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My baby / First build
by kaioshui
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This is my first build and I am very happy with how it turned out. I spent a substantial amount that was not necessary for aesthetics, what can I say, I'm a sucker for pretty things. (h100i, corsair fans, corsair vengeance red RAM sticks)

The only component that gave me issues was the h100i. It fit perfectly but the water pump made strange sounds 2 days after I installed it. I returned it and the new one works fine but the threading wasn't done properly for one of the 4 fan screws on the radiator. I've seen people complain about the case when it comes to the LED power light and the look of it but I'm 100% happy with it. I fit a h100i in it without strain on any wire. It however left me with very little room to play with which is fine.

PCpartpicker has been extremely helpful and so have the people over on IRC/reddit buildapc. I wanted to contribute by sharing what you guys helped me build. I have not overclocked yet but I am excited to learn about it and get the full potential out of these components.

Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle28.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load34.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.11Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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LegoPC [1 Build] 9 points 17 months ago

I wish I had a build with an R4 so I could say, "One of us, one of us, one of us."

Really2n2 3 points 17 months ago

iRobot line? When Will asked, which one is the bad/different robot?

Norm101 [2 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago
Really2n2 2 points 17 months ago

Sorry, I didn't see that movie. but I like what he had said

tyabbott 3 points 17 months ago

Very nice build, one of the best builds I've seen on this site. On another note do you have a microcenter by you? I saw the 4670k and the gigabyte ud5h bundeled for $350. You could have gotten a better motherboard and the same processor for $70 less. I'm guessing not, oh well.

kaioshui [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 17 months ago

Thanks! I saw the same bundle on newegg which offered a $100 discount but unfortunately I barely missed it.

alexjc4lyfe 2 points 17 months ago


kaioshui [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Glad you like =)

teriboomer 2 points 17 months ago

Are the corsair fans loud in that case? What did you do with the case fans that come with it?

kaioshui [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

The performance edition corsair 120s were extremely loud. The ones in now are the 120 SP quiet edition and they are quite quiet. The downside is that I have very little flexibility with the software compared to the control I had with the stock fans. I believe the stock fans are pretty much the same except a little cheaper looking. On a positive note, the quiet editions that are in now run exactly how loud/fast I want them to be. When I OC I may however have to remove them and go back to stock fans as I may need to use the software. If there is a way to better control these, I dont know about it.

RyneSmith [7 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

Nice build man, I love that case. It's really silent and overall the best mid tower IMO (it's the one I used on mine : here

I would've gotten a bit more red if I were building yours (on mine I did red and white theme haha)

great build man and good choice on the 770, I got that one as well but the 4gb version as I have 3 monitors

also did you have any trouble with your computer (i have windows 7) recognizing your seagate? i had to create a drive for it for the computer to realize it wasn't an external HDD

+1 from me :)

kaioshui [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

wow! your color scheme is absolutely fantastic. I love the three monitors, desks, keyboard, mouse. There is nothing to say, its beautiful. I can see you put alot of work and love into building it. Thanks for sharing!

RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Ya it took me over 8 hours the first day to build because I was so meticulous haha. I even went back a week later and re did some of the cables. I'm STILL waiting on my 5 phanteks fans so there will be even more red/white when they come in (backordered on both TigerDirect and Amazon)

Np man, this is what this site is all about. Now that I think about it I don't really need the monitors haha but I love them regardless and will use them as much as I can. (black ops 2 looks sick and I can't wait for splinter cell and BF4)

Hope you enjoy your rig as much as I do mine!

Happy gaming :)

kaioshui [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Cant wait for those titles as well!

I was looking to get some lighting in my case similar to yours but I wanted something very subtle. Do you have any recommendations? yours is the color I want but it seems too bright for my taste at least from those pictures.

If i were you, I would replace that white desk with something more modern looking it clashes hard =P just my 2 cent

Enjoy your beautiful monster

RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Well the lighting that I got is on the highest setting in the picture. It's the NZXT sleeved lighting. It has 3 settings and comes with clips that stick on and hold it in place. I think it's a good buy however there are also the antec accent lighting that I have by the keyboard and behind my middle monitor that comes in white as well. They plug in by USB however and might be weird having a usb cable coming out from the inside of your case but it can be done!

Also the red desk is the one that I bought with this computer and I was planning on only using it but realized it was far too small lol

This other desk is my GFs parents old furniture and it's free so can't complain really so for now it serves it's purpose lol

kaioshui [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

I will check it out. Free is always good ;)

RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

This is also a website I just stumbled upon HeatsinkFactory

Looks like it's got a nice selection

kaioshui [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

I actually ordered yours already :P Thanks for the extra info tho

kaioshui [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

No issues with the Seagate and I'm also on Windows 7

RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Well good for you because it was a pain in the a$$ for me to figure out. Took me an hour of reading and 3 youtube videos but finally got it

IamApropos [3 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

amazing parts list and great build, awesome cable management. Happy computing!

Enlyten [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

Great job with the color scheme :)

flipins [3 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

Sweet build dude

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kaioshui [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

thanks man!

Austn [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

Nice build. I love how it looks, the cable management and the part selection.

Only question I have is do you really need 16GB of RAM?

kaioshui [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Need? probably not ;)

duramax08 [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

beautiful, 10/10.

Bartmanicus [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

Great cable management and color theme, plus 1

onlinefreak [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

Really nice to see someone actually putting some kind of hard surface underneath a desktop before placing it on carpeting. I like the red accent inside too :) great build!

Bladedrummer [4 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

Very nice.

iAmNicklezz 2 points 17 months ago


PirateCoffee 1 point 17 months ago

Had any issues with the H100i? How are the fans? Are they worth purchasing?

Same build as you except i7, 780, Nzxt Phantom 410 Case & Smaller SSD.

kaioshui [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

I spoke about my issues in the comment section. Stock fans as far as i'm concerned are great. I changed them out for aesthetic purposes and I'm happy with the new ones as well.

Expo 1 point 17 months ago

I plan on doing a very similar build to this except with the black r4. I like the corsair fans on how they have the color rings but they seem to not perform as well as other fans. Im gonna get some Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15's and put them on the rad and throughout my case. Hopefully I will order my parts soon. Good build none the less.

Jrmym1981 [2 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Very Nice Rig!

I too was concerned about the quality of the H60, because of the screws not going in the radiator very tight, and in fact, I actually stripped one of the threads by accident, it's so delicate, it's not very hard to do unfortunately, but everything still holds in place and keeps my cpu very cool. i have an amd 965, overclocked to 4.08ghz, and it stays pretty near 39-44c. If you don't mind me asking,Intel is naturally a cooler cpu, do you overclock, and.. what are your temps like with the 100i?

kaioshui [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

temps are around 28 on idle. I have not OCed yet. This is my first build and I want to spend time researching so I don't screw anything up. As you said, it holds the fan fine with 3 screws but the device is meant to have 4 screws, and only having 3 in hurts my OCD side.

AlphaCentauri 1 point 17 months ago

Awesome build! I'm actually looking at the exact same parts you went with! Now one question, how are you liking that mobo? Cuz I'm reading some mixed reviews about the BIOS among other things. What's been your experience with it so far?

kaioshui [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks! So far no issues and it's doing what I want it to. I have not OCed so I cant speak much for the mobo outside of standard setup.

AlphaCentauri 1 point 17 months ago

Awesome, good to hear! I am planning on OCing, but probably not for a while, I need to learn the ins and outs of my computer first, also BUY my computer first lol.

kaioshui [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

haha yeah, its a lengthy process but 100% enjoyable. I also plan to OC but I've never done it before. I need to find good resources for research.

Blobs [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Great looking build. :)

kaioshui [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Thank you!

brightshade782 1 point 17 months ago

I'm thinking of getting a white or grey Define R4. The black and grey have metal plates. Could you tell me what the front panel material is on the white?

kaioshui [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

I'm not sure. it feels very sturdy. Probably plastic. It doesn't cheapen it whatsoever imo.

StewieMonSta [2 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Awesome build! Wish I could afford a GTX 770, but ATM ill have to work with a 760, still alright though. My case is the R4 though (I have it now)

iAmNicklezz 1 point 17 months ago

I know those are Corsair fans, but which ones? (:

kaioshui [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

back one is an AF140, top two are SP120 quiet edition =)

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kaioshui [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Haha thanks man! Much appreciated )

Jaace [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

What's that third fan in the back of the case that matches the Corsair H100i fans? Is that the default fan that comes with the Fractal case or some other fan?

kaioshui [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

no its a corsair AF 140mm fan

Jaace [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago


Gooberdad [3 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Nice build. Very clean and I like the colors. Did you have to move your radiator all the way to the left to clear the motherboard and the ram? I had to on my daughters build. I thought it was just a fluke with my poor choice of a case. I wonder if it will be the same ordeal with most cases. Oh an d have you overclocked the 4670 any? If so what did you set it at? +1 btw

zlogs [1 Build] -1 points 17 months ago

I would have done 760's in SLI instead of one 770. The 760's in SLI are faster than a single titan. But overall, great build! Love that case.

Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 3 points 17 months ago

Look at the psu. it looks like he made room for 770 sli. if he went with 2 760's, where is the upgrade path?

kaioshui [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

Spot on. I bought my components in order to allow for the option to SLI. As Zlogs said, two 760s or 7970s definitely crossed my mind several times and I went back and forth quite a bit. In the end, I decided the 770 was good enough to run anything I throw at it for now. Hopefully down the road I'll find a good deal for a 770 and go SLI. I may also never need it and just go for the next best thing when the time comes. What it comes down to is that I wanted flexibility and options, another reason why my build was more expensive than it needed to be.

zlogs [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

Oh don't get me wrong, 770's in SLI would be very nice. I just think that for the $ (500 vs 800) the 760's are the way to go and that is just in 2 way sli. You could even go up to 3 760's and they have the one of the best frame buffers around.

Look in the comments of this forum for benchmarks

kaioshui [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

I think doing two 760 SLI is a good move and definitely one of the better ways to get the biggest bang for your buck. I hear SLI still has several issues, I imagine 3 way would give you even more. This is another thing I've heard mix things about, and from experience I cant speak much about SLI/Crossife. Thanks for the feedback Zlogs

Smily 2 points 17 months ago

I think it is smarter to get one powerful card vs two weaker cards.

1) You can upgrade in the future. 2) Less power draw. (yeah, like anybody cares :p) 3) No SLI/Crossfire issues 4) Less noise (usually) 5) Less heat in case

There are many reasons. Anyways, love the build! Happy gaming!

kaioshui [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks for the input, always nice hearing you didn't make a big mistake haha

cam313 [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

very nice build kaioshui!

speaking to the differences between a sli'd 770 and a single.. my brother has a single 770, while i use a SLI 770 setup, and truth be told there is barely a difference visually. I get better framerates across the board on all games (we play mostly the same titles), but it is hardly anything you can TRULY notice.

In the future, it may prove to make a difference, but we'll see. Bottom line, you made a good call by just going with the single 770 for now, and leaving yourself options in the future. well done!