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Mainly for gaming, watching movies etc.

This is my first try in building my own Gaming PC. My laptop kinda hits its limit (Intel® Core™ i7 2670QM Processor, NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 630M with 2GB DDR3 VRAM, 8GB RAM) so i'm jumping on the pcmasterace wagon.

Intel Core i5-4460 - The CPU run good for the time being, good for all purpose. Turbo up from 3.2 to 3.4GHz no problem, temp reaches 40-65c according to load (ambient temp here is 30-36c normally)

Gigabyte GA-H97M-D3H mATX - Gigabyte motherboard, yeah for the Ultra Durable series, they really meant it. It is really durable, got no hitch or any malformation with that big a** GPU on it. Slight bend ever so slightly but no problem.

Sapphire AMD Radeon R9 290 Vapor-X - The main cruncher in this build, bios modded and overclocked to 1100mhz core and 1475mhz memory (5.9GHz effective) with no volt added and running cool (46-76c max). But damn that cooler, really really long. But worth it. (Dont ask me why i dont get the the 290X Tri-X, I just love the Vapor)

Xigmatek Aquila - The sweet home for my build. Want to get the Bitfenix one for mATX but not in stock so I get this instead. Still lovin it.

FSP Hexa+ 550w - PSU is a placeholder for now, it is the PSU i got free with the case. Here PC parts price has gone off the normal scale so buying better PSU while saving myself from the aftermath of budget miscalculation need to wait until everything is stable again.

Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA - Mouse is good, firm hold and nice clicky buttons (got it from year-end sale). My old beloved mouses all failed me with crazy non-human double clicking so I hope this one can hold out longer.

All in all, with really tight budget of 800 USD (converted my currency to dollar, actual total price is not the same as listed here) I'm looking forward for better gaming experience with PC.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

Excellent build and part choices. Not sure about that PSU, I've never heard of that particular brand. Maybe later switch it out for something a little bit more powerful (~600W) and a better brand (EVGA, Corsair, etc)? Also, in a small build like yours, picking up a modular PSU is almost 100% essential.

Also, the stock coolers from Intel aren't that great. You can pick up a nice Cooler Master CPU cooler for about $40 USD

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

i just looked up that PSU. Sad to say it's one tier below the Corsairs. PCmasterrace has the PSU, the FSP Raider series, listed as Tier 4 Bad. :(

I would agree that it should be swapped out ASAP.

The stocker cooler should be adequate. the CPU is locked. however if you feel like cooling it even further a simple $20 aftermarket one will do well.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

listed as Tier 4 Bad. :(

I do agree with you that it should be swapped, but I wouldn't use that tier list.

Or any tier list for that matter. The one you are referencing has some super serious flaws.

Look up reviews instead. It's better.

http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/PSUReviewDatabase.html

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah :( its from tier 4. im currently looking fro better PSU. yep stock cooler is good, im thinking of liquid cool (ambient temp here is quite high but the build is really really quiet, thanks Vapor X) so im worried bout the pump sound

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

well liquid cooling is a little unnecessary for a locked cpu, normally. but as you stated, the temp is quite high where you live so an air cooler might be a little overworked. the pump sound is non-existent ;) the main noise you will get is from the fan. I have Corsairs and NZXT coolers and the only sound is from their stock fans; if you get an aftermarket one, say a Cougar or Noctua, you will barely hear them even at max. my H105 cooling my 4790K with Noctua fans, you can barely hear them under full load. the stock ones would go "WHHHHRRRRRRRL" xD

for that cpu, if you want to go AIO due to your atmosphere temps, I'd probably pick up a H55. They are Corsairs 'quietest' and probably least expensive as well. they are probably comparable to a Hyper 212 (but more expensive).

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

PWM fans (4pins) are usually better if your mobo supports it. I've got 3 x 3000rpm noctua fans and I've tamed them not to exceed 815rpm.. when in PWM mode. In DC mode lowest rpm I can set it is 1200rpm which you'll hear... 3pin fans will only work in DC mode.

p.s I've got an ASUS mobo not sure about yours but check if it support 4pin fans and how many headers you have.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

The mobo support 4 pins and 3 headers overall, but the fans only got 3 pins. I dont know much about PWM and DC but i think i could set the fans' RPM in my Gigabyte fan setting accordingly ( how much RPM i want at certain temp ).

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

i know that whiring noise XD usually there when doing firestrike and such. my friend wanted to sell me his coolermaster seidon 120 i guess, but the pump is making knocking noise so i dont want it. is it only the seidon make that pump noise cause ive seen some review bout it.

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

I'll recommend the H55 as well for entry water cooling

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

if it's making a knocking sound, then yea, it sounds like the pump going bad cause it shouldn't do that. I would just pick up the H55. I think I saw one on Newegg refurbed for like $30. new ones only cost about $50-ish

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Not sure about that PSU, I've never heard of that particular brand.

FSP is a respected OEM. It has some pretty bad units, and some fantastic ones. They make the EVGA GQ, and some beQuiet units.

The Raider falls under "why is this a power supply".

and a better brand (EVGA, Corsair, etc)

Not all EVGA and Corsair power supplies are good.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks mate :) yeah, i've thought of that too, i've seen the list of good PSUs, i'm eyeing the Leadex Superflower 650w. Is it ok?

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I would say it's fairly good, however, I would recommend choosing a modular PSU.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

modular is good, but pricier. but hell, with that case (no cable management space and cramped) it would really love modular :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

You could pick up a Corsair CS650M for $110. It's modular and at a fairly suitable price.

For less, pick up a EVGA G2

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

i think im going for the leadex 650w silver, 80 dollar and fully modular but thanks for the opinion :) really appreciate it

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

yes, i see the leadex from superflower in the same tier as the EVGA G2s, Tier 1 Best.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

but it is cheaper than those evga and etc, it is really in tier one?

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I haven't seen those on market yet so I wouldn't know. EVGA G2s run about $110. And yes according to the list, it's under Tier 1: Superflower Leadex Gold+

that's the only Leadex I see on the entire list.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

ok, the one i seen is Superflower Leader 650w silver. price about 86 dollar. the gold one add another 20 dollar but thats much pricier than i could afford now ( saving some money for marriage so really cant squeeze extra money for this baby :D)

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd be interested in knowing what you paid for each piece, as I think this is one of the nicest builds at the moment if you want performance/price. I'd build it myself if I could find the same offers on some of these items.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I look for bargains and sales ;) but for the main parts after value conversion and taxes, the CPU is 155 dollar, GPU for 298 dolla, mobo for 81 dollar and case for 86 dollar. These are the prices at my country but thats after overblown increase of price. It used to be lower.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

That Vapor-X is b-e-a-u-tiful! What thoughts do you have on building in that case?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

oh yeah, you know when you see one :D the case is actually not that micro atx small. it have horizontal layout so it is wide and long enough to support that big honking Vapor X cooler lol. the front and top is mesh so good air flow, the psu place also have mesh under it for air flow so overall the temp is good but not as good as those juicy huge ATX tower. but i love to build micro atx, just be prepared for cable management :D

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

The Xigmatek Aquila was one of the cases I was considering before finding the Metis and shrinking down to mITX. It looks like a fantastic case with good airflow (room for a full size graphics card is also very nice).

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

The look is quite unique :D and the airflow is good enough, I've tried some fan arrangement (front in, top exhaust, rear in etc) but i got to say for this case it really need good airflow as that vapor X is dumping heat in it. i place top and front as intake while the rear as exhaust, the temp has been great if not best and I'm not eager of dismantling the case anymore :) and yeah, i bought it for full length GPU support too (that Vapor X have 5-7 cm clearance on its end I guess)

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

The r9 290 Vapor looks great. The size though... it's bigger and longer that the freaking Mobo. What supports what in that case Hahah. Nice build Part list is good. PSU and SSD would probably be the next upgrade.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeahh haha but the mobo really good as it support the GPU well (the GPU not only big, it's heavy too). PSU and SSD on the future list but PSU really need and upgrade :(