Description

Upgraded three PCs in the last week, finally finished mine. I'm upgrading from an AMD FX 8350/GTX 770. I initially purchased a Cryorig R1 Universal and had troubles with it hitting the mobo heatsink, so I ended up getting an H115i - seriously awesome cooler, I've used AIOs before, but never in my personal build. The stock Corsair fans were very loud. I now have a push-pull with Noctua Redux 1200 PWM fans, temps stay quite low and its nearly silent. Since I put the radiator in the front, instead of crushing my PSU cables by moving the smaller HDD cage I opted to get a 2 5.25" to 3 3.5" adapter. I also ended up removing a 1TB HDD because tempts were a little high for my taste with three hard drives stacked on top of each other.

The EVGA Z170 K's bios gave me some issues, definitely not as seamless as an MSI or ASUS. I had to flash a newer bios to install Windows 10. Smooth sailing after that.

Overall very fast and extremely quiet build. I'm pretty happy with it. =)

Temp picture is running Prime95 and Furmark for an hour, actual usage is much, much lower. Not bad at all.

Part Reviews

CPU

Blazing fast. Eons ahead of my old AMD FX 8350. Glad to have an i7 again. I haven't overclocked it yet, I'm not sure I will for a little while, its plenty fast as is.

CPU Cooler

Great cooler, keeps everything in the low 20's. The fans are functional, but insanely loud... I ended up replacing them. Also, the wire are a total pain. Doesn't affect performance, but meh....

Thermal Compound

Old standby. Works great, use it on CPUs, GPUs, laptops, etc.

Motherboard

I had a Classified E760 back when I had an i7 920, great board for its time, and having recently messed with newer ASUS and MSI bios, my expectations were high for EVGA. I was a bit disappointed, nothing fancy and flashy, but its extremely functional - exactly what you'd want from an overclocking board. I can't really ding it for that. However, I had to update my bios to install Windows 10? Something, somewhere was overlooked there.

Memory

Great ram, no stability issues, XMP set everything perfectly. The little red piece comes off, which is nice since my system is mostly black and grey.

Storage

My first SSD. Originally just had my OS, now it's dedicated to HDD caching. A bit slow for an SSD....

Storage

OS and a couple of games on here. Fast, no complaints. Will replace with an M.2 when prices go down.

Storage

Lots of space. Replaced a full 1TB drive with documents. No complaints so far, it's sharing a 60GB SSD cache drive.

Storage

Between my husband and I we've had five of these and only one had died in 8 years. Not bad at all. This one is sharing a 60GB cache SSD

Video Card

I haven't really done anything intensive yet. Fallout 4 defaults to Ultra. Seems great so far

Case

Two very minor complaints about this case. 1. The included fans are silent, but they also don't move very much air. 2. It's so easy to make the wiring look nice that I actually did a pretty sloppy job in the back. Sigh. I'll fix it later. =)

But really, bar none the best case I've had the pleasure of working with.

Operating System

Required for DX12, or I'd be using W7. Not awful, but not great

Case Fan

Fantastic fans! I've never had a case full of Noctua fans (mostly due to the color) these were $14 each and PWM. Almost totally silent. Wish they came with the rubber dampeners that the others have....

Case Fan

I associate 80mm fans with Delta for some reason. Ie crazy loud. I can't hear this fan. It also keeps my hard drive cool just fine

Monitor

Colors suck, but I'm just using it as a secondary, so not a big deal

Monitor

Great monitor. I'd get a second if 4k wasn't of interest. Someday.....

Keyboard

I actually don't have this yet (it arrives Wednesday) but I do have a CMStorm Trigger with MX Browns and it's lovely. I've had it a few years with no issue. I decided to get this because I finally decided I'd like more than 6" for my mouse in my keyboard tray.... And also an excuse to get MX Blues. Will update this later

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey. I am building a very similar build and I hope you could answer a couple of questions.

That fan on the bottom is pushing hot air out from the case? Is it worth to have that fan? How loud is your pc during gaming?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply. Bottom fan is pushing cool air right at the GPU, it helps GPU temps a lot from my experience. I have a ridiculous 7 case fans set at 70% (I think the 80mm is a bit faster) it's literally whisper quiet.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. May I know why you chose the noctua p14s redux 1200pwm over ( i know you mentioned about color) -p14s redux 1500pwm -p14s redux 1200 -A14 industrial 2000pwm

Why not have 2 fans on the top as exhaust? I also have an R5 with window and am considering whether to remove the top plates which will be noisier but better air movement or quieter but bad air flow.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

In short - quietness was a priority. P14 1200 vs P14 1500 was simply a matter of availability. Noctua's Industrial line is great, but they're really intended to be run at high rpm in say a server where noise doesn't matter. They make an awful clicking at lower rpms.

Likewise, taking those covers off the top dramatically increases noise - adding fans, even more so. I also haven't had an issue with just the one exhaust. Temps are good it's stayed virtually dust free thanks to air filters and positive air pressure, why have more fans than I already do if its staying cool? I already have am excessive number, I like my case levitation-free. =)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

You really should overclock that processor man, don't let that K go to waste! Hahaha.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I like to double check stability a bit before overclocking. Sitting at 4.4GHz now.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

How you liking that Classified mobo? Was thinking about picking one up myself. Hows the audio on it? Any troubles?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

great build mate!

i'm considering this motherboard for my first build, did you have any difficulties inserting the gpu on the first pcie slot due to the the plate covering the IO shield? does the motherboard have usb 2.0 headers because i'll be using the same case as well.

thanks!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you use the Noctua fans to replace the fans on the Corsair H115i? And can you use any bearing to mount replacement fans?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi. I have the same case (define r5) and the same cooler (h115i), but in the front, the case's fan screw holes don't align with the radiator's screw holes, which makes a push configuration in the front difficult for me. I just wanted to ask you how you made the front fans fit with the radiator, as shown in picture #5- It would really help me out a lot!

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

$25 for the cage, $10 for a new fan (for quietness). I probably could have gotten away just mounting them up there with brackets, but it looked like a nice solution/keeps them cool. The 115i is pretty decent, I'm sure a custom loop would beat it however. The last photo is of Prime95/Furmark with just one pair of fans in pull - CPU got up to 57C. Push-Pull dropped it to about 54C. In actual use, I've never seen above 45C. Ambient is in the 22-24C region. Bearing in mind that's at stock speeds, and nearly silent 50% fan speed. I'll have to see what I can do with overclocking.