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The Corsair Carbide 88r finally landed in NZ so I headed into the workshop first thing Monday morning (a public holiday in New Zealand) and made the mini VR Ready GTX 970 build I've been wanting to make since I first saw the case online :)

The case itself is oh so so good especially for the price, the cable management space really shines with a lot more space just behind the HDD bays compared to the Cooler Master 352 I just made another rig in, and the chassis are very very close in size. I think the 352 will allow for better cooling though with the front door that just lets air pass right through but anyway - onto the build.

This time around I opted for a slightly bigger motherboard with more ram slots so I could double up to 16GB later without issue, I also put a larger 600w power supply in so I could upgrade to a larger graphics card at the same time.

The build turned out great and I've started a FPS test playlist for it here = https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtxHocGsjK_Nq27wvbMsImO8QH2WqyjKA

Part Reviews

CPU

VR ready indeed! I thought this was the goto CPU but it turned out the i5-6400 also passed the Oculas test when paired with the GTX 970 so if you're looking to save a few $ you have that option.

Motherboard

I was tempted to use my usual H110m-Sh2 again for this build but opted to make the rig a lot more upgradable than my others and with the additional ram slots I've got room to get another 2x4GB kit while still keeping my existing 2x4GB sticks in play :)

Memory

This ram is great, I'm still curous about if it's the best 2133MHz kit available now?

HyperX HX421C14FBK2/8 is a kit of two 512M x 64-bit (4GB) DDR4-2133 CL14 SDRAM Synchronous DRAM) 1Rx8, memory module, based on eight 512M x 8-bit FBGA components per module. Each module kit supports Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (Intel® XMP) 2.0. Total kit capacity is 8GB. Each module has been tested to run at DDR4-2133 at a low latency timing of 14-14-14 at 1.2V

OK, that last part is the interesting bit for me :)

Normally I would have gone with http://www.gskill.com/en/product/f4-2133c15d-8gvr in black for this (and everything, I'm a G.Skill fanboy) but the tested latency is 15-15-15-35-2N

Does that make the Kingston kit slightly better?

Storage

My goto drive for all builds, so reliable and pretty quick!

Video Card

This card is a massive powerhouse that's super cool and very quiet. There are a few key points that make this my top pick for the GTX 970 series.

Firstly - a single 8Pin power connection. Unlike when you attach a 6pin with the 2pin folded up or tucked around itself the 8pin just makes a build so much cleaner.

Secondly - It overclocks like a beast. Don't let that single 8-pin fool you, this card can OC like a champion and it's a great way to give yourself that 60fps stable bump in some games while you're using the V-Sync option.

Thirdly - The cooler. Asus make a big deal about it being quiet which is great, but this thing is also really cool. 67 degrees while doing some heavy gaming in a room thats 27 degrees base temp - and that's in the 88r which doesn't have the best airflow - noise wise the front fan in the chassis is louder than the GPU.

Finally - Looks. With the backplate and chrome piping it's certainly the center of attention when anyone looks in through the window.

I do use other cards in my builds, but whenever possible I'll use this one )

Case

Better in person than it looked online - and it looked pretty good! Very impressed with this case in both looks and value for $.

2 quick things

You case only comes with 1x 120mm fan, so add 2x more 120mm in the front at least or things will get toasty.

Install your DVD drive with the front of the case on, it will not fit over if the drive is in already.

Power Supply

The PSU I actually used was the ZM-600-GV but I couldn't find on PCPartPicker and it's possibly only available in NZ - for internationals I recommend the Cooler Master V550 as it's a great power supply (sadly so good it's always sold out in NZ!)

Optical Drive

Yep a DVD drive, I just can't stop myself. This ones my favourite because the version we have here has black branding on it making things look pretty slick.

Wireless Network Adapter

A great cheap wireless kit. If you want bluetooth as well please use should use the Gigabyte WB867D-I kits instead :)

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Super Clean Super Nice Super Awesome +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you ordered your Oculus yet? :o

PS Good job. :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I got my order in for June :( I wants it now :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Super exciting. :D Make sure you post an update about it!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep will do :) I'll be living online when that thing comes in!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you looked into how well it should perform on the Rift?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I ended up getting the HTC Vive first as my oculas is still showing as unshipped :/ So far it's a lot of fun but I haven't hit anything that would really push it performance wise, Elite Dangerous looks pretty and I haven't hit any parts of the game it really stutters in yet but I hear planetary landing might be an issue. Hopefully I get the Oculas eventually as I'm finding the vive a little nose heavy compared to my old dev kit. Will update as I get more time to play.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you encounter any problem installing Windows on this Skylake build? Just curious. Class build btw

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :) No problems at all though when it asks me if I want to install with default options I now say no and turn off everything. Once in I first go to updates and turn on scheduling, I set user account control to "not to notify" + go into notifications and turn off everything like "hints". Then I head to apps and uninstall all the bloat (MS office trail, newsfeed, skypeapp etc).

Once that's all done I install my basics like Chrome, VLC, Paint.net, Steam etc and tweak the startup so nothing runs auto on boot. Then finally onto default apps to change to all the programs I just loaded.

It still erks me I can't select "not update" but it's not a terrible OS :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Would this make a good gaming pc because i am looking to finnaly buy a gaming pc so would this be a good choice because as i can see the CPU and the GPU are really good so im just wondering will it be good for overall gaming XD in advance thanks.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

It's quite the little powerhouse, let me know any game your would like tested and i'll upload it to my Youtube gameplay FPS test channel so you can see for yourself :) = https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc87nj5wQB4EK-Ssa1S9Dhg

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you test games like csgo,Payday2,GTA,BF3 or 4 ,LOL,H1Z1,F4

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep sound fun, I've started a new playlist for the build = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gI-wlrKHFPE&list=PLtxHocGsjK_Nq27wvbMsImO8QH2WqyjKA

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks my brotha :P

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same motherboard as you. does adding that extra PCIe WiFi card effect the performance of your graphics card at all?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll test with and without to be sure but I don't think it will.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I played some Star Wars Battlefront and got the same performance with and without the wireless card

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thank you

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

How quiet is your PC when gaming? Does the CPU fan/GPU fan get noticeably loud?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I can hardly hear it, if I put my ear upto the build the loudest part seems to be the front fan :)

  • 45 months ago
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Hi man I'm also in nz I'm just asking what fans come with the case. Im gonna be using it for my first build Also +1 for the nice photos :)

  • 44 months ago
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Always good to meet another kiwi :))) Sorry for the late reply I just got back into NZ. The chassis only came with 1x 120mm black fan and I added cooler master sickleflow via molex to the front.

  • 44 months ago
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Hi man me again I changed my build up a lot and i actually got the same mobo and cpu I was just wondering does the mobo have a onboard wireless wifi adapter (if they even exist) and if there aren't, are there any good ones for a really small price

(To be honest i thought i killed my computer when i had tried booting it up with windows and it kept on looping back to the start and saying that my pc needed to be repaired. I found a fix doe...XD)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

There isn't space to fit an onboard module on this motherboard, I about to upgrade my builds from TP-Link N wireless to this AC Wifi + BT card = http://www.gigabyte.co.nz/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4739

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Did a very similar build (i5 4590 instead) and was wondering if I could put that exact same wireless card in it so thanks for uploading/answer my question. Hows the performance of that card?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you link your motherboard please, it should be fine but I'll double check :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the case really big?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It's really small, here's a PIC beside Dark Knight and Assassin builds https://www.instagram.com/p/BBgmjPBwDPW/

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

great build :D

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks :)

  • 46 months ago
  • -1 points

ill buy this cpu and you can get a 6400