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Update November 2015

Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler - I decided to replace the the Corsair H60 SE Cpu cooler that I have used since January 2013 to cool my i5 4670k. I decided I wanted to overclocked it to 4.5ghz and I felt that the H60 wasn't sufficient for this task. The options that I considered were the Corsiar H80i and the Noctua NH-D15. I decided to go back to air cooling because I did not want any chance of a leak in my system and because with air cooling there's less chance of anything failing. Watercooling is great but I don't think it's better than air cooling unless it's a custom loop.

I am very happy with the Noctua NH-D15. It's quiet and the performance is awesome! I overclocked my CPU to 4.5ghz with a voltage of 1.295 and I have tested it with realbench running for 1 hour with a maximum temperature of 74 degrees. It was easy to install and the quality of the cooler is second to none.

Update October 2015

Acer XB280HK 4K Gsync Monitor - Ever since I updated my graphics cards to the 980Tis I wanted a 4K screen to be able to truly take advantage of the extra horsepower. I saw the Acer as my only real option as it was the only monitor to combine 4K with Gsync so when it came on special with a $100AU off I had to grab it. I know some people will say that the I should've gone the 144hz 1440p Asus/Acer screens however they are priced at $1049AU whereas this screen set me back $699AU so that made the decision a lot easier. I have to say 4K gaming is so sweet! Everything looks so clear and you notice different details that you would not normally pick up when playing at this resolution. I get constant 50 - 60 FPS and when it does dip I cannot notice due to Gsync.

The other change I made is I picked up a second hand EVGA ACX 2.0 cooler for Titan X for $60AU that also fits a reference 980Ti. These are not normally sold where I live and I can only get them from Amazon for $120AU. With the cooler installed I have stopped the top card from throttling with the temperature hovering at 70C degrees whilst the bottom card stays at 76C degrees. I know that aesthetically I have gone a step back by having different coolers on the cards but the lower temperature was worth it!

Update June 2015

I've recently updated my earlier build with some some new additions.

I got a really good price for my r9 295x2 so I decided to sell it and upgrade to the 980ti in SLI. I decided on the reference coolers as I would like to put them under water when I can save some more money up but for now they are performing great!

One of these cards is amazing let alone two! I am waiting for some good 4K G-sync monitors to come out however I currently upscale to 4K and these things do not skip a beat! All the eye candy turned up at 60 FPS. I've had to create a custom fan profile and with it the top card reaches 83 degrees however it does not throttle whilst the bottom card stays at 75 degrees. I also have two fans blowing cool air over the cards. The top card's fan ramps up to 65% to maintain the clock speeds so it is not a massive jump from the 56% it goes up to when the fan profile is set to default. That being said I cant wait to water cool them so they can be overclocked!

I've also upgrade the RAM to the Kingston Hyper Fury X 16gb. I really like the low profile of these sticks as they don't get in the way of other things.

If anyone is looking for a comfortable chair I cannot recommend the DX Racer F Series enough. It's perfect for people under 100kgs and sitting in it for prolonged periods is very comfortable. I've got a bad back so the lumbar support does help.

Other than these new additions the rest of the rig remains the same with the i5 4670k and the Maximus Hero VI.

My next purchase will be the water-cooling parts and a 4K G-sync monitor. If anyone can recommend some good water cooling guides please leave the in the comments.

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Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I would either put a dust filter on that side panel fan, or get rid of it altogether.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I figured the side fan would provided additional clean air for the R9 295x2's VRM fan, good point though I'll get a dust filter for it :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

it definitely would help, but it wouldn't be worth the heaps of dust buildup that would come with not having a filter

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I agree a dust filter wouldn't hurt and they are relatively cheap, thanks for your input :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

You could swap the cpu and gpu coolers' places for a cleaner look. :-) +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

True, show off that 295!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't want 500 watts of 295x2 exhaust dumped into my case though. I would tie the 295x2 tubes though. I did that with my 295x2 build.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what I was thinking as well that thing is like an oven under full load, I'm surprised such as small radiator is sufficient for it. Thanks for the tip but since I don't have a case window I don't mind the tubes being where they are :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey mate, I tried that but then I have to keep the front door of the case open as the GPU will hit 75 degrees and throttle. This was the only solution that keeps the GPU well below 75 degrees. The R4 is probably not the best case for this setup however I wasn't expecting to have an R9 295x2!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't realise the case had a door when I suggested that. My bad.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

That's OK, that was the way I set it up initially but it just didn't work. I was hoping that I could place the H60 radiator up top however it wouldn't fit with the two fans in push/pull so this was the only option.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

What drive caddy is that? It's a great solution

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey mate, it's the SilverStone Black 5.25in to 3.5/2.5in Bay Converter. I saw it on another build on here and I thought it would be great for my case. I was worried that the hard drives would get too hot up there but they both run at 27 to 30 degrees on a warm summer day so I think thats ok.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

whats games are you playing and whats your avg fps with that BEAST of a gpu?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

My monitor has a 60hz refresh rate so I am fairly confident that I can hit 60 FPS in all games with the settings maxed out at 1440p. My 3DMark Fire Strike scores are 8156 on Fire Strike Extreme and 14508 on Fire Strike. Not too bad at all!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow nice set.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm pretty happy with it and 4k is amazing to game on. This should last me quite a while but I'm already getting that upgrade itch!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn resist as long,as you can, then let loose full throttle.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent build, awesome cable management! Is that a fan to the right of the PSU? What kind is it?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sir! It's actually the fan supplied by corsair for the h60 cooler I was using before the noctua. I not sure what the model is. I need to update my photos because I've since replaced that psu and removed the fan...

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, very nice!