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Hurricane - The Full $1400 Gaming Machine

by rhali8

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

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tiny_voices 4 Builds 3 points 38 months ago

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

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 3 points 38 months ago

I am using core temp.

tiny_voices 4 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

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

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 4 points 38 months ago

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

tiny_voices 4 Builds 3 points 38 months ago

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

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 3 points 38 months ago

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

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 3 points 38 months ago

Will do.

johngerges582 2 points 38 months ago

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*

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Optifine? Wat? :/

Thanks! :D

johngerges582 2 points 38 months ago

You don't know what optifine is?

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

No... :/

(Pls no kill)

johngerges582 2 points 38 months ago

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.

willbrud 2 points 38 months ago

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.

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

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

TheNoob 2 points 38 months ago

Yes.

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Ok! Will be downloading shortly!

darthrambo152 2 points 37 months ago

How do you like that monitor?

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

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

GreenBeanPie 2 points 36 months ago

I sense a down voting troll.

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Ik ;-;

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

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

;-;

ben.toast 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

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

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

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 ;-;

jackbauer24 2 points 35 months ago

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.

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

Thanks! Glad you liked it :)

ePoCTwistt 4 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

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

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

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

xAxTragicxEndx 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

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.

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

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

ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

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)

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

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

Brother parts FTW XD

tiny_voices 4 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

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

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

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

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Overdrive tells me that temps are at 33 degrees.

vagabond139 5 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

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.

Jhobbster 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Your bottom fan is exhausting

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

:/

Should it not be doing that?

Arkwoman1990 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

No, bottom fans should always be intake

Jhobbster 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

Yea that's sucking air out of your case

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

So should I flip it around?

Arkwoman1990 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

yes

floridaboz 4 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

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.

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Thanks! :D

GreenBeanPie 1 point 38 months ago

HI

IF YOU CAN READ THIS YOU WIN

WHAT DO I WIN?

Nice PC. +1

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

You win a massive giant fat explosive +1 XD

GreenBeanPie 2 points 38 months ago

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

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Both.

Kokonip 1 point 38 months ago

+1 for insert good reason

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

The reasoning levels are OVER 9000!

Kokonip 1 point 38 months ago

XD

willbrud 1 point 38 months ago

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)

piemancoder 2 points 38 months ago

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?

willbrud 2 points 38 months ago

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.

piemancoder 2 points 38 months ago

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.

piemancoder 1 point 38 months ago

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 :)

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

:D

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

piemancoder 2 points 38 months ago

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

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

lol

TheNoob 1 point 38 months ago

Great part selection! Everything looks neatly layed out too!

Good job.

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

:)

lukep326 1 point 38 months ago

Where is Steam?

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

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

dccorreia 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

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!

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Nice! :D

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Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Nicely done +1.

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

:)

Proward 1 point 36 months ago

"The full $1400 Gaming Machine"

Total: $911.40

Mate, I think someone ripped you off.

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

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.

Proward 2 points 36 months ago

Ah lol didn't notice that. Good build though

rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

:)

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rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

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

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rhali8 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

BTW, I just got Fallout 4.

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