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Red Velvet (Updated with OC and Benchmarks)
by on_droid
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Cable management was a little difficult getting all the cables routed behind the motherboard and still having the back panel close. Getting solid temps with the H60. Haven't gotten into overclocking it much quite yet as I just set it up 2 days ago and haven't had a need to yet. Plan to set up triple monitors and crossfire after I move and have a bigger desk. Any thoughts?

*Update - Got NZXT's Hue and two more fans. Now that I have the Hue I can have my all red theme and If I feel like switching my lighting I can. I'm liking the white setting, it looks a little blue in the pictures but in person it is perfectly white. I also took out the large drive cage. I had to get a SATA cable extender so that I could place the drives at the bottom and have enough length on the SATA power cable to reach all the way up to the optical drive. I got the cpu overclocked to 4.7GHz stable but usual keep it at 4.3 for better temps and longevity. Also overclocked the GPU to 1.15GHz. Haven't had anything push the GPU yet as I'm still playing on a 1360x768 monitor. I'll be upgrading the monitor in a few weeks. I'll think about possibly crossfiring when I get a second monitor.

**Update - Just got my new monitor. The step up from 1360x768 to 2560x1440 is huge. I can still play most games on the highest settings but I can tell my GPU is starting to struggle at such a high resolution during more intense moments. Turning down anti-aliasing solves that though. I highly recomend the jump to 1440p if you can afford it, though I might recommend you make sure you have a high end GPU first (at least a 7950 or 670).

Part List
Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.7GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle39.2° C
CPU Temperature Under Load72.0° C
Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.18Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.45Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle34.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load68.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP10024
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Oliver [4 Builds] 3 points 23 months ago

nice build, but blue lights for a red build?

on_droid [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 23 months ago

They came with the case. I will be replacing them with red LEDs

Frostbyter 2 points 23 months ago

Please ignore all the win7><win8 bull. Just pay attention to the comments that say your build is good!

Like me! Very good build for the price! Nice cable management, and cleverly packed :3

Sweet build!

th3m4dh4tt3r [1 Build] 1 point 23 months ago

Looks good! Though IMO you should have gone with IB.

PatrickKimball 1 point 21 months ago

very nice

CloneE11 1 point 18 months ago

As I understand, the case comes with a 140mm fan already on the top, is that fan LED lit any color?

Awesome build! Sexy looking and has nice cable management.

on_droid [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

The case comes stock with a 140mm fan up top that has a blue LED. I striped out the LEDs in the fan and bought another fan, not shown in the pictures, that does not have LEDs. All LEDs in my build are in the NZXT Hue. I now have two 140mm fans on the top and also another 120mm on the reservoir set up in a push pull configuration. That makes a grand total of 6 fans. I will be posting some new pictures when I have my battlestation finalized. I just moved so everything's a mess right now.

Osg00d25 0 points 21 months ago

Fantastic build, but why buy the Phantom 410 case when the full tower phantom is only about $10 more?

on_droid [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 21 months ago

Thanks, I Like the full Phantom but I don't need a bigger case. The 410 already seems big so I can't imagine having a full tower. Besides, a full tower would look a little funny with a micro ATX board.

About4Ninjas -2 points 23 months ago

only thing i am wondering about is the ROG board with a non-k processor, other than that, she is a beauty :D

on_droid [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 23 months ago

Even though the 3820 is not a 'k' processor its multiplier is partially unlocked and actually overclocks pretty well.