Description

Wooooo boy. This was a fun one to assemble. Finally bought the components to replace my old b85pro4 from ASRock. Also decided to upgrade the GPU to a 980ti from an R9 290. Really the only difficult thing was the Kraken X41. It's bracket had two holes that were missing threading, and made installing the standoffs for it strip skin off my thumbs. Worth it in the end however. PC is -DEAD- silent. No sound whatsoever. THe silence of the water cooler plus the Twin Frozr zero speed fan tech on the GPU make the computer a gentle whir in my nearly dead silent room. Also, M.2 boot speeds are incredible. Benchmarks and overclocking results will follow soon.

Here's the 3DMark Scoresheet: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/6929932 And here's it compared to the previous: http://www.3dmark.com/compare/fs/5906474/fs/6929932

Part Reviews

CPU

Excellent processor. Recommend water cooling.

CPU Cooler

Would be five stars, the only issue is the standoff mounting system is literally murder on your fingers.

Motherboard

Would be five stars, but the rear panel I/O USB is 1x USB 3.1 Type C, 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0. The motherboard I used prior had 4x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0.

Storage

Fast and reliable, at a price that doesn't destroy your budget.

Storage

I somehow managed to fill this up. Time for another.

Case

Extremely good looking case. A bit dated now, but reliable, solid, and -SILENT-.

Power Supply

A bit of an odd buzzing now after one year of proper use and cleaning. Still functioning quite well mind you.

Monitor

Colours are a bit inaccurate, and it takes well over 15 seconds to get through the annoying splash screens.

Monitor

Well built, no backlight bleed, inclusion of a (sadly 2.0) USB hub, and versatile mounting system earns this 5 stars.

Keyboard

It's fairly expensive for what it is, especially with all the other excellent mechanical keyboards (K70). If you can get this as a gift, do. It's excellent looking and excellent feeling, with the satisfying clicky clacky found on mechanical switches.

Headphones

Five years and still running beautiful, no noise audio thanks to the 7.1 capable DAC it ships with.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 4 points

you should seriously consider changing that PSU the CX with an unlocked 4790k and a 980ti. Things get worst if you are overclocking.. This build deserves better.

Also, M.2 boot speeds are incredible

i think you meant 2.5 SSD..

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, this isn't the final stage of the upgrade. The final stage will have two 980Ti's, a 1.3 or 1.6 KW PSU, and the beautiful Mastercase Pro 5.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! Cable management could be a bit better though. The part selection is on point

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Horrible part picking

SSD is garbage Keyboard is garbage PSU is garbage Monitor choices are horrible and make no sense Should've bought an R5

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

You're not doing the r4 case justice with that cable management :*( also I suggest moving the kraken rad to the top, it would look better I think.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I removed the extra HDD bay bracket to get better airflow, and it unfortunately reveals all the nasty wiring that was hidden on the right side panel. The only wires that are running through the main area of the case are the Kraken's unfortunately sized cables. I'll find a way to hide them eventually, I just wanted to get everything running properly first.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the r5 case (nearly identical case), you can see it in the completed build on my profile if you want to get an idea of what you can do with the cables.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Your very lucky

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Did a little bit of overclocking, check the scoresheets for the updated numbers.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build mate! This your first build? My, My you did a very good job mate! Good parts going on. Cable management could use a bit of love (come on its christmas!) haha but other then that, you're on your way to a fast machine my friend! Well done and happy holidays

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-120g10650xr Maybe want to replace your current PSU with the one listed in the link. Unless you aren't going to overclock - then it's fine.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The G1 isn't a good psu....

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems like a shame to put such glorious hardware in a dusty case (a case I like btw) and then do minimal cable management. Just my opinion. Also with keeping that Corsair PSU and upgrading your hardware THEN overclocking you might want to figure out how much power you're actually using in wattage.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I would strongly recommend upgrading the psu, its really isn't suitable for a high end build with you doing heavy overclocking.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you buy the motherboard?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

can i buy this $100 rn

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Under full load, I'm only drawing about 500 Watts (489-533). At least, that's what the display on my surge protector says, which also has the monitors and a desk lamp hooked up to it.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It doesn't work like that.

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/antec-vp450-power-supply-review/7/

Look. This Antec VP-450 can still provide 450W, but at that load it has 80% efficiency, meaning you're pulling 560W from the wall with any that isn't used (so the not 450W) becoming heat. So the efficiency doesn't mean it can provide less. It's that you'll be pulling an extra amount and it will be absorbed as heat by whatever.