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The Red Dragon

by tieri

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30 Comments

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Details

Date Published

Dec. 7, 2016

Date Built

Nov. 28, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.025 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.192 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

55.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

Only some painting left to get rid of the white stuff. I'm also thinking about putting some leds inside the case but it already looks great so we'll see.

Part Reviews

CPU

The most I could squeeze from my 6600K is 4.5ghz OC @ 1.28V with LLC set to turbo.

CPU Cooler

Thanks to the be quiet! Silent Loop 280 my CPU stays at 30°C idle and 70°C during max heat test in prime 95. Fans and pump speed are set manually to turn max speed at 70°C. It's quiet AF while gaming. The pump runs at 60% speed all the time - dead silent.

Thermal Compound

I haven't tested other pastes on this rig so I don't really know if it's really the best. It spreads well, it works well.

Motherboard

It looks great, strong PCI-E slots. I don't have a disc drive so I had to install windows from pendrive. I had to download Windows USB Installation Tool to add USB drivers to the bootable pendrive. After installing Windows my pendrive wouldn't work so I had to put all drivers on my laptop's hdd and connect it to my pc. I don't know if it's the MB fault or not, maybe they have some fix to download but I had no internet cable so that was the only way to fix the problem. Also my DDR wouldn't work on XMP but after updating BIOS it works fine. Also fans app you can install is ****. It would turn my fans to 100% for 1-2s and then back to my setting (in idle). You're better off setting the fans in bios. The only programs worth installing are Easy Tune (faster live overclocking, you don't have to reset the pc all the time). After you find out your stable OC I would set it in BIOS anyway and uninstall the program. 2nd program is @BIOS, updating BIOS have never been so easy. Also SATA cables are white-silver-ish. That's a shame. After all, I think it's a good board.

Memory

Good looking DDR. At first I looked at Ripjaws V but they seemed cheap and plastic so I went with Trident Z. No regrets. Solid and beautiful.

Storage

I didn't have any problems with the SSD. It works great, Windows 7 Ultimate ready in about 7s, fast loading times. Once you see your desktop, it runs everything in no time. No waiting for it to load autostart programs.

Video Card

I was going for Gamin X at first but this one (Gaming Z) was pretty much the same price so easy choice. The most I could squeeze from it is extra 50mhz on core clock without increasing voltage so it's now running @ 2050mhz in turbo boost. Increasing voltage didn't help me push it more, it would crash. GPU stays @ 70°C on full load. You can of course lower the temps by increasing the fans speed but it will be louder and I see no point doing that cause 70°C is not that high.

Case

Pretty spacious, you could easily fit custom water cooling in it. The only drawback is the space for the fans at the top. If you install some fans there, you'll still be left with a hole alongside those fans. So unless you buy a filter, I wouldn't put any up there. Unless you like to clean dust pretty often.

Power Supply

I was aiming at EVGA 650 gold but this one was same price so no brainer. All cables are fully black and coated.

Wireless Network Adapter

So far working well. Low pings thanks to 5ghz connection.

Monitor

Good colours, good quality, easy to mount. I was worrying that the screen will be to small for that resolution but it's perfect. I had 15.6" laptops most of my life so 24" is already big jump. I think 27" would be too big and less pixel dense so I chose good. The graphics in AAA games blows away.

Comments Sorted by:

Salow88 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Nice build man. Looks real good.

tieri submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

thanks man ;)

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

wait "be quiet!" has AIOs?

tieri submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

yep :P their pump works bit different that's why it's silent, unlike corsairs

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

ah, lol the thing is expensive too.

tieri submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

It's not that bad :P Mine is 280mm but there is 240mm for 110 quid so similar price to corsair's AIO.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Is the price on the part list accurate? Because it said you paid 270 for it/

tieri submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Noo. I paid 129.99. On my end it shows 117.97 ;)

LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 27 months ago

I looooooove red! Nice build bro!!

tieri submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Thanks man ;) I'm thinking about leds inside but it kinda looks awesome now. Red glowing from very dark case :P

LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 27 months ago

Oooh yessss <3

Electroman01 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

+1 for cool background

And also for a nice looking build witha a relevant name

tieri submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Thanks man, really appreciate it ;)

Aspret315 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Great job dude. Just used the same motherboard you did, and I love that AIO!

Raemond 1 point 27 months ago

Hey man, nice build, as some parts do not have a pricing, what is the true value of this completed build?

Many thanks.

tieri submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

£1900

Mr.Pilot 1 point 27 months ago

If only I knew as much as you. A lot of the things you talked about completely went over my head. I'm not a total noob though lol.

tieri submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Everyone was a noob one day ;) You can learn it :)

GabrielCabria 1 point 27 months ago

I love the consistent color theme!

tieri submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Thank you ;)

Hamo1st 1 point 24 months ago

Is ur gpu noticeable when playing 1080 and 1440 games?

Hamo1st 1 point 24 months ago

Like how it sounds is it dead silent or what? I'm looking for a red gpu and failing

Hamo1st 1 point 24 months ago

Red silent gpu

tieri submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I don't have 1080p monitor so I don't know how it compares but with my gear, you can have 50-60-ish FPS in AAA games. Very high or ultra settings. I presume you'd get around 90fps in 1080p. You can find comparisons on Youtube.

huscarl105 1 point 15 months ago

I'm looking to put a be quiet! Silent Loop 280 cooler into a Define S too. You have great temps, though I'm going to be stressing mine a bit more. It looks like you have the radiator in the front, correct? In the top 2 fan slots? How quiet is it? I saw a suggestion to swap the pure wings 2 cooler fans for silent wings 3.

tieri submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Hi. Yes, the radiator is in the front. The front has the dust protector, the top has not. I don't know if you can buy it seperately. So I just installed it in the front. By the way it's pretty tight at the top and I dont know if it would fit.

tieri submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

When I'm gaming it's very quiet because most workload is on the GPU not CPU. On the CPU stress test however it's noticable. Haven't used other AIO's to determine if it's loud or not.

Duncan034 5 Builds 0 points 27 months ago

Nice Build! Loving the colour combinations going on :)

tieri submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

thanks man ;)