Description

I acquired parts for this build over the course of the summer, mainly via craigslist. The parts that I bought new include both SSDs, all the fans, and the case. All parts work perfectly. I use this machine for software development, gaming, and homework. I was originally planning a build with the i5-4690k and GTX 970, but then I discovered the wonderful world of Craigslist. I bought the CPU, MoBo, RAM, and PSU from the same person for $360, this opened up room in my budget to get a $400 used GTX 980.

I started planning this build when Fallout 4 was announced as I am a huge Fallout fan and wanted the ability to play the game when it was released.

Here is a link to my Firestrike extreme score: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/6115283

If you have any questions, or want other pictures, please comment :)

EDIT: added more photos, mainly those with the side panel of and the LEDs off.

EDIT 2: Just added 2 1 Tb hard drives in RAID 0, also added my peripherals

EDIT 3: added my OC for my GTX 980, 110 MHz on the core and 438 on the memory, not too shabby.

EDIT 4: added an NVMe SSD, 3 TB Hard drive to replace my 2 1 TB drives, a 360 mm cooler, a water cooling bracket for my GPU, and a GTX 1070, which is OCed to 2050 MHz on the core and 8300 MHz on the memory

Part Reviews

CPU

Awesome CPU. I never have to worry about my computer becoming unresponsive due to CPU load :P From what I gathered, I have a pretty baller chip, it is running very stable at 4.8 GHz with 1.281 V

CPU Cooler

Not the best cooler out there, but I bought it used on craigslist for decently cheap. Even under load, my CPU stays cool, but I would have preferred a dual fan rad for even better cooling. Oh well, I plan to be building a custom loop in a few years.

Thermal Compound

Basically the standard for thermal compound. Dropped my temps by a few degrees compared to the stock corsair compound.

Motherboard

Brilliant motherboard, looks beautiful with the thermal armor and the backplate. USB 3.1 is a nice touch, even if it isn't really widely used yet. Their are 2 USB 3.0 front header ports, but neither one works comfortably with my case, which is annoying.

Memory

It's RAM. The green PCB is pretty ugly compared to the rest of my components (the guy I bought it from removed the heatsinks to be able to fit his massive Noctua air cooler).

Storage

Not the fastest SSD out there, but definitely the cheapest. I already had my 850 evo and was shopping around for secondary storage when there was a Newegg shell shocker on this SSD. I keep my steam library on this drive.

Storage

Gold standard for SATA 3 SSDs in terms of price and performance. Keep my most used programs and OS on this drive

Case

Awesome case. I have heard that people had issues with LEDs on it, but mine work perfectly. the side panel is a little dark, but an $8 LED strip off of Newegg mounted in the top fixes that. There is plenty of room for cable management. I really like the PSU cover (even if it makes it hard to plug in cables) and the SSD mounts on top of it. My biggest issue isn't necessarily with the case, but my motherboard has 2 USB 3.0 headers, neither of which works well with this case. This case has plenty of room for radiators for when I build a custom loop in the future. the drive cage area is also very open when you remove the drive sleds since there are no rails for the sleds, so that should have room for a radiator and pump.

Another slight issue is that it is impossible (AFAIK) to get positive air pressure while filling all of the fan slots.

Docked a star for having a fan hub instead of a fan controller, I will either get a fan controller, or add a potentiometer to the fan hub.

EDIT: I recently got 2 1 TB hardrives and discovered that a radiator mounted in the front can potentially interfere with the mounting of the hard disks and that a lot of the cable management room is taken up when the hard drives are in place.

Power Supply

Top tier PSU, 80+ gold, fully modular, quiet. It is surprisingly small.

Operating System

Very fast OS, a few issues with older games, specifically Rome: Total War and Fallout 3, although a few hours searching on the internet fixed that.

EDIT: Ok, now I am having issues with Fallout NV, which I have not resolved

Case Fan

Bright LEDs, the rubber rivets are odd and the fan comes with no instructions on how to install them, so that took a bit of research.

Case Fan

PCPP doesn't say this, but this is a 2 pack. I have them set up in push-pull on my H90's radiator.

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Comments

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

It. Is. So. Darn. GREEN!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, is that good or bad? The LED bar really helps. It is mounted in the top of the case. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812551003

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think it's bad. I personally like the black and green builds. A picture of the open case without the LEDs ON would be nice so we can see what the actual color inside looks like. Build looks great and for around 1200$ you have a great build.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'll do that this afternoon when I get home.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, I added the pictures

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

That's perfect. The pc looks great I am starting to really like that motherboard, it just makes everything look clean.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree :) I would not have paid full price for it, but it was totally worth it since I got it for so cheap.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Razer fan?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I am a fan of the Razer aesthetics :) The mouse is actually a Logitech G600.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh...wow....derp :I lol

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

lol, It's not like you can tell in the pictures I took :P

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice job on the deals! So much poweeerr. Convinced me to do some craigslist shopping when I build a better rig.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I was skeptical of Craigslist too, but because I bought most of the components from one guy, he was able to boot the system up to show me that everything worked. The GTX 980 on the other hand, I had to take on faith.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Name should be "Green Smog" or somesuch :P

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not good at this whole naming thing :P I feel badly for my future kids...

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Same, my kids would probably be named by how they look.

Could be "Pink alien" or "Chub" haha

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I like green!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, I like green too :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build man! I have a question regarding the assist fans in the motherboard, I've read that they get quite noisy but being the razer h440 silent optimized does it help to mitigate them? I'm thinking of using those two for my own build so I wanted first hand experience on the matter because it may be a decisive point into choosing another mobo.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

It does help mitigate them, but on startup and shutdown, they run full blast and they are very audible. If they bug you too much, you can always unplug the fan header.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the 4790k and an R9 290 and h60 in the same case.. My CPU hits around 80c while gaming and the GPU is around 72. My CPU is on exhaust in the upper middle. My R9 290 runs a bit warm so I figured having CPU on exhaust would be better for the GPU but 80c with my 4790k seems a bit high in gaming. Not sure if my insignia paste is the issue/CPU cooler/placement of radiator.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

80c is pretty high... You might want to make sure that your thermal paste is applied properly.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I changed the paste...I only have the best buy insignia stuff and I also have my cooler on exhaust because I want to keep my GPU cooler.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

changing between intake and exhaust shouldn't effect either the cpu temp or the gpu temp

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Well that is not true..It will change both. Right now the following happens: 1. Ambient air enters the case from the front and supplies the GPU with ambient air. 2. The GPU recycles its air because of the fan design which cools GPU and heats up case temperatures. 3. Internal (warmer than ambient) air is supplied to the CPU cooler mounted as an exhaust which transfers heat from the water by means of a radiator. This radiator is supplied warmer temperature because of the GPU therefore it will not be able to transfer as much heat from the rad.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

trust me, it is not enough to make a difference :) I have my CPU on intake, my GPU stays very cool :) If you watch some LTT or JaysTwoCents, or study some thermodynamics, you will realize, it doesn't really matter.

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