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by joaolkf

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3 Comments

Details

Date Published

July 20, 2015

Date Built

July 15, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

24.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.266 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

Description

I had built three part lists (5820k, 4790k, 4690k) and ended up going for the cheapest one as I wasn't going to use that PC much. I'm mostly at my office and will use it for working from home and occasional gaming. Overall I'm happy with my choice as I can play most games almost maxed out at 1080p60Hz and I can multitask while I work just fine. (At 1440p I had to reduce texture quality and a couple of other things.) The only reason I had for going with the 5820k was future-proofing, but I decided to spent the money with a trip and then buy another PC in a couple of years. The 4690k is currently OCed at 4.5Ghz at 1.268V. I got a student discount on the OS and already had the 27'' monitor and the WD HDD, so this costed around £750 ($1200) for me. I also ended up getting most things from Amazon which was cheaper due to the shipping at other sites.

The only thing I regret a bit is the CPU cooler. I got a ATX motherboard (which is amazing, BTW) and a mid ATX tower and felt the CM 612 was just too big. I heard a lot of people had a hard time installing this cooler, but I hadn't. The real problem was then fitting everything else. The 960 GPU simply wouldnt fit in the first PCIe slot because the cooler was so huge so I had to use a x8 instead of x16 one. The wiring also got complicated, particularly the aux 12v power for the CPU. The case wasn't great either, it looks awesome closed and I was able to hide most of the wiring. However, I felt there was a very tight space for the wires in the other side of the case and I had to press them so I could close the case. I'm a bit afraid this will damage them eventually. I think I should have either gone with another cooler - probably watercooler as 4.5Ghz was the limit before overheating - or a bigger case. The airflow isn't that great either, particularly with the front door closed as it blocks a lot of the air coming in. I considered whether the door wouldn't block the airflow before buying the case but thought they wouldn't be so stupid; they were. Whenever I'm gaming or doing intensive stuff I leave the front door open. Anyway, if I'm ever doing SLI I will have to change the cooler.

This is my first build, any comments are appreciated.

UPDATE #1(04-Aug-15): I wasn't too happy with my overclock so I decided to make a few changes. I will lose the huge air cooler and replace it with the Corsair H80i watercooler. I will also use Coolaboratory Liquid Pro both on the die (I will dellid my CPU) and on the IHS. I have also bough another SSD drive and they are both on RAID 0 now. I have also added another 8GB of RAM and a sound card.

Part Reviews

CPU

Quite good for gaming and multitasking. Mine won't OC above 4.5 with air cooling.

Motherboard

Great mobo, great BIOS interface and great desktop apps. Couldn't be happier. Even my grandmother can OC with this mobo.

Case

Small space for cable management at the back. Front door will block a lot of the airflow and this is stupid.

Case Fan

A lot of airflow and very little noise, could only noticed when at full speed and even then less so than the others I have/had with much lower CFM.

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jambii420 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Wow nice oc on that i5 and still under 70c under load.

Thats a shame about the cooler although It seems to be working right?

joaolkf submitter 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago

It does, I got to 4.6Ghz at 74C under load the other day. I was able to put a second fan on it but it was a lot of work fitting the mobo back into the case as the whole thing got quite cumbersome.

Value 1 point 44 months ago

I think you definitely could have picked a better cooler but congrats on the 1Ghz OC.

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