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HUGE thanks to Warlock and aludka from the forums for helping me out. Wouldn't have completed this build without them!

I originally budgeted $850 for this build, but that quickly turned into $1k, which ended up being almost $1100. I'd never built a PC before, and this was a nice learning experience. It has handled everything I've thrown at it with ease so far. It runs fairly quiet and cool, GPU hasn't been over 70* C yet, the most intense thing I've thrown at it so far would probably be Next Car Game 2.0 with tons of objects and cars flying around.

Eventually I would like to be able to run Oculus Rift, and the next upgrade before that will probably be a new desk, lol.

Just thought I would share. Comments and Criticisms welcome.

Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

I would get a cooler and overclock that CPU. Didn't see that it's locked. Pretty awesome build, +1.

  • 60 months ago
  • 4 points

That CPU is locked you can't overclock it

  • 60 months ago
  • 7 points

Oh yeah. Derp.

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

it's ok :D

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

I've made that mistake so many times...

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

While this build does offer great bang for your buck and such, please take no offense to what I personally would have done differently for your storage options.

1) While the 120GB XLR8 drive is a nice bang-fo-yo-buck SSD, I've heard mixed talk about them, and I know that Intel and Samsung drives are faster. But obviously those cost more, and you get what you pay for. But, I would've gotten a faster, more reliable SSD, but the XLR8 is fine.

2) I won't be getting Seagate anytime soon due to their high failure rate, so I would only advise getting WD drives. But I've seen that Seagate drives have recently dropped their failure rate; I'm not sure if Seagate has increased their quality control or something, but their drives are nearing my "recommend" bar.

Other than those two concerns, they are simply just personal whims, and shouldn't worry you too much. But, a very nice, solid first build for the sub-$1100 range. Have fun with your 290 :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 4 points

Seagate, WD, they're both HDD manufacturers. I'm sure the failure rate difference between the two isn't noticeable and it's best just buying the cheaper one. Seagate drives do have a longer warranty though

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

Hmm? Well then. Always thought WD had a 5-year warranty, and Seagate had a 1-/2-year warranty.

  • 60 months ago
  • 4 points

Whoops, just checked. Their 1tb drives both have a 2 year warranty

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, I see.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 0 points

Just a small correction about when you said he worked for NCIX for many years, he still works there so technically it should read, "He has been working at NCIX for many years....".

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

he still does NCIX tech tips though, I think.

  • 60 months ago
  • 0 points

So I stand corrected. Whoops.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been contemplating this case for my next build and your rig looks great...although it does look like it may be a fingerprint magnet unfortunately. And for some reason that stock cooler actually doesn't look bad!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this case, but yes, it is a fingerprint magnet, haha.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the Z87 board and a locked processor? You could have saved some money by purchasing a board with say the H chipset and saved some money there.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I see. I was sure I'd seen cheaper however. My bad.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

The H81 isn't THAT limited. The main things being no overclocking (which he doesn't even have an unlocked processor so that wouldn't really affect him much at this point in time, and there are less PCI lanes, so no crossfiring or a ton of extra cards, which also wouldn't affect him right now, it just affects the upgrade-ability of his rig in the future. Correct me if I'm wrong though.

Edit: If it's the cheapest, then it's still the cheapest and if a Z87 board is the cheapest over an H81 or H87 then it's a no-brainer.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

How hot does that GPU get under gaming?

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

That's decent for a 290 I'm making a build in a month and its between windforce, tri x tri vapor and this. Tri Vapor is favourite

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I was originally going to buy the TriX but in the end I got a decent deal on the XFX and it has the lifetime warranty.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats one of the advantages of the XFX, but then again the TriX is cheaper here in Britain (for now) and it offers 3 fans rather than one.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I like how you put your money toward core components, e..g the graphics card. Too many young padawans slap liquid coolers on builds with GTX 760's (instead of upgrading to a 770) because "the Corsair and Battlefield 4 forums website told me to liquid cool." :)

Your RAM is 1.65V but it should be 1.5V. This means it will run slower, either clocked down to 1333 MHz or to 1.5V/1.65V * 1600 MHz = 1455 MHz. But the gaming impact is too minimal to merit replacing it.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I felt kind of bad buying an r9 290 with a locked cpu, but I think the 290 will last me a little while.

Also as a first time builder, I think I would have ended up with a mess if I attempted liquid cooling!

Didn't realize that with the ram either, thanks

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, your CPU was the right choice. OCing a k series wouldn't give you an extra GPU upgrade before it starts bottlenecking.

i5-3570k, various overclock levels, Battlefield 4, 2560x1600

I don't think you made any of the Most Common Newbie Gaming Rig Mistakes.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

As long as you're buying a closed loop cooler it's pretty easy, like a h105 by corsair, full custom liquid cooling systems with radiators and pumps is a WHOLE different story,but apparently since your processor is locked it really doesn't matter

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the 4790k locked?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

No, K processors are unlocked.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes and I getting the i7 4790k into my build so it is unlocked, right?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it is unlocked

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it a good processor, like it won't bottleneck a 780ti, and possibly in the future an 880 ti?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

The 4790k won't bottleneck any graphics cards in any game (At least it won't to the point where you notice). The 4790k and a 780Ti is a great combination.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice and clean. Nice to see something other than red all the time but that's mostly due to the manufacturers. +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

So this build can handle most, if not all,current gen games?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

So far I've only played Mirrors Edge, Next Car Game, Assetto Corsa, and some Need For Speed Underground 2 (lol) but it's handled everything beautifully with a single 1080p monitor & 60fps+.

It's making me wish I didn't spend $400 on a PS4 last November.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

K thnx.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking at getting the same CPU. But I heard that it's safer to go with a 97 chipset board because this is a Haswell refresh chip. Some people say that if you get an older 87 board that's been sitting on the shelf too long, then it needs a BIOS update. If that's the case, I wouldn't even be able to do that if my system doesn't post. I would prefer to get an 87 board because of the price difference.