Description

I completed this build the beginning of July with photo editing as the main design criteria. Here are some of my thoughts about it:

i7-4790K: This was pre-ordered and the last part I needed. Once I got that I assembled the computer. I have it overclocked to 4.7Ghz and have had no issues to speak of in regards to that. I use it mostly for Photoshop, Lightroom and games. The image processing for photo editing is extremely fast.

Corsair H110 280mm CPU cooler: I installed this vertically in the front in push/pull fan configuration. Installation was simple and it has been working great. Idle temps are 30 degrees Celsius or less. Everything I have been using it for it has kept the temps below 60 degrees Celsius. I ran Prime95 for quite a few hours and the highest temp I got was 76 degrees Celsius. I was originally going to get the H100i but after reading about all the software issues I decided I didn't want the headache. I think I made the correct choice.

Asus Z97-DELUXE (NFC&WLC) motherboard: So far I really enjoy this MB. Tons of features, and the software that comes with it is great. It automatically overclocked the CPU to 4.7 Ghz and I have had no issues since. Updating the BIOS was easy, also. I still have not experimented with all the features, but I'm glad I chose this MB.

G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory: For some applications this much memory is overkill, but I do alot of photo editing. In Photoshop I can work on extremely large files with ease and no lag. I also might try a RAM disk application for some other programs in the future.

Crucial M500 240 GB M.2 SSD: I have my OS and photo editing programs on this drive. The performance has been very good. I wanted to buy one of the Plextor M.2 drives, but this was the only one I could find in stock. It is mounted directly onto the motherboard, which you can see in some of the photos.

Samsung 840 EVO 1TB 2.5" SSD: I use this SSD for all my other programs. It is installed on the back side where all the cable management is done since there are two SSD mounts there in the 450D. This is my first computer using SSD's and I'm amazed by how fast the load times are.

Western Digital BLACK SERIES 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM HDD: This is my storage drive. I mounted it in one of the 5.25 inch drive bays. A lot of photography files will be put on this.

Asus Radeon R9 290 4GB DirectCU II Video Card: I got a really good price on this GPU and it runs the few games I've tried with everything maxed out. I will probably upgrade to one of the next generation GPUs next year once I see what the performance difference is like.

Corsair 450D ATX Mid Tower Case: I really liked the look of this case when I was researching. Now that I have used it I think it's great. This size case works great for what I've installed in it and the cooling has been outstanding. The one drawback I found is that it could use more room on the back side for cable management. It was a tight squeeze. I used 7 Cougar LED fans and the 2 Corsair PWM fans that came with the H110. The sound level has been extremely low and very acceptable.

SeaSonic Platinum 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply: I bought this because the reviews were outstanding and it is fully modular. It's my first fully modular PSU and I will never buy a PSU that isn't fully modular again. Only way to go.

Pioneer BDR-209DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer: I burn a lot of backup CD/DVD so that is the main use of this. I have not burned any Blue-Ray yet, so I can't give an opinion on that part of it. I've been using the CyberLink Power2Go 9 to burn disks. It's easy to use and works well. I've been using the free version.

Microsoft Windows 8.1: My first time using 8.1. So far I really like it.

Corsair Vengeance K70 RGB Keyboard: I have not purchased this yet. I'm waiting for the version with the brown MX switches to come out.

Logitech G502 Wired Optical Mouse: Works well. Lots of custimization options, including weights that can be added to balance it for the best feel.

Schiit Modi DAC and Schiit Magni High Output Headphone Amp: Love these! I've always had problems with sound card software and drivers so I wanted to try something different. No software at all for these and the sound is outstanding.

V-MODA Crossfade M-80 Vocal On-Ear Noise-Isolating Metal Headphone: So far I like them, although I want to purchase headphones that don't rest on the ear in the future. I think the term is around-ear.

Notes: the biggest issues I had was the H110 did not come with enough screws so I had to buy more. The rubber screws that come with the Cougar fans are garbage. They tore apart so I had to buy metal screws. I love how fast USB 3.0 is. Downloading files off my old computer took 53 minutes in one instance. Installing the same files on this new computer with USB 3.0 took 5.5 minutes.

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 13 points

Glad to see someone not afraid to have more than one colour in his/her build. +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I was going to use blue and white LED fans but Cougar doesn't make white. This might have turned out better, anyway.

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm diggin' those colors.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Same here, really like the effect that the double colours give. Cable management is great as well +1.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I edited my initial description to add one drawback I found to the 450D. The back side of the case was very tight for cable management. Part of the issue is one of the SSDs are mounted back there, but they should have added another 1/2 inch width to that space. Once I tied everything down I had to use some pressure on the door to get it to close. I didn't want to open it again to do a photo. It worked, though.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The fans run smooth and quiet, also.

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

Unfortunately optical drives don't tend to look very good in corsair cases.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Would love to know what your load temps are on the cpu in particular. Please let us know! Seems like that h110 in push pull on intake should keep things nice and cool.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I usually have CPUID running. Idle temps are 27 to 30 degrees Celsius. I've never seen it get above 60 degrees Celsius for anything I've been doing (normal usage). I ran Prime95 for a long time on the max settings and the highest temps I got was 75 or 76 degrees Celsius for the CPU.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

That's awesome to see. Devils Canyon really does seem to be a huge improvement over Haswell in terms of overclockability. 4.8 would be out of the question on most 4770ks even with custom loops. Rock on!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks bro!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

How is the M.2 SSD? I'd like to try one of those in the future.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't compare it to running a normal SSD since this is my first build using any type of SSD. My last computer has only HDD. I will say that this setup runs everything fast. OS loads really fast. Photoshop loads incredibly fast and large Photoshop files can be worked on and processed without any lag/slowdown, etc. I've used a couple games and the load screens are the shortest I've ever experienced. Programs seem to load and install much faster, also.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

lol its crazy seeing your storage devices costing more than the GPU. +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I do need the extra storage, but since this was my first build using SSDs I wanted to take advantage of the speed they offer. So far the extra $$ I've spent on SSDs is completely worth it. Most programs start up with hardly any load time.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

i realize that, i'm just saying that's crazy. i'd do the same thing to if i could afford it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I understood where you were coming from, and I can agree with you on that.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I got it on sale, too :P

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice work! +!

Curse that optical drive for not looking nicer, but digging all the Cougar fans, they're the best

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, Actechy! I agree, the optical drive looks out of place. It would have been nice if Corsair had one of those doors that spring open to cover it. The Obsidian series design looks so clean that I think you might notice it even more. It's not sitting on my desk so it's not really that big of a deal.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

welcome to the 450d club! I have to wrestle that fan door to get it to do what I want. I like the colors you got going on. Too bad ODD's can't fit flush with the hdd bay covers, but still a good job!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks Viking! My first Corsair case and overall I really like it. I agree on the ODD, but it's a small flaw compared to how good overall the 450D is. Did you find the cable management in the back side of your 450D to pretty tight?

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah it was kinda tight. I had to keep pushing on the panel until it laid flush then I knew it was good. Boy it was a squeeze though. I just built in a 750d and it was aaaaamaziiing to cable manage.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I had to do the same thing. I wanted to get the 750D, but I have one of those desks that have cabinet space with a door for the computer and the 750D would not fit. Now that this build is done, I don't think I really need the extra size of the 750D since I'm only using 1 GPU.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

There's some spacious dual sli/cf set ups on here I think, but ya id upgrade the case before I got another gpu. Sturdy little case though, ya?

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely sturdy! Perfect size for what I need.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job, nice build, nice explanations. nuff said :D

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Tigershark!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

No need for such an expensive motherboard but +1.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I totally agree. I only build a new computer every five years so it was pretty easy to talk myself into it. I probably won't use all the features, but so far I like it, especially the Asus software.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I like everything about this build

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Ncarter13!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! Sorry if I missed it, but what is that piece that is plugged into the mobo right above the PSU?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The one that is metal plated is a Thunderbird II card and green one is the M.2 drive.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

i love looking at this build cause it features several of the parts i was planning on using. namely, the 450d case with a front mount push pull corsair aio and the seasonic 1000 platinum. i think the blue green is nice but for my build the scheme is going to be black and green. i'll probablly go with the h100i just cause it is cheaper. thanks for helping me visualize my layout. :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, and you're welcome! I still enjoy this setup. If you are thinking of going with the Corsair h100i then check this out. Just saw it last week:

http://www.corsair.com/en-us/hydro-series-h110i-gt-280mm-extreme-performance-liquid-cpu-cooler

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

alas the link gives me a 404 error bah! i'll keep an eye out for it though.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I just tried it and it works. It is for the Corsair h110i GT 280mm radiator.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

yay! it works now. that is one sexy cooler.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

One beast of a build

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, and the good thing is there have been no problems whatsoever.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

They fixed the software issues finally for the h100i. Really the only thing that's good about it is controlling the LED colors. Being that the Asus boards now have AI suite and Xpert.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Took them long enough! I want to get the Corsair RGB keyboard but I've heard that has software issues also.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea I mean my fans and everything always worked I just couldn't change my LED or see my pump (which I could still control with my mobo.)

As for the RGB; it's brand and brand new things need driver tweaks. Corsair keyboards are pretty solid. I like red and black though so I'm sticking with the k70 I already have.