Description

This is an upgrade of my previous build "The Dark Knight." The Dark Knight was build in Feb. 2008 with an Intel Core2Quad Q6600 processor, an EVGA nForce 780i motherboard, an EVGA 8800 GTS 512 graphics card, and 4 GB ram. Originally, the boot drive was a 150 GB Raptor X with a 500 Gb storage drive. In the years since, I have added a few hard drives, 4 extra gigs of ram, and upgraded to a Radeon 5850 graphics card.

The Dark Knight Rises includes an upgrade to a Core-i5 4570s processor, ASRock H87 micro ATX motherboard, 16 GB DDR3 ram, and a Corsair H60 water cooling loop. These parts as well as some new case fans came out right at $500, which is pretty nice for upgrading most of the major components of the computer.

Thoughts so far:

i5-4570s - This processor is plenty fast, definitely noticeable over the Q6600. It also runs nice and cool. With the H60 it idles around 28C and has yet to go over 33C. I will be updating my thoughts once I've been able to do some more intensive tasks like video encoding and gaming.

ASRock H87M Pro4 - This motherboard is packed with features for such a low cost midrange board. It has most of the features of the higher end Z motherboards at a fraction of the cost. It recognized my ram timings and everything right off the bat, and the UEFI bios is easy to work with. The only thing I don't like is the right angle sata ports that end up under the graphics card. I understand this is probably the only place they could go, but it's not very easy to work with.

Cougar Tubrine fans - These things may not be quite as quiet as the 17db rating they are given, but they are still super quiet and move a ton of air. Definitely a nice upgrade over the Antec fans that came stock in the 900.

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

If this is a gaming build, I don't think a 5850 is going so suffice.

Good build nonetheless.

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

i've seen someone play Battlefield 4 using a GTX 470 at Medium/High settings. i'm sure the VLIW4 architecture in the Radeon HD5000 series is still good for another couple of years. sure it won't be stellar, but at least it'll be playable.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

This is somewhat of a gaming build. I only game usually one night a week so I wouldn't consider myself a hardcore gamer by any means. I've had the 5850 for a couple years now and it's starting to show its age in newer games but still churns out decent frame rates in the games I play (TF2, Borderlands 2, Battlefield 3, etc). I will probably be looking to upgrade it sometime in the next year or so.

  • 71 months ago
  • -3 points

It will run games @ 1080p, just don't expect to max anything. More like Med-High settings and might pull 30fps.

If gaming is your primary use, suggest upgrading to an R9 270x or 760. You'll thank me later.

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice buid

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Why is there watercooling on an S model? Other than that, a good build.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Totally not necessary...I just wanted it.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

nice cable management my's biside tshhhhhh

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for how you routed the pipes from the H60 to the radiator, looks very nice.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build! Nothing you don't need. Not too flashy, plenty classy.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

What about cable management? It looks like CPU/mobo power are plenty long to route up the back and out...

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

24-pin maybe, 8-pin not even close.