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Videocard: EVGA GTX760 SC ACX
Processor: i5 4690K 4.4GHz 1.2v H110
Mainboard: Asus Maximus VII Ranger
Memory: 8GB Corsair Vengence Pro
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Default New i5 devil's canyon build - 07-22-2014, 20:00 | posts: 325 | Location: England

I've finally gone and done it. I've replaced my old Q9650 build. Well done old thing, 6 years of frontline service. You will be missed

This is the first time I've built a system with all new parts since 2006 with my Pentium 4 + 7950GX2 build! Since then I've been buying odd bits to keep up to date, thought admittedly all of the original 2006 parts have subsequently been replaced.

Anyway, here are the specs:

Intel i5 4670K
EVGA GTX 760 SC ACX (from my old build)
Asus Maximus VII Ranger
Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB red kit (11-13-13-31 2400mhz)
SanDisk Ultra Plus 256GB SSD
Corsair RM850w psu
Corsair Carbide 500r case
Corsair Hydro h110 cooler
Pioneer BDR-209DBK BD/DVD RW

Whole thing came to about 950 including the GPU which I bought back in January.


Anyway, took ages for the parts to arrive as the case was out of stock for a while, but well worth the wait.










Motherboard in:




CPU and rad in:




Testing, and yes that is a 9600GT:




I love the lighting on the PCB:




All done:




Was a very easy build, all done in about an hour. The hardest thing was getting the H110 in which was a bit of a squeeze right up against the 8pin EPS motherboard power cable.

On my first overclocking attempt I've managed 4.4GHz on 1.2v. I've only had it a week so haven't had time to really play around with overclocking, but 4.4Ghz is enough for me at the moment. It even still has that lovely new PC smell!

Was it worth the money going from a Q9650 to 4690K? Probably not. The Q9650 still has plenty of life left as a gaming machine. The biggest bump in FPS are 2 threaded games like Skyrim where I've gone from 45 minimum FPS to a constant 60 FPS wherever I go.

I find the biggest difference is the speed at which this thing boots up, my old build had a Corsair Force GT which was a great high end SSD in it's day yet it is categorically outmanoeuvred by the budget orientated SanDisk Ultra Plus. It boots up to desktop in about 20 seconds flat!

I do like the fact that this is much more future proof though, I've got space for expansion if I need it, I.E I'm Broadwell ready with Z97 and still got 2 spare DIMM slots if I ever need more ram.
   
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Default 07-22-2014, 20:02 | posts: 7,603 | Location: Sunny Scotland

i'm lovin my 4690k
nice pics btw.
   
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Default 07-22-2014, 21:57 | posts: 163

don't like the case
   
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Default 07-22-2014, 22:10 | posts: 325 | Location: England

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don't like the case
Thanks, I guess.
   
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Default 07-22-2014, 22:14 | posts: 7,603 | Location: Sunny Scotland

I wanna oc some more but the weather doesn't suit.
uk guys bloody hot eh?
good for paste curing though once a cool morning arrives it should be all set.
   
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Default 07-22-2014, 22:23 | posts: 325 | Location: England

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I wanna oc some more but the weather doesn't suit.
uk guys bloody hot eh?
good for paste curing though once a cool morning arrives it should be all set.
Yeah the weather is rubbish for overclocking. Though to be honest 4.4GHz is already excessive for a GTX760.

I haven't had the chance to do any benchmarking yet. Hoping to do some 3DMark runs later this week, I'll try and push it a bit further then.
   
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Default 07-22-2014, 23:27 | posts: 143 | Location: Netherlands

"4.4GHz is already excessive for a GTX760" :p

Decent build tho
   
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Default 07-22-2014, 23:38 | posts: 325 | Location: England

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"4.4GHz is already excessive for a GTX760" :p
Depends what applications you run of course!

What I really mean is It's excessive for my needs.

What temps do you get at 4.8 by the way?
   
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Default 07-22-2014, 23:38 | posts: 1,060 | Location: Tennessee

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Yeah the weather is rubbish for overclocking. Though to be honest 4.4GHz is already excessive for a GTX760.

I haven't had the chance to do any benchmarking yet. Hoping to do some 3DMark runs later this week, I'll try and push it a bit further then.
LOL this is how I felt about 4.4 on my 950 vs 4.1 with a single 7850.

Nice build though. I had a pita putting my h100 in my carbride 200r as well. The pump with any fans plugged in can be a lil bit of an arse to get the screws lined up.
   
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Videocard: X2 EVGA 660ti SC SLi 3D
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Mainboard: Asus Z97 MAXIMUS VII Hero
Memory: 16GB 1600 4x4GB
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PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 1300w G2
Default 07-23-2014, 00:01 | posts: 1,644 | Location: Ipswich UK

I Ordered today and is arriving tomorrow from scan looks like late night for me tomorrow.

i5 4690k
MAXIMUS Asus VII Hero
M.2 Crucial 120gb

I have been doing some mods to my case today HAF912+ to make my H100i fit better 2x 120 push in the top of case and 200mm pull mounted outside the case I am going to make a black surround and grill for this which will also draw air around the H100i in the top of my case and keep everything nice and cool but its very tight. I also removed the HD cage and SSD cage from the bottom of my case to allow better airflow from my 200mm front fan I will put my 5x SSD,s in the 5.25 bays.
   
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PSU: Corsair RM850
Default 07-23-2014, 00:04 | posts: 325 | Location: England

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LOL this is how I felt about 4.4 on my 950 vs 4.1 with a single 7850.

Nice build though. I had a pita putting my h100 in my carbride 200r as well. The pump with any fans plugged in can be a lil bit of an arse to get the screws lined up.

Yeah, it was getting the screws lined up. Especially as I was limited to putting the fans in the top with the rad inside the case. So I had to feed the screw through the fan first, then into the case and finally into the rad. The first screw can be a real pain, but it's ok once you get that first one in though.


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I Ordered today and is arriving tomorrow from scan looks like late night for me tomorrow.

i5 4690k
MAXIMUS Asus VII Hero
M.2 Crucial 120gb

I have been doing some mods to my case today HAF912+ to make my H100i fit better 2x 120 push in the top of case and 200mm pull mounted outside the case I am going to make a black surround and grill for this which will also draw air around the H100i in the top of my case and keep everything nice and cool but its very tight. I also removed the HD cage and SSD cage from the bottom of my case to allow better airflow from my 200mm front fan I will put my 5x SSD,s in the 5.25 bays.
I've got the poor man's version of your motherboard.

Sounds like some nice mods you're doing there. I'd love to see how you fitted a front 200mm fan!

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Default 07-24-2014, 00:14 | posts: 306 | Location: NZ

Got the same cooler (H110) - the thing's a beast (and as much of a beast to install as well lol).

Only 'problem' I had with it is that the fans started to rattle after a while so I got a couple Noctuas and now the thing runs so quiet.

Awesome build though, great job.
   
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Default 07-24-2014, 00:36 | posts: 1,644 | Location: Ipswich UK

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Yeah, it was getting the screws lined up. Especially as I was limited to putting the fans in the top with the rad inside the case. So I had to feed the screw through the fan first, then into the case and finally into the rad. The first screw can be a real pain, but it's ok once you get that first one in though.




I've got the poor mans version of your motherboard.

Sounds like some nice mods you're doing there. I'd love to see how you fitted a front 200mm fan!
Haf 912+ is designed to take a 200mm or 2 x120mm fans at the front and the top of the case the h100i stops me fitting the top 200mm inside the case so I moved it outside the case. small case but awesome cooling

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/2010/0...s-case-review/
   
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Videocard: 760 SLI 4gb 1215/ 6800
Processor: Devil's Canyon i5 @4.8
Mainboard: gigabyte z97 G1 Sniper
Memory: 8gb dominator gt @2400
Soundcard: asus xonar dx
PSU: EVGA SuperNova 1200 P2
Default 07-26-2014, 12:02 | posts: 7,603 | Location: Sunny Scotland

I get 9.5k on firestrike xtreme cpu test, after the weatwave if I can get to 4.9 - 5ghz then look out 10k and a very very happy amazon customer.
i'm actually very happy right now i feel either my chip is a good un' or my cooler is sitting on it tighter than a camels chuff in a sandstorm.
   
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Videocard: EVGA GTX760 SC ACX
Processor: i5 4690K 4.4GHz 1.2v H110
Mainboard: Asus Maximus VII Ranger
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Soundcard: Asus Xonar D1+t40 series2
PSU: Corsair RM850
Default 07-26-2014, 23:26 | posts: 325 | Location: England

Did a couple of 3D Mark 11 runs today, pretty happy with the results:


4.4Ghz stock GPU:



http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/8556638


4.4GHz + OC GPU (95+ core 550+ ram):



http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/8556823



Looks like I've done it again and got the highest score for my CPU + GPU combo.

My previous best score with the Q9650 was 8147, so not a massive bump in performance, but fairly decent.

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Default 07-26-2014, 23:29 | posts: 4,339 | Location: Serbia, NS

Sir, can you run firestrike standard? Just curious...
   
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Default 07-27-2014, 00:12 | posts: 325 | Location: England

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Sir, can you run firestrike standard? Just curious...

Totally stock, 3.5GHz cpu, stock GPU, only overclock is the ram running in XMP mode 2400mhz:



http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/3642782
   
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Default 07-27-2014, 01:01 | posts: 325 | Location: England

Just had her up to 4.7GHz for the first time. I just whacked on 1.35v and 47 multi and luckily it got thought the test.

I lowered the ram down to 1600MHz to help CPU stability and had the GPU at +90 core and +500 Ram.

http://www.3dmark.com/fs/2496015

Not a bad result I don't think. Again it's in the top band of GTX760 4690k combos. One of only 3 to score above 6000.

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Default 07-27-2014, 01:12 | posts: 4,339 | Location: Serbia, NS

Indeed. It's getting close to GTX770 territory. Maybe a little more push...
   
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Default 07-27-2014, 01:14 | posts: 7,603 | Location: Sunny Scotland

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Just had her up to 4.7GHz for the first time. I just waked on 1.35v and 47 multi and luckily it got thought the test.

I lowered the ram down to 1600MHz to help CPU stability and had the GPU at +90 core and +500 Ram.

http://www.3dmark.com/fs/2496015

Not a bad result I don't think. Again it's in the top band of GTX760 4690k combos. One of only 3 to score above 6000.
1600 ain't gonna help stability, keep it at your usual and just make sure your timings aren't too tight for her.
i'm on 4.7 with just 1.28 as you know, I feel these devils canyon chips may be real nice OCers, with 1.35v I hope to be around 4.9
my chip hasn't been fed more than 1.28v yet, after this week once temps drop should be fine, though i'm tempted now as heavy gaming and some benching and she doesn't go beyond 63C on any core. (warm july evening too.)
   
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Default 07-27-2014, 01:18 | posts: 8,337 | Location: Urban`Jungle

you can keep that ram @ xmp 2400, if its not stable @ cpu OC then raise cpu system agent voltage offset a bit from stock 0.808- 0.816v for 0.020 or 0.040v+


Does it really need 1.35v? I see 3dmark reads it @ 4.6ghz, I would try 4.7ghz @1.30v next.
   
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Default 07-27-2014, 01:22 | posts: 325 | Location: England

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1600 ain't gonna help stability, keep it at your usual and just make sure your timings aren't too tight for her.
i'm on 4.7 with just 1.28 as you know, I feel these devils canyon chips may be real nice OCers, with 1.35v I hope to be around 4.9
my chip hasn't been fed more than 1.28v yet, after this week once temps drop should be fine, though i'm tempted now as heavy gaming and some benching and she doesn't go beyond 63C on any core. (warm july evening too.)
Ok I'll try it with the memory up. I was under the impression that generally the higher the CPU Overclock the less the IMC can cope with memory frequency.

Yeah, I'm very apprehensive about that overclock, I was in the bios for literally 30 seconds. Given time I'll work out exactly what voltage this chip needs. Hopefully I've got a good one.
   
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Default 07-27-2014, 01:27 | posts: 7,603 | Location: Sunny Scotland

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Ok I'll try it with the memory up. I was under the impression that generally the higher the CPU Overclock the less the IMC can cope with memory frequency.

Yeah, I'm very apprehensive about that overclock, I was in the bios for literally 30 seconds. Given time I'll work out exactly what voltage this chip needs. Hopefully I've got a good one.
run firestrike extreme Physics test, i'm around 9.5k currently, if you can reach the same with reasonable temps then it's fine, my ol' 3570k couldn't do 9.5k at any speed and this hasn't even been pushed yet.
   
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Default 07-27-2014, 01:53 | posts: 8,337 | Location: Urban`Jungle

both firestrike physics tests run the same, normal or extreme, only combined part affects the difference.




btw I get 13450 physics score @ 4.7ghz., but ye I have HT and extra 2mb L3
http://www.3dmark.com/fs/2290078
   
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Default 07-27-2014, 01:57 | posts: 325 | Location: England

I'm finding the Motherboard a bit difficult to work with actually.

On top of this being my first PC without an FSB, there's just a whole plethora of new settings that my old motherboard didn't have and that was the Rampage which is technically above the Maximus.

I mean how can there be 9 different levels of Load line calibration, surely it should just be on or off?
   
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