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F.D. Arc Midi R2 - 4670k/760
by udflyer
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Description

I rarely use my old laptop on the go anymore and was due for an upgrade. I didn't want to pay the price for a laptop when I could build a pc that would outperform one of a similar price (if you can understand what I am trying to say). I am an Electrical Engineer, so this will be used for writing code, with some casual gaming on the side. I have not overclocked as of yet, but plan to in the future. I also have not had it under too much of a load, so I can't tell you what my temps are right now.

I just picked these parts up from Microcenter over the weekend and put it together. I had some other parts in mind but encountered some crazy deals when I got there that helped me upgrade a few things.

The Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 was a pleasure to work with. Plenty of room but compact enough for great cable management. I like the (3) factory included 140mm fans with built in fan controller. Its a very sturdy, well built case. I also like the smoked window, because the blue from the additional fans isn't overpowering. This is a fantastic case.

The gigabyte ga-z87x-ud3h is a pretty nice motherboard, from what I've been able to tell so far. Setup was easy and the BIOS is easy to access and navigate. I had plans to go with a 3570k, but ended up getting this motherboard for $114.99 with the 4670k combo.

I had heard some great things about the samsung 840 series SSD's and was able to get $10 off a 120gb. Boot times are nothing and installing games on here is super fast.

That's all I have for now, but if you have any questions about the build, just let me know!

Cheers

Details
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle23.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load-
EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.07Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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Grazzert [2 Builds] 3 points 7 months ago

you should probably flip your power supply over since it will be starving your gpu of air.

 
 
udflyer [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 7 months ago

I will look into that. Thanks for the tip.

 
 
TheRealCheekyGit 3 points 7 months ago

The little girl is adorable. Another PCPartPicker in the making.

Nice looking build. Good choice with the Arc Midi R2.

 
 
udflyer [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks! That's my little angel.

 
 
TheRealCheekyGit 1 point 7 months ago

LOL. Teach her this:

  1. Go easy on the thermal paste. Less is more.
  2. Always wear an anti-static strap.
  3. Tell her to stay away for console games. PC gaming rulz.
 
 
udflyer [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago
  1. Less is more
  2. Anti static strap
  3. No console games

Got it, thanks for the advice!

 
 
fnapoli [1 Build] 2 points 7 months ago

Could you input the purchase prices? Its a great build, wondering what kind of deals you got. Also where did those 3 additional fans go...and how does the fan controller work with the case? Is it software controlled?

 
 
udflyer [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 7 months ago

I put one of the fans on the cooler, the other two are still on my desk. I may end up returning them because it is staying very cool. There is no software for the fan controller. It is a switch that changes the voltage supplied to the three case fans (5V, 7V, 12V). The case fans don't plug directly into the motherboard.

I will load the prices in later. I paid around $1,200 at microcenter for everything except the monitor (there was a mouse in there also).

 
 
fnapoli [1 Build] 2 points 7 months ago

Oh, I see...thanks for the info! I looked up the case and now I see that little switch at the top. Pretty nice case...and a good build!

 
 
udflyer [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks, I appreciate it.

 
 
ESPM400 [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Never hurts to have extra fans kicking around. Frankly, I wish I'd had some for my build, just to get the most out of my mildly OC'd ASUS GTX 770 (without changing the max temp, it starts throttling at 80*C).

 
 
udflyer [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 7 months ago

I input the prices for you. They are better than I remember actually.

 
 
MrImnotMLG 2 points 7 months ago

Great build. One of the best bang for buck builds you could do. Love Fractal's stuff (coming from a fanboy). Does your daughter like working with computers? lol

 
 
udflyer [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

I can't see myself buying another case besides something from FD, after working on this one.

She was mesmerized by the whole process. Now I just have to keep her from banging on the keyboard!

 
 
Norm101 [2 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Mine bejeweled my keyboard a few years back. I kept them there too. :)

 
 
udflyer [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

I probably would too.

 
 
dkevelx 1 point 7 months ago

I really wish card makers would put their connectors at the end of the PCB, near the grommet rather than smack in the middle. That always bothered me.

That besides the point, nice build, very clean.

 
 
udflyer [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Yeah that would be nice. Thanks for looking it over.

 
 
sketch24 [6 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Nvidia tends to do that.

 
 
dkevelx 1 point 7 months ago

It's only on their mini-pcb's. They even purposely extended the PCB on this card to cover the whole heatsink and still put the connectors at the middle. Makes no sense. -_-

 
 
sketch24 [6 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

This is a really nice build. The only thing I would change is the power supply. You spent a lot of money on your components and not a lot on the power supply. It's the most important part of the system and the corsair cx is more of a budget power supply that uses cheaper chinese caps. A xfx, seasonic, PCPC or a high end corsair like the hx/tx/ax would have made more sense.

 
 
udflyer [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

I hadn't heard very many bad things about the CX series. Seems to get pretty good reviews, for whatever that is worth.

 
 
sketch24 [6 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Customer reviews are worth almost nothing when it comes to power supplies because most have no way of testing it except whether it turns on or not. You have to go to the people that do in depth reviews. Techpowerup did one and said it is a great budget power supply. Problem is that your system isn't exactly a budget system. The better power supplies with the newer designs and better caps minimize the risk of failure. If I had a system this expensive, I would by a lower quality budget PSU when arguably the PSU is the most important thing in the system.