Hello Brothers! I bring to you yet another build. This one is for a hardcore streamer, who expects to play primarily Archeage, but will endeavor in other games on occasion. I went to high school with this guy so he basically just gave me the reins to build him something that will get the job done, within budget of course. He did request a black and white theme and really wanted a capture card.
Goals for this build:
- Handle Archeage and other AAA titles at 1080p
- Black and white color theme
- Stay under $1250
- High quality capture card for streaming Twitch
The i5 has been a proven gaming CPU for quite some time. Of course I had to get the latest and greatest. The i7 would be a good idea for someone who doesn’t have a capture card, but I didn’t see the need for the extra cost here. I ran the Asus OC utility, it took it up to 4.25 Ghz, and I had no problems with it.
- CPU COOLER
I love Phanteks. Alright.. fine.. I’m a little fanboy. The colors are just so good. Plus this thing is a monster and keeps temps really low. I had this thing set to the default silent profile in BIOS and couldn’t get the temps to get any higher even when blocking part of the front intake grill. If you have room for the thing, they are really solid coolers.
I was looking for a board that had black PCB and a semi-neutral color. This board fit perfectly. It’s also pretty damn good looking if you ask me. The only problem I had was after a BIOS update. The update caused an error in my partition using Windows 7 Home Premium. After about an hour of trying various fixes I just started Windows fresh and didn’t try the update. I don’t feel that you would have the same issue with Windows 8/8.1, but I don’t have any personal proof.
I needed something low profile for that monster cooler. I had used this kit before and felt good using it again. Nothing abnormal here, just some 1600, CAS9 goodness.
I went for the SSD/HDD combo here. Those SSD slots would look awful empty in the H440 if I hadn’t. The Samsung EVO line is insanely common, but then again the price/performance is rock solid. The HDD was something I had from work. It was free and I just threw it in to save some money. There was no performance loss when recording to the SSD vs the HDD.
I wanted to go with a 770 originally. Until I got this deal on the 280X. Shadowplay was my first intention with this build, but with a capture card that would be useless. So I went the “save money” route and opted for the 280X. Though the two cards are pretty similar and neither will have to worry about 99% of games at 1080p.
This case is popular. I wanted to build in it so bad after the moment I saw it. My first choice for this build was the Enthoo Pro in white. However after the deal I got and the silencing foam, keeping things quiet for live streams, I was delighted to build in this case. NZXT just does it right. I may also be a fan boy for the company, but I don’t have anything bad to say about this case. The steel is very solid and the front and side panels are very robust and sturdy. There could be a little more space behind the tray since the foam takes up a good bit, but that’s really only a minor gripe.
I love Seasonic. This is one of their top PSUs and after I saw the deal I had to get it. Between the hybrid fan profile, platinum efficiency, full modularity, and flat black cables I just fell in love.
The Avermedia Live Gamer HD is really cool. It captures your gameplay at almost no performance loss and compresses the video to your specifications. If you are looking to do a lot of video recording this is a life saver. The only problem I had was that the latest drivers didn’t recognize the card. I had to remove the latest, find an old version, then update to the newest later. A bit of a pain, but after fixing that issue it was all good. The card comes with everything you will need to get setup for streaming and recording from your PC, another PC/laptop, or a potato.
I love doing color themes. This was really cool to see when finished. I just had to take a step back and gaze at its’ glory. All jokes aside, I was happy with how it turned out. There were a few minor glitches, but those were dealt with and the build turned out fine. The user is very pleased with the look and the low volume output even when under normal load. He will hopefully have his live stream up in a few days, though the game doesn’t release for a few weeks, and I will link his Twitch when he gets it all going!
Questions, comments, or concerns? Post them below, in a PM, or on my Facebook page. I’m never far away from a computer and always respond!
I did not upload all of the photos that I took of this build to PCPartPicker. It takes too long to upload all of them twice. So if you are interested in seeing all of this build click this link or the High Res Pictures link below. The pictures are in a sort of “Build Log” order or order of things I did to complete the build.
BENCHMARKS: using latest driver
Tests ran at clocks posted above. Settings were set to the maximum settings (1080P) unless noted differently. I test only tasking segments: firefights, lots of units on screen, explosions etc.
Max Settings at 1080p
Max Settings at 1080p
Ultra DX11 DOF
- No Recording: 74.39 FPS
- Avermedia: 74.30 FPS
- FRAPS: 57.43 FPS
Metro Last Light
Max settings, Advanced Physx off
- No Recording: 34.79 FPS
- Avermedia: 34.43 FPS
- FRAPS: 29.34 FPS
- No Recording: 65.9 FPS
- Avermedia: 68.8 FPS
- FRAPS: 48.1 FPS
Hope you enjoy!