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White LIghtning

by Mittens73



Date Published

April 4, 2016

Date Built

April 2, 2016

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C


Hello Everyone!

This is my first Intel build after building two AMD rigs and being very happy with them. But as we know, Intel offers very efficient processors so I decided to see what all the hype was about. I still will advocate for AMD's price for performance marks, but the Intel processor is simply able to do more with less energy and fewer cores. This setup can handle nearly any game I own on ultra without many problems at all. The only one that struggles a bit (Read: drops below 45 FPS occasionally), is Assassin's Creed Unity. Beyond that, I am extremely pleased with the build and I know that it will serve me well for some time to come. I think this build turned out pretty well, and I love the black and white theme I was able to keep going throughout the build (The blue LED fans will be replaced shortly, they were leftovers from another build) and I plan to add some LED strip lighting for added effect.

Part Reviews


I chose to go for this rather than the new Skylake based I5-6600k for a couple of reasons. It's $40 cheaper (and every dollar counts when a budget is set), and in many cases, it outperforms the 6600k while maintaining a lower TDP (Dont believe me? http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i5-6600K-vs-Intel-Core-i5-4690K). Additionally, I have this chip overclocked at 4 GHz currently, so the performance is more than what my games are demanding at the moment. Simply put, this processor will be able to keep up with gaming demands for some time to come, and I could not be happier with it.

CPU Cooler

This cooler is incredible! I have not seen tempatures go above 62 degrees C even when stress testing. This definitely is the best CPU cooler in the price range.


This board had all the features I needed, and maintained the black and white theme I was going for, so naturally it was the perfect fit for me! I have always trusted MSI products and never had a problem with one yet.


Solid RAM, I have used it in the past with no issues. And it comes in white which was just another reason to spring for it.


Cheap, fast, and reliable. What's not to love?

Video Card

This card is a strong performer, indeed. While it won't exactly hang with a 980, it definitely can play any game I own on ultra with little to no stutter (The 4GB of VRAM helps with this). Despite what many people say about this card, the BUS is actually quite capable of using the extra VRAM, and as said before, I have not had many issues with frame rate stutter whatsoever. This card compliments the build in a lot of great ways (one of them the color scheme of course!), and is a great choice for 1080p gaming.

Update: Now running two of these cards in SLI. The difference is pretty amazing, these cards scale at around 80% in most applications, and 1080p gaming is absolutely amazing with both cards running together!


A truly beautiful case. I love that it has a PSU shroud and easy cable management options. For the price, you cannot go wrong with this case. Just be sure that your build won't use any 5.25" drive bays, as this case has none at all.

Power Supply

Bought refurbished from Micro Center (with a 2 year warranty) but this PSU seems to be working out well thus far, and it has an 80+ gold certification with fully modular construction. This pleases me.

Operating System

Much better than Windows 8.1, and I got it for free from my school. It's a win-win.

Comments Sorted by:

PsychoTraktor 1 Build 3 points 25 months ago

+1 for the original name

OMGriffinz 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Does the GTX 960 bottleneck the i5-4690K at all? I would've gone with a R9 380 as it is much more powerful than the 960 right now...

Mittens73 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I haven't seen any bottleneck so far, the 4Gb card is definitely worth it though, and yes the bus can handle all the memory. I think it's a great pair!

OMGriffinz 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

4GB is what you get for the 980 so yes, thats good.

glad to see no bottleneck!

zrouse 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Nice build, just curious if you put the CPU cooler parallel to the GPU on purpose?

Mittens73 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

The mobo was in a different case before so that's how it was setup. For now, I see pretty cool Temps so it's not a huge priority but I'll move it at some point.

FritzDrizzle258 1 point 25 months ago

Love the build only thing I would add would be a ssd.

OGShakeZ 1 point 25 months ago

Very nice build! I was wondering which OS I should look into getting for my light gaming/ browsing the internet use on my computer. It seems that Windows 10 just isn't worth it at this point in time.

Cubezz_ 1 point 23 months ago

yo great system build love the name as well but i think u should show the new pics of it now like with the 2 960s

Ogmeat369 1 point 21 months ago

How did you do windows 10 without a optical drive?

Mittens73 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

I used my laptop to download the files to a flash drive and booted from that for the install. The OS takes care of the rest.

TeraBuilds 1 point 17 months ago

whats the read and write speed of your hard drive?im so curious +1

Tormeywar 0 points 25 months ago

Where did you get your parts i want to build my first Pc ever and would love for this build to be my first,hipe you don't mond if i mirrir it I don't know too much about computers and what parts go together perfectly,I play mmo's and other games and i am tired of the 15-20 fps i get on my laptop with low graphics

marseryy 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

where are you from? if from australia i can help

Tormeywar 0 points 25 months ago

I am live in Canada

Mittens73 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Most of my stuff came from my local micro center. Beyond that, Amazon. Good luck with your build, friend!

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Mittens73 submitter 3 Builds 4 points 25 months ago

Not all of us can afford brand new hardware.

HTTPRO 3 Builds 4 points 25 months ago

Before you start criticizing people's build why don't u post one first.

I mean why oh why is your profile so empty and blank.

Mittens73 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Looking at his comment history, he only tells people how they should spend more money on better parts and how their builds need improvement. Ironic that someone who so easily tells others to spend more of their money can't spend any on a rig of their own.

Tultamaneli 1 point 25 months ago

A month away from Pascal... but who's to say it won't be really expensive? Chances are it will be more expensive then the 960. If it is then you'd be silly to wait till then.

stoltini 1 point 25 months ago

It's all about waiting for the price drops on everything else when the new stuff comes out

Tultamaneli 1 point 25 months ago

You may say that, buy what happens when that comes out, and then something new is announced. Then it's not worth buying it until then? It just creates an endless cycle

stoltini 1 point 25 months ago

But is stops when the tech becomes obselete

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Tultamaneli 4 points 25 months ago

You don't have to approve... I don't remember the OP asking for permission to build his PC.

Mittens73 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

You aren't very good with budgeting, are you?

ZygoteConrad 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I don't think he was really referring to 'energy savings' but more how 'efficient' Intel CPU's are. Also, Moore's Law potentially coming to an end debunks your criticism of him choosing a 2 year old i5, it will perform just fine.

Decent budget build OP: I run a 960 as well. You may want to add that SSD as shplody said, and also rotate that Hyper 212 Evo (as I have learned I need to do as well). All in all, sweet!

Mittens73 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

This is exactly right. Efficiency and power consumption aren't necessarily the same thing. And additionally, this rig can handle almost anything out now at maximum settings so I'm happy.

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ZygoteConrad 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago


They just appear very similar in performance - the 4690 is even beating the 6600 in single core performance. But alas, I do see you points, 2 years newer, new socket, just 40$ more expensive. Either way, OP has a competent build that will do well for some time.

FPS_Spartan_Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Do you ever stop complaining?

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Mittens73 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Great minds think alike!

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Mittens73 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks, honestly I am not a fan of how many builds go for over the top decorative things. I much prefer a clean, simple look.

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