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I built this as a silent go-to machine for work and some gaming. Took the package shot after the build so not every component's there - sorry. Currently am running Windows 10 preview edition which boots up really fast and has not not given me any trouble so far.

The cabling in the back is a bit of a mess as I haven't completed the build yet - still need to add my blu-ray and DVD-R drive into the mix.

Overall very pleased with the build and would highly recommend the case to anyone who's looking to keep things silent as well. Did a very rough sound measurement 1 meter away from the closed case and it registers at less than 20dB. The Define R5 is amazing in the sound department - was very happy about being able to offset the hard drive tray from the front to make room for the radiator.

Still lots more tweaking to do before its ready to be a daily driver.

Notes:

  • Used the auto overclock feature on the ASUS utility to get a baseline on my 4790K (L4) and it took all 4 cores up to 5.0GHz at 1.375V

  • The GTX 970 clocks up to 1450 on the gpu clock and 8000 on the mem clock without fiddling with the voltage, power target is at 120%

  • Pretty much all GTX 970s have some kind of coil whine this case with the padded panels absorbs it all (don't get this case with the window if you want silence)

  • The Kraken x61 is not being recognized via the USB - works find but is not detected by the machine - replacement incoming

  • The Kraken fans I'll eventually control through the ASUS FanXpert utility which is a pretty awesome tool

  • The Kraken CAM utility is a waste - I wouldn't even need it if I could control the pump RPMs with the FanXpert utility

  • As you can see there is a bit of push pull going on in the front of the case which helps a ton with the CPU temps when overclocked, overall there's some positive pressure which will help to keep the case clean

  • I chose not to install the radiator at the top - again for silence - I'm ok with components running warm

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Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build but the psu is way overkill, a 650 watt psu would of been fine

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, but there was a deal to get the PSU for $90 which I couldn't pass up :) Also, am planning to get a second GTX970 down the line so it couldn't hurt.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

ah nice

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Sweet build. Looks very nice and the colours match perfectly. Nice work!

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Sweet build bro! Nice and clean. +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

It is beautiful. +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Hows the X61 fit in? looks like you have 2 fans in front of the rad, one behind above the HD's. Very excited, waiting for mine to get here!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

The X61 fits in fine but the first one I got was a dud - the USB port on it wasn't working. The second one makes some pump noise which is noticeable if you really try to hear it but the NZXT QA is really suspect. Here's hoping you get a perfect pump.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great! 5GHz seems impressive. I'm looking at doing a very similar build, my main difference will be my ASUSZ97-AR. This will be my first build, and I can't wait. Hope you don't mind the questions!

Did your 1866 RAM run just fine out of the box? My assumption: the 1866MHz RAM is about as fast as you'd want with the cpu at 4.0GHz, yet has the overclocking headroom at decent CL for when one chooses to overclock their system. ...Is this the idea? I won't be getting my cooling loop until after my initial build is complete. (Hyper 212 EVO for time being)

Also what do you think of the case fans that came with the R5? and how sturdy do the front door & hinges feel to you?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The ram worked without any issues out of the box, it has nothing to do with the overclock since the multiplier in on the K CPUs is unlocked.

The case fans with the R5 are really quiet and efficient I was pleasantly surprised. The Kraken x61 on ther other hand are only quiet at their lowest setting as determined by the ASUS fan xpert tool. I may be looking to switch out these fans with Noctuas in the future.

Good luck on your build.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build case looks pretty cool

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

So what do you have the cpu overclocked (if at all) to. What are the temperatures?

I have the same cpu and motherboard and think that my system gets warm for what is happening. It is cooled by air though.

Also do you have any issues with the PCH temps? Mine seem to always be a minimum of 40C+ while cpu and board temps are in the high 20's.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I have dynamic overclocking with the max going up to 4900MHz during benchmarking the temps on my cpu averaged around 70deg C at max. Never noticed any issues with PCH temps = the fans take care of everything

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

That's interesting. I wonder why I'm geting idle temps in the 40's then. I have 3 noctau 120mm 3000 rpm fans in the front and a 140mm 3000 rpm noctua exhaust. I'm only at 4.00 ghz-4.4.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't worry too much about the temps. As long as your max temp doesn't exceed 70 or 80 then it really shouldn't matter. I've stopped freaking on the temps.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, i will probably relax over time. It's my first build and I still want to play it safe since it hasn't lasted through every season yet. It made it through the winter, but I don't want to make the mistake of assuming it will automatically keep the same temperatures during summer. Additionally, I have yet to actually put the CPU under a true "load" because I have not had the time to properly set up the overclocking. I know that tests like prime can damage a CPU if they are set up incorrectly.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

So how come the radiator is sandwiched between two fans in the front and that one fan plus the HDD cage? I thought that would't work.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It works because the fans in the front are recessed into the opening in the front and I've mounted the hard drive in a non standard location.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! just a small question: with the HDD cage in a non-standard location is there any problem with removing the dust filter on the bottom ?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a problem if you use one the spaces within the honeycomb mesh instead of the screw risers.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm doing the same radiator placement as you for my next PC in a Define R5, and I was mostly worried about how to mount the HDD cage. But I didn't know about spaces in the honeycomb mesh.

If at all possible, could you link a picture of what this looks like exactly? I'm very curious.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I get it now.

So, have you checked the temps? Is there a drop in performance?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

My temps are fine my machine idles at 32C.

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

That's good to know. I'll keep this in mind when I'm, hopefully, building in that case in the near future.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the X61 mounted? Did you use all those long screws coming with the X61, or did you mount it differently?

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I can't remember now but I think that there are specific screws for AMD and INTEL boards.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply! I was actually wondering how you mounted the radiator to the front.