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Red Velvet (Updated with OC and Benchmarks)

by on_droid


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CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

39.2° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C


Cable management was a little difficult getting all the cables routed behind the motherboard and still having the back panel close. Getting solid temps with the H60. Haven't gotten into overclocking it much quite yet as I just set it up 2 days ago and haven't had a need to yet. Plan to set up triple monitors and crossfire after I move and have a bigger desk. Any thoughts?

*Update - Got NZXT's Hue and two more fans. Now that I have the Hue I can have my all red theme and If I feel like switching my lighting I can. I'm liking the white setting, it looks a little blue in the pictures but in person it is perfectly white. I also took out the large drive cage. I had to get a SATA cable extender so that I could place the drives at the bottom and have enough length on the SATA power cable to reach all the way up to the optical drive. I got the cpu overclocked to 4.7GHz stable but usual keep it at 4.3 for better temps and longevity. Also overclocked the GPU to 1.15GHz. Haven't had anything push the GPU yet as I'm still playing on a 1360x768 monitor. I'll be upgrading the monitor in a few weeks. I'll think about possibly crossfiring when I get a second monitor.

**Update - Just got my new monitor. The step up from 1360x768 to 2560x1440 is huge. I can still play most games on the highest settings but I can tell my GPU is starting to struggle at such a high resolution during more intense moments. Turning down anti-aliasing solves that though. I highly recomend the jump to 1440p if you can afford it, though I might recommend you make sure you have a high end GPU first (at least a 7950 or 670).

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Oliver 5 Builds 3 points 57 months ago

nice build, but blue lights for a red build?

on_droid submitter 1 Build 0 points 57 months ago

They came with the case. I will be replacing them with red LEDs

Frostbyter 2 points 56 months ago

Please ignore all the win7><win8 bull. Just pay attention to the comments that say your build is good!

Like me! Very good build for the price! Nice cable management, and cleverly packed :3

Sweet build!

th3m4dh4tt3r 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

Looks good! Though IMO you should have gone with IB.

PatrickKimball 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

very nice

CloneE11 1 point 52 months ago

As I understand, the case comes with a 140mm fan already on the top, is that fan LED lit any color?

Awesome build! Sexy looking and has nice cable management.

on_droid submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

The case comes stock with a 140mm fan up top that has a blue LED. I striped out the LEDs in the fan and bought another fan, not shown in the pictures, that does not have LEDs. All LEDs in my build are in the NZXT Hue. I now have two 140mm fans on the top and also another 120mm on the reservoir set up in a push pull configuration. That makes a grand total of 6 fans. I will be posting some new pictures when I have my battlestation finalized. I just moved so everything's a mess right now.

Osg00d25 0 points 54 months ago

Fantastic build, but why buy the Phantom 410 case when the full tower phantom is only about $10 more?

on_droid submitter 1 Build 2 points 54 months ago

Thanks, I Like the full Phantom but I don't need a bigger case. The 410 already seems big so I can't imagine having a full tower. Besides, a full tower would look a little funny with a micro ATX board.

About4Ninjas -2 points 56 months ago

only thing i am wondering about is the ROG board with a non-k processor, other than that, she is a beauty :D

on_droid submitter 1 Build 3 points 56 months ago

Even though the 3820 is not a 'k' processor its multiplier is partially unlocked and actually overclocks pretty well.

CheezyWeezle 1 Build -13 points 57 months ago

Looks good, but Windows 8? Unless you are touchscreen, just know that it's not good for Gaming at all. Not really good at all, actually. Unless you like it, I personally (And everyone that I know) hate it. It's good with touchscreen, but with Keyboard and mouse it's shite, even the desktop mode. At least you can mod everything to be like Windows 7, but why do that when you can just get Windows 7?

Anywho, apart from that rant, it looks really nice, should be beef with games (That are supported with Win8, otherwise good luck jerry-rigging them unless win7 compat mode works, which usually doesn't)

saw1833 1 Build 3 points 57 months ago

I'm actually a certified Microsoft Adviser for the retail store I work at, and I'll let you know right now your perception of WIn8 is completely skewed. Having to teach a weekly class on Win8, I can say confidently that a large majority of people only hate it because they're not used to it. Once they understand it and are more comfortable with it, the word "hate" disappears, and we sell next-to-no touchscreen powered devices.

Having used Win8 from months before the release date, it works fluidly with mouse and keyboard. Laptop touchpad is another story but it won't affect him. Also, Win8 was DESIGNED to be backwards compatible with Win7 programs. I've run ALL my games on Win8 so far without flaw. No compatibility mode or "jerry-rigging" required.

Please go get yourself some REAL information before slamming an operating system and essentially flaming the guy based off an assumption you made from what your buddy told you win8 was like.

TheHiguty 3 points 57 months ago

I completely agree. I recently got a computer with Windows 8 and have been singing its praises ever since. It is as you said - much much faster, and runs everything like a dream.

I love the metro UI, you just type and it instantly searches. No long waiting times as it indexes the whole file system.

The only thing that's bad about windows 8 is the HP Printer Drivers - they don't work. But that's hardly MS's fault. (TWIMC - download the Windows 7 drivers, then all problems are fixed)

saw1833 1 Build 3 points 56 months ago

It's still brand new, there are still a few bugs that need to be worked out, but as is the same with any new OS.

Others need to realize this is a tablet era, and Microsoft may have made a big move in their base OS, but it performs similarly across all platforms. PC, Laptop, Tablet, Phone, even the Xbox...

I took actually enjoy the Metro UI for the most part, and the lack of a start button doesn't bother me, because that's what the Start Screen is for, and it makes more sense to me. I put the apps I want there, the ones I don't I leave unpinned, similarly to Android and its App Drawer.

CheezyWeezle 1 Build -5 points 57 months ago

I've used Windows 8 before. I used it for about 7 hours straight, testing it out and seeing what it was all about. It was honestly the worst experience I have ever had on a computer. I couldn't locate anything easily, the whole user interface was stupid and hard to use, and everything about it was bad. Everything about Metro was stupidly retarded, and the only good part was the desktop mode. Even then, with lack of a start button, it was impossible to actually use. It wouldn't function the way I wanted it to. It was a bad experience. The second I went back to Windows 7 I was happy. I hated my experience with Windows 8, and every time since then that I've had to use it I was unhappy again. I've tried giving it a chance, but it just doesn't function correctly.

saw1833 1 Build 0 points 56 months ago

I'll be honest, jumping into it on your own without any instruction, you can spend days and still hate it. Biggest problem most people have is accessing the charms bar and the background applications bar. Unless they're told, most people don't inherently understand you have to go into the corners and drag the mouse downwards along the edge. Same with actually closing applications by dragging from the top down.

I can use it without problems, I have my occasional moments where I have an issue, but not any more than I did on Win7, Vista, XP, ME...

Read a book, take a class, HONESTLY take time to use it as unbiased as you can, and then if you STILL don't like it, more power to you.

Most of it is all opinion based, if you effectively LEARN how it functions and still don't like it, fine. But to say things like it won't be compatible with certain programs or games is just straight fib.

CheezyWeezle 1 Build -4 points 56 months ago

Should I have to take a class just to learn how to use an OS? No, I shouldn't. I shouldn't need an instructor or professional to lead me through the complex process known as closing a window or opening one. Honestly, Windows 7 was jump in and you already know how to use it. Simple design, you know where everything is at, and no problems. I shouldn't have to pay for some seminar on how to click some **** on a screen. Even Ubuntu, a huge change from Windows, was very easy for me to jump into. I knew where everything was and it was fine. But not on Windows 8. Windows 8 is a horrible design for a horrible user experience. I want to be able to install it and jump right into using it and know where everything is. There is a reason why MS makes one good OS and then one bad and so on and so forth. Look at XP, it's good, it's great. Vista is ****. 7 is amazing. 8 is shittier than Vista. Can't wait for 9 or whatever they call it. Only then will I upgrade.

saw1833 1 Build 0 points 56 months ago

When is the last time they actually "changed" the OS? Windows 95.

Between Mac, most Linux OS, and Windows, the user experience has been pretty consistent. A toolbar either at the top or bottom, and some sort of menu bar or button.

Now jump to an iOS or Android device. Totally different. The difference is, and I'll agree MS failed on this one, is not including a "first time use tutorial" for the OS. Other than Metro UI and the lack of the start button, everything is in the same place on Windows 8 as it was in 7. For windows 8 specific apps which you DON'T have to use, the toolbars and functions are universal between all apps.

Everything so far you've stated has been an opinion. Windows 8 has a smooth integrated user experience. When I can open an application and know that the settings menu is in the exact same place every time, that makes me happy. And considering they revamped their entire product lineup, I'm going to take a wild guess and say Windows 9 will be to 8 what 7 was to Vista. Same look, same functionality, just with a couple background tweaks to make everything work a bit better. You'll still have metro, you still won't have a start button.

But feel free to continue slamming a product you don't use because your friends hate it and you've "tried it before." Just try and do it amongst your friends, rather than arguing a point with people that like it and use it.

Smily 2 points 57 months ago

Hmm... I've actually seen some fairly convincing gaming reviews on Windows 8 that show it getting more fps in games like Battlefield 3 than Windows 7.

SherwoodForest 3 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

Yea same here there is definitely an increase in both framerates on multiple games and faster cold boot times with Win8. Also if you run the MetroUI removers its basically faster Win7.

on_droid submitter 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

Performance seems better than win7. I get ~8sec. cold boot times. All games I play are compatible and I have Start8 installed for when I don't feel like playing with metro. The only issue I had was getting windows to recognize my second HDD. You have to go into disk management and set the drive up in order for it to be used as a secondary drive. Overall I'm happy with my decision to go Win8.

saw1833 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

That whole secondary drive thing is the same with earlier OS's too. If it's not formatted already you have to go into Disk Management. When I made my build I started it with Win7 since I had a copy lying around and needed to do that for both my secondary drives. From there after I installed Win8 they were already recognized.

on_droid submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

I did not know that. My last build one had one hard drive so this is new to me. Took me a long time to figure out why my bios could find the drive but it was not showing up in My Computer.

saw1833 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Yeah first time I added a second drive I was a little lost. Device manager saw it and I was even more confused. Then I found out about disk management. Most out-of-box bare drives aren't formatted unless they state otherwise, and that confuses people that haven't dealt with it before.

But now we know for the next build right? :P

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