Description

Simple Gaming/Video Editing PC. The editing part is why the 4790k was chosen over something like a 4690k. Pretty basic build for a friend, easy build.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Great Z97 motherboard for the price. Did some weird stuff when ultra fast fast boot was enabled (had to actually clear the CMOS to even get into the bios after enabling ultra fast fast boot), but other than that, works great. Has all the features you would expect of a mid-grade Z97 board. Would recommend again if you could find one for a good price.

Case

Interesting spin on the classic Define R series of cases. I didn't use this for any watercooling, which is its one main benefit, but it worked great for normal use. The sound dampening on the side panels is thick and works decently well, and the mounting solutions for the 3.5" and 2.5" SSDs are good enough. They managed to move all of that mounting to behind the motherboard tray which leaves a huge empty space in from of your motherboard (for water cooling components), but it's kind of nice to have a little open area in front even if you aren't planning to add any water cooling there. Comes with only 2 case fans, 1 intake and 1 exhaust. I would recommend picking up another intake fan if you're gong to use this case with any hot components.

Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Completely unacceptable that I see your feet in the first picture.

No seriously, nice build! :P

  • 41 months ago
  • 0 points

I agree. Child protection services are being called now.

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Wym?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point
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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

.....

-_-

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

idk

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Sick FF joke

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Overall a nice build, that R9 390 will only be gaining performance with DirectX 12, AMD driver updates, and further Asynchronous Compute support . Other than that, I probably would have recommended an 850 Evo and maybe some DDR3-1866 or 2133 for a little better overall performance.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I could've gone with an 850 evo, but really the only improvement there is in the random 4k reads which wasn't a huge concern, I went with the money save instead. As for RAM, in 95% of applications, RAM speed make absolutely no difference, also you can get better CPU overclocks when you're not pushing your RAM that high, so in my opinion, lower speed, and better CAS latency RAM is actually better in a lot of cases, especially if it saves you money.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I see what you mean. Certainly it would have cost about $10 more to get to 16GB of DDR3-2133 with a Cas Latency of 11, and an 850 EVO 500GB goes for abut $145, so $15 saved there. Generally as for me if it is within $10-$20 range of my selection and offers noticeable performance boost, I go with that, as the saying "I'm not rich enough to buy cheap things" really sticks with me sometimes, but again that could be economic and social engineering affecting me. Overall I see no problems, but the SSD especially may have a bit less endurance. Faster RAM during gaming has been shown to reduce micro-stutter, which annoys me a great deal, although it will not affect frame rates too much.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

As for the RAM and microstutters, you don't get microstutters when you're using a freesync panel, so that's not even a concern, and I would much rather take the higher overclocking potential with a much more tangible benefit over a higher RAM speed.

As for the SSD, I didn't include mail in rebates and such. The actual price I ended up paying for the BX200 SSD was actually around $110, not $130, and there's no way I could justify an extra $40 for a slightly faster SSD. Honestly, the main benefit to jump to an evo would be the 4k read speeds, which would be about doubled, and a few extra iops, but other than that, they are going to preform largely the same.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, I didn't think that you had a FreeSync panel as it was not listed and I was not aware that your SSD had a rebate. My comment was really made off of the information provided on this build log really, so there are some things I do not know encompassing the full details of your build.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good, maybe more pics?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

great cable management

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, I was amazed to see an i7 r9 390 build for less than $1300 dollars! Nice build

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't include the mail in rebates for the price either. I have about $100 worth of mail in rebates for this comp.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a really nice looking build! The cable management is on point.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I see that your case has two 2.5 drive bays. Does that mean that your 2.5 SSD can be directly screwed in without buying anything else?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

That's correct, you can actually see in one of the build pictures that I have an SSD mounted in one of these 2.5" drive trays, with the other 2.5" drive tray sitting adjacent it to it (so you can see what they look like with/without a drive). Those trays which hold the drives come with the case. No adapters required.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

What framerate on GTA V?

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

With OpenCL accelerated tasks, it works great. In gaming it's roughly equivalent, if not a bit better than a Gtx 970

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