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"Black Cherry" - 1st Build

by The.Geeked.

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24 Comments

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Date Published

Sept. 11, 2015

Date Built

Sept. 9, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.4GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.1GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.1GHz

Description

I'm using this build for 1080p gaming, video and picture editing.

Booting Windows 10 from a Samsung SM951 128GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive using a Lycom DT-120 M.2 PCIe to PCIe 3.0 x4 Adapter with a Noctua NF-A4x10 4.8 CFM 40mm Fan mounted to it to keep the SSD cool. -Update- posted pictures of how I mounted the fan with 3M double sided tape onto the adapter.

I've been using laptops for the last 10+ years, so I wanted to build something powerful; wayyy more powerful than my current laptop in a small Micro ATX case. In-which The DIYPC - "DIY-N8-BK" Black case I used is a awesome looking case with a NZXT Phantom design to it that I got from Newegg that is packed with features for the $40 I paid for it.

Part Reviews

CPU

Better than a i5 if you don't plan on overclocking for the same cost! whats not to like?

CPU Cooler

Low profile cooler that once the stock fan is changed will give your CPU very good temperatures, add much needed open air space in smaller builds and sexyness to boot.

Thermal Compound

Best paste hands down! I would use nothing less.

Motherboard

Feature pack gaming motherboard for a low cost and has a red LED line next to the audio that matches a red themed build.

Memory

Works and looks sexy. Managed to get a nice 2400mhz overclock on these but lowered it down to 2133mhz as that seemed like the best performance gain.

Storage

This is the fastest M.2 PCI-E 3.0x4 AHCI SSD out. 2-5 sec windows 10 boot times.

Storage

Good basic storage for media and games.

Video Card

I'm using this to game on 1080p at 60 FPS and works out awesome with two new features I'm in love with using, one of its features called Virtual Super Resolution (VSR) "Get quality that rivals 4K, even on a 1080p display, designed to automatically re-render games at higher resolutions and dynamically rescale them for HD displays at higher quality and visual details."

Then there is Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC) "Fine-tune your graphics with real-time frame rate control limiting the target frame rate during gameplay, reducing GPU power consumption." I can keep games at a low 60FPS as my 1080p 40'' TV isn't the best 60Hz out there

Case

Awesome looking case with a NZXT Phantom design.

Pros: This case is perfect for the price that I brought it for. It has room in the front inside of the case for a 240mm radiator and two fans can be mounted on the other side of said radiator for a push and pull setup.

If you're not using a 240mm AIO cooler then two fans can be mounted on the inside of the case while one on the outer side to the bottom next to the drive cage, giving you three front fans. There is also a fan mount on the top of the case that will fit a normal 120 fan or AIO 120mm cooler to be use there or on the back fan mount.

Amazing cable management, Mobo tray has top, bottom and two side cut outs for your 4/8-pin CPU plug/24-pin plug/3.0 usb plug/fans/case headers then behind the mobo tray is a SSD mount and the bulge on the side panel gives you room to hide cables, a lot of cable ties too.

It comes with a nice on/off fan controller using molex connection, was not expecting that one. Dust filter for your PSU on the bottom of the case, a USB 3.0 port and a nice smoked side panel window.

Cons: Only one USB 3.0 port. Only three screws holding the bottom front fan. Drive cage isn't removable. PCI brackets are only removable and can't be replaced back on.

Power Supply

Very good quiet PSU, comes with all black flat cables and is modular.

Operating System

I think I'm in love with Cortana, But in all seriousness windows 10 is much faster than windows 7 OS that I came from before my current build and once you get over the few little Privacy problems its a wonderful new OS.

Case Fan

Very powerful fan for its size! using it to keep my Samsung SM951 128GB cool.

Case Fan

I got this to replace the stock fan on my Cooler Master GeminII M4 and I must say that its preformance is very good and is a quiet running fan.

Case Fan

A Lovely 2-pack, lights up great and doesn't make that much noise. I would highly recommend this product.

Case Fan

Using this SP fan to blow air through my HDD bay. It lights up great and doesn't make that much noise. I would highly recommend this product

Comments Sorted by:

DEnumber50 3 points 23 months ago

+1 I like the build, good theme. Cannot believe the size of the video card though! Looks like it just barely fit in there...

The.Geeked. submitter 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

as I had installed two inside front fans it was a little hard to get that sucker in but I got it to work out.

Decacore 3 points 23 months ago

Great build +1! P.S. Mod that MSI GPU LED to red and then it will be perfect

The.Geeked. submitter 1 Build 3 points 23 months ago

If I only knew how buddy, would've been did it.

biggles5107 2 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Love the build and the color scheme. The case looks really tight for an ATX case. I definitely see a lot of red/black builds (myself included) but man does it look as great as ever.

+1 for the Xeon. It's a super underrated processor, and dat price doe.

What I'm wondering is, what did you do with that Noctua fan?

The.Geeked. submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

using it to keep my Samsung SM951 128GB cool, I posted pictures of how I mounted the fan on the adapter.

biggles5107 2 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

That's actually really smart. Personally I would have just slapped a heatsink on that sucker for passive cooling but I've heard those things get super hot. Active cooling is the way to go here.

Rashid_A_Sal 1 point 22 months ago

This case is not a ATX case, its micro ATX but just a bit smaller than the usual size

biggles5107 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

So it is. I don't recognize micro ATX boards very well. All I see on here is ATX and ITX builds on here, lol.

Thrillcam 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

GENIUS. Great use of a 40mm fan. +1

bayonetta4life 2 points 15 months ago

That fan on the SSD is hilarious! Cool build, cool theme!

Bigbadaje 1 point 21 months ago

i got a question dude can you run 8 fans at one time with your board plz reply intrested in the board!

The.Geeked. submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

NO, this board only has three 4-pin fan headers and one CPU fan header. Your going to need a fan controller or two of theses CCoboc LP44TX4-16 Sleeved 16 inch 4-pin Molex LP4 to Four4 x 4-pin TX4 PWM Fan Power Splitter Adapter Converter Cable with one TX4 Female for RPM Feedback to power your fans from your PSU, while using the one TX4 Female for RPM Feedback to control 4 RPM fans for each adapter. I'm using one for 3 case fans.

encid 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Awesome build, love the color scheme.

One note: on your last picture, I can see that your RAM is only running at 1066 MHz (should be 1600). Fix this in the BIOS!

fidelcashflow 0 points 23 months ago

Why the R9 390? Isn't 8GB a bit much for 1080p? Considering its stock clock I mean.

The.Geeked. submitter 1 Build 4 points 23 months ago

Overkill is always better if plans will allow it, I plan on buying 3 1080p 144Hz monitors in the future so I wanted something with power and alot of vram. Also I'm enjoying using this to game on 1080p with two new features I'm using, one of its features called Virtual Super Resolution (VSR) "Get quality that rivals 4K, even on a 1080p display, designed to automatically re-render games at higher resolutions and dynamically rescale them for HD displays at higher quality and visual details."

Then there is Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC) "Fine-tune your graphics with real-time frame rate control limiting the target frame rate during gameplay, reducing GPU power consumption." I can keep games at a low 60FPS as my 1080p 40'' TV isn't the best 60Hz out there

tiny_voices 2 Builds 0 points 23 months ago

Very clean and nice build. I would probably have used a different PSU, but otherwise it looks great!

The.Geeked. submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

At the time I was only going for a GTX 970 or GTX 980Ti so I went ahead and brought that PSU before the video card was changed to a R9 390X.

A R9 390x will work on a 600w PSU https://forum-en.msi.com/faq/article/power-requirements-for-graphics-cards

but its working fine for now as I'm not over clocking anything, only time will tell if I will have to change out the PSU.

tiny_voices 2 Builds 3 points 23 months ago

A 390x will work on a GOOD 600w PSU, not any 600w PSU. This is important to remember.

A Seasonic 600w? Sure. A Corsair CX600? No chance.

noap7 1 point 23 months ago

Truth!

mckeer 1 point 22 months ago

The RM series of PSUs from Corsair aren't so bad actually, definitely better than the CX series. Honestly, the OP should've gone for an AX or HX series

tiny_voices 2 Builds 0 points 22 months ago

The RM are pretty bad. The RMi and RMx are good. The standard RM units are not good. The 750 and 850 can't even make their full wattage and stay with spec. Definitely not recommended.

mckeer 1 point 22 months ago

Sorry, I meant the RMi and RMx series.

:)

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