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Built this for my 18th birthday. I was tired of my 5 year old Toshiba laptop which was slow, and ran very hot, so I started looking for a replacement and figured that it was just easier to build my own. Very satisfied with my work here, Its quiet, runs cool, and performs excellent!

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  • 61 months ago
  • 7 points

"Dear Noctua, your fan colors suck. The fans themselves perform great and are quiet, no question. However, they manage to clash with almost every color scheme known to mankind. Take the nice, cleanly cable-managed AMD system this gentleman has built; white and black with subtle accents of red and gold, then one's eye is assaulted by the bodily waste colors of the fans on your otherwise most excellent heatsink, the NH-D14, center stage in the window of his case. The submitter of the build in question possesses more forbearance and a greater thirst for air-cooled performance than I to have allowed such a travesty of color coordination entry into his otherwise most puissant build. Please, I ask of you, the most excellent engineers at Noctua, to give most urgent consideration to changing the colors of your fans to delight the eye as well as provide surpassing performance. Humbly yours, eopest."

(AND build, +1. OOD & card reader, +2. Filling up all the RAM slots so your rig doesn't look like Mike Tyson's smile, +2. :-) )

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

It's so easy to spot Noctua fans. You don't even need to read the part list to know a build uses their products. One of the ugliest color tone for computer parts, so it's better to buy windowless cases to hide everything.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that Noctua does it for the very reason you just stated, "You don't even need to read the part list to know a build uses their products". My problem is that they get away with making a build look ugly for marketing reasons. What if say, Bitfenix, did something like that? or Corsair?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually love the noctua fan colors. They do clash with other color schemes, but in an all-black or all-white build i personally think it would look amazing

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought Noctua fans were ugly too, then I came across this build, and my opinion completely changed http://pcpartpicker.com/b/GrYrxr

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

I did say "...almost every color scheme..."; if you coordinate in their colors then yeah, it'll look decent. I'm just saying they shouldn't look like sewer waste from the get-go.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, they should make a black variation of their fans. It would appeal to a lot more customers.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish you could get their coolers to ship with the Redux fans.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I painted my fans black, works and looks great ;)

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. The 8350 is solid and I have used it in several builds. Any reason for a WD and a Seagate HDD, rather than two of one kind?

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Pulled the WD out of an external hard drive enclosure I had laying around...

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on your build and although it may never be as portable as a laptop it will not leave you longing for performance.

Well done !!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful pictures and build! how you liking that case?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the case!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

If you don’t mind me asking where did you get it? I’ve looked high and low for that case and I wasn’t able to get my hands on one. Did you already own it?

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Great looking build and nice photos!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Are you sure that idle temp is accurate? Just seems really low to me. Other than that, fantastic build!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome rig i love it

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Everybody loves WD well i dont i have about 6 hhd's and 1 ssd in my pc and one of the only drives that had problems was my WD green drive. But dont mind that awsome build trough it looks awsome.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, Not a big fan of WD, Pulled it out of an old external HDD enclosure... :P

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

xD

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet build!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Still don't understand how to add photos to this site...

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful Build man +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Why thank you sir!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Aye man welcome to the club! im running a 270x and a FX6300 so were not to far off Nice build! +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Do the stickers make it go faster? :P

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, Clock speed is boosted to 100GHz and ram is quadrupled in size.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, I've got to buy me some stickers!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. Although 16gb of ram and an fx 8350 is kinda overkill for an r9 270x.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I use this as a combo, I do alot of photo editing so I need a decent amount of ram for the CS programs, Still don't fill it up however! And I play some intense games, looking to upgrade to a 970 of sorts in the near future.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

I was inclined to go with the NZXT Aperture M flash card reader for my own build, but I bumped in to too many reviews that manufacturing quality was highly uneven, and that the card reader was a USB2 peripheral running at USB2 speeds. What's your experience been?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't had a problem with mine, yes the cards do run at usb 2 speeds, but It does work pretty good, the transfer speeds are fast.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

late happy 18th b day, awesome build and nice choice on the cpu. nice price u got on the msi radeon r9 series for graphics card.

1+!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! its actually a year since I built this but I hadn't gotten around to posting this, I will be replacing the 270x with either a 970 from msi.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

44 degrees Fahrenheit would be pretty darn chilly on an air cooler.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

amd chips are hard to read when they drop below 20c, they start to jump around on the temp readings

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  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

yep, i know amd's cool and quiet settings help with that a lot

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

its an AMD error of some sort. I have a 8320 and right now its reading 2C with an h60 cooler. The processor cant actually get colder than the room temperature, not by much anyways. Using HWMonitor I found that mine actually idles at 34C.

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

It's not possible for it to be 7.2C unless his room is 7.2C. I think AjKulikowski is right and it is an AMD error cause my processor reads very low (Like at 12C and the room is about 21C) in temp when idle.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

http://www.smbitjournal.com/2014/05/understanding-the-western-digital-sata-drive-lineup-2014/

Check out that link. It explains the differences. Hope this helps. :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I have used WD greens on a couple of builds. Oldest is about 4 years old and no issues. I just used two 4TB greens in a recent build.

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

WD Greens are awesome for data drives, I personally am using 5 year old wd greens that are still going strong.

However, they are green, so you sacrifice speed for energy efficiency. This won't matter for pure data drives/backup drives. But if you put a OS on it then it will slow down.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the asus variant. Its pretty solid for 1080p 60ish fps in most games

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I built this a year ago and finally got around to posting this... the card is good, but I am going to replace it with a Nvidia 970