Description

After being a console player my whole life I decided to build my own gaming PC.

Everything has been working good so far. The temperatures are nice under both idle and load, the tower is pretty quiet and looks cool.

I have not tried a lot of heavy-graphics games, only Metro: LL and BF3. Metro: LL average FPS is 44 with everything maxed out except SSAA, and BF3 average FPS is 62 with everything maxed out. I also used some Arctic Cooling MX-4 I had before the build on both the CPU and GPU, no problems at all.

Components


FANS

4 case fans (3 of the are the stock ones, Fractal Design Silent Series R2):

  • 120mm Front Intake.
  • 120mm Front Intake (CM Blade Master, the one included with the Hyper 212 EVO)
  • 120mm Back Exhaust.
  • 140mm Top Exhaust.

2 CPU Fans:

  • 120mm Push Corsair SP120 QE
  • 120mm Pull Corsair SP120 QE

PSU

Suffers from coil whine from time to time, sometimes it is loud but only lasts for some minutes, most of the it is silent.

Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 6 points

Pretty good build, but a couple points:

  • The nVidia 700 series GPUs start throttling performance at 80*C, so you might want to consider some better cooling in that case.

  • That being said, you should consider flipping the PSU over to draw air from under your case instead of from the GPU.

  • Cleaning up your cables a bit might also help.

Hope this helps, Nathan.

EDIT: Another thing to think about would be the Thermal Armour for that Z87 Gryphon. The assist fans are kind of loud, but it aids in cooling a bit and looks fantastic.

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah I did some cleaning and now the cables are a lot better, I also removed the top HDD cage, as it wasn't being used.

I don't know why I should flip the PSU, isn't better to exhaust out of the case? If I flip it over it's going to exhaust to the GPU isn't that going to make the GPU run hotter?

Also, what do you recommend to for a better cooling for the case? I updated the build to include the fans information. You think I should get better case fans? Maybe the stock ones are crappy, I don't know.

Best regards and thanks for the tips.

P.S. The GPU gets to 80C Max, the average is 70C-71C most of the time, but the max temp still worries me.

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Hi Daniel,

I really like your build +1 for that and I have some tips for your GPU as 80C is just a little bit too high if you ask me.

You can register your EVGA videocard on EVGA.com and download EVGA Precision X, this is a program for overclocking your video card. It will enable you to run faster and monitor and control the fan speed of your card, I suggest that you increase the RAM speed by 400 - 500 MHz and that you set the fan speeds to a manual speedcurve which you can configure yourself. Just make the fan run a little bit faster to improve performance and have less waredown of the component.

Keep up the good work and enjoy your build!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll try EVGA Precision X and report back the results. Thanks.

Edit: Adjusting the fan speedcurve makes the temperatures a lot better, with the fans set to run at 100% at 80C, the max temperatures doesn't go above 73C.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I am pleased to hear that it worked and that I could help out, I know for a fact that the ARC cooler from EVGA (which is on your GTX760) is one of the best out there and is really quiet compared to some other fans out there.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad to hear you got your temps down.

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  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Removing the unused HDD cages was something I forgot.

  • The PSU exhausts out the back of the case (unless it's really weird), it's the intake that's inside and by the look of the pics it's drawing air from above which may be starving the GPU of fresh air.

  • For more cooling I was going to suggest more fans, but I think you've filled all your fan slots. I'm just unfamiliar with the layout of that case and only saw the one case fan.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Your PSU appears to be in a good position, I don't know what he was talking about. Good build man!

+1

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

I updated the pictures to show off the new cable management (it was awful before) and the new PSU position. Thanks and best regards.

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

And +1 for Metro LL

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for a balanced build and Metro LL

That's such a good game, I loved it!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Im surprised that your GPU goes to 80 degrees. I have never seen my 760 go above 70 degrees while playing Metro LL. what is the fan speed when your at max load?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

You adjusted your speedcurve? Or are you using default settings on Precision X? because 10C is a big difference is yours is at stock settings like mine.

Best regards.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Well actually its probably the cooler. I have a Gigabyte version of the card which has 3 fans instead of 2 and is pre OC'd. That might be what made the difference.

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  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I would like to know what Roccat mouse that is, and how does is perform so far?

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

It's the Roccat Kone Pure(Laser Edition, not the new Optical one). Before this one I had a Razer Deathadder, and I must say that I prefer this one, feels good and the tracking is great and smooth too. No problems so far.

Best regards.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, part selection, part quality, etc.

As for temps, I had the same 760 and I never saw it even reach 70C, maybe once before I adjusted the fan curve. Once I moved it to my Phantom 410 I maxed out at 64C on Unigine Heaven but I did use stock settings. Regardless don't think it's really a severe issue albeit higher temps than "normal".

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I would suggest a slight change to the lower drive cage. First put the hard drive in the lowest slot so it interferes less with airflow from the bottom fan. Also you should be able to rotate that cage 45 degrees so there is even less blocking air flow from that bottom fan. That should drastically increase the cool air to your GPU.

Good luck.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like quality build, is this your first build?

I was thinking of using the same CPU and Motherboard.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, it is my first build. The motherboard is great if you ask me, the systems has been working flawlessly since day one, not a single crash. Reallt happy so far.

Best regards.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm glad to hear it! And mega jealous :)

  • 73 months ago
  • -2 points

Why not G.Skill Ripjaws? I know that's a mainstream RAM, just want to fill my curiosity when others using unusual brand

  • 73 months ago
  • 5 points

Corsair Vengeance is unusual? How did you come up with that? In the end, all the RAM sticks are manufactured by some OEM and re-branded by Corsair, G.Skill and so on.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Because of the color scheme, as you can see, nothing else is red-ish. G.Skill Ripjaws was my first choice.

Best regards.