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Raven's Blue v2

by Haz408

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8 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 11, 2016

Date Built

Dec. 8, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

59.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.32GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

Description

Everything is now new in this build for 2016 except the 840 EVO.

Use this rig mainly for World of Warcraft and the occasional steam game.

Part Reviews

CPU

Had a i5 2400 before this, kind of regretted not getting the 2500k instead, but i have remedied this now by getting the 6600k. Plan to use this CPU for the next 4+ years, as even in 2016 the 2500k is still a decent CPU, i would expect the same in 4 years from the 6600K.

CPU Cooler

Works great, cheap, reliable, easy to install, paired it with MX-4 thermal paste, keeps things cool.

Motherboard

Took me a while to decide on the mobo, looked at ASRock (previous brand i used), ASUS, Gigabyte, even looked at the reasonably priced Biostar Racing mobo that is probably very under-rated because of the fact it is from Biostar. Eventually decided on this MSI mobo, it has everything i want, only thing that would make it better is more USB ports.

Memory

It's RAM you cant go wrong, unless you get that Avexir Raiden RAM, but to each their own.

Storage

use it for my OS and games.

Storage

Use it for games and storage.

Video Card

Bought it used off Amazon for $288 back in March 2016, works great, plays high-ultra at 1080p, ill be keeping it for 2-3 years. The 3.5 RAM issue is annoying, but it's still a great card, Dishonored 2 is giving it a run.

Case

All the reviews for this case make it seem like it's perfect, especially for it's price. The downsides of not being able to top mount a radiator dont apply to me as i dont have any plans to ever go water cooling.

As for noise, im somewhat disappointed, the rubber grommets in the front dont stop mechanical HDD vibrating hum, as the front of the case touches the desk and it doesnt have any rubber on it. So i took some tiny pieces of noise dampening material i had that was sticky and put it under it.

And fan noise can sometimes sound like you took a bunch of fans and stuck them in a plastic garbage can. Think i prefer an open air case with soft fan noise to this, and all my fans are at the lowest speed, the 3 corsairs and the 2 phanteks that came with the case. My previous case a CM Elite 431 Plus.

Still need to order the 1m phanteks LED strips.

Power Supply

Works great, though it has a bit of coil whine after the system is shutdown, weird. Being semi-modular doesnt help much for cable management honestly, though this is my first PSU with a modular design.

Comments Sorted by:

Pacemaker13 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Had the mobo before, i like the cleanliness of this thing so hard xD

Haz408 submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Yeah, didnt feel like spending extra on the MSI gaming themed mobo's when this offers all the same for less.

Pacemaker13 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Yes, its not the best overclocker but a perfect budget z170 board ;D

blockbuster4664 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

This may seem like a stupid question but I am planning on starting a build with the same motherboard and was wondering if those fans were able to use the integrated motherboard fan headers or did you need an adapter. I'm asking because I am planning on buying a Corsair SP120 High Performance two-pack and I want to know if I also need to get an adapter of some kind

Haz408 submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

They should work fine, the mobo has 3 system fan headers for 3 or 4 pin fans. Also has 2 cpu fan headers for dual fan heatsinks, or radiators.

blockbuster4664 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Thanks for the info! I can't wait until January when I start my build!

Haz408 submitter 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Cant wait to see it, good luck!

blockbuster4664 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Just built it yesterday, the build page isn't on the completed builds page but you should be able to get to it from my profile