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Old man still gets the chicken dinner

by gergeoux

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Details

Date Published

Nov. 11, 2017

Date Built

Oct. 27, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.8GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.11GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

Description

All started sometime late April, when I got my hands on a very cheap, already delid Intel Core i7 4790K. At that time I was rocking a non-K 4790 and a GTX1060, and my case was the Corsair Vengeance C70. Very good case, shed a tear when I swapped it to the Enthoo Pro M.

So, I popped in the 4790K into my not-so-OC-able motherboard (low-budget Asus Z97-K), which theoretically has the potencial for overclocking, but in reality this motherboard has waaaay less sophisticated settings for OC than let's say a ROG Crosshair. But what the hell, let's see how far I go with this.

Turns out it was an extremely lucky chip, runs 4.8 GHz stable on 1.250V and does 5.0 GHz at 1.315V. The latter is a bit hot for me, even with the Corsair H115i (which was bought just for this CPU, originally I had the Cryorig H5 Universal), so I use it on 4.8 GHz daily.

Temps are great, when idle the core temps are sitting at 27-30°C, when playing the core temps are rising to 65-75°C. Very stable, since I've got the right voltage by trial and error, there was not a single BSoD or crash. Extremely good chip, I am relieved that I don't need to buy a new CPU (was thinking about 7700K, and lately 8700K), because that comes with a new motherboard and new DDR4 rams, which needs a much bigger budget.

But as it turns out, the 4790K with this 4.8 GHz OC can hold it's ground very firmly. Since I am not doing anything multi-thread related content creation, or CPU-heavy rendering, switching to newer CPU's would not have been a rational choice for me.

Later on I got myself several videocards, including 980Ti's, 1070's and this is my second GTX 1080. The first was an MSI Gaming X 1080, but when the cryptocurrency rush hit I sold it and got a very cheap 1060/3G. When started to play PUBG I've realized that I indeed need a more powerful GPU, so decided to jump back the 1080 train, that's how I got the Strix 1080 O8G. Not that I'm complaining, very good card, although the minimum fan noise was a little lower with the MSI. The RGB Aura compensates though, very good looking.

Gaming performance is excellent, it runs PUBG very-very good (after playing a bit with the in-game settings and nVidia Control panel settings), getting a very smooth fixed 75fps (vsync) even in bigger cities and firefights, which is great with the Dell SE2717H FreeSync monitor. Although I would need a G-Sync monitor for my GPU (or an AMD GPU, very sad about Vega), I am not gonna pay that much for a screen. But 75Hz is nice, it's +25% fps!

But why did I swapped the exceptionally good Corsair C70 case for this case? Well one for looks, the whole acrylic side panel looks great on the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M. Ditched the stock fans, had some Riing 12 fans lying around, got a pair of Corsair HD140's for the H115i's rad (they are working very good together btw). Second, the C70 did not allow me to mount the rad on the top the way I wanted (only with tubes on the left hand side, which was not visually appealing for me). So here I am half a year later, more than 70% of my PC has changed, but I'm happy with it.

On the images you can see, that the rad was mounted in the front for a time, but now it's on the top, where it should be (in an exhaust push-setup).

Verdict: Best reddit/netflix machine ever. Happy with every choice I made in the last 6 months upgrading bit by bit. Would build it again 10/10. Getting me a lot of those chicken dinners.

Part Reviews

CPU

Absolutely astonishing performance for a 3 year old CPU even stock, but I won the silicon lottery with my chip, which can go a whopping 4.8 GHz at an amazing 1.250V and 5.0 GHz at a considerably good 1.315V. I literally don't need to buy a CPU for years.

CPU Cooler

Excellent pump and rad, love the braided cables. Very loud sub-par stock fans. Replaced them with Corsair HD140's, because they look and perform better and they are much quieter.

Motherboard

Best 120 bucks I've spend. Originally bought for a temporary solution, turned out to have reasonably good OC abilites and have all the necessities. Nothing too fancy though, but for this price it was the best choice hands down.

Video Card

Loud minimum fan noise (they run 0% with no-fan mode and 38% without no-fan mode), which can be eliminated in MSI Afterburner. I was able to turn them down to 30%, which is more tolerable for my sensitive ears. Otherwise outstanding perfomance (gaming and cooling both), with a very nice LED lightning solution.

Case

Much more sturdy than it looks, has very good cable management options, lots of empty space to work with, a very nice PSU shroud, love the extendable AIO bracket and the side mountable SSD location, but getting the acrylic side panel on could be a real pain.

Case Fan

Plus for the looks, minus for the fan controller (too big, cannot fit in smaller cases) and the low RPM perfomance. They work great at the 1100-1500 RPM range, but it comes with a considerably loud noise. Setting them at 700-900 RPM barely moves air, but then again, they look great.

Case Fan

Bit high on the price, although they perform very good not to mention the very bright LED's. I was considering LED-strips then I got two of these and didn't need the strips anymore. The HD140's work great in both case fan and rad fan roles. Using them with a Corsair H115i in a push configuration.

Monitor

Excellent image quality (for this price point), love the 75Hz refresh rate (+25% fps compared to 60Hz), even using with an nVidia GPU. Build quality also very great, although it could have an adjustable height, but then again, for this price the SE2717H offers more than enough.

Keyboard

No RGB here sir. Very sturdy, built like a tank, you can not destroy it (using it 5th year now). The Cherry black switches could be pretty loud at nights though. But that's the way I like it. Clickety-clack!

Comments Sorted by:

17zhangb 1 point 10 months ago

You most certainly deserve those Winner Winner Chicken Dinners! Lovely Build! +1

On a sidenote, how good is that mouse? Considering maybe getting one when I build my Threadripper system.

gergeoux submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I love it. Had the Logitech G500 for over 8 years, but the microswitch died in it the 4th time. So I decided time to look for a new mouse. Of course my choice was Logitech G series only. Read a lot of reviews about the G502, bought it and love it. Best mouse ever. I use it with a SteelSeries Qck Mini for best effect.

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AppleWood 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Really Good Cpu cooler and thermal paste. I'm getting mine off ebay to upgrade from an h110i v2. Worth it.

Blue51 1 point 10 months ago

how is the fan controller?

gergeoux submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Sorry for the late answer. Really like it, looks good, works good. Can recommend it!