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BagelCo Violet

by BagelCo


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Date Published

Jan. 15, 2015

Date Built

Jan. 15, 2015

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

20.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C


This is my first build, I plan on doing a bit more cable management but this is the full build as of now.

I have used laptops most of my school life and decided enough was enough and went all-out on a computer build that's upgradable and pass the test of time. I am a music producer and artist so having a decent processor and hard drive was a must. Now when running my DAW even with the most complex compositions the CPU hardly reaches half load (then again I freeze half my tracks so whoops) It runs the boot and programs off of the SSD and uses the 3tb 7200rpm mechanical drive for storage which makes for a pretty snappy experience.

But of course this is simply amazing for gaming as well, could not find a single game at 1080p that could slow this thing down. It's almost too good to have run on just a 1080p monitor so a 1440p monitor is making it's way to my desk soon enough. It also kept relatively cool on the inside during load.

Editing and rendering videos is another plus of this build, I think I almost cut my rendering time down in half.

Overall I've been super happy with what I've put together and hope it lasts for years to come

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Retroman 4 points 41 months ago

Interesting case, thanks for sharing +1

NaturalCarr 1 point 41 months ago

This is a nice build! And not to overshadow it, but that case is amazing. I bought a Bitfenix Prodigy and regret it, that thing looks like exactly what I wanted out of this pos case I have.

stevengibsonXD 1 point 41 months ago

How is this case for cable management?.

BagelCo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

There's a compartment below the motherboard where you can use to stuff your cables but other than that there's alot of work to be done. If you try routing the cables from under the motherboard you'll probably end up taking out a few screws everytime you need to adjust cables but once it's set it seems pretty clean.

Eschaton 6 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Nice build, but temps on that CPU are a little high for stock. When you get a chance you might want to see if you can improve the seating of the sink against the CPU, or else perhaps airflow is at fault.

Mark8008 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

You have to keep in mind ambient temperatures too, but its worth a try to get them lower with a re-seat.

Eschaton 6 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

I'm gonna go ahead and take a wild guess; a dude with a leather computer chair doesn't have high ambient temps.

At least, I hope not.

BagelCo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

It's cold here, like realllly cold. But it also could be I read the temps wrong from it. I don't know whether to read the core temp off of SpeedFan or the CPU temp reader off the motherboard. And if I DO read the temps off the cores they vary greatly and can't get an average.

Eschaton 6 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

SpeedFan should be accurate enough... does it feel hot to the touch under load?

BagelCo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

The pump itself is warm but I figure that's just the pump, it never gets hot, the radiator ontop gets fairly hot though.

Buildamat14 1 point 41 months ago

Looks really good. I am looking to build my first and everytime I read about these "minor" issues I get worried. Haha. I guess I will just have to give it a shot. Anyways, nice work!

PyroFuzion 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

The case reminds me of my case when I got it out of the box, with all the shipping foam around it. Looks cool.

BagelCo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

I really think the stand offs and surrounding plastic handles are a great feature of this case, it gives it a nice upwards tilt so none of the faces can really be blocked off and suffocate the case (not to mention they're super strong, I could sit on them no problem)

Buildamat14 1 point 41 months ago

I wanted to ask you since you have built in the case. Will these parts work?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $219.88 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $97.12 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $122.88 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $139.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $129.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $97.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card $339.95 @ Amazon
Case Xigmatek Aquila MicroATX Mini Tower Case $119.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CSM 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $74.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $52.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Wireless Network Adapter Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $29.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan Corsair CO-9050017-WLED 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan $14.02 @ Mwave
Case Fan Corsair SP140 49.5 CFM 140mm Fan $15.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Corsair K95 Wired Gaming Keyboard $129.99 @ Amazon
Mouse Razer Taipan Wired Laser Mouse $54.99 @ Amazon
Speakers Creative Labs GigaWorks T3 80W 2.1ch Speakers $149.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1880.68
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-18 02:54 EST-0500
BagelCo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Looks good to me, I like it!

The first issue I see is the cpu cooler, if you're going to mount it on the top like I did, it might hang down so low, it'll touch the 970 in your case. I suggest getting a model/configuration that only uses one fan or only use one fan if you get that one.

But what I would do is download Windows 8.1 from Microsoft and get a product key to activate it from productkeycode.com I got mine from there and it was only $35 and genuine.

Another thing is the keyboard... the K95 is known to have a serious LED problem where the lights under the keys short out very easily and many have reported several of their key lights dying. I suggest getting the K70 if you need a close replacement.

Finally if you're willing to drop another $20 you can get the G1 edition of the Gigabyte GTX 970, it's the highest clocked 970 on the market as of now and runs the coolest from what I've seen. I have the G1 and I'd say it's worth the extra premium.

Buildamat14 1 point 41 months ago

So how do I figure out if the cooler will hang too low? Pretty much I have to wait and get it to see? Maybe I should just find one I know will work?!?! Also, could you send me a link to the GPU you suggested? And thanks!

BagelCo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

It's just my concern because that radiator looks excessively thick. I took a quick measurement and there's about 3 and a half inches of clearance to the top of the case from the top of the GTX 970. I'm sure you can find plenty of other closed liquid coolers that have a thinner radiator and only use only one fan but still advertise as a "pro" or "extreme" cooling solution. Corsair has a few to offer for sure.

And here's the GTX 970 G1: https://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn970g1gaming4gd

quickcash2008 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Nice build 2 thumbs up man!

Danrobbank 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Hey man. nice build I've got a aquila too. What front fan you using because stock one isn't that great.

Check mine http://pcpartpicker.com/b/7kQV3C

BagelCo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Thermaltake makes great 200mm fans, the one I got really helped with airflow, only problem is that it's too thick to fit behind the front grill so you have to mount it on the other side of the front.


Danrobbank 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Hi thanks for reply. Ok. But the fan is where the stock one was in photo 6? So does that not fit ?

BagelCo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

NO wait that is the thermaltake fan... I guess it does fit? I no longer have this build in particular so I'm going off memory. But yes that is the thermaltake

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