I am replacing my 4 year old i7 920, GTX 470 build. While I could have stuck with my current processor and motherboard, I decided to jump to Haswell as I really wanted to use an SSD. The Load times easily made up for it. I first ran the computer on stock for a month without my GTX 780 waiting for a decent deal. Assembling this part was trivially easy. Boot times were snappy, booting Windows 7 in 20 seconds from pressing the power button.
Assembling the water cooling portion was certainly an adventure. I would probably not use the Define R4 again for watercooling largely due to the hassle. I had to custom order some washers to use the mounting screws for my 240 rad on top. I also had to buy an additional mounting holder for the Pump/Reservoir.
Probably the most difficult thing was getting the 280mm rad in the front. You'd think that since you can mount 140mm fans in the front, that putting a 280mm rad would be easy right? Wrong. The easy part is modding the front fan holder to be able to line up the 140mm fans. It was an incredibly tight fit getting the rad into the actual space, largely because the measurements left only mm are clearance between the 5.25 drive bay, and the floor of the case. You can see the pic of the space between the top of the rad. That's with the rad on the floor of the case. I actually had redrill some holes to lower the fan placement to get it to fit.
Aside from those roadblocks, the installation of the watercooling was pretty easy considering I had no watercooling experience. The fittings and the tubing were pretty easy to install. Had a couple leaks in my initial test, but they were just due to loose fittings which was easily resolved.
In terms of actual performance, I get somewhat mixed results. My GTX 780 has incredible temps, topping out at 45C in furmark. The i7 4770k was somewhat disappointing, topping towards 60C on stock in prime95, but since the motherboard runs the processor at 1.2278 volts I can understand why it runs so hot, and I should probably lower it.
I will plan on overclocking in the near future, but right now just enjoying the rig on stock.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core||$319.75||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H ATX LGA1150||$184.24||(Purchased)|
|Memory||G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400||$150.76||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" SSD||$195.00||(Purchased)|
|Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB TWIN FROZR||$473.74||(Purchased)|
|Case||Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower||$85.99||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||SeaSonic 760W ATX12V / EPS12V||$108.99||(Purchased)|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Sound Card||Asus Xonar Essence STX||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Case Fan||Swiftech HELIX120BW 55.0 CFM 120mm||$9.99||(Purchased)|
|Swiftech HELIX120BW 55.0 CFM 120mm||$9.99||(Purchased)|
|Alphacool NexXxos ST30 Copper 240mm||$42.99||(Purchased)|
|XSPC Raystorm CPU Waterblock||$50.00||(Purchased)|
|XSPC Razor Titan/GTX780 - Full Cover Titan Water-Block||$109.95||(Purchased)|
|XSPC Razor GTX 780/770/Titan Backplate||$9.95||(Purchased)|
|Coolgate Dual 140mm Radiator||$41.50||(Purchased)|
|EK-D5 X-Res Top 140 CSQ - Acetal||$68.95||(Purchased)|
|PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT 10ft Elegant White||$25.99||(Purchased)|
|2 Swiftech Helix 140mm||$21.98||(Purchased)|
|Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.9GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||28.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||60.0° C|