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First PC Build! R4/4670k/7970/Z87-PRO
by Alizaman
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Description

Put this PC together over the course of 2 weeks as parts slowly came in. Pretty happy with everything overall. All of the parts have great warranties and as far as i can tell from reviews, should be awesome performers for years to come. For the most part i think i did okay on prices, but im sure i could've gotten this build down to under $1,300 had i been slightly more savvy and patient. All things considered, i only went $75 over my initial budget of $1,300.

As of now i've only done a very mild overclock to both the GPU and CPU, but i'll definitely start bumping those up in the next few days. as of right now the CPU is sitting at 3.8 @ stock voltage and the 7970 is at 1075mhz on the core clock and the 1450mhz on the memory(again, at stock voltage). As i said, just very mild bumps. Some preliminary testing has BF3 running at 100fps maxed out, PlanetSide 2 running at 60fps maxed out, and Heaven averaging 45-50fps on extreme.

i'm very happy with the build as of now, but i'll definitely be revamping the cooling as the time comes to AP-15s all around along with a CL CPU Cooler.

Details
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle29.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load55.0° C
Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.15Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.0GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load62.0° C
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JoeyThePCNoob [2 Builds] 4 points 12 months ago

great photos, looks great, nice build.

 
 
Alizaman [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 12 months ago

I forgot i had even posted this build here. Although late, thank you for the kind words!

 
 
ageedb [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

This may be a stupid question, but do you already have to SSD and HDD installed? If so, where did you set them up? Nice build though!

 
 
Fluffytaco 1 point 12 months ago

That case has a slot for SSD's on the MB backplate, so it is likely hidden since I only see the HDD in the top cage. OP could remove that side panel and post SSD and cable routing at the same time if he wants.

 
 
Enlyten [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

The HDD is in the 5.25" bay and the SSD is behind the motherboard tray. You can see the SATA cords coming from the motherboard and going behind the tray.

 
 
Bgwood91 1 point 12 months ago

Thats what I plan to do as well, HDD in the 5.25" bays, makes things much much cleaner.

Great build! Looks awesome!

 
 
Alizaman [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks!

 
 
ageedb [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thats genius, can you do that with most cases? I guess you can just get an adapter or something to fit it in there right?

 
 
sharkbyte5150 [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Another way to hide the SSD is with double-sided tape on back side of 5.25" bay (see pics from my build)...it really helps clean things up. I also used a bracket to mount HDD in 5.25" bay; I was able to connect the optical drive, HDD and SSD on one SATA power cable from PSU. My 3.5" HDD cage is completely open now for better air flow.

 
 
Alizaman [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Thats exactly what i did!

 
 
Enlyten [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

I'm pretty sure that in most cases you can just screw them in...

 
 
saw1833 [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Most cases you still need an adapter to make a 3.5 fit in a 5.25. That said, depending on the number of drives you have, and the configuration they're in, it may be better to get (a) hot-swap bay(s).

 
 
Alizaman [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

why thanks haha. i used an ORICO adapter from newegg(or amazon) to mount the HDD.

 
 
Alizaman [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Close but i opted for using industrial strength velcro instead! you can get it for $5-$10 from any home improvement store. i chose not to mount on the motherboard tray as i would have to remove the mobo to remove the drive in the future.

 
 
Enlyten [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Ah, true.

 
 
Alizaman [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Yes they have been installed. The HDD is in the 5.25" bay and the SSD is on the backside of the same drive cage mounted with double sided velcro.

 
 
RyneSmith [4 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

How did you like building using this case? I'm going to be purchasing the white one for my build... is it easy to maneuver in? plenty of room? etc

I was also considering getting a 7970 but then recently switched to two 660-Ti SLI... any recommendations on that?

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

660 Ti's are limited by their memory bandwidth which makes putting them in SLI less desirable. A single high end card provides smoother frames especially one that doesn't have its memory bandwidth crippled. A single 770 or AMD 7970 would provide smoother frame rates, which is a more enjoyable viewing experience. and Adding a second one of those higher end cards doesn't provide nearly the limitations the 660 Ti would give.

 
 
Alizaman [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

the r4 was fantastic. the only case i'd consider getting over it might be a corsair obsidian series. other than that, not a single complaint. its a super nice case that keeps everything extremely quiet.

i went for the 7970 because of the memory bandwidth and VRAM size. it was either between the 7970 or the 4GB 770, but the price vs. performance aspect favored the 7970.

 
 
tbyeah 0 points 12 months ago

Don't get 660 Ti s. 760 is the same price and better.

 
 
on4209 [1 Build] 0 points 12 months ago

760 sli

 
 
MadBadger 2 points 12 months ago

Nice photos. No Blurrycam here. Good quality parts all around: Asus, G.Skill, Sapphire, WD, Corsair, Fractal. I love that R4 case.

I might have gone with a 840 Pro + WD Blue storage, but the 520 and WD Black (long warranty) are good too.

Assuming you got the 4670k and Z87-Pro as a bundle? 369.99 is a lot of money for that processor, but would have been a great deal for those two together.

Nicely priced build. Looks great.

 
 
Enlyten [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

He has the mobo listed as $0.00, so he probably did get a bundle.

 
 
Alizaman [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thank you! glad you enjoyed the photos and thanks for the suggestions. I did in fact get a bundle, so it was a pretty good deal in the end.

i was unsure of what storage would be best, but i more or less just gave myself a few options and picked whatever was most easily available at the time.

 
 
GamingPC69 2 points 12 months ago

Damn dude your set for coming games :)! So you didn't like the fans that came with? So many fans :X

 
 
Alizaman [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

haha thanks. I ended up getting a really good deal on the 6 enermax fans from a friend. the stock fractal fans are being used as my intake fans right now and they are great.

 
 
Enlyten [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Great choices, the 7970 is very capable of overclocking. Fantastic job :) +1

 
 
Alizaman [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks! im running it at 1150 core, 1500 mem, and 1.225v. pretty happy with it so far!

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Great part choices, awesome cable management! I really loved looking through your build photos, thank you for sharing them.

 
 
Alizaman [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thank you! im glad you enjoyed :)

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Alizaman [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks! im already looking at different watercooling kits but really the 212 does a great job!

 
 
Sabotage 2 points 12 months ago

I really like this build. Also price for the i5?

 
 
Alizaman [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

it was a bundle with the mobo. thus the high price i5 and free z87 :)

 
 
Austn [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Nice First Build! I really love the photos as well. Are you a photographer?

 
 
Alizaman [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks! I actually am a photographer, although these pictures are far from my best work :)

 
 
Austn [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Knew it! I could tell from the background in some/most of the pics, the signature, and of course the high-quality photos ;).

 
 
Papajenkinz 2 points 12 months ago

very nice pictures

 
 
Alizaman [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks!

 
 
unknownworlde [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

I really like your build, I want to do the same things with the case fan and the case. I plan on buying the same amount of case fans along with the case. When I put this in my build it says that these case fans are not compatible with the case. Did you have to do any mods in order to make the case fans fit or they simply screw in? Thanks for your feed back! http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1mV32 this is my possible build btw. I am trying to budget it since I don't have much money, that's why I went with AMD. But please give me your input on this and anything should be changed? If you have any time, thanks!

 
 
Alizaman [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

hey bud! no mods necessary for the fans at all. AFAIK, the R4 has all the standard fan mounts so i can't imagine a 120/140mm fan that wouldn't fit. your build looks awesome to me bud! AMD just released their new Xfire drivers today so if you decided to xfire your cards in the future you'd be set on pretty much any game!

also, my recommendations for fans would be to get gentle typhoon ap-15's all around. while i got my fans at a steal, AP-15s are fantastic fans and some of the quietest i've heard. i'll definitely be putting some in my build in the future.

 
 
IBIubbleTea 1 point 11 months ago

Are you getting any Coil whine?

 
 
Alizaman [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

not really. unless i take my side panel off and put my ear next to the PSU.

 
 
gseyffert [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Man this looks great. I'm getting this mobo and case soon. Did you put your HDD in a 5.25" bay? Also, I thought there were only mount points for one fan in the front, but obviously you have two! Did you have to unscrew the bottom HDD cage from the case?

 
 
Alizaman [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

yes, the bottom HDD cage unscrews from the bottom (and 2 screws behind the front panel).

also, yes, the HDD is in the optical drive bay cage! cleans up everything very nicely!

 
 
Cube_of_Rubik 1 point 9 months ago

Love how you hooked both of those Enermax fans up to the Hyper 212. Makes it look so much better!