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Project Ryūjin

by JanM

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13 Comments

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Date Published

Nov. 20, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.0GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.14GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

Description

Hey everyone, After several months of planning I have finally purchased and build this beautiful rig. I am by no means a professional and I blew my personal budget but I wanted to have a rig with which I can max out any current game and get 60+ frames. Furthermore, the key components are all high quality which provides me with the option of adding an extra GTX 970 for SLI in a year or so and possibly upgrade to a 1440p monitor once they become more affordable. Despite being a PC gaming enthusiast I neither do any overclocking nor will I use this PC for much else than gaming, netflix and the other usual stuff. I don't really do rendering or streaming. Some of the part choices might therefore be considered as "over the top" but I chose to make my rig as future ready as possible (whilst trying to stick to a budget). Most of the parts I chose because of the community reviews here (thanks guys!) as well as professional reviews online. I had an Alienware 17" Laptop for almost 3 years but as it is with laptops I grossly overpaid for the actual gaming experience it delivered. (Battlefield 4 no longer at 60fps on medium settings, can't play any of the current titles, etc.). Below you can find my review of the parts as well as the reasons why I chose them:

CPU: The i7-4790K can handle anything I throw at it and I know from experience that you don't want any unreliable CPU. If I upgrade any of the other parts in the future I want to be sure that my CPU will be able to handle it for some time. When it comes to the core of the PC I don't want to cheap out.

Cooler: The H100i was terrible to install. It wasn't my first time installing a Corsair cooler but somehow I couldn't get that stupid screw in the radiator holes. Also I made the mistake of screwing the Cooler on at a 90 degree angle which means that I now can't plug in the Corsair Link cable. When I finished the assembly at 1:30 AM I couldn't be bothered to change it though. I will do that sooner or later.

MOBO: The MSI Gaming 5 works fine. Only problem in the beginning: The Ethernet Killer management system does not work until you install the driver. Without an optical drive bay the cd that comes with the motherboard is no good and since you don't have any internet otherwise I was screwed. Luckily my trusty old Laptop was able to provide the remedy here. Frankly, I don't know enough about motherboards to give you a good review. As far as I can tell all parts are high quality, look good and the board can handle SLI so I can buy a second GTX 970 anytime without having to upgrade it.

Memory: The Kingston HyperX perform the same way as the more expensive Corsair Vengeance. This is the biggest reason why I chose them. I also think they work really nice with the colour theme of the case.

Storage: As you may notice in the pictures the HDD is still not plugged in. I will have to buy a SATA cable since only 2 came with the PSU and therefore I chose to first connect the two SSDs. Speaking of the SSDs I really like the look of the 850EVO. These drives will reduce your loading times and the boot time of the computer. The reason why I got two is that the 120GB is dedicated to running my OS as well as any programs that I use daily. The 250GB SSD will be the storage unit for all of my games. The 1 TB HDD will be for music and videos. One thing I really like about this setup is the look inside the case as well as the optimisation of loading speeds for an improved gaming experience.

GPU: The MSI GTX970 gives you the most bang for the buck currently and it's an outstanding graphics card. It also works really well with the colour theme of the case. I chose the card mainly because of the great reviews and good benchmarks it received. Don't see a reason to spend an extra $250 for an improvements of 5fps.

Case: I have thought about using roughly 100 different cases. In the end I wanted a windowed case that is silent and provides good cable management for a nice looking interior. I am really happy with the NZXT H440. It has the perfect size and the components feel like they are very well made. Installation was made very easy and I like how the covered PSU complements the large window. The airflow inside the case works great and the dust filters are able to do their job as well.

Power supply: The Corsair RM650 was actually not my first choice. I actually ordered the EVGA Supernova 650W but the shipment to the supplier from overseas was so delayed that I couldn't wait any longer for a stupid power supply when there are plenty of reliable options out there. What I was looking for in a power supply was 1. Gold efficiency or higher and 2. Fully modular. I don't want to have any cables I don't need hanging in the corners of my case and collecting dust. (The cleaner the insides the better in my opinion)

OS: Many people hate Windows 10 but I think it's going to be the future so why not go with it. I loved Windows 7 Ultimate but in the end you gotta go with the times. Windows 10 is the closest thing in a modern package. Should you copy this build or parts of it make sure that you get Windows on a USB flash drive since you don't have an optical drive. One of the issues I had when downloading the first drivers was that a ton of malware was downloaded with them. My trusty Kaspersky Antivirus took care of it promptly and the rest was fixed by quick google searches.

Monitor: I got the monitor because for once I just wanted to find out how it is to game at the highest fps out there and to be able to actually see them with a 144Hz monitor. The colour and saturation ratings for this thing are of the charts and I am very happy with it so far.

Keyboard: Honestly I got the Corsair K70 RGB because I was curious about cherry mx switches. I really like it but I advise any gamer against choosing any of the more flashing lighting options for it. They will just irritate you while you are gaming. I also dislike the ugly new corsair gaming logo they put on the keyboard but what can you do. I wanted the switches and I wanted the option to choose a colour for the keys whilst having 100% anti ghosting. Mission accomplished, overall I couldn't be happier with the performance although I still think I am just as good with the $15 keyboard from logitech that I had before.

Mouse: I am really happy with the mouse although I don't really use the fancier options it has. A friend of mine has the Logitech G402 which would fit better in big hands such as mine. The software is easy to use and the G502 still feels great and delivers good results. I also have the Deathadder 2013 but the G502 feels much better and doesn't tire out the hand as much (god I sound like a wimp. I just want to say the mouse is incredibly comfortable).

Headphones: The HyperX Cloud II are just amazing. I am able to pinpoint the location of players just by sound from far away. They also help tuning out my girlfriend when she's pouting because I spend my time gaming after work. THANK YOU!!! (haha) In all seriousness I couldn't be happier with it.

Sleeved cables: I really like the custom sleeved cable for my 24 pin connector. In future I might put in more and more of those but for the time being they were sold out.

Fans: I am very satisfied with the stock fans that come with the case. They work great in terms of colour and should I feel at any point in time that my build is running too hot or loudly I can still exchange them. I think the real reason why most people get the aftermarket fans is purely because of looks. Sound level and static pressure is the excuse used to justify tossing a couple of nicely performing stock fans from NZXT. (no offense guys I wanted those sweet modular fans as well)

LED sleeve: Wasn't expensive and works just fine. It's easy to install as well.

Cable management: If you want more pictures I will provide them soon. I have obviously improved the cable management since I took the picture I posted here.

Conclusion: So far I am very happy with all of the parts I purchased and with the look of the case in general. I can honestly recommend this build to anyone who doesn't want to spend a ridiculously amount of money on the rig but still wants a sleek looking build that can max out all of the current games (by ridiculous I mean you Dual SLI GTX 980 Ti people, although I envy you a little). Anyone can build this rig and I hope some of you will take it as inspiration.

Final thoughts: I don't know about the name choice "Project Ryujin". Ryujin is the Japanese god of dragons and because I got a couple of MSI components I thought it fits. I didn't want to just call it "HEY GUYS LOOK AT MY COMPUTER" but this name feels nerdy "af". Also I have a different desk than the comfortable in the picture up top. I may post pictures soon.

Anyways thanks for reading now I am going to have some fun with this thing.

Part Reviews

CPU

The i7-4790K can handle anything I throw at it and I know from experience that you don't want any unreliable CPU. If I upgrade any of the other parts in the future I want to be sure that my CPU will be able to handle it for some time. When it comes to the core of the PC I don't want to cheap out.

CPU Cooler

The H100i was terrible to install. It wasn't my first time installing a Corsair cooler but somehow I couldn't get that stupid screw in the radiator holes. Also I made the mistake of screwing the Cooler on at a 90 degree angle which means that I now can't plug in the Corsair Link cable. The cooler works great though.

Motherboard

The MSI Gaming 5 works great. Only problem in the beginning: The Ethernet Killer management system does not work until you install the driver. Without an optical drive bay the cd that comes with the motherboard is no good if you don't have an optical drive in your build.

Memory

The Kingston HyperX perform the same way as the more expensive Corsair Vengeance. This is the biggest reason why I chose them. I also really like the colour.

Case

I have thought about using roughly 100 different cases. In the end I wanted a windowed case that is silent and provides good cable management for a nice looking interior. I am really happy with the NZXT H440. It has the perfect size and the components feel like they are very well made. Installation was made very easy and I like how the covered PSU complements the large window. The airflow inside the case works great and the dust filters are able to do their job as well.

Power Supply

Gold efficiency and fully modular - perfect don't like the colours but they can't be seen in my case

Operating System

Many people hate Windows 10 but I think it's going to be the future so why not go with it. I loved Windows 7 Ultimate but in the end you gotta go with the times. Windows 10 is the closest thing in a modern package. Should you copy this build or parts of it make sure that you get Windows on a USB flash drive since you don't have an optical drive. One of the issues I had when downloading the first drivers was that a ton of malware was downloaded with them. My trusty Kaspersky Antivirus took care of it promptly and the rest was fixed by quick google searches.

Monitor

I got the monitor because for once I just wanted to find out how it is to game at the highest fps out there and to be able to actually see them with a 144Hz monitor. The colour and saturation ratings for this thing are of the charts and I am very happy with it so far.

Keyboard

Honestly I got the Corsair K70 RGB because I was curious about cherry mx switches. I really like it but I advise any gamer against choosing any of the more flashing lighting options for it. They will just irritate you while you are gaming. I also dislike the ugly new corsair gaming logo they put on the keyboard but what can you do. I wanted the switches and I wanted the option to choose a colour for the keys whilst having 100% anti ghosting. Mission accomplished, overall I couldn't be happier with the performance although I still think I am just as good with the $15 keyboard from logitech that I had before.

Mouse

I am really happy with the mouse although I don't really use the fancier options it has. A friend of mine has the Logitech G402 which would fit better in big hands such as mine. The software is easy to use and the G502 still feels great and delivers good results. I also have the Deathadder 2013 but the G502 feels much better and doesn't tire out the hand as much

Headphones

The HyperX Cloud II are just amazing. I am able to pinpoint the location of players just by sound from far away.

Comments Sorted by:

EdInk 11 Builds 3 points 27 months ago

GPU: The MSI GTX970 gives you the most bang for the buck currently...

I think the Powercolor R9 390 for around the same price is bang for buck. WIth 8GB of vram, 'twlll come useful for 1440/2160P gaming.

Powercolor, as it has one of the best cooling options for AMD cards out of the box

You might find this benchmark interesting

JanM submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Yeah I'm one of those idiots that only trust Nvidia... Don't know why but I think their marketing has worked really well on me despite having several issues with drivers on my old PC.

What I didn't like about the R9 390 was the power consumption though.

EdInk 11 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

AMD haven't worked that out yet unfortunately.

I checked a review by techpowerup and noticed that idling the PC R9 390 used 1W more that the GTX 970 however underload it used considerably more. Now here's my theory.

I think it's to do with how AMD's memory clock works...on my 290x when idling clock speed is 150Mhz... if I move an open window or play a video it jumps to its max clock of 1250Mhz almost instantly.

On the GTX970 or perhaps Nvidia cards, does it ramp up or go straight to it max clock speed?

JanM submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

On my card (GTX 970) the clock speed jumped to 1100Mhz when starting a youtube vid or sth similar. After a second (still watching the vid) it's back down to 135Mhz.

However, this also depends on how you run it. generally I have my CPU and GPU on silent mode. Even when gaming the fans will rarely turn on.

Nate6102 2 points 27 months ago

I had the same problem on my MSI mother board, I figured they would be smart and have an old driver version installed so you could at least connect to the internet, but I was wrong. I was trouble shooting for an hour until I realized what the problem was.

Overall Great build +1

harr1847 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

The only thing I don't like about my Gaming5 is the ethernet controller. I had a ton of problems when I upgraded to Win10 from Win8.1 with all kinds of driver issues. In the build that I just finished putting together last night and am currently OCing, I specifically chose a MoBo that had intel ethernet so that this wouldn't be an issue.

pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

i had that same issue. What i do with killer network is that i download the latest one from their site which is newer than the one on MSI site. That solve my problem..

http://www.killernetworking.com/support/driver-downloads

JanM submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

yeah I did that as well and it's working fine for me on Windows 10

dashhex 1 point 27 months ago

Why is your monitor off to the side like that :(

JanM submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

That is not the table i'm actually using. just the coffetable I build the rig on. More pictures of the actual desk will follow soon

dashhex 2 points 27 months ago

Ahh ok, can't wait so see!

JanM submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

now you can. the fish tank is not for water cooling but for fish btw

noap7 1 point 27 months ago

Great build ! +1. How well does that monitor perform? Would you recommend it?

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