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So after selling my previous build and turning a little profit I decided I would splurge a little but still stay somewhat on a budget. I decided on the white R4 with window the day after I built in the black one. All parts were purchased on Newegg and Amazon. I love all the parts I used and have no complaints about them but I will explain why I went with a few of them.

CPU: Best price to performance out there still and no it does NOT bottleneck the 770. Didn't feel like spending the extra $30 for just two more cores. Overclocked to 4.3 GHz without a hiccup.

COOLER: Love the look of water coolers. Don't like a lot of clutter in my case as you can see.

MOBO: On sale for $55 after MIR this thing was a steal. Was afraid that it would look too brown and not match that well but turned out pretty good. Front panel headers are on the side of the board which kind of took me by surprise while building.

RAM: Cheapest ram at the time of me ordering parts. Yes its 2133 Cas 11 and my mobo can only handle 2000 Mhz but I plan on trying to get it down to 1866 Cas 9. Went with red to coordinate with the red PCIe cables on my psu.

HDD: I can't justify SSD purchases at this present time because I'm a pretty patient guy and load times don't usually bother me.

GPU: Hardest decision of my life: 770 or 280x. Well at the time of purchase the 770 came with 3 free games and the 280x came with zilch so I decided on the 770. After I sell this build I will be for sure picking up a 280x though since they now come with BF4 (yes I still haven't bought it, I'm a penny pincher when it comes to games). By the way can somebody please buy the DCU2T-V2 280x by ASUS already! I want to see if it comes with a backplate and can't find anybody that owns one.

CASE: Seriously in love. Nothing else to say.

PSU: Yes it is overkill for one card. I knew this going in. First and foremost I wanted a modular or semi modular PSU that was at least a Tier 3 PSU and this happened to be the cheapest I could find at the time. When this arrived I was actually shocked at how high quality it was. Finish is awesome and the red cables look great.

Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Really clean build and beautiful pictures! At that price, this computer looks amazing. The more I see the Define R4, the more I wish I've gotten it.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

They really are awesome cases. Hopefully the next time around that you are building they release an R5 and improve upon the R4.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Tight and clean. Nice build. +1

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, very clean. A +1 from me!

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build +1...love the color scheme you got going on

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the voltage at on the CPU?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Sold it already but I believe I only took it to 1.3625V

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

personally on this build i would have gotten the 280x because i fi wanted to add another video card i could seeing as this motherboard doesn't support sli. but other than that +1. thats a very good budget build.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been looking at getting the H55 for myself; do you find it better performs where you have it on the side versus the top, or have you tested that? Just curious, thanks!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

can this run next-gen games at mid settings?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes but I would switch the GTX 770 for an R9 290 currently. You can pick up a 290 for ~$230.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Are those core or cpu temp?