I see that all of your fans are positioned for intake. This means you are not exhausting any hot air out of the case, you are just bringing in slightly cooler air. Though your cpu cooler may appreciate the intake air, your gpu temps may be a little high. I would try positioning your top fans and back fan in exhaust and see how that effects your temperatures. I'd also consider putting your cpu radiator as a front intake fan. You should still be able to fit an additional intake fan in the front. Just something to explore if you find your gpu heating up a lot.
Great looking build. I'd consider switching the top fans to exhaust instead of intake and see if that improves the cooling.
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To be honest, it was a bit of an impulse buy. I saw it at Best Buy and I had been wanting something fully modular for some time. 650 would probably be fine for this build.
I believe there was something wrong with the sound on this particular motherboard. It was way to quiet. The sound card sounded significantly better, not only in volume, but in the overall precision of each sound within a game.
Looks great man! I like the carbon skin.
I honestly have no idea. You might want to wait until there are more benchmarks comparing 8 core to 4 core on directx 12. I'd be surprised if the 8350 can outperform the 4690k, but if the utilization is a lot different than perhaps it can.
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My thoughts exactly
check this out, kraken 61x, he's got the radiator on top of the case
No it fits in the case, but it won't fit outside the case. The 530 has this little spot on top where you can put a radiator and then cover it with the case's mesh lid. It's a great feature of the case, but I couldn't get the H100i to be on top, only the two 120 mm fans that come with the radiator. It's a little hard to describe. I would suggest looking into the Kraken x61, but the h100i will work with this case, you just have limited options.
Oh well now its the 970 :)
So far all I've heard is that they improve boot times and help programs load faster, but do not impact game performance. With that in mind, I can't bring myself to invest. Maybe you could convince me otherwise
I did but I bought it a year ago
The pictures are deceiving, all those cables are in the back, so they are not blocking the front fan at all. I could work on the sata cables coming out the motherboard. What else do you suggest?
Thanks for the link! I might use this, it does annoy me
sorry I didn't read your whole comment
For gaming, 16 gbs of RAM is not entirely necessary. It is typically better to spend more on the GPU. But hey, more RAM doesn't hurt.
I would recommend buying a CPU cooler. Those stock coolers can cause the CPU to hit top temps with minimal load. Check out the Hyper 212 EVO. More cable management would help temps as well. The back looks nice and clean, but the front, where it matters most, looks a little rough.
Other than that, great first build. Overclocking the 8320 is easy, but don't do it until you get a cpu cooler.
I got an 8320 to 4.3 Ghz, probably could have done more
How did you get that lighting?
How was installing the H105?
No problems, a little tight though, I can't fit a fan between the heat sink and the wall of the tower
This is very similar to my build but I have been using the GTX 660. I just ordered the 770. I want to overclock the CPU to at least 4.0, but I do not have any understanding of overclocking. Could you point me in the direction of some good guides for beginners? I'd really appreciate it. I have the same MOBO, CPU, CPU Cooler and soon (2 days!) the same GPU as you.
Decided to take your advice as well as some other peoples and update my graphics card to the ASUS GTX 770. I came upon some money and decided to invest. Should arrive in a few days.
Crysis 3 doesn't have ultra settings, it just goes up to very high. When on very high (which are the highest settings possible) in 1080p the fps range from 50 to 70, a few times they drop to 46, but that is the lowest and it is very rare. I should mention that the AA settings are on low, which plays a big role I imagine. I actually choose not to run the game in very high settings completely. I use geforce experience to customize the graphics and the game runs in 120 fps, which occasionally drops, but never lower that 70. Some graphic settings are very high some are lower, like shadows is at low. I am very pleased with how the graphic card handles crysis 3. I may be disappointed when more graphically demanding games come out.