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Expensive Corsair Browser

by timmyd


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CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

22.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

47.0° C


This is basically an expensive browser build, movie downloading and some "gaming". It started out as a under 1K build but that never happened, one thing led to another and boom here we are $1400 and change. Ok some will ask why I chose these components?

CPU: I could of chose an i3, Intel doesn't make unlocked i3's. now an i7 would have been a waste of $'s so I went with the i5-4670K.

CPU Cooler: Corsair!

Motherboard: Original choice was a Gigabyte UD3H, but then I wanted a red theme so it was between the UD4H and the ASUS Hero. I chose the Gigabyte, but barely.

Memory: Corsair!, Red!, 16GB's future proofed.

Storage: SSD: Corsair! HDD: Samsung 250GB Spinpoint was recycled from my old Dell XPS 210. Putting the HDD in the extenal bay, I got that idea from a build I saw on PC Part Picker. The location for the SSD was just an idea, if it got to hot I can move it to the bottom of the case below the front fans.

GPU: Gigabyte GTX 760, Gigabyte board Gigabyte card. Why a 760 you ask? Because my son bought a 760.

Sound Card: ASUS Xonar DGX it also was recycled from the Dell. The reason you can't see it in the photos is because my son stole it (ah, is borrowing it). The card reader with it's ugly USB cable was also recycled.

Wireless Card: Intel 6205 WiFi card, doesn't show in the pics. Because I'm waiting for Amazon to ship.

Case: Corsair! Was originally going with the 400R, but Newegg had a great price on the 500R. The quality on this case could be better. I wanted to use a push/pull config on the H100i, but there wasn't enough height above the motherboard. If I would have known this was going to happen I would have gone with a 650D.

Case Fans: Corsair!

PSU: Went with the SeaSonic SS-650KM, I wanted fully modular and the Corsair AX750 was more.

Cable sleeving the fans and the fan controller wasn't that hard as it was time consuming. I have to give a lot of the building credit to my son user: Bones, had a few snags with the bios and some configuring problems.

Nov. 12, added a pic. with the new Corsair AF120 Red LED fans.

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LeMonarque 3 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

The time where a gaming system would need 16GB of RAM is probably far enough in the future that you wouldn't want to be using DDR3 memory anyways lol.

Very nicely done though. Very clean and I like the matching red colors. One thing I would test out is flip that bottom-side AF140 so that it intakes air. It might be able to feed the GPU that way since it's blowing air right under the fans. The top-side AF140 is fine though I think, since it would exhaust the hot air from the top of the card.

timmyd submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

My future proof comment about why I went with 16 gigs of ram was kind of a joke. I'll never use more than probably 4 gigs.

plgdg 1 Build 0 points 50 months ago

The bottom fan is already an intake...

fnapoli 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

he means the lower of the two side fans

pbdoggie 2 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Great minds think alike! My upcoming build will feature Corsair and Asus - in fact the parts you referred to; Hero, 650D, AX760. Most everything else being equal.

jekhari.lovett 1 point 50 months ago

A Great build but maybe a little overboard cosmetically. How does it play? I'm planning on using the same CPU for one of my builds

istealunderwear 9 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Awesome build looks awesome, but if you should've went 100% with the red theme the MSI 770 Twin Frozr it cost a bit more and guess that's why you didn't go with it.

Great build though! +1

EDIT: You could actually have gotten a 760 TF that's red aswell. So yeah you could have went with that to go 100% with the read theme, actually really like Red, black and white and i plan on doing that theme on my next build

Bones 6 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

The graphics card had to be the same manufacturer. Gigabyte motherboard, Gigabyte card. To go with a MSI card he would had to have gotten a MSI board, but he was being picky and wanted buttons and the debug led on the board.

timmyd submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I was thinking about going with an ASUS Hero board and card, but went with the Gigabyte.

plgdg 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Complaint: Your side panel fans should be intakes, not exhausts.

timmyd submitter 1 Build 5 points 50 months ago

The reason for the side panel fans being exhaust vs. intake is, I have a cat, and didn't want cat hair in the case. Front intake fans pull enough cool air to keep temp. in case relatively cool.

fnapoli 1 Build 5 points 50 months ago

meow +1

plgdg 1 Build -4 points 50 months ago

They wouldn't pull in much cat hair at all if you have positive pressure inside your case (which you should with the side panel intakes).

Mattyice47 1 Build 3 points 50 months ago

If he likes it that way, let it be.

plgdg 1 Build -3 points 50 months ago

Just letting him know. It'll keep better cooling, while still not pulling in much hair and dust.

TheInfamousR 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago


fnapoli 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Why worry about cosmetics when the 500r doesn't even have a side window?

TheInfamousR 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Seasonic makes Corsairs PSUs anyways, its still a true Corsair build. Beautiful part choice, <3 for Corsair.

timmyd submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

That is true Seasonic does make some of the AX series psu's, but at the time the Seasonic was a better deal.

TheInfamousR 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

I know, I'm not pegging you for it at all ^.

WickedRG 1 point 50 months ago

Love color coordination but the front case fans don't work with the rest of the build other wise really nice build!!

timmyd submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Yea, I was thinking about putting a couple of red led's in the front fans.

DaniiCEO 2 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Really nice and tidy, Good job mate

plgdg 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Very similar to my own build (still a WIP...)


sketch24 9 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

You really went all out on corsair, but this is a nice build.

gordonpn 6 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Hey, I have the same case and I'm thinking of getting a CLC. Do you think it would fit, without interference, if I set it up as a push pull configuration?

timmyd submitter 1 Build 2 points 49 months ago

Sorry to say it won't do a push/pull. We originally were going to do a push /pull, but the case is about 1 1/2" too short.

gordonpn 6 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Ah that's alright. A CLC is really nice already.

Thanks for the reply!

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Looks fantastic. Great job with the red and black and the cables +1

xolot1 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Wow that's a powerful build! That udh4 tho! I would recommend showing off your components by switching that honey comb side panel and taping from the inside a Plexi glass window (which is actually plastic). I did this to my 500r case and am impressed with the new look. In any case (no pun intended), +1 from me!