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This was pretty nerve-wracking; it's the most money I've ever spent on a PC. I'm just glad I had the help of my uncle and his practiced hands. He's an electrical technician who deals with building hardware for his job.

We were both a bit nervous after initially assembling all the components and seeing UEFI load up with no problems. Unfortunately, we later did run into a problem with the original video card I had for this project: the XFX Radeon R9 280X. The video card driver was causing massive screen flickering and OS crashes. My uncle swears off ATI, and has had better experiences with NVIDIA cards. I decided to get a refund and grab the GTX 760, which was also cheaper.

Until I get the video card replaced, my uncle gave me an old GT 520 card, which still works surprisingly well. I already feel like I'm seeing my games in a whole new light.

Overall, I'm very happy and have enjoyed this learning experience. If anyone's on the fence about trying to build their own PC, find a buddy to help, and, if necessary, bribe them with beer and/or food.

My thanks goes out to xtroria for providing the initial, suggested parts list.

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  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty sure you won't need 16GB RAM for gaming. You could've it for a better GPU, like the GTX 770 for example.

  • 66 months ago
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could've used it*

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

One of the beast cases for cable management- doesnt even manage cables

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

if this build will only be used for gaming 8gb would be way sufficient enough and the money could have been spent elsewhere. but non the less great build +1

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I would recommend you turn that cooler around, unless you are pulling air through the heat-sink. That will help improve temps. Although, that is a good overall build :D +1

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, this picture was rather early on in the build, and we did end up turning it around. Thanks for pointing that out, though!

  • 66 months ago
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Thanks for the feedback, guys. You're quite right about the RAM, and, it seems to never fail, I end up finding research on these issues only after spending the money. :P

My rationale for getting the extra 8GB of RAM came from the fact that I actually saved $50-$60 bucks by returning my R9 280x (perhaps the money would've been better spent on a GTX 770, but I'm already running all my games on max settings).

Further, I was aiming for no reasonable amount of multitasking that could cause swapping.

You have to understand that my last computer was a pre-built, store-bought HP slimline desktop*, with a whopping 3 GB of RAM and an old PCI-e x1 slot that was way too close to the PSU (seemed to cause interference noticeable onscreen).

I may have went a little overboard, but thanks to you guys, I feel better informed for any future builds down the line!

Much appreciated, all,

Curtis

-- FWIW, as far as pre-built desktops go, HP actually seems to be quite good.

  • 63 months ago
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Did you need to update the BIOS to P1.30 something to use it with the 4690K? The ASRock website mentions that and it makes me doubtful to getting the board :/

  • 46 months ago
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Sorry for missing your message. It's obviously been a while since I logged on, and I'm sure this is no longer helpful, but for what it's worth, I never needed to update the BIOS.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the motherboard as I'm thinking of getting the same one nice build! +1

  • 46 months ago
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Sorry for missing your message; it's obviously been forever since I've revisited PCPartPicker.

For what it's worth, it's been over a year, and the ASRock board has been very stable--no problems yet.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

OK thank you

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