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Project: LANCER

by CaptainFishSticks


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Date Published

Feb. 4, 2015

Date Built

Feb. 4, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.114 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


This was my very first Gaming PC build. It took me about a week and a half of research. I had to get some input from a variety of different folks who kept recommending different parts. In the end, I decided to go with parts that I could pick up all at once from my nearest Micro Center -- because screw waiting for deliveries, am I right? This whole build took me about three hours -- forty-five minutes of which was spent trying to figure out why the heat-sink wouldn't stay locked (because I had the mounts upside down, lol). The last thirty minutes of my time building this was working with the cables. I was honestly surprised I didn't break anything while putting this together.

The combination of the CPU, Motherboard, and the Graphics Card (all of which, I think, are considered "high-end" for budget builds) runs a wide variety of modern games at phenomenal performance.

Battlefield 4 averages between 55 - 60 FPS on its Ultra settings. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn averages around 70 FPS while not in major population centers, 45 FPS in major population centers. It basically tanks wherever there are multitudes of players but it never dips below 30. Middle-Earth: Shadows of Mordor averages around 55 FPS on its ultra-high settings.

I'll run some more tests whenever I get more games.

There are many concerns with the GeForce GTX 970 and its capability of handling high-capacity gaming, but if you're playing at 1080p (or even 1440p) then you should have no problems with this card on its own. It's still very much a terrific GPU for its price.

Part Reviews


I upgraded from a laptop -- an ASUS G74Sx with an Intel i7-2630QM. Needless to say, this processor was a worthwhile purchase. It gets the job done, and combined with a great motherboard (for the price and deal) as well as one of the best single-GPU cards currently on the market the i5-4690k is perfect for my gaming.

CPU Cooler

I wanted the EVO 212, but Micro Center said that it wasn't to be. So I picked up what was, what I thought, the next best thing.


Had this alongside Micro Center's Intel Core i5 bundle deal, where I buy an Intel processor bundled with a Motherboard of my choice. Honestly, this was the most logical for what I needed -- and what I needed were more USB slots, for all of my peripherals. Performance on the Motherboard is also stellar, and the overclocking capabilities are amazing.


While not my first pick, these were cheap and they still get the job done.


Oh my God, these boot-up times. For everything. I'm literally salivating, after coming from a laptop that took ages to load everything on boot-up. THE ONLY DOWNSIDE is that I'm getting some pretty fatal crashes that forces me to restart my computer.


Hard Drive's a Hard Drive, and Western Digital, I feel, is plenty reliable. I wish I could have gotten more storage space, but I had a budget that I needed to stay within.

Video Card

For 1080p this was probably the best investment I could have ever made, considering it was also for my very first computer build. The GTX 970 STRIX operates like a dream and enables me to do something I'd never been able to do -- run every single one of my games at their highest settings without even breaking a sweat.


While not the prettiest-looking tower, it was affordable and exactly what I needed for my first PC. Without dust filters, though...

Power Supply

I originally had a Corsair CX750M picked out when I was first building my PC, but I had a lot of folks tell me how unreliable it was as a power supply in general. So I picked something that I knew was reliable, and it only cost slightly higher than what I was willing to spend. Worthwhile investment, and I haven't run into any problems whatsoever.

Comments Sorted by:

gokhannn 7 points 51 months ago

sponsered by pepsi?

shaffon 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Very nice build, But if you can i would flip the PSU so the fan faces down (As long as the case has a vent there i don't know if it does). Also that psu seems a bit overkill unless you plan to sli in the future. I have got to say the GPU looks great. I always liked how STRIX carrds looked. Anyway good build +1

CaptainFishSticks submitter 2 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

In the very-near future I plan to set the tower on top of carpet as I move everything into my bedroom proper. Right now I'm currently gaming out in the living room, and since I'm in an apartment complex I wanted to stop bothering my hall neighbors.

aviatioralex96 2 points 36 months ago

I live in an apartment building aswell, and my brother does all the yelling. I'm surprised we haven't got a noise complaint yet.

Smk54 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

That case does have a bottom vent, so PSU can pull air in from bottom. That usually is best setup as long as case is not sitting on thick carpet.

Durann31 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago


polydark 1 point 51 months ago

nice build man, in light of the recent gtx 970 shenanigans i'm relieved to see there are still ppl getting the card and not complaining about performance at 1080p, that's what i game at and i am also getting the strix 970! Enjoy!

TheDitboy 1 point 44 months ago

Could I ask how many fans this case comes with? I am planning on using it for a future build, and I can't find anyone who has reviewed it.

CaptainFishSticks submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Sorry, I'd just noticed you sent me a message! Buying it stock, it came with one case fan in the back.

TheDitboy 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks for the info. I decided to go with the Corsair Spec 02 with cheap and reliable Cooler Master Sickle-Flow Fans.

Kidicarus17 1 point 38 months ago

Hi can you take a look at my build? I might build this one unless you think i should build one like yours. Thanks http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Kidicarus17/saved/WDcwrH

CaptainFishSticks submitter 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Depending on what you want to do, I'd highly recommend getting a second hard-drive. 250gb is not going to be a whole lot after you install the operating system. I would also highly recommend getting a better quality PSU -- don't skimp out on it, it's probably one of the most important parts of your PC. I was told to not have a Corsair CX-series power supply because of some faulty parts.

Other than that, everything looks for the most part solid.

Kidicarus17 1 point 38 months ago

Thankyou. Someone told me to use the corsair instead of what i chose and what you said is what ithought. Ill grab another hard drive too

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CaptainFishSticks submitter 2 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

One billion pesos.