Description

I built this to game, render, and CAD on. As far as gaming, the MSI 970 card may look a bit cheap, but the I found it to be great performer; this card goes doesn't over 55C stock, but not very interested in overclocking the GPU....yet.

I didn't get super lucky with the i7-5820K. It can run very stable (did lots of long rendering/tests) at 4.3Ghz @ 1.278 Volts. Currently I am tweaking 4.5GHz clock @ 1.341V.

The RAM is running @ 2666 12-13-13-30 1N 1.40V. Still need to work on this and plan on getting 8GB more sometime later.

The H100i does a great job of cooling. Feels like I am taking a gamble on a all in one water cooling system, but so far so good. The LED on it and software to control stuff makes this totally worth it. Lots of options :)

Picked out the Asus VN247H-P 23.6" at Microcenter they were nice of enough to let me test it in store for dead/stuck pixels (there were nun). The VN247H stood out in quality and design, I am not a big fan of gloss and the dell's 24" monitors and they don't look very sharp. Asus VN247H also came with a lot of cables DVI included :). I have no idea why they even bothered to put speakers on the back of the monitor, but ok... they work, although it makes me wonder ASUS felt the need that customer requirements include speakers in the monitor. Also I like the design of the base and the low profile white led for the on button. Someone should get a bonus for not using blue.

Fractal Design Define R4 was a last min decision along with the motherboard was originally going to get the micro case and a micro motherboard, but changed my mind. I hate one thing about this case and it is the LED color. The blue LED is ruins the whole theme and it isn't a soft blue. very in your face will bother you at night blue, so I disabled it. The case design and quality is very classy.

Used Cool White NON Waterproof 3528 LED Light Strip from Ebay to light the inside of the case. Had to do some soldering and stuff but couldn't be more satisfied. The tinted window gives light a low profile non-intrusive showcase look.

Motherboard is the only part I wish I could change out, even though it works fine there are 10 or 20 small things nitpicky stuff I don't like. Post time is longer than most boards (running windows 7)

Got power supply and SSD's off of eBay used. And had few mechanical hard drives on hand along with old LCD Dell monitor

Lastly the the fans I got were to set-up pull push configuration on the radiator along with having one fan evacuate hot air from the back. I have the air pulled in from the top of the case into the case mainly because the filter and grill on the top. The grill is always cool to the touch, so I think the air that passes thorough it also get cooler.

This is my 9th..ish build (lost count), but first build for myself and so far I am very satisfied with this build.

Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 6 points

Take off the plastic on the side panel window

  • 60 months ago
  • 4 points

Could we please see some close-up pictures? I have the same case two LEDs and am curious as to where you mounted yours. Looks like a very nice build. +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea next time I open her up I will stick my cell in there, but most the LED strips are on the outer edge next to the panel mount notch plates except for the one on the top, which is behind the radiator. I used two twisty ties to hold them there the rest just stick to the sides.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Do I detect some GITS quoting up in here? +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep Yep :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

$118 for that ram? NO heat spreader and only one 8GB stick?

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

DDR4 is pricey.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

lol not anymore

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, except I would have gone with an R9 290X for rendering. The R9 280X even beats even the GTX 980 in rendering speed. (For much less too, though it's worse at gaming) Edit: I was unsure that this was true at first, but I can post tests if you don't believe me. (Already know i'm gonna get questioned.)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Few reasons I went with Nvidia. 1. I know they put a lot of effort into drivers and have consistent updates even for their old products. 2. I have a Nvidia Shield, I like streaming games in bed sometimes. 3. From what I have read 970 has a better hash rate (not 100% on that), getting around 7200 khash/s (power is included in rent so y not mine a bit)

http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-GTX-970-vs-AMD-R9-280X/2577vs2192

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

The R9 290 is more comparable to the 970. Heck, the R9 290X is still cheaper. The 970 is the first Nvidia card good at mining.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Any 970 is a good 970 except for the plastic blower ones

Good build

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Gits.

-GooBall

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you elaborate on your feelings about the ASRock mobo? Which would would you switch it out for? What do you not like about it?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Should have spent some of that money on a new table. And a refrigerator.