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February 16, 2014 10:18:47 PM

Alright so I built this back in September 2013 before AMD release the R9/R7 series.
I built this for pure gaming max everything 60+ in all games is what I wanted and still have it seems. my monitor is a HP w22 1680 x 1050 60hz 5ms no LED.
I wanna know what you guys think of this build?

This is what it was at first, had to replace the PSU (Darn Raidmax), and I got a new CPU cooler
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CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($196.98 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.69 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI B85-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.48 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.15 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.15 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
Case: Xigmatek ASGARD PRO (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L4S-10AB-GP 60.9 CFM 140mm Fan ($8.99 @ Mwave)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L4S-10AB-GP 60.9 CFM 140mm Fan ($8.99 @ Mwave)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L4S-10AB-GP 60.9 CFM 140mm Fan ($8.99 @ Mwave)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L4S-10AB-GP 60.9 CFM 140mm Fan ($8.99 @ Mwave)
Case Fan: Xigmatek CLF-F1251 68.3 CFM 120mm Fan ($11.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Xigmatek CLF-F1251 68.3 CFM 120mm Fan ($11.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Xigmatek CLF-F1251 68.3 CFM 120mm Fan ($11.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Raidmax 700W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.98 @ OutletPC)
Mouse: SteelSeries Kana Wired Optical Mouse ($60.99 @ Staples)
Speakers: Logitech Z313 25W 2.1ch Speakers ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $821.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-17 01:13 EST-0500)


And this what it is now.
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CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($196.98 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLW0223 99.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.69 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI B85-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.48 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.15 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.15 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
Case: Xigmatek ASGARD PRO (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L4S-10AB-GP 60.9 CFM 140mm Fan ($8.99 @ Mwave)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L4S-10AB-GP 60.9 CFM 140mm Fan ($8.99 @ Mwave)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L4S-10AB-GP 60.9 CFM 140mm Fan ($8.99 @ Mwave)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L4S-10AB-GP 60.9 CFM 140mm Fan ($8.99 @ Mwave)
Case Fan: Xigmatek CLF-F1251 68.3 CFM 120mm Fan ($11.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Xigmatek CLF-F1251 68.3 CFM 120mm Fan ($11.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Xigmatek CLF-F1251 68.3 CFM 120mm Fan ($11.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W 80+ Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.98 @ OutletPC)
Keyboard: Logitech G510s Wired Gaming Keyboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: SteelSeries Kana Wired Optical Mouse ($60.99 @ Staples)
Speakers: Logitech Z313 25W 2.1ch Speakers ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Other: 5 Chanel Fan Controller ($29.99)
Total: $1006.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-17 01:14 EST-0500)

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a b À AMD
February 16, 2014 11:20:28 PM

over spent on your case and fans, did you actually buy all of those?

Looks like you over spent on RAM.

Didn't get a quality PSU.

I would've went AMD for the CPU, you spent $100 on liquid cooling and didn't get a K series CPU, what's the point there?

Overall it should suit you fine, but live and learn from it, definitely far from a good build.
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a b À AMD
February 16, 2014 11:26:29 PM

the build is good, its just not really a good price/performance ratio.
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February 17, 2014 12:08:08 AM

woltej1 said:
over spent on your case and fans, did you actually buy all of those?

Looks like you over spent on RAM.

Didn't get a quality PSU.

I would've went AMD for the CPU, you spent $100 on liquid cooling and didn't get a K series CPU, what's the point there?

Overall it should suit you fine, but live and learn from it, definitely far from a good build.

Yeah looking back on it shouldn't of spent so much on fans.

RAM was only $69 at that time

PSU... Yeah I didn't know it wasn't a great PSU

Why AMD over intel? I first got the dark knight cooler then I came across some money and the AIO, no idea what I was thinking seeing how I can't even overclock my CPU and my motherboard isn't good for overclocking (or so I hear).

It is by no means a good build but I have learned alot from it

  • 1. Don't cheap out on PSU
  • 2. Don't get Raidmax PSU
  • 3. Don't get a expensive cooler for a non overclock able CPU
  • 4. LED fans sound nice but really get annoying
  • 5. I don't like OCZ Vector SSDs
  • 6. Need more space should of gotten 2TB drive


  • Do you think my PSU would be fine for crossfire? or would it be better to sell my GPU and get a GTX 770?

    If I could redo it I should get a Samsung SSD, I5-4670k, Wouldn't of gotten a Raidmax PSU, probably would gotten same AIO cooler, Z87 motherboard.
    Anything else that would've be better?
    I want to learn from this as much as I can.
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    a b À AMD
    February 17, 2014 1:17:39 AM

    i use speedfan to lower my two front (blue LED fans) to 50% power, they run quiet and still glow blue
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    a b À AMD
    February 17, 2014 3:12:14 PM

    I wouldn't SLI off your current power supply, it's only 80+, not even bronze. Pretty shabby. I'd look into getting a new PSU first, but if you won't get a new one I say a 770 over a 7950 xfire, even though the xfire should be faster, just for safety sake.

    I said AMD over intel because to get a k series and a decent supporting board would cost you $100 more easily. So at that same price an 8320 and good mobo is the better option, especially with $100 into liquid cooling.
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