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A last gen Masterpiece

by WillieTheNelson



Date Published

Jan. 7, 2016

Date Built

Jan. 1, 2016

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

52.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

61.0° C


This is my daily driver, media center, and gaming rig. Most of the parts were picked up during a sale and I have included the price I paid, or didn't pay, for each component


i5 4690k - Quad Core, Unlocked, Runs Cool, Struggles in No Games/Daily Tasks


Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H-BK - Overclockable, 3000 Mhz Ram, Sli/Crossfire, M.2 10Gb/s, RAID Support

CPU Cooler

Corsair H55 - Never hear it running, looks better than air, blows CPU thermals out of the case


Corsair Vengence Pro - 16GB, DDR3 2400Mhz, CAS 11, 2 X 8 GB, It's Ram


EVGA GTX 960 FTW 4 GB - Yes. A 960. Got a great deal. Runs games maxed at 1080p.


2 X Samsung 850 Evos - 250 GB Each, Fast Read/Writes, Reliable brand, reasonable price (for SSD's)


1 TB WD Caviar Blue - 7200 RPM, 64 MB Cache, Mass storage, Budget. ($25 off for price error)


EVGA NEX750W - Overkill/Future proofed, 80 Plus Gold, Fully Modular, Black Sleeved Cables


NZXT S340 White - Simple, Big Window, Enough Drives for me, White, Under $60.


Windows 8.1

This computer meets every need and expectation I had going into this build. Buying the Mobo, CPU, and Ram towards the "end" of it's generation was a real steal on my part.

Hope you enjoyed the build!

Part Reviews


It's a great Intel quad-core. Got it at the beginning of 2016, should last me well into 2018. +1

CPU Cooler

Quiet, hasn't leaked yet, does a good job. Won't last forever but am well aware of that.

Thermal Compound

Came with my old CPU cooler. Suppose to be one of the best, although, I am not a scientist.


Has every feature you could ask for in 2015/16. Can't tell what the future holds but this will last me quite some time for now.


Paid a great price for 16 GB of Ram, let alone being 2400 Mhz. Great buy, will buy once on sale again. +1


HDD, 7200 RPM, Western Digital, Good.

Video Card

Personally would recommend more powerful card. Unless purchased under $200 Dollars. Then I could recommend more.


Great case, stylish, Cheap.

Power Supply

Less than $60 it's a steal. More than $80, get the G2.

Operating System

Runs my components excellent.

Wireless Network Adapter

Not a big difference in speeds from the wire for daily use, but would always recommend being plugged in for gaming. Still great for what it's used for.

Case Fan

Runs at full RPM 24/7, Never hear it, Good. +2

Comments Sorted by:

KenAyugi 2 points 33 months ago

nice build. Do you use it mostly for gaming or productivity?

KenAyugi 3 points 33 months ago

Lol never mind. I just saw your last photo

WillieTheNelson submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

lol tried to squeeze that in at the end

bengy22 4 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Lol i saw your review on that power supply, its $100 now. Why did you get 16gb of ram, i mean you only need 8gb for gaming.

sirnicko1 4 points 33 months ago

It's nice to have more than you need, plus RAM is fairly cheap now compared to about a year ago so and it was also on sale when it was bought

WillieTheNelson submitter 1 Build 5 points 33 months ago

Literally 53 seconds late to answer ^ that haha

WillieTheNelson submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Bought the 16 GB kit last week to replace my 8 GB kit I paid nearly triple for in 2013. Wanted to upgrade, and it's always better late than early to PC parts.

And yeah I just got a really good deal on the PSU making it hard to pass up.

AW1018 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

10/10 would build again?

WillieTheNelson submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

For me it meets the needs of everything I use it for. Other's might prefer the next tier up GPU's which is subjective, but noteworthy.

AW1018 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

What i meant was that would you rate it 10/10 and would u recommend the parts to someone else.

WillieTheNelson submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Then yes sir, 10/10 for all the components and finished build.

AW1018 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Alright! What do you think of this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mjbF7P

WillieTheNelson submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Looks like a great build! Only suggestion would be to add a 1TB mechanical hard drive cause the 120 GB ssd will fill it quickly.

PCPLEAB 2 points 33 months ago

For the Compatibility check it said that the, "Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory operating voltage of 1.65V exceeds the Intel Haswell Refresh CPU recommended maximum of 1.5V+5% (1.575V). This memory module may run at a reduced clock rate to meet the 1.5V voltage recommendation, or may require running at a voltage greater than the Intel recommended maximum."

I am a newbie when it comes to building computers and I am currently looking for the best build for my brothers' birthday coming up in a couple months. From what I can tell this seems like a superb build from all of the reviews. However, how will the Memory affect the CPU as said in the compatibility check? Is clock rate in a pc more of a commodity or a luxury? If this is the build I decide to choose, what recommended changes would you make to the list?

P.S. Sorry for the questions, I'm anxious to make sure my brother likes it.

WillieTheNelson submitter 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

First, the RAM I have chosen is compatible with my Motherboards XMP profiles and CPU which allows it to reach speeds of 2400 Mhz.

Second, the speed of the RAM has little performance gains for someone like me, so would be considered a luxury purchase.

Third, the RAM will run at the highest speed your motherboard and CPU support if you do so desire. Otherwise it will run at stock speeds of motherboard or CPU, usually 1333Mhz-1600Mhz. Which again has very little performance gains in real world applications.

I would recommend the cheapest 16 GB kit you can find, the size matters more than the speed, and 16 GB is much more than the average consumer needs. But is super cheap right now.

PCPLEAB 2 points 33 months ago

Are there any other motherboards that would work for this specific build? I am looking for the one on the list and it seems to be out of stock. I realize that most PCs you start with the motherboard and then work from there.

WillieTheNelson submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

All motherboards support this build my friend. Just not all support overclocking or increased RAM speeds.

Any z97 motherboard will do to overclock the CPU, and $170-130 is kinda the sweet spot I was searching for with my build. If you have a Micro Center near you, go and save yourself some money, have a great selection and face to face with someone with knowledge. (hopefully)

PCPLEAB 2 points 33 months ago

Thank you so much for all your help. I extremely appreciate it.

WillieTheNelson submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

I hope I led you in the right direction bud

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bohanxing 1 point 33 months ago

hey, I was wondering why you put the wireless card in front of the gpu as opposed to behind? I have mine behind the gpu but don't know if that's the best place to put it.

WillieTheNelson submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

If it was just a Wifi card then I would have populated the top PCI slot with it, but the bluetooth feature requires me to plus the card into a USB header on the Mobo. That's the only reason I chose the slot I did. It should have no performance impact what so ever.