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The Green Goblin

by SkyMembrane

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Details

Date Published

Dec. 29, 2015

Date Built

Dec. 21, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.31GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.50GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.4GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

23.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

Description

I am re-posting this, because I messed up the other one and I wasn't sure how to fix it, so I deleted the first one haha

This is my first time building a PC. I did a bunch of research on how to do it and chose my pieces so it would fit my budget of CAD1500$.

You may notice that my pictures are missing 2 DRAM sticks, 1 HDD and 1 SSD, and you would be correct. The DRAM was lost somewhere by CanadaPost and the 2 Drives were backordered and should arrive later this week or next week. I had a 250GB Barracuda that I salvaged from an old PC I had, so I made the initial build with it.

I will add a Corsair H80i GT 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler soon enough, I simply didn't have the money to buy it right away. The build is 100% SLI ready for the 970, except for the 2nd GPU itself, which I might buy later in the future.

The name doesn't actually come from Spider-Man (Sorry), My whole razer setup was already quite green, so I took a Green case to go with it. The original name was supposed to be ''Green Canyon'', as I was going to use the I7-4790k, code named Devil's canyon, but after I changed my mind, I just thought Green Goblin sounded nice.

Please tell me what you think and give me some advice, as I will be upgrading and probably building more computers. It was a really fun and enlightening experience!

Part Reviews

CPU

This i5 is really impressive. My older computer had an i5-2320 and it's a major improvement in terms of CPU intensive tasks. If you have a good airflow, you can do some overclocking with the stock cooler, but you take a risk. I have it OC'd at 4.1Ghz / 4.3 turbo and it reaches 67C on games like GTA 5. I'll be adding a CPU cooler soon, and I'm eager to see how well it performs at a higher overclock.

Motherboard

This motherboard is exactly what I needed, it works well and was easy to set-up when I booted the computer the first time. It was my first computer build, so I was a bit scared that I would get lost, but there are some pre-sets that make it very easy and then the advanced mode has everything I was looking for after looking up more information. I would've taken an additional PCI-Express slot, but I knew that before I ordered it, so I won't count it against the mobo.

Memory

Works well, it's ram. If you're using a Haswell CPU, make sure to set it at 1600Mhz, because it automatically puts it at 1333Mhz if you don't.

Video Card

Ok, here's the biggest upgrade of all. I never had a proper gaming PC. My previous PC's graphic card was a GT520 with 1gb of DDR3. It wouldn't run skyrim on minimum, the memory was too slow. This came in at 1.35Ghz core with the factory OC and the boost, and now it runs at 1.5Ghz(+135). The memory was at 7Ghz and I oc'd it to 8.4Ghz(+700). Really easy to do and learn with Nvidia Precision. The fans are powerful, so if you want to keep your system cool, they work well and thanks to a custom fan curve, it can be fully silent at idle. The fans, however, don't start if Nvidia Precision isn't running, so make sure that it's open before you start playing. With the fans running at 50%, I don't go above 55C in stress tests or 53C in intense gaming.

Benchmarked 2808 on Valley 1.0, which seems to be pretty good.

Case

Great case for the price. 4 case fans (120mm) and 1 side-panel fan (200mm) included. It looks nice from the outside, though the inside is a bit ''meh''. The installation is easy and thanks to a right-side panel that is also removable, you don't have to remove the MOBO to add a CPU cooler backplate for the screws. The cable management is alright, maybe missing a few holes to put the cables through. The temperature reader is more of a funny gimmick than something you'll use, and I recommend putting it on an hard drive, because you can't rely on it for anything else, really. Finally, the fans work really well, but they don't have any 4-pins connectors for the MOBO, so they run at full speed all the time. Luckily, they aren't very noisy so it's not too bad.

Power Supply

Works really well so far and the price was very appealing. The cables that came with it are a bit stiff, so they lack some flexibility.

Optical Drive

It installed Windows..? I bought it almost exclusively for that... so it did its job, I guess.

Operating System

I like it a lot. I took part in the insider program and I tried it before the official release and I didn't like it. Looks like they improved and I'm happy about with it. It's a lot better than Windows 8/8.1 and once you get used to it, kind of on par with 7. Cortana is a fun feature to have as a Halo fan, but I guess it's not exactly practical on a computer, unlike on a smartphone.

Wireless Network Adapter

Ehhh, it works, but if you're paying for more than 40mbps up or down, you're not going to get it. I have a 60down/10up internet connection and I can't get a speed test to reach 40. My galaxy s6 edge right next to it gets 66Down/11.2Up right after, so I know it's not an issue with my Archer c9. Will be upgrading soon, but it does the job until then.

Comments Sorted by:

JuniorVid 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Nice build! I have the same processor + gfx card.

original name was supposed to be ''Green Canyon'', as I was going to use the I7-4790k, code named Devil's canyon

Actually, the 4690k is part of the devil's canyon lineup.

SkyMembrane submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Hahaha, I didn't know that, I thought it was only for the 4790k, but since it's only a build name, I don't feel too bad :P. Thanks for the info!

LonelyLlamaHead 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

How's that Wireless network adapter? I might get the same one...

SkyMembrane submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Honestly? I wouldn't really recommend it. I can't get more than 30mbps of download on it. As a comparison, My S6Edge gets the full 66mbps while being right next to it. The connection is stable and the installation is easy, so that's a good thing, I guess.

I got this one because I couldn't go for anything much more expensive to respect my budget, and it surely works, but I am going to upgrade it eventually, because I don't pay for a 30mbps connection :P (Here in Montreal, Canada, a 60Down/10Up connection is about 70$ a month, with unlimited monthly bandwidth).

LonelyLlamaHead 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Ok, thanks man

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SkyMembrane submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

It does the job. You're limited in terms of CPU coolers, because of the side-panel fan, but it can be removed to gain a few millimeters. (The very popular 212 EVO doesn't fit unless you remove the fan, for example.)

As for cable management, you're somewhat limited, because the space in the back is quite small and there aren't that many holes for the cables to go through.

It come with 4x 120mm case fans ready to use (3 near the CPU/RAM and 1 at the front for the drive bays) and 1x 200mm Side-panel fan. They work well, though they lack any pins connector for the motherboard to control their speed, so they run at full speed permanently. Luckily, they aren't very noisy.

Those are the only real ''cons'' that I had with it, but for the price, I feel like it's a good purchase.

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SkyMembrane submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks! You too!