Description

Recently replaced my 7 year old PC with this. So far I'm really happy with it's performances and I really love the white, black and red color scheme. The end result of this build is a really quiet sleek looking PC.

I had a budget of 1500$ and the objective was to get a performing gaming machine that could last a while, and had upgrade options for the future. I already had two WD Black 1TB drives in my old rig so I ended up saving quite a bit on storage. This freed some budget for the SSD drive that wasn't initially in the plans.

For the power supply, initially I wanted the same model 650W but it was priced the same as the 750Watt hence the overkill. It still hits the sweet spots of ~20% on idle and ~80% at full throttle to take advantage of the Gold certification, so all is well.

I had initially planned to purchase a graphic card around 250 $. I hesitated between the Rx470 4GB and The Rx480 and decided to splurge a little more and so far I ain't regretting it. This card is fast and perfect for my 1080p gaming needs. I have no plans to game in 4K, which would require me to purchase a new monitor anyway. Too much of an investment at the moment. Maybe in the future who knows.

The two Cougar fans (1 x 140mm frontal and 1 x 120mm bottom) are both plugged on the 3-speed fan controller that comes with the R4 Define case. I set these fans high when gaming and mid or low when not. It's a practical feature.

For those who wonder, I did a mod to the case so that the power led light is red instead of the original blue.

All prices are the actual price paid in Canadian dollars.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Z170 chipset not really necessary since I'm not overclocking at the moment, but this board has great features and allows for future upgrades. Very nice board at this price point.

Memory

Works great! The Red shielding looks even better in real life. The photo does not do it justice.

Storage

Great drive. Really fast and didn't need the extra write speeds of the PRO-series

Video Card

Great graphics card. Perfect for 1080 HD Gaming and future proof with it's directX 12 features. 4GB VRAM is enough for 1080p gaming, the 8GB version would have just been overkill. Only negative I can think of is the fan noise level when it's at full throttle.

Case

Love this case. Awesome cable management, modular drive bays, 2 stock 140mm fans are quiet and efficient, The noise dampening panels and fan filters add even more to it. The integrated 3-speed fan controller is really practical. I turn It up when gaming and down when I'm not. This helps to keep the noise level down a bit. This is simply the best case I've ever owned. If you don't like the default blue power LED light it's easy to change it for whatever color you want. I changed mine to a red led power light, to fit the rest of my build.

Power Supply

Great quality build, and great packaging. Love that the PSU is totally modular and that it comes with a nice material bag to store the unused cables. Extremely efficient and silent.

Optical Drive

Works as expected, nothing more nothing less.

Case Fan

Silent and even though the fan looks orange this lights up RED, which is exactly what I wanted.

Case Fan

Silent and even though the fan looks orange this lights up RED, which is exactly what I wanted.

Keyboard

Best Keyboard I ever owned. This keyboard is gorgeous, is fun to type on and has great lighting features. You can enable reactive typing, have 4 lighting settings to choose from (off, low, medium, high), have one profile for keys you want to light up, media keys (Play, pause, stop, next, previous, mute, volume) and a windows key lock. The Cherry MX red switches are awesome for gaming and are way better for typing than most people let on.

Extra bonus, the red lighting totally matches with my build.

Comments

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man! Thumbs up! I have a similar build myself.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Very sweet build. Good job.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but can you explain that funky fan placement by the psu there?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Placement is not ideal because of all those cables, but that fan was initially installed to give some more cooling for the GPU. The Rx 480 has loud fans and I basically wanted to keep it the coolest possible in order to delay their activation. With updated drivers and Asus software I was able to adjust the GPU fan settings, so that cougar fan by the psu isn't really necessary anymore except for aesthetic reasons: it glows red in my side window. lol

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a great build, however I would recommend moving the PC somewhere else. It's going to overheat in that small cabinet, and that can cause a lot of problems. I found this out the hard way.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

It should be renamed "sizzlin bacon"

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

The back and front are totally open so the in and out airflow isn't constricted. I monitored the temperatures in and out of the cabinet and see no noticeable changes.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok. When I was little my dad had a PC in a cabinet and I almost caused it to overheat because I didn't know I was supposed to leave the door open.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same style GPU but it's the 1060. I feel like mine is too loud. 50% fan speed sounds like 100% on other cards. is yours the same?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

also do you feel you get good airflow from the front fans? thinking about getting the same case.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

with two 140mm fans in the front the airflow is great. if you wanted to make it better you could even remove the top HDD/SDD cage completely which would un-obstruct completely the top fan. The bottom floor fan also helps to keep the GPU a little cooler. This case is excellent. The airflow options are great it's extremely silent and has many configuration options.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks that answers both my questions. I think my problem with my 1060 being so loud is probably just my poor airflow and small case. Will definitely be using this case next upgrade!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

My Rx 480 can be loud but with the extra cooling I added and with the card software I was able to tweak things enough so that the GPU fans don't get too loud.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

You mention you modded the power LED. Can you provide more detail on how you did that?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I basically followed the guide from the link provided bellow. Please note that if soldering isn't your thing, you can actually buy a new 2 pin cable with the led light of your choice and simply replace the existing one. Unfortunately for me those cables cost way too much to import in Canada and I couldn't find them in electronic shops near me. Maybe you'll get more luck than me on that end.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1450451/guide-fractal-design-r4-power-led-change

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Just a few questions about the asus dual rx480 4gb: How hot does the card get under load...have you seen any thermal throttling? Is it Really loud, as in stereotyped "jet plane taking off" amd card? This model i mean. Also out of interest does it have the fan thingy where it doesnt spin until ~60 degrees, or are the fans constantly on?

Thanks :)