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Kina-Goddess of Destruction

by BarakWohlwend

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Date Published

Jan. 25, 2015

Date Built

Jan. 18, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.6GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

88.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.50GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.81GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

82.0° C

Description

I wanted an enthusiast grade gaming computer that I could tweak and improve over time as I saw fit. I started planning this build back in August. It went through many different variations, but I finally decided that I wanted to use the Silverstone RVZ01 which narrowed down my options for the rest of the build leading to my final choices.

CPU:

Since I was getting a new CPU for a new system, going with Devils Canyon just made sense. The Core i7 4790k is the best 1150 CPU for overall performance period. Since I was limited to a mini-itx MOBO, 1150 was my only real option for top performance. I went with a K CPU because I want the option to overclock even if my choice of case limits how far I can overclock. Got the CPU on Black Friday when it was only $300 which seemed like a steal for the total performance of the chip.

CPU Cooler:

While PCPP says that this cooler is not compatible, it is if you use a slim fan on the top. It offers the best cooling for the size limits and I really want to overclock a little bit so best cooling was a necessity. I replaced the Noctua NF-F12 with the Prolimitech slim 140 because while the CPU cooler side fan slot is a 120mm slot, the cut out is slightly larger than 120mm, so 140mm it is. The fan does a great job of moving a lot of air over the CPU cooler and the motherboard, it's PWM and even at 100% it really isn't very loud as far as I am concerned. When turned down to 30-60% it is barely audible.

Motherboard:

I almost went with the EVGA Stinger, but many of reviews said the board was average at best. Since I was building an enthusiast system, average didn't make sense. So I spend the $30 extra and managed to find the Maximus VII Impact for only $215 which seemed pretty fair. So far I am most impressed and pleased with this Motherboard. The BIOS is ridiculously easy to work with and to manage. The power delivery is very smooth and reliable. The fan settings are great and it found the right profile for all my hardware without me having to touch anything.

Memory:

Kingston has good RAM, the Fury was a great price and came discounted with my CPU. It's fast and so far very reliable.

Storage:

SSD's man, everyone needs them. I was going to go with the 1TB option, but then the 850s were released and the prospect of much higher capacities than 1TB in just a year or two made me decide to go with the 500GB option until there are two or three TB SSDs at reasonable prices.

Video Card:

The GTX 970 was a very powerful card with excellent price for performance, but now that I have a 980 Ti...it looks like weaksauce. The 980 Ti is amazing! It crushed benchmarks and games alike. I couldn't be happier with the upgrade. I have it heavily overclocked and so it gets a little hot and loud, but with head phones on you can't barely hear it so I don't care. Eventually I will add a custom water cooling loop to this and run the GPU into a 240mm rad which should solve most if not all my problems. Maybe if I feel crazy and a bit daring I will add the CPU to the loop too.

Case:

Man what a beautiful case. So sleek and the vents are so nice. I love what Silverstone has created. The only thing that would make this better, and a lot of people have already said this, is if the case was all metal. But in the mean time...damn!

Power Supply:

Had to fit with the case and 600 watts will give me a lot of expansion room if I want. Also it came with Silverstone's short cable kit which is very nice when working in this small case.

Optical Drive:

Yeah, I still use one. I like watching my DVD collection on my computer. EVGA had a good price and came with an adapter.

OS:

I don't mind windows 8.1, it also supports Direct X 12. My wife is a student so I got to use her student discount to save a lot of money.

Case Fans:

The Corsair fans are very good, they move a lot of air directly to the GPU which helps keep it cool. No complaints about them; they perform exactly as I would expect.

Monitor:

This is the one thing I slightly regret. Don't get me wrong, this monitor is awesome and I am not dissatisfied with it, I just wish I had spent the $30 more to get the Samsung PLS model that can overclock. However, it is a 1440p 27in monitor for only $279.90; that is practically highway robbery! If anyone wants a good 1440p monitor that looks good and is cheap, this is a great way to go.

I built this wonderful example of the Master Race a week ago with my little brother. He also love building computers and I want to encourage him to build his own PC in a few years.

I've spent what time I have with this beautiful machine overclocking it and testing the overclocks. I set the CPU to 4.4 on all cores all the time, but I haven't really stress tested it so I can't report on what the max temps will be just yet.

On the GPU side, the overclocking has been ok. I seen people getting 1400-1550 overclocks on their 970s, but no matter how I change the settings, I can't get a stable overclock of more than 1490 mhz. I got 1510 to work for one round of Heaven and then the drivers crashed the minute I even considered Firestrike. If anyone has pointers on what worked with their cards, feel free to let me know.

If you have made it this far, thank you for reading and have a wonderful day.

[Edit 001] Got the CPU overclock to 4.6 Ghz on all 4 cores at 1.225 volts. 15min at Aida64 max temp was 89c. Yeah its a little high, but it is well within Intel's safe operating temperature limits.

[Edit 002] Achieved a stable 4.6 Ghz on all 4 cores at 1.193 volts. 2 hours of Aida64 max temp was 88c. I tried to go for 4.7 at 1.21 volts and it ran for almost two hours before Aida64 crashed. Max temp was 94c. I have also adjusted my benchmark scores to my 24/7 overclocks scores. If anyone would like to see my max semi-stable GPU overclocks I can include them again.

[Edit 003] Added a Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD for additional storage and changed the two Corsair AF 120 fans for two Cougar Vortex fans. I will mention that the fans have a min RPM of 800 compared to a Noctua NF-12 which is 300RPM. At 800RPM they are not loud, but they aren't dead silent either. I have them set to run at 850 RPM all the time. They aren't very loud and they keep my GPU fans from having to work very hard.

[Edit 004] 980 Ti added with pictures. Benchmarks are awesome, overclocks are awesome, card is awesome. I'm beating Titan X's with this card for $330 less. A ton of thanks to my wife to took the new pictures as I built (She's much better at cameras than I am) and for helping me figure out how to get this beast of a card into the GPU compartment without breaking anything.

(Old) Benchmarks: (All benchmarks are ran at the presets)

Heaven: 1808

Valley: 3213

Firestrike: 10325

(New) Benchmarks:

Heaven: 3288

Valley: 4482

Firestrike: 16637

Cinebench: 906 4c/8t@4.6Ghz (I did achieve a Cinebench score of 938 at 4.7 Ghz, but the temps during Aida64 were in the low 90s, so I don't consider it a stable 24/7 overclock score).

Part Reviews

Storage

Very fast, super cheap; what's not to like?

Video Card

As powerful as a Titan X for $330 less. Totally worth the price. A little bit, but that extra size allows for some really killer stability and performance improvements.

Case Fan

Pretty quiet, moves a lot of air. Good quality fan over all, at least as good as Corsair.

Comments Sorted by:

SuryaM 9 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Anyone else find it amazing that this tiny case can fit all these components? Nice Build!

BarakWohlwend submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

Thank you. SFF machines are becoming so powerful.

soule33 1 point 31 months ago

Excellent build just love these sfx builds. And this build can even be a travel pc because of the small size. +1 from me.

BarakWohlwend submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you. I've already taken it to a friends house. It's so easy to move compared to my old PC.

bloodroses75 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Same reason why I did a build with that case myself.. lol

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/DFzypg

+1 on the build as well :)

LordJeans 1 point 30 months ago

Would you recommend a slim cpu cooler while keeping the case cooler, or should I just go for that giant 120mm/140mm cpu cooler while sacrificing the case cooler?

BarakWohlwend submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

I like the Noctua N-12 that I am using. I and a few others find it keeps things pretty cool. The Silverstone AR-06 and NT06-PRO, Cryorig C1, Thermalright AXP-100 are also good options, though the Thermalright and Cryorig coolers only work with certain Motherboard configurations. Ultimately I recommend checking out the Raven Owners Club to see what is compatible and was isn't. You can also ask other owns what they have found with the parts they have used.

MajorDizaster 1 point 29 months ago

So, did you replace the screws on the CPU Power Daughter card heat sinks with longer screws to mount it to the case? Or do you only need to use the two free mounting holes?

BarakWohlwend submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I honestly don't remember what I did. I think I used longer screws to attach it to the Mobo standoffs, but I might have just used the regular screws to attach it. Everything went fine mounting the Mobo and none of the daughter boards conflicted with anything enough to become note worthy.

kingkuma 1 point 29 months ago

umm I'm new to pc and pc building so I was wondering what/how did you get the connection piece in picture 13?

BarakWohlwend submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

That is the GPU holder. Because of the small size of the case, a standard height graphics card will not fit in the case, so Silverstone built a bracket to hold the GPU with a PCIe riser card to connect it to the motherboard. If you look in the upper right hand corner to can see the upside down "Silverstone" on the PCIe extension card. The GPU bracket also holds two SSDs and a slimline optical drive.

Aareses 1 point 27 months ago

I am building almost the exact same system, with only slight variances. I was running into issues with the cooler aspect. This build and your information was incredibly helpful. I just ordered the same Noctua cooler and fans you recommended . +1

I see its been close to five months since you built your system. How are you liking it now? Have you experienced any heat issues at all or has it been staying cool enough for your OC? Have you experienced any instability at all?

BarakWohlwend submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

I have been extremely satisfied with the system. Cooling is better than I expected given the constraints of the case and heat sink size. At 100% load my temps stay under 90 and during even long and intensive gaming sessions the CPU doesn't exceed 80. I've been tweaking the power settings trying to fine tune the optimal combination for lowest power and highest performance, but I haven't gotten much better than what I have listed in the details. If you don't like the temps you can run the fans at higher RPM which drops the temps about 12 degrees at 100% fan speed for me, but the noise is a annoying since my rig is sitting right next to me on my desk (I'll add some more pictures soon).

I have run into one issue where my overly aggressive 24/7 overclocks on my graphics card caused a system crash during a War Thunder session which caused an odd power loss error to the SSD and slightly corrupted the DirectX Kernel. The result is that boots now take about 30 seconds because the DirectX Kernel will fail to initialize six or seven times before it can boot successfully. It is annoying, but everything runs just fine once booted so I haven't put the time in to fix it just yet. This also seems to be a known problem with no clear cause or solution other than to reinstall windows which is a bother.

TL:DR The system is incredibility fast and runs very cool and quietly given the limited size of the CPU cooler and fans.

Value 1 point 25 months ago

Crazy build. So small but I bet it weighs a ton. I feel super bad for the lack of airflow inside that case though. Looks like you built a heater not a computer!

BarakWohlwend submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Thank you, it does weight a ton.

I will concede that the airflow is limited, but I have a lot of air moving in an out so it doesn't seem to hamper things too much if at all. Running aida64 and Valley things get into the mid 80s Celsius, but I have seen people with full ATX systems with fans and airflow to spare run within 5 degrees as hot. Eventually I will water-cool the GPU and have it set to vent air rather than intake so that will definitely help with cooling. Maybe someday I will be able to get the Corsair Bulldog water-cooler and mount it which will be awesome. I'm glad to see a big manufacture taking such an enthusiast approach to a relatively impractical form factor. :)

Value 1 point 25 months ago

80C is pretty toasty but that's totally expected in that case. Besides you aren't going to (hopefully) see those kinds of temps unless you are stress/stability testing the components.

Sounds like a truly solid build. You should be very impressed.

ElectricSeafarer 1 point 24 months ago

Thank you for this in-depth review and look into your component selection process. You've helped me to settle on the final parts list for my own Raven build, which will be pretty similar to yours. I was wondering, before I embark on my own build, if you used any parts that are not listed in this parts list? This will be my first build in years and I do not have many of the extra cables and spare parts some tend to gather over the years. I want to make sure there's not some obscure cable I may need that isn't listed here or things like if you used thermal paste other than what came with the i7?

BarakWohlwend submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

For thermal paste I used the stuff that came with the Noctua cooler. The EVGA DVD player comes with a slimline cable, so you don't need to buy one. There weren't any other cables that I needed to buy.

Now, one word of warning, the MSI 980 ti G6 is a VERY tight fit as the card is very wide. Getting it into place took the better part of an hour for me. Also, the GPU bracket doesn't fit around the cooler.

How I got the GPU in place was by very carefully putting in the front end into the case first and then twisting it to get the top edge in and the sliding in the bracket around the CPU cooler. If you don't put the CPU cooler in first this will probably be much easier, alternatively, if you can remove the GPU riser card it might work too; I don't know if that second option is possible because I've never tried taking apart the riser card. Make sure you attach your GPU power cables and your slimeline cable before putting everything in. I routed the GPU power cables over the back-plate of the card and had them hanging out until I got the card mounted into place, then I plugged them into the PSU.

Another option would be to use the Gigabyte G1 gaming 980 ti. It is thinner but longer. Conceptually this would allow it to slide into place more easily and should allow the use the of bracket. I don't know anyone who has used the 980 ti windforce in this case so I can't say for sure though.

I wish you luck with your system, I am glad that my reviews helped you out. One more thing I have found, orienting the case with the GPU on top with the CPU on bottom has reduced temps by about 4 degrees, heat is a bit of an issue at times if you are overclocking. If not, you're going to be fine. :)

2ool 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

How much clearance from case you have with GTX 980 Ti?

BarakWohlwend submitter 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

I haven't measured exactly, but I'll make some guesses.

Between the fans and the GPU about 10 or 12 mm? About half a finger width. Between the GPU and the case wall I'd say about a 3/4 of an inch. There is just enough space to plug the power cables in and bend them around to route them. Lengthwise I would say there are two or three inches of space before you get to the front panel; maybe more.

TL:DR it is a tight fit width wise but there is plenty of space length wise.

ocd 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Outstanding job considering case size, and your over clocks realistic.

BarakWohlwend submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Thank you, I am glad you liked it.

joeh4384 5 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Nice build, What kind of temps do you get with the MSI 980ti? I have mine in a Node 304 and it is running hot (83c).

BarakWohlwend submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I don't think I have seen it hit higher than 78c even with 120 Mhz overclock. It usually sits around 73-75c at during stress testing and 50-68c normally depending on the game.

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BarakWohlwend submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

The 92mm fan on the heat-sink blows downward toward the Motherboard. I have it set that way so that the air flow is all moving in the same direction.

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BarakWohlwend submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Yes, both fans over the motherboard blow downward toward the motherboard. It does heat the motherboard a little bit, but it can't be helped. You get much better air flow if you draw air in from outside the case and create positive pressure to direct air our of the case. It also helps keep dust down.

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BarakWohlwend submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

I used a slim Prolimatech 140m attached to the case. The fan has 120mm mounting holes, so it goes on just fine. It is slightly bigger than the intake, but the intake is slightly bigger than a standard 120mm. Other good options are the Yate Loon 120mm/20mm fan, I hear it does very well with this cooler, and the Cooler Master Xtraflo slim 120mm. As a matter of curiosity, why are you using a xeon and not an i7?

Prolimatech slim 140, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835242033

Cooler Master Xtraflo http://www.coolermaster.com/cooling/case-fan/xtraflo-120/

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BarakWohlwend submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Well, this is a great cooler. If you use an Asrock board you can use the Cryorig c1 for similar performance. If you're not trying to push 4.6-4.7 Ghz you won't have any issues at all. Whisper quiet and cool at stock speeds.

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BarakWohlwend submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I have all my case fans on intake. Both the CPU cooler fans are on a splitter so linked to the MOBO cpu fan header so they speed up and slowdown together. The other two case fans blowing on the GPU are just plugged into the MOBO fan controller set to about 30-40% RPM. They stay pretty quite and feed plenty of air to the GPU fans. Even with my overclocks, nothing gets hot enough for me to consider it dangerous or even particularly risky.

Let me know when you get your system built, it looks pretty powerful.

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BarakWohlwend submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I chose two Corsair air flow fans, but I think static pressure is better if you intend to use the optional fan filters. Static pressure fans might also help because they would be able to push air over the graphics card fins so your card fans don't have to work as hard. That would theoretically allow your GPU to run cooler with lower fan speeds.

I plan on getting some SP fans and testing it on either my next paycheck or the one after, so I'll let you know how it goes. You can also look on the RVZ01 owners club thread on overclocked.com for other system specs and configs.

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1_Michael_1 1 point 14 months ago

idk it depends if i have the money

1_Michael_1 1 point 14 months ago

sorry i havent been replying to ur messages ive been really busy

BarakWohlwend submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

I have thought about it, but I think I will try to wait and see if they make a GTX 1080 TI.