Neutron Gaming PC Build – May 2014


Hey guys this is Austin and today I’m here
with a video going over my latest gaming PC build, the
Neutron. When putting together the Neutron I wanted
to build the best all around gaming PC without costing
a ton of money. That’s why we’ve got a quad core CPU,
solid graphics card and an SSD all in a case that won’t take
up your entire desk. The most important part though is how does
it handle gaming? To give you an idea of how it stacks up with
some of my other recent builds I ran them all through the 3DMark
Fire Strike benchmark. This is a great general test to
see how the graphics compare and as you’ll see the Neutron nicely
shows off what it’s capable of. Open up Battlefield 4 and
you’re looking at a very playable 47.8 frames per second even
on full Ultra settings at 1080p. Jump over to Metro: Last
Light, another excellent looking game that also happens to
be a lot of fun and the Neutron delivers just over 42 FPS
on Very High settings. Another game that delivers awesome
graphics is Bioshock Infinite where we’re also able
to play at 1080p on Ultra at 55 frames per second. Load up Grid
2 and not only is it totally playable on Ultra but you can
even crank the resolution up to 1440p without the system
breaking a sweat. Now let’s crack open the Neutron and see
how many quarks we find inside. That was a joke that no one
is going to get, yeah. For the case we’ve got the Rosewill
Line-M which I’ve used a few times in previous builds as it’s
a great choice with a pair of 120mm fans and enough room for a MicroATX motherboard. There are actually two versions
of the Line-M, the standard model and the A model which I
have here. The only differences are the lack of an LED
for the front fan and one fewer USB 3.0 port on the A version
which makes it about $10 cheaper. The choice is up to you
but either way you’re getting a solid case. For the processor
we’re looking at an Intel Core i5-4430, a quad core CPU
based on the Haswell architecture. While a Core i3 would
get the job done moving up to the Core i5 means you get four
physical cores which can definitely come in handy, especially
in some of the more demanding games. On the graphics side we have a Sapphire Radeon
R9 270X, an excellent mid-range graphics card. With
2GB of memory and a factory overclock the 270X is a great
choice as you guys saw earlier it handles 1080p gaming no problem.
For the motherboard we have an MSI B85M-G43. This
is a great MicroATX board with USB 3 along with SATA
3 and support for up to 32GB of memory. Speaking of for the
Neutron we’ve got 8GB of G.Skill Ripjaws RAM clocked at 1866MHz
which should be more than enough for now while still leaving
room to upgrade later on. For storage we’ve got both an
SSD as well as a standard hard drive. This really is the best
of both worlds in my opinion as you can install Windows and other
programs onto the SSD and everything else can go onto the hard
drive. Samsung has made some excellent SSDs for quite
a while and the 840 EVO is definitely no exception as
with 120GB of capacity you’ve got a decent amount of space. Put
it together with a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue and you’ve got
yourself an awesome setup that isn’t actually all that expensive.
One thing I will mention is that to fit both drives into the
case you’ll need to also grab a 2.5” to 3.5” adapter as while the
SSD can be mounted on bottom there’s no room to actually plug
it in. Speaking of for the power supply we’re using a 500W Corsair
CX500. So if you guys have watched these gaming builds before you’ll
know that I really like to use these supplies as not only are
they going to be fairly affordable but they’re also very reliable
and most importantly they’re going to have plenty of power to
handle the system today as well as with some additional upgrades later
on. Put it all together and you’ve got yourself an awesome
gaming rig that’s perfect for 1080p. As always you guys can
find the full parts list in the description of this video over on my
website. Anyway I’ve got to give a big shoutout to Hulu Plus for
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you so much for watching and I will catch you in the next
one!

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