Description

Issue with old machine was that the RAM could not keep up with the new credit card processor, so it would take 1-2 minutes to load each step of paying with a card (not good for a busy day). I was given a budget of $800 (which this cost at the time). Only complaint was the cases hidden side (where you feed wires through for cable management) is very narrow, so it was somewhat difficult to fit all the wires in, but it worked. Everything worked from the first bootup, smooth sailing. When using remote access to set up our inventory system, the tech guy from that company said it was the fastest PC he's ever remotely accessed. I built this about 6 months ago, held off on writing this to make sure everything stayed fast and operational, and it has. PC actually boots to login screen faster than the monitor turns on.

  • EDIT: Build has Z97 Mobo, but im sure the H97 is still fine
  • EDIT 2: Just noticed i misclicked when picking the RAM, it has the 2x8 (16GB) of that RAM stick.

Part Reviews

CPU

hands down the best CPU for users who do not need hyperthreading.

Motherboard

actually received a Z97

Memory

i dont think its possible to have enough programs open to slow down this PC.

Storage

so light it feels like theres nothing inside, extremely fast, easy to use.

Storage

not much to say. great money per bit

Case

again the hidden bay is narrow, and doesnt have an out-fan, but all in all its a good sized, aesthetically pleasing case. Just buy an extra fan if you are going to be gaming or overclocking (PC is on 8 hrs a day at the job and never overheats)

Power Supply

only ~175W pull, so this is more than enough. Have never had issues with this line of PSU, but others have.

Optical Drive

disc tray is a disc tray. does the job.

Operating System

had some issues with compatibility with programs, not entirely W10 fault, but still think windows 7 is the best one

Wireless Network Adapter

does the job, best value, theres a reason this is the standard one everyone buys.

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Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 4 points

Why bother with a 4690k if no z97 to overclock it?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

only $10 more than the 4690, not really a reason not to

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

But the performance is the same if not overclocking.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Clcok rate is higher still.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it, I just checked they are both 3.9Ghz max turbo and the same base clock and on top of that the 4690 has many business features that the K does not, for the ops purpose for the PC, saving that 10 dollars would have made sense, http://ark.intel.com/compare/80811,80810, just look at the yellow differences.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I must have confused it with the I7-4790 and 4790K which have different stock clocks. My bad.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Future upgrade for an AIO or even an air cooling heatsink to up that clock rate would be smart.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

it's a POS computer with no GPU. I doubt the overclock would help any further, even on a busy day.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Not bad!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a pretty solid budget build!

+1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I am curious as to why you have a "H97" Asrock board listed but the photo seems to indicate a "Z97" board which is better long term and gives you the ability to overclock should you choose......... Or am I missing something?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

the box says H97 Pro... must have been a packaging error. free upgrade :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotta LOVE the freebies !!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it's the most powerful POS I have seen. I haven't seen a lot of them but this one rocks.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats one fast POS machine! However, I think your power-supply is mounted upside down. Typically that intake fan should be pulling in from outside the case. Most cases will have a perforated and/or filtered cut-out on the bottom or top of the case where the power supply pulls in fresh air from outside and then exhausts it out the back of the case/PSU. Lastly, you might want to consider adding an exhaust fan up top, looks like your case probably takes a typical 120mm fan.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah in my reviews i noted the missing fan, havent had overheat issues but its something we will be adding whenever we get around to it. I did have it mounted upside down, but i corrected it when i tried to turn it on. Picture was taken during build phase, so that was realized shortly after it was taken

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I am confused why you have an H97 board listed in your parts list but in the pictures the board says Z97. Am I missing something?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

packaging error, there was another picture of the box that i deleted because of private info, but it said H97

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hate to be the third to say it, but you got a Z97 board not an H97. So it's either a user error in listing it or you got the greatest used "H97" of all time

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

packaging error but i will update

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