Description

I built this computer for mainly for gaming and surfing the interwebz, this is my first build but I think i did alright. Part List:

NOTE: I am planning to buy a 290x / 780 in the coming weeks but I didn't have enough money when I purchased this build.

CPU: the i5 4670k was the perfect choice for me, I didn't get an i7 because the performance increase in games isn't noticeable. I was going to go for an amd cpu but there was little choice for motherboards.

Motherboard: I chose the z87x-ud3h because it had all the features I wanted, I was originally going to choose an asus mobo but their new gold colour scheme is ugly

RAM: goes well with the motherboard, and it was only 10 dollars more expensive than the cheapest set of 2 x 4gb sticks

Storage: 120gb for and os and some games didn't seem like enough, so I went the next step up. I also got a 2tb HDD for media files that don't need the speed of an SSD

HSF: I chose the NH u14s because it is better price / performance wise against something like an h100i

PSU: At this price point, this was the only 650 modular power supply with black cables. I mainly bought it because of that reason, but other selling points for me were that it is a trusted brand and its Gold Rated.

extra fan: I honestly chose the NF A15 to make the HSF look better, but it does provide extra cooling to the cpu which helps. Question: should I have it facing the same way as the front fan or opposite?

Monitor: (actually an Rl2450H) I bought this monitor a few months prior to buying the pc, I'm thinking of upgrading to an IPS monitor when I can get some more money

Keyboard and Mouse: going from a cheap 10 dollar keyboard and mouse set to this is like night and day, I would definitely recommend these two products.

Headset: I bought this in my console days, the mixamp works great and the headphones are okay, but they are expensive for what you get and there are better solutions

Logitech Z506: I'm only running in 2.1 mode because I rarely use speakers.

Overall this was a fun project and I didn't have too many issues, one problem however, the second fan on the cpu heatsink only works when the cpu is under heavy load. Is this normal?

edit: I was dissatisfied with my cable management so I spent a few hours redoing it, I'm pretty happy with the result atm. I'll upload some pics when I can

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build! I went the 4670k and NH-U14s as well, great combo!

The second fan on your HS should move air in the same direction as the first fan. Its called "Push-Pull" ie one fan pushes air onto the HS and the rear fan pulls air through it. If they both blow onto the HS, you'll get no airflow (or very minimal) and you may as well have no fans at all!

Also im guessing the second fan is probably controlled by the motherboard and only activated when the CPU temp rises, to minimise noise and power consumption when idling.

What program did you use to test your CPU temps?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

realtemp I think, are those temps bad?

edit: sorry, misread. I ran Prime95 for 3 hours

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Shoot no. after 3 hours 70 is the max? sounds ok. You'll never load that cpu like that prime 95 will. What kind of GPU are you going to put in?

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Planning on a 780 or 290x they're both fairly similar in performance so I'll just get whichever one is cheapest.

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

Awesome. I'm waiting for either the 770 or 680 to hit a new low,ie under$300 I hope. top-notch Zeus

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Thankyou :) I took a look at your builds and I must say your daughter's build looks amazing! Definite +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Added some pics

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

hey! nice build!! I have one question. How is this case? pros cons? I want to get this case but not to sure about it.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Overall its an awesome case, as a first time builder I had no troubles with managing cables (I only re did them three times because I didn't like how the looked, but you could really put them anywhere behind the back panel and have no troubles putting the side panel back on)

Pros:

-Sexy

-Great Cable Management Options

-Front door to hide your optical drive

-10 port fan hub

-Rear I/O LED

-8 Expansion Slots

-Watercooling options (If you're into that)

-Lots of fan mounts (front, side, bottom, rear)

-200mm and 140m fan inc (front and rear)

-inc fans are fairly quiet even at full speed

-Modular drive cages

-Easy to understand manual

-Cable management tie-downs literally everywhere

-tool-less odd installation

-fan filters for intakes

-usb 3.0

-well-built, sturdy

cons

-maybe this was just me but, the fan hub being directly in the centre of the mobo tray was annoying (but still relatively easy) to route all the fan cables

-the fan controller could have used a sata power instead of a molex (literally the only molex connection I used in the build and my power supply didn't come with any single molex leads)

That's it for the cons, in my opinion; this is an awesome case and I'd definitely recommend it!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot! I guesss Im going to get this case when it has a good deal.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Go for it! I promise you wont regret it.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, im trying to build my first rig as well, i've got the same motherboard and i7 4770k. but im not getting video when booting (im trying to use hd4600 since i had no money to spare on Videcard. Any ideas?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting. Have you tried using the other display outputs? The DVI output (hd 4600) is working just fine for me, which output were you using?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, baby. Especially after you get that 780 or 290x in there. :)

<3 Starlana gave +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I'm hoping to get the gpu soon, I'm waiting to see how the non reference 290/290x's perform.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I love that cooler, if I could redo my computer I would probably buy it. Nice build though so +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it too. As much as people say Noctua is ugly, I personally think its sexy

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build Zeus. How is the Evo performing?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Its great, haven't had a single issue. And the Samsung Magician Software is amazing, I'd recommend it.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 :D Did you get your GPU yet?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I ordered it yesterday! ended up getting the 780 ti. Expect a new build with an updated description and cable management later this week

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice, Im jealous now! 780 ti bows down

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably way overkill, but it was a case of want vs. need.

(want won)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Lmao, i feel you on that :P

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I say put green LED's in there so it'd look like Zeus from Real Steel. :D

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Your second fan not being on all the time might be part of a "Passive" setting in Windows, making the second fan turn on when the CPU is overheating, as opposed to "Active" where it's on constantly to prevent overheating. I keep mine on "Active" because I feel safer that way and my fans don't produce much noise.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

What GPU you going for?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is fairly outdated.

I've gotten myself a 780 ti. Some other changes since then include a different keyboard, mouse and mouse pad. Also an addition of the NZXT HUE RGB LED controller

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea but it's just slightly behind the other high end cpu

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought the parts in October (2013), this was before the refresh came out.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'll be doing an update in the near future!