Depends on which games you want to run, League of Legends and WoW? Definitely... Crysis 3 and The Witcher 3? Probably not. Your build does look pretty solid as far as Price/Performance goes though. Only thing I might change would be upgrading the MOBO to allow for more overclocking headroom but if you don't plan on overclocking then don't worry about it.
Keep on keepin' on brother!
I can't help but agree with you about the radiator tubes, great build otherwise!
Great first build! Very well done cable management paired with some awesome pictures! +1 from me sir!
Great use of budget and amazing pictures! +1 from me!
What exactly will you be using this build for? If it's for basic home-use and web browsing you should be fine but I wouldn't reccomend it for anything else.
I love the 380T, such a fun case to build in!
That being said, it's true that the 860k would have been a better choice for the CPU if you wanted to stick with the FM2+ platform; it has better performance than a 5800K and has the added benefit of having no built in GPU taking up space on the chip. In addition, going with an R9 285 for the GPU would have paired nicely because of it's newer architecture and better optimization for mITX builds, but it's all good!
+1 for a great first client build!
DAT R9 390 DOE! +1 for a very well coordinated build and having great performance/dollar!
Great looking build and awesome price/performance! More in the description would be nice but you definitely deserve my +1 lol
Another brilliant build, well done sir! +1
This is brilliantly creative! Well done, +1! As a side note... Would you be willing to do something similar for someone else? I could make it worth your while lol
Nice build brother, well coordinated aesthetically +1!
Expertly done sir, the color coordination on this build is impeccable! +1 from me!
Stellar job working within the confines of budget and customer needs! As previously stated, amazing build quality and great pictures! +1
It was pretty snug but definitely not impossible! I was even able to fit a second fan on the cooler, it works great!
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!
Great looking build man, loving the AMD representation! Cool case mod on the NZXT logo too! +1
It's great! Runs most games at high-ultra settings ~60fps or above in 1080p. It also overclocked pretty well with MSI afterburner, would definitely recommend for the price!
Absolutely beautiful, well done sir! +1!
I second this statement... Having also done multiple builds with both AMD and Intel components I can say that there most definitely is a market/purpose in gaming for both of their chips, CPU's and GPU's alike.
Also, a bit of advice Blackie_Sheen, visiting "tech related forums" and asking "if amd cpus are good for gaming" does not constitute actual research...
Stellar looking build, it shows that you put some serious thought and care into it. Love the thicker diameter tubing too, really unique look! +1 for you sir!
Thanks so much! I plan on putting in some extensions to finish up this build once I get back home, I'll post an update with pictures when it's done!
Aww thanks for the compliments! Bowser's Build was a special scenario; it was strctly a streaming box and needed to be small/travel capable, hence the Corair 380T, mITX mobo and 4790k CPU. He said onboard graphics would be enough for what he was doing and that he would upgrade to a discrete graphics card later when he saved up some more money. An SSD wasn't a necessity but in retrospect it probably would have been a good thing to squeeze into the budget, I think SSD's are a must for most custom builds these days lol
This is what I use for builds with a mobo that doesn't have enough fan headers. It uses one molex connector and splits it 3 ways. There are cheaper variations out there but I like the Bitfenix build quality, the fact that the cables are black and they're sleeved.
Brilliant use of budget, +1 for the banana lol
This build has SERIOUS character! +1 for you sir!
The motherboard that I used for this build had plenty of extra fan headers so that wasn't really an issue for me. If you don't have enough fan headers you can always use Molex cables from your PSU to power the fans but if you do that they can't be controlled by software and will run at full speed all the time.
Hello! I went with the stock CPU cooler for this build because an aftermarket CPU cooler simply wasn't in the budget. The client needed this to stay under $500 and at the time it came to just about at budget with all of the parts and the OS. On most of the other client builds I've done I recommend an aftermarket CPU cooler (whether it's for overclocking or just to keep noise levels down) but only if we can make it work within the budget. Hope that answers your question!
Roger that! I Was just curious because I've always read that it's optimal to put the GPU in the PCIe slot closest to the north-bride (the top one) for the best bandwith, if it works for you though keep on keeping on!
Good looking AMD build! My only question is, why did you put the GPU in the lowest PCIe slot? +1 for you anyways!
Hello! The Corsair that I usually use for low budget/low wattage builds is the CX430 or CX430M. Here's a link https://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx430m
It's great for a small low budget starter build that isn't too power hungry, usually retails for about $50. I would go for the semi-modular version that I linked because cable management is much easier!
Nice guy checking in! I think it's a great build for the money, the 4690k + GTX 970 combo was a good choice for the intended purpose!
With regards to the PCIe PSU connectors, you can purchase them from Newegg for your specific model at this link http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812527001
Also, don't be afraid to utilize some of the H440's great cable management options!
Other than that I love the color scheme and be sure to take more pictures if you end up rotating the CPU cooler!
Thanks for the kind words! With regards to the motherboard, I know how rough it is getting started as a streamer (my wife currently streams full time) and I felt like this was my contribution to his endeavors. I didn't even have plans to use the MOBO in a future build of mine because of it's size, so it just seemed like it was time to let it go. I'm happy that I was able to help him out and he's super excited about the build so everything worked out! =)
First off I wanted to say thanks for the feedback! I'll try to address all of your concerns since the description above didn't quite cut it for you. Note, that most of the part decisions were based purely on budget and certain parts that are common in other "gaming builds" were simply not an option at the client's budget of $900. Also, I'd like to note that a good portion of user builds on this site don't seem to put in the OS as a factor when adding up cost; I however do take this into account and it does change the part selection process.
The SSD was something that the client wanted to add after we already sorted out most of the build. He decided that he wanted to tack on an additional $100 to the budget (which was originally only $800) so that he could get a small SSD for his OS and a better graphics card. Originally we had NO SSD in the build (because budget simply didn't allow for it) and only a GTX 750ti for the GPU. The extra $100 allowed us to spend $50 on an SSD and an extra $50 to get a GTX 960, it's as simple as that.
The PSU I selected mostly based on budget as well and in my experience 450 watts is more than enough to put a mild overclock on a 4790k; this is the Maxwell family we're talking about here, it's not a power hungry Vishera. Although if you could find a more powerful PSU from a reputable manufacturer for <$50 I would be glad to check it out!
Which leads to my next point, the GTX 960 was literally all that the client had room for in the budget after the 4790k and the rest of the components were factored in, even at the raised budget. I even alleviated matters further by contributing a free motherboard to the build because I knew that with the 4790k stifling the already strict budget that we would have to make serious cuts. This route enabled us to still get a very competent 1080p gaming card (the GTX 960 is definitely the sweet spot at 1080p) AND not have to make any additional changes to the build.
I'll add that just because the 4790k "pairs better" with a stronger card doesn't mean that the only option when considering this CPU is a stronger GPU. This computer was purpose built for the client, Streaming first and Gaming second, explaining why more than a third of the budget went towards the CPU and not the GPU. If we had an extra $150 in the budget then yes, I probably would have gone with a GTX 970 but as it stands the computer is running great without one.
The CPU cooler is arguably the quietest fan in the build even though it's the smallest! It's overclocking capabilities aren't really up to snuff but it looks great and was cheap so I'm happy with it! =)
Nice catch! It was late when I wrote this so I must not have caught that on my proofread =P
I actually had a spare from a previous build lying around because I replaced the stock fan on a Hyper T4 with a Corsair SP120. It looks like you can buy the fan directly from CoolerMaster though, here's a link! http://www.cmstore-usa.com/hyper-212-evo-120mm-fan-oem-package/
The old GPU was a reference GTX 770, we ended up putting a newer GTX 960 to match the color scheme a bit more. I'm going to recycle the 770 for an SLI build that I'll be doing soon though!
To re-iterate, this build was made with content creation and streaming at the forefront; light gaming was an afterthought which is why we only allocated $100-$150 for the GPU. After running multiple tests using Sony Vegas with the i7-4790 I can confidently say that it does a better job than an i5-4690 would do, thanks for the input though!
Thanks! Yeah, I almost wish we had an extra $30-40 in the budget for a nice Mid-Tower with a bit more room lol In the end the Spec-02 does its job and has decent airflow but MAN it was a pain to get everything in there! I'm really digging the PNY RAM so far, even overclocked it to 1866! The optical drive was something my buddy wanted, I always mention it as an option to people I do builds for but it might have been better spent on a nicer case lol
Thanks! And yeah, as soon as I ship it out to him on Tuesday I'm sure he'll be stoked!
Thanks! I'm not too worried about the overclock though, just wanted to see what I could squeeze out of it. I've seen other people get 8320's into the 4.0-4.5Ghz range with this exact board, so we'll see how it goes!
Thanks for the kind words! Yeah, I expected the 80mm fans to be loud but they actually stay pretty quiet! The only thing I hear nowadays is the pump from the H100i but I'm pretty sure mine is defective in some way lol I would definitely recommend the fractal design fans, they even came with rubber mounting tabs but I couldn't figure out how to fit them in that tight of a space.
Cool looking build! I like that you put an extra case fan underneath the 750ti to help with cooling, good idea! +1 and welcome to the Air 240 club!
The motherboard might detect the correct sizes and speeds but according to most manufacturer's documetation the RAM should be placed in the proper color coordinated slots to be setup for dual channel.
Looks aren't everything, Rosewill is a very reputable brand and this particular model is considered Tier 2 - Class A. I'm fairly confident that OP should be fine with his choice lol
Love the color scheme, definitely a well thought out build! Only advice I have is to flip the PSU (if your case allows) so that it's getting colder air from outside rather than warmer air from the inside of the case and maybe try routing some of your cables better (specifically the top MOBO power connector) +1 for you sir, welcome to the world of custom PC's!
Not a bad build but I'd say get a new PSU before that one blows up on you, not even kidding.
One of the best looking water-cooled 450D's I've seen, bravo sir +1
Great part selection based on budget and build needs, AMD was a good choice at this price-point. I agree with previous sentiments that a 6300 would have probably been sufficient but it's good to see you sticking to your guns about your preference for an 8-core, it's your build after all!
+1 for you sir!