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First build: Work and School build

by KNaph

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51 Comments

Details

CPU Clock Rate

4.6GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

20.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

78.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.08Ghz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.21Ghz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C

Description

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!

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

Permalink 22 months ago
KNaph submitter 1 Build 1 point

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.

Permalink 22 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.

Permalink 22 months ago
KNaph submitter 1 Build 1 point

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.

Permalink 22 months ago

It shows. Good luck gaming & rendering!

Permalink 22 months ago
Divdor 1 Build 1 point

Love the case as well. Nice Build.

Permalink 22 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

Permalink 22 months ago
KNaph submitter 1 Build 1 point

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.

Permalink 22 months ago

Oh ok, very nice!!

Permalink 22 months ago
Roboto 1 Build 1 point

Do you have both of the front fan mounts populated?

Permalink 22 months ago
KNaph submitter 1 Build 1 point

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

Permalink 22 months ago
ExtremeBananas 1 point

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.

Permalink 22 months ago
KNaph submitter 1 Build 4 points

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.

Permalink 22 months ago
ExtremeBananas 1 point

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

Permalink 22 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.

Permalink 22 months ago
KNaph submitter 1 Build 1 point

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.

Permalink 22 months ago
jdupton 1 Build 1 point

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.

Permalink 22 months ago
KNaph submitter 1 Build 1 point

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.

Permalink 22 months ago
randomjester 1 point

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?

Permalink 22 months ago
KNaph submitter 1 Build 1 point

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.

Permalink 22 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?

Permalink 22 months ago
KNaph submitter 1 Build 1 point

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.

Permalink 22 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.

Permalink 22 months ago
KNaph submitter 1 Build 1 point

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.

Permalink 22 months ago

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

Permalink 22 months ago
KNaph submitter 1 Build 1 point

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.

Permalink 22 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.

Permalink 22 months ago
Ggadget 1 point

Why would you have rather gotten an 830 series?

Permalink 22 months ago
KNaph submitter 1 Build 1 point

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.

Permalink 22 months ago
Ggadget 1 point

Ok thanks I didn't know that.

Permalink 22 months ago
Scaroza 2 Builds 1 point

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 :)

Permalink 22 months ago
KNaph submitter 1 Build 1 point

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!

Permalink 22 months ago
Scaroza 2 Builds 1 point

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

Permalink 22 months ago
Kevdo 3 Builds 1 point

Good God man, clean your room!

Permalink 22 months ago
KNaph submitter 1 Build 1 point

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.

Permalink 22 months ago
Kevdo 3 Builds 1 point

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.

Permalink 22 months ago
YouBaxter 1 Build 1 point

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

Permalink 22 months ago
KNaph submitter 1 Build 1 point

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.

Permalink 22 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. :)

Permalink 22 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.

Permalink 22 months ago

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

Permalink 22 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.

Permalink 21 months ago
KNaph submitter 1 Build 1 point

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.

Permalink 21 months ago

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

Permalink 21 months ago
MrKickkiller 1 point

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

Permalink 15 months ago
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KNaph submitter 1 Build 2 points

What're your temperatures?

Permalink 22 months ago
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PirateCoffee -5 points

Wow, nice build man! Mines almost like yours but mines a 3770 with a stock fan & GTX 670 2GB.

I sort of feel like that your case stands out a bit in your room though. :/

Bit concerned on your PSU, Watch out it.

May want to get a better PSU in the future, all i got to say for now.

Have good luck for many years with your computer.

Permalink 22 months ago
KNaph submitter 1 Build 1 point

This isn't the final room for this build. My bedroom has white accents through out the room so it will match. The photos show my bonus room that has inherited all the mess from my bedroom while I'm revamping it.

Thanks for looking out though.

Permalink 22 months ago
kirbyloveszoe 0 points

XFX PSUs are just rebranded Seasonic PSUs. (That means they are top of the line, by the way...)

Please at least google the OEM of the power supply before trying to say that XFX (or any brand) is bad.

Permalink 22 months ago
KNaph submitter 1 Build 1 point

Thank you very much for the confirmation on XFX. I looked into it but I wasn't 100% sure.

Permalink 22 months ago
kirbyloveszoe 0 points

http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

A great resource for power supplies.

Permalink 22 months ago