Description

First build in a long time, coming back to windows from the Mac. Primary purpose is playing games and running cuda simulations for work (financial stuff). I wanted the machine to be fun & quick, with as little noise as possible. Running system at ~4feet away is around 42dB according to app on my phone, which is pretty decent. Getting killed by kids playing call of duty at max settings it gets to around 48dB, but I wear headphones anyways so its not a big deal.

The SSD-only was a bit of a leap but its working out great so far. Boots to windows (8) in about 5 seconds, which is neat. I figure its easy enough to just add additional drives if more space is required but I always overestimate storage requirements.

The CPU fan also helps with the noise and keeps temps plenty low. I had to try a couple of ways to get everything fit in, and still have the GPU sit in the x16 pcie slot but in the end it fits fine. You have to put the ram in first, and have it oriented horizontally or the clearance to the gpu is a little tight. Temps are fine ~40c under load, with my modest OC. Airflow in the case is great, and this case has 3 voltage settings to manually control case fan speeds and these are all on 5v - the lowest setting.

I'm also not sure if the heatsink is bent on purpose or if its faulty, does not really bother me but you can see it in one of the pictures.

3Dmark score details are entry{graphics=~26k,physics=~6400} extreme={5700,6400}. Real world results playing callOfDuty mainly are great - all max settings @ 2560x1440 with 60+FPS. Kiddo is a minecraft fiend but that game is just hosed from end to end in terms of render distance etc, at max settings it still renders poorly during lots of chunk updates (with high-res mods installed). I just dont think minecraft is a good benchmark.

The only problem Ive hit is the front audio jack on the case does not work with the motherboard, or its broken, or I've done something wrong. The mobo has realtek audio, which I think wants jack-detection to work properly, and i think the case might be using the ad-97 or whatever codec which is 1-pin different or something. Its not a big deal for me as audio out the back works fine but it might be for someone else.

RAM @ 16G was because Apropos tells everyone to do it... ;) But really for the additionally $20 bucks or whatever it seems silly to not load it up, even if individual games cant use it all.

Windows 8 is different, it works fine and all. Metro full screen apps on a 27" monitor are just silly, I find the desktop mode a much better fit.

Super happy with the machine, and thanks to this great site and community to helping me get everything work together.

Comments

  • 79 months ago
  • 6 points

Crazy, is all I have to say about this.

  • 79 months ago
  • 4 points

Be back in a second, have to go change my boxers...

  • 79 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm trying to stop drooling over that graphics card... I hope you've tried optifine, it'll let you take advantage of more processor cores in Minecraft, but you've probably heard of it. Dedicate the extra RAM to Minecraft in times of Redstone and TNT. You can get rid of the pesky metro start screen and bring back the original start button. You can also disable the hot corners. Here's a link on that: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/141702-how-to-bring-the-start-menu-and-button-back-to-windows-8
Amazing build.

  • 79 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow, awesome build, really not much you could improve on here.

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

(hears his name) Huh what??!! I said what?? "RAM @ 16G was because Apropos tells everyone to do it... ;)" t(''t) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Troll Face)

Ha ha ha ha Yo so funny. Great build and I love seeing people get children involved with building. Definitely awesome work and I'd love to hear some gaming tests you've done. If you feel like it come swap gamer reviews with me, I'm really interested in how your card performs in the games you play. http://www.facebook.com/IamApropos but I'm sure you already knew that ;)

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

(wouldn't let me edit)

When 16GB of ram is a pet peeve of mine is when a builder states "Gamer Build" or "Budget Build" and skimps on the GPU, and PSU and puts in 16GB of RAM which the extra expense could have upgraded another component that would have benefited performance. O.o

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

<3 Someone who actually uses 16 gigs of ram and a i7. (rendering)

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

You bought a 690!? Please tell me your career, I envy you! Nice build either way, witb the Fractal Design

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Why does this rig look exactly the same as many other PC gaming rigs? same parts, same case, same look etc yes i know its not impossible to have unique rigs without any similarities but surely this cannot be a coincidence lmao

But for the record not a bad rig at all, but the price is absolute crazy, what do you intend to use it for apart from gaming because surely you would have to be some sort of Pro to need a rig of this price :P

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree the case is not particularly flashy, but its functional in that its got great airflow and keeps things quiet. Also I think sites like this do to some extent encourage group-think - a lot of the parts I picked out are a result of other configs here.

On the cost side everything is relative - maybe I've become desensitized to price after being on the Apple side for so many years - a much more humble new 27-inch imac will put you back $3500, and don't even start speccing out their mac pros. Honestly this thing did not seem like that much of a ripoff to me.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy ****. Your GPU is the cost of my build. Far out. I love it, I'm a big fan of the R4, hope you enjoy it!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build man. I'm finalizing my build, and the Define R4 is at the top of my list for towers. I'm interested to see how the sound is. I'm going with a 512 ssd card and an h80 cooler. hopefully stays nice and quiet.

Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Most kids mess around and have fun, but this one builds computers :D Awesome build :D

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you remove the 2nd fan on the CPU cooler because it didn't fit or because it wasn't needed because of the case fan?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Look like RAM profile preventing 2nd Noctua Fan from being added.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

win 8- not a fan would have gone with a samsung 840 pro but other than that a beastly rig :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

My pants just got tight.

  • 79 months ago
  • 0 points

Can you buy me this? Outrageous..

  • 79 months ago
  • -1 points

Nice build, but I hope you're a hardcore gamer to warrant that card. Any card in the $400 range would be more than sufficient for any games out now.

  • 79 months ago
  • -2 points

Minecraft can only use one CPU core (and no GPU), so that performance is expected. Also, you spent a bit too much on HSF, mobo and PSU. Considered MicroATX?

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