Description

Introduction:

Hello there! You might have seen me before. I spend lots of time commenting, asking, and giving feedback on the site. I have well over a thousand comments, and have learnt plenty from this great site. Before we get into the technical side of the PC build, I'd like to give a special thanks to everyone on this site, because you guys are the ones who make this site special. I'd also like to give special thanks to my closest friends and most helpful people on the site, Geekazoid, Godzlegend1, Tiny_Voices and Vagabond139. Thanks guys!

Build Outline:

This started roughly 3 years ago. After doing extensive research and becoming inspired, I decided to make a decision to change my life - join the PC master race. I had saved up $1400 over the last three years, with a dream to make my own custom built PC. And finally, that dream has come a reality.

The reasoning behind my choice for certain parts varied. Some were chosen for aesthetics, some were chosen for solid performance, and others were a personal choice. Overall if I am very happy with how this build turned out, and if I were to do it again, I wouldn't change a thing.

Part Choices:

CPU (Processor):

I must say, this was very hard to choose. I had to make a decision, either an i5 4460 with a stock cooler, or an AMD FX 6300 with an aftermarket cooler, and a chance to try out overclocking. I understand that in overall performance, the i5 wins hands down, but choosing the FX was a little more personal. I generally play multi - threaded games, wanted to try out overclocking, and didn't need the power that the i5 bought before me. I am very happy with the FX chip. I have done a decent OC to 4.5HGHz, and temps haven't gone higher than 25 degrees Celsius when under load. At idle, it sits at 16 degrees. I am very impressed with this chip, and would highly recommend it.

CPU Cooler:

The Seidon 120V was an interesting choice. I could have gone with a simpler air cooler, such as the Hyper212 EVO, saved $20 and still achieve decent results, but I found that air coolers can be a little ugly, so I decided to go with a cheap AIO liquid cooler. I am extremely impressed with how this performs. 25 degrees on an overclocked CPU. The Jetflo cooler it comes with is quiet and performs quite well too, and the LED lights up my case. For $70, this thing is worth every cent. The installation was very easy, and it looks very clean. Good job Cooler Master!

Motherboard:

I was tipped off by my fellow PC builders on the site that this motherboard was known to have problems. Unfortunately though, I was stuck with it, since I had already ordered it. However, it isn't bad at all. In fact, I haven't had a single problem with it. The motherboard handles an overclocked CPU, GPU and RAM perfectly fine. The motherboard looks quite nice too, and is quite solid. If I do have a problem with it, I'll let you guys know, but for now, this thing is working like a charm.

Memory:

This is a great set of RAM. The RAM is covered in an aluminum heat-sink, and handles a 2000MHz overclock perfectly fine. Is great for multitasking, and looks nice and clean too. For $65, you cannot beat it.

Storage:

It is widely known that the Kingston SSDNow series SSDs perform very poorly. This however, doesn't carry through the rest of the Kingston SSD range. The Kingston HyperX Fury is a lightning fast SSD that I am deeply impressed with. Boot times are under 10 seconds, and I find my OS to be much snappier than my sisters', who has her OS installed on a HDD. I also included a 1TB Seagate Barracuda to store my games, work, music and movies on (Everything on there was totally installed legit. I promise. No pirating. Wink :P) Great value for money! I picked it up for $65 at Umart!

GPU (Graphics Card):

I as originally planning to get a 4GB version of the card. However, Umart were out of stock, so I bought this instead, and I must say, I am very happy with it. I did my research, and I found that there is minimal difference in performance, unless the resolution it bumped up to 2560x1440. This card has only been used in minecraft (I got 140FPS, and 250FPS when Idling), and I'm very happy with the results. I am going to test battlefield 4 soon, and will post benchmarks once I've gotten it. I have done a Overall an excellent mid/high range card for under $300.

Case:

In my opinion, there is no finer case anywhere. The cable management system, the tool free installation, the liquid cooling support, the airflow, and the window - all done perfectly by Thermaltake, This case is amazing. If you are looking at this, thinking you want to make you own PC, I would highly recommend this case. I would also recommend throwing a LED strip in it, as it would look even more awesome. 10/10 - IGN.

PSU (Power Supply):

This is an excellent quality PSU. I snatched this for $100, and I'm quite happy with it. Wish there was a blue version though. Provides sufficient wattage to the system, and handles a GPU, CPU and RAM overclock at the same time perfectly fine. Well done Antec.

Peripherals:

The LG 24M47VQ is a great monitor. It delivers a nice, clear picture, and has a very nice 2ms response time. Games look great on it, and will be adding a second one when the time comes.

The CM Devastator is also excellent. The keyboard quality is outstanding, and the mouse has a very nice feeling to it. The backlighting is great too, it makes it look like there is a pool of blue underneath the keyboard. Typing is quite good too! Within 10 minutes, I was typing at a solid 60 wpm.

To be honest, the Cooler Master case fans aren't what I wanted. The fan speeds are fine, the noise levels are fine, but compared to the Jetflo fans, they look quite dull. A main reason why I chose the fans were for aesthetics, but the LEDs are not very strong, and they are basically lines. They do not light up the fan, nor much else. Still, they're better than nothing, and keep my system nice and cool. :D

Conclusion:

For $1400, I present my personal gaming PC. It does what I want it to do, and I am very, very happy with it. I did have some problems with installation, but other than that, it is working perfectly. Please drop a comment down below, and an up-vote would be much appreciated.

Adios! :D

PS - The cake is a lie

PPS - Why am I writing PS's?

PPPS - That is a good question.

PPPPS - Ok, I should stop now.

PPPPPS - Why?

PPPPPPS - Um, because people wanna see the pics, not some random self conversation

PPPPPPPS - Ok, you have a point, I'm done.

PPPPPPPPS - Whew, good. Thanks for reading! XD

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Those temps are not accurate. What app are you using?

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

I am using core temp.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Coretemp does not read AM3 well at all. Download HWMonitor.

  • 47 months ago
  • 4 points

Ok, just got proper temp readings. My CPU is at 35 degrees (It is under load ATM), BF4 and Minecraft are both open.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Having something open but being tabbed out does not load the CPU. Download and run Prime95. Then check the temps after a few mins.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

I used the onboard stress test on CPUZ, and temps stayed at 25 deg.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Will do.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

OOOOOOOO. I've been waiting for this. Good choice of parts, and great description.+1

his card has only been used in minecraft (I got 140FPS, and 250FPS when Idling)

Are you using Optifine?

10/10 - IGN.

11/10*

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Optifine? Wat? :/

Thanks! :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

You don't know what optifine is?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

No... :/

(Pls no kill)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

willbrud gave a very brief explanation of what Optifine does.

It does add a zoom in function, but it also does some other stuff.

The key feature of Optifine is the ability to disable and enable certain features in the game that will make it run better. Usually along the lines with particles, and minute details that don't really help your visual experience. Once you download it you should see a noticeable improvement. Most of the settings is in "Video settings" area.

It is also necessary if you want to download Shaders.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Optifine allows you to zoom in on the screen with the click of a button. It is not a hacking client, but allows your game to be clearer and less laggy if necessary. Thank you and good night.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Since I am already achieving decent frame rates, is it worth getting optifine?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok! Will be downloading shortly!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

How do you like that monitor?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Very sharp pictures, and 2ms response time is great. Would highly recommend in a triple monitor setup. 10/10 - IGN

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I sense a down voting troll.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Ik ;-;

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, looking through the comments, there is some guy who downvoted stuff... If I find out who did it...

;-;

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Minecraft FTW! I dig the blue theme, the rawness of the case, and the tubes on the AIO. Only thing I would have done differently would have been a different keyboard and mouse, but hey who's counting anyway? Great budget build.

PS: you should check out the MC server at mc.epitomeoftoast.com

PPS: why?

PPPS: cos it's new and needs halp.

PPPPS: /shamelessplug

PPPPPS: okay I'm done

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I will definitely check it out. Right now I am about to head out for a 48KM training walk for an upcoming challenge up mountains and hills.

My poor legs ;-;

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build. Looks sharp. Good job going AMD! One of my favorite build's I've seen so far. I'm new to the site and still exploring but nice to see builds like this.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Glad you liked it :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

My dad had a dual Titan x build and he gets over 500 fps in minecraft (unlocked fps cap in confige). +1 nice build

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

DAYYYM! I wish I had that kind of horsepower. I am literally playing Minecraft now and am getting around 300FPS. Thanks dude! :D

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build bud. Loving the Blue and Black theme on this thing. Looks fantastic. The little touches of red give it a nice pop too. +1 on this beautiful setup. Feel free to stop by and check out my build. Its a constant work in progress because I keep swapping parts out but any feed back is always appreciated.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'll take a look at yours :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually HATE that keyboard and mouse. The keyboard is decent but mine flickers every now and then and stops for a few weeks and then starts again. The mouse is absolute trash. Scroll wheel is annoying with how loud and squeaky the scroll wheel is.

I have the same AIO as you, the same CPU as you, and the same RAM as you lol. +1 for brother parts :). (even if my AIO is shite)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree with you about the mouse. Clicking is quite loud :/

Brother parts FTW XD

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the same keyboard (don't use the mouse) and I quite like it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

25 degrees on an overclocked CPU.

I am highly doubting its that cool, you will want to use AMD Overdrive to get a accurate temperature of the cpu.

http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2122665/understanding-temperature-amd-cpus-apus.html

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Overdrive tells me that temps are at 33 degrees.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

The smaller the thermal margin the hotter the cpu is so it for sure is not running at no room temp, a thermal margin of 33C is decent however.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Your bottom fan is exhausting

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

:/

Should it not be doing that?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

No, bottom fans should always be intake

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea that's sucking air out of your case

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

So should I flip it around?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

yes

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

rhali8 Grats on finally uploading and getting yourself a build. You have a great presences in the forums and now you have something to show in completed builds.

and since tiny_voices did not kill you on the PSU, you must of did good on that part as well.

ANyway, great to see your computer here.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

HI

IF YOU CAN READ THIS YOU WIN

WHAT DO I WIN?

Nice PC. +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

You win a massive giant fat explosive +1 XD

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Great. Does this mean I'll be skinny or fat? o_O

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Both.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for insert good reason

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The reasoning levels are OVER 9000!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

XD

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

In my opinion, the keyboard looks pretty cheap, the buttons are plastic. I like the backlight, but when searched for my cheap keyboard with backlighting, I found out that the keyboard had malware and crashed both my computers. (R.I.P Steven and Jordan; they will be remembered)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

A keyboard with malware that destroyed your computers? That sounds pretty unusual. However, I do know that Cooler Master makes good stuff that won't give your computer malware. Also, what did you mean by the keys are plastic?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Sticky or very noisy. These are terms I use when I mean plastic. I agree Cooler Master does make high quality products, and I use them all the time, and the feel of the keyboard is all up to the user. I'm only stating my opinion.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh, ok. I think I understand what you mean now. Keyboards are really the only thing where it's very subjective, and everybody has a different opinion.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Congratulations rhali8! you have made a very nice computer, and I hope it works fine for many years. May your temperatures be low and your framerates be high :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

:D

Thanks, frames are off the roof! I might need some more actually. Is there a crafting recipe for it? :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I think you just need a GPU, and bulk orders of pictures frames. The more you order, the better the rates will be :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Great part selection! Everything looks neatly layed out too!

Good job.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Where is Steam?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This was made ages ago. I've got steam up and running and now have a very nice game library.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The same CPU and Water Cooler as me :-) Great great job here. everything perfect, cable managment, everything clean. I've got 4.6Ghz with my Asus M5A97 evo R.2. Anyhow, is a machine to enjoy for the next years. You've got my point!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! :D

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nicely done +1.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

"The full $1400 Gaming Machine"

Total: $911.40

Mate, I think someone ripped you off.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It seems that the PSU and the optical drive no longer exist, and that prices have gone down substantially. This guide is a little outdated, but it does help beginners.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah lol didn't notice that. Good build though

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Can it run windows 10 im thinking about getting that motherboard

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Do you think you'll be building yours soon? I can't wait :D

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

BTW, I just got Fallout 4.

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