Hey! Thanks for the message. It's still awesome! Now, with everything that's going on, I've actually been able to play games way more than I usually get to and I'm loving it. I've been playing all kinds of games. Apex Legends (maxed out at 1440p, 144 FPS), Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Control, Modern Warfare, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, etc. Everything looks and plays great. It's getting warmer where I am, too, and temps are still great.
Usually, a few months after a build, I'd expect to have had one of those "maybe I should've bought x instead" moments but I've honestly not. I'd build the same one again if I was looking for a new gaming system. If you end up building something similar and have any questions, feel free to reach out. Take care!
That's awesome! Congratulations on your new build. It's a beast, huh? Have fun!
It's no problem at all. Maxed out at 1440p, I played through the whole Modern Warfare campaign (with ray tracing) and from what I recall, I was getting frames in the 100s a lot of the time but with drops as low as, I guess, ~80. Not the most demanding, I know, but Apex Legends, maxed out at 1440p sits locked at 144 (the refresh rate of my monitor). The only one that gave me lower-than-expected frames was Control but after a quick search, I saw that a 2080 Ti can't hold 60 at 1440p when maxed out with all ray tracing options on so that didn't bother me too much. IIRC, I was getting 40-50 but even Digital Foundry released a video talking about how their ray tracing is tremendously demanding (something like a 50% hit on pure FPS).
I can't wait for Cyberpunk. I'm sure it'll run great and while I'm enjoying running things with everything maxed out, it's always worth remembering that with settings on PC games, many of them offer diminishing returns the higher you get. That is, some settings may look ever so slightly better yet give, for example, an extra 20% hit on the GPU.
Sounds like you're set to have an awesome build. I've had this a good few weeks now and I still smile every time I boot it up. The performance is great. As for Intel vs. AMD, I was close to getting Intel as well but I wanted to support AMD as I love how they've released these excellent 7nm chips and are really closing the gap with Intel. Also, it was nice to save a bit of money, despite knowing that I could've gained a few more FPS if I would've gone with the more expensive Intel. Right now, though, squeezing that bit more performance out isn't something I'm concerned about as it handles everything I throw at it. Good luck with your next build and thanks for the kind words.
Haha. Thank you!
I took the photo with a Fujifilm X-T3 and 35mm f/2 lens. It was edited a little in Capture One before sharing.
Thank you so much! I really appreciate that. Glad you like it! I'll get some more pictures up when I get chance.
Yeah, I keep hearing the thing about the case but with all fans on the silent profile, my CPU idles at 27ºC and got to 62ºC after an hour of gaming. The GPU idles at 25ºC and hit 65ºC during that same gaming session. Needless to say, cooling hasn't been an issue. Not at all actually.
Thanks! Yeah, sure. I'll get some more photos taken as soon as I can and then I'll update the build page.
Thanks! I appreciate it. Yeah, I agree about the picture. I'll definitely get some more and update the build page.
Beautiful build! I just got a H510 Elite and Kraken X62 for a new build. Can't wait to get started. Quick question: did you just use the case-supplied AER RGB fans on the X62 radiator as opposed to the ones it comes with?
Awesome. That's good to hear. Thanks!
Awesome build. I'm about to build something similar (H510 Elite and Kraken X62) and have a quick question. You're just using the case-supplied AER RGB fans on the X62 radiator, right? I've read that the fans that come with the X62 are better for the radiator (better static pressure, I believe) but, like many, I'd prefer to use the AER RGB fans. Is that what you did and if so, how's cooling?
Thanks! Hope you're enjoying this sweet build.
HI. That's something I considered but I wasn't that bothered about having 1 pull and 2 push. I did, however, consider getting another fan (matching the stock FD fan) and doing that but my temperatures were great so I didn't really think it'd be worth it (extra noise, buying the extra fan, etc.).
It sounds good on paper but I'm not sure if there would be any noticeable benefits. If anyone knows different then please let me know. Thanks.
The tubes are fine. They swivel where they connect to the CPU mount so it didn't feel like they were being twisted or anything. Now that I look back at the original pictures I put up it does kind of look like they're under tension. I just looked in the case now and they seem like they're in a much better, relaxed position. I guess I took those pictures before I was completely done fiddling around in the case.
Sorry for the really late reply; I haven't been on here for a while. Here's the video.
Right now it's on the front and the two stock Corsair fans are pulling cold air in and through the radiator. I planned on trying it at the front and moving it to the top if temperatures got high. My i7-6700K (at 4.6GHz) idles in the low 20s and has never been above 70ºC. That's with benchmarking and gaming with GTA, Battlefront, etc. The warm air coming through the radiator doesn't seem to be affecting my 980 Ti either as that's sits at ~69ºC when gaming. Needless to say, I'm really happy with this setup.
Thanks for the tip! I played GTA V for a few straight hours the other day (at 4.6GHz / 1.3000V) and it was absolutely fine. According to HWMonitor my CPU didn't exceed 69ºC the whole time I was playing and my GPU was also just below 70ºC, too. :)
Haha. Yep, I live in Germany and lots of people over this side of the world use Euros. :)
An Acer XB270HU. I wasn't sure about 144Hz and G-Sync but I gave it a go and now there's no going back. :)
Thanks! Unless it's much better, which I'm guessing it's not, I think I'll stick with the Vengeance LPX simply based on its colour.
Yeah, I've heard the same thing. The only thing holding me back from building my new system is deciding on which monitor I'm going to get. I've been out of PC gaming or a while so now I've heard about 144Hz and G-SYNC it's hard to want anything else. That said, the XB270HU is expensive and almost everyone says the build quality is pretty bad and that they've had to return a few to get a good one.
Nice build! How are your temperatures with the H110i as a front intake? I'm close to building a new system in a Define R5 and I'm not sure whether I'm going to be front-mounting or top-mounting the radiator. I like the idea of top to get rid of hot air but I also like the idea of front so I can keep the top covers on and retain some of that silence. Also, I recently watched an interesting video from JayzTwoCents explaining how having a front-mounted radiator (as intake) doesn't heat up your system as much as you think it would.
Nice build! I'm close to building a new system with a H110i GTX and the same white Define R5. I'm planning on taking the HDD and ODD cages/bays out as I'm running a single 500GB SSD but I'm still not sure on whether I should mount the radiator at the front as intake or the top as exhaust. Seeing as you have almost the same components I wondered what your opinion is.
I haven't built a PC for a long time and I've never had an AIO before so when I first saw people front-mounting I wondered about hot air being blown into the case and onto the GPU but from what I see it's not as big a deal as I thought. I was also wondering how much louder it would be with it top-mounted and having the vents/covers removed. Anyway, any advice or tips would be great!
Awesome build! I'm in the process of ordering parts for a new build and I'm also getting a Define R5 and a H110i GTX. I was originally going to have the radiator mounted at the top (as exhaust) but I've heard a few people recommend front-mounting it instead. The reason I didn't consider this was because I didn't like the idea of blowing hot air straight onto my GPU. I'm planning on only having a single 500GB SSD so I'm going to take all HDD /ODD cages/bays out to improve airflow. What do you recommend for the H110i GTX then? Still mounted at the top or now on the front?
One argument for the front was that if it was top-mounted I'd have a rear 140mm and 2 x 140mm as exhaust but only the single R5's 140mm as intake. This would give negative case pressure.
Anyway, I'm looking for tips from people with similar hardware. Thanks!
Thanks for the advice. This PC will be for gaming only so I decided I was happy on a single 500GB SSD for games. It sounds crazy to some but I'm happy with 500GB (minus the OS, of course) for my games. I have a 150 Mbit/s cable connection so downloading games as and when I need them isn't much of an issue. Anyway...
The reason I didn't consider a front-mounted radiator is because I didn't like the idea of blowing hot air directly into the case. I don't have the case yet so I'm not sure about mounting but I guess, if possible, mounting it at the top of the front would be best as to avoid blowing hot air directly onto the GPU (with it mounted at the bottom of the front).
Thanks! Yeah, I believe the R5 has dust filters on the front and bottom but not the top. It comes with 2 x 140mm fans (one on the front as intake and the other as a rear exhaust). With regard to positive pressure then, I guess I can add another 140mm to the front, giving me:
I'm using a single 500GB SSD as well so I'll be removing all HDD cages and ODD bays so airflow should be about as good as it can be.
Thanks for the feedback. When sorting by 3000MHz DDR4, that Ram is the RAM that comes out on top of the Price/GB column. I'm still not quite sure if I want 3000MHz as opposed to 2400/2666MHz but the price is almost the same so I figured I'd go for the 3000Mhz.
Thanks for your reply. Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. As mentioned, the 650W is harder to get here in Germany than the 550W and the 750W and where it is available it tends to be more expensive than the 750W. Right now, I can get the 750W delivered for just under 110€ ($115).