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November 5, 2013 10:41:14 AM

Looking for advice on a few things. First off will this case be able to handle the heat from this setup on a high load as ive heard the amd gpu's run pretty hot. Also is it worth it to get the i7 4770k over the i5 4670k, will i see a decent difference for the price? And lastly is this mobo good for this setup? Any other advice and suggestions are welcome aswell.

Case - FRACTAL DEFINE R4 BLACK PEARL QUIET MID-TOWER CASE - With 2 extra 120mm fans
Processor (CPU) - Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Processor i7-4770k (3.5GHz) 8MB Cache
Motherboard - ASUS® Z87M-PLUS: m-ATX, USB3.0, SATA 6.0, XFIRE
Memory (RAM) - 8GB KINGSTON HYPER-X GENESIS DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz, X.M.P (2 x 4GB KIT)
Graphics Card - 4GB AMD RADEON™ R9 290 - DVI, HDMI, DP - DX® 11, Eyefinity 4 Capable
Memory - 1TB WD CAVIAR BLACK WD1002FAEX, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64MB CACHE (7200rpm)
Power Supply - CORSAIR 650W VS SERIES™ VS-650 POWER SUPPLY

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November 5, 2013 10:45:55 AM

JoshtheScot said:
Looking for advice on a few things. First off will this case be able to handle the heat from this setup on a high load as ive heard the amd gpu's run pretty hot. Also is it worth it to get the i7 4770k over the i5 4670k, will i see a decent difference for the price? And lastly is this mobo good for this setup? Any other advice and suggestions are welcome aswell.

Case - FRACTAL DEFINE R4 BLACK PEARL QUIET MID-TOWER CASE - With 2 extra 120mm fans
Processor (CPU) - Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Processor i7-4770k (3.5GHz) 8MB Cache
Motherboard - ASUS® Z87M-PLUS: m-ATX, USB3.0, SATA 6.0, XFIRE
Memory (RAM) - 8GB KINGSTON HYPER-X GENESIS DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz, X.M.P (2 x 4GB KIT)
Graphics Card - 4GB AMD RADEON™ R9 290 - DVI, HDMI, DP - DX® 11, Eyefinity 4 Capable
Memory - 1TB WD CAVIAR BLACK WD1002FAEX, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64MB CACHE (7200rpm)
Power Supply - CORSAIR 650W VS SERIES™ VS-650 POWER SUPPLY


i7 if you are planning to do intense video editing/rendering/photoshop. i5 if main goal is to play games.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 5, 2013 10:59:45 AM

If you are gaming, you will see not advantage in the i5 over the i7. Today's games depend more on architecture speed rather than number of cores/threads. Only programs that utilize that number of threads would benefit.

By the time that games utilize that many threads, your i7 would be most likely outdated.
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November 5, 2013 11:26:15 AM

4670k it is then, thanks for the replies! One question though will the fractal r4 (with 2 extra fans) be able to handle this setup while gaming or would i be better off with a different case and if so which one?
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November 5, 2013 11:30:42 AM

If you want good heat regulation,then look for cases that are well-ventilated. The downside is that you *might* hear the fans. Cases meant for quiet operations usually have sound dampening materials.These materials don't dissipate heat very effectively
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November 5, 2013 11:31:59 AM

JoshtheScot said:
4670k it is then, thanks for the replies! One question though will the fractal r4 (with 2 extra fans) be able to handle this setup while gaming or would i be better off with a different case and if so which one?


You should at least have 3 fans on your case. One in the front to bring in cool air, back and top to blow out hot air. I personally got NZXT Phantom 410 Mid-tower. Looks simple and sexy, comes with 3 LED fans and has fan controller built in.
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November 5, 2013 11:55:16 AM

Decided to go with the NZXT Phantom 410, seems like itll be better for my setup and it looks pretty sweet. Thanks for the suggestion.
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