Description

Title: The title "Darth Vader" was chosen because the overall look and color theme of this build reminds me of a computer Darth Vader would own.

Summary: This is my second build published on PCPartpicker. Also for the second time now, I have posted a late build. This build was completed on July 3rd, 2014, and I am just posting it now, several months later. Hopefully I won’t be this lazy again when it comes to posting new builds. Well now that it is finally posted here, I would love to hear your feedback. I built this computer for one of my good friends. This is his first computer, and he doesn’t know very much about computers, so I had to help with every aspect of this build. He wanted a powerful and beautiful machine that would fit in his budget. He decided to go for the red and black theme to match the Corsair SPEC-02 case. He does a decent amount of 3-D modeling and CAD work, so I opted for the i7-4790K. Below I wrote a brief explanation and review of each component in the build.

CPU: I chose a CPU that is unlocked for overclocking and has hyper threading for CAD work. During the time of this build, the 4790K was just released, so it seemed like the logical choice.

CPU Cooler: I heard good things about this cooler, and it fits in the case well. The pump is relatively quiet and it does a good job keeping the CPU cool. The H75 only comes with a gray color ring, so I took the red color ring from my H105 and stuck it on there.

Motherboard: This motherboard was chosen because during the time of this build, Z97 was just released, and this model had one of the better deals and came with a Gigabyte gaming mouse. It is also red and black to match the rest of the components.

Memory: I originally chose a basic 2 x 4GB red, 1600MHz, CL 9 RAM kit, but my friend insisted on having 8GB of 1866MHz, CL 9. I guess the numbers got to his head. This model had one of the better deals during the time of this build, and the design is really nice.

Storage: I have a Samsung 840 EVO in my build, so I had no reason not to recommend it for my friend. He uses the SSD for his OS and other core applications. The 2TB Seagate Barracuda was chosen for file storage and games.

Video Card: The MSI GTX 770 was chosen because my friend doesn’t play the most demanding games, so I figured it would last him a while at 1080p. The MSI card had good reviews and matched the color scheme.

Case: My friend really liked the look of the case, so I just went with it. I should I put a bit more research into it to realize the major flaw with this case. The motherboard was too big for this case and blocked the routing for the EPS connector. I was forced to route the connecter across the top of the case and into one of rubber garments by the motherboard. Other than that, the case seemed fine. Plenty of cable management, good finish, well designed, has two SSD mounts, and plenty of fan mounts.

Power Supply: No issues with the power supply. I chose a power supply with enough wattage to support SLI 770’s, just in case my friend decided to pick up another card.

Operating System: I was able to get a copy of Windows 8.1 for free because I am a student. For those of you who are curious, I am studying electrical engineering. My friend seems to like Windows 8.1 more than I do. Personally, I prefer Windows 7.

Wireless Network Adapter: This card was chosen because it has high reviews, cheap, and seemed to get the job done. My friend needed a wireless card because he cannot always get Ethernet at his house.

Case Fans: My inner Corsair fan boy got to me. The case has 6 fan mounts, but the one at the bottom of the case was blocked by the power supply cables. Static pressure fans were chosen to put the radiator on the H75 in push pull, the 140mm LED fans were put on the front for aesthetics. The extra fan was placed in the top for exhaust.

Fan Controller: My friend insisted on this controller. I tried to convince him that there were better and cheaper options out there. Once I got to see this controller in action, I would say it was worth every penny. This thing is ridiculous! It comes with 6 temperature sensors that can be placed around a case to monitor the temperature across certain components or intake or exhaust on fans. The controller is easy to use and is very well designed.

Case Accessory: I thought this LED controller was too good to be true. For such a cheap price, this controller comes with more than enough LED’s, easy to use RGB controller, easy to install, and illuminates you whole build. Well done NZXT.

Monitor: I have a Dell monitor, I love Dell monitors. I chose this monitor because it’s a Dell monitor. But really, I showed my friend my Dell LED IPS 24” monitor, and he really liked the picture quality. He wasn’t ready to spend the large amount of money that I did on my monitor, so I chose a monitor of similar specs that fit his budget.

Sleeved Cables: I found these sleeved cable extensions in a pack that fit the components in the build perfectly. BitFenix does a very good job with these cables, very high quality.

Problems: Other than the case problem that the motherboard blocked the EPS connector routing, the case also couldn’t fit the NZXT Hue and the Lamptron fan controller. We were forced to shave down one of the sides of the optical bay to fit them both. On the software side, the build ran smoothly.

Final Thoughts: Well if your reading this, I thank you for talking the time to read through my description. I look forward to reading and replying to your comments. Just a heads up I will be posting a couple new builds on this account shortly, so keep an eye out.

Thank you for your time.

Comments

  • 51 months ago
  • 11 points

Anakin Skywalker: I pledge myself to your teachings. To the ways of the Sith.

Darth Sidious: Good. Good! The Force is strong with you, Anakin Skywalker. A powerful Sith you will become. Henceforth, you shall be known as Darth... Vader.

Darth Vader: Thank you... my Master.

Darth Sidious: Lord Vader... rise.

Great parts, great photos, great description! Lord Vader has risen once again.

  • 51 months ago
  • 4 points

+1 on the comment

  • 51 months ago
  • 4 points

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!

  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm curious because this processor supports only 16 pci-e lanes. Graphics card takes up 16 so what happens if you add something with 4x or another graphics card sli? Maybe weaker graphics card can work good with sharing the pcie lanes but what about gtx970? Any clue?

The build is nice :-) can't wait to build my own. Few parts are already waiting.

Another question. Does wires come with power supply/motherboard? Or do i have to buy them? If so then which are included which are not and where to find decent ones? Thanks and sorry for spam :P

  • 51 months ago
  • 4 points

It would probably run at x8, which is no bottleneck even for a gtx 980, which is a good deal more powerful than the 770.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rctaLgK5stA

Even if you get a 5960x, if you ran more than 2 way, some of the cards would still be running at 8x. Jayztwocents put 3 Titan X s on 40 lanes and I haven't heard him cry because of his third titan being bottlenecked by the 8x bandwidth. And HE would. He would cry so loud EVGA would send him a 100 lane CPU and motherboard to go with it.

P.S. On-topic: Awesome looking build, man! Job well done, +1!

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you man!

  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

Generally cables will come with the power supply and the motherboard in particular. I would recommend to do some research before hand to find out the exact measurements for the cables as sometimes they will be too short for particular cases. Reputable companies tend to add in extenders as well as relatively long cables in my experience of building a PC.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks like Veizen and SamuelWulfign answered you questions. Glad you enjoyed the build though, and good luck on your own build!

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Ye totally. I've watched the video of linus before but forgot about it. :-) Thanks guys for the help. I'm not building yet. For now im collecting the parts.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Z2Dbf7

That's what im up to. But my budget ran away so i need to wait for next salary. :-)

  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

I can think of 1 cable only, which might not be included. Some low end, even mid range, motherboards only include 1 sata data connector. And you have 2 drives in your build. So check with your motherboards manual(you can download it from Asus' website). That's no guarantee though. My AsRock Extreme 3 (mid range motherboard) listed 2 sata data cables in its manual, but I never found the second one. So I had to order one from Ebay/Amazon.

All other cables(which concern the insides of your computer) are pretty much guaranteed to be there. All the power cables come with the PSU and the motherboard usually comes with 1 or 2 sata data connectors and a SLI bridge.

Cables to connect your PC and monitor should come with the monitor. Adapters for VGA to DVI-D, for instance, should come with the graphics card.

P.S. That's a very good looking build there, by the way.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :D ive checked it before and it contains four i think. Anyway more than i need.

  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

Those components all look great, probably the only thing you should be aware of that 1TB for now will get you by, but if you plan on having alot of programs you may want to upgrade to a 2tb or have a second 1tb. As long as your aware that the 970 only uses 3.5gb of Vram then that's a pretty good graphics card.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I can vouch for the storage issue. On my personal rig, I am almost out of space on my 1TB HDD. And if VRAM is an issue, the 290X might be a better choice with a full 4GB of VRAM. Only major drawback would be that the card would require a more powerful PSU and it would ouput more heat, and probably be louder.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

I would prefer the 980 over the 290x and 970, it is a bit more expensive but in terms of power draw and its performance it trumps the 290X in some situations. Personally I'm enviously eyeing the Titan X, but I need to upgrade my ram before I even think of doing a video card upgrade XD

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Your build looks great. The only thing I can think of is that you may be able to save money on the RAM or the SSD.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Interesting process with how it came to build.

Ok, first I would say the biggest problem I forsee for your friend for this computer is the graphics card. For a CAD working computer...... a 770 is hardly enough. Your friend is going to be encountering bottlenecks upon bottlenecks with just the fact that this is a consumer card and not a industry card. If you somehow managed to get a titan even a good condition second hand one would be much better. Another huge issue that's going to come up later down the line is the amount of memory, is unfortunately squat. It is not enough for the raw amount of rendering for something like CAD.

I'd highly recommend that you caution your friend to upgrade the memory as soon as possible, and look into ways of getting a better graphics card that if at all possible will be able to get into a future upgrade.

But I will say good work with the other parts, great quality price ratio you've implemented it's just a shame that this unfortunately won't be great for heavy rendering work. This computer also looks so dang pretty, good colour coordination.

  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

Not sure what experience you have with CAD programs, but a 770 will be plenty for all but huge assemblies.

  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

So far the owner of the computer is content with a 770.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for comment. First off thank you for liking the looks of the build. As for the 770, the owner of the computer hasn't expressed any performance issues with the 770. I agree that a more powerful card would have been more optimal. The owner has upgraded to 8 more GB of RAM. That wasn't documented in the pictures, so I excluded it from the parts list.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah Ok I see, well that's good he upgraded the ram at least.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Naw, that 770 shouldn't be a bottleneck for most CAD uses; AutoCad (as an example) can easily use the CUDA cores that card has to accelerate operations. CAD is a huge RAM and swap file hog; more RAM and an SSD for the OS will greatly improve performance. The owner adding another 8GB was a good thing.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the information eopest!

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build! nice fan controller and sleeved cables. good touch. BUT, for a $350 you could just get a 970 which is a great card, despite its memory limitation. I use a 290X right now and really think those 970s are decent cards. It would run a lot cooler and be a bit better at what you're doing. Still, the 770 is nothing to laugh at, it's like the 970 but just last gen. Nice build

  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

This build was completed on July 3rd, 2014, and I am just posting it now, several months later.

  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

Ahh i got you. Same for my build, like a lot of it was done in 2013 but I had been upgrading. Hadn't published the build until this year otherwise I wouldn't have used the FX-6350

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, no worries there. I'm not exactly the best reader nor an interpreter either. Yes I am assuming maybe, just maybe his friend has upgraded some parts by now but sounds like the OP only has on what he has for now. I could be wrong of course, since it's just a guess. Cannot speak for OP nor their friend about their current build's status.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

The owner of this computer has not altered any of the components documented here, except for the addition of 8 more GB or RAM. This was not documented in the pictures, so I did not include it in the parts list.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool, and yay that makes sense! Thanks for mentioning this! I had a feeling the RAM was added more down the road by now. Thank you. :)

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

The choice of nVidia I believe is due to CAD work, though if you read my comment, the fact it's a consumer card makes it a little on the tight side when it comes to rendering for it.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

You bring up a good point. As far as I know, the owner has expressed no problems in performance in CAD, but now I am curious how his rig handles rendering.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

I would imagine, if he's starting to move up to larger projects he's going to encounter bottlenecks, unfortunately.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Well its been about a year now since I completed this build, so if needed, upgrading the GPU wouldn't be completely unprecedented.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a bit week for CAD isn't it? Only 8gb of ram, and a 770?

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

week -> weak

Well to be honest, more would be better so yes, but I think the main sentence of when explains about some parts. So certain parts haven't come out to the public just yet. I cannot say why 8GB RAM unless it was just within budget at the time which is a bare minimum. Yes would be best to have more performance but also keep in mind when this was built too. Probably would have helped more if it was also on the details too. :)

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

I think the fact they went with a fan controller instead of more ram is kind of a downfall with this build. Sure it looks cool, and sure you can control the fans to be able to keep the PC cool or quiet. But honestly, I would have gone for the Ram increase over a control option. Considering with most Mobo's they have a software fan control option.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

You are correct about the MOBO's software. I have seen an app called App Center for Gigabyte (even in the H81 MOBO version) which allows to calibrate the fans, cpu's fan, basically their speeds and much more of course but staying to main point. So you are correct, more RAM is preferred versus the bare minimum for CAD that is.

Edited: I forgot to clairfy these features comes in a form of a CD with the MOBO. Of course it varies and I guess not everyone installs them. I do install the features that will be used by the motherboard (not everything but what seems to be helpful). And thankfully there are downloads too from their website.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

I can also validate that the motherboard has fan controller capabilities.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for the comment. You bring up a valid point. The owner, however, insisted on this fan controller purely on looks. I would agree with you that more RAM would have been a better option.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm sorry, I was on my iPad, and it auto-corrected me. But I did notice it was from last summer. I still think money could have been better spent on more ram.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

No need for an apology, I tend to forget some of us may use our iPads and iPhones too and not just our computers. (Even though they are computers too but just more portable...) Damn those auto-corrections. Yes I agree with you there, more RAM would be better.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for your comment. The owner of this build has added 8 more GB or RAM a couple months after the initial build. It wasn't documented in the pictures, so I did not include it. As for the 770, the last time I spoke to the owner, he did not express any issues with performance in CAD. I should have clarified in the build description, but the CAD work he does is not as intensive as you might think.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great sir!

I would of never guessed that those red cable extensions looked so good in a PC. I always think that you have to get the entire PSU cables the same color to look good.

What model is that fan controller?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sir! The fan controller is a Lamptron FC5v3. I doubt Lamptron makes it anymore.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for so many pictures I enjoyed everyone! Beautiful build!

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for your enjoying it!

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Excuse, is this the line to sign up for the Dark Side? With a build like this, how can you not want to join! +1

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha, good point!

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the build looks really nice!!!

FYI.....CAD is still a single threaded application and doesn't use hyper threading.

http://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/Support-for-multi-core-processors-with-AutoCAD.html

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad you enjoyed it! You bring a very good point, I wish I would have known this information before this build. Just shows my inexperience. Thank you though.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh no problem I just have like 15 years of experience on cad and civil 3d. I've used it on a old pentium 4 and a 6 core xenon with ht and had like minimal improvement. Biggest thing for cad is ram and ssd. I just wish they would implicate the use of more cores because the damn program still is kind of broken when implicating a lot of 3d aspects. You get a ton of crashes lol. Anyways great build!!!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you and thank your for the information!

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

if your just going to have one hdd i suggest you stick it up in your 5.25 bay and take out that hdd cage for better airflow

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't think about that, but that is a great idea. Thank you for the advice.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

ya two of my builds are with a spec02 and spec03 i did it to both of them, the hdd temps never changed and theres no doubt the gpus got more fresh air available to them

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I will definitively propose the idea to the owner of the build next time I see him. Thank you for the idea.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome Build! I love how clean and neat this build is and those sleeved cables. Great job. +1

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

I say its a little more Darth Maul...just sayin.
*awesome BTW. congrats man +1

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Now that you mention it, I could definitely see Darth Maul. Thank you for + 1 though.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Build came out great!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad you enjoyed it!

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Several months later

Made in July of 2014, it's May 2015. That's like 10 months dude

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I kind of dropped the ball on that one. Well at least I finally got it posted here.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

that front grill reminds me of dart vader

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah! That was the look we were going for!

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! And can you please put the link to the sleeved cables, that would be very helpful.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad you liked the build. The cables were purchased at Performance PCs. Here is a link that will bring you to all of the Bitfenix sleeved cables that Performance PCs has on sale: http://www.performance-pcs.com/bitfenix-multi-sleeved-cables?p=1 . I know you can find these cables on other websites, but I think Performance PCs is one of the better ones.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Hello, I'm new to PC building, How did you get the laced cables for your power supply?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

These are actually cables are actually sleeved cable extensions. They are made by Bitfenix and I bought them from performance-pcs.com.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Working on a budget build using the Corsair Spec-02 with those sexy fans, no liquid cooled tho.

+1 on the build!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for the +1! Good luck on your build! If you have any questions feel free to ask.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! You can bet I will!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem! I try my best to respond to questions and comments as soon as possible.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey quick question. would another fan fit next to the top fan since the rad is mounted at the back?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I was unable to fit another 120mm fan next to the top fan. The corsair AF120 I tried to fit did not have enough clearance on the rear radiator. Using this image as reference, it might be possible to jam a fan in there or use a smaller width fan. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

im building a computer just like this one

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to hear!

Make sure to post it when you are done!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for tons on pictures!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah I may have gone overboard with the pictures. Hahaha

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

How did u get the HDD in did u use a tray?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for late reply, I was on vacation. Anyways, I did not use and HDD, the case has an HDD cage preinstalled on the bottom right. If I remember correctly (it has been a while since I have done this build, and it is my friends) the HDD cage has holes on either side that you can line up and screw in the drive with the included hardware. tldr, no tray required.

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  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you?

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  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

I wish I could upvote this comment a million times and then a million times more!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent comment sir!