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[Build Log] White Corsair Air 540, i7-4790K, MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition, Asus GTX 970 Strix Client Build {Unnamed}

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Hello OC.net! Samuel from In The Real World PC(ITRW) here with a pretty quick client build.

I've been lurking and watching all of the great builds on here and decided it was time to do an actual build log.

As this is a build for a client, the time I have with the system will go fast but I'll try my best to post every step of the way here.

Things you can expect from this log:

Overclocked i7-4790K
Overclocked and possibly modified VBios for the Strix
CPU Water Cooled by the EK L360 Kit
Sleeved 24 Pin, CPU 8 pin and GPU Cables
A Short Review on both the Strix 970 and Krait Edition Motherboard


Things you won't see on this log:

All the latest and most expensive hardware available(This was aimed at being a budget powerhouse)
An extreme amount of time until completion
An extreme amount of case modding
Completely Custom paint job on the case, although I will be painting the mesh on the front and top panels.


Hardware:

Intel i7-4790K
MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition Motherboard
8GBs of G Skill Sniper Series DDR3-2133 CL9 Memory
Samsung 850 EVO 120GB SSD for the OS
Toshiba 2TB Storage Hard Drive
Asus GTX 970 Strix OC 4GB Graphics Card
Rosewill PCI-E WIFI Adapter
EVGA Supernove B2 750 Watt Power Supply(Semi-Modular
Corsair Carbide Air 540 in White
EKWB L360 Water Cooling Kit


I am in need of a name for this build, along with input on what color(s) I should use for the 24 pin sleeve. So feel free to chime in if you have any ideas.


The first batch of pictures(Sorry for the potato quality, will have better upon completion)


Motherboard:






CPU and Ram:





GPU:



Case and Power Supply:


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For now with the stock cooler



Edited by SamuelITRW - 1/21/15 at 3:34pm
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OK, after making sure everything was working properly, I started to work on the cooling.

The EK L360 Kit seems to be a very good starting point for those just getting into water cooling. It has everything you could need to get a first loop together in a single box.

Since this case has two compartments, I was going to make the motherboard side as clean as possible by mounting the Res/Pump combo on the PSU side.
This required me to do away with the SSD tray.
I had to mount it just above the power supply.

This build went much quicker than expected so no painting involved, I didn't even get to sleeve the 24 pin as my client was too impatient. Guess I shouldn't send screen shots of the gaming benchmarks I run during testing.


Here are a few of the pictures during testing and loop configuration.

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And starting the loop:

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Now that the loop was in, I could finally start overclocking this Vietnam Chip, I heard good things about them and wanted to put it to the test.

Going through the MSI Kraits BIOS was.....interesting.

Needed to look around for a few minutes to find all of the available settings it has when overclocking. I will go a little more in depth on the board in a later post but it surpassed all of my expectations. I really didn't expect much out of it.....

The CPU overclock ended up at 4.9GHz using 1.357 volts and 1.950 Input. The cache is run at 44X as anything higher required a big voltage increase.

Did a couple runs of XTU, Cinebench and Asus Realbench for stability testing/performance tuning(Results below)

The G.Skill Sniper Series memory I used has an all black heat spreader, once you remove the stickers, and went well with the board.

XMP speed for those was DDR3-2133 but ended up with them running at 2400 with 10/12/11/31/1T timings.

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Getting the Strix 970 to behave with even the slightest overclock was a pain. I did end up with a decent core speed and the memory ran at 8000 without issue.
Anyone having problems with the Strix 970, I have attached a copy of my updated bios, flash if you want, just let me know your results. My ASIC was pretty crappy but it managed to pull these scores.

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Here are the CPU/Total system benchmarks:

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Next post will be a review of the Asus Strix GTX 970 and what it took to get game stable!
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The CPU overclock ended up at 4.9GHz using 1.357 volts and 1.950 Input. The cache is run at 44X as anything higher required a big voltage increase.

I don't know much about overclocking, but 4.9GHz from 4GHz isn't that too... extreme/dangerous?

Looks nice btw!
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If it were any other CPU, you would be correct but the 4790K's Turbo actually goes up to 4.4 under the right conditions. That makes this only a 500MHz increase, its pretty small as far as overclocking goes.

It does give excellent performance though:D
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Good to know, I just ordered that CPU!
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Once you get it installed, if you need help, search the Intel Devils Canyon Club here or ask me. I've gotten pretty good at getting these close to 5GHz. This one can validate at 5.1GHz!
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