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I had originally built this in a much larger full tower case, with a Gigabyte Motherboard, and with a GTX 780. I have just recently swapped all of those parts out with these ones and thought it would be a good time to post a few pictures here. I currently only have access to the camera on an HTC One (which is fairly mediocre) so hopefully I can update this withe better pictures in the future.

I use this build mostly for playing games, specifically Battlefield 4, DotA2, Skyrim (with plenty of mods), and various other Steam games. Currently I game on a 1080p 60Hz monitor, which the 980 is massively overkill for, but I expect to be upgrading to an ROG Swift (or hopefully something similar with an IPS display) sometime in the future. Currently I can completely max any game I try at >60fps.

Anyway, here are the justifications for all my part choices:

CPU: i5 4690k I went with this because it is basically the best CPU for gaming currently. Once overclocked, the 4690k will beat out any AMD FX chips and match or beat the performance of any i7 in games (I believe). Since I am not a streamer or a heavy multitasker, I felt no need to spend any extra for hyper threading on an i7. Unfortunately I seem to have gotten a pretty poor overclocker, because no matter what I try, I can't push my 4690k past 4.3 GHz. I've decided to keep it running at 4.2 GHz, which I can do without turning the voltage up too much.

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Nepton 280L This is one of the best performing all in one water coolers around with its 280mm radiator, and I was able to find it on sale for less than $100, so it seemed like a great choice. I understand that something like a Noctua NH-D14 would have been a better value in terms of cooling/dollar, but I much prefer the aesthetics and ease of installation of AIO's, and most 280mm AIO's do still seem to perform a little better than the best air coolers.

RAM: Adata XPG V2 It was cheap, well reviewed, and didn't mess with my color scheme. That's basically it lol. I don't really ever use more than 8GB when gaming or anything else, so I didn't feel the need to go for a 16GB kit.

SSD: Kingston V300 SSDNow I understand that this isn't the greatest SSD I could have chosen. It will probably be something I upgrade pretty soon. Nevertheless, it was very cheap at the time I bought it and it's fast enough to keep me happy with the price I paid for it.

GPU: EVGA GTX 980 Originally I had built this system with an EVGA GTX 780 FTW because it seemed to be a pretty good value at the time (and because I'm a fan of Nvidia). However, about a month after I purchased it, the 980 was announced. Luckily, EVGA's step up program allowed me to trade my 780 in for a 980 without having to pay much more than the shipping costs. The 980 does get me decently higher framerates in games than the 780 did. I should be putting it to good use soon with a 1440p/144Hz monitor.

Case: NZXT H440 I really like the look of this case, and it's built very well. It's a mid tower, yet it has room for a second GPU if I wanted to add one and for multiple radiators if I wanted to do custom water cooling in the future. Very happy with the H440.

PSU: EVGA Nex 650G 650W was really all I needed, and this was fully modular, had black sleeved cables, and built by respected manufacturer for a decent price.

The peripherals I'm currently using are the Logitech G502 gaming mouse, Logitech's cloth mousepad, the Cooler Master Quickfire Ultimate mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Blue switches, and the Sennheiser G4me Zero headset.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the Nepton 280L, that's thing's a beast isn't it? Overall nice build, and my compliments for a nice overclock too

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, I dont know if theres a big difference in performance, I got an h100i. I have got my i5 4690k @4,6 ghz with 1.187 volt... So I think you got a bad chip.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Flipping heck you got an amazing chip! Congratulations!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

It would also depend on how much and what type of thermal compound the OP used

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm using Arctic Silver 5, applied very sparingly. I think my temps are pretty good. All cores are 26-30C at idle, and usually never exceed 50C while playing CPU intensive (ish) games like BF4.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, unfortunately mine is pretty bad. I need 1.3v+ to get a stable 4.3 GHz lol.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean.

+1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, i was thinking about getting that case myself but plan to have the front and top panels modded so more air can flow through

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build there! Possibly looking to stick the nepton in the h440 and I was wondering if you think there'd be enough room for push/pull while mounting the rad at the top? Also how's the airflow with that top exhaust, it seems a bit choked but you seem to be getting damn good temps too.

Cheers!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Unfortunately, I don't think push/pull would really fit at all with the rad mounted on top. With only one set of fans, the radiator is already very close to that top motherboard heatsink and the ram. I'm sure it would work if you mounted it in the front though.

I'm actually pulling air in through the top, not exhausting it. Doing that does give me some pretty good temps. Airflow seems good. Not sure how they'd be the other way around though. I'm also running this in a fairly cool room, so my temps might be a bit better because of that.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, after looking around it doesn't seem that it'd fit unfortunately. It seems a front intake mounted push/pull would possibly work, but I need to do some more looking into that as well.

Any insight into that? Oh I see, I just see a top mounted rad and assume it's exhaust! My room is pretty cool too and I'm getting some high airflow fans, so it should hopefully be fine!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I have no doubt push/pull would fit in the front, there's plenty of room there. You would probably have to sacrifice all the the 3.5" drive trays though. And yea, I'm using those Noctua A14's on my radiator, which I think is a slight improvement performance-wise over the Cooler Master ones.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll break the case and the radiator out tomorrow to check myself, but I think you might be right about the drive trays.