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First build: Work and School build
by KNaph
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Needed a computer for college, don't like Macs, built a monster.

Built it to edit video footage with Adobe Premiere, and After Effects. Also, I'm an aspiring photographer so I needed something that would streamline my photo editing process, this build is a bit overkill for that, but oh well. Occasional gamer.

Easily broke Average 70-90 FPS on Far Cry 3 near max. Average 100 FPS in Skyrim. Average 170 FPS in Black Ops 2 (horrible game). Rendered a 5 minute 1080p video in roughly 9 minutes.

Everything is going well so far, runs pretty cool and quiet, could be quieter if I replace stock fans. I never hit max CPU temp, max temp under load is about 68*C.

Probably would've gone with a modular PSU, as you can tell from the pictures. Would've preferred the Samsung 830 series, but the 840 non Pro series is serving me well so far. Probably could have gotten a higher OC if I had bought the H100, but I don't want to raise the voltages any higher either.

Can't seem to find a stable higher OC of this GTX 670 FTW edition. Should've bought the standard version, and possibly from a different manufacturer too, but this card is by all means more than I need, I just want to say I've OCed it.

Don't mind the HORRIBLE position. I am overhauling my room right now and this is just a temporary set up!

Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.6GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle20.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load78.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.08Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.21Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load68.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Extreme Preset ScoreX3171
Performance Preset ScoreP9076
Entry Preset ScoreE13161
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Antoine3990 [3 Builds] 4 points 16 months ago

I'm pretty certain you don't go near 140fps in far cry 3.

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

Yeah, I actually didn't play the game with fully maxed settings, but close to it. 140 FPS is i lower populated areas, in more populated areas I got more in the 70-90 FPS range. I'll change that in the body info.

Lightheart3596 [3 Builds] 2 points 16 months ago

I love the case (Fractal is one of my favorite manufacturer when it comes to cases). I also like the HDD and SDD combo and that I7 is a great rendering/gaming CPU (it's really more for rendering). All in all, great build.

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

I love the Fractals too! Really nice build quality, and lots of space in side of it. At first I wasn't too sure if I wanted to buy the SSD, so I was running the SATA 3 1 TB drive as my main and only drive, it was really fast and then I just bought the SSD for kicks and it's incredible.

Thanks for the compliments though, I put a lot of effort into this as a first build.

Lightheart3596 [3 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

It shows. Good luck gaming & rendering!

Divdor [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Love the case as well. Nice Build.

SrgtMacfly [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

CPU temps seem a bit high, but other than that the build looks good! Maybe get a bigger powersupply but I am not sure

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

Well those are the absolute maximum temperatures that I get from stress testing. Normal usage I never get past 68-70*C.

I could probably lower it a bit with a remount though.

SrgtMacfly [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Oh ok, very nice!!

Roboto [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Do you have both of the front fan mounts populated?

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

Yes, I have two Corsair SP120s there. I should have bought some Corsair AF140s or something though.

ExtremeBananas 1 point 16 months ago

Nice build man! There is only one thing I am a bit confused about. The thing is it seems like you wanted something for college and editing,(and some games) yet these components are a bit over kill. Correct me if I am wrong but I don't you really need an i7, nor do you need so much ram. Once again correct me if I am wrong I am not a very good photographer nor video editor.

KNaph [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 16 months ago

Well this computer serves several purposes, it's my moms at home work station as well. She's a designer and does building planning in 3D and rendering programs, so it just expedites her work flow as well. These components also expedite the process for editing video too, more RAM helps in previewing the video you've already edited so you don't have to sit around for a while for a preview. And also the 3770k helps speed up the rendering process.

Not all of this is necessary, but my mentality is that if it helps bring money in, it's worth the money to spend.

ExtremeBananas 1 point 15 months ago

I see. Now that I hear you are wanting quick renders and 3D stuff I understand a lot more.

miniclipgamer [2 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

Great build, and I'm glad you were smart enough to put books under the computer so you don't starve it of air.

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

Yeah, I figured that having carpet underneath and relatively short feet underneath the case would be a bad combination, so for now, it's sitting on some textbooks until I can get my desk set up.

And thank you for the compliment.

jdupton [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Great job with the cable management! This is one of the cleanest builds I've seen here.

Like others have commented, I also love the case.

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

Thank you very much! That really means a lot. Your rig looks amazing too. Yours is very clean, and the cable management is what I planned on having, but I just never got a modular PSU.

randomjester 1 point 16 months ago

Really nice, clean looking build with excellent cable management. Like seeing the unused HDD cages removed too.

How is that 5ms IPS monitor for FPS games?

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

Thanks a lot! The cable management makes me feel like my case is too open though haha. And to be honest, I don't really notice a difference, and it suits me well, the price was great for the quality of monitor.

I haven't actually played much with faster or slower monitors so I couldn't say too much. But the IPS has a lot of color definition and I can also see into the shadows decently well on maps too.

iiLeGiT101 [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

I'm doing a VERY similar build soon and it would really help me out to know how this bad boy is running. Also, there are 2.5'' drive bays in the Fractal Design Define R4 right? For some reason Newegg says it doesn't have any internal 2.5'' drive bays but pcpartpicker says it has 2.

Otherwise, this build is very nice and you and your mom should be happy with this! Would it be bad if I asked for some benchmark scores in games?

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

Well I don't have too many games installed at the moment, just Skyrim and Black Ops 2. I can give it a shot if you have any specific game.

This thing is running fantastically, it's really stable after I figured out all my voltages, it's WAY faster than anything I've ever use previously(I don't have too much experience with gaming PCs though).

Samsung (840 NON pro version)has pretty slow write speeds, but if you don't write to the drive often then it's fine.

As for the Fractal R4, EVERY single internal drive bay in there has 2.5" drive capabilities. and there are also 2 hidden 2.5" SSD ports on the back of the mobo tray. These are located right below the Motherboard cut out.

If you have any other questions feel free to ask, and I'll try to answer to the best of my abilities.

iiLeGiT101 [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Well how do those two games run ultra settings? One game I really would like benchmarks on is BF3 with Ultra settings. Also, can you break down the whole idea of voltage to me? Out of everything about computer building, it's the only thing I don't understand at all.

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

Both Skyrim and Black Ops 2 run without a hitch. They run fluidly with the stock speeds on my GTX 670 FTW edition. Can't really say much else other than it's just really smooth. There's never any delay on the computers end, any frustrations due to gaming are due to server lag and all that. Sometimes the games don't look surprising enough on Ultra so I end up wanting even more out of it.

Voltages basically allow you to get more speeds out of the RAM, Processor, or GPU. Downsides from what I understand are higher temps, and lessened life span of the part. Considering if you have good enough cooling then your temps will be fine, but life span will still be reduced. There's a certain safe zone where your part will still be safe, and the voltage won't be excessive, that's dependent on the part.

I'm overly simplifying the topic though, so you'd be better off searching up more on overclocking, and overclocking guides, a lot of those will explain how voltages affect your components and how they'll affect the life of your component.

iiLeGiT101 [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks so much for all this info! I'll stop hassling you now and run on about lol.

KNaph [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Oh no, by all means if you really do have more questions I can keep answering, I never found many people with a similar build to mine, so I kind of just hoped for the best, but the result of that is just being thoroughly impressed with the performance.

PocoDiablo [2 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

Each drive bay has holes for 2.5" drives. There are also holes behind the motherboard mount, but be warned - you have to remove the motherboard to access them. Therefore if you have any reason to pull out a drive, you have to pull almost everything else out first.

Ggadget 1 point 16 months ago

Why would you have rather gotten an 830 series?

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

The 830 series is only 10 MB/s slower than the 840 series, and if I had the choice between the 840 Pro series and the 830 series, I would go with the 840 Pro. But between the normal 840 series and the 830 series, I would go with the 830 series, because it has a quicker write speed while still remaining at virtually the same price point.

Ggadget 1 point 15 months ago

Ok thanks I didn't know that.

Scaroza [2 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

Other than the motherboard, it's a nice build. I love that case although I think I would of gone for black but you say the white matches your room and that makes sense :)

KNaph [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

I'm actually not that experienced with this kind of thing, but I think this ASRock is actually a really nice board for the price, a lot of the features that I wanted and if I recall correctly, it stays under the prices of many of the other boards I would have considered.

I've never used better boards though, so I couldn't exactly say how a different motherboard performs.

And thanks for the input!

Scaroza [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

It's got cheap MOSFETS and VRMs so it's not a board I would choose for overclocking, here's a review that talks about the MOSFETS: http://www.overclock.net/t/1333812/asrock-z77-extreme4-z77-extreme6-review

Kevdo [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Good God man, clean your room!

KNaph [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Haha yeah this room is acting as storage while I clean my actual bedroom, not really worth the effort organizing stuff that won't be in this room for much longer.

Kevdo [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

I'm just messing with you man. I was just having a blast spotting all the random stuff you had lying in random places haha.

YouBaxter [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

You should have spent less time on cable management and CLEANED YOUR ROOM! :)

KNaph [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Haha yeah this room is acting as storage while I clean my actual bedroom, not really worth the effort organizing stuff that won't be in this room for much longer.

PacificNic [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

I would stick with the H80i. I don't think that the temperature differences will be justifiable by a (roughly) $120 price tag. Great build, man! Despite the PSU you still managed to get a tidy system. Awesome. :)

jazzymouse [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Really like this build. Great job, though slightly unsure about the PSU. But in all fairness I know nothing about PSU's lol! Awesome.

Itroitnyah [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Black Ops 2 isn't that bad of a game, the campaign is a bit stupid but zombies is fun.

iiLeGiT101 [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

I'm back with another question :3 . How do you have the H80i set up? Do you make it intake the air or do you make it push out the air? My friend was explaining to me I should stay away from having the hot air go over the CPU so should I make it that it intakes the air so it will go over the CPU cool? Mainly I just want to know how you have yours set up and what you think I should do.

KNaph [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Wow I'm really late on the reply.

I'm not really understanding your question though. My H80i is set up in a push pull configuration, and it pushes air out the back of the case. I prefer not to exhaust any heat inside the case, so that's why I have my H80i setup to exhaust out the back of the case. The airflow in my case is two intake fans up front, one intake on the bottom, and two exhaust fans up top, as well as the H80i which pulls air from inside the case, cools the CPU, then exhausts that out the back of the case. This is the typical suggested airflow path in all computers, cool air down in front, and it rises up to the top and back of the case.

iiLeGiT101 [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Forget it, I'm not getting the H80 anymore xD Thanks a tons for all your help though.

MrKickkiller 1 point 9 months ago

I've got a question: Your setup with your H80i, is there still a fan on the back of it?

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KNaph [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 16 months ago

What're your temperatures?

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