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Any PC Builders Out There?

Discussion in 'Technology' started by neilbe4me, Nov 19, 2017.

  1. Nov 19, 2017 at 8:48 AM
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    neilbe4me

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    I am a PC Building enthusiast.

    I'm also a PC Gamer.

    I just want to see if there are any other computer building aficionados in this forum. It's certainly a fun and expensive hobby as technology is always changing.

    Here's my current build and set up. I've had it since 2014 but I've helped my friends build a bunch of theirs. I know that this is not the best build out there, but this is just what worked for my budget around that time. This was probably purchased in pieces through a 9 month period.

    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/wzLTYr

    CPU: Intel - Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
    CPU Cooler: NZXT - Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($205.37 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI - Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
    Memory: G.Skill - Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($92.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($92.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: SanDisk - Solid State Drive 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($128.59 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Samsung - 850 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($100.00)
    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($41.77 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.09 @ Newegg Marketplace)
    Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.09 @ Newegg Marketplace)
    Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked+ ACX 2.0 Video Card ($489.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair - 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Thermaltake - 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 8.1 OEM 64-bit
    Wireless Network Adapter: Gigabyte - GC-WB867D-I PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter ($34.00 @ B&H)
    Case Fan: BitFenix - BFF-SPRO-12025KK-RP 56.2 CFM 120mm Fan ($12.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case Fan: BitFenix - BFF-SPRO-12025KK-RP 56.2 CFM 120mm Fan ($12.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case Accessory: NZXT - Hue LED Controller ($33.55 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: BenQ - GL2460HM 24.0" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor ($129.00 @ Amazon)
    Keyboard: Razer - Blackwidow Ultimate 2014 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($79.95 @ Amazon)
    Mouse: Razer - Razer Naga 2014 Wired Laser Mouse
    Other: NZXT IU01 ($22.99)
    Other: Tower Cover - Computer Dust Solutions ($14.99)
    Other: Razer Goliathus Extended CONTROL Soft Gaming Mouse Mat ($34.99)
    Total: $1815.31
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

    I'd like to upgrade to the new gen CPU's but I would have to change my motherboard since all the new CPU's have different chipsets.

    Here are some pictures:

    5.jpg 6.jpg 4.jpg 1.jpg 2.jpg 3.jpg

    Does anyone else play any PC Games? If so, let me know and we can play some together!

    I'm on the following clients:
    Origin
    Battle.NET
    Steam
    League of Legends
    Epic Games

    Let's see who else has their own build and set up!
     
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  2. Nov 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM
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    BartMaster1234

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    It's been a while since I've been into PC Gaming, but I've built something like 20 computers and workstations for friends.

    Here's my rig: I built it in December of 2014

    i7 4790k @ 4.7GHz
    Nvidia GTX 980 SSC ACX 2.0
    32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 1866MHz
    512GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD
    1TB WD Black HDD
    Asus z97 Deluxe Motherboard
    Corsair AX760 80+ Gold Fully Modular PSU
    CableMod Red/Black Sleeved Cables (not pictured)
    Lamptron Nixie Tube Fan Controller (not pictured)
    Cooler Master v8 GTS CPU Cooler
    NZXT Phantom 530 ATX Case

    Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 w/ Cherry MX Blue
    Logitech G602 Wireless Mouse

    My rig:

    https://imgur.com/a/TfYyA

    I have a buddy who is a streamer and I've built 3 or 4 computers for him. Here's his main rig versus his streaming and encoding machine.

    IMG_2644.jpg IMG_2727.jpg
     
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  3. Nov 19, 2017 at 9:03 AM
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    Damn that's a nice build! I love the cable management too.

    I want to do another build and do a white theme but it's not easy looking for parts with that color. The most common color for PC components is red. His case almost looks like mine! I just raised my HDD bay so that I get more air flow from my two front intake fans.

    Yours is beautiful. I love the light set up you have and the fan/temperature monitor in the front! You don't plan on changing yours anytime soon eh?

    I hate how my none of my monitors match. I need to get a 144hz but those are so expensive :( but I know it's bottlenecking my rig. I want to eventually get those quad monitor mounts.
     
  4. Nov 19, 2017 at 9:08 AM
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    Thanks man! Those are rather old pictures I have sleeved cabling now along with a neon tube fan controller. I did want to do a full custom water cooling loop but once I got my truck I kind of lost interest and funds, lol. It's still pretty capable for what it is. I had a friend who worked for Corsair who hooked me up with the RAM. I also replaced the rear exhaust fan with a Noctua LinusTechTips edition PWM fan.

    Here's a picture I took right now:

    IMG_5008.jpg
     
  5. Nov 19, 2017 at 9:10 AM
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    I had three monitors at one point, I'll be honest I never used them. Only a few games ran smoothly with it. I ended up selling two of the three 1080p Dell UltraSharps and keeping one as an extra monitor on the right while my main monitor is a 4K Asus PB287Q.
     
  6. Nov 19, 2017 at 9:12 AM
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    Wow dude those RAM sticks look so fancy haha. And your aftermarket CPU cooler is SO beefy. Jesus that looks amazing.

    I do like my water cooler, though I haven't had a chance to overclock it yet. I want to so that it gives me an excuse to upgrade haha.

    Looks like you need a good dusting! What do you use to clean it? I actually use this $73 Metro ED500 DataVac 500-Watt 120 volt 0.75-HP Electric Blower Dusterhttps://www.amazon.com/Metro-ED500-DataVac-500-Watt-Electric/dp/B001J4ZOAW because I would never those those can filled dusters because the potential of liquid coming out of those and ruining your components...
     
  7. Nov 19, 2017 at 9:14 AM
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    Ah, well I have to have 4 monitors. I'm still struggling with 3 :D

    I have one monitor for all my temperatures, fans, utilization, etc. One monitor for gaming. One monitor for spotify. One monitor for youtube, netflix, internet browsing, etc.

    I also do work at home sometimes and I need the extra monitors because often times I'm having to deal with Visual Studio Code, Microsoft Word or Excel, Power BI, and a bunch of other software simultaneously.
     
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  8. Nov 19, 2017 at 9:14 AM
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    I need one of those but can't bring myself to spend the money on it. I just use the canned air from Costco. Yeah I've been neglecting to clean it, lol. I mostly do work on it now, been a while since I've touched a game. Too busy.

    Interesting thing about that CPU cooler, it's based off of a Ford GT v8 engine. I was just going to be simple and get a water cooler but I just liked how this one looked so much.
     
  9. Nov 19, 2017 at 9:16 AM
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    Yeah, you're right. The CPU cooler looks so THICCC. I like it. If I do upgrade, I might switch to that because it's 1/4 of the price of water cooled and requires less maintenance.

    What games did you used to play?
     
  10. Nov 19, 2017 at 9:21 AM
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    I sucked at MMORPG's so bad, I mostly played single player and campaigns. I played games like Battlefield, TF2, CSGO, GTA Trilogy, most of the Telltale games, Fallout, Max Payne, etc etc. I was a console gamer way before, think the last console game I played was Call of Duty MW3.

    What got me into PC Gaming was actually Minecraft, which sounds ridiculous. That was way back when during Alpha and Beta in 2010/2011.

    Tried learning how to fly a plane with Flight Simulator X. I actually bought the real professional plane simulator Yoke and Throttle controls from Saitek. That novelty wore off quickly. Lol.
     
  11. Nov 19, 2017 at 9:30 AM
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    Ah maybe we can play CSGO sometime whenever we're both free.

    You know I've wanted to purchase Flight Simulator X for the longest time, only because of the community. You know the youtuber: Airforceproud95? I watch his videos constantly and they are just so funny. It's what made me want to get into the game haha.
     
  12. Nov 19, 2017 at 9:33 AM
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    I LOVE AirForceProud 95. He's freakin hilarious! My favorites are his air traffic controller videos.
     
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  13. Nov 19, 2017 at 9:41 AM
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    Here's my build. I started it in college to get some work done on and slowly upgraded it as I got the chance

    EVGA SuperNova 850 B2 - 11/24/15
    Samsung EVO 850 - 11/10/15
    G.Skill Ares series DDR3 1600(PC3 12800) 2x4gb - 11/7/14
    Nvidia Geforce 8800 Ultra - 12/28/12
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    AMD Phenom II X4 810 Denab 2.6ghz - 4/25/09

    IMG_20171119_122020.jpg
     
  14. Nov 19, 2017 at 9:43 AM
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    I love the Samsung EVO SSD. It's solid and quick.

    Wait, so you have 2 pairs of different DDR3 sticks? You have 12gb of RAM and each pair at two different speeds? I thought it was always best to have an number of RAM and to have your sizes and speeds identical for optimum performance and to avoid any compatibility issues.
     
  15. Nov 19, 2017 at 9:44 AM
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    Damn you don't see CPU coolers like that anymore.
     
  16. Nov 19, 2017 at 9:45 AM
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    If you have two different sets of ram at two different speeds the higher clocked RAM automatically performs at the lowest speed of the provided RAM. For example, if I had 3 sticks of 2400MHz and 1 stick of 1566MHz all four would
    Perform at 1566MHz
     
  17. Nov 19, 2017 at 9:45 AM
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    Yea 2 different pairs, no issues with them. The faster one clocks itself down to match the slower.
     
  18. Nov 19, 2017 at 9:46 AM
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    LOL you both need to do a dusting on your rigs haha. I clean mine almost quarterly if not more often. Dust is a PC's worst enemy!
     
  19. Nov 19, 2017 at 9:48 AM
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    I've got filters in the front of the case, I'll clean them whenever I remember. That's actually not a bad amount of dust lol. I have opened customer computers and it was amazing that the fan could spin... I swear I pulled an entire cat out of one before.
     
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    Ah, I see! Okay that makes sense.
     
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