Project Red Beast

Here I am giving my gaming desktop a new lease on life. Prior to this setup I was running the Intel Core i7-3770 in an Asus Sabertooth P67 Motherboard. My only regret was I did not get the K chip and the dang board would never sleep. Go me for not doing my homework before buying. Anyways! New board and Cooler on its way! GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z97X-Gaming 7 with my new i7-4790 and the Noctua NH-D15. Should be fun getting that installed. Along with the new motherboard i'm moving to a new RAID setup for games and trying out the M.2 Interface for OS. 4 x 256GB Samsung 840 SSD's in a RAID 0 for 1TB of gaming storage. The IO performance should be crazy!!!!! Lots of fine tuning and stuff. Stay TUNED!!!! haha :)

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Im guessing you meant 4790k as you complained about the k part. Also why haswell, wouldnt a more modern platform like z170 be better (at least where i live, the price difference is not that bad. Also that fucking raid 0 should be ridiculously fast but what if one of your drives fails. I'd recommend getting some kind of a back (separate hdd, nas, etc) but Im really excited to see the speed of that thing

No. I forgot to mention I am using a 3TB WD RE4 for main data that is being backed up to my Synology and my OneDrive. The 4790K is not part of this build. The CPU was free. I wanted to recycle as much of my remaining hardware as possible. Z170 requires DDR4 and more expensive components plus not a huge % difference between i7-4790 and i7-6700. Thanks for asking!

Well if the CPU was free then that's a whole different story. Like you said the 6700 isn't that much faster so the platform is the only reason to get it is the platform

Cooler and Board arrived today. Not sure if this other free M.2 Toshiba SSD is compatible or even works. So chances are I will be ordering the SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 256GB or the Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 2280 240GB.

Well it all finally arrived. Put it all together last night but still need to clone my OS partition to the new M.2 SATA. RAID migrated with no issues but I will be replacing the SSDs I have now with 4 Samsung 256GB drives. Pictures of the fun are included. My only complaints about the new Noctua Cooler was I could not use the second fan and I lost my PCIe X1 slot for my Sound blaster Card. RAM was too tall and the side panel would not go on comfortably. With just 1 fan it operates at 28-30c. Stay tuned for future updates.


Why didn't you get the ND-D15S to clear the first PCI slot (comes with the middle fan only) and bought a second 120 or 90mm fan to put in the front of the cooler? Anyway looks like a great build.

Looks realy good!
Nice and clean aswell.

Maaan. If I knew that I would have got it. I have lots of 120 and 140mm Noctua fans. Oh well. With the 1 fan its supremely silent and at 100% load it doesn't get any warmer than 63c. Idle is around 40c. Still have alot of tweeking in the BIOS for the fans and other adjustments. Belows the I/O performance of the 4 x 256GB Samsung 840 Pros in a RAID for my Steam Library and other Digital game downloads.

4 x 256GB Samsung 840 PRO SSDs in RAID 0 for 1TB SSD GAME STORAGE

CrystalDiskMark 5.1.2 x64 (C) 2007-2016 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World :

  • MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s]
  • KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes

Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1555.996 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1304.652 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 352.588 MB/s [ 86081.1 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 317.883 MB/s [ 77608.2 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 1536.809 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 1159.907 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 34.340 MB/s [ 8383.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 97.077 MB/s [ 23700.4 IOPS]

Test : 1024 MiB D: 0.0% (0.2/953.9 GiB) [Interval=5 sec]
Date : 2016/07/09 4:44:26
OS : Windows 10 Professional 10.0 Build 10586

What I really need to do is replace this power supply. Its an old Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W. Only reason why I have not replaced it is well...It isn't broken and I have used it in about 5 or 6 builds over the course of its life.

Now you can finally see all of the pictures i took of the system as it went into the build process. Just had to resize all of the high res photos. Enjoy! Comment let me know what you all think and any suggestions would be great! Thanks!

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Crystal Disk Report performance information on the Game Drive with my 4 x 256GB Samsung 840 SSD RAID 0