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So I started my first computer build with a Fractal R4, i7-4790K, Gigabyte Gaming 3 and a Noctua NH-D15. I was a Mac heathen for a long time before that but now that I started to study Business Information Technology I decided that I need to build a Windows based computer since I had deduced that the pre-made ones are notoriously crappy in quality and parts.

In the first picture there are my original parts and some of the build process. I had not been that nervous in a while, I was so jumpy and on edge even though I wore an anti-static cord around my ankle.

It was also when I was still living with my parents that I decided to build this computer and it had been my pride, joy and a thing of envy amongst my peers in school.


After using my rig for a few months and after moving away from my parents, I decided to upgrade my rig in order to make it more future proof and since the new Intel Haswell-e CPUs were out I thought. "Eh, what the hell. Might as well future proof." So I found a buyer for my old parts and sold the CPU, Motherboard and RAM and then I ordered some new parts. I managed to find a good buyer who gave me a good offer for my parts and thus it didn't cost me much more than 200€ (219,3$) to make the full upgrade from DDR3 to DDR4 & Haswell-e.

I knew it was going to be a sort of a "downgrade" GHz wise but since the 5820K is so easy to OC, I might do that in the future and not lose anything. Not planning on doing so since my PSU probably can't take it hence it's only a 650W and I'm already pulling 480 from the wall. Maybe then when I upgrade my GPU I have the room to OC my CPU.


In between I also upgraded from Fractal R4 to an R5. I also bought another NH-A15 to act as an exhaust fan for the NH-D15, thus making the NF-F12 available as an intake fan.


In the future I'm planning on upgrading my amount of RAM to 16 and eventually 32 GB, upgrading my GPU from a 770 to a 970/80 and if I need to, upgrade my RM650 to a RM850 or an AX860i.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

The fans are pretty low key ugly.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

That's debatable since you're only basing that opinion to your own subjective ideas about beauty and aesthetics but Noctua makes the best fans so it's either that or something that's not nearly as good performance wise. Besides I don't even have a window on my case so the aesthetics of the fans don't really matter, just their performance.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

thats why i said low key.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks like the fans were swapped to be orientated in a pull configuration instead of push - the fan's arrows are pointing to the left.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the fans were initially in just pull mode when I was running a 4790K but when I upgraded to 5820K and got another fan I switched the fans to pull and the exhaust fan was used to pull the air out of the case.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

The fans are now in push mode with the exhaust fan in pull.

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