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I started doing YouTube as a hobby back in February. I had a laptop with a Sandy Bridge Core i7, 2.2 GHz, and an Nvidia GT 630M with 2GB VRAM, and 4 gigs of DDR3. I upgraded it to 8 GB the past Winter so I could stream better, but as more games kept coming out, 60 FPS was getting hard to achieve at good looking settings. So, in April, when I got my tuiton refund, I set out to build a budget desktop PC that could do it all. It could play the games, record them while doing so, and then edit the video when I was done, exporting it in a timely fashion. It could stream the games too, given the bandwidth. And here's what I got

Note: "Under Load" temps aren't averages, those are the max I found after testing.

CPU - Intel Xeon E3-1241 V3

For the CPU, I bought a Xeon 1241. Sure, it wasn't on Skylake, and the 6000 series CPUs had been out for a while. But, Haswell, as I've come to find, is solid as a bloody rock. The one I got was a real winner in the silicon lottery, sure, the box says 3.5 GHz, but mine is normally running at about 3.7, 3.8 even sometimes! I haven't even touched the BIOS! Crazy but I guess I got super lucky! It's a great CPU and the clock is almost double my old Sandy Bridge i7.

Motherboard - ASRock H97 PRO4

On the Motherboard, it was initially a Gigabyte B85 model. However, some persuasion from a friend and saving in other parts of the build caused me to upgrade to the PRO4. I have a LOT of USB 3 devices, so having all these ports is really nice! The stuff is super reliable as well, along with some of ASRock's software like XFast LAN helping me make the most of my crappy home internet when I'm there over the summer.

RAM - Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB

I wanted a vaguely white/black color scheme for my PC, so I went with white sticks of HyperX Fury. Why go 1866 when the motherboard can only have 1600? Well, the 1866 was cheaper for a 16 gig kit.

Storage - ADATA SP550 120 GB & Seagate Barracuda 1TB

My SSD is my boot drive, and the Barracuda holds everything else. I'm considering adding more drives later, my case and motherboard can handle up to 6.

GPU - ASUS GTX 960 STRIX 4GB

Back when I built this PC, people were swearing up and down the block about how the 128-bit bus on the 960 couldn't utilize all 4GB of the framebuffer. Well, they were wrong. This past month I built a PC with a friend starring an EVGA 960 FTW 2GB, and his frames and settings on Overwatch are a little bit lower than mine, despite his clocks being stable where my STRIX crashes. I also noticed that DOOM 4 uses just about all of the VRAM.

Case - Corsair Air 240 It's a cool little case indeed, and the 3 fans keep everything nice and chilly! I really like the two compartment system Corsair has in their Air series cases, one for the guts of the PC, the other for your PSU, drives, and all that cabling!

PSU - Corsair CX600 It's 80+ Bronze, 600W, which means expandability, might want to slap a STRIX SOAR or other sound card in the other PCI-E slot (Yeah that needs a 6 pin for whatever reason)

Other stuff

The wireless stick is, well it's ac and that's all I can say about it.

The monitor I got as an open box, it's 1920x1080, and it has G-Sync. Very nice monitor

The keyboard is actually a G710+ with Cherry MX Blue switches. They feel really nice to type on and the G-keys are really useful

The M65 is probably one of the best mice I've ever used, the sniper DPI button not only helps in games but in video editing too, and that is a major plus from me!

My first headset was a Siberia and apart from one Razer, they all have been. This is my 4th headset and I've got to say, the 650 is amazing. They're comfy and I love the extra features in Steelseries Engine, like Mic Compression, it helps my super loud voice.

Performance The combo of the Xeon being on par with the i7 4790 and the GTX 960 gives me some really nice framerates at 1080p.

Evolve Stage 2 - 74 fps max, 65 fps average Settings at very high and 1x SMAA, FOV maxed out

Overwatch - 102 fps max, 80 fps average Settings at Ultra/High

DOOM - 110 fps max, 75 fps average Settings at High/Medium, FXAA, using Vulkan API DOOM is probably the game that surprised me the most, it runs way better than it should at these settings, given Nvidia's reccomended Low/Medium profile. Still plays butter smooth once I unlocked the framerate.

Exporting video in Premiere Pro CC 2015 - 9 minutes 18 seconds for a 20 minute video, high bitrate H.264

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Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 FOR ARCEUS!!!!!!!!!!! sweet build :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

The reason you are seeing 3.7 and 3.8 is because that cpu can turbo boost up to 3.9 ghz

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

So wait, Turbo Boost is variable?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it will use it as needed up to 3.9ghz

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean, I like the white cable sleeving :D

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha its nice to know im not the only one that vandalizes there pc with stickers.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You should see the lid of my laptop, I've got stickers over stickers on that thing!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea hahah same.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey how is the mouse? would you recommend it over the Logitech g502

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The mouse is amazing. Since I got back to college I've been playing Overwatch way more often and since then, I've really come to like the mouse. it is a mouse built for FPS gaming so that might be something to consider; the Sniper DPI button vs a few more on the Logitech. Also the Corsair is stupid light and easy to move around for quick flicks and such, if you play a lot of CS GO this might be a great mouse for you.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

How well does the gpu fit, like is there any pressure on the side window or anything?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, no problems with GPU fit at all. I've been having a time looking for a non reference 1060 upgrade though.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok

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