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COMPLETED First Gaming Build for a Designer

by jehenery



Date Published

Aug. 22, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.178 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.1 GHz


So I never had my own desktop before, let alone ever built one from the ground up. I used to have a Dell XPS 17 3D laptop that was the closest thing I ever had to a gaming machine. Unfortunately, 3D never took off like I thought it would. Still, it served me well. So after 5 years of faithful service, I decided to use the money I would get from selling it to help pay for this beast right here.

My main focus was cost while having the most potential to last 5 years without major upgrades besides the CPU. So I started with the best current graphics card, a single 8 GB RAM stick, and a roomy case. Next I went with the MSI Gaming 5, I7-4790k, and the 750W power supply based on some friends' advice and personal experiences. I also wanted to be able to do some digital renderings and 3D modeling once I got a massive HDD, so the I7-4790K sounded right. The 250 GB SSD is little lower in capacity than I initially wanted, but I don't plan on putting much on it other than a few games here and there until I get a 1 TB HDD. Finally, I decided to round out the build with a bit of personalization with the NZXT Hue and the Zalman CPU cooler. Honestly, the NZXT hue system was a little more of an impulse decision; that being said, I have no regrets, it looks wicked!

With these parts all picked out, my next plan is to buy a better monitor. To save money for the important parts, I decided to use a spare monitor/flatscreen TV that served me well as a second screen for my old Laptop. A friend of mine also gave me his old Razor Black Widow Ultimate Keyboard when he replaced it.

Part Reviews

Video Card

Super powerful

Case Accessory

Looks awesome; Adhesive could be better.

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Stuart_Munto 2 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

What's that white round object? I don't see it in your parts list

jehenery submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Lol, thats the brand new, not even on the market yet Wii game controller. It has like...10 gyroscopes in it and a 30 gb HBM GPU from Radeon.

madurham84 3 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

This is pretty darn close to my dream build setup: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/madurham84/saved/r97J7P though I think may go with your CPU cooler, it looks wicked! +1

syntaxerrur 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

There was a bug on your RGB controller...

Isorial 2 points 44 months ago

Burn it with fire!

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tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I have used that CPU cooler many times and own 2. It is GREAT and competes with the H100i directly. BUT, please be careful with the screws. You WILL strip them if you use the included Allen wrench. Install the cooler on the motherboard BEFORE you put it in the case, and use a standard allen wrench.

jehenery submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Thanks, do you or anyone else have some advice on how to apply the thermal compound? I've seen it done before and I read up to try and find the best ways, but I'm curious if you have a method that worked best.

tiny_voices 4 Builds 3 points 44 months ago

The correct way is to apply a small dot (little less than the size of a pea) to the center of the CPU, and then install the cooler on top. The paste will spread with the force of the cooler when you fasten it down and not let nay air bubbles happen unlike if you spread it yourself. NEVER spread it yourself.

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killerzcud 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

I would recommend atleast 2 TB Hdd Or even two 2TB ones would be better in case 1 dies. Games alone can easily take a lot of space. And a bit more ram would be good..32 gb is like good enough for anything or even 16 is k though since u are involved with designing.

jehenery submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Thanks for the advice, I do plan on going to 16 gb ram after my next paycheck. I don't know if I'll NEED 2 TB, but it does sound like a good idea considering games and design stuff.

GiovanniLeSheek 1 point 44 months ago

Question about RAM: I'm probably going to be following a very similar build in the next few months. If I go with the i7-4790k processor and I don't immediately plan on OCing (but perhaps in the future), should I proceed with buying RAM at speeds of 1866 or higher, like jehenery here? I read that if one is not planning on OCing this CPU, then 1600 RAM is fine. I really didn't plan on OCing, since the 4790k is stock 4.0 ghz, but I may in the future. Does this mean that I should step up to 1866 RAM or higher initially?

killerzcud 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

well its upto u...if u gona OC then yea. Still 1866 would be better over 1600. And if its gonna be for gaming only u'll not find much difference.

GiovanniLeSheek 1 point 44 months ago

Yeah I don't see myself doing a lot of video or photo editing, although I am in my major in engineering and it'd be nice to use some of our software at home. Thanks for your advice, I'll probably go straight with the 1866. I actually think that is the speed that I chose originally.

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jehenery submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Yeah, I'm hoping to complete it this monday when my cpu and graphics card come in