Description

I love this build! Been using for almost 3 months now...

Corsair Case is terrific! Very easy to cable management.

Not a gamer but wanted to play with overclocking (just to learn - this is my first build) so got the "K" CPU and a decent CPU cooler.

Using the ULNA's (ultra low noise adapters with the Noctua CPU fans).

Replaced the 3 Corsair case fans with 4 Noctua's -- running the 140mm to push air our the back and the three 120's to pull in air in.

Removed the upper HD bay for better airflow.

eSata ports on Sabertooth did not work - Asus said I would have to return to them to fix - so I bought a "MSUN 5.25" Pc Media Dashboard Front Panel All-in-1 Card Reader USB HUB Sata/esata/ide" for $25 and it's eSata works great!

Only concern is that the RAM doesn't get much airflow as the N14 fan is up against it. Also, had to remove the Trident's aluminum fins. CPU runs at 24 degC and the DRAM runs at 29 degC.

I have the power supply pulling air from underneath through the pull-out dust screen.

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Running a 30 in monitor at 2560x1600 with just the Haswell's 4600 graphics. Was planning to get a graphics card but getting along fine without one.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

The case really rocks. Bought all of components mid July and built it over a weekend during the end of July. Did a lot of research on most components.

Regarding the case, while researching... a few people complained about the plastic brackets of the door of the case breaking, but Corsair includes a replacement set and most said that, if you are careful, it should not be an issue. I am running with top and side panels closed and it is still cool inside -- of course, I am not overclocking and don't even have a GPU.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

lol I have the exact same vitamins.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah more pics would be cool. Also I'm curious as to why to got a 760 watt PSU. Granted it is a great PSU but without dedicated GPU it's pretty darn overkill for what you need. Not going to bag too much since it's a high quality build all around.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps for everything.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build... Overkill for the purpose, but it's good +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. It's overkill perhaps but I have a feeling you really like it. Good job picking quality parts as well.

How are you liking the case? Mine is no slouch but it's picking up nasty vibrations that rattle the whole case and the side panels, due to the fact that the side panel isn't perfectly rigid. It's really annoying and the rattling is really, really loud. Every few minutes it starts and I have to drop kick tap the case to get it to stop.

Long story short I'm really wondering how quiet this build is. I see you said the case "rocks" but I want to know how quiet it is, and if you've tried the included fans, and how quiet they are. I'm asking a lot but don't go through the trouble of taking it apart if you don't know anything about the included fans.

Thanks for the input if you can provide any :-)

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to do anything special to get the noctua NH-D14 mounting bracket to fit in that orientation? I couldn't get mine to fit that way on my Sabertooth Z87 :/

  • 74 months ago
  • 0 points

Tell me how you like that case. Btw upload more pics

  • 74 months ago
  • 0 points

Why no graphic card?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

He said in the description he's not a gamer and the i7 4770K has sufficiently powerful integrated graphics.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Just out of curiosity, when would you use such a high end processor without a dedicated video card?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Third sentence.

"Not a gamer but wanted to play with overclocking (just to learn - this is my first build) so got the "K" CPU and a decent CPU cooler."

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I was planning to get a graphics card but my 30 in monitor seems to work fine without one and I never made a final decision.

I use Lightroom 5 with NEF files. I don't really watch any video/DVD's/Blurays on it.

The specs on my monitor says it can do 1,073,741,824 colors using a DisplayPort 10 bit input.

I am using the Displayport output on the Z87 Sabertooth. Does anyone know if I would see any improvement in photo color rendition with a dedicated graphics card? If so, what card would you recommend?

Thanks all.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

sure, but why would you need an i7 for that? I'm asking what the use for a high end processor (like an i7) would be without a dedicated video card.

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