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Black Friday Build

by Earendil



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CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

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I hadn't spent too much time planning for this build but as Black Friday approached I scrambled to try and put a basic parts list together. From there, I modified my list based on what's on sale and on what I hope is the best my money could get.

I initially bought a locked 4670 but I decided that with a Z87 motherboard I'll spring a bit more money for 4670K for overclocking. Apart from that, almost every other part I got on sale and some with rebates which I have yet to receive.

I had this rig for a couple of weeks with the stock Intel cooler running because the Zalman I bought from TigerDirect took forever to arrive after countless interactions with their CS. It's only today that I got around to putting this new cooler in and it keeps my CPU ~27 Celcius idling compared to ~34 Celcius with the stock cooler.

Being my first build I was nervous that I might wreck something along the way but it really was an enjoyable experience putting everything together. Once that was done I did what I could with my cable management and I think this is as good as it gets. Removing the stock cooler and installing a new one was a pain though since I wasn't sure if I applied enough thermal paste and if I did so correctly but so far so good.

Anyway, next up I'll try benchmarking my right and doing some stress tests. After that I'm going to try overclocking and hopefully I don't fry anything!

Thanks to the people at PCPartPicker for your comments and guidance!

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vlad007 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Nice build but personally I have a serious OCD with color matching so your Red Ram on a Blue Motherboard shocks me deeply.

Earendil submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Thanks! I feel like it could be much worse that it is as I never gave a thought about color matching. Lol.

Catharist 3 Builds 0 points 47 months ago

You should flip your PSU over (unless it's going to be on carpet) that way it exhausts OUT of the case instead of pushing hot air right into your 770.

Looks good though.

candy 2 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

A PSU intakes through the top fan and exhausts out the back. I'm surprised you didn't realize this as you have three builds

linsyschopman 1 point 47 months ago

Still better to flip it though, now it sucks warm air in otherwise it will suck in could air.

Earendil submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Thanks for pointing that out! I never did realize it.

Edit: Actually I haven't decided where I'm going to place my CPU yet but likely it'll be on carpet so would it be fine as it is?

kingknight 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Hey, a little of a hijack here. You could get a nice smal square/rectangle sheet of some thick wood and put it under your pc it doesn't look bad at all it actually looks quite cool if you put it next to a desk ;)

Earendil submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Gotta make some room first though, it's a mess on and around my desk lol. My desk did come with a CPU stand so I'll probably set it somewhere on the floor.

Also, I did some digging and it seems like there's separate schools of thought as to how the PSU is positioned.

Catharist 3 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

I did know that... Apparently I've got a bad case of derp going on.

kingknight 1 Build 0 points 47 months ago

I Love this build, such a "bang for your buck"! Of course your'e tonne get an 850w or more PSU to go SLI, and I would also get a better cooler for the i5. but other than that. I luv it :3

Edit: Also a better motherboard would be good too.

Earendil submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Haha thanks. I spent countless hours during Thanksgiving week trying to get the best deals. I could go for a better motherboard but I figured this one is good enough for my purposes. For now anyway. A liquid cooler is very tempting though.

dillonman 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

I got an H100 non i version for $60 at tigerdirect I was pretty happy about that lmao

kingknight 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

I got an h100i on my i5 4670k, I was gonna get one of those air cooler but, oh god damn they mess up the gorgeousness of your build; Blocking the beutiful nice red RAM, some of your cool dragon heatsinks on your MSI motherboard, and just sometime don't allow you to install tall RAM and maybe your case is too small too and looking at it just makes you wanna put a stick under it :O That's why I don't mind spending a few extra bucks for tidiness ;)

Earendil submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Gotta recover from the expenses first. Give it a few more months and see if I come across anything better with a fuller wallet ;) Afterall, this heatsink only costed me $10.

kingknight 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

There are always new unique closed loop cooler which come out, for example; fully customizamble cooler from [sadly don't remember who :(] and a dual pump one from [dont remember who either :/] so while we're sitting here, there might be a new king for closed loop CPU coolers!

Edit: Also! You could get a single radiator, but it might perform worse then some top of the line heatsinks