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UPDATE 4/2/2015 Not really much else for the future. Found settings to get the CPU to sit at 4.7, and slightly OCd VRAM. Swapped the H100i stock fans into the colored housings for the rad since they can go about 500rpm faster than a standard SP120. Liking where I'm sitting with corsair link and the commander mini.

UPDATE 3/13/2015 Still running well. Moved the radiator to the front. Doubled the RAM for kicks. Tinkered with trying to get to 4.7 stable, think that's a no-go while trying to stay under 80 degrees under load. CPU currently sits at 1.3v. Fans are running on a custom curve, but man is Corsair Link a pain in the *** to configure properly.

UPDATE 2/12/2015 Got 290 installed, very nice card for everything I've thrown at it so far.

(Almost) all of the cables I wanted to sleeve are now sleeved. Tidied up cables a bit.

First impressions after a week or two:

CPU: Great for what I need to use it for, I feel like I got a pretty good chip as far as OCing goes. 4.6 @ 1.275v

COOLER: Keeps the i5 running nice and cool, included fans move a lot of air, but can still be fairly quiet at low speeds. Best thing about it is the Corsair Link software- I set up custom fan profiles depending on CPU temp, and the LED on the pump will change from green to yellow to red for a nice visual indicator of how hot I'm running.

BOARD: Not much to say here. Does what I need it to do, and the click BIOS is pretty easy to use.

RAM: A-OK.

SSD: First build with one of these. Crazy fast boot times. I've heard the Kingston is the lower end of SSDs but it's a good entry level.

HDD: Had good experience with blues in the past so I went with one here.

GPU: Pretty quiet, handles most of the games I play for now.

CASE: Sleek design, nice window on the side, lots of room for fans/rads, great cable management, and the 2.5" bays behind the tray are a nice touch. Be wary of the clips on the bottom of the removable front panel. They WILL break easily. Still stays on fine with just one though. All in all, great case.

PSU: Fully modular. Seems very solid, and I get very consistent voltage under load. I don't like how ALL of the included SATA power cables are right-angled though. Doesn't make it easy for hiding things behind the tray (like the SSD.) I sleeved all of the cables myself, but Corsair sells sleeved kits too. I wanted the heatshrinkless look.

FANS: LEDs look great (I think) not terribly obnoxious on low RPMs with the side panel on. Even the SPs I bought don't push quite as much as the ones included with the cooler, but I've got a decent airflow through the case, and positive pressure- which was my goal from the beginning.

All things considered, I'm very pleased with this machine. Easy on the eyes, and still handles a fairly heavy workload. Looking back, I maybe should have gone with a 550 or 650 case. Starts to feel kind of cramped in there, especially behind the tray. Not sure whats left to do hardware-wise, guess I have to play with it now.


R9 290 is on it's way.

In the process of sleeving my own PSU cables.

The 4690k/H100i is a great combo. CPU idles at room temp, maxed out at 77* running Prime95 @4.6 GHz.

Future upgrades: maybe upgrading the PSU to a AX760i.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Motherboard good? Anybody know the differences of the Gaming 3/5?

  • 60 months ago
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Just going off of the comparisons, the Gaming3 does not support sli. So you can only use amd on it, will support Xfire. Can't say whether or not they're any good.

  • 60 months ago
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Like mlach said, no SLI, also some changes with PCI-E, and the 5 has a couple extra rear USB ports and no SP/DIF or display port.

I like the board so far, I built a fleet of PCs for my work with MSI boards, so I'm used to their bios.

  • 60 months ago
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Nice build, just did my first one so good work.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to buy the same motherboard but there is one thing that makes me hesitate. In the specs it says: 2 x 4pin CPU fan connectors 3 x 4pin system fan connectors

So that would limit us to 5 fans? But I see 7 here. I also planned to have 7 fan did you buy a spliter or something?

  • 59 months ago
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The H100i also has 4 pwm fan controls. I now have 10 fans actually, with a corsair commander mini. Will upload pic soon

  • 58 months ago
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Wow and I thought I was exagerating with my 7 fans haha! Just finished my build yesterday and I was wondering what Fan control software you were using. Looks like it's has something to do with the iH100 of corsair but if not, I'd give it a try!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It's Corsair Link, it will interface with the H100i or the Commander Mini, of which I have both. I'd recommend checking out the commander, it has 6 fan ports, 4 temp probes, and a connection for RGB lighting strips.

  • 58 months ago
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How's the GPU working out for you? I'm thinking about picking one up myself.

  • 58 months ago
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290 is great for gaming at 1080p, mine gets about 60-65 degrees at it's hottest. Can get a little loud under high RPMs, but it does what it needs to do with no issues.

  • 53 months ago
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Nice OC on i5