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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
- Ave: 112.97 FPS
- Min: 31.44 FPS
- Max: 196.79 FPS
- 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
- Ave: 83.1 FPS
- Min: 58 FPS
- Max: 104 FPS
Hope you enjoy!