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An all purpose 24/7 runner meant for game, gaming casual use, and media serving.

I couldn't justify the extra hundred bucks for an i7, but t7ohe i5 4670k and z87 platform makes all current amd based systems seem like a bad investment. Currently I'm running stock core settings but will be over clocking later (as if my over kill board and liquid cooler didn't already tell you). The Asus r9 280x matrix is a beast of a card and has been over clocked an additional amount by me for a core of 1200mhz and memory at 6500mhz. The ram is running it's xmp settings of 2400mhz at 1.65v.

I'll eventually double the ram and add an msata ssd for caching.

This system is a beast. But be warned that the drivers for this gpu were a pain to get initially working, and the h100i usb cable is junk.

The razer black widow I have had for a year now and swear by. Phenomenal keyboard.

I have the back h100i fan as exhaust to help funnel air out, the front h100i fan is intake of blow across my ram, the side fan is intake to help feed my gpu fans fresh air.

Running it at 4ghz CPU speed now. I'm gonna have to flip my intake fan on the h100i to also be exhaust soon though... Too much dust is collecting on the filter screen over that fan... So my temp has gone up a few degrees at idle as a result.

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

do you have any problems with 1.65v ram w / 4670k ? did you lower the voltage of the ram ? set to xmp ? I heard it might harm the cpu above 1.5v +1 for the build

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Not at all. That's something that a good motherboard is usually good for lol. I'm using the xmp settings for the ram which are 1.65v and 2400mhz. It's fully stable. I'm not sure if it would be the same story on a budget board, but if your running a k series Intel, then your probably not running budget motherboards. Every part on this is meant for over clocking, so it's definitely more stable at different voltages than a bargain system will be. There's a lot of voltage protection systems integrated into this board and gpu as they are both military spec and meant for enthuthiast oc nerds (which I'm not, but I bought it because of the longevity and stability that means)

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

so I shouldn't turn back a pny 8gb 1600 memory kit I got for 60 bucks at a local store. I don't want to burn up something which is something I cant afford to buy again lol :D

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Most higher end ram now is 1.65 at higher speeds, though if that's 1.65v. At only 1600mhz, then I wouldn't bother using it... To match the speed of the ram I used you will be in dangerous territory and close to 2v likely... Get your money back and grab some gskill, corsair, or another top level brand with a 1.5v or lower power requirement at that speed (or if it's 1.65v, make sure it's higher speed ram at least like 2133mhz and up)

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

yes thats what ? thought. 1600 and 1.65v didnt seem safe. I returned it and got myself a 1600 8gig patriot black mamba ram. Its working perfect atm

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Deathnote? ;)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, not just that, but ya... Its a real thing though, not just for the anime/Manga... That's what they call the gods of death/grim reapers. All my systems are named after darker things... My network is named Death, and I've had computers named lucifer, minion, Satan, and a whole host of names from pop culture, the demonomicon, book of the dead, and religious context... Shinigami is just my current main system

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

don't need all those pics of just boxes

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  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, my only color I cared about was a black case... Everything else is based solely on performance aspects. It is kinda cool with the front lighting up red and side lighting up blue though... The top will light in blue eventually also since the only slim 120mm fans I found to turn my radiator into a push/pull set up are blue led fans...

Thanks though, the bang for the buck on this build took alot of planning and a little deal hunting and waiting for the gpu to be released. I went overboard on the motherboard, but I view that extra $100 as being a major reliability and future proofing decision. I decided to buy the best mobo for the socket that money could buy, and it was either an mpower max or an asus maximus hero (I also briefly considered a Saber tooth). The mpower had a slight edge mainly due to usb3 port numbers and pcie 16 abilities that slightly beat the maximus. Also, the 20 phase very was a huge bonus for over clock reliability.

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  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

As long as budget allows, I plan to. Thanks.

Up next when I find cash are some 4tb drives, a 240gb or bigger ssd, a 60gb msata ssd for cache (using a ram drive and 2 hdds for cache now), better monitor, 2 more slim fans for my cooler, and maybe a water block and cooler for my gpu eventually to oc the hell out of it.

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  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I was planning to do a thick 120mm radiator and push/pull using slim fans on the rear exhaust fan location with a custom cooling solution for the gpu since I have plenty of space there and it won't interfere with my h100i I have up top cooling the cpu.

The triple Bay card I have does cool pretty well, but I have topped it out a few times running metro:last night at full settings. It begins to artifact around 82c (screen tearing usually). Then again, I have the highest clocked 280x there is. Reference is 933 with a 1000mhz on turbo and 6000mhz memory... Mine is 1100 base, 1180 turbo, and 6400 memory base with 6600 memory in game mode. The card is meant for serious oc as it even came with a 10 phase vrm and a nitrogen block included if I wanted to go crazy... It can push 1280mhz and 7200mhz memory in many games I've tried. Having it liquid cooled I'm sure 1400 and 8000 are possible. It's gone well beyond on nitrogen from a review I once spotted.

The cache thing is one of those special features of my board. IIt's got ram drive support built right in as well as support for cache and fast loading applications via the msata. It's basically a way for me to bypass the need of a larger ssd for a main drive while gaining all the benefits on the fly for my large game assortment (or OS durring boot if I tell it to do that too). A 60gb msata ssd will be far less costly and almost as efficient as loading 2tb of games and OS onto larger ssd drives. Coupled with the ram drive (I have 4gb of ddr3 2400mhz dedicated to that), the hdd bottle neck I'm seeing will all but disappear. As is, my hdd rates as 5.4 on Windows experience score... Nothing else is below 7.7 (cpu at its stock settings)