When Ryan joined PCPartPicker, one of the first things I wanted him to do was put together a build for the site. With an AMD build being long overdue, I tasked him with creating a part list utilizing an AMD FX-8350.
The part list and prices at the time of this post:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
The build went reasonably well, though we did run into a few snags - some our fault, others outside our control.
Ryan was set on using Avexir RAM with white LEDs, but in the end it just didn't fit. The Swiftech H220 cooler obstructed the first of the RAM slots - which was unfortunate as the motherboard manual states that is one that must be populated even if you run with only two sticks of RAM.
Instead we used some low profile Crucial RAM that conveniently came bundled for free when we were purchasing parts. However, it turns out that that specific model of RAM has issues with some systems, including this build. The system wouldn't boot, so we swapped it out for low profile Samsung RAM which booted without an issue.
We also planned on using a Sapphire Vapor-X 6GB 7970, but switched out to an EVGA GTX 780 at the last minute. At the time we originally planned the build, the 780 had not been released yet. Because we had custom sleeved cables made specifically for the 8-pin/8-pin PCI-E power connectors on the 7970, they didn't fit the 6-pin/8-pin PCI-E power connector set on the GTX 780. Our cable sleever Jappetto sent us a new cable, but by that point we had already finished filming.
Overall the Fractal Design R4 is an attractive case, but you can see the amount of flex it exhibits at various points in the video. I wish that it had more space up top for a radiator and fans, as the H220 was completely touching the motherboard VRM heatsinks - something I'm not particularly fond of. We would have loved to put the radiator on the front, but there wasn't enough depth to fit it there either.
We'll be running benchmarks and doing performance and thermal analysis soon, so keep an eye out for follow-up posts on this build!