Description

The entire build went quite well. I went from all parts to assembled with Windows 8.1 installed in about two hours total, including some cable management.

I was a bit worried about the Thermaltake NiC C5 not fitting, as the Corsair 350D case says it accepts to 160mm and the cooler is 160mm. There is between 1/2"-1/4" of clearance between the NiC C5 and the window, so it just made it and functions well.

My boot is the SSD, with two additional drives: WD Black is for games and applications and WD Green is for media, such as photographs and music, as I don't use them all the time.

My room tends to get extremely hot, hence the five fans and massive cooler. Also, I'd like to overclock my system, so this route made sense.

For fan control I opted for an NZXT Sentry 2 Mix, which does the trick. With the Corsair fans, the Mix can't decrease voltage to where the fans would shut off, but even with all fans spinning in the system it is very quiet.

The system has not yet been overclocked, but I will update this when I do with data.

The Acer G246HLAbd is beautiful. It was not difficult setting up a custom profile for the colors of my choice. The lowest brightness setting is a bit too bright for me, but I have a light sensitivity, so take that with a grain of salt. Using f.lux with it is fantastic and highly recommended.

Problems/Difficulties

  • The biggest pain were the Corsair AF120s and SP120s, as the holes for screwing them into the case are not threaded. I found that by using an electric screwdriver for threading them prior to installation worked wonders.

  • NZXT HUE - The first HUE I received had working red and green LEDs, but the blue LEDs were non-functioning. The second they sent me has worked without a hitch and I love it. A short demo of my system using the HUE can be found here: Alizarin's HUE.

  • NiC C5 CPU Cooler - The fans are combined with a wire, so if you plug them into a MOBO fan header, only one will be controlled via BIOS and the other will spin at whatever speed you left the knob turned to. I turned the knob down to its lowest setting and that is still adequate to play any game I own or render videos. If this is a problem for you, you can rig your system to allow for control via Speedfan or the like.

Comments

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

Beastly looking build you definitely went for a theme and stuck to it, good job. That cpu cooler is huge! 99CFM... No worries about overheating cpu there :) +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah, sticking with the theme was the hardest part, as I waited for sales and had to always be on the lookout for specific parts. The WiFi card's PCB is even black, so no green PCBs anywhere. The GPU's PCB is a dark brown, but enough shadows are cast on the inside to make it look blacker.

I've been monitoring the temps, but, yeah, I have a feeling I'm not going to be worrying much about overheating!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Black and Red is always a +1 to me my friend.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

loving the chinese keys on that keyboard ! do all quick fires come with chinese input ?

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

No. I bought this one in Taiwan and use it to type in Chinese. If you call Cooler Master customer support, they may be able to sell you the relevant key caps. I've done this with ASUS laptop keyboards in the past.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks ! been looking for a gaming keyboard with chinese input.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

You like MSi I'm assuming?

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I've had good experiences with MSi hardware. For this build, I was between the GTX 770s offered by ASUS and MSi, and when I finally bit the bullet it ended up being MSi with the better deal.

As for MOBO, I needed to, because of my CPU cooler, use the bottom PCIe x16 slot for my GPU and a PCIe x4 slot for my WiFi/Bluetooth card. The ASUS Maximus VI Gene has only one PCIe slot, beneath the bottom PCI slot, which would be covered by the GPU. So, I went with the MSi Z87M Gaming for placement of slots.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm just an MSi fanboy in ways...

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely nothing wrong with that; MSi is a great company.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Love their BIOS's. How is it?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Really easy to navigate and makes MOBO operation and, seemingly, overclocking easier.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I had a hard time with screwing in the Corsair fans until I switched to a shorter Phillips head. Got them in with no trouble after that.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I did that, but after nearly messing up a threading, I decided to go the calm and slow electric screwdriver route.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Sir your black and red build inspires me deeply, lol. Great job i personally love this over all i have seen bc, its simple, its elegant and not completely overkill and over the top, its something normal people without huge wallets can do, ther for i take my hat off to u. also how do u like that headset need something decent. also +1 for MSI ive used there mobos and love em

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a lot. That's what I was going for: simple and non-bank-breaking.

The headset is great. All games and Skype calls (to the US, Taiwan, England, and France) I've had used it with actually resulted in people complementing the clarity of my voice when asked for feedback. They can be a bit tight, at first, and the top memory foam-esque band could be a bit annoying, but once it conforms to your head it's fine. When listening for sound, everything is clear; I can hear footfalls and wind and whatnot in all my games and movies quite nicely. The way the ear cups turn so the headset can lay on your shoulders is helpful, as well.

I owned both the G230 and G430 (gave the latter to the missus) and found that the USB surround sound dongle that comes with the G430 is not worth the increase in price. When building my own PC, I happily bought the G230 (RED!) and, if needed, can buy a better USB soundcard from ASUS or something.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Nicely done! Super clean and well-coordinated!

+1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

How good are the headphones cause I'm planning to get them.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I had the the Logitech G430s for a year, gave them to the missus, and bought myself G230s. I say this because if you plan on getting the G430s for the faux surround sound, I'd save the money, get the G230s, then get another, better, USB dongle to emulate surround sound. The G230s and G430s are otherwise exactly the same, just different colors.

They were tight at first, even with adjusting, but after a bit of conforming to your head they're good. As for sound? Not bad. They seem a bit low on the bass, but they're otherwise good for gaming and the like.

The mic picks up some sound from your headset, sometimes, but doesn't seem to do it enough to be annoying to everyone around you.

Again...I like them and I've owned them for over a year.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply will be getting the G230 now!~~

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey if you want virtual surround sound try out razer synapse

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll give it a go. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the cooler any good for mild over clocking with the i5 6600k? Possibly to 4.0 ghz? Also like the build and the case.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Highest I took mine was 3.8GHz and wasn't seeing anything too hot. Unfortunately, I moved and needed to make a new build before I really got into any overclocking with it.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for best red and black build I've ever seen. And the original title

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you much. It was a labor of love.

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

Could have gotten a I5-4690k for about the same price

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm aware of this, but I bought it in April, when the 4690k wasn't out...finished purchasing everything by June and put it together in July.

I'm fine with my choice, especially as it would generally save me $40 versus the 4690k. I knew the proven 4670k and it's workin' just fine. ;)