Thanks man! Yeah, the CPU definitely still holds it's own in gaming! I wouldn't recommend throwing too many google chrome tabs at it though LOL
I know right? I've used 760's in a couple of builds now and it's always been such a great card for the money lol
It looks like he also has his rear fan acting as an intake and not an exhaust, strange considering the P400 doesn't have a fan filter on the rear fan mount.
I don't know what the rest of the fans are set to but I agree with Battlefield on this one, swap the orientation of the CPU cooler fan to blow air from the front of the case through the CPU cooler out the back of the case and then flip the rear fan to make it exhaust air out the back.
I know right? lol
Thanks! The last Phenom chip I messed around with was an X4 955 and it didn't want to go anywhere above 3.6 so I guess it really does depend on the CPU lol This one has no problem with 4.0 but as soon as I try to go above that it wouldn't boot, really happy with the overclock though!
But yeah, it should work out really well for him for under $400, not a bad way to get into PC gaming on the cheap!
I can confirm this, as someone who recently had to upgrade my wife's computer because her i7 (4 cores, 8 threads) was bottlenecking during heavy gaming/streaming. Now that she has an R7-1700 she hasn't had any dropped frames and her CPU usage hovers around 30%-40% during streams.
Other than that, OP did a great job for a first time build! +1
Edit: It might be a good idea to plug in your rear exhaust fan to a fan header on the motherboard and some additional cable management wouldn't hurt either lol
They're all purchased used through either ebay or the reddit hardwareswap forum, lots of good deals on there but you have to be willing to hunt for a while to get the best stuff! Like I said, this build was done slowly over the course of a few months and before the cryptocurrency mining bubble that we're experiencing right now so I was able to score some pretty good parts!
Yeah, the MOBO was a HUGE find! Pretty much formed the rest of the build around it once we were able to snatch it up for such a great price!
Actually, there was a pretty comprehensive test done on this recently where a TechTuber tested the temperature differences with a reference and open air cooler in scenarios where they were close to the PSU or PSU shroud (like OP's is) and the differences were definitely noticeable.
I'll find the video and shoot it your way after work, they presented some really good data!
It's a valid suggestion and not just for raw speed, it can be better for GPU airflow if the card isn't close to the PSU like that. Great build though, love the parts selection and color scheme! +1
Well done, love the price/performance of this build and the aesthetics are great! Glad you were able to score a 1070 before all of this mining madness, hope you enjoy your new computer! +1
Display port is what I used, able to hit 144hz at 1440p easy with the badwith of a DisplayPort cable lol Works great too!
Thanks so much for the kind words! I'm a big fan of the build too since it's also technically "my computer" now too lol Maybe in a few months I can rationalize having my own dedicated gaming PC again!
I got them from Cablemod, great company but they usually take a while to make them and ship them out lol
Absolutely! Her twitch channel is https://www.twitch.tv/carlyonthemoon
Wow, I love the look of the Poseidon! Great job with the hardline tubing as well, it's cool to see all of those fittings being utilized! +1 from me brother!
Thanks a bunch!
Yeah, I realized afterwards that it was a bit longwinded but I appreciate the feedback!
Wow, I really love this build!
Pairing an older i5-2400 with a powerful R9 290X is actually a really good call, people underestimate the power of both these parts these days! Love the fact that you got the mot out of your budget and utilized parts from a previous build, +1 from me!
Exactly right! I had the i3 from almost a year ago when I bought a batch of about 4 of them off eBay for stupid cheap! This was the last one so luckily I'm finally done with the whole "i3 + the best GPU I can find used for under $70" routine lol
I absolutely LOVE the idea of an older 1100T 6-core chip paired with dual GTX 560ti's!
I recently used a single 560ti and I was actually pretty surprised with the amount of performance I could squeeze out of it, what games are you playing and how well are they running?
+1 from me good sir!
Absolutely! That looks like a great build, stellar job with the parts price/performance! Everything matches really well too, can't wait to see it completed!
Wow, super clean and I love how you worked everything around the 1080's color scheme! Awesome setup with the plants too, +1 from me!
I don't think it ever stopped meaning one thing and became something else, it's an acronym and as such can mean different things in different situations.
I first heard the term OP when people were referring to certain "Over Powered" classes in WoW way back in 2004, it wasn't until the days of larger forums such as 4chan, Reddit and Imgur that I started seeing OP being used to mean "Original Poster".
Looks like there's two radiators to me; look at the first picture again, you can see the tubing going into the fittings and into the front radiator.
Yup! It was in the description, it'a a Bitfenix Alchemy 2.0 magnetic WHite LED strip lol
Well that's definitely not good, I recommend that you RMA the motherboard because you might have some bad RAM slots.
According to the manufacturer's manual for you MOBO (which you can find on their website) the optimal placement for those RAM modules is either one module in slot slot A1 (the slot closest to the CPU), one module in A1 and one in B1 (the third slot from the left) or all 4 slots occupied by RAM modules. I highly recommend testing each DIMM slot with a single module and seeing if it will boot to determine which slots are bad.
I've had this happen to brand new motherboards as well and while it might seem like a bit of an inconvenience to send it back for a replacement it will probably save you some headaches in future. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions about troubleshooting the DIMM slots! =)
Nice build, great parts selection!
I would however recommend moving one of the RAM modules over one slot so that they're staggered (slots 2+4 or slots 1+3) that's how they can run in dual channel mode!
It most definitely works for gaming, since it has a GTX 770 and a i3-4170 it actually does really well! Definitely better than a current gen console and probably rivaling a PS4 Pro/Scorpio in performance.
A game like CS:GO would run between 200-220 FPS on max settings in 1080p and newer more demanding games will run around 60 lol
Can't say for sure but I'd say it's either on-par or slightly above a PS4 pro considering the GTX 770 alone has 3.2 teraflops of floating point performance, that in addition to the i3-4170 gives you a pretty competitive machine!
They, make it so that the motherboard, videocard and other components in your build are running properly and up to date lol
I always install drivers after the operating system is complete, be sure to get them directly from the manufacturers website as well!
Absolutely, the case itself is great and using budget parts is a good way to start out without breaking the bank! Let me know if you need any help!
Absolutely, you can either do a PCIe wireless network adapter or a USB version. I have a USB 3.0 adapter from netgear that's worked really well for me recently lol
Weird right? Yeah, the HDD cage is kind of in a weird spot lol You need to remove the HDD cage, then route the 8-pin CPU cable, then RE-INSTALL the HDD cage! So strange but I only had to deal with it once so I almost forgot about it until you jogged my memory! Definite design goof!
I totally agree, a 1050 or 460 would have been good pairings as well (if it was in the budget) but for $80 its hard to beat a GTX 770's performance per dollar margin lol
Absolutely! I'm working on another one now (actually very similar to this one) and I'll be sure to post it when I'm done!
Trust me, I read the description but it still doesn't change the fact that the cables could have at least been minimally managed before taking pictures and submitting the build.
Tucking a few PSU cables behind the back side-panel and routing them through the grommets isn't really that difficult to do or undo once he gets his Cablemod order in, just my two cents though!
I dig the RGB fans and LED strip at the bottom, it really makes the build pop! The only recommendation that I have is to maybe do some cable management; all of the cables coming from the PSU (24pin MOBO, 8pin MOBO and GPU) can all be routed to the back of the case and out through the rubber grommets to create a cleaner looking interior. Other than that it's great!
+1 from me!
Define "extremely better"... If you mean "5%-10% better in some but not all applications" then you'd be right lol
Oh wow, that's nuts man! I used to have a very similar build for when I used to get underway on the last ship I was stationed on, that thing was a toaster when running Dark Souls 3 or Fallout 4 lol
Cool to see that you're doing so many mods, I'll bet those dual Scythe's really help out with temps! From the look of your updates you've definitely improved the airflow ten fold! Can't wait to see the "final" product! ; )
CS: GO for sure, I actually benchmarked it beforehand for the guy who bought it and was getting well over 100 FPS at max settings in 1080p lol
I wouldn't know about H1Z1 but I know that games like that (DayZ etc.) are pretty CPU dependent and tend to eat up a lot of resources so I'm not sure what kind of performance you would get. I can do some digging around online and see if I can get some more info for you though!
Absolutely brilliant, I have no words! +1 from me sir!
And yeah, I totally agree about the Tesseract, it looks like a neat case! Maybe I'll try that on the next budget build I do, thanks for the recommendation!
Good to see you're still floating around on the site, how is that badass Enzo build of yours working? I absolutely love that computer lol
Great build, love the aesthetic and the parts pairing is on-point! Would love to see more well-lit pictures of the inside, this will definitely serve you well until you decide to switch to Ryzen/Vega! +1 from me brother!
Thanks brother, yeah I really dig the way this build came out! Hopefully the person that's buying it from me ends up liking it as well!
You just search on Google for Windows 10 Flash Drive and you'll most likely see a link that directs you to Microsoft's website, they make the process super easy!