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My Raging Clue! This build started out as a slow piece-together/use what I had already type of idea but quickly spiraled into me buying a ton of stuff at once and reusing some things . I already owned the monitors (I've had the Samsung for YEARS...it was $320 when I bought it...insane for what you can get these days for that price), speakers, OS, CPU, Black Magic Intensity Pro, Razer Lycosa, Razer Mamba, Astro A40's (Red BXR, although the parts list says Black), the 120gb SSD, and the 1tb and 2tb HDD's from a previous PC build.

I use the machine for gaming and video editing and way down the road I plan to buy another GTX 770 for an SLI configuration, another 16gb of Ripjaws X, and MAAAYBE upgrade the cpu...I've never once had a complaint about my 2600s but I wouldn't mind a K series.

Installation couldn't have gone any easier, I took my time and completed it in a couple of nights after work and in between gaming with friends, most of my time was devoted to cable management since I'm a stickler for that stuff. I had a bunch of LED's laying around and originally installed red (no pictures) but I ended up deciding on orange!

I used the "two thin line" thermal paste application method and slapped the 212 EVO onto the CPU. My suggestion for installing the EVO is to line up your screws on the X to the mount before running the X through the cooler, once you have the screws where they need to be (after making any adjustments) then run the X through the cooler and screw it on to your CPU.

The Fractal Define R4 windowed case is an absolute monster. It's super heavy duty, super quiet, and sexy. While installing all of my software and monitoring cpu and gpu temps on the first night I had the case pulled out by my feet and the air coming out of that thing was making my feet cold. In the pictures you can see that I have not added any more fans, just what the case came with. You can also see that I mounted my SSDs on the back and my two HDDs in the drive bays, allowing me to remove the secondary drive bay and move the front 140mm fan up to the top slot. I think it helps a ton to have that fan pulling in and shooting straight into the case with nothing to block the airflow.

PNY SSDs - I've read and heard a lot about sandforce powered SSDs and these perform wonderfully. My ONLY complaint is that they are not showing up in the PNY Firmware update tool, so I haven't been able to update their firmware.

ASRock mobo...man this thing is nice. The BIOS had me from hello, I absolutely love it. There is a "No-K OC" overclock option for the CPU and since I have an S series I turned it on. (It has been on since initial setup, so all my cpu temperature values include that option being active)

I've never owned a PC that could run new games at max settings so this is a huge eye opener for me, while playing Skyrim I stood on top of a mountain watching the snow fall on Ultra settings and asked myself why I didn't take the plunge long, long, ago.

If you have any questions feel free to ask me! If I think of anything else that came up during the build I'll be sure to add it, but it was really problem free. I worked at a very steady pace and was surprised when everything booted up fine on the first try, haha!

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! +1

Just 2 questions, why a windowed case if you're keeping it in a cabinet? How are those speakers lying down?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm a sucker for shiny things so windowed was my first choice and I didn't really think about going solid lol. I guess it gives me the option to show it off if I ever get rid of this desk.

As for the speakers, I rarely ever use them. As soon as I sit down I throw my headset on. Whenever I do decide to use em, no complaints. I just don't have the room to stand them up without blocking some screen space.

I appreciate the +1!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm in the same boat with the speakers, and I've never seen anyone use them on their side before. If they sound the same, and have no cons aside to looking a bit weird, I might do it too!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd say go for it! I haven't notice any change in sound.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

ive got the same psu but my cables are.........horrendous compared to this nice job

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sir!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

did you feel that the cpu power connector was a little short? i have an R4 too and when i tried routing the power connector to the top of the mobo from the bottom grommet hole to the top it felt like it was gonna pop out sligtly

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine was good man! I had a ton of slack with my EVGA psu and that case. If you look at the clean picture of the wires in the back...the cpu power goes along the bottom of the case, up the right side, and then out the grommet above the cpu power socket. You can kind of get an idea of just how much cable length I had to work with.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

You should keep your eyes open for the new 6BG versions of the 780 and 780Ti. For 540$, I'd say its a huge bump over your current card. I say all this with the idea in mind that you just return your current card and pay the difference for the new one.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh, nice! Thanks for the heads up!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, simple but effective. Up +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Great pictures and description of everything. I really appreciate it when builders take the time to talk about their project, the why, the how, the when. It gives so much more meaning to what would otherwise just be one more box filled with hardware.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I appreciate it and I completely agree!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

You should move the GPU to the top PCI-e x16 slot. Will give you better performance. Other than that, nice looking build! +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tip, will do!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Good work on stealthing out those SSDs, love that approach. Judging by the price, you bought the 120GB a while back?

+1 on a nice, clean system!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah, I bought that 120gb about a year ago-ish. It's been holding up very nicely!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Seems like a good build to me (wish I had $3k+ to spend on a build lol)

Only suggestion I have: unless you have dealt with the setup in the past; don't waist time and money on SLI.

I had it for a short period. And even though it wasn't high end cards; I rarely ever noticed any performance boost. And in some games I actually had to disable the SLI in the nVidia settings for the games to not run with stutters.

Now, I'm not sure if there is a single card worth getting that has a big enough boost for you past what you have. But I'd look at a single-card setup/upgrade before an SLI setup.

But, if you get SLI; hopefully you will have better luck than me.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Great info, thanks for sharing.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Very Nice Build Sir!

I looked at your build because I'm shortly starting a build in a R4 Blackout edition, and wanted to see how the case worked out for others...

Excellent work, nice hardware choices! SSD's look great back on the back of the MB panel!

Great stuff, thanks for the build log and the photos!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a bunch for the kind words! I think you'll thoroughly enjoy the case. I love it!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent dude! Beautiful cable management...Probably the best i've seen, you can see like any wires

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you!

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I don't have an exact number, but I transferred a little over a gig to it from my other SSD in about 15ish seconds. There's some accurate science for ya lol

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thanks! I appreciate it. Have you played Stick of Truth? It's SUPER funny. I'm loving it.

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha! Thank you sir and no problem, I'm sure you'll love it.