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Spring 2014 PC Build

by Bii



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


Will be used for everyday use and gaming. This is my first build. My previous PC is a Dell Inspiron 530 from six years ago. XD

Fortunately, the only issues I encountered when putting this build together was that I accidentally installed Windows 8 twice (deleting the duplicate was easy) and was having a bit of trouble installing the Hyper 212 EVO. I had to watch a video how-to to get it installed correctly.

Aside from that, everything's running smoothly.

CPU: Not looking into doing any heavy video editing. So no i7-4770k for me.

CPU Cooler: Contemplated getting an H100i but have heard nothing but great things about the Hyper 212 EVO. I'll wait until summer to see how my temps are, and then I'll decide at that time if the heatsink needs to be upgraded.

Motherboard: Couldn't pass up the UD4H at $115 from another user member online.

Memory: Will use 8GB for now and if multitasking starts to stutter/suffer, I'll purchase an additional two sticks. *EDIT* I bought 4x4GB of Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3-1600 RAM. So I now have 16GB of RAM as oppose to the 8GB G. Skill Sniper I was using.

Storage: My first time using an SSD and it's a world of a difference. The OS and programs installed on there loads up so fast. I also salvaged a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD from my old PC and bought a WD Caviar Blue 1TB.

Video Card: I can't imagine upgrading this for another few years. That, and it'll be compatible with future G-sync monitors.

Case: I absolutely love the design/look of the R4. Cable management is a breeze with this and it's very spacious for what I was looking for.

Case Fan: Replaced the stock exhaust fan with this. Keeps it cool and quiet, and also gives the interior a nice look with the colored ring.

Power Supply: NewEgg had this on sale and had to get it. I can't imagine getting another PSU for future builds without it being modular/semi-modular.

Keyboard/Mouse/Monitor: Overclocked the QNIX QX2710 to 96MHz. My Logitech G5/Razer Black Widow keyboard didn't need to be replaced but I wanted to go with all new parts with this build. So in its place, I got the SteelSeries Rival and CMStorm QuickFire XT. I'm really loving the Cherry MX Browns after having spent so much time with the Blues.

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xx116xx 3 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

Wow. This is unbelievably clean. Nice part choice too, but the cable management is fantastic. Very well done +1

actechy 7 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

ditto, nice work on this build!

Bii submitter 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago

Thanks guys! I appreciate the comments.

MrBeastshaw 15 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Looks great. +1

Have you considered removing the top hard drive bay for better airflow?

Bii submitter 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago

That's a really great suggestion! I hadn't thought of that after putting this build together. But yes, I'll probably remove the top hard drive bay just to see how temps are.

Retroman 1 point 44 months ago

Yeah I love that case also, I have it in black and I replaced my front intake fans with some Noctua fans (they are ugly but you cant see them and they are whisper quiet and amazing performance) and I removed the upper drive cage, takes literally 2 seconds and it has made a noticeable difference is moving air across my GPU and all around looks great, and I move the stock front intake fan to the bottom of the case infront of the PSU. might be something worth considering :) great job! easy +1. fantastic CM! :)

Bii submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Those Noctua fans may be something I'll have to consider down the line. My temps, for now, are good with where they're at. I did remove the upper drive cage and it is a few degrees cooler. Thanks for the suggestions. I'll post updated pics if I do end up getting those fans.

Retroman 1 point 44 months ago

nice :)

martyyp 1 point 44 months ago

Very nice man, how did you manage windows 8 for only $20.00? Guessing some branch of military core of engineers or College

Bii submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Government employee discount. :D

LukePRTR 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

My dad is in the army would that count? Could you send me a link to this place?

PCSwaggin 1 point 44 months ago

Where'd you get that UD4H for that cheap?

Edit: Absolutely beautiful job done on that wiring.

Bii submitter 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago

I got it used from a seller on a video game forum. I was surprised at the price as well and had to grab it before someone else did.

phusionplus 1 point 44 months ago

Very nice. My only gripe with this build is the white Fractal case. I don't mind that it is white case, I actually think it is very nice and Fractal did a great job with the paint making sure it doesn't get that weird yellow tint after a while but I just never liked the red LED for the power button. I know its such small thing but it always throws me off. I love the blue LED in my Fractal Define XL R2.

Edit: Just gathering some info for a future build, are the heatsinks on the UD4 removable or are the red/silver plating on them?

Bii submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Yes, they are removable.

phusionplus 1 point 44 months ago

That is very good to know, thank you man. I've been planning to do a "blackout" rig in my Fractal Define XL and I was looking at using that mobo in the build.

Bii submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Oh cool, you'll have to post pics once you've completed the build. :)

canders 7 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Good looking build. Excellent work on the cables. Love the white R4; Looks great. Hope you enjoy it.

Bii submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Thanks, I'm definitely loving my build. I've seen other builds using this case and their's look phenomenal.

Littlepeoplepopper 1 point 43 months ago

Great Build!

I am finishing my build with an i5-4670K and gtx770. I am planning on overclocking. I can;t decide on the PSU and was thinking about the Roswell Hive 650 you have. Your machine is beefier than mine. Do you overclock your 780 and have you had any issues with the 650?


Bii submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

The PSU actually has a lot of wiggle room. My GTX 780 is overclocked (Core is 1050MHz while Memory is 1597MHz) with no changes to the voltage. I also overclocked the 4670k (4.1GHz, voltage at 1.10). I've yet to have any issues.

Littlepeoplepopper 1 point 43 months ago

That's terrific. I decided on a 650W PSU so it is good to know that this should be more than enough.

FlameFly -1 points 44 months ago

Might want to think about removing the ticking time bomb that is a rosewill psu. Other then that, great!

Bii submitter 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago

I haven't decided if I wanted to have 780s in SLI or not, so I may end up getting a new PSU altogether. I've read decent reviews for this PSU (nothing terribly horrible from what I've read) and for now, this Rosewill will suffice until my upgrade path changes. It also has a 3-year warranty; let's just hope I don't have to use it. :)

hjj174 1 point 43 months ago

The Rosewill Hive psu is a tier 2 psu so I doubt ir will blow up. Heres the link to the ranking. http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx