Description

I've had liquid cooled systems and I'm going back to air. I left the GPU and Motherboard lights on for the pictures but I prefer to turn them off.

Part Reviews

CPU

I wounder if the extra cores are the reason alt+tabbing works better on this rig?

CPU Cooler

the install is a bit more work than i was expecting, hope it will "be quiet"

Motherboard

I used black nail polish to cover the ridiculously bright red LED. Other than that all good

Memory

This is my third set of these and I've yet to have any issues

Case

A pleasure to build in. Dark, Very Dark. I like that its not overly distracting sitting on the desk next to me

Power Supply

Thank you EVGA. clean looking black cables > rainbow shenanigans

Operating System

I wish steam OS was more widely supported. I dislike all the tuning required in windows

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

" hope it will "be quiet" " NICE

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

s p i c y

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

such a nice compact build

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Please would you let me know where are those desk from(the one where the white build is stationed) ? or link me to them. Simplistic and small perfect to fit my setup(considering avaliable space)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

The one on the left was from new egg and I can’t recommend it because they always get damaged in shipping. Also I can’t remember what it was called. The desk on the right is an IKEA thing called “malm”. I don’t have an IKEA nearby, I just scored it off Craigslist

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

What temps are you getting with the Dark Rock Pro 4? Nice build!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

TY. I'm yet to really test it out but i should have plenty of time tonight. Is there a specific test you have in mind? Gaming at 5ghz i saw 88c once but I think that was before I took the time to set up the fan profiles

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Any stress test, AIDA 64 would be good if possible. I think you can get a trial version of that. I'd like to see CPU/GPU temps at full load.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

so I fired up AIDA64 stressing cpu fpu and cache at 4.8 ghz- 79c. GPU is a mixed bag, running master bios with no OC playing pubg it sits around 72c. Let me try 5ghz

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

when only stressing cpu at 4.8ghz 66c

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

footnote. these numbers are with all fans set to standard (not performance or silent. Asrock mobo setup) Now at 5ghz stressing cpu, fpu, and cache I'm seeing 82c and while using chrome to write this i get Warning hardware failure test stopped.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

OK, thanks. That's much more comprehensive than I needed! Great build!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this like a his and her set up you got going on?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

not really. She uses my PCs often for big task but most of the time she prefers to write on her cheap sub $200 magenta laptop while lounging in the living room. Shes a casual PS4 girl who closes the door for me while I'm raging in BF1 : )

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

hahah if that isnt love idk what is. But i really like the diel pc set up in the room for some reason.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the GPU clearance? I have a 279mm GPU and I'm wondering if it'll fit along with a front mounted radiator. Looking at the pictures, it looks like you're cutting it close with a 300mm GPU without a radiator installed.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually took off the glass just for you bud and I keep a ruler at my desk for that 12.5" per 360 in game. I have exactly 1 inch from GPU back plate to stock fan

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! Sweet build I must say! I have two quick questions though, how much of an issue was RAM clearance (if any) for you? I am thinking about getting that cooler but I am worried that my RAM will be too tall. Second, what are your ambient/idle temps on your cpu (and maybe what thermal paste you used as Well?)? Thanks in advance!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. No clearance issues and if my memory" serves me correctly there was space for all 4 sticks. PUN. However I wouldn't get any taller modules and if you are doing a clear tempered glass build I would recommend low profile ram for the aesthetics. Idle at 37-38c @ 4.8ghz. With my fan curve all fans (case and cpu cooler) are at 50% fan speed @ that temp. I backed off the OC's because it games so well and so..... .. . quiet!!!!!!!!! Stock thermal paste... I'd love to do a delid but not necessary

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I'm about to build an identical system. I'm debating about getting quieter cases. What's been your experience so far with noise?

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

so far...... I play a lot of PUBG with mostly very low settings, high AA, and medium post processing for the best visibility and with very little jaggies. With the hard coded frame limit of 144 I can keep frames above 100 at all times, even when landing. I've set the 8700k back to stock and run no oc software for the GPU. It's a very slight purr and with a room fan on or the central air conditioning I can't hear it without putting my face to the mesh. The GPU is by far the loudest part and I run the case fans at about 60% at CPU idle temps to keep it (the GPU) cool. I'm not sure if the cases with covered fronts would be any quieter because the GPU might get choked and the fans would ramp up. After having AIO's and listening to the occasional strange noise I would personally prefer the smooth hum of some fans. One more thing, If you overclock this GPU in this and get it hot IT IS LOUD! I don't know why you would need to, I haven't found a game that it struggles with. Happy Building

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man thanks the very detailed answer. I appreciate it! I plan on keeping everything close to stock speeds. At least initially... I might invest in a few extra silent wings fans to keep it everything as airated as possible. I'm a bit sad that there are so few options as far as 1080ti's go. I wonder if there is 3rd party option for gpu cooling hmm

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there,

First of all this is a very clean and nice build. I had a little question concerning the Dark Rock pro 4. I know that with the exterior fan of the cooler mounted, you can t really see the Ram. I was wondering if I do not mount the exterior fan and only keep the one in the middle of the radiator, can you see the Ram clearly? I am asking cause I m planing to have RGB Ram, ya know... And how do you think the CPU temp would get to? Much higher?

Thanks for your very detailed answers so far, it helped me a lot

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the cooler will still block the view and your thermals will suffer. I think it was bitwit who did a video with this cooler where he removed one fan and then tried to run it 100% passively, it didn’t work

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I have seen The video from Bitwit and taking of the exterior fan didn t cause the CPU to raise really. But thanks for your reply

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty much what my final build will be like, very nice! Quick question though, is your 8700k delidded? And what are the thermals like with the Dark Rock Pro 4? I have a 7700k delidded currently with a Kraken X52 and I want to switch to air.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

No delid. Acceptable temps at 5ghz. I don’t actually remember the numbers now, it sold like 2 weeks ago. I’d love to see the delid temps

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I made the exact same build but with a differrent GPU. Delidded on idle at 29c @ 4.8ghz. while 100% CPU load I got 55c.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm tempted to delid, but then I would have top reset my fan curves.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

are you going to post your build?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you fit fans above the DR4? I'm thinking of doing a similar build to urs but I want equal exhaust/intake

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes you can fit fans up there but it’s tight

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

since the Dark Rock Pro 4 is black ceramic spray painted, does the paint chips off?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. Where the fan clips go it’s tight and does leave the edges light colored. However it’s not noticeable when mounted

  • 12 months ago
  • 0 points

ty, I'm planning to buy DRP 3 or 4. have you try putting different fans, will fans like corsair sp120, ml 120 or any 120mm fans fit in the front? I want to put a LED fan in the front

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I have not, I'm not so RGB crazy

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! Nice build! I was thinking of building one very similar to yours. I was wondering if you had any problem enabling the XMP profile for the G.Skill Ripjaws V ram ? It is not on the qvl list for this motherboard, so I was hesitant to buy it. The G.Skill Trident Z is on the list but its a little bit bigger (I think 44 mm instead of 42 mm) and I don't know if the CPU fan will clear it.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

No problems at all

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

what is name of your monitor?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Dell s2716dgr I believe

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 12 months ago
  • 0 points
 Your review on the Windows kind of confused me.Tuning Windows? All you need to do is install Windows, updates, drivers and needed software and it just works, plus its great gaming, productivity, and most software and games will run. What do you need to tune? Steam OS has never seen a major update since it launched, nor is that very popular, as it very awkward to use as a desktop operating system. Plus adding to that, its Linux based, and gaming on Linux opens more problem. A lot of AAA titles have no to little support and VR is trash (At least to my experience). Plus Linux's driver auto detect can be horrible, mostly with graphics cards. Note this all based on my experience plus with people online.

 Great build! Simple, dark minimalist design. I like it! Hows that CPU cooler? +1
  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the one windows resource hog that bothers me the most is having to turn off all of the live tiles in the start menu. Then the privacy settings, then the windows visualizations, then mouse accel, then auto updates. Then I know there’s more...

The dark rock pro is quiet, I sold it but I think I’ll build another and delid this time. Side note I wish it had a small led or something, it’s kinda awkwardly dark in the age of rgb everything

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

The resources shouldn't that bad with that 8700K. Shot, I used to have Windows 10 on a AMD FX-6300 in my first build and it ran perfectly fine.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

network resources not the CPU. I used to have a 5 Mbps internet connection and you tube videos would stop to buffer because of those stupid live tiles. knowing that they have such an impact on network performance the first thing I do with a fresh install is always to turn off and then unpin all of the live tiles

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  • 13 months ago
  • 5 points

I really just wanted to build another PC, and upgrade, and make something smaller. Liquid cooling is great, it's just not that great. custom loops are expensive... nough said there . AIOs on graphics cards are surprisingly loud and the fan is usually mounted where its still plenty audible. Also there's almost always some kind of pump noise. Like a linus tech tip video.. it depends...personal preference lol

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Less points of failure, looks (subjective), cools just as good as most AIO, while being quieter.

Be quiets silent loop series is probably one of the best AIO's and are not CLC.

$90 DRP4 VS $150 Silent loop 280 for bassically the same performance... https://tweakers.net/productreview/186747/be-quiet!-dark-rock-pro-4.html#e

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