master - Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler 5W - 10W
Mushkin - Stealth 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR3-1600 Memory 7W - 7W
Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Mushkin - ECO2 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
XFX - Radeon R9 290X 4 GB Double Dissipation Video Card 75W - 300W
Total: 104W - 435W