Description

Sold my ps4 to partially finance this because like most of you I'm addicted to building pcs and feel console gaming is fail unless u like 25fps.

  • CPU - bro works at Intel and hooked me up with this price
  • cooler - much better than fans....cooling is awesome can crank this processor and stay in 60's no problem. RAM - paid a few bucks more for exact match with asrock color scheme
  • GPU - this was by far the best price / performance ratio at time of build - solid 60 fps on metro last light redux 1080p ultra, 45-50 fps on dragon age inquisition ultra, etc. More than adequate for a light use living room build. Play with ambient occlusion and type of anti aliasing which often can fluctuate any build dramatically in terms of fps- everything else cranked all the way up.
  • case - thought long and hard on this. Wanted window in a mini itx - if u want to see the guts in a mini itx this is the best case out there, but let me know if u know of something better.
  • mobo - have had good experiences with asrock lately, value, and z97 - solid overclocker
  • power supply - u don't need 750 watts for these GPUs although many call for that in descriptions - this one is more than adequate and obviously one of best brands. Was very impressed with build/feel, packaging, etc everything felt very high end. And it's fully modular. Fans - I like Blue obviously

Placement on this rig is in my entertainment center in family room. Having tested temps, GPU runs about 2-3 degrees hotter in cabinet, CPU no different since radiator sits behind front intake. Installed fan exhaust in back of cabinet. So I'm good with that - will have no effect on GPU performance and we stay at max 72 degrees for GPU.

Will add a few more pics at some point.

Feb 15 2015 Edit: Took some pics with my DSLR and added in. Deleted some of the crappy iPhone pics from before.

Comments

  • 57 months ago
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that was a nice deal for that cpu man. cheers to good discounts thanks to siblings. by the way, how did you get that r9 280 that cheap? i got a r9 270x for 160 after xmas.

  • 57 months ago
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Newegg has had it at $179 + 30 rebate so I'm factoring that in...

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

ah.

  • 57 months ago
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Nice build overall! Love that case. Was it easy to cable manage? A similar case is Corsair Obsidian. I have not used it, but I have used other Corsair cases and they are all good.

  • 57 months ago
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Great cable management! Has lots of space in bottom chamber around the psu to stuff cables out of view! Loving the case.

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  • 57 months ago
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Wow! It is available for $80 in US.

  • 57 months ago
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I think that's a pretty sweet rig... and easy on the wallet too!

  • 57 months ago
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Thanks!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

What are the 80mm fans that you're using?

  • 44 months ago
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Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl !

  • 37 months ago
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What did you do with your cm seidon? Intake front plus the 200mm fan? Answer please ty nice build+1 gonna go for that build

  • 35 months ago
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Yes it's mounted in front of the 200mm front fan. Since then I've upgraded gpu obviously - 1070 - but rest of build stays the same and more than enough power for latest titles!

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  • 57 months ago
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Yes price was main factor - it's like 49 plus rebate from newegg

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  • 57 months ago
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The radiator is mounted on the back of the front 200 mm fan in push pull config

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  • 57 months ago
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Lol! Thx for the shout out on granny's rig. She's loving it by the way...

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

If there are air coolers for under $100 then get one of those instead. I'm honestly surprised he got 4.5Ghz with that one. it's likely due to getting a good chip than the cooler he used.

There are a few solid air coolers you might be able to find for under $100

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhd14

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhd15

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/be-quiet-cpu-cooler-bk018

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/phanteks-cpu-cooler-phtc14pe

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