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……….