Description

This was a build we did for a client who is strictly going to be playing games such as BF4 and doing some light Photoshopping as well as schoolwork. Side note: The SSD isn't plugged in, as the included sata cables didn't reach the drive. New longer ones arriving tomorrow.

Parts List Breakdown

CPU - The Athlon 860k is a very good budget processor, and it beats out the Pentium G3258 in anything involving more than 2 cores. The client plans to do some overclocking on this chip, and a quick Passmark benchmark (non-OC) shows this processor scoring 5,600. Not bad.

Motherboard - The client already owned this board, and decided he wanted to use it in this case. The VRM is heatsinked, so it should be a robust overclocking board.

RAM - 8gb of G.Skill Sniper RAM does the trick, cheap and fast.

SSD - This SSD is one of the best price/performance drives you can get on the market right now, the computer boots in under 10 seconds, and has extremely snappy Windows operation.

HDD - Generic 1tb drive for storage and games.

GPU - Customer decided to recycle his old GPU. He plans on upgrading to the GTX 960 later this month.

Case - The client had his choice set on this case. He can easily expand to micro-ATX and his build looks fantastic with the side panel on.

PSU - Reliable and semi-modular

Any feedback or opinions are welcome. Our website is www.zenithcustomspc.com if you're interested in our services. The prices listed are not the prices paid for the components themselves.

Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 10 points

The vrm may be heatsinked but you need airflow moving inside the case to keep the vrm temp stable for better OC. We need more builds based on the 860k instead of the G3258.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

agreed

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

There is a case fan located directly above the motherboard pulling hot air out the top of the case. I agree completely about the 860k

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair enough but if your OC show signs of throttling you will know the vrms are overheating and need more cooling. Good build.

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

Like all your builds you have a really clean look

Your earned a point from me

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Have you tried overclocking it?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it's sitting at a solid 4.2GHz stable. We could probably push it a little further but we prefer stability and reliability over performance.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Also, the VRM's on that mobo will limit your oc capability. Should have brought a micro atx or atx fm2+ board.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

This case only fits mITX and mATX, and managed to push this chip to 4.2GHz stable.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

is the athlon x4 860k actually sufficient for playing bf4 on a 64 player server at steady 60 fps?

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

It is definitely sufficient, assuming your graphics card is powerful enough. It's more of the graphics card that should concern most gamers.

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

This may be true, but I noticed about a 60 fps performance boost just from upgrading from a fx 6100, to an 8320. (The 6100 is horrible) But BF4 does rely almost as heavily on the CPU as much as the GPU in multiplayer.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

x4 860k is actually a10-7850k without the igpu. OC it up to 4.5Ghz and you it would beat an fx-8350 at stock clocks

  • 59 months ago
  • -3 points

Maybe in certain aspects, the 860k is only a dual core (4 threads) and the 8350 is an quad core (8 threads) So, in multitasking and in games that can utilize all 8 threads, the 8350 will win. It's not about the clock speed. Besides, I've seen many people able to overclock the 8350 up to 4.7ghz.

  • 55 months ago
  • 5 points

facepalm 860k is QUAD CORE. 8350 is EIGHT CORE. AMD DOES NOT HAVE HYPER-THREADING. GET IT RIGHT.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

"He plans on Upgrading to a GTX 960 later this month"

A little bit of a typo there, GTX 960 doesn't exist you must mean the GTX 970.

Have to say this is a very nice budget build here, the only downside I could think of on it is the choice of Win 8.1

  • 59 months ago
  • 4 points

The GTX 960 release date is rumored to be in January, and multiple sources say the same thing, so the assumption is it will be released later this month sometime.

Edit: http://wccftech.com/gtx-960-ti-benchmarks-specs-revealed/

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I have to say that it's probably not the best graphics card to upgrade to. I would recommend waiting for the true Maxwell cards to come out, Myself eyeing the 980Ti looking like a well enough reason to upgrade from my 780Ti in my opinion.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

960 isn't the best buy. 970 would be better.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

970 isn't that great either as it's been confirmed to run bellow 4GB's and use only 3.5 GB's. In terms of Single cards 980 is the way to go or just simply waiting for the 980 Ti, when it will eventually come out.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

it's the best Price to Performance. You can't get a video card that's 3rd best performing for $300. And the 4GB can only do 3.5GB is overblown. Doubt anyone even needs 4GB unless they are doing 4K and if they are, they are most likely have a 980 or SLIs anyways...

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

I think he plans on upgrading to the GTX 960 when it is released

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Eh, looking at it, I don't think it's a good idea to grab it. With new games requiring something around 3Gb's - 6Gb's (game developers stop making us suffer with having to upgrade :() to get a very nice experience. Then again the power and cooling is the one good thing about the graphics card along with it being very cheap. But as I'm someone that Prefers to have good performance over budget I tend to avoid those Graphics cards.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

There really isn't much wrong with windows 8.1. If you're not a fan of the interpreted start menu, you can just boot to desktop and download software that adds the windows 7 start menu when you click the windows button. Once you get away from the windows 8 start menu, its actually a pretty smooth looking/feeling OS.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

If you don't mind the incompatibility issues and crashes it has been known to have a effect on certain programs, then sure it's a nice cheap OS you can get from Microsoft at this current time.

As I however disliked the amount of issues it causes I'm more of a true fan of Win 7 instead, as it is much more stable with programs.

Here's hoping Win 10 won't be as bas as Win 8 and 8.1

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

That is one sleek looking case! This will be great for the client for gaming and Photoshop. This meets his needs very well, no need ro spend more to get slightly better performance.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

at what settings would this build be able to play BF4 at?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a really good looking case. Surprised that I'd never seen it.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Bitfenix tend to come in under the radar most of the time, but a lot of their products look great.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Really clean stuff! I like the OCZ in the bottom right with the blue showing on the window.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean and functional.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, nice webpage

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

860k...plop. Rather an i3 in this build.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows the quality? I heard negative reviews about it.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

The quality of what?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

the case quality.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a good quality case, with a few minor design drawbacks such as no HDD cage and terrible PCI bracket thumb screw mounting, but otherwise it looks great and has very high quality construction.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to update the bios on the motherboard to be able to use the cpu? Asking because I want to use the same cpu. Cool build btw!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

The client had had the board for a fair amount of time, and made sure to update the bios before we did this build. Make sure the board is running bios F4

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm thinking of getting this case. Do you think its reasonable to be able to pack a computer in this case onto luggage on a flight?

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

I would say probably not. It is slightly bigger than you think and will probably not fit well in a suitcase. However, it is fairly slim. So if you have the vertical room then it should fit. Just make sure you support the GPU well and the cooler.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay thanks! Another question if you don't mind, if you happen to not use the 3.5 bay up top, is there room for a reservoir? Thanks a ton!

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, I'm sure you could stuff one in if you wanted.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Also, I really wouldn't recommend packing a computer in a suitcase unless you can pack it very very well, the case is fairly fragile however.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, final question, could you mount a radiator up top as well? You've been a ton of help, thank you so much! I like the build very much by the way, good job!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

hi i have a new build with msi a78m-e35 and athlon x4 860k but no gpu yet.my ram is g.skill (2x4gb) 2133mhz. The problem is when i turn on,no display came out and it beeps 1 long and 2 short beeps..can anyone help me?thanks

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

The Athlon 860k does not have integrated graphics. You will need a graphics card before you can get anything to display.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

ok thanks master will update u after i get my gpu soon.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

after i get my gpu,where will be my cable attach?from gpu to monitor or motherboard to monitor?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

The cable from the monitor will attach into the back of the GPU.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

ok thanks..i will be using a crack windows 8.1.is it good?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

No. Obtaining a crack of Windows 8.1 is pirating, and many times cracks have viruses. We discourage anyone from using cracks.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

one question why would you get a $130 case?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

At the time the case was cheaper.