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#1 +Nik L

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Posted 22 January 2015 - 10:08

As per my other thread - I have pretty much settled on a build.  I'd just like a little feedback first.  My main issues I know nothing about are the motherboard and the SSD
 
Also, the last time I built a PC and installed Windows, it was all about BIOS and so on.  Now I hear UEFI is around and makes booting significantly faster.  Is this something that just works or do I need to do stuff?

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CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£244.94 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£42.11 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Gene Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£138.80 @ More Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£119.34 @ More Computers)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£89.60 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Palit GeForce GTX 970 4GB JetStream Video Card (£257.99 @ Aria PC)
Case: Aerocool DS Cube Black/White Silent Cube MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£59.34 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£68.44 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1020.56
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#2 Fahim S.

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Posted 22 January 2015 - 10:18

The SSD you've chosen is solid (no pun intended). Don't know enough about motherboards to comment.

 

Not keen on your choice of case, but that is a very subjective view of the aesthetics.



#3 OP +Nik L

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Posted 22 January 2015 - 10:40

Your comment on the case is just personal choice on design?



#4 Fahim S.

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Posted 22 January 2015 - 10:43

Your comment on the case is just personal choice on design?

 

Yes - I'm sorry, I should have made that clearer.



#5 OP +Nik L

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Posted 22 January 2015 - 10:46

No that's cool, I can see how it's not everyones taste :)



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Posted 22 January 2015 - 20:59

I would maybe look at your ram.
How about something like 2x8GB 2133 cas 9

http://uk.pcpartpick...-f32133c9d16gxh

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Posted 22 January 2015 - 23:47

As per my other thread - I have pretty much settled on a build.  I'd just like a little feedback first.  My main issues I know nothing about are the motherboard and the SSD
 
Also, the last time I built a PC and installed Windows, it was all about BIOS and so on.  Now I hear UEFI is around and makes booting significantly faster.  Is this something that just works or do I need to do stuff?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£244.94 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£42.11 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Gene Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£138.80 @ More Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£119.34 @ More Computers)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£89.60 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Palit GeForce GTX 970 4GB JetStream Video Card (£257.99 @ Aria PC)
Case: Aerocool DS Cube Black/White Silent Cube MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£59.34 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£68.44 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1020.56
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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HyperX Beast 16 GB 2400 MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL11 DIMM (Kit of 2) XMP @ £120.86

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00M7S8IAM

 

I wouild possibly consider a H60 (v2) over the H55:

http://www.hardwarec...-review-13.html

 

In a large case it won't be much of a difference (except noise) but in a small form factor case it will make a difference - I mean, I push up to 60C with a 240mm radiator under load @ 4.6-4.7Ghz currently.



#8 OP +Nik L

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Posted 22 January 2015 - 23:54

I would maybe look at your ram.
How about something like 2x8GB 2133 cas 9

http://uk.pcpartpick...-f32133c9d16gxh

May I ask why?  I don't really know much about the difference?



#9 OP +Nik L

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Posted 23 January 2015 - 00:02

HyperX Beast 16 GB 2400 MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL11 DIMM (Kit of 2) XMP @ £120.86

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00M7S8IAM

 

I wouild possibly consider a H60 (v2) over the H55:

http://www.hardwarec...-review-13.html

 

In a large case it won't be much of a difference (except noise) but in a small form factor case it will make a difference - I mean, I push up to 60C with a 240mm radiator under load @ 4.6-4.7Ghz currently.

Reviews are mixed on these coolers, I am happy to spend and go with a H100i if it will improve things...



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Posted 23 January 2015 - 00:14

Reviews are mixed on these coolers, I am happy to spend and go with a H100i if it will improve things...

 

If someone's managed to fit a H100i in your chosen case then I would certainly go with a H100i with that i7. They heat up extremely quickly and although a single radiator might plateu out the temperatures over time, you're likely going to see spikes of 80C+ as it whirrs away playing catch up.



#11 OP +Nik L

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Posted 23 January 2015 - 00:28

Thanks for the advice.  Yeah the case has an upper grill that can take 2 x 12cm fans, which is what the H100i uses :)



#12 OP +Nik L

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Posted 23 January 2015 - 00:48

Just to play devils advocate...

 

What would you say to dropping the CPU down slightly?  Would it run a little cooler - hence quieter system?



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Posted 23 January 2015 - 15:22

Anyone's opinion on the above question?



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Posted 23 January 2015 - 16:00

Hello,

 

I'd probably go with Z97 motherboard (Asus Maximus VII GENE) instead of that Z87 motherboard (Asus Maximus VI GENE).  

Z97 is newer chipset compared to Z87 and the price difference isn't really that significant.

 

The CPU is well.. top of the line Haswell. Is that really required? Do you really need that Hyper Threading?

Core i5 4690K is basically the same processor with no Hyper Threading and a little lower clock speed.

Ofcourse, if you are doing some heavy video editing or other heavy cpu multi threading the i7 is the better choice.

 

If you really want a quiet system, closed loop water cooling isn't really a good option. More so with the smaller closed loop coolers like H55 or H60 as the fan has to do a lot more work to cool down the CPU. I have one of the fatter 120x120 closed loop cooler with 2 fans (push pull configuration) and the fans ramp quite a bit under load.

Some Noctua air cooler or dual 120mm closed loop cooler would probably be the way to go.



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Posted 23 January 2015 - 19:58

Yeah definately the revised board. That's a no brainer.

And I will be doing a lot of video work.

Air coolers are better than water??? Really?