Description

I wanted a reasonable gaming machine to play the main first person shooters and day-Z.

Having always bought ‘off shelf’ and having never dabbled in overclocking and was quite interested in that also. My old machine (Dell studio XPS 435) has the first gen i7 processor. After upgrading to a Radeon 7777 to be honest was still producing reasonable results, but the MB really let it down with no 6GB/s SATA and USB2 ports only.

After some research I settled on the i5-4670k and the rest of the components fell into place.

The build was completed over two nights, but could have been done a lot quicker as I was really taking my time to get it right. The first night all the components were put together, nothing to report on processor memory or GFX card install.

The NZXT H400 was great, loads of room to manoeuvre and fit everything. The cabling can be nicely hidden away also. The CorsairH80i took a bit time to get in the front of the case, and this meant losing three of the five HDD bays. But no biggie, I only need 1 for a 1TB HDD and the SDDs are in the side window anyway. I can’t see me needing more.

The case comes with 4 HZXT fans (three 120mm in the front and a single 140mm in the back) the back fan was replaced with a Corsair 140mm red LED and an additional 2 Corsair 120mm red LED fans were added extracting from the top of the case with the spare HZXT fan left over from installing the H80i in the front. Not quite as quiet as I would like but by no means a deal breaker.

The second night was setting up the RAID-0 on the two Samsung 250GB installing the OS (Win 7), The MSI Z87 G45 required the OS to be installed so that I could install the MB RAID drivers and setup the RAID-0, only for that, of course to format the drives and require the OS to be reinstalled. I’m sure somebody will tell me where I was going wrong, but it was bloody quick installing the OS, and my method got me there in the end! Bear in mind this case hasn’t got a 5" bay so no optical drives for software install.

So five hours total build time, the only faults were fixed in 5 mins, the front audio jack was in mono (header on MB not quite connected) and Corsair Link didn’t pick up the H80i (swapped to another USB header on the MB).

Overclocked to 4.4GHz and job done, Getting a constant 60 FPS on Day-Z mod, 90-100 FPS on max settings on BF4

Now for some more lighting……….

Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

more pictures would be nice.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, very nice build for the price!! Are you running those SSD's in raid 0?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, running raid 0. I was only looking for faster transfer speeds, not fussed by striping. In theory I should get about 1000MB/s!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

sweet! Does it affect performance on the computer in any way?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

great build, +1! Very similar to what I just put together (first time build as well). I still only have the stock CPU cooler. How is the h80i holding up? I think I will eventually buy this cooler. What made you decide to put the rad in the front as opposed to the top, and do you have two fans for it in push/pull?

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

The H80i is great, even though I’m running at 4.4 GHz it keeps the processor under load at roughly 40c. I was thinking about the H100i with its increased radiator size but decided it wasn’t needed for the i5, and the case had enough room for, as you guessed, push/pull set up. The only worry about the H80i was the fan mounting screws are really long and actually start deforming the cooling veins on the radiator before the fans were properly seated. Thankfully it didn’t spring any leaks! The case recommend intakes on the front and exhausting through the top and back. Also it has a removable dust filter on the front but not on the top.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

How is that cpu working for ya? Thinking about getting one but an i3 might be more budget friendly for me anyway.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have any experience of the 4th Gen i3 but I'm sure they will pretty good, the research I did before the build suggested an i5 or i7 was better for a gaming rig and I wanted to spend that extra money on SSDs and a GTX770 so i5 it was.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

You can't go wrong with the 4670K. Although temps can be hellish if you want to OC. If you are looking into getting a 4th gen chip for overclocking I'd advise you wait til Devil's Canyon.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

A lot of people on here I see get the gtx 770 because its a beast of a card for the price!

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

Every generation, the card 1 step below the flagship is the best for the money usually, therefore, GTX 770 is the one to get! =)

It can easily be overclocked to almost reach 780 speeds anyways...

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

A very Nice build an a good description. Here is my suggestion: seperate the description with some spacers, makes it much easier to read. I would also LOVE more internal pictures to see the cable managment.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

You wish is my command! I will get some internal shots posted soon.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

:D

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Internal shots posted, the back is nowhere near as tidy as I would like, but lighting going in next week so will have another go at it.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good so far! The front is very neat!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Internal Pictures PLEEEEASE.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Done!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

well done

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Really awesome Build :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Love that case! Nice build :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice cable management I must say!

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