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My main goals for this build are to assemble a fast, cool, and quiet gaming rig that has enough headroom to allow for moderate overclocking as applications become more demanding, all without completely breaking the bank.

I spent a little over a year reading tech articles, reviews, and forums to figure out what I "needed". A huge THANK YOU to PCPartPicker for their wonderful website. This site along with my own patience allowed me to confidently purchase nearly every component at its lowest price of the past 180+ days. I'd like to say this resulted in savings, but the reality is these "savings" funded my fancy GPU! :-)

I've haven't performed any overclocking or benchmarks yet, but the eye and ear tests have been stunning.

I'm currently playing Crysis 3 at max settings and 4xMSAA at 1080p without a hint of stuttering and incredible load times. Same thing with Star Citizen (which is saying something considering the level of detail and current lack of optimizations). Also, I can barely hear anything (tower is two feet away). Star Citizen is enough to turn on the fans, but I really have to put my head right next to the tower to notice.

I was especially excited to run across the ICY DOCK FLEX-FIT Trio 5.25" drive adaptor. I was looking for a clean way to install my 3.5" traditional HDD so that I could completely remove the lower drive cage. This accomplished my original goal while also keeping the 2.5"SSD from having to go on the back of the motherboard tray. It still has another open 2.5" slot. So, I can add and/or remove any of my storage drives without having to completely remove the motherboard from its tray (all while keeping the case as open as possible).

Though I could have just gotten lucky, it's worth mentioning that I haven't experienced any form of coil whine from my Gigabyte G1-Gaming, though I haven't run a benchmark or played any old games yet.

I'll add a few more pictures and benchmarks in the near future.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man, nice quality components for that price +1 man. But may I suggest, buy more fans

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. There's a decent chance I'll head-down that path in the future, but everything is currently running very cool and quiet. So, I don't really have an incentive right now.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm building a very similar set-up this weekend. Any tips for working with the R4 case?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't think of anything too specific off the top of my head. It came with everything I needed, and it's very roomy. It might be worth mentioning that re-installing a rubber grommet is a bit of a pain. So, be careful. :-)

I watched the following YouTube video, and it probably saved me some heartburn when it came time to remove the lower drive cage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwgVA6_xIis

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Much appreciated. I've got plenty of KY at the ready for any grommet shenanigans.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha, good luck, though I don't think I'd want KY Jelly anywhere near my computer! :-)

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build. my build is gonna be very similar to yours. check it out: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/wiredin321/saved/6WsMnQ

how close of a clearance was that fan with that ram? i'm hoping i don't run into any issues with the corsair vengeance.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the delayed response. Your build looks pretty good to me, though I think 32GB of RAM is serious overkill if your primary use will be gaming.

Regarding clearance with the corsair vengeance and Evo 212, there's no room to spare, but it fits. It took a picture to highlight that exact issue. I basically just slid the fan all the way down until it was just barely above the RAM (the fan placement can be adjusted a little).

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries. Actually, the funny thing about the ram, I decided that I don't want the corsair anymore so I went ahead and bought the g.skill ram. I'm actually only doing a 16gb setup. I'm trying to sell the corsair right now. I didn't like how the corsair's heatsink block some of the CPU fans path. Its just too tall. Plus, I wanted a different color. Shoulda bought the g.skill initially but oh well.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

get just wondering is their any coil whine on the card? and can you hear it ?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

So far, so good! I haven't heard anything.

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

What's the best gpu for 150$ right now?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably a superclocked gtx 750ti or maybe a 2gb version of the r7 260x. Both are great cards for around $150.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

TomsHardware is usually a good place to start for these kind of questions.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Us Canadians get wallet raped over and over and over and over

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

It certainly wasn't $92 retail. I purchased a CPU/MB bundle from my local MicroCenter, and I got a $20 MIR from ASRock. That said, I did factor in tax. So, at the end of the day, I really did only pay $92! Moral, be patient and shop around (and sign-up for promotional emails from MicroCenter/Newegg etc). :-)

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  • 65 months ago
  • 4 points

why did you choose this build to gripe about diversity? there is a general forum for discussions such as yours; seems a bit unfair to the OP to discuss it here.

+1 for the build !

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

To be clear, I was not griping about this build. This is a great build and I'm happy for the OP and their new system. I just chose this time and place to say that, and yeah, it probably wasn't the best place to do so.

  • 65 months ago
  • 4 points

Yeah, im building yet another one of these systems, but think of Private Pyle: "This is my rifle. There are many others like it, but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my rifle is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy, who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will."

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks chiuonthis, and don't worry about it xx116xx. You'll notice diversity wasn't one of the stated goals for this build. :-)

This is my only desktop, and, in the interest of marital bliss, that's unlikely to change anytime in the foreseeable future.