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This is my very first build created with for gaming. I had an xbox one collecting dust and decided it was time for me and consoles to part ways. I am very glad I made the move to PC, the building process, research and upgrading components has turned into a new passion/hobby for me (albeit a mighty costly one). The system is fast, responsive and runs every game I've thrown at it like a champ.

I will break down a few components:

CPU: i5 4690K mildly OC'ed to: 4.4Ghz @ 1.150V

GPU: The 900 Series was not out at the time, I guess this was the equivalent to a 970 at that time. Still runs everything I've thrown at it on ultra, including Shadow of Mordor (beautiful game, especially during rain). Very happy with it and it looks awesome aesthetically.

MOBO: Honestly no complaints, but not a fan of it aesthetically and wouldn't mind some additional features like on-board power button, more extensive BIOS, etc. Not sure if to replace, or wait for my next build to get a new one. Again, no issues performance wise, just not many bells and whistles.

H100i, Corsair fans, Dell monitor, keyboard/mouse were added over the next 6 months after initial build.

Overall very happy with the performance I'm getting. I need to rework/rethink the cable management though, maybe some sleeved cables for the GPU?

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  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice set up. I have one question How are you liking that H100i?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm 100% satisfied. It keeps my CPU cool and looks awesome. I read people critique it's sound level but I haven't had any issues with noise levels or otherwise.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a good looking system, the only thing that gets me is the LED fans, but that's a personally thing! What temps do you get on the CPU under load?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

*Correction I just booted up CPU-Z and HWMonitor, I'm actually getting 4.4Ghz out of 1.150V which I like much more than 1.250! To answer your question, I ran LinX and Prime 95 for a while and Max temp was 63C.

About the LED fans, I think I had to go through that phase on my first build. I still think they're cool and like them on my setup. For my second build (whenever that time comes) though, I will likely opt out of LED fans and go with the corsair high performance's with the colored brims, or something like those.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! Love the purple fans. We match! :D

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yay!

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

4.4ghz at 1.15 what the fuuu!!!!! Thats an awesome chip you got man!! Im stress testing mine at 4.4 as we speak, and its at 1.24v, anything less bsod's. Im praying I can get through this test lol lucky you im jealous.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! That did seem a bit good for me also I guess I did get lucky with the chip! Good luck with your test, 1.24V is still fairly safe for a 4690k so I hope it works for ya! Let me know.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I got it to pass an 8 hr stress test at 4.4ghz, decided I wanted to go for 4.5 and I had to pump it up to 1.29v to pass an 8 hr stress test. Little higher voltage than I'd want, but under load it peaked at 66-67 on all cores which is still plenty safe. I'll keep it here for now =P

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Not bad at all, anything under 1.3V and 70C is good in my book. Enjoy!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Hiya!

How you manage to install the H100i in this case (any modification or RAM issue)?

Thanks

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

0 Modding, there are just a few conditions;

  1. You cannot have an optical drive on the top bay as it will interfere with the hose housings. You can have an optical drive on the lower bay without any issues.

  2. From what I your RAM would have to be low profile without those over rising heatsinks. Luckily mine didn't have big heatsinks over the top. My RAM cleared the radiator but not by much. But, enough to be there comfortably and safely.

The cable management is not overly difficult just make sure youre doing it as you go since after its all screwed in you wont have much room to move stuff around.

When ready to install:

First, remove the rubber clips at the top that hold the top filter in place.

Second, put the filter (you'll have to hold it, this part was tedious) over your H100i and align it all the screw holes at the top. The screw holes line up perfect once you remove the rubber clips at top.

The hoses will fit in the case perfectly and won't touch your side panel :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

:) thanks

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Any issues with your bottom fan? Does your psu / cables get in the way or anything?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

The way I had the cables sitting they did not interfere with the fan. In all honesty the fan was probably not getting a whole lot of air through but I figured any bit would help. I could have cable managed the situation better to get more out of the fan.

I ended up upgrading different components and eventually bought a different case, the 540 air, just because I could not stand to not have it, I love how it looks. You can see what this build has evolved to here: http://pcpartpicker.com/builds/edit/?userbuild=TqM8TW

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh okay, thanks man. Enjoying the new build? :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely loving it, very happy with it, thanks!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking to put an H100 into my SPEC-02. Any suggestions before I do anything?

Nice build btw +1

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks pal!

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

It is you're right, I had noticed and wasn't sure if there was anything to really do. I will try it that way to see if that corrects it. Thanks for the tip! :)