Dang, this was a long time ago! Nice to know it's still going strong!
If you will mostly use this PC for gaming, I think going with 16GBs of memory is unnecessary. You can always upgrade down the road. If you are doing otherwise, then you can ignore this comment. Otherwise this is a nice build.
An Mac? HOW DARE YOU!!!!! :D JK
This is an amazing build... it's soo kawaii ;). +1
THEY HAVE EXTREME EDITION 5820s!!!! ;) ;) ;)
I'm pretty sure he got it so he can overclock his CPU and GPU and leave room for upgrades like, say another 980.
"The Human will always kill The Beast with any sort of gun?"
Great build, BUT PLEASE BE MORE CREATIVE WITH THE NAME! You could name it the "Snowtop Fire Dragon" :) +1 noneoftheless.
Yeah, I don't like Beats, even if the bass and high's are better on the newer models.
Do I spot Beats By Dre? ;D +1 noneoftheless.
I'm curious as to why you went with an IPS monitor compared to a gaming monitor.
+1 Amazing build and amazing for the price.
Are you sure the load for the CPU is correct. For a liquid cooled PC, you should not be getting that sort of temperature. Please check if something's wrong with the CPU.
When I saw the thumbnail for this build, I thought you used an NZXT H440. Amazing build +1
I am personally a fan of Intel mainly because their CPUs are more power efficient and the Intel CPUs tend to have better performance "per-core". I also think an I5 4690 or I7 4790 outperform an 8320 or 9590 respectively (When at stock speeds). In this situation, I felt Intel CPUs would work best.
The main reason I chose the I3 was if in the future, he might want to upgrade his CPU to an I5 or I7, but I see your point.
Your PC was great for not having much knowledge with PC parts. I'll say some of the things I liked about your build was the CPU, Memory, motherboard, and Hard Drive. Everything else, is... eh. I think if you are going to spend $700 on a gaming PC, you might as well push the budget to the limits, and that's exactly what I did here.
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I feel that this build is a "No compromise build". For $700 you are getting a gaming PC that can play games from Medium -->High Settings 1080p. I decided to go with a "Black and Blue" theme since I noticed your case followed that color scheme. You get a last gen card that is cheap, but still performs admirably in gaming. You also get lots of storage for your games and what not.
I think that you can't beat the price for this PC. You may not be getting some things like an SSD. but you can always get those down the road as an upgrade. Speaking of which, I recommend one of the first upgrades you do with this should be getting an SSD. If you have anymore questions about this particular build, PM me :)
Is there any particular color scheme you want for this build?
The price of the Memory O_o. I wish memory was the same price :(
Very nice build though.
Get the Corsair Vengance 2100 Headset instead of the 2000. Also, I don't think you need a sound card.
You don't need 32 GB of RAM (16 will be more than enough). I know you said not to change the RAM, but taking the RAM away is the only way it'll work. If you really do need it, get it down the road. Save 120+ dollars.
Get something like a Maximus VII Hero and not a formula. Save $100+ dollars
Get a 1 TB Hard drive. Save $100+ dollars.
Their you go.
You don't need an I7. You'd be better off getting an I5 and a GTX 980.
I'd also get a 6GB 780 incase the person wants to do 1440p gaming.
I'm sure you will like this website :D
Um, are you sure about the temperature at load on your CPU. That should not be the case for your CPU cooler.
I'd agree with you completely, especially since high frequency RAM is getting cheaper.
Why does your build have two CPU coolers?
Please post some benchmarks, I need to see! +1 for Haswell-E
When I looked at this build, I though you were going to be using and Intel Atom Processor. Jokes aside. This is still a good build. Now for everyone who is saying "Getting a locked processor on a unlocked Motherboard... lame", What if the man wants to see if he all he needs is a locked processor or if he needs an unlocked processor.
This part choice is not stupid. If he is however liquid cooling a locked processor, you sir are stupid. +1 noneoftheless.
Its okay, I can explain it to you. Your CPU has a certain frequency it carries out tasks or does things (In this case, it is 3.3GHZ). You can do something called overclocking your CPU if you want to increase performance. Basically, overclocking is increasing the frequency of a CPU to get better performance. Since your girlfriend is using programs like Photoshop and Maya, the extra performance would help.
There are tons of guides online that teach you how to overclock a CPU. The only things you need is a K series processor (EX: 4690K) and an aftermarket cooler.
I went with an I5 because it's kind of like a sweetspot. An I7 would be too expensive and an I3 wouldn't perform as well as an I5. I personally don't like AMD FX CPUs because they have higher temperatures and let out more heat. If you want to, you can get a 4690k and a Z97 motherboard for $30 if you want to overclock.
The difference between the WD Red and Black is that the Red is slower, but more redundant. The Black HDs are faster, but actually more expensive. I chose the WD Reds because they are redundant and reliable and also the fact that you'd rather have everything safe and sound rather than the bleeding edge performance.
As for fans, I added those extra fans so you'd replace the ones in the case. These Corsair fans are much quieter and perform much better than the stock fans.
As for a fan controller, I added that in as a sort of "optional" thing. You can set the fans to an auto setting the bios I believe, but I gave the option for the fan controller if you wanted to control fan speeds on the fly. It isn't necessary, but I presented that option incase.
If you have any questions about the build, feel free to ask :)
Most games don't take advatage of 8 cores, let alone 6-cores.
CPU- The 4790k is currently the best proccesor you can buy on the LGA 1150 platform right now. It is clocked a 4GHZ and you can certainly overclock this CPU if you want to. This also has hyperthreading which means when it's activated, Windows will recognize the CPU as an 8-core processor.
CPU Cooler- Many people swear by this CPU cooler. It's cheap, nicely built and performs well. You should be able to get solid overclocks on this CPU cooler.
Motherboard- The Gigabyte UD5H is a very nice motherboard with out going overboard. This thing has many SATA 6 Gb/s ports and a SATA express port if you want to use it in the future. This motherboard has RAID support if you choose to use it. One thing you asked for is a lot of USB ports. This thing has 6 USB 3.0 ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports on the rear.
Memory- I decided to put in 32 GB of memory since I noticed you were using Premiere, Photoshop, Lightroom etc. This memory is clocked at 1600 MHZ but you can overclock it if you choose to. Another reason I added 32 GB of memory is that I could fit it into the PC build without going over budget.
Storage- I chose an 840 EVO SSD for the boot drive because Samsung makes cheap, reliable and fast SSDs. This thing has 250GB of storage which I think will be enough for OS and applications. For regular drives, I chose 2 4TB Western Digital Caviar Red hard drives. I choose these drives because they are very reliable hard drives. Also, if you choose to, you can do a RAID 10/1 array with these 2 drives for redundancy.
Video Card- I chose a 780 because it's fairly cheap compared to a 780TI and has 2300+ CUDA cores which I think is more than enough for what you are doing. I chose this specific card because it was cheap and Asus is a very reliable brand. There Direct CU II cards are also designed very well.
Case- I chose this case for a few reasons. This case is very simple yet striking at the same time. It has sound dampening material which will make the PC more quiet. The sound dampening foam is specifically at the: Top, both side panels and top. This case supports up to 8 hard drives (Also can be used for 2.5 inch drives), 2 extra SSD mounts, and 2 optical bays. This thing also has 4 front USB ports, 2 of which are USB 3.0. It also has a a 3 speed fan controller which is sweet. Also, the construction of this case is very nice and doesn't feel cheap.
Power Supply- This power supply is 760 watts which is more than enough for you system. It is also 80+ Platinum so it should be extremely efficient. The PSU is also fully modular so you can just use all the cables you need and not have much cable clutter.
Fans- I chose these fans because they are quiet, perform well, and are inexpensive. The 2-pack fan is to replace the front fans and the single fan is going to replace the rear exhaust fan.
OS- A copy of Windows 8...
If you have anymore questions about the build, feel free to ask :).
Your build isn't that good, but it's your first build so I'm gonna give you some slack. Though I want to tell you why your pc build isn't good for gaming so you understand what you need in a gaming PC.
Your CPU is cost more than your GPU. When you are doing a gaming build, your Graphics Card should cost more than your CPU.
You don't need 16 of Memory unless you are doing video editing or using photoshop etc. For gaming, 8GB is more than enough for gaming. Heck some games still don't take advantage of 8GBs.
Your GPU can do gaming, but not gaming at 1080P 30FPS on Medium to High settings.
Your case is good, but it costs too much, especially at this price point.
Here is my build I made:
Few things I want to point out.
I chose this CPU because it is relatively cheap, fast, and will hold up for you for a few years.
I decided not to get an SSD and gave you a regular hard drive instead. If you want to in the future, I'd recommend getting an SSD to boost boot times.
This GPU will hold up with 1080p gaming and you will be getting 40-50 FPS if you crank the settings up to High or ultra.
Also, I went with a Black/Blue color scheme for this build.
This case has a windowed side panel to show of all that awesomeness in that case. This case actually has sound dampening material so the case should be loud at all.
If you have any questions about the build, PM me. :)
I approve of this build! But you might wanna upgrade dem monitors tho. +1
LOVE THIS BUILD. 2345123514232q/10! -1
This is a great build but I have a few things that I don't like.
I personally think that an extreme edition processor is overkill for most builds including this one. A 4930k would've been just fine.
This isn't really a problem but more of something interesting. You have 4 different SSDs. I'm assuming each of the SSDs are seperate.
I hope you didn't pay $227 dollars for the hard drives and $667 dollars for the PCI-E SSD (I assume you payed way less).
I still think this is an amazing build despite a few things. +1
I really like this build and your part choices, especially the monitor. I think getting one memory stick was a smart idea incase in the future, you want to do a 16gb 2x8 config or if you wanted to add 32 GB of memory.
The one thing I don't like about this build is the cable management. It's not the worst, but it's still not sufficient. This is your first build so I will cut you some slack, but I would tidy up those cables in the future so PC has better cooling performance and it looks aesthetically good. +1 though for a solid build.
Very nice build overall. Great case choice and great cable management. What monitor do you use btw? +1
I agree. I would also consider putting the E3 1230 on a Z97 motherboard since you can overclpck Xeons. And it would be a good idea to add a CM Hyper 212 EVO. But sersiously, this is a good build :).
Don't be embarrassed. I did stupid stuff when I started out with learning about PCs. Thre reason I think it is unbalanced is that GPU costs almost half of the PC build. Also, you could've spent a bit more on the motherboard so you have a better quality one. That's just about it. I like everything else about the PC, especially CPU choice.
Do you have any preference in terms of case choice or color scheme?
Dat memory price tho... +1