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Northwind

by wyre311

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37 Comments

Details

Date Published

May 17, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.3GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

48.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

52.0° C

Description

****[EDIT!!!!:It has been upgraded! https://pcpartpicker.com/b/mWRG3C This is now the first part of my chronological additions to the system as my needs grow. Please enjoy, comment and read my part reviews! Thank you all for your time, advice and input. Most of all - Thank you for your kindness!]*****

This is the first gaming computer I have ever built. It took some help from friends as I am not hardware savvy, however it overpowers the games I play by far. It was built on a strict budget with some parts I salvaged from another computer a friend had, but it purrs like a kitten and serves me well. Please be gentle as it is my first venture in pc building.

Part Reviews

CPU

Handles well with any game I throw at it, new or old. Heat stays a bit high but overall very stable. Aside from that it's a great CPU which came at a great price. AMD over Intel.

CPU Cooler

Held up well with my overclock. I haven't pushed this system to it's max yet as I am still new to heating and CPU overclock, but this has yet to fail me after about a month of use.

Motherboard

Very solid motherboard. It has not at all given me any problems whatsoever. The bios comes with a beautiful interface, easy OC menu, accurate temp readings, great variety of customization on settings and exceeds my needs by far. This is an excellent board for beginner or veteran builders and I stand by it as a solid choice.

Storage

Extremely reliable HD so far. It has not given me or my system any bugs. It is perfect for OS install while you run everything else off of a larger HD. I load Windows in 3 seconds after cold startup.

Video Card

Overpowers every game I throw at it so far and it's still trucking along. I bought mine used but in good condition. I don't like the plastic covering not being all that stable, but it is not worth the loss of a star when it more than does what I need it to do. You don't need to get the best video card at outrageous prices when this little puppy can cut through most everything with ease at a fraction of the cost(unless you care about bragging rights).

Case

This case has not only been a very easy space to work in, but also is the face of my jewel. The fact that it comes with a pre-installed LED fan is already a plus, but it gave out after a few months of use. I take one star off for that, but it was easily replaced.. It has more than enough drive bay space to max out as many HD's as you want in it. The very bottom 5.25 bay has a built in door and platform for things like a fan controller (What I used it for) and it fits perfectly on the build because of that. It has just barely enough clearance for the PSU to fit below your Motherboard, but even then you can unscrew that and take out the motherboard without having to pull too much out . The clipping parts on either side of the drive bay make swapping HD's the easiest thing. I would take a star away for not having every bay with a clip option but I realize this is for flexibility in placement. I would take a star away for the stamped grates on the back of the case and also in between the drive bays themselves, but these where easily taken out/replaced as needed for pretty much nothing. Overall it's sturdy, sharp looking, easy to get into/out of and compliments my theme build well.

Power Supply

Solid and plentiful power supply. Very modular and solid. I like how it can be flipped upside down to draw it's own air from beneath the case if that case has a bottom vent. So far this has held up to every stress and in fact overcame it with ease.

Case Fan

These fans are holding strong and are not that loud at all. The lights are bright and the blue aura is beautiful in the dark. They move more than enough air to keep my CPU, motherboard and RAM nice and cool. Temps never get way to high and they seem to have no problems with the stickers flying off the center (as pointed out by other builders). I only want to point out that if you want absolute quiet running: Get a solid state drive with as little fans as possible in general. Fans will make at least a little bit of noise, and to me these aren't even half as bad as some systems I have been around. It depends on how anal you are about such things.

Case Fan

This fan looks great for it's bright LED, and moves air okay. I take one star off of it as it does not seem to move as much air as two 120mm fans. I could be wrong, but with my fan control all the way up on this I feel like it gets overpowered easily with other fans near it (such as my cpu fan). Almost like air is being sucked down around it while it's pushing air out. I take another star off because I feel like it was entirely too hard to screw into place with everything lined up perfectly (I work in IT and I deal with hardware alot. This is not my first rodeo with a screwdriver in a tight spot.) It just felt like the pre-made holes for the screws that came with it where wayyy too small.

Fan Controller

Looks beautiful with my all blue LED setup on the Northwind. It is a bit weird in that it wont really adjust fan speeds by much until the very end of its turning radius. So be prepared to have the dials almost all the way up to make any noticeable change. Other than that: it does what I need it to do.

Keyboard

This is hands down the most beautiful, solid, reliable and value-worthy purchase you can make if you want an LED gamer setup. The price is fantastic for the quality, and the looks it portrays are of a modern professional setup. Don't buy a Death-Adder for 300 bucks when this is the same thing for 30.

Headphones

So everything was working well and good with this headset until my cats got a bit playful with the long wire that it has. Now, I'm not saying the headset is at fault. It is by far not at fault. I did not stop my pets from clawing and nipping at the wire in time, however it does not excuse the fragility of the device. It only took 1 or two nips at this (that I know of) from my cats to take out the microphone portion of the headset. This means that the insulation of the wires which run from the headset into the jack was thin. I take one star off for that oversight in design for common use because that can also be a hazard.

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maggotshero 10 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

My only gripe is the 1333 MHz ram, other than that. Great build

Btw, do you plan on overclocking? It may sound daunting, but it really isn't difficult, you could get it up to 4ghz no problem

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 3 points 30 months ago

I use the 1333 MHz because they where salvaged from an alienware a friend didnt have any use for. I got it above 4 with ease. I'm told i can touch 4.5 without issue

maggotshero 10 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Sweet, I recently overclocked mine from 3.4 to 4.1, which I'm pretty proud of.

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Reached 4.3

maggotshero 10 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

WOO

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

but yeah.. 4 gig ddr3 was too expensive for me to drop money on.

paintboy131 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

you should change the prices of the RAM sticks then.

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

okay. Will do when I get the time for accuracy.

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wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

done :)

Temps 2 points 30 months ago

Very nice looking build! How's that cpu cooler?

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

my temp hasnt budged at all from 23C. i overclocked to 4.2 and it still didnt raise. It does well so far :)

Painwithin 2 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

becarefull with those readings, they are not always correct.

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

I used three different programs aside from the amd over drive... Overdrive told me it was running at 50.. the others like everest, speedfan and HWmonitor stated it was much lower.. I went with the many instead of the one

Painwithin 2 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Those programs use the sensors to read the temps which is what is inaccurate, just play it safe.

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Stuck with the higher temps... 2 hours of stress test under 4.3 ghz gave me more realist results with ambient room temp

dccorreia 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

1333Mhz memory? Would be much better 2x1600 MHz. Pics could be better Mr wyre311 ;-) Anyhow, have fun and be proud with your RIg You have my vote

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

thank you very much! and yes.. the 1333 was used from a previous computer to save costs. I have yet to update the cost for accuracy

cilvre 6 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

your top fan looks like it is pulling in air, check by using some paper over it, but i would flip it to be exhaust if it is not an exhaust fan

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

the cpu cooler pulls air towards it. so i set it for the side case fan and top case fan to pull air towards the cpu cooler so it can draw cooler air from them.

cilvre 6 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Ah, seeing as heat naturally rises, thats why i suggested it be the exhaust, on mine i turned my rear fan into an intake and set my top fans to exhaust

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

flipped it

cilvre 6 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

let us know how it affects your temps :)

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

lowered by about 7.3 degrees

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

interesting :) I might look at doing that

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HaitianMedic 2 points 28 months ago

I've installed the Cooler Master R4-L4S-10AB-GP 60.9 CFM 140mm Fans and I've gotta tell you that your assessment about the pre-made holes were spot on. I had a hell of a time trying to secure it to the chassis. But in the end, it does provide a pretty light.

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Congrats! and i try to be as truthful as possible

NvidiaGirl 2 points 25 months ago

DAM! THAT IS JUAN SICK BUILD THERE YOUNG MAN! LOOKS BADASS IN MY OPINION! +1 FOR THE BUILD!

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

lol Thanks alot!

beboboda 2 points 18 months ago

this case looks interesting does it have a side panel

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

it doesnt have a window :(

beboboda 2 points 16 months ago

thx for the note

jkbkendall 2 points 17 months ago

Did you just replace the two built in fans with the sickleflow fans. I'm working on a build with the same case and fans.

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Yes. The front fan lights eventually gave out. I replaced the back one cause Me likes the glow :p

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wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

:) sweet

wyre311 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

and thank you!