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My First Build...

by SkidMarks

Description

I will be using this machine for Windows Media Center, Plex, and other media processing tasks. Also, a bit of light to moderate gaming from time to time.

As this was my first build, I relied on the knowledge of a good friend (SiC) to get me started with the basics. I figure I may not get to build another PC for many years, so I bumped up the CPU (and respective motherboard and RAM) in hopes of adding a little costs now to keep this unit relevant in the near future.

I skimped on the SSD as it was one I had in the closet from a sale a few years back that was supposed to go in wife's MacBook (but she never let me do that...). So yeah, not the fastest there, but still just fine. I didn't need a ton of internal storage as I have a Synology NAS, so a 1TB "work" drive was also installed (got it on sale - figured it'd be fine for temporary / work usage).

Also, I work with photography from time to time, and touch is really kind of nice when flipping through pictures and showing folks the results, hence the Acer touchscreen monitor.

The Corsair case was great and is super quiet. I did swap out the rear 120 fan for a 140 (in parts list) per the recommendation of my friend on his experience.

As for the Cooler Master and no water cooling on this unit... Well, since it's my first build, I really didn't want to risk dumping water all over internals. The CoolerMaster is doing fine at this time, but may upgrade if I want to really start pushing it.

The assembled unit barely makes a noise unless I'm transcoding, and then, when all cores are firing (with slight overclocking - around 3.8 gHz), you can hear the fans kick up, but it's not much louder than when a DVD drive spins up.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Easy installation of components. Plenty of SATA and Fan connectors. Has a nice little 'Q Connector' that makes it easy to hook up your front panel lights and switches. BIOS can configure things 12 ways from Sunday if overclocking is your passion.

Storage

Works, was on hand, but definitely not as fast as other more current drives.

Video Card

Works well for my needs, installed nicely easily, runs cool. Friend's GTX 760 outscored it on 2D graphics though...

Case

Very spacious inside. Cable management system is good (my routing / wiring skills are not!). The three included 120 MM Case Fans are very quiet during normal operation. (2 in front, one in back).

Power Supply

Fully modular, gold certified.. what's not to like? A bit more wattage than I needed, but found at a really good price.

Case Fan

A very quiet fan. Installed easily.

Monitor

Touch screen is great. Colors look good. I do wish the resolution was a bit higher considering the size of the monitor.

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Hmian 1 point 45 months ago

Hey nice build. Could you let me know how the 212 evo is performing and the temps. Thanks a lot as I am planning on buying this for the 5820k was it a good buy?

SkidMarks submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

So, I reset everything back to stock (no overclocking), and it idles around 34 degrees C on warmest core using RealTemp GT 3.70. (Ambient Air Temperature is about 74 degrees F or around 23.3 degrees C.)

With basic load (Windows MCE recording some HD TV shows, surfing the web, copying some files around), it will hit around 37 to 38 degrees C on warmest core (35 C on coolest.)

I ran the sensor test in RealTemp, and during the warm up phase, the hottest it got was 66 degrees C on the warmest core (range of 62 to 66 degrees C on all cores). (That was using Prime 95 Version 26.6 - apparently the latest version of Prime 95 isn't the best to use for temp loading from what I read...).

Now, keep in mind if you're using the Asus AI suite 3 , the temperature reported in there may not match RealTemp. Mine was off quite a bit. AI suite 3 reported 55 degrees C while RealTemp reported the 66 degrees. Due to this discrepancy, my CPU and case fans were only running about 1/2 speed at the time. I may tweak the fan profiles to better match the RealTemp numbers, and then, I'd expect to see some cooler results.

So overall, for my case and fan arrangement, the CoolerMaster seems to be keeping things within specs if you don't overclock. I may try to overclock it a bit and see where it goes. If I do, I'll report back.

Others have said that water cooling is the best way to go with this CPU, but again, since I'm a noob, I wanted something kind of idiot proof for now. I guess if you like water cooling and can afford the few extra bucks to install it, it wouldn't hurt.

Hmian 1 point 45 months ago

Really thanks a lot. So about 66 degrees at load and 34 at idle? Once again thanks a lot. One more thing should I buy it?

SkidMarks submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Yeah, that would be the summarized version of my verbose response. :-)

If buy"It", you mean the CoolerMaster 212 Evo? I'm pretty new to the game myself, so I may not be the best source for information; however, if you're not planning on overclocking, and you have a good case with sufficient fans for airflow, then it does seem to work well.

Of course, your mileage may vary... I didn't do any testing with the GPU fired up and being driven hard while the CPU was also working. The extra heat load could affect the results.

Hmian 1 point 45 months ago

Ok thanks. Planning on using it in the h440 loaded up with fans and push pull config on the evo? What do you think? Oh and the gtx 970 strix.

SkidMarks submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Looks like a nice case. I only have a single fan on mine, so dual fans should help, assuming that case flows well. You'll notice the cooler is pretty big. May want to make sure it fits in the case. Also, I didn't have any problem with RAM with the motherboard I used, and I don't think a dual fan setup would have been a problem, but if you're using something different, may want to double check that too.

SkidMarks submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Just a quick update: Due to the discrepancy between RealTemp and the AI Suite 3 CPU temperatures, I moved all of my fan curves to the left by about 10 degrees Celsius so that they'd actually kick in a bit earlier. (They really didn't go above "silent mode" speeds in at all during the first test.)

This dropped the warmest core to 56 degrees Celsius when I re ran the Sensor Test in RealTemp during the warm up phase. Fans did not come on above 60%, even with adjusted curves. So yeah, looks like the CoolerMaster is working fine on a non-OC'd chip.

Hmian 1 point 45 months ago

Ok thanks a lot. Can you explain kicking in fan curved to the left by ten degrees.

empiire 1 point 40 months ago

They start up sooner.

Mariomash 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Any problems with the 960?

AntiEmerald 1 point 27 months ago

Would the white variation of the case fans not suit the color scheme better??