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This isn't exactly a completed build yet because I'm still waiting to buy the monitor, keyboard, wifi adapter etc. This build is going to be mainly for gaming. I think I should buy an aftermarket CPU cooler, even though I don't plan on OC. Any suggestions on that? Apart from that so far everything is going as planned. I just hope this can run Arma 3 on atleast medium settings. (fingers crossed)

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  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm not super experienced with graphics cards, but I think you'll be fine at 1080p. A good cooler to go with would be a Hyper 212 Evo, it's a great deal for basic aftermarket cooling.

Cable management is tough with a non-modular power supply, but you might put in a bit more effort in that area.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't need a cooler until you get into overclocking, which you can't do until you get an unlocked CPU. The only reason to get a cooler right now is if the stock one is too loud.

I know the whole locked CPU with Z97 is a big "no no" around here, but that doesn't concern me as much as that Caviar Green. Hoping you have better luck with yours than I did! You probably could have benefited from having some input on this BEFORE you threw it all together, but if it suits your needs, that's all that matters.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Just make sure your using two of those memory modules so you get the benefit of dual channel ram. As for your CPU cooler, the stock cooler will work... but personally id use a water cooler for lower noise. Since you wont be OCing just get a low cost 120mm water cooler.

Antec KUHLER H2O 650 - https://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-cpu-cooler-kuhlerh2o650 CORSAIR Hydro Series H55 https://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-cpu-cooler-h55 CORSAIR Hydro Series H50 https://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-cpu-cooler-h50 etc. Just Google up some reviews on these to see which one suites your needs the best.

Also for gaming, don't do wireless... its just not worth the poor performance inherent to the way wireless functions.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Why a z97 board with locked processor?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Same question, I would've suggested like a h97 I think would've been good.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Not OP, but i have a z97 and a 4790 non k

i got the cpu as a gift and found the z97 on sale. my original plans was to OC but guess i'll wait for that later on the road.

Plus i saved over a grand so i dont mind saving up to get better parts later on. and i can also learn, as this was my first build and i got lucky as hell.

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/dcm8TW

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

my question is why didnt you spend the extra $20 bucks or whatever it is to get the unlocked model??

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Either way I'm not OC, so what does it matter?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

confused about the motherboard choice, since its a locked processor, aswell, from my opinion, you should always be spending more on your graphics card then your cpu. and in this case, you have not. BUT no worries!! i wouldve gone with an amd 8000 series cpu, and upgraded to a gtx 760 or an amd r9 270x.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

For a normal i5-4690, a H97 is what you are supposed to have. Should be okay if you already bought it though. An aftermarket CPU cooler still IS a great idea even when you aren't overclocking the CPU. You can't keep a PC too cool atm. With a 750Ti, you should be Okay at 1080p for some games, but with some of the latest games such as Far Cry 4 and Watch_Dogs, and maybe GTA V etc, you might need to knock the settings down to Medium for performance. If you are looking for a cheap CPU cooler, go for the hyper 212 EVO, as it's probably by far the most common aftermarket CPU cooler there is atm.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Even if you wanted to get the z97 board so you had the potential to buy an unlocked processor and OC in the future, there are much lower priced z97 boards that would have been more than efficient. You could have then put that money toward a better GPU, since gaming is your main priority on this system. Your cable management could use some work although I do not see where this will vastly improve your temps, it would improve the aesthetic though. The only other major hangup I see is the 5400 rpm drive. You could have got a Seagate 1 TB 7200 RPM drive for less. I don't know about Arma 3 specifically but I would imagine that this build should let you run most games at medium settings. Upgrades i would make even before and aftermarket cooler, which is not even 100% necessary, would be a faster drive, perhaps an SSD at minimum for your OS and a better GPU.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

should I get a 7200 rpm drive or an SSD? (can't do both right now)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

An SSD for your OS would improve performance tremendously over the 5400 rpm drive so I would get that first.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, wish I had an i5

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

bruh your dog in the background tho. XD

  • 62 months ago
  • -1 points

I have that motherboard and I think there is something wrong with it. Non of my usb devices get power until I boot to windows. I used the click bios 2 in windows and usb legacy devices and when I first installed it is on and on the first try i could and I remember it being on. Any problems like mine? Please reply if so!

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  • 62 months ago
  • 0 points

750 ti is faster

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Dual channel ram has a 1-2% performance increase compared to single channel when gaming.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm pretty sure the stock cooler is fine if he's not overclocking.