Description

First build since I decided to learn more about PC's 5 months ago after a hefty "repair" bill. Specs wise, I don't play hardcore FPS so overclocking didn't seem necessary and made the build plan a lot more straight forward. Really happy with the build quality of all components, especially the R4 case which is absolutely fantastic for design, workmanship and heat/noise reduction. The motherboard I am also really pleased with in its layout and number of USB ports.

There was a slight issue with the power cable connecting to the motherboard requiring a huge amount of force to click in place, but no damage occurred and zero running issues since then. The HDD does make some noise when spinning, but is bearable thanks to the R4's rubber insulation on the disk trays. GPU is silent even during benchmarking and Bioshock Infinite full-ultra settings 79 degrees C.

I was lucky to buy the GTX 760 one day before prices hiked due to crypto-miner interest, if/when these cycle through I aim to buy one second hand to give SLI a go. Also on the list for eventual upgrades: new monitor, headset and eventually a mouse pad when this ghetto one runs its course. Given the price inflation in Australia PC parts I think I got a great deal and super fast turnaround from Mwave: 1 day from payment to all parts being ready for collection.

Big thanks to PCpartpicker forums for your input during the build stage. Cheers!

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

You should have go with 2x4 ram , unlocked cpu , and a cheaper case . Otherwise its a pretty solid build !

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

He said he doesn't overclock, so he got the correct CPU and H87 chipset motherboard. I agree that 2x4 on the RAM would perform better.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Your right I didnt see no overcloack in his desc

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah that was something I overlooked. Might get another 8gb to make it 16 but either way the performance difference between 2x4 and 1x8 is pretty minor. I also realised case was a bit overkill once I pulled the thing out of the box but it's such a sturdy piece of kit I'm happy I bought it.

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

Great photos, and overall good build! +1

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I tought only amd cards prices went higher because the litecoin mining

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

All cards in a market are affected if one of the options starts selling faster. Consumers have to pay more or buy a similar card instead, so either way, demand and prices go up.

  • 72 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah nvidia cards weren't affected by the crypto-mining crisis

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

you wont be able to do sli with that mobo, it has support for crossfire but not sli

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

That, and I would suggest a bigger PSU for 760 SLI.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Just curious-- what's the purpose of that vertical slot opening in the back of the case? (Do you know what I'm talking about? It's like the slot opening for expansion cards, but it's vertical.) I've never seen that before. I think that would be really handy for mounting an eSATA expansion bracket or something like that. Is that what it's for?

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Fan controls, lighting controls, additional cable ports etc. Pretty neat idea.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Mean, same CPU! You may not have wanted to overclock but just FYI, you can do a non-z overclock on some H87 boards (I can with my Asus H87M-PRO but I didn't know) if you got a 4670k, it's the mistake I did... :/

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I think anything up to 85 C is fine, especially if you bought a cooling system instead of going with the stock option. Though I only have the stock fans inside, when the GPU hit 79 all the other components were still at 30-40 degrees so it must have been a high-load part of the benchmark/game.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Use EVGA Precision X or MSI afterburner to set up a custom fan curve, that should really help your temps. Other than that, the 760 is one of the hottest running gaming gpus on the market. I believe it throttles a bit at 80°C so you might want to take that into account. Edit: a side panel fan would really help.

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