Description

Hello Brethren! I bring forth another build for you today. Here we have a pure gaming build with a few key requirements. The new owner will be putting this in his living room to not only game, but watch movies and control his entertainment center. He had around $1300 to meet his specifications and get the best system for his needs.

Goals for this build:

  • Blue/White/Black color theme with LED lighting
  • Mid-tower that didn’t attract too much attention while maintaining style
  • Quiet operation for the living room environment

PARTS:

  • CPU:

The 4690K is rock solid in gaming performance. There isn’t much to discuss on that topic. I gave it a moderate 4.2 overclock at 1.15v and ran all of my tests at those settings. It was 100% stable and the temps were great.

  • CPU COOLER:

I wanted to test a Cryorig cooler so bad! I was originally looking at the H7, but it went out of stock just before I could order. Instead I opted for the H5 to maintain the color theme and keep noise levels low. This is a very nice cooler. It has one of the simplest mounting mechanisms I’ve ever seen and is 1150 ready, right out of the box. The design itself is interesting, with a hexagon fin layout and thin 140mm fan. I was really impressed by the performance numbers. Load temps were only slightly higher, within margin of error, of the Phanteks PH-TC12DX, that I love so dearly.

  • MOTHERBOARD:

This is the 2nd time I’ve used this board. It’s very nice considering the price. The overall style is simple, but the all-white and black color is amazing. It’s refreshing to have a purely black PCB! I would love to see some Krait designs on the new Z910 platform in the range of the Gaming 5-9 boards, something with a higher feature set.

  • MEMORY:

I’ve been going with 1866 memory on my gaming builds for a bit now. Not that the numbers will show much of a difference, but when the price is the same, why not? I love Corsair Vengeance RAM and will continue to use them whenever I can. This kit fit perfectly with the H5 Universal and looks great against the white/black of the Krait.

  • STORAGE:

850 EVO FOR LIFE! These SSDs are rock and roll. I’m also loving how the prices have dropped considerably, making it affordable to get a high quality 250GB drive without sacrificing other things. The WD Blue 1TB is for all of the other things he might need to store, nothing new in terms of drive layout here.

  • GPU:

I’ve used this card before and had great success with it. The 970 is a very nice card for the price. I considered the 390, but at the time of purchase it was only a day or two old. Performance numbers are really solid and were improved over my previous 4690k/970 build. Leads me to believe Nvidia is making moves in the right direction in terms of driver optimization. See the benchmarks for all the details.

  • CASE:

Ah the R5. I had to get my hands on it once. It was a pleasant building experience, with lots of room to work with; plenty of grommets, cable tie points, and well-crafted materials. Fractal Design is doing really good things over in Sweden. I can’t say I had a single complaint about the case. It is an eye catcher, without looking like a space ship or having wild colors. The sound dampening foam was a major interest of the new owner since t will be in his living room. Bravo Fractal!

  • PSU:

The EVGA NEX 650 is a really nice PSU for the price. While not being of the utmost quality, it will have no problem handling this system. I’m a sucker for all black, full-modular cabling. Not that it makes the build a ton easier, but it looks better and makes for much easier PSU replacement in the chance of a failure. This is the loudest fan in the system though. I didn’t hear any coil whine, but the fan was audible over the rest. When you put on the side panel the sounds are gone, but just a noteworthy concern.

  • EXTRAS:

The NZXT Hue is my go to, cheap, effective lighting solution. It’s easy to install, can be hidden behind the R5’s front door, and lets you adjust to any lighting you might want.

The optical drive was a user request. He may have old games on disc, or want to play a DVD. There are still uses for these things, even though I’m sure we would be happy to see them gone forever.


CONCLUSION:

This build turned out wonderfully! I didn’t have a single problem with anything fitting incorrectly or having to make any on-the-fly adjustments. The system performs admirably and looks classy. The new user has seen the pictures and is very happy with the results. It stays extremely quiet under full load and everything is cool and stable all-the-while. Another build in the books, but I’m always a little sad to see them leave.

Questions, comments, or concerns? Post them below, in a PM, or on my Facebook page. I’m never far away from a computer and always respond!


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High Res Pictures

Reddit


BENCHMARKS: using latest driver

Tests ran at clocks posted above. Settings were set to the maximum settings (1080p) unless noted differently. I test only tasking segments: firefights, lots of units on screen, explosions etc.


3DMark 11

3DMark Firstrike Ultra

3DMark Firestrike Extreme

3DMark Firestrike

3DMark Skydiver


CPU-Z

Geekbench

Cinebench

Passmark


Unigine Valley

Unigine Heaven


Bioshock Infinite

  • Ave: 112.97 FPS
  • Min: 31.44 FPS
  • Max: 196.79 FPS

Hitman Absolution

  • Ave: 49.6 FPS
  • Min: 40 FPS
  • Max: 62 FPS

Metro Last Light

  • Ave: 45.33 FPS
  • Min: 10.21 FPS
  • Max: 95.46 FPS

Tomb Raider

  • Ave: 83.1 FPS
  • Min: 58 FPS
  • Max: 104 FPS

Hope you enjoy!

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Comments

  • 57 months ago
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Beautiful build

  • 57 months ago
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Thanks frudy!

  • 57 months ago
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Sam!

You maniac you've done it again! Great build as always, I love the quality of the cable management and pictures.

Keep it up brother, +1 from me!

  • 57 months ago
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Thanks a ton Brandon! :D

  • 57 months ago
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Thank God you've finally made a build again, I was starting to miss you.

  • 57 months ago
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Daww :) I did make one since the last one that was featured, but I can't possibly get them all featured!

  • 57 months ago
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Kick *** build! (but that's nothing new) Awesome job Sam! I'm sure the new owner is pleased :)

  • 57 months ago
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Thanks Jake! He should get it on Monday if shipping goes smoothly, we will all have to wait in suspense; or just me.

  • 57 months ago
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Oh my, how lovely.

  • 57 months ago
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Blushes Thank ya :)

  • 57 months ago
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I'll always take a minute to look at a "skemble" build! very nice as usual. Your photography is top notch every time.

  • 57 months ago
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Thank you so kindly! I appreciate you taking the time to check it out :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I hope you registered for the warranties on the HDD and SSD before you posted crystal clear photos of their serial numbers...

  • 57 months ago
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out of all of us regular users, i think you make the best PC builds - hands down!

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

I think I have the most? I promise I'm only a little obsessed. I can stop. Whenever I want. No problem.

Thanks man, I appreciate it :)

  • 57 months ago
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you're welcome! :)

i also like the Watch_Dogs theme to it (with the name and all). too bad Ubisoft nerfed it like he11as...

  • 57 months ago
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I actually didn't know that the name was from Watch_Dogs until I looked it up. I always let the owner pick a name and this is what he chose. Ubisoft have done many injustices in the past few years :(

  • 57 months ago
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ah, and agreed. ever since the fiasco that was Watch_Dogs, then the disappointment that was The Crew, i've told myself not to buy another Ubisoft game, no matter how tempting.

  • 57 months ago
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Yay, another skemble build! This one was super cool, nice job!

  • 57 months ago
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Thanks pieman! :D

  • 57 months ago
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Thank YOU for the awesome build!

  • 57 months ago
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:)

  • 57 months ago
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Had a gut feeling this was one of your builds. Amazing work with the lighting!

  • 57 months ago
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Thanks again man!

  • 57 months ago
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I dunno if it's a firestrike issue or what Sam, but in Firestrike scores it clocks the RAM @ 1333, not 1866. Just making sure it's all good. Otherwise clean and puurdy as always

  • 57 months ago
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Yeah.. 3DMark has a problem with reading memory right. My own is running 1866 and it always shows up as 1333. I think that it can't read XMP right or something, but I don't know. You'll notice that the Unigine tests show 3.5 GHz as well. It's a toss up on what the tests are going to see.

  • 57 months ago
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Now that you mentioned it, My Win 7 machine reads clear, My win 8.1 Client build has similar issues with XMP mem... odd.

  • 57 months ago
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I've been using 8.1 Pro on everything for a long time. Maybe these little things will be fixed in 10. Meh, probably not...

  • 57 months ago
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Another amazing build and stunning pictures.

  • 57 months ago
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Thank you again Violetrain :)

  • 57 months ago
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That's how you build a computer, very clean build! Awesome job!

  • 57 months ago
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Thank you sir! :)

  • 57 months ago
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FYI it says CUP-Z instead of CPU-Z. Not sure if that can be fixed.

  • 57 months ago
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Fixing now, thank!

  • 57 months ago
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Good build, I forgot to add that :P

  • 57 months ago
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Thanks! :)

  • 57 months ago
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Damn man you really put this post together, provided all info. i respect that, nice build too man, just wish you pictures weren't so blurry/low quality. anyway nice one man. ;)

  • 57 months ago
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I do this for all of my posts! It takes a solid amount of work to get it all together.

  • 57 months ago
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His pictures are not blurry at all, they're some of the highest quality images on this website. The background may be blurred to make the object stand out, it's called Depth of Field (I think?).

  • 57 months ago
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Lol i know man, i love good photography, Im not really a sarcastic person but in this comment i was. i hope he knows i was kidding. it does seem like im serious lol.

  • 57 months ago
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but yeah a camera with good depth of field can focus on objects close up or farther away.

  • 57 months ago
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ill be honest when i first saw you write the black white and blue color scheme i didnt think it would work but after looking at the pictures you really pulled it off, great job.

  • 57 months ago
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Thanks Nate! It wasn't exactly the easiest color scheme to match, but I'm glad you like it!

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  • 57 months ago
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Love all your builds, the cable management looks just outstanding! +1 :D

  • 57 months ago
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Thank you so much! I'm glad you like them :)

  • 57 months ago
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Also, have to applaud you for having ridiculously nice pictures, a lot of showcasing of builds is ruined by picture quality. This is just fantastic though. Can't seem to find enough synonyms for great/amazing for your work. :D

  • 57 months ago
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Haha thanks man! I really like high quality pictures. I definitely spend a lot of time taking them each time :)

  • 57 months ago
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Also means a lot you answer the large majority of comments. Looking forward to more from you. :)

  • 57 months ago
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I pretty much reply to everything unless it's annoying or irrelevant! I may have something coming in a few weeks that will be worth checking out :)

  • 57 months ago
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+1, Sweet build. The cable management looks superb. It's also nice to see someone else use the Cryorig coolers! I have an H7 in my build, and I can testify that Cryorig makes some quality air coolers.

  • 57 months ago
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I appreciate the compliments! I really like this Cryorig cooler so I'm sure I will try out the H7. Frankly the EVO is just too plain looking for my style.

  • 57 months ago
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Agreed. I was originally going for a EVO 212 like anyone else, but once i stumbled upon the H7 I went for it since it's unique and aesthetically looks much better. :P

  • 57 months ago
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that's really nice build you made. Do you have the customer input for color scheme or do you figure this stuff out all on your own?

  • 57 months ago
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95% I pick out the parts and make color themes work. The customer usually tells me what colors they prefer and I do my work. Thanks for checking it out!

  • 57 months ago
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Sweet build. +1

  • 57 months ago
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Thanks! :)

  • 57 months ago
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So much style; I appreciated that image of the single Corsair RAM (with its reflection accompanying it). Bravo.

  • 57 months ago
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Thanks a bunch! That was one of my favorite shots I took :)

  • 57 months ago
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Wow! That is some of the best cable management ive seen! I wouldve went with the 390 because of VRAM but i understand why you didnt with it just coming out and all. I do love my 2 970's in SLI though really good performance. Really good description as well. Keep it up man!

  • 57 months ago
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Thanks! I spend a good amount of time making things look just the way I want. I'm not an early adapter so the 390 being less than a week old just doesn't fly. If there had been benchmarks out I maybe would have for myself, but not a customer.

  • 57 months ago
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Great quality pictures of a great quality build.

+1 from me

  • 57 months ago
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Thanks Tom! I accidentally deleted a few pictures during the build, but don't tell anybody ;)

  • 57 months ago
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DAMN!!!!! Nice Pictures

  • 57 months ago
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Thank you!!

  • 57 months ago
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What do you have the hue controller hooked up to? Does it come with rope lighting or something? Very clean build, modest yet stylish.

  • 57 months ago
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It is powered by a SATA power plug hidden behind the rear panel. There is another cable that you can see going behind the panel about where the 24 pin comes to the board and then under the PSU. That cable connects to an LED strip that you just peel and stick where you want it.

  • 57 months ago
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Cool, thanks.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

So glad I got to watch this be built! Great as always Sam!!

~Layne

  • 57 months ago
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Thanks Layne!! I'm so glad you come watch me do silly things on the internet :)

  • 57 months ago
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It's fun to hang out in chat. No problem Sam.

  • 57 months ago
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What a sexy build.

  • 57 months ago
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Thanks! :D

  • 57 months ago
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Have almost that same build

  • 57 months ago
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Post it! :D

  • 57 months ago
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+1 for the Cryorig cooler!

When I saw the blue Corsair Vengeance memory I was like "what the heck is he doing with that and a Krait board?" Then I realized the color scheme you were going for. It's not exactly something I would do but it surprised me how well it worked.

  • 57 months ago
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I was a little surprised how well it turned out too! Thanks for checking it out :)

  • 57 months ago
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I remember this getting built in your livestream lol

  • 57 months ago
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Very nice build.

  • 57 months ago
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Thanks!

  • 55 months ago
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I'm going to be building a nearly identical PC this winter. Can't wait!

  • 55 months ago
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Well let's see it! :D

  • 55 months ago
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Still have about 4 months until I will be building I will be posting it on here tho :D

This is a current parts list I have put together. It's not quite as "nearly identical" as it was a couple weeks ago. Still black/white themed :D http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FwX7NG

  • 50 months ago
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The list has changed a bit but I ordered all this stuff yesterday with 2 day shipping. Will be posting it up here when i'm done! http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ksWdsY

  • 46 months ago
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Just a few photos into the built system photos and it looks like you're a cable management god! I don't know if the pictures were purposely set up that way, but for a build like this the anticipation factor is there for sure! I would let you build a $50,000 pc for me, good job.

  • 57 months ago
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what settings did you use for the benchmarks?

  • 57 months ago
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4.2 @ 1.15v for CPU Stock everything on GPU

  • 57 months ago
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i meant game settings, but thanks anyway!

  • 57 months ago
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Games were all tested int the in game benchmarks set to the highest settings possible.

  • 57 months ago
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I have a small question? Is this a living, or a hobby, cuz it seems fun to build a pc (obviously, just haven't gotten around to building mine yet, will do it in August) and even funner to do client builds because they get into PC gaming more and soon have a blast! Also I love the pics, their frigging amazing! Also I've heard that the I/O shield on the z97 krait is a bit shabby, not that it matters too much considering its one of the best looking boards on the market, if not the best looking board. When I saw this on featured, I was like let's check it out and then I saw it was you and I was like "this deserves to be featured" anyways great build, I'm looking forward to the next! +1!

  • 57 months ago
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What made you choose that name? +1 BTW I like!

  • 57 months ago
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The new owner picked it out, thanks man!

  • 57 months ago
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Ahh guess he liked playing Watchdogs a lot then!

  • 57 months ago
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This looks amazing!

  • 57 months ago
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Thanks Mojoe!

  • 57 months ago
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Awesome build! What are you're opinions on the R5 overall and the MOBO too? Just curious. But fantastic build overall! +1

  • 57 months ago
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Thank you!

The R5 is great overall. I don't think I had any complaints about it. The board is great as well, for the value I don't think anything can beat it.

  • 57 months ago
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Alright! Thanks for the reply. :)

  • 56 months ago
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I'm just wondering, what sort of "great temps" did the Cryorig H5 get? I'm looking for a reasonably priced cooler for my new rig.

  • 56 months ago
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The hottest core at 4.2 reached 60C.

  • 55 months ago
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Im concerned your PSU is loud as you say. Every review I've seen points it to the perfect direction. I used it on my friends build recent (750w) and it was really quiet. Great build btw, looks absolute sick :D

+1

  • 55 months ago
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Loud is relative. I've done a few builds with this PSU now. It's "loud" for my standards, which are quite high, but not loud in a "I should have this replaced" kind of way.

  • 53 months ago
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Is there a way to guarantee higher FPS with an upgrade of any one or two of these parts? Looking to build something based off of this. Amazing stuff :>

  • 52 months ago
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How's the PSU holding up for you? I just purchased one and someone said I should have gotten a different one, but everyone on here says otherwise.

  • 49 months ago
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What camera did u use to take those amazing pictures?

  • 49 months ago
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I am using a Nikon D3200.

  • 28 months ago
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Amazing photography as always Sam! +1

  • 18 months ago
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What does the cable management look like! I have the white version of this case and I'm looking for references/help! Thanks +1

  • 57 months ago
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Because who wouldn't want the dim or not-do-dim glow of case LEDs in their living room. What a weird request.

  • 57 months ago
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I suppose you could turn them off if they got annoying.

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  • 57 months ago
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Thank you sir!

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Thanks bro! :)

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  • 57 months ago
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I do most of them for other people, I only have 4 :)

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  • 57 months ago
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I do it all for you guys :) I'm glad you like it!

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  • 57 months ago
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I don't expect to get features, but I strive to every time. These pictures take a good amount of time to take and it's nice to get this positive feedback. I appreciate your kind words sir! :)