Description

I decided to put together a build mostly for 1440p gaming as well as some video rendering. I read great things about the Aorus Z370 Gaming 7 motherboard so I decided to give it a shot. I had ordered a Corsair 570X Case for this build but I decided to go with something less flashy that offers better thermals (and a smaller footprint). I also knew that I wanted to go with air cooling for this build and when I was shopping the new Dark Rock Pro 4 had just been listed on newegg so I ordered one immediately. I have use the DR Pro 3 before and loved it (with exception of the installation process) and it looks so much better than the Noctua D15. I ended up ordered 2 Noctua 140mm Chromax fans for my intake (they look so much better in black than the default brown color). Overall I am very happy with this build. It is very quiet for being built in a high airflow case.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU when you can get it on sale; excellent gaming perfomance and great for video rendering

Motherboard

IMO this is better than the AsRock Taichi board and looks better too; best board I have owned thus far

Case

I was able to get this for $80 and at that price point it is a steal. Very solid build quality and plenty of space when using a reference card

Case Fan

great fans; so much better looking that the brown noctua fans

Comments

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build. Super clean.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! I decided to go with something a little less flashy. RGB is cool but overdone.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

What country are you in ? I haven't seen the DRP4 available when I search or even listed on their website. (USA)

How was mounting it, compared to a noctua ?

Looks good though ! Post some thermals once you have everything dialed in :)

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

I am in the US. It was barely promoted at all. I had been watching for it for a long time and then it suddenly popped up. The product page on newegg didn't even have any pictures until a few days ago. Also, it shows as sold out now. Mounting it was a breeze! Still not quite as easy as a Noctua but I had no trouble with it at all. They include a nice screwdriver to make things even easier. I am very happy with it. I used the Noctua D15 in my last built and it was great but by the time you spend $$ to get the chromax fans and covers (to make it look so much better) you almost double the cost. I will post temps soon but after 2 weeks of use I am sitting around 23 degrees at idle and maxing out at 56 degrees at full load (while running handbrake); very impressed with it

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't see it posted at all, tried different spacing with the searches too.

Oh, whoa, didn't notice how many builds you've done. Did they post the specs on the side of the box ? Could you take a pic, I'm mainly interested in dimensions.

Yeah, I spent that money on the "looks" for my D15s, but I'm pretty dedicated because its so darn easy to install. I know there are other easy to install, but noctua seems to have made the standard and I need all the help I can get ;p

What clocks and voltage are you running ? I'm guessing stock by those load numbers.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I find that the Taichi is more beautiful, more elegant without all those lights, it costs less than the Aorus Gaming 7 and is almost on the same level.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this the biggest heat sink out there? I've never see one so big

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a 298mm long gpu. Do you think it will fit in this case?? Your 267mm card looks a bit close.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I like your style. I didn't see your build before as it doesn't show up under builds with dark rock pro 4, maybe because you have it as a custom part. I like the black out myself but I'm trying to find a way to light up that big ol' rock for advertising sakes

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

ahh yes. When I added my build the dark rock pro 4 was not in the cpu cooler database on here yet so I had to add as a custom part. I almost went with the non-tinted glass version of the meshify c but decided to go stay with the dark; loving the build so far

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it, I have the Same case and Board, I almost got the same Dark Rock CPU Cooler but couldn't get it locally so I went with the Gammaxx GT until I decide to upgrade to the 8700k. :)

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, and great news for those who, like me, spent hours looking for the best compact tower and best cpu cooler, looking for the best noise/airflow/size and find out this tower and CPU cooler combination is one of the best you can get for that i7.

I've seen people complaining about performance when on max load, what is your opinion? I will get a 8600k and will see how this big boy performs on OC. My plan is to stabilise it on the sweet spot between 4.8-5ghz. I will post results in a few days