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by skemble
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Hello again builders! Here is another build that I have done for a friend of mine. He is a big Starcraft 2 and League of Legends gamer. So keep in mind that this is designed around those two games, with of course room to expand. The core budget for this was in the $700-800 range. He gave the okay to go upwards of $900, but I didn’t feel that it was necessary. After a few finishing touches this is the final product.

Main goals:

  • Perform well in Starcraft 2 and League of Legends
  • Have a red/black color theme with case lighting
  • Maintain quiet operation during extensive gaming sessions

PARTS:

  • CPU:

Starcraft 2 is very CPU bound. That being said I instantly leaned on the Intel side. I felt that the per-core performance was going to be the ticket. The user is a novice and has no intent to overclock so I went with the best CPU I could fit into the budget. The 4670 made sense.

  • COOLER:

I know that an aftermarket cooler is not necessary for a locked CPU. I do however, like to give the end user lots of options; it is their build in the end. I ran through the pros of having an aftermarket cooler and he liked the idea. The only con is price. I showed him the 212 EVO and a few other budget coolers, but he really liked the look of the RR-T612. I can’t say I blame him! The chrome look is really appealing in the side window, it’s absolutely silent, and temps are very low. I think that due to the CPU intensity of SC2 that the cooler is warranted.

  • MOTHERBOARD:

I went with Gigabyte again. This is one of the only boards in the price range that isn’t blue, gold, or ASRock. Unfortunately I received the Rev 2.0 version of the board. I was a little sad that they changed the heatsink design so drastically, but I’ll live. The other notable change is was the fan header on the right from a 4 pin to a 3 pin. The B85 chipset is often overlooked I think. If you don’t need RAID or SLi then it’s a really viable choice. While it’s nothing to brag about, it gets the job done.

  • MEMORY:

Corsair makes very high quality RAM. I ran a few different varieties by the user and this is the one he chose. Standard 1600mhz, CAS 9. Nothing special, but they fit the color theme nicely. I haven’t used Vengeance RAM since “The Quiet Night” and had forgotten just how large these dimms are!

  • STORAGE:

The Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB is probably the most popular drive among PC users and I’ve used it several times before. I was happy to get it on sale for $50 as well!

  • GPU:

The 750 Ti is a new card from Nvidia and I was happy to get the chance to try it out. While not being a powerhouse card, it performs very well for a game that came out in 2010 and a MOBA. I really like the new core architecture on this card allowing for very low wattage usage and temps, while allowing for some insanely high overclocks. Check for benchmarks below.

The card’s shroud was easily removed with just a few small screws holding it on. I used vinyl dye to paint the shroud. It works really well and goes on very thin. I used the guide from Tek Syndicate.

  • CASE:

This case was FREE. I wouldn’t have chosen this case if my life depended on it, but it’s what I had to work with. It comes with little to no cable routing options. I got out the power tools and cut out a few holes to route cables around the back. All I can say is that I’m glad cases are made the way they are today! The user really wanted lights so I went with the NZXT Hue again. It’s very easy to install and has as many colors as anyone might need.

  • PSU:

The Rosewill name may have a few queasy in their seats, but fear not, the Capstone is a very high quality unit. The semi-modularity was much needed in this case and a PCI-E 6+2 pin cable is not permanent, since the 750 Ti doesn’t need a power connector that just removed one cable. With two Enermax Silence Series PWM fans I had from another project, I removed the need for molex. Top all of that off with plenty of wattage and Gold efficiency and you’ve got yourself an excellent PSU option. I added a couple red Silverstone extensions to really make the color scheme shine.


CONCLUSION:

Coming from an aging laptop my friend is very pleased with his new machine. He is able to play these games on something other than the minimum settings for a change. I really enjoyed building this for him even though it required a little more work than the usual. I tried my damnedest to make the cable management work. Overall I’m very pleased with the outcome and so is he!


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High Res Pictures

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BENCHMARKS:

3DMark 11

3DMark

PCMark 8


Cinebench

  • CPU: 551 cb
  • OpenGL: 122.58

Unigine Valley ultra, 1080p, AA 2x

  • 37.8 - 1580

Unigine Heaven ultra, 1080p, tessellation normal, AA 2x

  • 37.1 - 934

Catzilla 720p

  • 9951

Starcraft 2 extreme, 1080p

  • Ave: 83
  • Min: 63
  • Max: 130

Benchmark included a good sized raid on enemy base


League of Legends ultra, 1080p

  • Ave: 128
  • Min: 96
  • Max: 155

Hope you enjoy!

Part List
Details
Date PublishedApril 28, 2014
Date BuiltApril 25, 2014
Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle27.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load51.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.25Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.1GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle24.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load55.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP6285
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Vorago [1 Build] 9 points 6 months ago

I love the 750 Ti. Most people on this site are going to go with something more powerful anyways so I think they dismiss it out of hand, but for the price and power draw the card is in a league all of its own. If you could scale the compute performance directly with power draw it would smash every card on the market by a long shot.

Great part choices and pictures! Also I love the little bit of modding you did too!

I really need to buy a good camera... >.>

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 6 points 6 months ago

Thank you! It wasn't a ton of work, just enough to make it all work the way I wanted.

The 750 Ti is a great card to turn a pre-built into a decent gaming machine. Especially if you play something like a MOBA or WoW.

The camera I used is several years old now, but it still takes great pictures. I would look on craigslist or ebay at some older models of the new stuff. This is the Canon Rebel T2i. I think they are on the T5i now? Should be able to find a deal somewhere!

 
 
Liam81 1 point 6 months ago

Nice bokeh too. Cameras are a tool and you use it well.

More importantly I like the build. You do excellent work.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Bokeh?

Thank you! I work hard to present the best content for your viewing pleasure.

 
 
MAXXHEW [2 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

I think Bokeh is a photographers word for the blurred background.

 
 
Liam81 1 point 6 months ago

That is a simple way of putting it and when looking at the image of the memory and heat sink (looking down the length of the memory) it is well used and adds to the overall image.

 
 
martyyp 5 points 6 months ago

Wow what kind of camera did you use for these shots

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

I'm using a Canon Rebel T2i.

 
 
nada190 [3 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

Stop using good camera to take good pictures, makes me feel bad about my terrible pictures.

 
 
Camboy05 4 points 6 months ago

Do you sell computers?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

I build them for anyone who asks. Sort of an on the side job/hobby. I just really enjoy doing it so money isn't the main thing.

 
 
Camboy05 2 points 6 months ago

Cool, I love your Source 210 builds. I'm almost finished my computer (all I need is hard drive and ram) in the Source 210 and I'm loving it.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks! I really like the case for lower budget builds. Nice window and ample room for lots of upgrades.

 
 
Brian101 1 point 6 months ago

How good of a pc could you build for under $550?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

I would go with something along the lines of this. I'm guessing you are looking for a gaming machine? I would shell out for a 212 EVO, but it's not absolutely necessary.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $112.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $69.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $67.50 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $56.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card Asus Radeon R7 260X 2GB DirectCU II Video Card $139.99 @ Amazon
Case NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $38.99 @ Mwave
Power Supply XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $546.44
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-28 16:44 EDT-0400
 
 
Latleta19 1 point 6 months ago

how good of a gaming computer would this be... im looking to stay under the $600 mark. I want something that will last a while... any other build suggestion?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

This isn't too far from my build The Dark Horse. Which is a very worthy 1080p gaming machine. While it isn't going to max out every game available, you will be playing most games at high and ultra. Games like Crysis 3 make some powerful computers weep.. If you put a cooler on this and OC the 6300 you can make it last a good while.

 
 
Brian101 1 point 6 months ago

Lol thats almost the same setup i came up with when i first got in to pc building. yes i meant a gaming pc sorry for being so unspecific. thank you for taking the time to put this together I will try some other setups and do some more research thx again. do check out my parts list and tell me what you think........

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Brian101/saved/3Uhd

 
 
MAXXHEW [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

I own 3 of the GPU models you described in the theoretical build above... that is a wise suggestion for gamers who don't demand the overkill cards, or if the gamer just wants to stay inside a certain budget. I can live without the ingame shadows and particles if it means saving a few bucks. That card will play most of the games out with very playable FPS, & if players buy at the right time... it also comes with free game coupons to get the budget/new gamers started. It works very well for single monitor 1080p applications. I have even CrossFired mine, which in terms of performance may be just as good as the low R9 cards, except with the 270X... gamers will enjoy TrueAudio without paying the price of the 290 or 290X.

 
 
Cometballer [1 Build] 3 points 6 months ago

Very nice. So how awkward was it not having to run 8-pin cables to the 750 Ti? Seems like a pretty good little card.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

It was a little weird, being the card is roughly the size of a 7770 or 650 Ti, but I was happy to not have to route another cable at the same time. I was pleasantly surprised at it's performance as well as OCing ability!

 
 
SpicyPickle [1 Build] 3 points 6 months ago

Excellent as always, but from you I expect nothing less! :)

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

Damn the high standard I set for myself! As always, thank you kindly :)

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skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 3 points 6 months ago

Does that make me a wizard? ;)

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skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 3 points 6 months ago
 
 
Yuan 3 points 6 months ago

Cheers to another great build, skemble!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 3 points 6 months ago

Graci friend!

 
 
infinitemerald [1 Build] 3 points 6 months ago

Skemble, you're my new favorite builder/user on here. Every build you crank out, whether it's a budget build or an extreme machine, is always beautiful and well-thought out. I tip my fedora to you, dear sir ;)

+1

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

You flatter me kind sir ;) I'm glad that all of my research and preparation gets noticed! I have to thank you for checking out my builds commenting.

 
 
infinitemerald [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

Of course! I feel bad for not noticing all of your builds until last week... Ah well, I get to see them all now :D

 
 
SleathX1 [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

Great pictures and awesome job on the modded EVGA cooler. It's really creative, and it came out well! +2

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Thank you sir! I was really happy with how it turned out. The vinyl dye really maintained the details, better than spray paint ever could.

 
 
nu_zetsubou 2 points 6 months ago

now that's how you present a build. cheers

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

This isn't my first rodeo ;) Thank you!

 
 
paceman04 [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

another fantastic build! just curious what the process was to cut the holes in the case for cable routing? (looking for tips on something I'm working on hehe)

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks for checking it out!

 
 
smittypantz@hotmail.com [10 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

Super clean build, and I can tell that case is tough to use. The pictures are amazing, I have been thinking about buying a rebel for some time and you just sold me! What made you choose that cpu cooler?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

User liked it. I gave him lots of options, but didn't care for the look of the 212 EVO. It's super quiet too, which is what we were going for.

 
 
smittypantz@hotmail.com [10 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

That is good to know I am always looking for quiet parts.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

The Enermax fans are also very quiet and PWM!

 
 
smittypantz@hotmail.com [10 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

Thanks for the good info. Your silverstone extensions really pop. What color is your NZXT hue set to in the first pictures?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

I really like the Silverstone ones. The NZXT ones are nice, but they're rough and thin feeling, while the Silverstone ones are thicker and soft. In the first pictures it is set to white, all the knobs turned to the right.

 
 
smittypantz@hotmail.com [10 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

I like it. It looks a little blue but its cool.

 
 
Ech0loation 1 point 6 months ago

Speaking of quiet, what do you think of the Corsair 550D case? I'm a long time admirer of PC gamers and I'm using it in my first build.

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/3yKON

 
 
TheNewGuy01 2 points 6 months ago

Hey Skemble, I have a quick question to ask. Do think that the 750 Ti SC could play get good FPS on medium for games like BF4, Titanfall, and more of the modern games? You already covered 2 games that I have played a lot of already!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

I don't think that you would have any issues playing those games, but if you wanted to maintain 60 FPS, you may need to turn things down. Turning AA off or down can really boost the FPS.

 
 
TheNewGuy01 2 points 6 months ago

Okay, thanks for the quick reply! Again, fantastic job with this build! You do great work with the items at hand! Can't wait to see what comes next!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Not a problem. Thanks for checking it out, I really appreciate it. I may have a couple more coming soon so keep your eyes peeled!

 
 
Lovroman 2 points 6 months ago

Oh, that's the guy which we were talking about a few days ago.

Great, skemblish build, again!

Extensions! How comes that I've never tought about them before..(or maybe I have, but it seems that I somehow forgot about them).. Cool, now I have an idea for a little cable-boost.

As I mentioned before, I'd change a few things here and there, just to maximize it's performance, but overall, it looks quite cool.

And yea, how comes that you have only 145 likes on FB? I gave a small, but worthy boost, I hope. :)

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

I love extensions! They really make things pop! Check out ensourced.net for completely custom sleeves in any color/pattern you might need.

I'm not a big builder or anything. I live in a small town which of course doesn't help, but I'm content with the load of builds I have. It's been about one a month or so. Thanks for the like though, I really appreciate it!

 
 
deathfromup [6 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

I can vouch for ensourced.net, just got custom made cables for my upgrades. He let me pick any combo of colors and layout. Heres a pic of the final thing he did for me.

http://imgur.com/8CF7C39

Very nice and professional. Price was fair, costs about the same as it would if i bought all the separate materials and made it myself.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

I haven't ordered anything, yet. I have contacted him though, and he seems to be willing to work with about anything. Send him your cables and he will sleeve them.

 
 
deathfromup [6 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

That vinyl dye turned out great, another sick build. +1

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Thank you! I was VERY happy with the way it turned out. It goes on very thin and maintains the details in the shroud. The user loves it too, so that's a plus :)

 
 
ellirocker24 [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

Awesome job man, nice photography too.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

Thank you! I work really hard to put out the best I possibly can. :)

 
 
peterb [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

Skemble, nerdgasm-inducing as usual ;)

Love the GPU paint job and the sharp red theme!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Haha! Thanks man! It turned out better than expected!

 
 
Forester 2 points 6 months ago

That's one hot build, and by hot I mean amazingly cool looking!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Haha! Thank you for giving it a look :)

 
 
seesamsea 2 points 6 months ago

Verryyy nice laid out description. Wasn't some big wall of text that I normally skip over. Good for you sir

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

I laid it out that way for precisely that reason. Short and sweet while still informative :)

 
 
RKYIAMN 2 points 6 months ago

Your camera game is on point.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Thank you sir!

 
 
TheTekJake [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

This is so well done for a build only about $800. That is honestly killer. The 750 Ti also really does look so cool.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

Thanks! I pride myself in making builds custom to the user. Cookie cutter builds make me a little sad inside sometimes.

 
 
ArcheTwist 2 points 6 months ago

Great build! This is a great PC to game and play on. Do you think that you can make a little bit cheaper PC but make it so its easily upgrade able?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

You could easily put in say an i3 and a 260 or maybe a FX-6300 and a 260. The 550 watt Rosewill unit will be able to handle an i5 and a nicer GPU if you needed an upgrade.

 
 
8BitPhoenix [2 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

Wow, great build man! May I ask what camera you used?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Thank you! I'm using a Canon Rebel T2i. It's a few years old now, but still gets the job done.

 
 
SwizzyMan [2 Builds] 2 points 5 months ago

Absolutely beautiful photos! Really helped my visualize this beautiful computer you have. Love that red 750 ti. Very nice build!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 5 months ago

Thank you sir! I'm glad you like it :)

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skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks! Probably Ebay, it's quite a few years old now.

 
 
wth265 1 point 6 months ago

Very similar build to mine except i used a ssd vs just 1tb of non ssd but this computer is done very well espically cable and wire managment im jealous ha

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

I went a little beyond the usual when it comes to cable management, but thanks for checking it out!

 
 
mrtenggy 1 point 5 months ago

PC building is really new to me and I want to build myself a gaming PC based on a budget of at least $800. So with your knowledge and expertise, what gaming PC can I build that will give me good fps playing Leauge of Legends, DAYz Standalone, and many other games?

 
 
SuperKingXero [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Hey, what lights did you use for your case?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

The NZXT Hue!

 
 
SuperKingXero [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Do lighting strips come with it?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Yes. It's a 3 1/2 bay thing with knobs to control the lights and a decently long strip. You can change the colors to pretty much anything you want.

 
 
Fayng 1 point 4 months ago

Hey, nice build I see there, very price efficient and powerful.

Do you think this pc would be good enough for streaming League, a few other PC games, and CoD with a video card? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Jm7kgs Trying to make as cost efficient as I can, so any help is appreciated

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Yeah it would be pretty solid. If you have a little money to squeeze, I would suggest a 270. The price jump isn't very much, but the performance is.

 
 
Fayng 1 point 3 months ago

Is there anything else you'd recommend? I don't plan on playing any games that are TOO extensive for specs, along with streaming CoD

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

Other than some cheaper RAM, not really. You have yourself a solid list!

 
 
Upsilon 1 point 3 months ago

I bet you could make a Noctua CPU cooler look good if you put 'em in one of your builds. Hahaha! Big fan!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

That's a tough feat! Thanks for checking out my work :)

 
 
deathsoap 0 points 2 months ago

you should have went with a mini itx build.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

I reused the case.