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by mttkzk


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Date Published

Jan. 28, 2016

Date Built

Jan. 24, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C


As a computer repair technician, I felt it necessary to have a rig for myself, and thus Sabranco was crafted. It began with only the necessities: the 4790K, a, now replaced, MSI z97 PC MATE motherboard, 16 GB DDR3-1866 RipJaws X Series RAM, a 120GB SSD and 1 TB HDD, and the EVGA 650W PS, plus the BEAUTIFUL NZXT Phantom 410 in white. While only running on integrated graphics, I added more case fans, blue LED lighting, a DVD drive, and another 500GB WD Black for backup files. After a few months my friend offered to let me borrow his old ASUS 750 TI which I used for another few months. During those months, I replaced the low-end MSI MOBO with a shiny new ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark S motherboard (which my build is named after). MANY problems arose from adding this. The holes for mounting were just so slightly off from those in my case, so the instalation was off to a poor start. The stock Intel heatsink was not cooperating either, though I did manage to figure it out after a few tries. (At this point I'd just like to mention that socket covers go over the retention arm and bracket, not under. I stupidly bent some pins on my old MSI board that way, but was able to bend them back). Once everything was plugged in, turning the system on revealed errors. The PC would only boot when the RAM was placed only in the two farthest right slots, not allowing for dual channel. Though a VERY painstaking process, I determined it to be the heatsink no attaching properly and somehow causing a malfunction with the DIMM slots. Rotating the heatsink (and covering the Intel logo with electrical tape because with my amount of OCD, I wouldn't allow it to be sideways) allowed it to sit properly with no RAM issues. Finally, a few days ago the NVIDIA GTX 970 (reference card) was added to finally complete the system. Many hours of tuning went into making the graphics card run exactly how I wanted it to, and some Arctic MX-4 was added to bring down temps 5 degrees in all conditions (that stuff is really worth it, only kind I recommend to customers). I understand that there are better 970s out there, however this one was 1. a blower card (I feel like it helps case temps) 2. one with a backplate for sturdiness (which I plan to plastidip white in addition to my PSU) 3. made by NVIDIA themselves 4. the highest build quality of any card I have ever held. Seriously, this thing feels tough. Other than a new heatsink, this build is done and kicking. Primarily use it for virtualization and gaming.

To quell the questions about fans (current setup different than pictures), I have 3 intake fans, one on the back, one on the side panel, and one on the front (with another mounted on the hard drive bay, though it's in the middle of the case). I have 3-ish exhaust fans, two on the radiator, and one if you count the graphics card since it is a blower card.

UPDATE: Installed 850 EVO as new boot drive, using the Kingston as storage for VMs. Installed a Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing water cooler.

UPDATE 2/29: New case ordered: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv. Needed more room for cable management (this was the problem with the RAM on my MOBO, cables were packed so tight it bent my case and MOBO), and this looked like a high quality case. Just plastidipped my backplate of my GPU white, came out fantastic. Etchings are still visible. Once new case and lights are added, will post new pictures :)

Part Reviews


Great CPU, good overclocker as it stays pretty cool.

CPU Cooler

Works great for now, the fans are quieter than expected and look good. The controller is a bit iffy but it may be my BIOS setup not recognizing it.


Beautiful, some mounting issues for me during installation with case and heatsink, but an incredible MOBO nonetheless


No issues yet, really fast, good for virtualization.


Fantastic. Great software included, but RAPID doesn't work on Windows 10.


Hasn't failed after a few months, so that's good. No clicks or anything.


Hasn't failed after a few months, though does audibly click under load (defrags and whatnot)

Video Card

Great card, replace the stock thermal compound with Arctic MX-4, it will run 5 degrees cooler. I'm a computer repair tech, and this card has the highest build quality of anything I have ever felt.


Cable management covers could be secured better, otherwise a gorgeous case with great airflow.

Power Supply

No issues after a few months. No complains, runs quiet.

Optical Drive

It does it's job.

Operating System

Pretty good


Compact, feels great. The keys seem like softtouch, so the keyboard is very comfortable

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Gooberdad 10 Builds 3 points 38 months ago

Nice looking build. Get a great cooler and push that cpu of you want. +1

mttkzk submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks so much! I'm planning on it.

Simon_L 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

are the fans at the top of the build intake?

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

yes :/

Simon_L 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

are there any fans set for exhaust? if not why?

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Doesn't appear to be at this point. I can only assume the front fan never got rotated.

49ers 1 point 38 months ago

Your fans are backwards as other people said. The top and back high up one should be exhaust. Not intake. I believe you have them configured as intake right now. Something is not looking right about those fans.

49ers 1 point 38 months ago

The 2 top ones and the rear one look like intake fans? They are directed as intake. The need to be exhaust. Front and bottom are intake. Rear and top are exhaust. There should be an arrow on the fans somewhere if you look at them showing you which way the air is going. Just the read the fan information instructions if you are not sure. But these are backwards. It's going to create all kinds of turbulence air flow and not exhausting your hot air either. You could damage your system like this.

mttkzk submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Pretty much no damage can occur from this...

49ers 0 points 38 months ago

Not sure about that. But you don't want to have all your fans backwards. Top and back are exhaust fans always. Just switch them around the other way and you are good to go. A few screws out, flip them around and put the screws back in. This is an easy fix. Just do it. It's better for your system. It will make more sense for the air flow.

mttkzk submitter 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

How does it make more sense? and lol thanks for the fan installation instructions. needed that.

theodurry 0 points 38 months ago

hahaha, barley gonna damage it, but tbh it doesn't look like this guy nows what hes doing with his fans, id have side and front intake and back and top exhaust

49ers 1 point 38 months ago

Correct. I agree.

mttkzk submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Whats the justification for that? I understand the whole pressure part of it but why should top be exhaust and front and sides intake? From everything I've read, it doesn't matter much as long as you have more positive pressure in the case. Thanks.

49ers 1 point 38 months ago

Front and bottom are intake. Top and back are exhaust. You want to somewhat close to neutral in air pressure. You don't want tons and tons of positive pressure fans and zero negative pressure. Actually slightly more exhaust is better for removing heat. But people like positive air pressure because of less dust. But that is like 3 intake and 2 exhaust. Something close to neutral if you want that. Not like 90% of your fans intake and almost no exhaust. Your hot air has nowhere to go. You are just making a hurricane of hot air in this system.

mttkzk submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

As I stated, I understand pressures. Why MUST the top and back be exhaust vs the bottom and front?

49ers 0 points 38 months ago

Like I said actually more exhaust removes more hot air than more intake. It just creates more dust. So dust it once in a while. But if you absolutely need more positive don't over do it so much. You want to be close to neutral. Like 3 intake, 3 exhaust would make more sense than almost every single fan as an intake.

mttkzk submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

For your pressure argument, I'd rather have a BARELY warmer system with less dust.

djkaye 1 point 38 months ago

I would have got a much cheaper cpu and got a gpu. It does not make sense to put in no gpu with a cpu this great. Get a cheap R9 380 and it'll run like gold.

mttkzk submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

I have a GTX 970 in it

Bojangles56 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Any ideas where i can pick up the Sabertooth Mobo. I love that thing Check out my build and tell me that thing wouldnt be perfect for me. :)

mttkzk submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

I got mine as an open box on Newegg, came with everything and was much cheaper than usual

49ers 1 point 38 months ago


Follow the air flow diagram. Hot air rises. You want the top and back to be exhaust. Intake comes from the front and low down on front plus also the bottom if you have bottom fans or want to put them there.

mttkzk submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

The "hot air rises" argument is insignificant in a system this small with this much airflow. Your link is also from a source I've never heard of with graphs and temperature reading that doesn't even show the differences from switching the fans. And the diagram is just a one of how he set his rig up. I'd gladly accept criticisms, that provide sound justification. Thanks for the advice though, I'll get the facts straight myself :)

49ers 1 point 38 months ago

The point of the graph chart is simply every single computer case is set up that way. The open areas. The closed in areas. The tunneling of the airflow. Every single computer in the last 30 years is the same. Front and bottom intake. Back and top exhaust.

Insignificant in a system this small? By what logic is this? The smaller and more confined the hotter it would get. If you have a room sized computer like a big server they have lots of places for the hot air to go. Like up the ceiling. Yours is just stuck in your box.

There is a difference between switching fans. You would be exhausting all the hot air out.

You always react as though it was criticism and such. That wasn't the case at all. I was not harsh to you like some of the guys in the thread who were mean. That was never my intention. I was just trying to help you. That's all. My brother is in the computer industry. One of my best friends works for Gateway and has built thousands of computers. He knows the air flow configuration. Every box is really designed that way. They want it to tunnel through a certain way and bring cool air over the parts and be exhausted out he back high up and top. That's the configuration of every computer case by design on purpose.

Having every single fan as intake doesn't mean you won't get dust. You WILL get dust. Everybody will over time. Use the air cans outside and blow it out. Anyway the point was not to criticize you. I was just trying to help you. I like your computer and think it is nice. It could just use better air flow. For the health and life span if the parts in the system and also performance which will be downgraded if things get too hot.

mttkzk submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

The logic is you can notice the upstairs of your house being hotter, but not your car. It's a simple obvious fact. No one else in the thread was rude, and you act like you didn't read the first line of my description stating that I'm a tech myself. I know this stuff. Just asking you research before stubbornly pushing opinions on people.

mttkzk submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

I'm just posting my build to show it off, no need to attack.

49ers 1 point 38 months ago

If you like the fans as they are I am happy for you.

Anyway your system looks nice. I like the colors of the setup a lot. It looks really nice. The fans have a nice LED effect and the case looks cool.

Plus you have a lot of nice parts in the build. I'm sure you will have a lot of fun gaming with this. There is a lot of nice parts in this gaming setup. Enjoy the gaming.

mttkzk submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks! I may switch to white LEDs, but then the blue RAM may look a bit out of place. Planning on playing more games in the future when I have more time.

Kqewrf 1 point 37 months ago

Its.. its so ******* beautiful! Actually inspires me to build something similar.. thanks so much !

mttkzk submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Awesome! Glad to inspire! Actually buying a new case, Phanteks Evolv ATX, and new LEDs. Also, just finished plastidipping my graphics card backplate white, so check back in a week or two for a big update.

Please keep me updated if you make something similar. I'd love to see it!!

Kqewrf 2 points 37 months ago

Yeah absolutely! Was thinking to use the same motherboard and add 2 reference GTX 980 ti's for sli. I think the ref cards look great with this mobo. Also maybe adding some avexir blue-white led ram, or corsair dominator ram.

mttkzk submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

The motherboard is a dream. Probably best Z97 mobo out. Can't go wrong with 980 Ti SLI. And the reference cards definitely look good. The plastidip came out great, will upload pics now. THe white backplate looks sick.

mttkzk submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

The etchings ion the backplate add to it so much.

Kqewrf 1 point 37 months ago

Damn thats nice..Are you planning on switching the cpu cooler?

mttkzk submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Yeah I have a Thermaltake Riing 3.0 240mm in there now, just haven't posted pics. Sometime this weekend new pics should be uploaded with all my new components, including the new case which is.....perfect.

Janderson2814 -1 points 38 months ago

is it for sale

mttkzk submitter 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago


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DS4130 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Must say I agree with this, although what is the front intake fan situation like on this case?

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Looks as though every fan in this build is intake, even the fan on the side panel.

mttkzk submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Fan on side panel is intake to push fresh air to the GPU, should switch up some of the fans though. Thanks for the comments!

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thought so. Like some others have been saying, just switch up the top and rear fans to exhaust and all will be good.