Description

So this computer was my summer project. I'm a college student, so I worked a ton and saved up for the parts. Luckily my uncle, who's also into computers, helped me out and bought me the motherboard, H100i, and the monitor stand. I actually completed this build about 2 months ago, but I'm just now getting around to posting it. I use this computer for gaming, programming, and various other things. I have a 1TB external HDD connected via USB 3.0 that serves as game storage, as well as having a 100GB partition for an Ubuntu install (programming in Linux > programming in Windows).

I recently stepped up to a 770, and I love it. Definitely a good decision. Also recently bought a third monitor, a 27' LG. It's not in the pictures, but I got it on eBay for roughly $70 off MSRP, which is solid.

CPU - I love it! I'm a Computer Science student, so I got this one with compiling in mind. I have it clocked at 4.6 GHz with 1.265V, and VCCIN at 1.9V. It will get ~90C under Intel Burn Test, but it remains stable, and in demanding games I don't see it go over 65C, so that's good enough for me. Also happy I decided to get an 8 thread CPU for the next-gen games, seeing as how BF4 will utilize them all. I think it's a trend that will continue

Cooler - Not much to say about this. Does a great job keeping temps down.

Motherboard - So, I may have gone a little overboard with this one, I'll admit. But honestly, I didn't like all the gimmicky software on a lot of ~$150 boards. I also wanted to be able to overclock my CPU a good amount, so I figured the 16 phase voltage regulation would help.

RAM - Solid. I have it running at stock timings (1600 MHz 8-8-8-24). Why 16? Well, better to have more and not need it than need it and not have it. I'm glad I made the decision, seeing how next-gen games use a lot of RAM.

SSD - Great. Wicked fast! This is my first time using an SSD and I'm blown away. I love it. I have it screwed into a 5.25" bay because I got it a few days after everything else, and already had the computer assembled. Didn't want to pull off everything just to mount the SSD in the back of the case.

GPU - I think I already addressed this one haha.

Case - Awesome. Quiet. White. Windowed. I think that says it all.

PSU - I love that this PSU has an option to have the fan turn off unless you're pulling more than 350W.... which means it's basically always off. I also love the cables; they look good, and screw on which means a nice tight fit.

Speakers - Cheap, but they sound pretty great. Lots of bass haha.

I know the pictures are kind of crappy - the only camera I have is my GS3. In the future I want to upgrade my CPU cooling and overclock a bit more. I have a feeling I'd be able to hit 4.7 or 4.8 stable with a better cooler! But that's in the future.

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! Can I ask what you think of those speakers?

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

I like them. Cheap, lots of bass. I would recommend turning the bass down in the EQ a little bit, actually. But they sound great to me.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Creative makes some great quality speakers for the pricing, I've got a $79 set from them and it's the best set I've ever owned

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for both your recommendations. That plus other online reviews convinced me to pick up the A220 for CAD$28 ... looking forward to some half decent sound, for once! haha...

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Would have gone with a cheaper motherboard and a better GPU but good build otherwise.

  • 74 months ago
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Yeah, I addressed this in my writeup. Originally I was going to add a second 760, or step up to a 780, but after using the 760 by itself for a while I didn't see the need. And since my uncle bought me the motherboard, I shot for one that was a little more expensive.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah gotcha.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you cover up the rear 120mm exhaust port? Im really not a fan of the way you got the radiator. Sure its pulling in fresh air from the outside, but its throwing it all back in the case. During intensive tasks for a period of time, it could get nice n toasty inside. Other then that, it looks like a solid build.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I do have it covered, with sound-dampening padding. I have a 120mm fan on the bottom and the H100i as intake, and 2 140mm fans on the top for exhaust. So the air is coming from the front and bottom and moving through to the top. From what I've observed things stay pretty cool. My GPU has gotten up to 75 on games like Crysis 3 or Witcher 2, but for reference cooling that seems pretty good to me. Any suggestions are appreciated though!

  • 74 months ago
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It's also a tight fit up there for some of the cables with just the fans. Not sure the CPU power cables would fit under a rad. Since it's 16 phase, there are two cables going up there. Also figured, since I wanted to overclock a good deal, temps would be better with the rad on intake.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I think your build id great but I think you should have gone with a full tower case

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build :). But you should flip the PSU, it is upside down.

  • 74 months ago
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Get an EVGA GTX 760 Backplate!!! :D

  • 74 months ago
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I was thinking about it! I might this month. Got some extra money on my paycheck.

  • 74 months ago
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The backplate is $20, + $10-$15 shipping depending on your location. Expect to pay around $30-$40.

  • 71 months ago
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How's the video card on noise? I'm looking at the superclocked version of the same card (P4-2774-KR).

  • 71 months ago
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Pretty quiet. It'll get kinda loud if you crank it up to 100%, but I have mine max out around 80 and I rarely notice it.

  • 71 months ago
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Awesome! Thanks for quick reply, going to order it soon (and think I'll grab the backplate too).

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Reminds me of my build actually :'D