Description

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

PARTS:

  • CPU:

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.

  • MOTHERBOARD:

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.

  • MEMORY:

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.

  • STORAGE:

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.

  • GPU:

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.

  • CASE:

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.

  • PSU:

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.

  • EXTRAS:

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.


CONCLUSION:

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.

Facebook Page

Twitter

Twitch I plan to build all of my future builds live on Twitch. I also like to do giveaways for Steam games, so follow me to keep up with all the action!

High Res Pictures

Reddit


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.


3DMark 11

3DMark Firestrike

3DMark Skydiver

Geekbench

NovaBench


Unigine Valley

Max Settings at 1080p

No Recording

Avermedia

FRAPS


Unigine Heaven

Max Settings at 1080p

No Recording

Avermedia


Catzilla


Cinebench


Bioshock Infinite

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

Tomb Raider

Ultimate Preset

  • No Recording: 65.9 FPS
  • Avermedia: 68.8 FPS
  • FRAPS: 48.1 FPS

Hope you enjoy!

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Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 11 points

I love white themed builds! :) I'm starting to get bored of the H440 lately! Too many people usinjg it! :P

  • 69 months ago
  • 6 points

Oh I agree. There are a ton out there now. Though I feel the same way about the R4. I just needed to get my hands on it once :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I know! It's like me wanting to build in an Air 540 at some point!!! It's near! :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

I wouldn't mind building in the Air 240 or Node 804 next. The small but large mATX form factor gets me excited :D

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm building in an Aerocool Dead Silence next month(an HTPC). Can't wait!

  • 69 months ago
  • 10 points

This build is more beautiful than most human beings. +1 to you!

  • 69 months ago
  • 4 points

HAHAHA! I can agree with that one!

  • 69 months ago
  • 6 points

You know AMD has Game DVR now? It's like Shadowplay, but for 7xxx series cards and higher! I've used it on a 270x, and a 280x, no performance lose. Also has streaming built in!

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

No performance loss?! How is that a thing?

  • 69 months ago
  • 4 points

Me and my fast typing skills (sarcasm)

And no drop in frames. Funny enough, when playing Minecraft with Shaders on the 270x, it would stay around 30-32 frames, but when recording with GameDVR, it went up some, stayed between 34-36, lol.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

That's pretty cool! I'll have to look into that since I have 7950s :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah you should! Just download AMD's "Gaming Evolved" program, and you'll be set. Some people don't like it, but it's really not that bad. I mean, it's worth a try, right? :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

For sure! I always uncheck the gaming evolved app because it shoots notifications at me and I really don't like that stuff haha. However, for science, I will give it a shot :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

Nicely done with excellent pics, as always! +1

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks much!

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow! Another fantastic build! I love that phanteks cooler! +1

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! I wish I could put one of these coolers in every build XD

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

I love black + white builds. +1 for the cooler.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :D

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

I love all your builds and +1 for the photography

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I love all of your comments :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

lol also i think your my friend on steam

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed you are!

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Super informative description and solid build +1

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I really try to put out as much helpful info as I can each and every time. It's all for you guys!

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey Sam! Great build as always (Big fan of your builds :))

How is that GPU for 3D work? Rendering and such? I'm making a build for a relative who does 3D Kitchen designs and he's currently working with intel internal graphics, is this GPU any good for 3D work?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! :)

3D modeling is usually an Nvidia thing. Check out some forum on Toms Hardware and such to get more info. I'm no expert on that type of thing, but I think the 770 would be better for that task.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers bro!

Will definitely look into it! Thanks for the reply! Keep the sexy builds coming ;)

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh I will, don't you worry! :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

This build makes me hungry. +1

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Hungry for more? ;)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Yessir!

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Incredibly clean black and white build!

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

awesome job on budget skemble! Impressive end-result. I think your first sentence is a little sexist though. I'm sure there are girls on here too! ...somewhere... XP I also snorted when you talked about the Phanteks CPU cooler and called yourself a "fan boy" teehee.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Brothers referring to members of the master race. I suppose you can call them sisters if they are girls :P I am a fan boy haha :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

So clean. I love white builds and +1 for the CPU cooler that thing is sickkk. Great job skemble!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you Joel! It was really fun to put together, I'm glad you like it.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

uuuuugghhhh.. That cooler gets me every time <3_<3 ... what about windows ? and like always skemble great build ! +1

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I'm in love with it and all the colors it comes in. Windows as in Windows 7/8?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

yes cause it wasn't included with the parts list that's why i asked.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

This is running Win 7 Home Premium. Most of my users either re use a copy from a laptop or some other machine so I let them handle that on their own. Quite a few get keys from school for very cheap too.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

This build is so... beautiful.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Why thank you! :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

I love your builds +1 :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I love you for loving my builds ;)

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome Build. You did really well and deserve all 94 of the up arrows if not more. I heard Avermedia was great but never saw benchmarks and now I know the performance loss (to me at least) would not be noticed at all since its less than 1 fps. I think the common eye wouldn't notice. I was never a big fan fraps I have heard and seen bad things on it. +1

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! :) The performance loss is within margin of error. I could easily run the test and get a higher score from one run to the next. FRAPS is okay for benchmarking and screenshot capture, but recording is a little left to be desired unless you like the raw footage.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty sure you have the most builds on this site! And they're all amazing! =)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I do haha and thank you so much! :D

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice budget build man. Great part selection.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sir! :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

These builds are so nice! I really like the Phanteks CPU Cooler, shame it's unavailable here.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you kindly! That is a bummer.. You can't import them?

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Well importing is hard and it costs so much I rather spend the money on a different part like a larger SSD or something

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh, that definitely makes more sense!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe one day my personal build will get it but first I need an SSD in there and a decent CPU. BTW have a quick question: Upgrade to 8320, get a 4690k (And new MOBO) or just get the 5th gen Intel CPU and new ram?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

5th gen Intel and new RAM for sure.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this color scheme :D +1

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I do too! I'm so happy with the way it turned out :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

So with 17 builds do you sell the major ones? Or do you have a LAN room or something?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

The only ones that I own are Rambo, Eldin, and Leonard. The rest are for friends or people who have contacted me to have a build done.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a great build ur a good friend.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a question, what do you do with these builds?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Most of these are built for someone else to their specifications. I only own Rambo, Elding, and Leonard.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking at the same motherboard well the (Z97-A anyways)and the same cooler as you, however i've been worried that the cooler will be too large to accomodate two GTX 970's SLI. Heard some people say that it cuts off the top PCI-E slot, though by looking at your pictures it doesn't seem to be the case, can you clarify?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

So I have used Fraps, several other software based recorders, and now I own a Roxio GameCap HD and I like it pretty well. I've never seen internal recorders, how do they actually function and how do they perform?

Thx!

+1 on the great all around build :)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

This particular capture card uses its' own software that is actually pretty awesome. This one also can have direct connection with Twitch and other broadcasting places. The performance is great! You see no loss of performance in games as all of the encoding is done on the card and not by the CPU. I would definitely recommend this for someone who is hardcore into streaming or likes to capture lots of content. Also the file sizes are much, much smaller than fraps.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey bro, I think you accidentally bought a spaceship!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking build, man. What are your thoughts on that motherboard? I'm in the process of building with it right now. I just have the case (R4), PSU (Corsair CX600M), fans, and drives. Did you have any trouble with the 24-pin connector? I don't know if it's the mobo header, or the PSU cable, but it's EXTREMELY difficult to plug in the connector. Almost to the point of impossible.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I've done two builds with this board now actually. Give the area below the 24 pin some support and give it some good force.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Somehow you manage to make an air cooler look good.

10/10.

How's the sound of the air cooler?

Thanks.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks! The cooler is very quiet, even with the fans cranked up. The Phanteks coolers are excellent.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I just wanted to ask, how do the cables of the PSU look?

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  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Shoot me a message on my Facebook! I work til 4, but I can message every once in a while.