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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.

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cam9 3 points 19 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 19 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 19 months ago

We don't all have money tree's lol

Resa69 1 Build 3 points 19 months ago

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

miniclipgamer 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

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

nerdymosh 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

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

Resa69 1 Build 1 point 18 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 18 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.

TNTrocks123 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

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

houseoftyrone 5 points 19 months ago

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

JakeyU72 3 Builds 1 point 18 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 18 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 18 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 18 months ago

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

Zepherblade submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 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.