Description

This is a continuation of my X4 860K build, https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/WmtJ7P

The new parts I bought for this build is a new case and a CPU cooler. Please keep in mind the prices are in CDN currency.

For the case, I went with the Fractal Design R5 Titanium, I got it for an absolute deal from Memory Express, they gave me a double price match subtract 10% of the difference from Memory Express's pricing to the competitors'. I got the case down from $159.99 to $121.49 after the price-match and beat.

For the CPU Cooler, I got the Noctua NH-U12S air-cooler. I found this beauty on Kijiji.ca locally for $50! 50! 50! And when I received it, upon inspection, I questioned if they gentleman even used they damn thing, it looked brand new, and I absolutely love it!

Now, the Fractal Design case, I absolutely love this case, coming from an almost 12 year old case with noisy 80mm fans, this is by far, my most favourite purchase. I love the two 140mm fans it comes with, the incredible amount of space I have to play with, the superior organization that this case provides, the removable HDD cages for more space if needed (I only needed one of the racks as I only have one HDD), the big spacing on the back for cable management (especially that I have a semi-modular PSU, which makes it extra messy), 3-speed fan controller, dedicated SSD spots.... I can keep going on about this case, worth every penny. Luckily, I forgot that I had a spare Fractal Design 140mm silent fan kicking around and fit and matched perfectly as the second front intake. I still have a few Corsair SP120 fans to add onto the top and bottom of the case, but I don't have the proper screws for them. It is so nice that I actually have to try to really listen in to hear my computer anymore, compared to my old case/fans, which you could hear from my kitchen while doing dishes.

Onto the Noctua NH-U12S CPU cooler, this cooler is amazing! After installing it with Arctic MX-4 Thermal Compound, I was definitely comfortable to start overclocking this CPU. Despite the fan color, I actually like it a lot, plus I never hear it at all, real ninja-silence. Onto the overclocking, I was able to overclock my X4 860K from 3.7 Ghz to 4.0 Ghz, and I am not done, just a quick overclock for now, as priorities called to me. Runs flawlessly!

Upon doing the stress test with Prime95, for various times, 15 minutes to an hour, my thermal margins according to AMD Overdrive never got lower than 32c under load, thermal margin at 68-70c at idle.. I am very impressed, but I will let it stay there while the thermal paste settles for a few days before overclocking my CPU anymore.

I also did the Unigine Heaven stress test on my gpu as well for fun, temperature never went higher than 72c on its overclocked setting. My GTX 770 Overclock settings are 1137mhz/1189mhz base/boost clock & 1753mhz memory to 1215mhz/1267mhz base/boost & 1831mhz memory, all stress tested with Unigine Valley & Heaven, temperatures are 31c idle and 72c load, without the fans even hitting 75-80%, which is when I would usually start hearing them.

Part Reviews

Storage

This is an okay SSD if you're on a budget or find a wicked deal, even still there is better for the same price, does good for OS/boot times, but upon doing benchmarks on it, I was not impressed but the results, must be one of the 'bait and switch' models:


CrystalDiskMark 5.1.2 x64 (C) 2007-2016 hiyohiyo Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/


  • MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s]
  • KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes

Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 510.641 MB/s

Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 106.713 MB/s

Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 59.633 MB/s [ 14558.8 IOPS]

Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 104.687 MB/s [ 25558.3 IOPS]

Sequential Read (T= 1) : 428.482 MB/s

Sequential Write (T= 1) : 106.328 MB/s

Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 16.744 MB/s [ 4087.9 IOPS]

Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 84.377 MB/s [ 20599.9 IOPS]

Test : 1024 MiB [C: 54.5% (60.9/111.7 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec] Date : 2016/03/25 10:22:17 OS : Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)

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Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

In the thumbnail, the first picture looked like the front of the case had some kind of marbleized finish. So disappointing lol.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

That would have been awesome if it was marbelized, screw the titanium if that was the case :D

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

This case looks like it has so much room in it, I'm jealous. Re-arranging stuff in my case is a nightmare.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I understand you, I just came from a 12 year old case... absolute hell for cable organization. I definitely recommended the Fractal Design R5.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Is the Athlon 860k bottlenecking the gpu?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Not that I have noticed so far.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

860K will bottleneck with a 390 or a 970. Anything under that is fair game

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Not true. All depends on the game. In some games the 860k does decently well. In others it's beaten by stock pentiums badly because it has no L3 cache.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

So, you play games on your stove with latex gloves? :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello , i just bought same psu for gaming , how are this psu doing with ur specs ?? i'm afraid because this psu is rated tier 3 in tier list but i hope i don't regret it.

greetings from brazil

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

So far, no problems at all. The only issues I have is the fact that it is only semi-modular and there is no custom sleeving available for it. Other than that, it has served me very well.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you dude :)

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