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Zephyr Cube
by mowtom
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This is my first build meant for gaming and general use. A huge step up over my HP laptop that is showing its age with more recent games. If anyone can think of a better name, suggest one! I bought my parts over the course of a few months to save some money here and there, and I am ultimately pleased with how it all turned out. It wasn't too hard, but I didn't expect it to take so long; it was built over two days (with breaks of course lol). I love Microcenter, everyone there is so nice to work with and I've never had anything shoved in my face.

I had initially thought that dropping the CPU in place would be the hardest part; but the XFX PSU cables didn't like to be pulled out once they were put in... The only problem I have run into is that I didn't receive a power cable for the PSU from the seller but he is sending it ASAP.

I love the Air 540, it's a really unique case and the second chamber it very helpful for hiding cables. I also love the new MSI z97 board's look, although I wish it had more red, but I guess that's what the sleeved cables will be for. My monitor hasn't arrived just yet so we used one of my brother's for the test boot and set up. Having only had pre-built systems, this MSI BIOS blew me away! It was so easy to navigate and get around, as opposed to the old HP or Dell BIOS.

In the future I want to add some sleeved extensions (not exactly liking the rainbow cables :P) a fan controller, an NZXT hue, and an aftermarket cooler for possible overclocking. But it gives me something to look forward to.

The only downside is that I'm leaving for vacation tomorrow, so I won't be able to use it for a few days. Let me know what you think!/critiques/suggestions

Part List
Date PublishedMay 12, 2014
Date BuiltMay 10, 2014
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle23.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.0GHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.0GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle37.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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srs922 [1 Build] 6 points 8 months ago

Oh wow cool! I didn't know the Z97 motherboards came out already

hjj174 1 point 8 months ago

Yup this weekend along with the locked processors for the Haswell refresh.

mowtom [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Neither did I! I was originally picking up a ud4h and suddenly in Microcenter they were there!

sweettacoboy 3 points 8 months ago

cute dog +1

mowtom [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you!

Deano_Awesome 3 points 8 months ago

Cute puppy plus one!

mowtom [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Yay! Thank you!

fnapoli [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

You have an acer monitor listed but a samsung in the photos. the samsung looks pretty sweet. what is it?

mowtom [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Oh I don't think I mentioned that, sorry. My Acer monitor was being shipped and hadn't arrived yet, so we used my brother's monitor which I think is a Samsung 225bw

mowtom [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

oops sorry, it is a syncmaster 205bw

ib10xs4u2 2 points 8 months ago

The black, red and white on your dog matches the color scheme of the build. Nice. +1

mowtom [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Haha it does! I'll nickname it after her lol

xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

Awesome build, but that CPU is just begging for an aftermarket cooler.

Happy gaming! :)

mowtom [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you! Yeah, I ran out of budget, but hopefully at the end of the summer I will purchase an H100i or a Kraken