Description

This PC was built for a friend of mine who was interested in buying a high quality PC. He is upgrading from an old Samsung laptop. It served him well, but he needed an upgrade. When the PC was finished we loaded up some games League of Legends, Elite Dangerous, Minecraft+Shaders, BF4 and he was amazed at the performance. This was a BIG jump for him and he couldn't be happier.

Intel i5 - 4690K - This is a fairly standard Quad-Core. It suits his gaming needs, and has a modest 4.0 Ghz OC.

Enermax Liqmax 120 - Decent CPU cooler. Keeps the temps at rest under load, and is fairly quiet. My only gripe with this cooler is the mounting mechanism. The backplate has 0 Support while installing the block, and needs to pushed from the back AND front while fitting the screws onto the hold down plate.

Z97S Sli Krait - Great budget motherboard. Can OC without any issues, and has a great color design. Lacks on SATA Ports, but that is my only issue with this Mobo.

Crucial Ballistix Elite - Good looking RAM. Running at 1600 Mhz for now. Good heat spread design, has 16GB installed.

WD5000 Black 2.5" - A good fit to have a clean internal system. Was running fine, but failed after we booted windows on the SSD, so we have to replace this HDD. Only real major problem.

XFX R9 390 Black Edition - This GPU is FANTASTIC. I really got to give AMD Props. After 15.7 drivers were released the performance has been smooth. Getting 80+ FPS on all AAA Titles and other games at MAX Settings. Really impressed with this GPU.

Define R5 White/ Window Case - Beautiful Case. Very minimal design, and a clean look. Very easy build process. 0 Issues while building in this case.

Bitfenix Fury 750W - While keeping a B/W theme going, this was a second choice as far as the PSU Went. I decided to sleeve my OWN Cable extensions, but after I found out the PCI-E Cables weren't going to fit the RM-750, I decided to get this PSU. Been working well, 0 Issues.

Bitfenix Spectre Pro Fans - Decent fans. W/B colors, fairly silent but a plastic build quality. Gives them a cheap feel, but they do the job.

Acer H236HLbid 1080P Monitor - Very nice 1080p monitor. The colors are vibrant, and viewing angles are actually pretty good considering the glossy finish. Recommended for a good 1080P monitor.

Peripherals(Keyboard,Mouse) - Great gaming keyboard and mouse. My friend uses alot of macros, so this M/K Combo does very well, and has a slick B/G color to go along with it ;)

All in all I really enjoyed building this system, and I'm glad to see my friend FINALLY able to play games without crashing every 5 minutes.

Keep in mind this is my first post and I am still getting used to the formatting involved with setting up a description.

Thank you all for looking, and tell me what you think!

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Comments

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

HA! +1 for the sticker.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

need just a few more photos of the overall build. Otherwise, +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Thinking of getting that R9 390, did you experience any coil whine at all with the card?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Havent had any issues with the card yet. ;)

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

16 years old and been building for 7 years........1+1=holy rig building batman! nice build!!!

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, you do great work! Very clean build.+1

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm 16 Years old and I have been building systems for several years.

i'm curious. several is like 4-6 years right? you must be around 10 or 12 when you started. impressive if so.

anyway, great build. inspiring!

cheers!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Yup, almost seven years pretty soon :)

Cheers!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

nice! i'm jelly (in reference to my late childhood years lol)

anyway, i'm putting up a part list for my (our) home pc/gaming rig and noticed that the xfx r9 390 you had there is a black edition. have you bought it online (links please!) or a local store? 'coz new egg is out of stock atm :|

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a link for an XFX R9 390, it is not the black edition however!

This link is from newegg

XFX R9390

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't agree with the case choice considering what else you could've gotten for $150, but other than that this build looks pretty slick.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

That sticker though... +1! Great job man especially for your age

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

wow! pretty good for 16... I am actually 14.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

where did you get your individually sleeved cables?? they aren't in the part list.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

The Sleeved Cables came with the PSU Unit. I sleeved my own extensions, but took them out because of compatibility issues.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I just have one question:

Why did you get a 500 gig HDD and 16 gigs of RAM?

Get 8 gigs of RAM and get a 1 TB HDD.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, These parts were chosen by my friend not me. I can only make recommendations to him. He wanted a clean interior and he wanted 16GB. so I went with the 500GB 2.5 " drive, which ended up being doa so he will get a new one (Probably a 1TB 3.5 "). The RAM was purely just to have 16GB.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I was going to say, drop the 16GBs, get 8GBs, grab a $40 1TB Blue and then get a $60 128GB SSD. best combo imo lol

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn I envy your friend. I'm still rocking an old laptop until I save up money, and the fact that parts over here (Canada) are more expensive than the US it's difficult.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I totally understand that man. I'm sure you will get a kickass pc soon :D

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice indeed. I enjoyed your pics, especially #8.

Number 8 picture, how "deep" does the inside of your case go?? Probably a six foot standard ladder, with a few feet in the case. Can you show us all 4 sides to get the idea of the depth of your case?

:)

Found a new format by mistake lol

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

All the parts have a sort of strong industrial feel to them. I like it. Hail the PCMR

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you mind clearing something up for me? The Enermax cooler - in the PCPP pictures on the product page, it appears to come with two fans. However, on the various reviews of it I've seen online, it's only come with one fan. Did yours come with one or two fans? I'm wondering because I'll probably be going with that cooler for my next build.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, it came with two fans.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! Thanks much.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man! I'm 16 too, just recently made my first build. I enjoyed it so much, I'm actually starting a custom PC business for kids in my area, and anyone else in US and Canada. Fun stuff!!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!! Im going to be starting a PC business as well :D

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job! Black and white accents are really well done.

Did you get a commission for such a wonderful piece of hardware?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I did ;)

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job. I'm 14 over here, and I'm currently building a PC for my friend too. I hope to earn a wealthy sum from him for my own PC :)

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. You'll have to post the PC when you're done :D

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build!!!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

whats your fps in minecraft?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

400-750 but it really isnt an intense game. With shaders it ranges 150-300

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm wanting to use the r9 390 in my pc build but I think it would be really cool if I was able to paint the backplate of the card white. Given that there is no white r9 390... How difficult is it to remove the backplate on this card so I would be able to paint it?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I cannot tell you from experience, as this is not MY build... But I have seen several builds paint the XFX card white. It does not seem to be too difficult, but that is just speculation.

Sorry I cannot give you a valid answer :/ Thanks for asking though!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

BEAUTIFUL AND THE R9 390 IS A GREAT CHOICE. IF I GO FOR A I5 BUILD I WILL DEFINITELY FOLLOW THIS BUILD MODEL. I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BUILD. GOOD JOB FOR BEING SO YOUNG. THATS AMAZING AND SHOWS GREAT PASSION.

THUMBS UP.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I am glad you like this build!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

HOW DID U DO THE SLEEVED CABLES? CAN U JUST BUY THEM THAT WAY. SLEEVE'ING CABLES SEEMS SO FRICKING HARD MAN.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot! Cheers all around!

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Sometimes, a few words can mean a lot

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol Cheers!

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  • 55 months ago
  • 0 points

haha I wish i was rich :P. And the sticker came with a mouse mat my friend got on amazon, so sadly I dont know which one it is :(

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

well, the 750i is a bit more expensive, and i chose the fury for sleeved cables. Though corsair is a bit more of a quality PSU choice, so I understand.