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Build Guide

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

by philip

NOTE: A more recent version of this guide is available here.


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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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 435W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $307.48 FREE $307.48 Amazon Buy
CPU Cooler $34.99 -$10.00 FREE $24.99 Newegg Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
$44.89 FREE $44.89 OutletPC Buy
Video Card
Power Supply
Base Total: $387.36
Mail-in Rebates: -$10.00
Total: $377.36
* Using your selected merchants and only including nearby in-store pickup prices)
* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

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Smolenski 1 point 47 months ago

When you make these builds could you put in a OS?

Veizin 2 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

How are these builds financed? Do you pay out of pocket? PCPP's funds? Newegg sponsored? Sponsored by manufacturers?

Also, what happens to the rig after it's built?

Just curious.

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Veizin 2 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Does he say that in the video?

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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