Description

Went on a mission to build an inexpensive (relative term) gaming PC that could play just about anything. I'm pretty sure I hit the mark with this machine. The one spot it appears I splurged, the motherboard, is actually deceptively pricey. I got a generous sum of Rakuten super points with its purchase, so I saved on something else later. Running PC Mark 8 informs me that this is, by far, the fastest build I have in my collection for general home computing, something I was surprised about considering my more exotic builds. It also bests everything I have in 3D Mark 11, with the exception of the triple SLI setup (it used to have a catchy name, but the mods appear to have removed it, so I called it "my computer.") that I personally use at home. Considering the huge delta in cost I am stunned at what this hardware can do compared to its more expensive counterpart. Like i said, this (relatively) inexpensive gaming rig is what I set out to make...and then some.

Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 7 points

Why that motherboard...

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

he owns a computer store. it must be one lying around

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually purchased this one before the build, though I don't buy parts with a specific build in mind...unless a customer requests it. That doesn't mean, however, that I'm going to pass up a good deal, so I do have quite a few parts laying about that I got at a very good price.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

If you read my intro you would have seen that I got the motherboard at a massive discount, in a roundabout way, via Rakuten super points. I cannot recall exactly how much I saved, but the number $150 sticks in my mind. This is a feature rich motherboard that has given me no reason to complain.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Well my thinking was, why not spend the discounted points on something other than a discontinued motherboard.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I earned the points buying it =)

  • 62 months ago
  • 7 points

WHAT ARE YA DOIN' IN MAH SWAMP?!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you for getting the title =)

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

Always happy to oblige a fellow brogre.

  • 62 months ago
  • 5 points

you just slapped mid-high end parts in a budget case +1 lol

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

It works!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

And works quite well, very well considering the price.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

I bet it does. I just noticed that card reader, and I kinda want one now hahah. How is it working for ya?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

works very well, and was useful since the case didn't have usb 3.0.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I have the case as well. One of my front panel ports came broken so I only have one there, plus I use SD cards quite a bit.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

implying this build is not a how-to in building a sleeper hit

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

If a sleeper in the computer world carries the same definition it does in the car world, I actually would consider this a sleeper. It's a rather subtle box given the performance it cranks out. It's like taking the badge off my R32.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Exactly! It's what's under the hood that counts.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

It has exceeded my expectations in terms of cooling and cable management, has an attractive look to it and is built well. While the case may be inexpensive it is by no means cheaply made and I saw no reason why the parts would be too good for such a home.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

it is indeed a great budget case the inside just seems cheap and basic, ive seen the case in person and it is rather robust at that price the outside looks nice but the internals bug me and i cant figure out exactly why.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

the white backdrop does make cabling, which is rarely white, stick out quite a bit. Possibly why it bugs you, would make sense anyway.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

There are WAY better motherboards out there for that price (unless you use thunderbolt). Ex: Msi Z97 Gaming 7 (cheaper and supports future processors,M.2 slot) Asus Maximus VII Hero (also cheaper supports future processors,M.2 slot) You can also look out for other motherboards.(The best brands in my opinion: ASUS,MSI,Gigabyte,Asrock) W/ that money you can buy a more expensive case or a better cooler,GPU,etc. And why that psu? The EVGA 750 G2 is cheaper. Why the 4770k? The i7 4790k is newer,and it overclocks better.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I personally went for the MSI Gaming 7 with the i7-4790k. Can't wait to try it out.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point
  1. Used the 4770 because when I bought the CPU the 4790 didn't exist. 2. I've outlined my reasons for this motherboard above. 3. I don't understand the problem with the cooler, the temps are great, actually. 4. The gpu was an insanely good deal at the time. 5. The LEPA G series is a tier 1 power supply, purchased at a good price, that was in stock when I made this build. I saw no reason to purchase another.
  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Overclock it!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll get there!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Color scheme could be improved, but whatever gets the job done :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

You'll find a pattern among my builds, I'm not really a beautician, I just kind of want things to work well.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Them usb's doe! +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Hahahaha!!! DEM USB DOE!!! newjoke2011loloutloud

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Unique motherboard and CPU cooler

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

it is a different combo to be sure, works well i might add.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

yes why that motherboard, intel has discontinued them!! You could have gotten a Z97 and for a better price!!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Again, price of motherboard explained in intro.

  • 62 months ago
  • -2 points

Why an i7 for a budget gaming machine? An AMD 8320 and a 770 would've been much much better.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

a 7970 is about on par with a 770, so an i7 makes sense at that price.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

A 7970 is basically an R9 280x. A GTX 770 is more powerful than a 280x

  • 62 months ago
  • 0 points

They are not par at all. At 1200 an AMD would've been a much better choice as long as hes not editing. even if he is an 8350 would have a multi-thread advantage. With the money he could've saved on an AMD chip he could've gone with a 780 and wiped the 7970 off the face of the earth.

  • 62 months ago
  • -1 points

If you read the comment you wrote that I replied to, you'd see that we were talking about a 770. Of course a 780 and a cheaper CPU would've been better. I personally would've gone with an i5 for gaming alone, or an 8320 for editing, streaming, or other heavily multi threaded work loads. That said, read your first comment. You said that a 770 would been much better than a 7970, which just isn't true.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

the 770 is better than the 7970. Its newer and runs cooler as well.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Only marginally, and only in some games. Remember, 7970=280X. As for temps, they both run at about the same, I'm not sure where you're getting that info.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

<3

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

read my intro about the price of the motherboard, I had the cooler in stock, as well as the PSU, which I wouldn't swap for a thermaltake anyway.