I hear ya. Though for processors I don't have much experience with AMD. I've pretty much always gone with Intel and I like staying with what I'm familiar with haha.
Ok got some numbers for you, sorry for the delay! The auto overclocking feature clocks it to about 3.524 GHz with turbo target of 4.223 GHz. It sets the voltage to 1.1v. Temps vary depending on the weather here. Idling, it can be anywhere from 25 degrees to 35 degrees celsius. Under load, I've never seen it above 50 degrees even in warmer weather.
I don't have any numbers off hand but definitely lowers the case temperature. Those 140mm Fractal fans push a decent amount of air.
They are also surprisingly quiet. I hooked them up before putting them in the case and they emit a nice low hum. No annoying whine or anything like that. Additionally, the Define R4 case is super quiet. If there's anything that does make a slight noise I don't hear it at all.
Yeah I was also worried about the front fans not getting enough airflow but I've had no issues with temperatures, even over these warmer last few months.
Great build! Love the effort you put into getting this just the way you wanted it.
I'm a fan of EVGA cards and the Sabertooth motherboards (love that armor) and I've got the same case just in black/titanium grey front panel so I definitely like those choices!
Also I really like the tubing you used to conceal the power cables. It's a nice touch.
Nothing wrong with small cases. I like them. I just meant that it's money I'd spend on something I don't "really" need, thus no approval lol.
Yeah I can see how cable management would be difficult in a small case. It can be hard enough on mid tower cases.
Nice build man. I really like that case! I was looking at it not too long ago and I really want to put together a mITX build using it. Though I don't think my woman would approve of that lol :S
No problem! Hope you don't mind waiting a bit. I won't be home until next week.
Good points! If I was looking for a card now I'd definitely go with a 760, or maybe a 770 if I got a cheaper motherboard as you stated.
However I'm still happy with my purchase of the Sabertooth. I don't mind paying more for the looks (the armor gives it a real slick look in my opinion in addition to keeping dust off the board), high quality components on the motherboard (chokes, caps, and MOSFETs), and slot covers for unused slots to keep dust out of them. All these will help to, hopefully, lengthen the life of the board.
Is the armor gimicky? Sure somewhat, I've read that the 40mm fans used to vent air under the armor don't make much difference. But I think the things I mentioned above make up for that.
Yeah I agree. It is definitely worth the time to do proper cable routing.
Also agree on the PCB extensions of these cards. It's a shame really, because I really like the look of the EVGA 660s. They've got a nice shine to them but you're forced to obstruct some of it and the branding on the card.
I might try to twist tie the two cables together a bit arch them over the back of the PCB like you did with your sister's. Probably still wouldn't look great but at least you could see the branding.
I'm pretty new to the site and this is the first thing I've published, so I didn't really know what to expect or what to include in the details.
I'm going to add more things, specifically with regard to when parts were purchased, to the description when I get a chance.
Same for me. I didn't even know about Fractal until I got this case a few months ago. I was going to go with the Fractal Arc Midi R2 but decided on the Define R4 for the sound dampening. I'm happy with the decision because the thing is super quiet. Even when putting the fan speed up on the 660ti to %60 and up I barely notice it.
And after having it for awhile I do think it's a sleeker case overall.
One thing to note of this case in particular, it is heavy... Heavier than the full tower Thermaltake Armor+ I have for my old computer lol. Probably because of all the sound dampening foam I would guess.
On the CPU? I haven't done anything manually but there's a setting in the BIOS that I changed and it did some automatic overclocking. I'm not sure of the numbers off hand so I'll have to get back to you.
Yeah I can't put an exact dollar amount on everything since I got most the parts in a span of about a year. I'll have to check my receipts to confirm the prices for everything.
Haha yeah I tried my best to make it clean. I'm still not quite happy with how clumpy it looks right where the cables come out of the PSU, but no where else for those to go really. And it's amazing how much longer it takes when trying to properly route cables... The hardest part is trying to organize cables behind the motherboard tray to get the back panel on lol. Twist ties helped a lot with that.
Also I don't like where the power cables come out of the 660ti. I wish they were on the end.
And yeah I love Noctua! So quiet and they push a lot of air. I stocked up on them awhile ago when they were on sale for $15.
Thanks for the tip! I'll do that when I get home to check my receipts and confirm the dates.
Made a mistake, I actually got the 660ti in January.
My bad. Actually got the 660ti in January and the case in April.
Thanks! I do a lot of research and reading before buying parts and so far it's paid off. I've had no issues with it and I'm really happy with everything.
Paid a little more than I probably could have for a build that could get performance close to what I've got but I know I've got quality parts and won't have to upgrade anything for quite awhile.
Yeah the 760 is better (and cheaper now), but I probably wouldn't say MUCH better. Clocked a little higher and better memory bandwidth but less CUDA cores than the 660ti. However when I got the 660ti in April I don't think the 700-series was even announced yet.
Yeah it's older. Got the mobo and CPU/cooler about a year ago. Then got the 660ti in April. I don't think the 700-series was even announced yet.