Description

I wanted to build a PC that was able to run today's games on high settings at 1080p at 60 FPS. I also wanted to created a pc that was easy to look at ( and be the envy of my friends). I do a lot of Gaming on this PC. New games such as Fallout 4, The Division, The Witcher 3, and Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain, all get 45-60 FPS with all settings on High or Very High. I could not be happier with the components that I chose and how they function. I am also very pleased with how good everything looks. Let me know what you all think!!!

Motherboard: MSI Z97S Krait Edition-- This is a great motherboard that has lots of upgrad-eablity potential. I would be able to crossfire is I wanted to, add a sound card, and upgrade the processor to a K edition when needed.

CPU: Intel Core i5-490 -- I chose this bad boy because I found it for a great price. I know that my motherboard is able to overclock, but I did not want to do that quite yet.

CPU Cooler: Corsair H110i GTX-- I know that this is a bit overkill for a CPU that is not being overclocked, but I will say one thing... it sure keeps the CPU cool. Like 40 degrees Celsius under heavy load cool. It runs great and very quiet.

Part Reviews

CPU

Awesome little processor that can be found on the cheap side. Benchmarks well in today's games, but may start to show its age once games expand the 4 core mark. I would recommend this to anybody that is on their first gaming build.

CPU Cooler

This AIO cooler is great. Not only does it keep your CPU cool, but it is able to monitor your whole system with Corsair Link. I am getting ridiculously low temps on my CPU, which, in turn, keeps the whole system run cool.

Motherboard

This is an excellent motherboard for the price I was able to find it at. That are many slots to add whatever your little heard desires. There are 3 PCI-E slots and 2 PCI-Ex16 slots for Crossfire or SLI. The motherboard is also very sturdy and lightweight.

Video Card

The r9 280X is the last generation graphics card for AMD, but is still runs today's games very well when paired with a decent processor. The only draw to last generations graphics cards is the power draw. However, that was not enough to take off more than one star, as this more than gets the job done.

Case

If you want a spacious case with lots of room for upgrade-ability, then this is the case! Not only is there room for upgrades, but it is solidly built (I think is made of all steel construction) and looks fantastic. The panel window is just the icing on top of cake that lets you show off you fantastic components!

Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 3 points

Your front fans pushing air out. it would be better if you rotate them for intake. Overall, nice build

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the front fans pushing air out because that is where the radiator is and I didn't want hot air being blown into the case. Would it still be better to have them intake?

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

It really doesn't matter. It's been proven by some YouTubers like Jay that the warm air coming into your system doesn't affect anything at all. Not even temps (1 degree up MAYBE)

Nice build btw! I love the white and black theme.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

This is just a question. Wouldn't the temp of his gpu be higher? This is why having it exhaust is the best way(rear or top) but S340 case has limits.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

People worry that the GPU would be hotter but remember that warm air rises and the exhaust fans just expell it out of the case. Having all exhaust fans would choke the GPU by a little bit and raise temps much more. You also don't want the top or back fans to be intakes because they don't really have filters most of the time and that puts a lot of dust in the system (raising temps much more).

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Rear and top fans should always act as exhaust since hot air rises. From he's case which has rear, top and front acting as exhaust I would agree to do a push or push-pull config as intake for the front fans this is mainly due to the limits of the case S340 with 240mm radiator. I would never recommend top as intake, sorry if you misunderstood my comment.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

That is an excellent point! I know I keep switching between not changing the fans or not, but I guess I will now!!! Haha :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the very good answer! I will get those fans switched to intake and get a nice push pull system going! Thanks for the +1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

for a push-pull config you might have to remove the white bracket

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I suppose I'll leave everything as is... If I see a lot of dust build up, I can switch fans around. Not too big of a deal. Thank you for the input!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 since we got the same keyboard.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not a bad keyboard at all!!!

Thanks for the +1!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Took a few days to get used to though. Playing Battlefield 4. Got me killed a few times. Used to it now.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

It did take a little bit to get used to because of the soft keys, but it is actually really good once you do get used to it!!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, nice looking build. Was this your first build? +1 for the beautiful computer.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! This was not my first build, but it was my first build with any kind of cable management!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I see. Looks good.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It's not as powerful as your PC, but it gets the job done!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

we have half of the same build haha

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow we really do... Our computers are almost twins!! Ha! Thanks for the +1!!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Ain't she purty! Nice job.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the kind words!!

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the +1! I'll take a look at that video later today!

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