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Cavi's Cube

by Cavi

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90 Comments

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Date Published

Nov. 16, 2015

Date Built

Nov. 11, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.01 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6 GHz

Description

I built this as a replacement for my January 2010 build with an i5 750 in it. It will primarily be used as a gaming machine.

The Silverstone TD02-E fits perfectly at the top of the case with the Ripjaws V heatsinks. I'm not sure how taller sinks would fit. I also opted for a longer R9 390 card in the PowerColor option. Official measurements indicated even trying to use a slim fan in the bottom bay of the Node 804 would be troublesome, but it turns out the case can handle the slim fan easily. With this GPU, there is not room for a standard width case fan. A "slim" fan is required unless you're using a shorter version video card.

My storage HDD is behind the motherboard tray with the PSU, and the SSD is behind the front panel, keeping the main chamber clean.

Prices you will find are generally low - I was able to purchase my parts over the course of a couple months taking advantage of low points in pricing on several parts, and getting the SSD from Crucial direct by way of a refurb sale.

All photos were taken with my Nexus 6P.

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Iceman320 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

Be nice to see some more photos with the GPU installed etc.

But so far looks like a sweet build and the colours look really nice :)

Cavi submitter 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

I'll be getting a couple more photos tonight of the completed work! Just saw that I could post this now, and did so without the completed pictures. Stay tuned!

Iceman320 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Awesome looking forward to it :)

Cavi submitter 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

Rest of the pics are up!

Iceman320 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

Looks fantastic, is the PSU behind the MOBO tray?

Nice job on cable management I must say.

Cavi submitter 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

Yes, PSU behind the tray in the other side of the cube, as well as my storage HDD. The SSD is behind the front panel.

piemancoder 2 points 40 months ago

That's one beautiful box.

Muhkyle 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

******* that's a nice desk !

Cavi submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Thanks! It's actually from Ikea. They have a plain slab of solid wood, with some pre-drilled places where you can connect the legs/supports you pick out separately. It has served me well!

Zeusmus 1 point 40 months ago

Are you going to test out some games? I would really like to know as I am thinking on getting a i5 6600K or a 4790K but I don't which of these two. I know the 6600K is overall better but it is mostly for gaming. I heard the 4790K is good for gaming and editing which is good for me cause I upload videos in YouTube. :)

RunMeerkat 1 point 40 months ago

I think if you can afford the 6600k you should go for it, just because of the new ddr4 tech n' stuff. I think you run the risk of your pc getting outdated much sooner if you go for 4790k, but I am no expert.

Zeusmus 1 point 40 months ago

I actually meant to say 4690K because I only have a budget of $1500 for my whole setup (for now because I can upgrade when I move in a few months) But I do YouTube and I don't know which one would do good for both gaming and editing. :)

RunMeerkat 1 point 40 months ago

And when I said 4790k I was actually thinking about the 4690k too! LOL I think the extra money to go for the 6600K is worth it. For editing, I have no idea, but I guess if you are doing soft things it should be enough. You aren't planning making a a movie are you? otherwise you could give a look to the xeon cpus for editing if you're tight on budget, because you know, they have hyper-threading capability, but in that case you would have to forget about overclocking.

vinceccd 1 point 40 months ago

Go for the 6600k. It has better gaming and video editing capabilities that the 4690k. It will last you longer and its overall $40-80 more than your budget depending on how much ram and the type of motherboard you get. Even the $80 dollars will make it worth while. Good luck

Cavi submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

To be fair, you aren't comparing apples to apples, so to speak. The 6600k is an i5 while the 4790k is an i7, but on an older architecture. If you want the latest architecture and chipset features, you really need to be looking at i5 6600K vs i7 6700K.

cpenland 2 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

I have nearly the same build with an i5-6600k and r9 390 sapphire and im running mine at 4.6ghz oc 1.3v staying around 75c on gpu and 45c on cpu with 100+fps ultra settings on starwars battlefront 2.

Shocktonix 0 points 40 months ago

One biggest difference is intel speedstep tech. Allows the cpu to move clock speeds much faster than the software based acceleration that we had before (Windows 10 thing though)

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Shocktonix 1 point 40 months ago

It was improved with skylake. There was an article on anandtech about it. It enables the CPU to change voltages much faster than before, ill try to find the article. It supposedly gives a smoother experience since the processor can then react quicker to the changing needs of the user

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Shocktonix 1 point 40 months ago

whats nice about the new system is that the BIOS/cpu controls the clock speeds meaning companies like dell and other OEM motherboard users have less control over that kind of thing (Also dell coolers are the worst thing known to man. Makes the R9 Default coolers look like the arctic

JheyoDELperu 1 point 40 months ago

skylake everywhere :v ... +1

cpenland 2 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Newest and bestest! :D

jerrylllll 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

I have the same case but a 390 from msi , and there is room to fit a normal size fan. hows your gpu temp? I zip tie a 140mm fan bolow the gpu and its still running like 85 on furmark

Cavi submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

The PowerColor card is super long, so it doesn't surprise me that the MSI is shorter and allows for that. I haven't run a bench yet actually, but I've heard that the PowerColor is one of the cooler running cards. I'll have to do some testing!

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

It appears to have a bigger heatsink so in theory should run cooler with it's 3 fans than the MSI 390... well done for getting that as AMD's seem to run hotter than Nvidia cards on load but much cooler than th MSI 390. See temps

SHOCKOPS 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Best build I've seen in a while +1! I love the case and everything else ;)

PrepThyAnus 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

My last build was a micro atx build, it served me very very well. I like the small form factor. The only problem I didn't like was the cooling. It was much harder to keep cool. I like your build, seems very powerful with similar parts to my build.

Cavi submitter 1 Build 3 points 40 months ago

With the separated compartments that seem to be standard on cube cases, it does make it a bit easier to cool everything. I'm coming from a Lian-Li PC-6FNW, so it's a bit of a change, but I had a lot of fun building in the Node 804!

coolhunter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Very nice aesthetically. I aspire for this level of minimalism, very nice desk and I still have the same Logitech setup that has gotten some great mileage and still going without a hitch. The only thing I'd change is probably the mouse pad, which I find to clash with the rest of it, aesthetically.

Saving this build for reference, thanks for publishing your work and well done getting it featured.

+1

Cavi submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

The mouse and mousepad will be replaced come Xmas. I'm asking for SteelSeries QcK pad and Rival mouse. But the mousepad has sentimental value: I used to play CoD competitively (don't judge!) and the mousepad is from a tournament I participated in. CPL Summer Championships, 2005.

coolhunter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

I haven't used a mouse pad in over a decade. Is it much better than a hard and smooth wood surface? I figure the technology has improved, but I wonder how much better it can get. I can understand the sentiment, that's cool that you played CoD on a competitive level. I played it casually online, and I'll probably play it again with the latest installment, but I can't take it seriously. I'm more into tactical shooters these days so the twitch response isn't as crucial.

xPenguinHD 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

For some mice, like the Razer Deathadder, its sensor is pretty poor on wood surfaces, at least in my opinion

VladimirPutin 1 point 40 months ago

Nicest looking build for the budget.

cpenland 2 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

You have good taste in parts, i completed my build the other day we have very similar parts. +1

johngerges582 1 point 40 months ago

Absolutely beautiful build. +1

Excellent choice with the PCS+ 390. The coolest running 390 out there. A little loud though. PowerColor is a pretty underrated company.

McNoobster 1 point 40 months ago

The bang for the buck is strong with this one. :D +1

LazyGalen 1 point 40 months ago

Nice pics of your very stylish cube Cavi! Great job on all of this, especially the price grabbing.

Faizan 1 point 40 months ago

+1 for the build! . . . And the Nexus 6P!

Btw, what did you do with the rest of your parts from your last build?

Cavi submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Thanks! Most of my previous build is staying intact and being sold to my father. The only parts that aren't being included in that are a MSI GTX 570 and a Prolimatech Mega Shadow heat sink w/ Gentle Typhoon fans.

Faizan 1 point 40 months ago

Okay! And congrats on the feature!

LBrown 4 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Thanks for showing it off! I'm actually looking to replace my 2009 build and I'm looking for ideas. Great job!

TubsAlwaysWins 1 point 40 months ago

It looks really nice. Good job!

Reverie2Reality 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Nice build. Congrats on being featured.

That Nexus 6P takes some nice pictures. I haven't really taken many with my 5X yet.

Cavi submitter 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

Our phones have the same photo sensors I believe, so you'll be just as impressed as I am!

Kavster 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Lol my name is Kavi nice build +1

LeMMingSlayeR 22 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Stunning build! all the right money in all the right places. This is a beautiful use of just over $1k. Looks like that 390 just barely shoehorned in there, do you think a front radiator would ever be able to squeeze?

Cavi submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Thank you! With a shorter GPU, which is easily doable with a different choice of manufacturer, you can easily fit a 120mm radiator at the front/bottom. With a 220/240 up top, though, the front/top position can only fit a single fan.

resvez 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Very nice build! Loved the packed and tidy look! All space is used! GJ mate!

TechTested 7 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

I really love this. Very well done!

hyscua.15 1 point 40 months ago

Thumbs up!

xXx_MichealBlazer_xXx 1 point 40 months ago

Not a bad builds , I pretty like the 390 Video card in your builds. Great price and performance !

Rajenator 1 point 40 months ago

+1 Nice build! I use that case for my NAS, and I have that GPU in my gaming rig. Solid! :)

XxD34THxX 1 point 40 months ago

+1 for 6p... also a good build

AidanClancy02 1 point 40 months ago

Finally an android related phone that doesn't take 144p images. Kappa.

DayQuil_Man 1 point 40 months ago

Hey, just wondering. Are you using a positive air pressure setup. 2 front fans and top 2 as intake and rear as exhaust? And if so, what are your temps?

Cavi submitter 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

The two up front intake, and the two up top and the rear fan are in exhaust, with my GPU bringing in air from the bottom.

DayQuil_Man 1 point 40 months ago

thanks. And how are your temps with that setup?

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nickburgesss 1 point 40 months ago

Could you send me a link to the desk and legs?

Cavi submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Top: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50106773/

I picked out some standard legs for one side and a support block for the other that has some storage, but they don't sell the exact ones I have any more. The key for me was the solid wood top!

LinusWeedTips 1 point 40 months ago

How is NCIX, Superbiiz and OutletPC? Are they good?

Cavi submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

I've previously purchased from NCIX and Superbiiz, both great. OutletPC I've not personally had any experience with, but have heard good things as well.

firespitter2917 1 point 39 months ago

does that gpu have a backplate

Cavi submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

It does, looks like this.

firespitter2917 1 point 39 months ago

thx

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

How do you like this case?

Cavi submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Love the case. It's very easy to work in and makes cable management easy. The one thing I don't like is how they implemented the drive cages in the PSU side. They certainly didn't make it easy to hot-swap the HDDs back there, and depending on how you wanted to configure that side, could impede certain fan configurations. All that said, that had very little impact on my build, but I can see it being an issue for someone who was using multiple HDDs.

therevenga 1 point 38 months ago

id love to know where i can buy a desk like that?

Cavi submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Sorry I haven't replied sooner, but the desk is from Ikea. They sell a solid wood table top, and you can get whatever legs you like to support it.

Fahad78 1 point 37 months ago

How did the PSU peform when it came to overclocking? How did the PSU peform overall? Would you recommend it?

Cavi submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

This is one of the best PSUs on the market right now. The P2 series by EVGA are re-branded Super Flower units.

Fahad78 1 point 37 months ago

I'm getting a similar build, but decided to go with the SuperNova 750W G2 since it's a bit cheaper and its still top quality.

Cavi submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Agree with you on all fronts. I only ended up with the P2 because, at the time, I got it cheaper than the G2. You've made a good decision!

Fahad78 1 point 37 months ago

You made the right choice getting the P2 as it was on offer, its one of the best PSUs out there. If only it was still on offer.

Thanks for all of the information.

armed10 1 point 36 months ago

It says you run the i5-6600k at 4.5Ghz. I've been having trouble overclocking it past 4Ghz, any tips for getting to that speed?

VikGTAF 1 point 35 months ago

What keyboard is that?

Cavi submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Logitech Illuminated!

VikGTAF 1 point 35 months ago

Looks awesome :).

hyperlystic 1 point 35 months ago

I know its off topic but do you know if the CPU cooler will work with FM2+?

reksanity 1 point 31 months ago

How many fan headers does this motherboard have?

onejackgold 1 Build 0 points 40 months ago

NICE BUILD what frames per second do you get with everything cracked up but why did you go for a amd card other than what people usually do is a Intel and nivdia build

Cavi submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

The performance of the R9 390 series, and the price I was able to get this particular card at, were the determining factors for me. I try not to fanboy out on brands - whatever the best for the price is at the time I build is usually what ends up getting in my machines.

bigchorizo -1 points 40 months ago

The first pic gave me a boner! Nice build! +1

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Mikeohunt -1 points 40 months ago

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Cavi submitter 1 Build 4 points 40 months ago

Just realized I got featured, nice! Thanks for the kind words, friend.

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Cavi submitter 1 Build 4 points 40 months ago

A couple people have asked about temps - I've yet to really nail down my final OC at this point though. Once I do that, I'll be able to commit to temps. The PSU was actually the first thing I bought. I was originally looking at a G2 model, but one week I saw Newegg have a great deal on the P2, so I pulled the trigger. Patience helps keeps costs down, and this build proves it.

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Cavi submitter 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

Thank you! I've been at the hobby for a good 12 years now, and it never gets old.

pegotico 2 Builds 6 points 40 months ago

its more like an addiction... lol

soundreaper 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

If anything, changing the LED color on that AIO and the front of the computer to red or white is the only improvement I see on this build!

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Cavi submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Sorry I've taken so long to respond! Three of my fans are actually controlled by a speed switch on the back of my case, and powered from a standard molex adapter behind my motherboard tray. Remember, you don't have to plug in fans to the motherboard. All that allows is for the motherboard to regulate the speed - if you plug in directly to a power source, they will simply run at 100% speed.

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