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h3llcall's First Build! (Updated)

by h3llcall

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Date Published

May 19, 2015

Date Built

May 11, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.50GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

50.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

Description

UPDATE: Ran the IntelBurnTest under air conditioning and the highest CPU temps under load (Very High Settings) is 67 Degree Celsius at 1.275V. (OC to 4.6GHz) Managed to push OC from 4.5GHz to 4.6GHz with air-con, so I guess the ambient temperatures really do make a difference. Max GPU temps under load is now 65 Degree Celsius

This is my first build so please let me know where I can improve on in the comments.

This PC is built for gaming and while I know I'll probably not be fully utilising the parts, I wanted to go all out for my first build while staying within my budget. I use this computer to play mainly Dota 2 and now Witcher 3 (free with the GPU).

I stay in Singapore so the climate is hot and humid, therefore the high ambient temperatures. PC parts here are generally more expensive than in the states and I used the conversion rate of USD $1 to SGD $1.33. I got the parts from both online stores and local hardware stores.

I hope I've covered everything in this description. Please let me know where I can improve on and thanks in advance for your comments!

Part Reviews

CPU

Really solid CPU. Managed to OC to 4.5GHz at 1.27V. Max Temp at 64 Degree Celsius under load with IntelBurn on very high settings with air conditioning.

CPU Cooler

I replaced the stock fan with 2 x Corsair SP120 High Peformance fans. Figured I need better CPU cooling in the hot climate and the red rings look great too.

Motherboard

Wanted to get the ASUS Z97A but unfortunately it was out of stock. The 3.1 version was only $10 more so I decided why not go for it. The AI Suite 3 makes it easy for OC and fan control through the mobo.

Memory

I got these on offer and it cost about $30 more than the 8GB version. 16GB is more than enough for future proofing. RAM is RAM.

Storage

The SSD really speeds up boot times (boots in 4 to 5 seconds) and the HDD is really just there for other file storage.

Video Card

Really quiet and solid card. Sure it isn't as fast as MSI and Gigabyte but I favour the reliability of ASUS products. Can barely hear any noise even under load. OC to +150 clock and +440 memory with MSI AfterBurner. Heaven Unigine benchmarks average about 60fps with ultra settings. Max Temp 75 Degree Celsius.

Case

Fractal Design Define R5 Titanium with Window This case provided lots of room for a first timer to fit all the parts in comfortably. The cable management was made easy with the slots to line the cables behind the mobo. Only complaint is that the case should come with an extra 140 fan. Nevertheless, I've replaced the stock fans with Corsair AF140 Quiet fans.

Power Supply

The modular psu helped to keep things tidy in the case and provided enough headroom for OC and future upgrades.

Monitor

Had to use ICC profiles to retune the display settings. But all in all I'm very happy with this display.

Comments Sorted by:

AGamingTree 1 point 29 months ago

The temperatures are quite high, but it should be expected in a place like Singapore.

h3llcall submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Ambient temps around 30C.. sure is hot

Newobc 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Almost Identical to mine! +1 for twin builds. Great job man.

h3llcall submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks!

PCsNParts 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I know you mentioned that the place where you live is hotter than most, but 98 C is really, REALLY hot. Good build, but I'd maybe look into why its getting that hot. Maybe down the road invest into a AiO Liquid cooler? That'll help for sure. Good build though man!

h3llcall submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks! I'll definitely look into liquid coolers for future upgrades. I've checked with my local friends. They do run at those temps at full load but then again the cpu doesn't hit those temps under normal usage.

PCsNParts 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Mhhmm, ok. Do any of your friends have liquid on their CPU's? Curious as to what temp they run at on full load. Hope you enjoy your build nonetheless!

h3llcall submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

They're using the CM Hyper 212 EVO too. Apparently haswell runs hot for them as well. Thanks! Definitely enjoying it:)

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h3llcall submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

No problem!

Hughesy26 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Did you check the thermal paste before you put the cooler on?

h3llcall submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Yes I did. To be fair it only hits 73C when running under full load at 3.5GHz. I guess the hot climate is to be blamed for this haha

malymilo 4 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

98 degrees Celsius is pretty high...

h3llcall submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Yeah I was pretty concerned at first. I guess one way is to reduce my OC to have the max temp at 85C or lower.

bigg_critter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

very similar to my setup. same cpu, strix, and that sweet freakin monitor. I dont know if you already did this but look into custom color profiles specific to that model monitor you can download. It really improved the picture when i did this. you got my +1

h3llcall submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I didn't know that. thanks!

beLIEve 1 point 29 months ago

you can get mounting brackets to mount 3.5 hdd in your 5 1/4 optical drive bays for about 10 bucks. i have mine in the 5 1/4 so i could remove the extra hd rack. i wanted to remove it because it was in the way if i wanted to front mount my h100i and i only need one hdd. it was a pretty easy thing to do in my corsair 450d i assume the fractal case is similar in modularity of the drive cage.

h3llcall submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks!

beLIEve 1 point 29 months ago

no problem.

Pcbuilder47 1 point 27 months ago

Cool build dude, we almost have the same thing! Anyways, I was wondering if that's really the titanium color for the define r5, mind helping me out?

h3llcall submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Thanks! I'd say the pictures on the site for the titanium R5 is quite accurate. The titanium color is for the door of the case. The rest of the case is just black.

gre3nary 1 Build 0 points 29 months ago

you my friend need a bigger desk...overall nice rig

h3llcall submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Haha thanks! I overestimated the space I needed for my mouse mat too. Not enough space