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Wow, never expected to get FEATURED!!! Lost for words - thanks once again guys. It's a real honour :) The PCPP community is amazing. Keep those builds coming!

Bit hard to shake off the PC building itch once it’s hit! The goal I had in mind was to build something that was affordable and capable of keeping up with mainstream tasks, while trying to bring out the visual best in each component no matter how basic. I was keen to build a PC that anyone could put together on a reasonable budget and still make it look awesome. A little bit over the whole RGB thing as well; just about everything is RGB nowadays which is good in a lot of ways but overwhelming at the same time. I was keen to show that it’s possible to make even a basic PC look great without needing a fancy 1080Ti, a water cooled / all-in-one setup, insane RGB fans… you get my drift!

Took me ages to settle on a colour scheme and it was somewhat dependent on whatever components were available at the time of the build. The white + orange combo has always been a favourite of mine, and I wanted to go as minimalistic as possible. The PC would probably get laughed at for the lack of a GPU but I flat-out refuse to pay inflated prices for a card! The new Ryzen APUs fit the idea behind the build perfectly, and the 2400G seems to handle 1080p gaming moderately well. I spent about 3 weeks visualising the build and slowly gathering the parts that fit the picture. Spray painting and masking off probably took another week or two, with having to let the pieces dry and all. A very fun building experience and one that I’ve learnt heaps off, particularly when it comes to what you can achieve with a couple of cans of spray paint and some planning!

Cameras used for images - Fuji GFX + GF63mm f/2.8 and Fuji X-Pro1 + XF18mm f/2

CPU: Ryzen 5 2400G Probably the best bang for your buck in the entire build. Solid CPU + GPU performance rolled into one. Can’t complain really!

CPU Cooler: Cryorig H7 I’d picked this purely to suit the build visually. The top plate of the cooler is easy to remove and can be sprayed to match just about any colour scheme you have in mind. It also offers better cooling over the stock AMD unit. I replaced the stock Cryorig fan with a 120mm EK-Vardar unit; the Vardar is much better built and was already in the right colour. The bequiet! Dark Rock unit was a solid alternative but a bit too bulky for my liking.

Motherboard: MSI B350M Mortar Arctic mATX This board is one of the more uncommon boards that come in white. Needed a BIOS update to accommodate the new Ryzen 2000 series processors which the retailer was more than happy to assist with (thanks!). The white LED corner lights add character to the layout and the off-silver heat sinks on the board match the RAM I’d picked. Has decent features, basic display connections, and a good amount of 4-pin PWM connections for cooling fans.

Memory – Team T-Force Dark 8GB 3000MHz The website won’t let me select the 3000MHz option; only has 3200MHz for the 8GB combo. Relatively well priced RAM (Australia) and has decent looks + speed. The silver finish blends in well with the rest of the motherboard fortunately; I was tempted to take the heatsinks off and respray to match the overall colour scheme however the warranty sticker goes over the heatsink. Decided to leave it alone to preserve warranty. Could have gone with a white version of the Corsair Vengeance units but opted to try and get the quickest RAM I could to bolster the Ryzen APU.

Storage: Main (OS + Games) – Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2 NVME I’d built a PC using this previously and it is amazing what a difference it can make! Was easy enough to go back to; well-priced at the moment as well given the release of the newer model. Insane boot times ftw!

Files / Media / Etc. – Seagate IronWolf 4TB Needed something larger for longer term media storage. Was on sale at the time so ticked the right boxes.

Case: NZXT H400i mATX Picking a case was probably the hardest part of the build. I’ve always started my builds with deciding on a case first as I’ve personally found that it affects the vision of my build more than any other component. I’d originally looked at a Fractal Design Meshify C Mini but it only came in black which didn’t quite fit the bill. The H400i is a really nice case to build with; it’s really well made and has the Smart Controller which just about does away with the need for an additional RGB and fan controller. I also had a spare LED strip from a previous Hue+ purchase which I threw into the build to finish off the look. The NZXT CAM software however can be a pain in the bum. I am having issues with the fan and lighting profiles saving once CAM is turned off / PC is restarted. As a result, the next hard reboot sees the PC “forgetting” what the last saved settings were. Starting up CAM each time Windows runs is a solution however it ramps up all connected fans to full speed when CAM is loading up which I found really odd. It’s not a big drama but just had me annoyed that the PC had to go “WHOOSSHHHHHH” and then go quiet again every time I turned it on! I may yet reconfigure the fans to run off the motherboard PWM connectors if I get really frustrated. Apart from that, the H400i is brilliant. Items re-sprayed to suit build:

• Front case fan mounting bracket – Satin white

• Top magnetic dust filter – Gloss orange plus satin clear

• PCI slot covers and retention bracket – Mix of orange and white

PSU: Thermaltake 650W Semi-Modular 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular was perfect for the build as I didn’t really need any of the additional power connections (no GPU, etc.) Coupled with the Phanteks orange sleeved cables, the PSU unit does the job both function and price-wise.

OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Can’t run the PC without it annoyingly enough!

Case Fans: EK-Vardar EVO 120ER and 140ER Website won’t let me select the right fans in both 120mm and 140mm sizes. Fans were on sale for AUD$19 so can’t really complain! Very quiet units, and well weighted + built. Spray painting the fans was fun; I’d spent an entire night masking off the bits that I wanted covered up. I did run into some overspray however managed to scrape / sand it off with minimal fuss leading to the final result. Very, very happy with the end product and impressed with what you can transform a simple case fan into.

Misc: I made up a custom acrylic plate to go over the top of the PSU shroud. This was purely for aesthetics and to conceal the misc. cables connected to the base of the motherboard (USB, audio, etc.). Very happy again with the result as it adds a fair bit of character to the build. I had custom vinyl made up through a local creator to match the theme of the build; Japanese text as well as the Stark Industries + Arc Reactor logo. Acrylic sheets were sourced through Ebay in A4 sizes in both clear and orange. The clear acrylic sheet is the way to go really; spray the top in your desired colour with the vinyl sticker on and followed by the base in a different colour. Remove the vinyl sticker to reveal the base colour – gives it a lot of 3D depth!

Used a Dremel 4200 with the work stand to drill holes / sanding. Great tool for small projects like this! The H400i has vent holes in the PSU shroud which is perfectly sized for an M4 bolt. Used 4 bolts as stands for the custom acrylic plate.

The cable guard in the NZXT series of cases tends to look a bit boring on its own. I spent a good 2 hours trying to form the orange sleeved cabling to overlay the cable guard! Fortunately this worked out beautifully and really adds to the look of the build; was very impressed with what a nice run of cables can do!

Comments

  • 18 months ago
  • 22 points

This needs to be featured! +1

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

^ +1

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

how is this build still not featured?!?!?!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha!! :) appreciate the enthusiasm!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

and it's featured!!! yay

  • 18 months ago
  • 4 points

Wahahaha my day is made....!!!! Time to celebrate. I'm inspired to build another now...

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

i 2nd that. Sooo much dedication, efford and planing in this, it has to be rewarded properly.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind words philphaser - means a lot coming from you :) your builds are even more awesome!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Grass is always greener on the other side. ; )
Really nice work with the vinyl sticker templates. Have to find a store doing those in germany and reeaaally want to use the H7 now...have to find a new project. ^ ^

  • 18 months ago
  • 10 points

That 24 pin motherboard power cable is looking so damn sexy. I love what you did to it. Great work!

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! :D took me ages, haha..

  • 18 months ago
  • 6 points

This is one of the most beautiful non-water-cooled non-rainbow-puking builds I've seen, the color theme reminds me of Portal, awesome stuffs!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on the feature, I was hoping it would make it :D

  • 18 months ago
  • 5 points

Gorgeous. This better get featured. I love what you did with the 24 pin.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers for the kind words!

  • 18 months ago
  • 5 points

This is great! Awesome job, good attention to detail, nice unique touches throughout. PCPP needs more of this, less $4,000 1080ti/hard tubing/RGB clones.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Exactly what I was going for - time to shy away from mainstream!

  • 18 months ago
  • 5 points

+1 Asiimov...... Stay Frosty ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • 18 months ago
  • 4 points

fantastic customization, not many people personalise low power machines like this often. [when i say low power i say it relatively, as custom builds often aim for the skies interms of performance before they start getting customized]

  • 18 months ago
  • 4 points

Another example of a build that goes beyond the simple color matching of components, and what simply could have been just another build on this site. Instead, YOU made it into something fun and unique, and I think in this day in age where everything can seem monotonous, builds like these show it doesn't have to be that way.

+1 for being original.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Cheers mate :)

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

You can literally see the love you put into this, beautiful +1

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the compliment :)

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

Well that's a feature and a half if I ever saw one

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd be honoured if it made the featured cut!!!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

And it looks like you've done it!

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice Subaru Impreza wrx sti. I’m probably the only one who noticed that lol

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol good spotto. It's actually a Levorg STi :)

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

this is a very well done build, with clear parts choices and amazing aesthetic, it's actually too bad that it's not featured because the pictures are also very well done. I hope that you add a graphics card in the future though, when the prices come down, and mod it some way. +1 (I would also love to see you do a custom loop because ik you would kill it and it would look insane).

  • 18 months ago
  • 4 points

wait never mind, you already have another amazing pc, that's faster than mine, good job xP

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thanks... the other PC is my main gaming / day-to-day unit.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude. This build is so clean. The color scheme and theme of the red build is so cool. I totally respect the amount of work you put into this. Super cool, and I’m glad it turned out well!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks buddy..!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Well here’s a featured!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Here's to hoping!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

That cable management! Nice build. +1

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Alot of time has been put into this build. It is affordable to most and looks like a beast. You should get a white gigabyte card and paint it white to add more orange and white to your build!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Everyone thinks RGB makes a build looks amazing, but in your case it is the time and work you have put into it to make the amazing white and orange color scheme which I have never seen a build with these build colors. Very unique and custom!!!!!!!! Needs to be featured!!!

  • 18 months ago
  • -2 points

rgb is just the ability to customize what color you want over the entire color spectrum, or most of it, incase you didnt realise, white and orange, is part of the rgb color spectrum, it just means not ever being able to change the color in the future.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

CAM software plus the smart controller will let me go full crazy rainbow unicorn poo with the case LEDs if I want to :) I intentionally stayed away from "RGB" fans and RAM as I wanted the parts to stand out on their own rather than rely on flashy lights. That's the message I'm trying to convey!

  • 18 months ago
  • -3 points

you dont know what rgb means, rgb doesnt mean flashy rainbow colors, it means fully color spectrum, if you bought rgb everything, you could set it all to white, or orange, or even off, i dont think you inderstand what you are talking about, flashy lights has nothing to do with rgb.

  • 18 months ago
  • 0 points

He means RGB lights.

  • 18 months ago
  • -1 points

you dont understand, rgb doesnt mean random rainbow colors, it is literally the red, gree, and blue spectrum, which is the spectrum used to create any color, meaning if you have rgb everything, it doesnt means you have rainbow, thats just the color scheme that you chose with your rgb lights, if i wanted i could buy rgb fansm rgb light strips,etc, i can set them to all white, or all blue, or some blue, some off, any combination, rgb is no negative in any way, if you like any color, literally any color, you like rgb, because while you may buy red led fans now, in a few months you may decide you are getting bored of the color, and you wont be able to change it, or turn it off, but with rgb enabled led's, you can

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, but chase was talking about RGB in the context of lighting, of course it's RGB, every color you can see is. I think it's YOU who has no idea what YOUR talking about.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Tired of trying to explain myself..

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

That Cable Management Makes Me Feel Good

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Makes Me Feel Good Too...!!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Yo this is dope af gj bro

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks buddy..

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

In Soviet Russia, China, Japan(?) computer build you.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Duuuuuude this is sick!

Normally, I hate the way big tower coolers look. But you made it look stunning!

Here are all the +1s I can give (which is still just one but you deserve more)

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks mate, appreciate the compliments!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Jawdropping Great Build! +1. Congrats on feature!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome and simplistic build I agree with the overuse of RGB stuff and the fact that it is good/bad at same time. I have a couple of custom water cooling overkill projects up my sleeve =) and one of them is a similar to yours color theme wise, just hoping that the ridiculous price tag they have the case at is jus a pre-order price and not the "real" one. You can check out the build below, will be my first delve into water-cooling its not my main project, but it is a possible alternative for me if the case price drops to my liking, right now its too rich for my blood, might switch it out for the new Lian-Li PC-011 Dynamic in White, cause there is no way in hell it should be as expensive as the 1000D @ $499.99 esp since it is smaller by far and only has integrated AIO like its black color variant at $299.99 =)

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/islandg%40m3r/saved/#view=YXDGf7

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I've been really turned off by a lot of the featured builds here lately, but I must say that this build is totally feature worthy in my humble opinion. It is quite odd to not see a GPU in a build, but the work you put in has made quite the beautiful build. Congrats and keep up the good work.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

needs more upvotes

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow. That mobo power cable truly is something to behold! This is superb = great job.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I reckon the 24pin cable is what I'm proudest of in the build! Cheers mate!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

wtf this is cable p*rn

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Shhh, the Mrs. will hear you..

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind words people - this community and feedback is what keeps the builds coming!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

This is such great workmanship. What is that arm you have your dremel attached to?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey mate - it's a workstand that Dremel sell. Drill press / tool holder combined into the one arm. Awesome little stand that you can buy for AUD$50.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet! I'm definitely getting one of those.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this build goes well for gaming and streaming?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Very acceptable for 1080p :) have not tried streaming as it's not something I'm into unfortunately but I'd say that it would be fine!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the orange and white man. That came out beautiful. And do I spy a wrx/sti in the background? I love my wrx :) looks like the same charcoal color too.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Its actually a Levorg :) need the wagon for the family. Thanks for the compliments!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. The work you put in really shows.

but this +1 is really for that Levorg

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha I'd +1 any build that showcases an STi. Watch this space - tempted to do a subaru build next....

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a gorgeous build! Love the cable..

Add in a painted 1050 Ti and It'll be just about perfect.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I was honestly going to go first gen Ryzen 5 with a Galax Sniper 1050Ti in the beginning. The white led lights on the GPU fans put me off lol. That and I would have had to fork out an extra $275 for it!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

That cable management makes ME proud!

+1! :)

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm very proud of it too haha! Thanks :)

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

very confused

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Spectacular! I really like the color scheme and form factor. I'm in the beginning stages of planning my next build. (My Ivy Bridge i5 is getting a bit long in the tooth.) My next build WILL be MicroATX!! If I had to build it today, i would be using the Inwin 301C, or the non-RGB 301.

I love that you can cram a bunch of components into a smaller form factor and still get great looks, airflow, and function out of it!

Your build is truly inspiring, thank you for sharing it with us!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks for the kind words! The Inwin cases are great - fantastic value and looks for what you pay. Just watch out for the bottom fans with the 301c; the fans mount really close to where your USB and misc. mobo connections are towards the bottom end of board. I found it easier to save the bottom fans for last as you can use it to hide a fair bit of your cabling :) good luck!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

i personally would've bought an uglier cooler and painted it lol

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol but why! Then the ugly cooler would ruin the look of your beast computer haha! The H7 is such a great unit - well priced, decent cooling capacity and sweet looks. Thanks for the feedback :)

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

its just that because you painted an h7 and made it sexy and the h7 was sexy in the first place, nothing changed. But if you bought an uglier cooler and painted and made it sexy I would feel better XD.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

i do agree by the way that cooler is my fav on the market

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahhh I get you now!!! Hahaha, cheers for the clarification!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

why did you spend so much on the psu, where you could have gotten a gold one from evga for much cheaper, and then you would be able to get a bigger ssd or something

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey oscar - the pcpartpicker price is a bit off. The thermaltake unit cost me just over $100. :)

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

And that's AUD$ too which translates to more like $60 USD!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

oh, ok, i was boutta say,

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

great build by the way, convinced me to switch from mainly rgb to just a white and black theme, very clean

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers buddy! That's great to hear :)

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

whenever i look for your build, i cant find it, big rip, i can only find it through looking at my comment history

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh wow.. its dropped off the list of featured builds :(

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

why would they do this, and how could they do this, also i cant even find it if i look up stark industries, i can only find it if i put 2400g in the filter list or go to my comment history. If pcpp has something to do with this then that is stupid, they should fix this

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers for the support mate. I've messaged PCPP to try and clarify :) watch this space.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build! What kind of paint did you use? Planning to paint my pc.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Rustoleum spray paint. Paint + primer all in one :) makes life easier!

Mix of gloss and a satin clear to give me the finish I was after.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks awesome! I don't think you mentioned it, but what did you put in the SSD bracket up front to fill and logo it?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey mate! It's another custom acrylic piece, cut to size and spray painted with custom vinyl work.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

the cable management on that 24 pin is amazing

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers! Took forever but so worth it :)

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

One word Beautiful !

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Your Sir, know your craft! A true artist in the making :) This coming from a guy who isn't a fan of orange...

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the kind words!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Very neat! I want this case but do you think an extra 3.5" hdd would fit anywhere neatly?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

To be honest I dont think I could fit another in there from memory. 2.5" may be the way to go or run an external hdd if you need more storage?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow like everyone else said those cables are flawless... How did you manage to do it? Did you just use a lot of cable combs?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Just a bit of pre-planning and patience. You do need a fair few combs though to keep it all in place :)

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

What Paint Did you use in the build. Like brand wise I'm thinking of doing a White and red build with this case.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Rustoleum 2x ultra cover spray cans mate :)

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Man!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I am starting to plan mine and am really looking for white look and this is great inspiration!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

how and what did you use to paint the thing?

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Good ol spray paint and lots of tape!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't know what kind of spray paint to use...

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I've used Rustoleum but just about any is ok. You'll want the high temp rated ones if you're going to be spraying heat sinks etc :)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

this is such a beautiful build. good job!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Love what you did with the 24 pin power connector

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man what did you use to spray paint the components ?

just spray paint or did you use anything else for the paint to stick (for metal pieces)?

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey man! Rustoleum 2x that comes with primer. Otherwise you may need a primer if you're going with different brands :)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. Been thinking about modding my first pc before it's built and turn it into a Purple/white with some black instead of just white and black

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

im wondering why did you go for a APU not a cpu + gpu?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Mentioned it in the build breakdown :) gpu pricing was super inflated at the time due to mining.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy ****

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

how did u manage to custom label almost all of ur parts!?!?!?!??!?!?!? +10000

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha with great patience!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of paint did you use to paint the fan's plate? I want to paint mine also but want to make sure the paint is safe to use.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Rustoleum spray paint - primer and paint all in one :)

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks for the quick reply!

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build dude! Found this while searching for (if there were any) heatsink covers for my Cryorig H7, inspired me to do something like that myself. Only difference, I intend to paint mine white and replace the stock fan with a black Noctua NF-F12 with the white chromax corner brackets. Do you mind explaining to me how you went about spray painting? I'm new to this sort of thing so any info from types of spray paint to coating/drying techniques are appreciated

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Hey man! The spray painting isn't too hard really - you can use a primer + colour combined in the one spray can like the Rustoleum one which I used for the H7. This saves having to do two separate coats; i.e. one for the primer then a follow up for the colour coat.

Work in a well ventilated area - I had a painter's sheet on the garage floor to catch any overspray as well. You can place the piece you want to spray on a cardboard box. Nice smooth strokes from about 30cm away or so. Practice on a dummy item to get the hang of it - plastic spoons, cups, etc. Don't overdo the number of costs in one go. Multiple thin coats will yield much better results!

Drying times really is weather dependent - I was spraying over summer in Australia when it was 40degC. The bits dried in no time! Generally speaking I think it's dry to touch in a few hours so that you can move them around or reposition for further spraying. Best to leave overnight before installing :)

Good luck!

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

no graphics card?

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Not with this build, no :) Ryzen all-in-one wonder..

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