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by Zepherblade
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First build and it was a wonderful experience putting it together myself. No issues and posted first boot. Runs games admirably and with its SSD, it flies.

There's definitely a reason why the R4 is such a cookie cutter case. It's spacious enough for all but the most high end of systems and cable management was really a treat when getting everything to look clean. The best part about the case is the sound dampening. Playing Crysis 3 and Far Cry 3 maxed gets the 780 fans spinning and it sounds nothing more than a very soft hum.

In the future, I plan on adding a storage drive, a closed-loop CPU cooler, and sleeved cables to match the black and gold color scheme.

Overall, I would absolutely recommend this build to anyone looking into building a first rig, and depending on your needs, you can either downgrade or upgrade the GPU to something more suitable or cost-effective.

Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate967MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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cam9 3 points 12 months ago

Nice build, 780 is a beast. A lot of people of this site seem to hate on 16gb of memory. IMO if your going to pay for the slots on your mb, why leave them empty? +1 enjoy your beast.

brelovix 3 points 12 months ago

Yeah not to mention you have more just RAM power, overall. Also that games could end up using more RAM than 8GB in the following years.

nerdymosh [1 Build] 0 points 12 months ago

We don't all have money tree's lol

Resa69 [1 Build] 3 points 12 months ago

You don't exactly need a money tree for 16gigs of ram

miniclipgamer [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

True, but the price of ram atm is incredibly inflated.

nerdymosh [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

I know but some people don't want to spend the exta 50

Resa69 [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Yeah just saying you don't need a money tree. Ram is a pretty easy upgrade so nothing to worry about.

nerdymosh [1 Build] 0 points 12 months ago

You don't know what a budget is do you. Also most games only need 4gb to run just fine. so 8 does just fine. 16 is great if you're video Editing but if you're just gaming no need for the 16GB.

Resa69 [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

I do know what budget is. I know 4gb is enough but if you look good enough you can get 8 or 16gb for real cheap dependent on your needs.

Not all of us here are stuck to a 700$ budget cough cough, I get close to 16gb usage while using VM's.

nerdymosh [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Average user does not use VM's. But as i state 16gb isnt really needed if you're only gaming. And what about my 700 budget's still get bang for my buck lol

Resa69 [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

But the OP never stated this is purely for gaming. He clearly didn't have problems with his budget and he got a nice rig for himself.

FYI I never said that you need 16gb for gaming. My pc stays at 3.4 ish when I play the average game.

nerdymosh [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

So why continue to argue with me?

Resa69 [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Because I hate the fact that almost everyone thinks of budget straight away. Why have 4 ram slots on your motherboard if your only gonna use 2? Clearly the extra £50 wouldn't have changed the OPs life and he went for it because he wanted peace of mind, security for future games and maybe for the odd video he renders!

nerdymosh [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

In that case why not go 42 or 48 or even 4*1 ? Your 16gb argument is kinda of invalid at that point lol.

Resa69 [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

42 and 41 is not enough to be future proofed for the foreseeable future. 4x4 seems to be the sweet spot then so my argument is not invalid either way you are arguing for your end of the spectrum which you're gonna end up losing either way because you need to take both sides into account like I have kid.

It's no better than being a fanboy.

nerdymosh [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

To future proof you would have to upgrade more than the Ram i like you're argument don't get me wrong you seem to be a fanboy over 16gb though lol

Resa69 [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Yeah ram is still a factor mate ;) buy now and forget about upgrading it.

In fact I'm selling my ram I just put it up because I realised I don't need 16 that often and I can live without it. 8 is enough for now and I am waiting on haswell-e to release so I can treat myself for my birthday in June. DDR4 will be out on X99 and that's me sorted.

It was nice debating with you.

nerdymosh [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

You to

TNTrocks123 [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

I hear that the fractal design define r4 is heavy. is it??

houseoftyrone 5 points 12 months ago

Yeah, Its almost 30lbs, Its mostly heavyduty steel and sound dampening foam.

JakeyU72 [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I have it, it's fairly heavy. I wouldn't recommend it for people on the move or for LAN parties.

miniclipgamer [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Yep. It has to be one of the sturdiest cases I've seen, it's definitely worth the money.

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

I wouldn't say heavy, more like solid. It's incredibly well built and having the power supply handle on the back makes moving these thing pretty easy.

miniclipgamer [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Great choice of parts here, but could we get some better pictures of the inside?

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

Ok, I see I managed to start a huge argument because I bought 16gb of RAM. Basically, I got 16GB of ram because I wanted to. I really really wanted some overhead which is why I got the GTX 780 as well. It's nice to have peace of mind when running 2-3 games at once. I love how making a $1500 build is fine but as soon as my RAM shows up, my build requires a money tree haha.