This is an update to this build that I completed a couple of weeks ago.
Basically, I have accumulated a ton of spare parts over years of upgrading my main rig. I recently made the jump to Ryzen and decided to put my i5 4690k to good use. This build is stationed at my office building (I work with a bunch of fellow computer enthusiasts in a NOC environment). I'm hoping that many rounds of Rocket League and Super Smash Bros. (via Cemu & Dolphin) will be played during our lunch breaks! When we're not doing some light gaming, it will be used to play whatever movies or shows that we have on our Plex server or Netflix.
It's a little overkill for what we are going to be using it for, but I'm pretty happy with it. It beats whatever media player/console alternative that we would be using in it's place.
It was a ton of fun to put together and it makes for a really nice centerpiece of our office. Here's to hoping that we remain productive!
This CPU truly stands the test of time. It overclocks really well and remains decently cool upon doing so. It has never bottlenecked my graphics card on any games I've thrown at it. Other than a slightly dated socket type (which makes motherboards a pain to find at a decent price), it's great.
This sleek low profile cooler is as efficient as it is aesthetically pleasing. It looks great and does a great job at keeping my PC cool and quiet. I can easily recommend this cooler, especially given that it typically hovers around $20-30.
The z97 chipset comes with the ability to OC unlocked Haswell (Refresh) chips, such as the Pentium G3258 and i5 4690k. Unfortunately, they are no longer in production and are incredibly pricey at the moment. This particular board proved to be rather cheaply constructed. I had to RMA twice on account of bent pins (socket and USB headers). I handle my electronics with care and have not ran into this issue with any other motherboard that I've used in the past. Other than the construction, this board offers a wide array of features that are greatly appreciated.
It does the job! I've heard the nightmare stories of PNY components failing shortly after their warranty expiration date. I am well beyond that date and haven't had any issues. I picked this kit up for incredibly cheap ($60 on-sale) and I have been thrilled with the returns.
Wow. I am honestly REALLY impressed by this little guy. I was limited to a low profile card and feared I would be stuck with either integrated graphics or an r5 240/GTX 710/GTX 730. Then, I came across the RX 460 LP model from MSI and I was sold almost immediately. It has ran all my go-to games with little to no performance issues. It should be noted that there are 1050/1050 ti LP cards out there. They are a bit more costly and less available at the moment.
This was a tough one. I really wanted to build in an mITX case. Unfortunately mITX LGA 1150 motherboards are harder to find than an honest politician. Those that are available are at a huge price premium. I chose this case after seeing at Fry's one day. I hate that it requires a TFX PSU, but I'll live. It was relatively easy to build in and doesn't look too icky. It's by far the most compact mATX case I've ever seen. It has it's draw backs, but it does the job.