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This is my new personal rig build. First thing first, not all this was purchased, alot of it was stuff i had laying around, and recycled parts from my old build. This build is awesome, super quiet, and has so far run everything at 1080p maxed out no problem. I will update with OC benchmarks when i get some time, lol. Comments welcome.

CPU: I was going to get a i5, but go big or go home right? lol

Cooler: First thing first, the stock fans that come with this cooler are awful. just terrible, and idk who at corsair thought including these junk fans was a good idea, but whatever. I just swapped them out for Noctuas.

MB: I only use ASUS MB's on my personal systems, matches the red theme i got going on.

Memory: Leftovers from the old build. I've had this memory for a while, just keeps working, so i will replace it when it dies.

SSD: I've had this SSD since they came out, no issues, super fast, go buy one now.

Video card: I'm, at heart, a AMD fanboy, so i had to represent somewhere in my system. Also, matches red theme.

Case: Needed something silent, and this fit the bill. I like the Fractal cases too, however just a lil bland for my taste, but thats me. I like to show off my PC, and their is nothing flashy about a black box, lol.

PSU: I only use SeaSonic PSU's for mu personal rigs. Cleanest power on the market. Recycled from old build.

Tell me what you think, I'm thinking about adding a extra 290x and upgrading the PSU. Then i could use my tower as a oven, lol.

Update 2/1/15: So i swapped out the case for the new R5, and upgraded the PSU getting ready for the second 290x. I was having heat problems with the H440, i just couldn't get enough fresh air in it, so i swapped out to the R5, and what a nice case.

Case: Wow, this R5 is awesome. Tons of cooling options, not the quietest thing ever, but nice. If your on the fence about buying one, just add it to cart, you wont be disappointed.

PSU: Ok, lets start by saying I know its overkill. Got it. However, I picked it up for only $139.99, so calm down. I only run Seasonic in my personal rigs, so why not.

So... Next is a second 290x, and a 1440p Freesync monitor when they come out. I'm stoked personally. Tell me what you think, always welcome feedback.

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Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

How quiet are these fans

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm curious what the total cost of the build is. It looks great though! Right now Tigerdirect has the NZXT H440 in red for real cheap. I'm currently using a Thermaltake New Soprano Snow White and while it's good, I think getting a white case was a bad idea. Thing is, my motherboard, Asus P8Z77V-LK, is blue. So is my ram. Ahhhhh the struggle!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

To be honest, i have no idea the total cost, lol. This is my personal rig, so most the parts have been collected over the past cople of builds and been recycled quite a few times. This the the 4th revision of my personal rig, and i think the only 2 original parts left are the PSU and my memory, lol.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

They make a black and blue version too.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thing is, the red one plus 3 Cougar hydraulic bearing 120mm case fans is $49.99 after rebate right now. The other ones are usually $100+.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Add more monitors first before you add another r9 290x and upgrade the PSU :D

+1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah i want to run a three monitor setup, just gotta find some extra cash laying around, lol.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Whatcha think about the picture quality of those monitors? Do you like them? Why only 4 stars?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

The picture quality is great, i have no complaints about the quality for the price, i just don't like the stand, too flimsy. I'm going to throw these on a vesa mount, so that will be kinda irrelevant. Or go 2k, haven't decided yet.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm debating on the Noctua redux fans on an h110 in a future build I'm planning. How do you like them so far? I can't bring myself to get normal ones because of the colors.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, the fans that come with the H110 suck, i mean just terrible. Also, now that i have a H110, i recommend you get a H100. The Nff12's from Noctua have better static pressure, and to be honest, in the real world, there is not a huge performance gain to be had going from the 100 to the 110. Just saying. As far as the fans go, they are fine, not ideal, i with they made there normal fans in a color besides poop brown, but such is life.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How are your fans on the h110 set up? The case I'm going with it the NZXT Phantom 530. I'm thinking of putting the rad in the upper part of the case (outside the frame, but under the cover) with the fans on top pulling air through the rad. I've seen a few builds that do that with the Kraken x61 & that's virtually the same size rad. If I can manage that, I'll probably just get regular Noctuas as the only way they'll be seen is if you look in through the top exhaust vent. Eventually I want to do use 4 fans in push/pull, but I've seen that may not be necessary with such a thin radiator.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I've got a push pull on the front intake of my case, to increase my static pressure. I've run it both ways, on top and front, and front works the best for me. Although, my graphics card is crazy hot, so that's why i put it in front. All the hot air in my case was rising and going right to the radiator, so it wasn't getting any cool air. Also, it might not help that my CPU is currently clocked at 4.8, lol.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I've heard some people had trouble putting an h110 in the top of their Fractal R5. Was it a tight fit? Also would like to see some more pictures of your rig if you have them.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

And... They are posted. Sorry i didn't have time when i did the update post the other day to post new pics. As far as the H110 goes, it was a easy fit. Way easier than the H440 because of the offset mounting.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you confirm you got the 140mm radiator? I was under the impression that it took the entire upper grill and was not offset. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a H110, 280mm Rad. And no, it does not take up the whole top, it is offset. Which if you are OCD like me, it kinda bugs me that it is not centered, but its nice to give you plenty of room to fun cables behind it, unlike the H440 i previously had. I had to basically smash the 8pin power with the H440 to fit the H110 on there, no problems with the R5.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info. I'm OCD like that as well so I might try to come up with some kind of rubber strip to cover the exposed grill. Nice build. Thanks again.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Ive been thinking about it, but i have positive airflow in my case, so in theory it should not collect too much dust.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you install your fans? (Which ones are front intake, which ones are on the watercooler) Because I'm planning on buying 2 nocua's NF P14 redux 900 for front intake, but i'm not sure what fans I should place on my h100i, pwm or regular ones...

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I have 2 140's at the front and 1 120 on the bottom as intake. I recommend you use PWM fans on you h100, because on most motherboards the CPU fan header, which you would use for your rad fans, is PWM controlled. Actually, all my fans are the Noctua NF-P14s, both front intake and the rads. the only 900 i have is for rear exhaust.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks for the advice. I will put PWM fans on the watercooler and go for two p14s redux 900 as front intake (I have a corsair 350D). I don't think it will make too much of a difference.