Description

This is the update to my computer that I built around two years ago. I currently use this for all of my gaming and everything I want to do outside of that purpose. I'm currently waiting for the Hue+ to come back in stock on Amazon.

I suppose I might need to justify some of the parts so I'll try my best:

Cpu: I purchased this Cpu just as x99 was coming out and the cpu has certainly served me well at 4.7 ghz. (But I am looking into overclocking this chip a BIT more) I am perfectly aware a i5-4690k would be just as good for gaming but I wanted a REAL upgrade from my old 8350 chip.

Cpu Cooler: The cryorig A80, what can I say. I actually just got this cooler and so far it has been way better than my previous NH-D14 which was scratching my case and was bending downward a bit. The Tiny fan above the actual block is very quiet but is still louder than the rest of the rig under load (which is still whisper quiet). Mounting this cooler was a NIGHTMARE in my S340, but I eventually was able to fit the radiator in the front after removing my usb connectors in the top of the case. Other than that, the Cooler is amazing and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a AIO and is willing to mess around in the bios to set proper PWM settings.

Motherboard: I wanted a decently neutral colored board that could fit multitudes of parts and colours. The board is currently serving me well and I have had No complaints about it so far.

Ram: Pretty self explanatory, I am going to upgrade that 4gb of Crucial bare with another 2x4gb kit in the future but that is about it otherwise.

Storage: Before I got a ssd, I had a 1tb hdd. After getting sick of hdd speeds after getting the 250gb ssd, I got the 500gb ssd and have given the hdd to my brother. Performance is amazing, with no noticeable stutters in games when loading textures and little to no load times.

Graphics: Before the 300 Series came out, I got a 970 for it's AMAZING performance compared to the top dog then, the 780 ti. I recently got another gpu to run my 1440p monitor and have not run into any issues regarding the 3.5gb debacle. I run above 60fps in most games around 95% of the time, something that I may have to fix in the future but I am more than happy with the performance right now. I have plasidipped the gpu shrouds black, to match the rest of the build (the blue stickers were ANNOYING) and do not regret doing so. I'm not sure if I will drop sli next time around, I feel like the case is more empty without two gpus but I will look into it at a later date.

Case: I got the case to replace my old Zalman Z11. While it IS an improvement, I am seeing myself eye the Evolv ATX (especially the new tempered glass window) more and more each day. I would recommend this case today, but there are many new offerings coming soon in this price bracket I would look into heavily.

PSU: I got this to replace my 650NEX from EVGA, and am really enjoying the quieter fan in this newer model. I know I could've gotten away with less wattage, but I got a great deal on this and considered why not.

Monitor: The PB278q is serving me well currently, but I do want to get a G-Sync monitor in the future so I can turn off v-sync. (I find with V-sync on my framerate dips below 60 more often than with it off) Minus brighter colours and better viewing angles, I actually don't really see that much more of a difference compared to my old TN monitor. (maybe my eyes are just bad)

Peripherals: I decided to bunch the rest of these things together for the sake of brevity. The Strafe rgb is a step up from my old Razer Blackwidow Greens, although I find with no tactile bump my fingers sink into the keys while gaming. The lighting is fantastic, although I wish the software was a bit more user friendly when making slightly more advanced profiles. For the mouse, this mouse is waaay better than my old g600. The headphones were a gift so I can't really complain, they're decent but I find myself still using my old earbuds

I am open for questions and will try to answer them in a timely manner, thanks for reading the book that was this post

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

Green lemon....it's called a lime. Nice build.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I know that's a lime, I just liked the name. Thanks

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

My try at sarcasm failed. Sorry lol

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I wasn't sure if it was sarcasm. My fault lol

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

PSU: I got this to replace my 650NEX from EVGA,

Great decision!! Nice build! +1

Good to see the cryorig water cooler, if they are similar to the air coolers, it should be an amazing cooler.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, the pay was top priority in the grand upgrade scheme.

The cooler is awesome, temps were lower than my nh-d14

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW!! There is only good things to say about cryorig!

Those cougar fans are amazing!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I was going to say something about the case fans, but decided not to. The leds are BRIGHT and I can't even hear them at all

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

interesting AIO water cooler :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man, It's surprisingly good!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah i really like that the 70 (80 idk) fan blows away extra heat :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it is a 70mm fan. I think I should slip the fan around so it exhausts but that's for another day XD

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

If it aint broke..... dont fix it XD noice job m8

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

980ti > 970 SLI

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the performance of the AIO A80? and noise during load? I have NH-D15, spining at 1520ish during load which still does not perform as good as I thought. PS: I am using 5820k 4.3GHz, X99 Sabertooth. I could get to 4.5 and up, but it is hitting the temp limit of 82C peak on CPU package temp. Core 1 was like 76C peak. I am considering changing to an AIO. Do you recommend this A80? Any experience with H110 GTX? How do they compare? Thanks a lot!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Before I begin, I would like to say my only other experience with coolers is the A80, a nh-d14, and a stock amd heatsink years back.

Using the PWM fan headers, I was able to get my system quiet (with the A80) during most loads, with the only real noise going on during stress testing. Max temps with intel burn test was 72C with a 4.7 OC on my 4790k.

I personally do recommend this cooler, but am sorry to say I have no experience with that other cooler

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much for the info!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Anytime

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I wonder what was your temp with NH-D14 at 4.7 OC?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I suppose I never put up my findings. To simply put, I never went over 80 Degrees ever.

Intel Burn Test: The highest the CPU ended up being was 77 Degrees with very audible noise (my biggest complaint and reason for getting the A80 in the first place)

Now for something more reasonable, Far Cry 4. The temp on the cpu never went above 59 degrees, but I still could hear the fan.

On the other hand, my A80 was able to go through intel burn test with the highest temp at 72 Degrees (I just ran it again to make sure and this is the highest I've seen the temps since I have gotten the thing)

Again with Far Cry 4, The Highest temp is 54 Degrees with either program.

Overall: The A80 keeps temps on my I7 well in check, with noise even lower than the NH-D14 (given you provide a good fancurve, something I couldn't do with my NH-d14)