Description

This build is meant to replace my aging 2009 Core i7 920 + AMD 6950 Build.

This build is simple and straight forward, with any special comments as follows:

CPU: Intel 4790K is over clocked to 4.6Ghz with Core Voltage at 1.23 (Adaptive Voltage - wouldn't let me set it any lower, otherwise using manual/constant voltage, It was Prime95 stable at 1.20 at 4.6Ghz). I am not interested in squeezing out every last bit from the CPU, as its pointless (for daily use) and not energy/heat/noise efficient.

Cooler: Its a very nice looking Cooler and I got it for $49.99 after rebate, which is a steal for such a high quality Cooler. I was actually going to buy a cheaper cooler like CM 212 EVO, but its Height was not compatible with The V31 Case which allows max Cooler Height of 155mm. For an under 155mm height Cooler, I don't think there is anything better in Air Coolers out there (specially for $50), not to mention prettier. Temps at the above frequencies aren't as low as I would like, but its my first Devil Canyon build, so no idea if the temps I am getting are below or above par. at the above OC frequencies, the CPU idles around or under 30C and under Prime95 load one of the cores reaches 82-83C while others are at or under 80C. Bear in mind, you need low profile frequency with this Cooler.

Memory: its standard stuff, but lacks XMP profiles, but I am using it at the stock frequencies anyway. I got it at 119.99 and my main goal was to find a decent low profile memory. Its nice looking though (or to be honest, smooth Black plates which go well with everything else).

SSD: Read the reviews, good speed, good price and enterprise level endurance (check and compare yourself if interested).

Graphics Card: Very nice looking card (specially because of the back plate). Runs cool and quite. The official boost clock is 1190Mhz, but it boosts up to 1290, while dropping to 1278/58 under heavier loads at times. I only overclocked it a bit to check, worked file with +100Mhz GPU clock, +250Mhz Mem clock (power target 110% under MSI AfterBurner). But at +100 clock, it actually boosted to 1329Mhz. +200 GPU OC showed artifacts, so would have needed more voltage, which was beyond my interest. BTW, I use a 1080p Samsung UN55F7500 TV as my monitor, but use DSR to downsample games from 1440p-2160p (depending on games), and it works very well and looks very nice. So you can still use 980Ti Power on 1080p displays.

Case: Amazing case. Fully Modular, and very easy to work with. I actually shifted the SSD to the back plate (not pictured) and installed 3 Hard Drives in the Front Cage. A bit too much cabling to fit at the back, but I managed. Looks just as clean from the front though.

PSU: Gold rated. Good Price (74 Dollars After Rebate), just right for a Single GPU Build. Looks good as well.

CM Fan: A bit disappointed as its lowest frequency is around 1400RPM, which makes it the loudest companent in the system, though thats not to say its LOUD if you manually restrict it to 1400RPM in the BIOS and sit a few feet away from the PC (like I do). Otherwise the BIOS ramps up the fan towards 2000RPM, where its way too Loud for no reason (system is not that hot). The pre-installed case fans are very quiet and run under 1000RPM.

Enjoying lots a good games on this system, and pleased with it overall. BTW, bought everything on NCIX and used their premium PC Assembly Service, which I would recommend anyone who lacks the time or skill to build their own system. I lack a bit of both now, but did tweak a lot of stuff due to my adding drives and having to add/redo cables.

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Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Dat Zalman cooler!! +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

By the beard of Zeus! That is the cooler of the Gods!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

You shouldnt even need to OC your 980 ti for 1080p gaming! +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree. Its already overclocked quite a bit from its 1000-1076 Mhz official clocks. The Boost takes it right up to 1290 and mostly sticks to 1278 in games like Witcher 3. The Card is excellent for 1440p (60FPS) gaming on modern titles, and great with DSR (downsampling) if you have 1080p screens.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this a good air cooler because it looks so damn good I am thinking of getting one

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

You can read my detailed OC and temp analysis on the cooler above. It is for sure very nice looking and quiet. If you can find it at a good price like I did, go for it.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm planning a VERY similar build in a 540.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Good luck. Mine is a no bells and whistles build, with all money going into performance parts. Durability, longevity and noise (lack thereof) were my main objectives, but luckily the components are not bad looking at all.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for nice clear pics! They sure help deciding on parts. I've got the same CPU cooler, installing it in a mATX tower soon, hopefully it's not too heavy. Is there any strain on your mobo from the heavy cooler?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. It is a heavy cooler, but for now I can't say how much of a strain is the motherboard suffering. Perhaps in a few years if I ever take out the mobo, I can check for bends.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build! +1. Such quality parts - i see alot of me in you in that sense. So overall, with your experiences, would you recommend that gpu?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I am happy with my build choices so far. My objective was maximum performance for my money while keeping the quality of components high for longevity, as I don't like upgrading too often.

I like the performance of my GPU, but I am still not happy over the amount of money I paid for such performance.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thnx! Great minds think alike!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice setup man. I am putting together a similar build in a few weeks. I'll be using the Thermaltake Core V71 case, with the same Zalman CPU heatsink you have. It looks beautiful. Good job.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. The Thermaltake V series cases are amazing. Good luck with the build.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the case feel sturdy? It looks very nice!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, looks and feels sturdy. I plan to use it in my near future builds as well. The reasonable price for such a high quality case basically makes the case for itself.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

What monitor is that in your pictures it looks beautiful

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I use my Samsung UN55F7500 TV as my monitor. It's a great TV, and if you set it up properly with your system, its a great monitor for large screen PC gaming.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.