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This is my first build, and I finally got around to putting this up after building in November. Sorry for the potato pics.

CPU - Didn't need an i7, and a 4670k fit perfectly. I got a great deal on it from a friend who works at Intel.

CPU Cooler - Comparable performance to a hyper 212 evo for cheaper. I got the NZXT logo upside down though and it's bothering me.

Motherboard - Decent mobo for price. Color scheme could be better though. Only came with 2 sata cables

RAM - what's there to say? It was cheap, so I got it

Storage - Samsung Evo SSDs are some of the best ones out there, I wish I had gotten a bigger one though. 1TB WD Blue to hold all the other stuff

GPU - Managed to grab this before prices went up, and I love it. It's very quiet. Haven't gotten around to playing many games, but it runs Payday 2 no problem.

PSU - There's a reason there's no pics of the backside. Cable management was a huge pain, definitely getting a modular one next time.

Case - My power LED burned out in a few weeks, and the cable management rubber grommets fall out pretty easily, but other than that, it's great. I swear the cables look better in person

Planning on water cooling and overclocking down the road.

UPDATE - It looks like I got a pretty good chip. Managed to overclock it to 4.2 Ghz at 1.07 volts.

Changed voltage to offset mode (-0.2)

Thanks for all your guys' help!

Part List
Date PublishedMarch 23, 2014
Date BuiltNov. 20, 2013
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.2GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle28.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load57.0° C
Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB DirectCU II Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.07Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.4GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load64.0° C
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liqgranite [2 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

"anyone know if the asus card is a reference pcb?"

From the info on the Asus website, probably not.

This would be a good place to see what others are doing with their cards and ask about the PCB.


Nice build BTW

cooperred [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Ok thanks for the help

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dkevelx 2 points 13 months ago

Asus DCUII cards are not reference PCB's. They often features much better componentry and significantly better power delivery than reference cards.

While this matters less for Nvidia, due to restricted overclocking capabilities, it should help a lot with overclocking AMD cards.

Provided you didn't lose the lottery, that is.

Nice build. +1

cooperred [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

It's been a pain looking for a full cover water block for it haha.

dkevelx 1 point 13 months ago

Yeah. EK usually makes full cover blocks for DCUII cards, but it looks like they only have a Matrix 280x block and are concentrating on making 290/290x blocks. DX

Makes sense, though. Those cards are stupid hot. =P

cooperred [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Yeah it's not available anymore apparently :( or at least from their website.

xIMcCloud29Ix [3 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Nice build, mine is sort of similar except white. Don't understand why more people don't go for the T40 Respire. I guess it's a bit louder but it is solid. Also good job on snagging a 280x before the price inflation.

cooperred [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

I'm using the low noise adapter. IMO, it's quieter than my case fans, but yeah it's a pretty solid hsf for the price haha

azki 1 point 10 months ago

Nice build. Can you tell why the 3/5 rating for the Z87-A? Just curious if it was just because of the color scheme and few SATA cables...

cooperred [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Yeah it probably should be closer to 4/5. The missing SATA cables were a pain though, since I had to wait another week to install windows on this.

StewieMonSta [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Good build :D

lemonademolotovz 1 point 8 months ago

the only thig that's bothering me is the psu, but otherwise great build

cooperred [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

I know ugh the sticker was somehow applied upside down and it annoys me to no end