Description

Messed with PCs a lot, but this is my first time building from scratch. Lots of fun, and a spectacular learning experience. Now, allow me to introduce, Rorschach.

Temps were taken from testing at stock speeds, using Prime95 - Small FFTs, Furmark, HWInfo64, and AMD Overdrive.

3DMark FireStrike @ Stock...Score - 8136

Edit 2 March 15

Tinkered with some settings in BIOS and bumped the clocks up a little.
Graphics now running at 1050GHz and peaked at around 76C (in FurMark) with my fan setup (still way under the supposed thermal limit for this card). CPU locked on 4.3GHz. Core peaked at about 45C (still a whopping 29C away from being throttled according to OverDrive) before cooling off a little in Prime. Socket hit about 63C.

3DMark FireStrike @ 4.3 and 1.05GHz...Score - 8705

Unigine Valley 1.0 Extreme HD Preset...Score - 2458

Unigine Heaven 4.0 Extreme Preset...Score - 1693

Parts

CPU: Low cost, great performance. Low temps when paired with the 212 Evo.

Mobo: Lots of features (love the DirectKey for BIOS).

RAM: Fairly cheap, low latency memory.

SSD: FAST. Had a couple issues that appeared to be drive related, but I think they were just Windows hiccups.

HDD: Cheap, standard drive.

GPU: Utterly awesome. Powerful. Extremely efficient cooler for such a hot card. Looks phenomenal (aesthetically and graphically), and, with IFC turned on, it's almost inaudible.

Case: Pleasure to work with. Crammed a lot of stuff in here and it fit perfectly. Great stock airflow. My only complaint (just nit-picking) is that the drives are loaded from the rear, so you kind of need to take off the back panel if you need to work on them, which is more of a personal annoyance than a problem.

PSU: Love the modular design, and the black wrapped cables are a beautiful touch. Overvolt, Undervolt, Short-Circuit, etc. protections. ECO mode makes it silent during most normal, low-stress uses.

Case Fans: The Corsair fans work great, move a good amount of air, and dropped my temps about 4-5*C. They were a PAIN to install, though. Put them on a solid surface, get something hard and smash it underneath the screw when you are screwing it in, and pre-thread the holes with one of the screws. Made it significantly easier.

Monitor: Looks great. No complaints.

Keyboard & Mouse: I love the keyboard. Great tactile feedback. The mouse works, but the scroll wheel developed a mind of it's own after about a week. Can't expect too much from a $30 combo, though. *UPDATE: Both CM components replaced with Razer peripherals.

Speakers: Sound great. I like the little control pod. No problems, yet.

*UPDATE 17/7/17: Added 2nd monitor, wireless USB adapter, and extra storage (WD Black and Seagate External). Everything else is working pretty flawlessly.

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Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Solid! I always love it when I see people purchase dust filters, the clean freak side of me melts! Great cable management from the front, but got any finished pics of the back? That's the true test ;)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Right? Don't want that beautiful machinery getting all nasty. Haha. Pic #12 is pretty much how it looks now (without the back panel on). Not the neatest, but it's all covered up anyways.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build. I have the same speakers. Love that control pod lol.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey man, I got a very similar build guide, can you check it out, see what I can improve or tweak? My changes were, I put the R5 from fractal as the case, diff monitor, no SSD gasp and a lot of fans.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't speak on the R5, other than I've heard good things about it.
The Devastator combo has a nice keyboard, but the mouse will almost certainly crap out on you. Just be prepared. Also, the Tri-X is great, but the Vapor-x is better. Haha. Backplate, lower temps, sick LED logo, not much more money. :) I'd definitely recommend it. Other than that we seem to have pretty similar builds. I think you'll enjoy it.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, would you tell me how to take off the hdd cage please? Sorry for my English

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

The middle cage is the only one that comes out. There are two black tabs in the center of the top and bottom of that section. Push those tabs together, and the cage should slide right out of the front of the case.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the GPU treating you now?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Phenomenally. 1080p, never really drops below 60FPS at Max settings. When not gaming, it is extremely cool and quiet.