Description

This machine is strictly for gaming and replaces my old 3570K machine. Build went smoothly except that I installed the D15 on the board before putting the board in the case. This made it hard to secure the board and plug in some things since the D15 is quite large.

This cooler does a fantastic job though and the CPU only hits in the 80's temp wise after running Prime95 small FTT's for quite a while. Under normal gaming I've never seen the CPU go over the low 60's yet. I went with this cooler as it provides the best performance without worrying about fluid leaking in the future.

I don't care for RGB/LED and tried to avoid it where possible. Also, I don't want any distracting lights off to the side when I'm gaming on my 65" LED TV.

The 9700K is running 5 Ghz on all cores and the 1070 Ti is running 2050 Mhz.

Note* Part prices do not reflect prices I paid.

Part Reviews

CPU

Powerful 8 core CPU that easily overclocked to 5Ghz on all cores. Doesn't run as hot as expected but that may be because of the D15 I'm using to cool it.

CPU Cooler

Fantastic cooling. I think this is the best air cooler on the market and I can see why.

Motherboard

Seems like a solid board with great features for the price. I've always liked Asus boards and found them good for overclocking on.

Memory

This was the cheapest 16GB kit at the time. Also needed the low clearance on these for the Noctua D15 cooler.

Storage

I think the name speaks for itself.

Video Card

Great card for 1080p and decent for 1440p. Overclocks well and stays pretty cool while doing it.

Case

Looks great, plenty of airflow, with great build quality and cable management. What more could you ask for.

Power Supply

Best buy for the price and component quality at the time. Didn't want to pay a higher premium for a Gold Certified. This unit actually meets Silver standards as tested by JonnyGURU and has high quality components inside.

Case Fan

Tons of airflow but a little noisy at full tilt. About what I expected for 118.2 CFM. I don't know of any fan pushing as much CFM at the same size. Plus no RGB so you don't even see them which is a plus.

Headphones

So far so good. Great range, comfortable, good sound, and long batter life.

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like the performance of the Noctua coolers, but can't convince myself to use one solely due to the pure ugliness of the things. Brown does not compliment much. lmao

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

haha I could care less the colour since the PC sits beside my entertainment center and the inside is never seen. I do believe black fans would allow them to sell more since a lot of people do care about the colour. I will admit, the brown/beige is ugly.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the performance of the graphics card and overall up to date ?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

No complaints. I mostly play at 1080p (65" TV that I sit 10 feet away from) but play some games at 1440p and I have not had any framerate issues on highest settings for any games yet. Their may be some titles out there that this card won't do 60+ FPS @ 1440p but everything I've thrown at it has been fine.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Great looking build. I am planning something very similar. Although I plan on using the NH-U12A because of the supposedly same performance in smaller form factor. Have you thought about adding any top fans to bring temps even further down? I have a couple of extra NF-A12x25 PWM lying around, thinking about adding those. But maybe that will disrupt airflow? I don't know.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I've done some research as to whether or not adding top fans would help but it's inconclusive. I do have a Fractal 120 that came with the case that might help if put in the top rear but to be honest, the temps are pretty good as it is. Low 60's on the CPU while gaming and low to mid 80's stress testing with Prime95 and Realbench.

The NH-U12A is a good alternative if the D15 is to big for your liking. It's a little more expensive, a few degrees warmer (D15 is still the king of air coolers), but around 3/4 the size.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

True, it is unclear to say the least. Those temps are pretty good though. I will try adding another 120mm on the top rear for exhaust, while replacing the rear stock fan with another NF-A12x25. Paired with a couple of NF-A14's also replacing the stock one on the front for intake, should still maintain a positive pressure and give decent airflow.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

You will definitely still have positive pressure with that setup. Two 140s upfront is definitely the best choice for this case. I may throw my other 120 in the top rear and do some testing in the next few days and see if I can actually see any difference. I just worry it will try to rob some air from the D15 and decrease it's effectiveness.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Cheers. Nice to tweak things to see if you can improve them. I look forward to hearing what results it will yield. I just got to ordering the parts for my build. I will leave a comment here as well once I see what kind of cooling I can achieve. Thanks for responding.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Np. I'll post back here when I get the results and I'm interested in hearing yours as well. Good luck with the build!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any ram clearance issues? I'm about to start a build with the same cooler and ram and seeing a few conflicting things about it

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

You have to set the fan a little higher on the heat sink compared to the middle fan due to the ram height. The fan still sits low enough to provide good cooling though and you can place the fan at any height so no issues there. To be honest, the fan over the ram just barely lets me put the glass side of the case on all the way. It is a very tight fit, so if you use this case your fine but I'm not sure how well it will fit in other cases.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Very close to what I want to build

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I would recommend every part of this build as I have no regrets with any of them. The GPU is the weakest link, but I wasn't will to spend an additional $150 CAD plus tax to step up to a 2070 or 1080 Ti.

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  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It's quite an upgrade from my 3570K machine.