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First build that I've done for my own personal rig. Updated with ACX cooler and Xigmatek Dark Knight heatsink.

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

What's that keyboard?

Take out the middle HDD tray for better airflow...also since you aren't using it.

Great build.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The keyboard's a Ducky Zero with MX Blues.

The reason I'm not taking out the HDD tray is for the white accents, however silly that sounds. My temps haven't suffered so far. Once I get the CPU cooler with white SP120's, I'll consider taking it out for good.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the DK2108 too but MX Brown. Where did you get the extra colored keys? I got WASD colored in red/pink but I'd like more.

If temps are good then keep the HDD tray in.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I got mine from TechKeys, KeyPop, and the GeekHack forum marketplace.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you tried overclocking it yet?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Not yet. The CPU cooler's set to arrive next week, but I hope to have a stable 4.5 GHz or so.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

When you do, tell what temps you are getting. Im debating on getting that air cooler or an aio water cooler.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

How much did you pay for your hs80m?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

They're HS50m's, and I paid retail price (about 300 for the pair).

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh lord this is too beautiful. Vengeance PRO RAM, Fractal Design Define R4, the cable management... so great :D I built in the same case and I love it! You could take out the middle HDD tray but it's pointless really considering you have a liquid cooler that'll give you great low temps and you're cable management is so good that it doesn't really matter. How is the GTX 760?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your compliments! I actually don't have a liquid cooler, but my temps are nowhere near concerning. The GTX 760 is great, around the same performance as my friend's 670. I wouldn't recommend the blower-style coolers, they make a faint but noticeable grinding noise even at idle.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds great. And sorry about this, I have no clue why I said you have a liquid cooler -_-

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, clean build that is balanced as well. This is only the second build I've seen with the EVGA 760 w/ ACX cooler. How does it work for you? I have been happy with mine but I'm pretty sure my fx-4300 is limiting its potential.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The ACX is much better than the blower-style cooler I returned. Not any quieter, but the noise itself is less annoying. I think the FX-4300 would be alright with most games that aren't overly CPU-intensive.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Good choice on case.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I'm pretty darn happy with it.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, good parts & neat cable management. Good pictures and nice desk too ! The only thing I would've changed is the PSU. Can't wait to see how the Dark Knight fits in there ! And yeah, as some others have said you should really remove the extra HDD bay, which would allow the front fan to push air directly onto your GPU, and if you want more white accents why not using some white Di Noc or even regular stickers, you could put some at the visible side of your HDDs or wherever you want them and it would still look neat !

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I have a pair of SP120's that I'm planning on fitting on my Dark Knight once it arrives, and hopefully that'll be enough white accenting that I can just remove the unneeded bay without any whining on my part. I'll look into stickers as well.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Put the white band onto the SP120, remove the extra HDD bay and the fittings that are holding it (one under the optical bay and the other on top of the hdd bay), then, place some white bands on top of the HDD bay and here are your white touch ;).

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, yes that's exactly my plan. I just bought a roll of white electrical tape as well...

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Great o/. Make sure to post some pics once it's done and to reply here so I can remember to check ;)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated with SP120s!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

You should have gone with a 7950. Unless you got the card for CUDA in which case you should have gone for the 660 ti because it has more CUDA cores than the 760. Other than that I love the look of the Vengeance Pro memory with the new Gigabyte boards.

  • 78 months ago
  • -1 points

You realize those benchmarks contradict other benchmarks from more reputable sites and that the 760 isn't overclocked at all unlike the other cards? The 760 beats the 7950 at stock, that's a fact.

Also, with Nvidia cards you're getting awesome features such as Physx, Geforce Experience, and Shadowplay along with superior drivers.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

They aren't contradictory to other sites. Fanboys love saying stuff like that. They overclock all of their cards just like a normal user does, the 7950 overclocks much better that the 760, it only makes sense that the overclocked 7950 would be much faster than the 760. PhysX would be nice if it was actually in any games. Geforce Experience is nice for your 10 year old brother that doesn't know what the settings means and just sets everything to very high or very low. Shadowplay doesn't exist yet, so we have no idea how well it will work and how much of a performance hit it will give to your games. The superior drivers argument is outdated, before the never settle drivers it was a valid argument but now that they have upped their driver game they are just as good if not better than nVidia drivers. If you have been paying attention to tech news or if you run an nVidia card you would know their 320.18 driver was causing horrible artifacting and crashes in games, and it even killed some peoples graphics cards.

  • 78 months ago
  • -1 points

How is it not contradictory when all other benchmarks show it on par or performing above a 7950? Like I said before, the 760 in that isn't overclocked to its potential such as this http://www.anandtech.com/show/7103/nvidia-geforce-gtx-760-review/17

Linus has a chart in the description of that vid, take a look at it.

All I'm saying is that why buy a 7950 when you can get a better performing card for cheaper?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I have looked at the spreadsheet. They even comment that the 760 with the +100mhz on the core would still throttle a little when it was extremely taxed.

All I'm saying is that why buy a 7950 when you can get a better performing card for cheaper?

Wut. The 7950 is the same price and performs better.

  • 78 months ago
  • -1 points

A 7950 with a decent cooler costs at least 300 bucks while a 760 costs 250. 760 is on average 7-12% better than a 7950. Obviously, 760 is better buy. I'm breaking it down to monkey talk for you since you can't seem to understand benchmarks. Fanboys like you really grind my gears.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

can you put a Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 on that motherboard?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't see why not. It should support up to 4 x 8GB.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build, definitely a +1 you should also look into getting a 64GB SSD (something like a Adata SX900) or a 128GB SSD (something like a Samsung 840 Pro or Adata SX910). Nice build anyways, hope it brings you hours of gaming pleasure. c:

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely want to install an SSD, just waiting for a good sale. Thanks for the compliments!

  • 78 months ago
  • 0 points

Get the 840 pro.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build! Those RAM sticks look really sleek! Fantastic cable management and great color scheme. Honestly I cant find anything to complain about. +1 for sure.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a great build with beautiful cable management. I think the only left is to get an SSD. And then maybe after that get a better PSU than the corsair CX. It's a great PSU for budget systems, but when you spend so much on everything else, it only makes sense to spend a little extra for a quality PSU. I would have gone with a seasonic, XFX, corsair tx/hx/ax, PCPC, or one of the quality OCZ. It doesn't make sense to spend so much and then cheap out on the thing that powers everything else.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Never knew the CX line was so lowly regarded. I don't really know much about PSU's. I know I'm planning on an SSD upgrade, but now I'll consider a PSU upgrade as well, thanks!

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

It's not that it is lowly regarded. It's just that it's a budget PSU. It's great and all, but it has cheaper chinese caps, so when you push it at load for long periods and the temp goes up, it could kill the caps and possibly your expensive system with it. It's great for people who can't afford better and don't require clean power with low noise and ripple for overclocking. A quality PSU is around $70-100 which isn't that much more than what you paid.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks very similar to my planned build, with identical motherboard and CPU. I opted for the MSI GTX 760 for personal choice. I'm not sure which CPU cooler to buy - either the CM Hyper 212 Evo or Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler as I've heard that Haswell cpus tend to get hot when overclocked.

Very nice build :)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

My temps are on the high side, but then again it's summer and my room is hot as hell. I've only heard good things about the 212 Evo, but Noctua is also a very good brand - I don't think you can go wrong with either.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice part choices! I'm planning on doing a build with most of the same parts soon. How's the motherboard and GPU?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Motherboard's a nice choice for its features. The GPU's great as well. It has slight coil whine under low-load, high-FPS environments like 2D games or game menus, but it's silent and idle and very quiet in full 3D loads.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow this is very nice.

I have a question; Does the Dark Knight II w/ the corsair 120mm fan blocks the first ram slot on the UD3H?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

That cooler+fan setup tho... very nice build.

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