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A good friend of mine asked me to build him a system because he was so impressed with Deadpool (see my other system as reference). We targeted a budget of $1000 for all the parts, the tower alone coming in at around $750. With PC PartPicker as my clipboard, we discussed our options and came up with this assortment. You'll notice that some of the parts in the build may seem quite odd for the kind of hardware we went with. The reason for this is that a few of the parts were previously purchased by my friend for future use. So before any of you "veterans" give me any lip about the 80+ bronze PSU, bear in mind that this was a previously purchased item that I simply decided to integrate into the parts list.

Another thing you'll probably note is the lack of volume of photos. My friend was very eager to commence using his system and insisted very strongly that I finish it as soon as possible. Of course, we all know that you can't rush art ;) I'd also like to take this moment to apologize for the sub-par cable management. Yes, it is indeed an eye sore. But since the case I was working with had no space behind the mobo tray, I had limited space to cram all those non-modular cables inside that micro ATX case. Again, please do not give me lip about it; I was doing the best I could with what I had. With that all said and out of the way, I hope you enjoy my buddy's new computer. It may be an ugly child, but at least I'm not truly responsible for its looks ;)

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  • 58 months ago
  • 4 points

Excellent Job on this build. The 860K+GTX970 is fine with me, as I'm sure he's maxing out every game at 1080p with no issues.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

You seem to be the only one with some sense around here lol. Yes, the chip and GPU combo are actually quite good contrary to what the "armchair PC builder" would tell you.

  • 58 months ago
  • 6 points

I agree. What happened to the idea to make a PC however you want to, regardless of how different, unusual, or out of the norm?

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice m8 my friends are interested in getting PCs too but they either don't trust me to build them -_- or have no money.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Feels =\

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

here to :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Very Solid Build +1. Don't Let People Say That CPU Is Underpowered.I See Potential In That CPU,Especially When Overclocked.I Would Say Something On The Cable Management,But I Have No Reason To As This Is A Nice Build,And My Cable Management Isnt Any Better Either XD.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

People don't realize the potential in an unlocked CPU. I mean, hell, my Cinebench score went from 800-something to 976 by simply going from 4.0 to 4.6 GHz. But the haters will hate =]

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice.Wish I Could Overclock My CPU.Still Stuck With Stock Cooler.But Yes,I Agree With You 100%

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Man that's a pretty tight fit! Looks sexy though! Nice work dude!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build brother, I'm glad to see there are others that realize the 860k is actually a competent CPU. +1 for keeping it below $1,000 even with a monitor and keyboard added in!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, brother!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! The 860k is an awesome processor. +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, and how's the case? I really wanted to get this instead of the corsair n200 but they didn't have it in my country :(

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It's very nice for a budget mATX case, but it's quite cramped for large cards. Also, there's no space in the back for routing cables. These are really my only two complaints.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Was the USB 3.0 header difficult to install? Because looking on Newegg Product Page for this MOBO, it appears that a capacitor or something looks like it blocks the header from clicking in all the way. I'm asking because Newegg is offering a combo deal with the exact same MOBO and CPU, and I don't know if I should get this MOBO.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

What games have you tested on this and what was the FPS?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Sadly, I won't be the one playing the games, but I tested Valley with 8X MSAA, extreme tesselation, and ultra presets and consistently was well over 70 FPS.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the cpu bottlenecking the gpu?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Not at all. Bear in mind that this rig was built with gaming in mind and not much of anything else. With the 4.8 GHz overclock I was able to dial in for him, the machine maxes out every game, maintaining the 60 FPS mark across the board. I regard the 860K very highly as a gaming chip and as a quad-core alternative to its dual-core equivalent (in price), the G3258.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you give me some benchmarks for AAA titles? I really wanna pair up an athlon x4 860k with a r9 390. I saw a fx 6300 with a gtx 970 do around ~50 fps on max settings in GTA V. I'm really curious as to see how the athlon x4 860k will fare. Oh, and please tell me if you OC'd your cpu and by how much.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I pushed the CPU to 4.8 GHz and put the graphics card at 1460 MHz on the core. Nothing really fazed this thing at 1080 with these overclocks, despite the haters telling me that a dual core G3258 runs circles around the 860K. Anyway, you'll see framerates well over 60 FPS on ultra, the obvious exceptions being Crysis 3 and Withcher 3. Regardless, through my thorough testing It wrecked nearly every AAA title I threw at it--GTA V, FarCry 4, Metro LL... you get the idea. But as far as CPU intensive tasks go, good luck :p

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

holy 4.8 GHz. Ok ty. What about Witcher 3? What was the most stable fps you got?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

[Sigh] it was all over the place. With Hairworks off, I think It maxed out at 65 FPS on ultra. But there were frequent dips into the single digits that I cannot explain. I can only hope it was driver issues. But the owner finished that game and is just free roaming on GTA V. Sometimes we play CoD in a LAN party.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

What voltage did you use? I am curious because I am upgrading to a 860K soon and plan on using a Noctua D14 with it and I am curious as to high how it will go reasonable.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have the slightest clue. The last time I touched the OC on that thing was when I built it. Since I upgraded to a 5960X I sold him my 4790K and mobo with it. I do know that I set the clock to 4.7 and 1.4-ish volts. But that, ultimately, is for you to figure out.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Or maybe it was 4.8 GHz...

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to overclock your ram slots for the ram you picked to work at 2400mhz?

  • 58 months ago
  • -2 points

CHEAP CPU + A high end GPU=? why not balance it? An i3 would've been the same price but better in gaming performance since the x4 860k only stacks up with the G3258. An i3 4150 for $100-130 + a B85 or an H81 motherboard for $50-80 or maybe even an H97 wouldve been better because with a Haswell i3 theres an upgrade path to a locked i5 or an i7.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I think you've failed to read the description. Also, the X4 860K is working just fine and is much better than any i3 I've laid hands on. And did I mention it's a quad core? And that it's unlocked?

  • 58 months ago
  • -3 points

In any gaming benchmarks a Haswell i3 is better than an X4 860k thats not an opinion it is a fact. I can provide youtube videos or even forums. Althought its a quad core the, per core performance is way weaker than the i3 and even though its unlocked the i3 still beats it. In price to performance an i3 with stock cooler= $100-130 while a 860k is $80 + Aftermarket Heatsink range is around $30-50 for a cheap one that would add up $110-130 and then you'd still need to learn how to overclock and worry about motherboard chipsets and mosfets for the best of stability.

In summary i3 in gaming performance beats 860k, its less work with an i3, and it has a better cheap combo. So basically i3 just beats 860k all around. Here's a sample of a Pentium beating 860k. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoT638ErboU

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Not at all. I see people all time getting AIOs for their G3258 chips.

  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

Well thats because people who usually get the G3258 will upgrade to an i5 or i7 later down the line. For your build you'd have no upgrade path what so ever.

  • 58 months ago
  • 4 points

You just can't win with some people...