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I was looking for a machine to replace my ailing laptop that would also allow me to work from home and play games I haven't had the hardware to play yet. I think I've succeed! Temps under load are around 70~ and 30 at idle. The installation was pretty easy, and there haven't been any major issues yet.

Case: Great case, everything was very nicely laid out. Can't stress how great it was. The dual chamber design is really nice, there were a lot of points for tying off zip ties, and you can fit so dang much in there. There are dust filters all over the place, and so much space for drives. Too much space.

PSU: Really nice item, came with a lot of cables, and is fully modualar. Also came with a tester to see if it was defective before you plugged things in. My only complaint is that all the SATA cables that came it had three inputs, but weren't long enough to actually reach all over the case. I had to use 2 SATA cables with only one thing plugged into each, which made cable management more tricky.

Motherboard: A bit tricky to lower into the case, and had a lot of standoff screws. The RAM slots are a bit oddly placed, but everything fit with the large CPU cooler. It's got a ton of little features too.

Cooler: Had about an inch of clearance between the top of the cooler and the case window. It was really thoughtfully packaged and and came with a bunch of installation accessories, as well as decent thermal paste. I had a bit of a panic trying to figure out where the cross bars went and why there were extra parts left over (consulting the manual helped). It's pretty quiet at load, rubber pieces keep anything from making too much noise.

CPU: Was really scared installing this, but it seems to have gone smoothly! Had a lot of drivers to install, but once I did everything else in the computer started making more sense.

GPU: I was worried about the size before I purchased it, but it really didn't end up being an issue. It does create a bit of a pocket of hot air inside the case though, but overall great. I thought the little dragon LED would be silly, but it's really fun. The MSI software gives you a lot of flexibility. It is a bit bulky though, but it fit really well in the Node 804, adding a second might be tricky though.

I had a lot of fun researching and building this build, feel free to ask questions if you're considering similar parts.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I got an add on armor kit for my motherboard, making it close to $200, my 4790K was $299, and my ddr3 was $150. I admit to being a tad jealous that I could have had 2 more cores and X99 for about the same price although I did build mine a full year before this one (Jul 3, 2014). Excellent value in this machine, you did a good job shopping around man.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

that is a really nice build for the $$

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, I should've done a bit more research before I built mine, I could've had a newer model CPU, motherboard, and RAM for just about $100 or so more than what I spent :/ Hindsight is 20/20.

Here's my build

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I bought my parts slowly (luckily I didn't have any returns to make) over the course of a month and tried to take advantage of deals. I got the cooler, psu, and gpu at full price though (psu went on sale 2 days later....) and I did a whole lot of research.

Nice build! I like the case a lot, surprised it could fit all that stuff and a full sized PSU!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build dude

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I am going to get the same MB and cooler. Also I was hoping to know what clearance do you have between your cooler and GPU plz Thks

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't measured it exactly, but it looks like a little over half an inch. It wasn't a tight fit, the biggest problem with the GPU installation was that all the cables were blocking its spot.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thks so much for your feedback

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

How well does it handle gaming

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Really well! Playing Witcher 3 on high/ultra and no problems yet. Temps around 70 when playing, otherwise around 30 or 40 for less intense games.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

also I was wondering what are the temperature at idle and load of your CPU plz thks

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

30 at idle, 70 at load (playing the Witcher 3)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, that's for the GPU, the CPU is cooler by a few degrees usually

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thks so much

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

What was scary about installing the CPU? I'm looking at getting the same processor and putting it on a full ATX board (see: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/Winsord/saved/krQnTW), but I was curious as to if what you found scary was specific to the setup, or just the general idea of pasting your own CPU, or did it have to do with the driver business? Also would appreciate if you could elaborate on the driver stuff a bit, the processors I've had in the past have been fairly straightforward in that regard. Thanks!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

It was my first build, so I was really nervous about placing things in and snapping levers and all that. The drivers for the CPU are what I should have installed first, since as I was installing the others they seemed to not be working. It should all be fine for an experienced builder.

Your build looks pretty similar, what GPU are you going with?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the response, while I'm reasonably experienced with most of the build process I don't usually do the CPU myself, but I'll have to this time (also never done water cooling). In the past I've never had any issue with CPU drivers like that, but I haven't gone so high-end before so it's good to know.

As for the GPU, I just bought an XFX 390x 8GB DDR5 Dual Dissipation Black Edition a few weeks ago, so that's why I don't have it in there. It's been crushing games like GTA V and Witcher 3 which is great, but my CPU (i5 2500k) is beginning to cause performance issues in more processor intensive games. For example, when in town in Witcher 3 the processor just pins at 100% and there ends up being some stuttering as a result.

Aside from the GPU I've already got a PSU (Corsair AX760i), a case (Corsair 750D), and a few HDDs (WD Black drives, but no SSD). I'm not too far off from wanting to upgrade anyways, but with Windows 10 looming I figure it's best to get this stuff out of the way so I'm not having to reformat twice in a short period of time.

How have you been finding the Noctua cooler? The water cooler I picked is probably overkill for what I'm going to be doing with my computer (virtualization is my power hog), so I'm not totally set on what I want to do with that yet.