Description

CPU: Up to 4.2ghz at 60C load. Will probably leave it there to keep temps and noise down.

HSF: 31C idle and 58C under load (IntelBurnTest/Very High) at stock speeds.

MOBO: BIOS is easy to navigate. Overclocking relatively simple.

RAM: Fast & cheap.

SSD: Cheapest I could find with consistent good reviews at the time.

GPU: Scored a 10,050 in 3DMark11 Fire Strike. Runs ~60C in BF4 ultra as well as Unigine Heaven and 3DMark11.

Case: 200mm fan in the front!! I tried putting 80mm fans in the back but they were too loud and did not push much air. Zip tied the Noctuas to rear and side and airflow improved drastically.

PSU: Got a good deal in my opinion for gold rated PSU.

OS: Free through Dreamspark/upgraded to 10.

Case Fans: From a previous build. Very quiet and lower temps a few degrees better then stock fans. Paid ~$20 each. They are both exhausting to not compete with gpu. Providing good airflow and not nearly as loud as the 80mm fans I had in there.

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks like candy +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build is very pretty as well. All that red really pops out.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I would like to point out that under load this card is meant to hit around 90c or so.Its perfectly normal.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Hm. Idk about that. I've read people saying it doesn't break 90 in stress tests and 3+ hours gaming with the same card in a similar small case. This thing hits mid to high 96-97C in minutes of stress testing with furmark. I believe the cooler is warped and will replace it with a card that runs cooler anyways. I don't believe it will last long running close to 200F. Those coolers warp at those temps regardless of what others say. I know what you are saying though and I understand the board and chip are rated for these temps but I really doubt the cooler is ready to be exposed to that for long periods of time. I think the 290 is just too hot and I would rather Nvidia fanboy it up until the amd 300 series comes out. You practically need the Sapphire Tri-X to keep it cool. 970 runs very cool and efficiently and I wanted to save the ~$100 for this card but it's too hot for my tastes.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Then I Would Just See if you can replace the cooler itself.But its your build,not mine,so just do it the way you want to.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a good idea, thank you. Personally would rather return to the seller that advertised it as like new to avoid the extra work. Would be neat to try one of these AIO GPU coolers but I doubt it would fit well.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I have that case and I am just finishing a build in it . I have a corsair h90 up front cooling a 4690k, 8GBs or ram and a 256gb mx100 for storage. I was able to keep the 200mm fan and run the h90 with a the 140mm it came with pulling and the 200mm pushing. I have 2 80mm LEDs as exhaust and r9 280x as a place holder til the 3xx series drops. I'm going to post it as soon as I can get the cable management squared away. I really like how your build came out and you killed it on the cable management. I haven't even really started on it yet (looks daunting).nThat sucks your 290 is running that hot and I think your right that a 970 will be perfect for that due to the low temps. The strix would be a great fit as its one of the quietest 970s out. Anyways awesome build.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the 290 isn't as hot as I thought and Furmark is just too intensive and unrealistic. Your build sounds great. I look forward to seeing it and temps and OC you can get with H90 and 280X.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! Question for you - do you think there's a significant benefit to having the two exhaust fans? I was planning on one in the back, just curious if you tried both set-ups. Also, did you decide on a 970 card? I've been trying to pick one with a blower, but haven't decided on which yet.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, thanks and sorry for the late-ish response. I doubt the benefit is very significant, maybe 2-3C to case/mobo temps, I added it only because I already owned the Noctuas from a previous build and just wanted to see if it would fit. I had to add rubber washers at the points of contact because the side panel is very flimsy and can occasionally rattle when fans are at high speeds. The washers fixed this problem.

I can disable the side fan and report the difference in temps to you this weekend.

I did pick up the 970 as well. I got the MSI TF with an aftermarket cooler and the temps are great (under 30C idle and ~60C at load with a decent overclock +150mhz to core/+400mhz to memory) and the heat is expelled from the case properly.

I would suggest getting an aftermarket card if your case has decent airflow (MSI and Asus 970s fit well and are very quiet). I just don't see any reason to use a blower anymore if there is some form of exhaust in the case. They are louder and hotter and don't overclock as well and I can only imagine they won't last as long as a decent aftermarket cooled card.

Sorry for the textwall haha. Have a good day man.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for responding! The reason I ask about the two fans is that I was considering using a Noctua NH-C14 for the CPU cooler, and am not sure what exhaust fans I'd be able to fit if I did.

Your original post mentioned you were looking for an alternative HSF. Did you consider the Noctua? My only worry is that it vents up.

And glad the MSI worked out. I was between the MSI Gaming 4G and the Asus Strix, leaning towards the MSI!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I did consider that cooler. I went with this one instead because this heatsink is the tallest one offered that will fit and the way it is oriented i believe will help airflow. I am curious how temps compare. I would honestly choose this again over the Noctua because it is half the price and I bet you it gets similar or better temps then a slim design HSF like that Noctua. I know there is a smaller Noctua tower cooler as well as a Cooler Master that will fit this case but again they aren't as tall as the Thermaltake one.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I see what you mean on the orientation. After a good bit of digging, I think the Thermaltake is the right call. Thanks for your help!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

so after a few months is the consensus still to go for a thermaltake? I am looking for a cooler for this cpu, and case

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Great Job! Very clean build. +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build and build log. Pleasure to read. I am thinking of getting this case for an HTPC build.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, will the HTPC have a graphics card? There are much smaller cases that I have been looking at for an even more compact build. This case is great for airflow and a full size graphics card though.

Take a look at the: Silverstone ft03mini/SG05/SG08 Lites, EVGA Hadron Air, Fractal Design Node 304, Cooler Master 130

This case and the Cooler Master 130 definitely win the price/performance bracket of ITX cases in my book, as well as the ability to fit a full size PSU and a long GPU.

I really like how the SG08 and other Silverstone ITX/HTPCs look but I am hesitent to see the temps with my components and overclocks and I will need to buy a pricey SFF PSU and another cooler.

Good luck on your build. I love ITX/HTPCs and don't see myself ever going to a larger case again.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for these suggestions! I am going through all of them now. I am torn between creating a mini/micro atx build that has more performance (a straight APU/Pentium+old gpu build) vs the simplest system that can decode 1080 video (AM1 apu). I would prefer to stick with the standard ATX psu setup so I am limiting myself in that regard. For the AM1 I keep looking at http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/zalman-case-zmt1

The other factor for the case is possible re-use later on. The 200mm fan is really attractive. My GF's HAF has 2 and moves a lot of air.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Well engineered mate ;-)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

how is your wire management so good with this build, I have a ton of stuff hanging around the front fan on mine

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

i really went overboard with zip ties... just have to get creative and play around with it.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Two questions:

1) Can you swap the CPU fan for one of those Noctuas?

2) Can you use dual fan with that CPU cooler?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I am sure you could mount a noctua on the cooler but it would require some creativity. The included cpu heatsink fan has holes for the mounting bracket. I also believe a second fan would fit on the cpu cooler but it would make a very negligible difference with that case exhaust fan being so close.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl !

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the top case panel touching the cpu cooler or is there a room to spare?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management is on point. Love the cleanness of this build. +1

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

just with zip ties and some rubber washers on points of contact