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Titanium Refrigerator *Edited* 4.4Ghz overclock
by Kabob
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Description

After researching and deliberating back and forth, I decided on this build. I settled around a $1000-1100 budget. This is my first time ever attempting to build a gaming computer and it was definitely a fun experience. I thought about choosing some parts from sites like cypowerpc and have them build it for me but I figured might as well learn everything so I can easily upgrade later on if I need to.

I went with the 4670k over the 3570k despite my initial concerns about temperature issues when overclocking but with a good cooler like the Noctua NH-D14, as recommended by other people, I'm sure it won't be too much of a problem.

The motherboard seemed like a good board for what I needed. I planned to overclock and SLI in the future as I continue to learn what I can do with my gaming PC.

As for the RAM and HDD, those are pretty self explanatory - 8GB and 1TB are plenty for the games I'll be playing. I went with the low profile ram because of the massive Noctua cooler and the Corsair did the job for me.

Now for the graphics card. I looked at benchmarks and reviews and realized that I didn't need to run games like Crysis at 60+ fps. I'm looking more at less graphics-intensive games like Torchlight II, maybe Diablo 3 and went with something along my budget. If I need to run games like Tomb Raider at mid-high settings then according to the benchmarks I saw, I can still do so. If I never need to upgrade in 2-3 years when my PC starts slowing down, I can add another 760. This fits in line with what I need.

750W might be overkill for my current system right now but I read that for SLI, I would need around 650-700W depending on my parts. I might as well go for a more future-proof PSU and not cheap out on one of the more important parts of the build.

I wanted a case that was super simple and relatively quiet and the Define R4 windowed version fit the bill perfectly. When I unboxed the case, the first thing that came to mind was how much it looked like a refrigerator so that's where the name comes from.

As for the build process itself, the hardest part was putting the CPU cooler. That heat sink is just enormous and I made the mistake of building on the floor rather than on a table. After that, managing the cables was also a challenge but with a semi-modular PSU, that made it a lot easier. I had to come back to PCPartPicker and look at other people's build to have a good idea on how to route the cables. I actually redid the cabling multiple times, especially after my OCD kicked in. I'll edit this once I overclock and put my PC to its paces.

Edit Since I was worried about the GPU sagging, I moved the GPU cables so it goes over the card and attached a couple of cable ties to the 24-pin connect to give it more support. I added another a picture for a better look.

I noticed that I was getting higher idle temperatures (no overclock) than I'd like which was around 30-35C (I know Haswell runs hot) so I wondered whether I just had an unlucky chip but I remembered I might have put too much thermal compound. I re-applied the thermal compound using the spread method, compared to the pea-size application method and noticed an improvement. It's not much but my idle temperatures went down to 27-30C.

I also tested how far my CPU can be overclocked after researching more about it. I attempted to overclock to 4.4 through the BIOS and it booted into Windows without a problem. I tested it with Prime95 blend for 3 hours and 20 rounds of Intel Burn Test under extreme setting. My peak temperatures were around ~85C with an average of ~75C. I tried 4.5Ghz and it booted into Windows but crashed under Prime95 and IBT. 4.6GHz wouldn't even boot into the BIOS. I'm fine with my results since I won't be overclocking 24/7 and at stock speed, my CPU is more than enough for my needs.

Details
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle40.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load77.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.07Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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Norm101 [2 Builds] 7 points 17 months ago

For a first build, you did a magnificent job. Extremely well balanced and very clean. Great job on cable management.

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

Thanks a lot :) Appreciate it. I saw how important cable management was and tried my best to make it look nice

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DjArtifact 3 points 17 months ago

This thing must be silent.

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

It's pretty quiet, barely audible and I'm sitting right next to it. Once thing to note though that I didn't realize before. The windowed version of the R4 has less of the noise dampening foam. The other side panel without the window has no foam.

 
 
Guingix 3 points 17 months ago

Minions O.O

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

Yup!!

 
 
RedLaser 3 points 17 months ago

Shouldn't the GPU power cables go over the top of the card and not under (To give it more support)?

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

I never thought about it like that. I was worried that the GPU not having enough support, so I used a cable tie to tie the GPU cables with the 8 pin cables? I forgot which cable it was that I attached it to. Thanks for the heads up. Any advice is appreciated

 
 
AqnX [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

One of the cleanest and beautiful build on this site. You made me jealous inside lol

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

Thank you! I know how you feel after seeing so many builds on this site.

 
 
MichaeL925280 2 points 17 months ago

I am a PC building rookie and haven't built my new PC yet but any veteran PC builder would say 5/5 for cable management. Cool cost effective build.

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

Thanks! It was a challenge but it's priceless after seeing how clean the inside looks :)

 
 
FGarray [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

Absolutely love that case. Great build, especially with the cable management!

 
 
xSachira 2 points 17 months ago

This is an excellent choice of parts and absolutely beautiful cable management. You would be surprised that the 760 will run almost any game at 50-60 frames, once you run two of them on SLI you can start exceeding 100 frames, so basically you got the best card aimed for budget gamers.

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

That's exactly what I was going for, add another card to increase performance while still maintaining relative low costs. Thank you, I tried my best with the management

 
 
Gooberdad [2 Builds] 2 points 14 months ago

excellent cable management! Can't believe you got this together so cheaply

 
 
Kabob [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

Thank you :) I definitely could have saved even more if I was a little more patient with the sales but overall I'm pretty happy with the total cost.

 
 
ifjohnwantedmac 2 points 13 months ago

You should be aware that your rig is 100% Mavericks OSX compatible. Think about dual-boot partitioning when you get an SSD.

Search for "Hackintosh" and you'll see how easy it would be to add that versatility to this elegant build.

 
 
Kabob [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Wow, thanks for the info, that's great news! I've definitely thought about turning my rig into a Hackintosh since I previously came from an OSX platform. I will definitely attempt this once I get an SSD.

 
 
ifjohnwantedmac 2 points 13 months ago

My brother was jocking my build so I put together a parts list for bargains, taking into account what I'd do differently to save $ without much compromise in performance. I found yours due to the high similarity of your build to my favs.

If installing both osx + microsoft, for sure go bigger than the 120GB range SSD to hold everything. A cheap liquid cooler made my temps a little less stressful. Beyond that you couldn't have done much better than you have by pure chance. Ka-ching!

 
 
ExcaliburVII 1 point 17 months ago

Good job! Solid part choices. You may want to pick up an SSD at some point and put your OS and games on it, your computer will boot up in seconds and games will load super fast.

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

Thanks! While not in any hurry to buy an SSD, that is definitely my next addition, hopefully land some nice sales.

 
 
Ggadget 1 point 17 months ago

If you're not worried about price, get a $120 Samsung 840 pro. If you are, wait for the Samsung evo. Here's a helpful overview. Cnet

 
 
Kabob [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Thanks for the heads up. I will look into those two when I make my purchase

 
 
Al_da_gamer123 1 point 17 months ago

How is the CPU in gaming? Is the build doing well? :) Great job btw! :b

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

It's been great so far, haven't done any heavy, intensive gaming yet, I missed most of the Steam sales. Thank you :P

 
 
dschutt84 [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Could have gone less on the PSU but if you plan to go SLI, nevermind haha. Nice Build!!!!

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

You're right but when I bought the parts, the difference between 650w and 750w PSU was so minor that I opted for the larger one. Thanks!

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

Power supplies have a hump-shaped efficiency curve, so they're most efficient at ~50% load and least efficient at low and high loads. So your choice to kick it up was a good one!

 
 
JakeyU72 [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

What kind of speakers are you using? I am looking for some to throw into my build. :)

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

They are the CA-3602a that I bought 2-3 years ago. They're good and almost unbeatable for the price range ($30) and have held up well over the years.

 
 
JakeyU72 [3 Builds] 0 points 17 months ago

Thank you. I will check and see if there is a more updated model out as well, but do you think I will be able to fit that heat sink on my MSI Z77 MPOWER with regular Corsair Vengeance 2x8? I think I could move them into the 2 and 4 slot rather than the 1 and 3. Is the clearance very high on your build? The vengeance is actually quite tall, so I am a little worried about it fitting.

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

From what I remember, the regular vengeance is too tall for the heat sink. Here's a comparability list to see what can fit with the Noctua D-14.

http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=compatibility_ram_gen&products_id=34&lng=en

 
 
JakeyU72 [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Thank you! Now I know not to waste any money on something I am unable to use :)

 
 
Mickado [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Excellent cable management!

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

Thanks!

 
 
BeardCreep 1 point 17 months ago

All good.

Except that gpu is sagging like my plumber's pants.

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

Any tips on giving it more support?

 
 
BeardCreep 1 point 17 months ago

Hmmm sadly its not something thats easy to fix. Honestly youre gonna have to get creative or just ignore it. Sorry man wish i could be more helpful.

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

Oh no it's fine. I'm glad you brought it up because I was a little paranoid that it might have not have enough support, I'll look into finding a solution

 
 
BeardCreep 1 point 17 months ago

Definitely. If you figure it out do tell.

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

I found that the easiest way to add support was to have the GPU power cables go above the GPU like someone here mentioned. I then attached a couple of cable ties to the 24pin motherboard connector to pull the GPU cables up a little, giving more support to the card. As far I can tell, there's little to no sag.

 
 
BeardCreep 1 point 17 months ago

Oh thats clever. Too bad my card has the connectors a bit closer to the middle. You should post some pictures of the setup. Sounds like one of those cool mc. Gyver fixes

 
 
canders [7 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Nice build. Did the Noctua fit OK? I was looking at that for my R4 and PCPartPicker said there might be compatibility issues.

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

I had no problems fitting the Noctua, plenty of clearing all around after installing it. I did use a low profile RAM though

 
 
Dave_6 [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Clean build, nice case! The R4 makes cable management a breeze.

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

Definitely yes, that's one of the reason why I picked this case :)

 
 
Austn [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Holy cow, superb cable management for a first build. Excellent part choices as well. Once you get an SSD, you'll have one heckuva build.

 
 
TrivTrav [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

What fan setting do you use when you're playing games? (The little switch on the front)

 
 
Kabob [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

I use the 5V setting, doesn't really make a difference from what I've seen

 
 
TrivTrav [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Oh ok thanks. I'm going to be getting the Define R4 Titanium w/ window and was wondering what people use for their fan setting.

 
 
lilchoi26 [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Great rig! Our part list is so similar its a little scary :P

 
 
Kabob [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

It's a little eerie that someone out there has an almost identical build to mine, not to mention I'm also looking to buy the same SSD and monitor, I guess we have similar tastes :D How's that monitor btw?

 
 
CarsonLudt 1 point 13 months ago

This setup looks really good, especially in the picture of it all on the desk. The peripherals seem to match with the case and everything looks simple and straight to the point. The inside of the build looks nice, you did a good job on cable management. If I had to give any suggestions, I'd say look into buying an SSD, and maybe if you want you could get the NZXT Hue and some matching color peripherals for a good color scheme, but that's all just to show off, haha. Great Job!

 
 
Alan150003 1 point 12 months ago

Much much better than my first build as far as cable management and balance in power.

 
 
IloveSprite123 1 point 10 months ago

Cable managent +1

 
 
deadlyhooves 0 points 17 months ago

According to the benchmarks I'm seeing you actually should be able to play MOST games at 60+ fps on that card with that proccessor. Just sayin you did better then you think, I think :)

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

Sweet, that's good to hear :)

 
 
TheGreatJoshua 0 points 17 months ago

the 760 plays tomb raider at ultimate no problem. Great build man, though personally I would've gotten an h80i water cooling system for about the same price as the fan.

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

I basically had to pick between the h80i, Noctua or Phantecks as they all have similar performance for the same prices. Like you said, I picked mine based on personal preference