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EDIT 2: I just played titianfall with everything maxed out except for anti aliasing (I had that turned off) and my computer ran it pretty well. Sometimes it was running at 60 fps, it commonly dipped down into the 50s, and I had rare lag spikes where it dipped down into the upper 40s. I noticed that the lag increased when playing as a titian.

EDIT: Updated with internal pics.

On new years eve 2014, my old computer broke, so my dad and I decided to build a new one. I know I went for a gtx 760 and a core i7 4790k when I should have probably went for a gtx 970 and a core i5 4690k. I also know I should have got an after market cooler instead of sticking with the stock cooler. But you know what, I am just happy this has a dedicated graphics card. My old computer (the one that broke) had integrated graphics, an ati radeon hd 4250. For those of you that don't know, that is a integrated gpu for laptops that was really low end, even for laptops, when it was released in 2010( and yes, my PC was a desktop, even though it was using a laptop gpu. According to gfx bench, that gpu is about 1/4th the power of the gpu in the iphone 6(non plus), that is right a phone had a gpu that was 4x as powerful as my PC. My old computer ran Minecraft at low settings at 20-24 fps. Before I got this computer, I had never really seen 60fps in a game before. Th only way I could get 60fps was to run games in windowed mode at a low resolution. Back when I was gaming on my old computer, 10fps was playable and 25fps was buttery smooth. Now that I have a machine that can run any game at 60fps(obviously not maxed out, I mean actually being able to get to 60fps at any settings) I will never go back to playing games at 15-25 fps.

As for info, the SSD in my boot drive and the HDD is where I store my games. It runs games vary well, I have been having fun playing Titianfall, even if its at low-mid settings. As mentioned before, this computer DESTROYS my previous computer in horse power. Overall I am vary happy with this build. I plan on upgrading the gpu to a GTX 970 when I have the money.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

Could we have a Look Inside?

Please?

:P

Also, advice: I don't like that GPU. It's terrible for the price. Probably would have been better to go with a R9 285, or R9 280x. Both excellent cards. Also, if you do plan to upgrade to the 970, definitely have a good look at the R9 290; my favourite card. It uses more power and can be louder and hotter than the 970 - if you use the stock cooler, that is. It doesn't have the best overclocking capabilities either, but for $100 less IMHO it's a steal. If you're just playing Minecraft and other games, you could have saved some money by getting the 4690k, which offers similar performance for a significantly lower price. And instead of that SSD you could have got a Crucial MX100. Otherwise good job.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I will look into that gpu. I am a bit of an Nvidia fan boy, but I am okay with buying an AMD gpu.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I was a bit of a fanboy of NVIDIA before, but both are releasing some great cards at the moment.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

True. Nvidia does have some great bang-for-the-watt right now, but AMD's got bang for the buck. It's either more power at a lower price, or at a lower watt. Personally, I'd go for a 295x2 right now rather than a Titan Z, despite being a Nvidia fanboy. It just comes at like $500+ dollars less with some slightly higher performance according to some benchmarks.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, I think the 295x2 is an awesome card. But AMD has their 300-series cards soon, so I wouldn't be surprised if we see a new architecture or Tonga based on as many cards as possible.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

AMD cards heat up too fast. If you don't have excessive ammounts of airflow, the card will overheat. My brother had 5 fans (corsair static pressure fans) on his case, and had them set up in maximum airflow possibilities, and the gpu melted under the heat that it created. He had the r9 270x from sapphire. GPU

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Suppose so. we'll see when the time comes!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

GTX 980 beats all cards atm

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope. The GTX TITAN, R9 295X2, the GTX TITAN Z, and plenty others are more powerful

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I have the GTX 760! Don't be mean to it pls!!! Lol( Mine was $190 BTW)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Too bad. :P

It's not a bad performing card, there are just better options for a similar price.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

You could have gotten the much better maxwell gtx 960 for $25 less than you got that 760. JS.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

This was built two weeks ago, before the GTX 960 came out.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The 960 just came out, but you built it then not now :P. Anyways, good build (although what the guy said below is correct)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya, this was built two weeks ago, I just now put my build on this website.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I choose this card because at the time my dad and I were buying it, and even now, was the cheapest GTX 760. BTW, what is EVGA's step up program?

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Fact: Yes, 90 days. you have to also register the warranty within 90 days to qualify as well.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How does that program work?

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Afaik, the step-up program, allows you to trade in older cards, for newer versions EX - trade a 760 for a 960. Or a 770 for a 970, or 780 for 980, but they also do 760 - 970 but you get a large discount.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

basically if you have an evga gpu, say a 970 and you want a 980, you send it to evga and pay the difference between the 2.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you need to join a "I am an EVGA lover club on their site? Or do you turn in your registered card to them and tell them what you want in return?

But I thank You

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

you should be playing titanfall on high/ultra with that card, i'm almost max settings with a 750ti

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Might be using a high monitor resolution.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I am using a 1920x1080 60hz monitor. I wanted to keep 60fps though. When I turned it up to max settings, I got either 20 or 30 fps, I can't tell the difference anymore after seeing nothing but 50-60fps for a few days.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, ok

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

that's strange, im hovering around 50 fps always but whatever works for you. Great build.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point
Congrats !!

I would love to see the inside because the R4 offers the ability to manage cables nicely. You have a nice list of components but for gaming alone you do not need the hyper-threading offered by the i7. Should you decide to edit videos or do any photo editing this CPU will be a dream.

Just curious who did more of the building..... You or your Dad? For a first time builder I am curious if you ran into any problems or what advice you might offer to a first time builder.

On a side note..... The best part of this build is the father/ son time!!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Me, I just built mine. And I made a huge mistake, which ended up killing the PCI slots of my motherboard. I short circuited it. I'll RMA it.

Anyways, advice. Remember the spacers/mobo standoffs/whatever you want to call them. Put them under the mobo, then screw the mobo in. Also, put in the stuff other than the video card into the motherboard before you put it into the case. Also, put in the fans into the case before the mobo (although it doesn't really matter) and don't spend too much time on the rubber things if you have them. They're hard to get on.

Don't forget the I/O shield, it grounds the mobo and also makes your computer look nicer. Finally, when you are first putting in the CPU, remove the lever from under the CPU thing. I probably almost broke my mobo by trying to pull it up with brute force. Hope this helps, and adìos!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Great advice!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

My dad basically built the whole thing, I just put in one RAM stick. I decided what parts the computer was going to have however.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on your first built. The parts seem nice but I'll echo the comments below and request a peak under the hood and considering replacing the 760 with either a 960 or r9 290. The r9's tend to power hogs and run a bit too hot for my liking but performance wise seem to be a great value. 960s are brand new so you'd be entering so unknown waters. The 970s have had some VRAM issues popping up so who knows about the 960s.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The Tri-X 290 from Sapphire is awesome :D

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for both the congratulations and the suggestions!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

You should remove some of the HDD cages that you are not using to improve airflow and reduce temps! Otherwise, nice build +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Noted. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

is anyone else absolutely freaking out that the computer is on a carpet??? XD if that were my computer, i would have probably had a gosh darn heart attack, especially at the price xD

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

dude I know where youre coming from in computers my pc has and ati radeon hd 3200 graphics and it gets me 15-20 fps on minecraft im saving up so I can build one

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management. This case makes it easy.

Try looking at mine for ideas

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/z7gLrH

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Dat dust doe. But seriously man, clean up that desk of yours. :p

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Why so much on the motherboard?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, originally I was going to go for a cheaper motherboard, but my dad wanted something with WiFi because our old computer that broke had WiFi. This was one of the first things that we saw with WiFi, and it happened to be an ASUS board as well as a z97 board (we were going to get a z87 board, which would mean a BIOS update to support the 4790k) so we bought it. There is a non WiFi version of this, and I recommend going for that because the WiFi on this board keeps doping out. We eventually switched over to Ethernet.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the inside pics! Might want to clean up the cable management a bit though...

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Where were you building this, inside of a woodshop?

  • 61 months ago
  • -1 points

1+ your cable management is A+

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya, you are the second person to say I need to get this off the carpet, and I think I will. The only problem is I don't know where to put it because it is so big (compared to my old computer).

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

just put something under it like a piece of wood.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, thanks!

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks a lot dustier in the photo than it does in real life because of the camera flash, in real life it looks perfectly clean. As for cable management, the case doesn't have a window, which was intentional partly for that reason. The temps are not bad, not good, but not bad, so their is no real reason to go through the trouble of cable management. Yes I know, it was my dad that built the thing so he would be doing the cable management, but there doesn't seem do be a good reason to do it still.