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I am a Transformers fan and my autobot badge to add to this build is winging its way to me as we speak. There was a large cutout bottom right of the case that I have covered from behind with an anodised black steel plate and will be the mount for said badge. Sad I know considering I am in my 40's but as I always say growing old is inevitable, growing up is an option.

Built my first PC 10 years ago based around an FX60 and DFI Lanparty board which now sits in my lounge as a HTPC. I needed a newer faster rig as I recently bought a new HD action Cam (Drift Ghost S) and editing 1080p videos was proving to be a painful experience.

CPU - I chose the 4790k as the i7 was better for video editing and wanted to overclock a bit. I got it up to 4.6Ghz but decided for stability to drop down a step to 4.5Ghz. My eyes almost popped out of my head when on the stock cooler with no overclock but 4.4Ghz turbo the temps hit 92C when under load. I know these go hot but that was too high for me. Wanted the Kraken x61 and was interested in the swiftec H220X but both proved hard to almost impossible get hold off and so opted for the X41 and am very happy with the results, saved some money takes up less room and in push only configuration cpu idles at 35C and after pushing hard with 4.5Ghz OC topped out at 64C. Under normal usage stays low to mid 50's.

RAM - running at 1866Mhz. Always liked Corsair ram and its a nice blue colour, I like blue and it matches my build nicely. Started with 16Gb with option to go 32Gb and will see how editing goes first before deciding. Depends if upping ram to 32 will improve performance enough to warrant the extra cost.

R9 270X - Not big into PC gaming as I have an Xbox one for that but will play odd game, Age of Empires or Train simulator 2015, The Witcher and this card assists nicely with editing. This card gives excellent performance bang for the buck at only £120. Again like the CPU ran ridiculously hot when benchmarked and opted to watercool with the G10 bracket and corsair H55 (Also added some small heatsinks to the vram). The difference in temps were massive and allowed me to overclock the card and increase fps on Unigine Valley by 5. Now card tops out at 43C where on air I was hitting 84C. Idles at 28C. Wasn't sure if I could use G10 on this card as whenever anyone put into a forum about doing it all they got back was to get a 280x or GTX skies the limit. Just because its not the most powerful card out there its still beneficial to cool it as best you can. As the card is shorter than the 280 up only half the fan air hits the card surface. I will be adding a metal plate to help deflect more air across the vrams etc even though they seem to be fine and overclock totally stable. One plus from this however is a nice stream of air being blown up across the Ram sticks. Multi tasking at its best.

Both the CPU and GPU temps are with the silent profiles used so it all stays nice and quiet too.

SSD - What can I say. Got to have one of these, brilliant. I haven't yet had any issues that others have reported but apparently Samsung have a patch coming in next few days to fix this.

The Corsair case is just beautiful and there is so much room its a breeze to work with. Cable management to is so much easier with a case like this. I changed the fans for Enermax Clusters and a TBvegas because they push a lot of air quietly and lets face it look superb. 2TB HDD in the post and will fit when it arrives.

Thoroughly enjoyed building this rig and it performs better than I had hoped and I am very happy with the look. Already editing with the new Powerdirector 13 Ultra and it flies. Only problem I see is its quite addictive this PC building malarkey.

Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

very nice build ! hows that NZXT G10 working for ya ? is it hard to install ?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

It's working a treat and really got the temps down. I found it really easy to install to this card.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't wait to purchase one of the NZXT G10s. Great Build!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

That one fan outside the case next to the IO shield... WELCOME TO THE DANGER ZONE haha. Otherwise very clean build and well picked parts! If I were your dad I'd be proud ^

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thx Dad. PC location means no risk of chopped fingers but have thought of adding a fan guard just in case as it would be my fingers that get it lol.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

how were you able to get the water block on the entire card? did you remove the aftermarket cooler? ( new builder here)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Unscrew and remove the aftermarket cooler and then mount the g10 with the waterblock fitted. It goes on quite easily and improves cooling dramatically.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Have a look at this @The-Reserver, helpful link http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/138-kraken-g10-gpu-bracket.html

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the motherboard as I'm thinking of getting the same one nice build! +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

really like the board and have no issues with it at all

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

OK thank you