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by anerickso



Date Published

Feb. 10, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.058 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


I use this PC for gaming. It runs incredibly well. At 1080p, it can run most games at a consistent 60 fps while in High to Ultra settings.

Building everything went smoothly for the most part. I was annoyed, however, that I could not fit the radiator on top of the case. The 530 has a little attic you could say, which is perfect for a radiator. My plan was to put the radiator in this attic with fans underneath it in the exhaust position, but this was not possible. At least, I wouldn't have been able to screw in every screw. The 530 does not seem to be optimized for the H100i. Instead, I put the radiator inside the case and put the fans on top of it in the exhaust position, pulling air through. Though I never tried it, it seemed really tight to put the radiator fans within the case with the radiator installed.

It was difficult to get a read on whether exhaust or intake was best for the radiator fans. I went with exhaust because its seems more important to have good airflow within the case then provide the radiator with some fresh air. I also do not have a screen to prevent dust.

I can't decide if I want to put an intake fan on that open side panel. It seems like it would disrupt the front 200mm fan's flow, but I do think it would make the case look a lot nicer, as that open space exposes the cables coming from the PSU. If anyone has an opinion on this side fan, let me know please.

The cable management was very easy. I also took out all the HDD trays except one, which really allows that front fan to flow nicely. However, in an attempt to tidy up the cables even more I ended up ripping one of the cables for the front panel's HD audio. Anything plugged into the front panel audio now sounds like crap. When I switched to the back panel, the sound was incredibly low. Either the MSI z97 has terrible sound or my particular board is screwed up. I went crazy trying to change settings, but eventually just invested in a sound card. Wow! It is incredible I must say.

For the lights I am using the NXZT Hue RGB Controller. I just installed it. Its not as bright as I had imagined, but its nice. I might look into some different types of lighting in the future. If anyone has a suggestion for a brighter interior, let me know.

Let me know if you have any feedback or questions regarding the parts.

Part Reviews


So far, this cpu has been a vast improvement over the FX 8320. I had the 8320 overclocked to 4.3 Ghz and this i5 has outperformed it completely without any overclock. I no longer have frame drops where I once did. I also feel that the computer is generally running smoother, but I refreshed Windows so its hard to tell whether this is the cpu. As far as gaming goes though, which is why I bought this cpu, it has been performing beautifully.

CPU Cooler

I have yet to really test this cpu cooler with an overclock. So far, with the i5 4690k running at 3.5, idle temps have been about 32 and during a game they only go to about 44. Eventually, I am planning on doing a light 4.0 overclock and I'm sure this cooler will perform well. The installation was really easy.


This has been great at everything except sound. I had my speakers plugged into the back audio panel and they were very low. I read some other reviewers who had similar issues. I could not solve the problem so I just decided to get a sound card. Now the sound is phenomenal, so I guess it really was the board. I updated all my drivers and messed with a number of different options, nothing worked. It could be the board in general, or my particular board. I am glad though that I was pushed to buy a sound card. The very inexpensive ASUS Xonar DGX is great.


No problems what so ever.


Long load times, but it is an HDD. Seems great at what it does, not much to say.

Video Card

Mind blowing performance over the 770. Very quiet as well, and I like that the fans are not constantly going, but even when they do start spinning it is hard to tell. I haven't tested the VRAM usage. I am so pleased with the performance on games that I don't really see the need.


Looks incredible. Has a lot of space. I am annoyed that the HDD trays can only be installed by removing the right panel (when facing the front). I am also confused and irritated about this side fan opening. Wouldn't a side fan disrupt the flow of the 200mm front fan? The thing seems useless to me and only ruins the overall aesthetics. The roof of the case is a pain to remove, but doable. I really like that feature. I also love how the disk trays are hidden. The case is rather large and lets itself be known, so doubt buy it if your looking for something subtle. Overall, very satisfied with this purchase.

Sound Card

Just got this today and even though I'm not using super high end speakers and headphones, the sound is miles better than the motherboard. I feel like I can hear more sound, a lot of little nuanced sounds, like the way bullets hit against a wall, or rain drops smack upon the ground. Could be psychological, but I showed a few more people and they were very impressed. Definitely worth the 40 bucks.


I really wasn't expecting much from a monitor under $200, but this is absolutely stunning. The color seems so rich and accurate. I can't game on my TV any more, which was double the price of this. Very satisfied. I recommend it to anyone gaming at 1080p with 60 fps.

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lethalseraph 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

Slick build paired with the case but it could use better cable management for better airflow.

anerickso submitter 4 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

The pictures are deceiving, all those cables are in the back, so they are not blocking the front fan at all. I could work on the sata cables coming out the motherboard. What else do you suggest?

Wcschuyler 9 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

nzxt makes some sexy cases, hope you didnt pay 310$ for that 770 ill pray for you though +1 for that sexy case

anerickso submitter 4 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

I did but I bought it a year ago

chuckdickiner 2 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

i noticed your gpu wa sagging a bit, i had the same issue with my recent build http://pcpartpicker.com/b/N4vV3C. throw a zip tie around it like i did or buy http://www.pugetsystems.com/store/item.php?cat=Case+Mods&id=10588&com=d41d8cd9. otherwise solid build

anerickso submitter 4 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

Thanks for the link! I might use this, it does annoy me

Telus 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

Great combination of i5 and 770

anerickso submitter 4 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Oh well now its the 970 :)

BadaxeGaming 1 point 51 months ago

great build no complains great for gaming,good for video editing btw you are using the same case as me bruh

Vacationer 1 point 51 months ago

why not SSD?

anerickso submitter 4 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

So far all I've heard is that they improve boot times and help programs load faster, but do not impact game performance. With that in mind, I can't bring myself to invest. Maybe you could convince me otherwise

Ntress 1 point 50 months ago

sorry for my poor english, but are you saying that the h100i doesn't fit the phantom 530?

i already got this case and i5 4690k cpu, which cooler should i go for?

anerickso submitter 4 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

No it fits in the case, but it won't fit outside the case. The 530 has this little spot on top where you can put a radiator and then cover it with the case's mesh lid. It's a great feature of the case, but I couldn't get the H100i to be on top, only the two 120 mm fans that come with the radiator. It's a little hard to describe. I would suggest looking into the Kraken x61, but the h100i will work with this case, you just have limited options.

anerickso submitter 4 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/DyZ8TW check this out, kraken 61x, he's got the radiator on top of the case

Ntress 1 point 50 months ago

i think i'll go on air cooler..

Phanteks PH-TC14PE or Noctua NH-D15.

what do you think?

DTI466 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

If your worried about cost, for $25 USD you can get a cooler master evo 212. I however am keeping the stock cooler that comes with my cpu (i5 4690k). Im just a cheap SOB.

Sphyloid 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

I already have a motherboard for the 4690k in hand and will be heading to micro-center withing the next week. I heard about Direct X 12 leveraging more cores as to more powerful cores, should I get an 8350 instead? I can return the motherboard, it just came in today.

anerickso submitter 4 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

I honestly have no idea. You might want to wait until there are more benchmarks comparing 8 core to 4 core on directx 12. I'd be surprised if the 8350 can outperform the 4690k, but if the utilization is a lot different than perhaps it can.

Sphyloid 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Thanks, I think I will get the 4690k on the account that everything else I do on my computer is baised off of single core operations. That and I have to either get it now or never as for the time being I am staying near a micro-center

Shadowriser609 1 point 29 months ago

I have a question about the sound card, how much better is it compared to the motherboard sounds.

anerickso submitter 4 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I believe there was something wrong with the sound on this particular motherboard. It was way to quiet. The sound card sounded significantly better, not only in volume, but in the overall precision of each sound within a game.