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Update 2 (8/12/15): Added a Sound Blaster ZX as a means to troubleshoot an audio issue I wasn't satisfied with (long story) and decided to keep it for it's top notch sound quality. Everything has way more boom! Great set up overall.

Also, I added my Logitech G700s mouse and my Astro A40's to my parts list as well just cause.

Update: I added an additional MSI GTX 970 4GB GPU to give it a little umpf. I've added one picture for now and it's a phone pic. Pro pics coming soon.

Original: Overall, this being my first build, it took me longer to install drivers than the actual build.

Everything went smoothly. Build took about 1 hour for test build outside of the R5, then 2 hours to put in and tuck away cables in the R5's BEAUTIFUL casing. ASRock's install disc was full of bloatware but the essentials were there.

Ordered the GTX 970 BEFORE it was announced that it wasn't a pure 4GB card. Buyers beware, it IS 4GB but 512 is used for dump memory maintenance. Runs everything great without a problem though so for the price, it's worth it. And gorgeous.

The i7 4790k is a beast. Also comes with some BS in the form of Rapid Start which, if you can avoid it, do NOT install it. It's a hassle to get off and if you're running an SSD like myself, it does nothing to boot faster.

I added a Logisys lighting strip inside for kicks. Comes with remote and 16 colors. It was like $13 and just adds a little something through the R5's window.

The performance is fantastic, the price was barely over my $1400 price point, and it looks more like an extension of my living room than a gaming PC that screams, "I PLAY GAMES AND MY CASE SAYS SO WITH ALL IT'S FUTURISTIC LOOKING GLORY." I'm not a flashy person so I can't recommend the R5 enough.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build with good quality stuff! Cable management could be a bit better though.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and I agree. Are you able to tuck the cables behind the motherboard panel?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The only cables shown in the front were my lighting kit. Those aren't visible from the window. Picture 11 shows cable management on the other side panel of the R5.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the only thing that looks poor is the lighting kit you can see in picture 5 the best. I have since tucked them away behind the SSD.

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build! +1 but honestly you gloat about the sheer beauty of the case with the leds yet you deprive us of the pleasure to see it! LOL still a nice build

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, I know right?!?! I totally forgot when I posted it lol. I'll update with living room setup and lighting Stay tuned :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build for the money. Very clean! I think that you did a good job!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Build!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot!!!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice work Bruiser9013! Solid looking build!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Why thank you!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Its the asrock Fatality a pretty reliable mobo? And how is the bios??

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It's very reliable from what I've read. No problems so far. It's bios is clean and responsive. Incredibly simple to maneuver and OC adjustments are simple. It's a UEFI so it's very easy on the eyes.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

sir what resolution you run with ?

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Right now, 2560x1440 I believe.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

but in the specs the card run the resolution up to 5120x3200 ... in my build i try to use Samsung 28' W U28D590D as my monitor.. what do you recommend sir?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

That monitor runs 4K 3840 X 2160 so you should reach those specs if you can. The card pushes 4096 x 2160.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

To clarify, I have it connected to a TV and not a monitor at the moment. So I just try to max the specs on the TV I play on.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh sweet thanks!!!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

How do you like your mobo? Im trying to build a rig like your but idk to go with the asus Z97 or the fatal1ty killer mobo.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the Fata1ity personally. Easy to work with and fine tuned. Asus and ASRock are both great MOBO's

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

My build is also pretty similar to yours. I am leaving a space open for another 970 GPU later on. When I tried to do this in the PC part picker to check wattage, I got this: 1 additional PCI-Express 6-pin power connector is needed. 1 additional PCI-Express 8-pin power connector is needed.

I found your build which has the same motherboard and 2 970 GPU's so I am pretty confused. Also, are your temperatures good? I am getting the Hyper 212 EVO to cool the CPU, but I am not sure if I should get a water cooler instead. Thanks! Heres my build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/82hkrH (W/2nd GPU, will buy with only 1)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Switch up to a Gold PSU. That PSU you have listed isn't the best for your set up and doesn't have the power supply needed for all your stuff. With all of my crap plugged in, I still only have 2 slots left at most (if I recall correctly).

As for cooling, I never get close to peak temps. It runs pretty cool throughout multi-hour gaming sessions. I like liquid cooling personally, but that's me. I recommend it as it's a much quieter option than having a bunch of fans and it keeps my CPU at perfect temps. I don't see that case comes with fans but if it does, that's a lot of fans. Gonna be super noisy and not all that needed imo. :) Good luck and sorry for the lateness of my reply!

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I'm looking at something very similar, except with the Corsair H110i water cooler. With this case, the radiator has to go on top of the case, correct? I'd like to put it in the front, but I don't want to remove all the hard drive cages.

My goal is to have the water cooler, one or two SSDs (mounted behind motherboard) and at least one 3.5" HDD for storage and what not. All of this, WITH the the top covers of the case ON to prevent more case noise.

Do you think that's somehow possible? Thanks!

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

The h110i won't fit very well at the front of the case so I wouldn't recommend it. Honestly, I think the piping is a little short to reach so it fits better on the back end. I put mine on top as it fits nicely and honestly, liquid coolers are quiet as hell.

I go ultra oc'd on GTA V, Crysis 3, Bioshock Infinite, etc and I can barely hear the 4 fans I have going. It's ok on the top. Plus heat rises so it's nice to have an exit for that. My gear never gets beyond warm. I push all of my games to the max without issues of heat. At most, I'd add another silent fan in the front just for kicks :)

The R5 is easily one of the quietest cases on the market today and the only time it gets loud is boot up but that's the initial boot. If I could send you audio, it would sound more like light breathing then a mean PC :) Let me know if you have any questions!

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

I really appreciate your response and tips. Thanks!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem!!! Any time!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

What games do you play?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey brusier, I have a question. What TV do you use, and how much of a performance decrease do you think you'd get while gaming if you weren't running SLI?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I use an LG 55in 120Hz TV currently. I played The Witcher 3 on Ultra without SLI and then after SLI and got a decent bump in FPS but nothing incredibly noticeable as TV's don't render full 120Hz. On a monitor, it runs like freaking ice cream on a hot day :) Beautiful