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Anthony's Gaming Build
by ptl2010
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This is a build I put together for a friend. At first he had someone else pick out some parts for him ($1,500 budget), and he showed the list to me. It was pretty weird, 4570 with an expensive z87 board, $30 case fans, $50 fan controller, 1tb HDD and a GTX 660 ti. I told him I could put together a 4670k/GTX 770 build for about the same price if not less. After a bit of persuasion he let me put this together for him. We got all of the parts except for the case and monitor from Microcenter because he was having issues with his bank and debit card.

The build went smooth except for one thing, the power supply. You'll notice in the first two images there's a CX750M in the shots, and later there is a PC power Silencer MK III 600w. Well the CX750M had some horrible coil whine when running 3Dmark, so I swapped it for the PC power which is based on a seasonic unit and made by OCZ.

After that everything ran just fine. It's not overclocked at the moment because I won't have time to stability test it before he takes it home, and he would have no idea what to do if there was a problem.

The GPU is quiet, the Hyper 212 is not as loud as I thought it would be, and the whole setup runs pretty smooth.

Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Galaxy GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.11Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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skemble [18 Builds] 2 points 18 months ago

Really solid build! Looks pretty and the cabling is neat. Nice job!

ptl2010 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 18 months ago

Thanks! I did much better this time around with my cable management, my first build was a mess but then again this PSU had better cable lengths and the case seemed set up perfectly for this build.

skemble [18 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Some of the cable work you see on here just makes me laugh, but this is a breath of fresh air :) I really like NZXT cases!

Catharist [3 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Friend approached me with the same-ish budget, I showed him a list pretty much exactly like this one and he didn't believe it was possible. :P

"That doesn't seem right!"

ptl2010 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

haha, Yeah it's a pretty good setup for the money I have to say. Once you find a few deals on parts it's easy to save $100+ in the process. I'm sure I could've got this done even cheaper if we had bought from multiple places.

Bartmanicus [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Looks good Well chosen parts and well built +1

ptl2010 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago


hunter32tz [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

What are those sexy LED's in there?

ptl2010 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

It's some generic LED strip I found at my local microcenter, I think it was $14. it's a 12" strip that's mounted at the top of the case and is powered with a MOLEX connector. Also the case itself has a blue LED fan, but the LED strip is super bright on it's own.

hunter32tz [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Cool. Looks great for only 14$!

fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

how much did u end up spending?

ptl2010 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Total after taxes for everything you see here about $1,445 ish. He also bought a Keyboard with a blue backlight (I have no idea what model/brand) with what was left of his $1,500 budget. I gave him a cheap $13 gaming mouse I had so he at least has something with a few thousand DPI to see if he wants to get a nice one in the future.

fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Very nice I reckon he got way more.. the other guy was spending to much money on the wow factor instead of the power.

ptl2010 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Yeah, very true. I think with the lighting he's got both the wow and the power now!

KingOFCRuel_ 1 point 17 months ago

IF you could find out what keyboard he got, i would be grateful. just wondering since my build is virtually the same as this just a tad weaker, same case etc. Thanks!

ptl2010 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

I'll see if he knows, but the one thing I do know is this setup setting next to my Rosewill RK9000BR Ivory looks great. I think he ended up going with some super cheap keyboard with blue/red switchable LED backlight for $35, nothing fancy but a lot cheaper than the $110 rosewill mechanical board I have.

bgiunt4 1 point 18 months ago

would have gone with a different psu but on the other hand it DOES look very nice in your case. Sweet build!

ptl2010 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 18 months ago

Thanks! That was an added bonus. It's not the most amazing PSU, but it is based on the seasonic 600ET, which is what the S12 520 and 620 are based on too, so it's definitely a solid unit. For the price before rebate ($85) we could've done better, but after all the trouble my friend went through with his bank and card carrier going to a physical store and paying cash was the easiest option.

bgiunt4 1 point 17 months ago

oh I wasnt aware it was based of a seasonic. Those are great PSU's

ptl2010 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Yeah I wasn't either until it was one of my only choices and did a bit of research. I was glad to see that though. It is an older platform but it's still solid.

Mistermickey [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Only thing it needs is more storage.

ptl2010 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

This will be used for gaming and that's completely it. I told him I could drop in a 1tb drive for very cheap, but he said he just didn't need it. he's got a laptop he uses for everything else and this is just his gaming box.

deadlyhooves 1 point 18 months ago

Looks amazing! I really like that graphics card you got for him! Sadly I'm building my computer with a 760 since I'm poor lol.

deadlyhooves 1 point 18 months ago

Also could you upload a front shot of the pc? If you can't its fine, but I just wanna see the aesthetics from the front.

ptl2010 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Yeah it was great he had such a nice budget. I too didn't have a huge budget for my personal build I put together a while ago so I've only got a GTX 660, then again it's a dual purpose rig (gaming and video editing) So it's also got an i7 and lots of ram and storage.

deadlyhooves 1 point 17 months ago

660 is pretty nice as well though! I only have an I5 and 8gbs of ram but plenty of storage. I do very little video editing but I do some, and I do a LOT of gaming.

ptl2010 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Yeah I'm about the opposite! I'm a casual gamer but my day job is video editing, thankfully about the only thing that doesn't go hand in hand with both is only the CPU, and when I built my system the i7 was only $30 more than an i5 at microcenter!

gxsaurav [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Hi, what are the idle and load temprature you are getting with your Cooler Master Hyper 212?

I am planning to buy a AMD FX 6300 but not able to decide if I should go with CM Hyper T4 or pay $8 more for Hyper 212X (similar to your Evo).

ptl2010 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

On that system it was in the low 30s, but intel chips run hotter and can handle more heat that AMD chips can. The difference between the two coolers you mentioned is small, but the 212x will cool better (in theory) since it has more surface area and a better fan. It's really up to you and what you want to spend.

gxsaurav [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Thanks. Since this is a one time buy and I don't plan to overclock for now, I am going with Hyper 212X.

KingOFCRuel_ 1 point 15 months ago

Does the case come with a Led fan? like the blue one?

ptl2010 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Yes, it came with a large (140mm I think) blue LED fan.

ardechey 1 point 15 months ago

Looks awesome. What lighting are you using?

ptl2010 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

a single cathode tube and the included blue LED fan.

malcar11 [3 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Artic white and blue... like a dream! congrats.

Relapseespaler 1 point 14 months ago

The monitor you listed is wrong, but nice pc regardless.