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#801 Posted by psychrage (30 posts) -

I call this one Project Big Air. I recently moved from a watercooled z68 / i7-2600 set up to an z87 / i5-4670k on air.

  • Case: BitFenix Prodigy ITX (SLIGHTLY modded)
  • Motherboard: ASRock Z87E-ITX
  • CPU: Intel i5-4670k @ 4.5Ghz
  • RAM: 8GB(2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance Low Profile White (1600mhz 8-9-9-24-1T) (Still playing with overclocks on these)
  • GPU: eVGA Nvidia GTX 780 w/ Prolimatech MK-26 Cooler (1200mhz / 1625 MHz)
  • Sound: Creative Sound Blaster Omni USB brick, Corsair SP2500 Speakers, Skullcandy Plyr1 Wireless Headphones
  • Storage: 120Gb Munchkin SSD, WD 750GB Black 2.5" Drive, External Panasonic Blu-Ray Burner/Reader
  • PSU: Silverstone Strider Gold SST-ST65F-G 650W
  • Mouse/Keyboard: Logitech G700S / Coolermaster QuickFire Rapid (Brown Switch)
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64-Bit

#802 Posted by Andorski (5474 posts) -

@psychrage: I don't think you have enough fans. =P

are you going to put grills for the side case fans?

#803 Posted by psychrage (30 posts) -

@andorski: I wanted to, but the way the fans clip onto the mk-26, it doesn't really allow for that. The top and bottom of the clips ride the grill, OR, the clip goes under the grill and is pushed into the fan. Still trying to come up with a solution.

#804 Edited by SgtSphynx (2023 posts) -

Just built this on Tuesday...

  • Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0
  • Processor: AMD FX 8350 8 Core 4.01GHz
  • Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3-1600
  • Hard Drive (Primary): Kingston SSDNow 60GB
  • Hard Drive(Secondary): Seagate Barracuda 1TB
  • Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB
  • Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower
  • Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80+ Bronze
  • Mouse: Logitech G400
  • Mechanical Keyboard
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit (I really wanted Win7 but my brother couldn't get it and I wasn't about to turn down an OS for $11)

Hooked up to my 47" HDTV and LG Sound Bar

Ran it through a stress test and the temp held steady at 60ºC

#805 Edited by Craig1287 (6 posts) -

My PC specs:


-CPU - Intel i7 3770

-Mobo - Asrock Z77

-RAM - G. Skill DDR3 1600 16GB

-HDD - Wetern Digital Caviar Black 2TB + Seagate Barracuda 3TB HDD

-SSD - SanDisk 240GB

-Case - Rosewill THOR V2

-PSU - Corsair HX850W

-Other - SteelSeries Rival, Razer Deathadder & Roccat Kone XTD mice and Razer Arctosa keyboard, BenQ 120hz monitor, Logitech webcam & speakers, Logitech 7.1 G35 Headset, and a Blue Yeti microphone.

#806 Edited by Hardywells (92 posts) -

CASE: Corsair 750D w/ logisys sun sticks for lighting

CPU: i5-3570k OC 4.8ghz

CPU Cooler: H110 2x AF140 Prime95 12 hour run highest temp recorded was 58c in a 20c room.

GPU: MSI GTX 680 Lightning 1.3GHZ Boost

GPU Cooler: Accelero Xtreme III

MOBO: Asrock z77 extreme3

RAM: 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 1600mhz Corsair Vengeance

PSU: Corsair AX850 850w Gold Fully Mod

SSD: Crucial M4 256GB SSD

HDD: 1TB WD Black, 2TB WD Green

FANS: 2x Cougar Vortex 14CM Black front intake, Vortex 14CM Rear Exhaust, 2x Vortex 12CM bottom intake (filtered)

Tt challenger keyboard

CM Storm recon mouse

Corsair MM200 Wise mouse pad

Logitech speakers w/ sub

Sony Wireless Headset (replacing with Corsair Vengeance 2100 soon)

LG E2251 23.5 Inch 1080p LED Monitor

Acer G205HL LCD Secondary Monitor

Toshiba 42inch 1080p LED TV

Best feature: ballertime 1980's green carpet complete with red cat toy ball.

#807 Posted by bluecaboose (7 posts) -

@sgtsphynx: That is almost exactly my build, except I have 16gb of RAM and no solid state. Same MOBO/CPU/GPU though. However, as a note, 60c is the thermal ceiling on the AMD FX CPU chipset, so 60 might be a little bit worrying. I had really bad thermal issues on my original build with a stock CPU cooler, but after replacing stock with the Coolermaster 212 EVO, my temps dropped from 68c at stock to 40c with a slight overclock. (my case is an ancient enermax that was originally a sun microsystems tower back in 2000.) Also, EVGA accidentally replaced the DOA 760 2gb card I originally bought with a 4gb version. shhh, don't tell anyone :P

I'm running with:

MOBO: Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0
CPU: AMD FX-8350 @4.4 GHZ
GPU: nVidia GTX 760 4gb Superclocked
RAM: 16 GB Team DDR3 1600mhz
PSU: Coolermaster 550w
HDD: Toshiba 1gb.
The case is an old enermax with 2x 90mm exhaust and 2x 90mm intakes on the hard drive bays. I also have a Hyper 212 EVO cpu cooler.

For monitors, I have a 1080p 37 inch vizio TV, and a 24 inch ASUS monitor.

#808 Edited by _Wolf (7 posts) -

Building my first PC in a couple weeks after exams are over.

PCPartPicker part list:

Price breakdown by merchant:


CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£136.79 @ Aria PC)

Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£58.22 @ Amazon UK)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)

Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£59.89 @ Amazon UK)

Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£53.89 @ CCL Computers)

Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card (£239.99 @ Amazon UK)

Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£64.58 @

Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£45.78 @ Amazon UK)

Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer (£79.99 @ Amazon UK)

Monitor: BenQ GW2760HS 60Hz 27.0" Monitor (£181.52 @

Other: Ethernet Cable (£6.99)

Other: AULA Blue Expert Gaming PC Multimedia Keyboard Mouse Mice Befrie and Ogre Soul by Lenk (£29.35)

Total: £1016.97

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-10 17:17 BST+0100)

#809 Posted by TimeLeap (53 posts) -

Got my first Gaming rig about 6 months back. Convinced my parents I "needed it" for University work ahaha!

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670k
Memory: 8.00GB
Storage: 1TB Western Digital Black
Video Card: Palit GeForce GTX 760
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (I believe this the same case Will and Norm used when they built Jeff a rig back in 2011 haha.)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750W
Cooling: Corsair Hydro H80i
Monitor: Iiyama Prolite E2773HS 27" Monitor
Mouse: Razer Death Adder (Blue)
Keyboard: Razer Lycosa
Speakers: Creative something-or-another?

It runs great for the price I payed. Definitely gonna pick up an SSD when I graduate though :)

#810 Posted by keyvin (40 posts) -

Mine is a pre-built systemTexas Instruments

Processor: Intel 80286

Ram: 512KB

Storage: 728kb floppy (looking for a 1.44mb upgrade)

Video Card: Monochrome 80 column text display

Monitor: Orange-ish monochrome

my main game right now is nibbles, but I am hoping to beat Coproate raider by cosmi soon.

#811 Edited by Cyprus (2 posts) -

Case: Silverstone - Temjin 11 SST-TJ11B-W

CPU: Intel Core i7-4960X, 6x 3.60GHz

CPU-Overclocking: Overclocking Level 2 - Extreme

Mainboard: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme, Intel X79

Graphicscard: 2x NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB - SLI

Ram: 64GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1866 (8x 8GB)

SSD: 1TB Samsung 840 EVO

2. SSD: 1TB Samsung 840 EVO

HDD: 2TB WD Caviar Black

2 HDD: 2x 2TB WD Caviar Green

Soundcard: ASUS Xonar Essence One, USB 2.0 (extern)

Gaming Networkcard: Bigfoot Networks Killer Xeno Pro, PCIe

Monitor: 32" ASUS PQ321QE (3840x2160)

#812 Edited by Hardywells (92 posts) -

@cyprus said:

Case: Silverstone - Temjin 11 SST-TJ11B-W

CPU: Intel Core i7-4960X, 6x 3.60GHz

CPU-Overclocking: Overclocking Level 2 - Extreme

Mainboard: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme, Intel X79

Graphicscard: 2x NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB - SLI

Ram: 64GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1866 (8x 8GB)

SSD: 1TB Samsung 840 EVO

2. SSD: 1TB Samsung 840 EVO

HDD: 2TB WD Caviar Black

2 HDD: 2x 2TB WD Caviar Green

Soundcard: ASUS Xonar Essence One, USB 2.0 (extern)

Gaming Networkcard: Bigfoot Networks Killer Xeno Pro, PCIe

Monitor: 32" ASUS PQ321QE (3840x2160)

We'd love to see pictures of your $5K+ set up. I assume you won't can't post them, but would love to be proven wrong.

#813 Posted by zx6star (2 posts) -

Mobo: ASRock Z-87 Extreme 4

CPU: i5-4670k(Stock)

Cooling: Noctua NH-D14

GPU: Dual R9 280x XFX

RAM: 8GB G.Skill 1866


SeaSonic X Series X-850

Optical Drive: N/A

HDD: Hybrid SSD 1TB

Sound: onbaord

Monitor: Dual Ben Q GW2450

KB/M: Death Adder 2013

Case: Corsair 500r(White)

#814 Edited by MonkeyKing1969 (4125 posts) -

My first build, parts are sitting on my dining room table right now...


Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.4 GHZ 6 MB Cache - BX80646I54670K


Crucial Ballistix Tactical BLT2KIT8G3D1608DT1TX0 16GB 240-Pin DIMM DDR3 1600, PC3 12800,

EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SuperClocked w/EVGA ACX Cooler 2GB GDDR5 256bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI


PNY XLR8 SATA 120GB 6Gbps 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SSD9SC120GMDF-RB

WD Green 1.5 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, SATA III, 64 MB Cache - WD15EZRX


Cooler Master Seidon 240M - PC CPU Liquid Water Cooling System, All-In-One Kit with 240mm Radiator and 2 Fans

Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA Internal OEM Optical Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

CORSAIR RM Series RM750 750W ATX12V v2.31 and EPS 2.92 80 PLUS GOLD

Corsair Obsidian Series Black 450D High Airflow Mid-Tower Computer Case CC-9011049-WW


ASUS VX238H Black 23" 1ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor [Well, my first VX238H unit shit the bed...oh well, I hate packing up this stuff it always annoying.]

#815 Edited by MOAB (475 posts) -

@monkeyking1969 said:

My first build, parts are sitting on my dining room table right now...

There's not much like booting up a computer that you've just built. Good luck and have fun!

#816 Posted by Mike (15330 posts) -

@monkeyking1969: Nice dude! I just did a complete teardown and rebuild with the Maximus VII Hero as well and have been spending a lot of time digging into the bios and tweaking. I've been trying to optimize for low power consumption and low noise right now, when I get that settled in and stable I'm going to start working on an OC Profile. Shoot me a message or add me on Steam if you want to compare notes, there isn't much information on this board out there yet.

#817 Posted by Pathos (223 posts) -

Here's what I'm rocking right now:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K
  • MB: MSI Z87 G45 Gaming
  • GPU: Gigabyte Geforce GTX 670 OC (2GB)
  • RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance LP
  • Monitor: ASUS PB278Q (1440p)
  • Case: Corsair Obisidan 650D
  • KB: CoolerMaster CM Storm Quickfire Pro (MX Blue)
  • Mouse: Logitech G500
  • Mousepad: Logitech G440
  • Headset: 2013 Astro A40 and Astro MixAmp Pro
  • Speakers: Audioengine A2

I'll upgrade my GPU once the NIVIDIA GeForce GTX 800 series is announced, but I love it as it is! :D

#818 Edited by Deckard42 (151 posts) -
MotherboardAsus P8Z77-V
CPUIntel i7 3770K
RAMCorsair 16GB DDR3-1800
GPUeVGA Geforce GTX 690
Sound cardASUS Xonar DX
SSDSamsung 830 Pro 256GB
PSUCorsair AX850
CaseCorsair White C70
#820 Edited by Ezekiel (842 posts) -

My new build is nearly complete. I'm just (impatiently) waiting for my Asus GTX 780 Direct CU II. I already moved my hard drives down to the lowest bays to make room for it. But I'll also need to replace my 1TB hard drive with a 3TB+ to back up the data on my 3 TB drive. Edit: On second thought, I'll just buy an external and keep the 1TB. Then I won't have to use it for backups.


  • Case: Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid
  • PSU: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze
  • Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Killer
  • CPU: i5-4670k
  • Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (Barely fits. It touches the case.)
  • RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws, 8GB (2x4), 1600MHz (They're in the secondary slots. The cooler fan pushes slightly against one of them when it's in the main slot. I don't want it on the other side.)
  • HDD: 120GB Samsung 840 EVO (SSD), 3TB Seagate Barracuda, 1TB Seagate/Samsung Barracuda ( I don't know what to do with my SSD. It's lying beneath the other two, since the screw holes don't match my case.)
  • GPU: GTX 460 SE
  • Optical drive: Sony Optiarc DVD-ROM DDU1671S

External devices:

  • Monitor: Acer G246HL 24" 1920x1080 LED
  • M&KB: Cheap, small Microsoft mouse and Logitech K120 (The feel isn't ideal, but I found it for 3 dollars, I think.)
  • Other: Panasonic RP-HTF600 stereo headphones, DualShock 3 controller (with XInputWrapper), KTV Microphone

#821 Edited by Andorski (5474 posts) -

The lack of pictures in this thread is unsatisfying. Let's change that: here are some pics of my rig...

Here's my current rig. Built it about half a year ago.
Xbox 360 controller for scale.
Top-side view. This case is full of vents so that all the components don't fry each other.
Front view. Two USB 3.0 ports, mic/headphone jacks, and power/reset button.
Back view. Ports and stuff. I have a ROG Impact ITX motherboard and a i7-4770K in there with 16GB RAM. 92mm Noctua fan as an exhaust.
Side opened up. As you can see, I kinda like Noctua fans (except for the color scheme). The bottom two fans are kind of a waste. I just use them to build overall positive pressure inside the case. Got my GTX 780 with its logo glowing based on how much power it's using. 4TB WD Black on the right and a Noctua CPU cooler with a 140mm Noctua fan on the left. I have a 250GB SSD placed on the back of the front side of the case. Using Demciflex filters to keep my rig dust free. I also have two Demciflex filters on the bottom. They're pretty damn good, but kinda expensive.
Top opened up. Better view of the CPU cooler. 450W PSU on the top right powering the whole thing. You can see the VRM daughterboard of the motherboard on the top left. The ITX motherboard size is so small and Asus wanted to add so much that they had to build upward in order to fit all the components. You are unable to see it, but the ROG Impact also comes with a Wifi/soundcard daughterboard that sits underneath the CPU cooler.
Other side opened up. Haven't opened up this case in a while; found that monstrosity of dust. The Demciflex filter did a great job of preventing the dust from entering the intake of my PSU. Motherboard cutout on the right with a view of the CPU cooler bracket.
Kinda cleaned up the dust.
Front side opened up. Using Velcro straps to hold the Wifi antenna that came with my motherboard. To the right of the antenna are the two PCI-e slot covers that my GPU is currently in place of. The gray thing wrapped up in velcro straps are port covers for my DVI and HDMI ports. This case is small, but it still has enough room to store miscellaneous parts.

#822 Edited by Mike (15330 posts) -

@andorski: I could practically fit that entire thing inside my HAF 932. What are your CPU & VRM temps normally like? Impressive looking for sure!

I recently did a complete rebuild and was initially going to go for a mATX or mITX build, but instead kept my giant ass case and built in that instead. My main goal this time around was silent power. Plenty of passive airflow, quiet operation, expandability, and lots of room to overclock.

  • i7-4790k at 4.5ghz on an Asus Maximus VII Hero Z97 board, Noctua NH-D14 w/ LNA's. Noctua thermal paste.
  • 16gb Corsair Vengeance LP running 1600mhz XMP
  • Asus GTX 780 DirectCU II OC at 1155mhz clock / 6.18ghz memory frequency
  • Corsair HX 750 (Modular, fan only turns on at high load)
  • A bunch of SSD's - no platter drives this time (too loud and too slow)
  • No LED fans, and I disabled all LED's that I could. Clipped the power leads or disconnected others.
  • 4x Corsair 120mm AF Quiet Series Fans & 3x Bitfenix Spectre Pro 230mm Fans, all at full stop when idle
  • Cooler Master HAF 932 ADV. Giant, steel, heavy, and dated. But it works.
#823 Posted by Andorski (5474 posts) -

@mb: Temps are average at best. I've done hours worth of stress testing with Prime95 and Furmark at the same time. My CPU temps shoot up to 85C. GPU temps stay at the target temp of 70C, but the fan is spinning like a mofo. When gaming though my CPU temps stay around 60-65C. GPU sometimes goes up to 70C depending on how demanding the game is; I should get back to adjusting the fan curve someday. So when in practical use my PC is able to stay relatively cool.

There are definitely some sacrifices to be made when going with the ITX form factor. But given the insignificant increase in temps when the PC is under practical use, I think the trade-offs are worth it. I doubt I'll ever go back to mATX.

#824 Posted by Mike (15330 posts) -

@andorski: That's not bad though, at least your real world temps are within normal ranges. I'm not a fan of using Prime95 anyway, to me that's like keeping a sports car's engine at redline for extended periods just to see if something will break. As long as my system is stable and temperatures are within range when I'm playing demanding games for extended periods, I'm happy.

Nice build though for sure. I'll get around to posting pictures one of these days, but mine isn't much to look at. From the outside it just looks like a black steel behemoth. Opened up, all you can see is the Noctua.

#825 Edited by Fobwashed (2626 posts) -

Main Desktop

  • Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz
  • MSI Z87-G45 Gaming Motherboard
  • 4 x Patriot 2133 CL11 Series 8GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-16000U (9-9-9-24 5-39-12-6)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX670
  • Samsung SSD 830 256GB
  • WDC WD10JMVW-11AJGSO 1TB 5400rpm 8MB Cache
  • ASUS Xonar Essence STX Audio Device
  • Corsair Gold AX-850

I actually had to upgrade to Windows Professional so that my computer would actually be allowed to use 32GB of ram. I guess the lower versions are capped at 16GB for some ridiculous reason =\


  • Asus PA248 (1920x1200)
  • Samsung SyncMaster PX2370 (1920x1080)
  • Wacom Cintiq 20WSX (1680x1050)
  • Samsung 52" TV (not pictured)

The TV is mainly for Steam Bigscreen mode and playing videos -_-;;

Laptop is a Toshiba Qosimo X75. Picked it based on Wirecutters roundup of gaming laptops.

  • Intel i7-4700MQ @ 2.4MHz
  • 16GB ram
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
  • 256GB SSD
  • 1TB 5400 rpm HD
  • 17.3-Inch Screen

The only thing I'm unhappy with on this laptop is that it's freaking huge and heavy but I wanted the large screen and the gaming capability so... well. I guess I can't complain.

I've written some stuff about the audio setup I use on my blog here. Basically I swap around between a decent set of 2.1 creative desktop speakers, some Grado and Sennheiser cans depending on what I feel like for music and a Razer Tiamat 7.1 gaming headset for when I need to talk and/or play games with surround sound.

#826 Edited by MonkeyKing1969 (4125 posts) -

Here is My RIG while being built and finished. (Still come cable tweaking)

ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO mobo w/ Core i5K, including 16 GB of RAM. Didn't win the silicon lottery, but managed 4.4GHz, so I went from 34x clock to 44x, not shabby.

Note: The wiring is actually a lot neater at the bottom now. I took the last pic just before I booted it up for the first was what amounted to my 'test bench' build. I also want to change that white fan in back to a 'red' fan to match much of the mobo colors and LEDs.

Believe it or not I am just about to buy parts for my next build. I want to make something for my nephew. Since it won't be overclocked I'm looking an an ITX build in the $650 range. But I do have a PC Parts Picker for a Micro ATX that is cheaper, like $475 (I already own a spare OS, so $475 of pure parts). I guess I'm torn about it. He's just a kid, but that cuts both ways - a small ITX would fit a kid's desk...but a cheaper Micro ATX machine is cheaper.

I might just go microATX because we will build it together, he and I could both do the bigger case because less care is needed to bend and twist wires when you have room.

#827 Posted by DayOneAdvantage (115 posts) -

EVGA Superclocked 780Ti SLI


128GB+256GB Crucial M4


Case Coolmaster Stormtrooper

27inch 4k monitor + 120hz 24inch 1080p monitor.

#828 Posted by Obamacare666 (6 posts) -

Processor: Intel i7 4770k (H100i)

Mobo: Asus Maximus VI Hero

Memory: 16GB 1866 Corsair Vengeance Pro

Hard Drive: 1TB Toshiba HDD/2TB WD Black/250GB Samsung Evo SSD

Monitors: Asus VG278HE 27 inch

Video Card: EVGA GTX 780 Ti Superclocked

Mouse: Logitech G600

Keyboard: Corsair K70 Red switches

Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker

PSU: EVGA Supernova G2 750w

#829 Edited by alexl86 (720 posts) -

Mine's two years old in two months, so maybe it's due for an upgrade or two. A faster CPU, perhaps.

Mobo: MSI B75

CPU: Intel i5-3470

RAM: Kingston DDR3 HyperX 16gb

GPU: XFX Radeon HD7950 3gb GDDR5

HDD: Crucial m4 SSD 128gb + Seagate Barracuda HDD 3tb

Keyboard/mouse: Corsair Vengeance K65 + Razer Deathadder

Case: CM Stormtrooper

OS: Windows 8.1

#830 Edited by Onlyzemeryalive (19 posts) -

Core i7

2TB Sata III Hard Drive

16 gb (2 seperate 8 gb) DDR3 memory.

White Bitfenix Prodigy Case

800 watt power supply.

Super clocked EVGA NVIDIA GTX 780

Asetek 550LC 120MM Water Cooler

#831 Posted by anywhereilay (204 posts) -

i7 at 4.5GHz

GTX 780ti


Runnin' old windows 7

And I still can't play assassin's creed IV at full! Good job Ubisoft!

#832 Posted by Andorski (5474 posts) -

@anywhereilay: What do you need to drop down to? My GTX 780/i7-4770k/16GB RAM can run ACIV at 1080p60fps.

#833 Edited by MOAB (475 posts) -

i7-4770K @ 4.3 GHz

CPU Cooler:Thermaltake Frio - CLP0564
Case:Super Tower - BLACKHAWK-ULTRA
Optical Drive:DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Graphics Card:GTX 680 2GB @ 1137MHz/1201Mhz - GTX680-DC2T-2GD5
Headset:Sennheiser G4ME ONE
Keyboard:Corsair Vengeance K70 - CH-9000011-NA
Keypad:Razer Orbweaver
Memory:16GB @ 1866MHz - F3-1866C8D-16GTX
Monitor:27" ASUS ROG - 2560x1440 @ 144hz - PG278Q
Mouse:CM Storm Havoc - SGM-4002-KLLN1
OS:Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
PSU:1000W - Platinum-1000
Speakers:Corsair Gaming Audio Series 2.1 - SP2500
SSD:128GB - MZ-7PD128BW
SSD:256GB - MZ-7PD256BW

The case is massive and keeps things pretty cool. My PC could not live without this; it is marvelous.

The GTX 980 I ordered should be delivered tomorrow! I got the GV-N980G1 flavor. According to reviews, it is a great overclocker.

CPU Cooler:H240-X
Graphics Card:GTX 980 4GB @ 1228MHz/1329Mhz - GV-N980G1

The lower temps helped me get my CPU to 4.5 GHz. I am pretty sure I am done messing with it for at least a year... :3

#834 Posted by anywhereilay (204 posts) -

@andorski: Hmm, kinda worrying. I put the particles down to low, although I still encounter slowdown. I get 60 for the most part, but there is consistent drops to 30, no in between, just straight down to 30.

#835 Edited by SuperJoe (1008 posts) -
#836 Edited by Sanity (2075 posts) -

So i sorta went against good judgment (and the advice of you guys, heh) and bought a 5820k, yes its more then i need and yes the ram was stupid expensive but i love messing with new tech and seeing 6 cores sorta makes me giddy in a dumbass kinda way way. Actually saw some pretty massive performance increases though, i wasn't able to run wolfenstein or rome 2 all that well on my 2500k, now they run silky smooth on max settings. And im really happy with my new cooler, my idle temps are around 30 and at load its around 40-45 max, only complaint is it dose block the first PCI-E slot so i have to run my 780ti in the second slot at x8 but that really doesn't affect performance much on PCI-E 3.0. Also wasn't sure if i would have to get a new case as i got a e-atx board but it still fit in my Antec 1200 barely.

Happy with it and i think i'll be good for quite awhile now. Also at least when i build again i can reuse the ram as DDR4 should be standard by then. I'll get some pictures up here in a bit.

#837 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (4125 posts) -

@sanity said:

And im really happy with my new cooler, my idle temps are around 30 and at load its around 40-45 max, only complaint is it dose block the first PCI-E slot so i have to run my 780ti in the second slot at x8

What kind of cooler did you get? Not one of those shit-brown/red Noctua 140mm CPU Coolers, I hope? Hey, Noctua coolers work, as do most air-fin coolers; but damn they are big and fugly sometimes.

#838 Posted by BeachThunder (13558 posts) -

Whoops, I've had my new PC for a couple of months now, but I didn't get around to posting it. Anyway:

  • Case: Thermaltake Dokker Mid Tower.
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K.
  • Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V LX.
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3.
  • PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650w.
  • GPU: EVGA GTX 570.
  • HDD: Hitachi Deskstar 2TB 7200RPM.
  • OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
  • GPU: EVGA GTX 970.


#839 Edited by Sanity (2075 posts) -

@monkeyking1969: Heh, yea, its a Noctua and yea its ugly but on a 400 dollar processor i would rather have good temps over looks.

Here's some pictures, the only thing im sorta unhappy with is my cable management in the bottom, iv had the case for over 6 years so it may be time to look into a new one but its served me well, and to be fair it wouldn't be a problem if i had gone with a normal ATX board, but even the cheapest x99 boards were 200+ so i went with something a bit nicer as i always liked EVGA's stuff.

  • Case: Antec 1200
  • PSU: EVGA Supernova 850
  • CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15
  • GPU: MSI 780Ti Gaming 3G
  • CPU: 5820k
  • Motherboard: EVGA X99 FTW
  • RAM: 16 gigs G. SKILL Ripjaws DDR4 2400
  • HD1: Crucial RealSSD C300 64gig (just has OS on it)
  • HD2: Seagate Barracuda 2TB

#840 Edited by Ben_H (3705 posts) -

Well, here's my old post from 4.5 years ago

@ben_h said:

Stolen from my post over at Tested

  • AMD Phenom II x4 965 3.4Ghz Processor
  • 4 GB DDR3 G.Skill 1333 Mhz RAM (Soon to be 8Gb. Just have to get around to ordering it.)
  • 2x ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB in CrossfireX
  • 750 GB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive
  • MSI 790FX-GD70 Gaming Series Motherboard
  • Cooler Master HAF 922 Case
  • Cooler Master Silent Pro 600W power supply
  • Windows 7 64-Bit Home Premium
  • Logitech MK300 wireless mouse and keyboard (May be getting a new mouse. I adore the keyboard.)
  • 23" 1080P Acer monitor
  • Seems quite speedy. I just built it under a month ago. It seems to be able to run Just Cause 2 quite well on maxed settings with an average of 55-60 fps with the odd drop to 30-40 when things get berserk.
  • And yes, Crossfire bridges are but ugly. I have a double sized bridge for my 5770s. It came with my motherboard because PCI slots 1 and 3 are able to do Crossfire in x16 while 2 and 4 are not. You can run quad Crossfire in x8 but I don't think that's necessary. So yes, I get double the puke brown coloured Crossfire connector.

This machine has been split into 2. One, of which is basically the same, and another which basically very little to do with this.

First, my main machine I use for games and stuff. Just ordered a new GPU for it. That gets here Monday. I had to as my old 6950 (which I replaced the 2 5770s with) is starting to die (I'm getting artifacting once and a while) and cannot handle triple monitors on Linux for some reason if I use my U2713HM in that setup (It literally just freezes as soon as I do something. No combination of distribution or drivers will solve this):

  • Intel i5 3570k CPU
  • MSI motherboard of some type
  • MSI GTX 970 4 GB (I just got this, was an HD 6950 before)
  • That 4 gigs of RAM from my old machine with another 2 sticks so it totals 8 GB
  • Crucial 512GB SSD
  • Seagate 2TB HDD
  • the 750GB WD drive from my old machine
  • PSU from my old machine
  • Windows 10 Preview (works great! Much better than 7 or 8)
  • Fractal Designs Define Mini case

The rest of the old machine is in use as a Linux box (dedicated for school work and as a local server-type thing for our home network). The single 5770 in it can handle my triple monitor setup fine so for now if I need to use all 3 monitors for Linux stuff, I just use this machine. I tried to be as cheap as possible when rebuilding it because I didn't know how much I would use it. I use it a ton now since we are doing tons of Linux stuff at school right now. I think to get it back up and running was around $175. It can still run the Linux version of Dota 2 on low-medium, which impressed me a lot:

  • CPU from old build
  • Motherboard from old build
  • One of the 5770s (the other one died) from old build
  • 8GB Kingston budget-priced RAM
  • 120GB Crucial SSD
  • A bunch of random HDDs.
  • Antec PSU that I got for 50% off (it is actually a really nice PSU. Fully modular and everything)
  • case from old build

For both I use a USB hub built in to my main monitor, so I can switch between machines in about 1 minute. Just have to change monitor cables, which is quick enough. Peripherals for both are as follows:

  • Main monitor: Dell U2713HM
  • Secondary monitor: Dell U2412M
  • Tertiary monitor: Dell U2312HM
  • keyboard: Filco Majestouch 2 (I have one with red switches and one with brown. I mostly use the one with browns now. The one with reds is in my other room that has my music stuff. I hook it up to my Mac along with one of my G1s and an old monitor and use it when I am doing music recording stuff.)
  • mouse: Logitech G1 (I own like 4 of these. I imported a bunch from Korea back when they were like $15 a piece. Now they're more expensive because they were discontinued there. They were made and sold in Korea for a few years after they were discontinued everywhere else). It's basically the perfect mouse for me. Hence why I own 4 of them.
#841 Edited by Jagged85 (213 posts) -

The last time I upgraded my PC hardware was back in 2011...

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K (quad-core, 64-bit, 3.3 GHz, 83 GIPS, 48 GFLOPS, overclockable to 4.7 GHz)
  • Main RAM: 16 GB (DDR3)
  • GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6850 (256-bit, 1 GHz, 1488 GFLOPS, overclockable to 1.25 GHz)
  • VRAM: 1 GB (GDDR5)
  • Audio: Plantronics GameCom 780 (headphones, 7.1 surround sound, 16-bit audio, 48 kHz sampling, 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency)
  • HDD: 4 hard drives (8.5 GB total storage)
  • DVD: Lite-On iHAS124 B (24x DVD performance, 48x CD performance)
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (x64, 64-bit)

#842 Edited by MisterZ (43 posts) -

@moab: nice rig! how do you like the asus rog swift? I am shopping for monitors right now and am in between this and the new acer xb280hk (4K G-sync monitor).

#843 Edited by JeanLucAwesome (19 posts) -

Case: Bitfenix prodigy (red) Opted for orange but they were out. But red is cool too.

CPU: i5-3570K

Heatsink: Noctua NH-D14

MB: Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2x8)

Graphics Card: MSI GTX 670 2GB Power Edition

PSU: Silverstone 550W

256GB Samsung Pro 840 SSD


Additional 120mm blue antec fans

Speakers: Samson Media O-N-E 4a Active Studio Monitors

Astro A40 mix amp and headset

Mouse: Razer Death Adder

Keyboard: SteelSeries Merc Stealth

This is the first computer I ever built, it's been a beast and still is but I don't do any overclocking or anything like that, I'd rather not.

My only regret is not going with a big tower, that massive heatsink is such a tight fit that I don't want to do any upgrading any time soon. lol So I'll be squeezing as much time as I can out of this rig of mine. I wish I got something that had an excessive amount of room, the more the better. But besides that, it's been good to me.

#844 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (4125 posts) -

@jeanlucawesome: More pics if you can manage it. I like the Bitfenix cases, they are very slick indeed. I think you might grow to enjoy having a smaller case...easier to move and that case gives some nice grip points. Also, you did it, you have gotten over the hump of a build, you fit a 8 lb cat in a 5 lb proud of that!

#845 Posted by MOAB (475 posts) -

@misterz said:

@moab: nice rig! how do you like the asus rog swift? I am shopping for monitors right now and am in between this and the new acer xb280hk (4K G-sync monitor).

ULMB is insane and the response time is great. I only took a slight hit in FPS upgrading to 1440p. 120/144hz was more important to me than 4K. I am very satisfied!

#846 Posted by Limiter31 (60 posts) -

Does anyone have the list of parts of GB East PC build?

#847 Posted by teaoverlord (510 posts) -


Video Card: GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB

CPU: Intel Core i7 4790K 4.0GHZ LGA 1150 w/ heatsink...

Motherboard: MSI Z97-GD65 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z97

RAM: Corsair Vengeance DDR3 16GB

Case: Antec Three Hundred

Power Supply: SeaSonic X750 Gold

Boot Hard Drive: Intel 530 SERIES 480gb 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive

Extra Storage Hard Drive: Western Digital Black 1TB

#848 Edited by Limiter31 (60 posts) -

@teaoverlord: thank you very much, good sir. Now, I have mission to complete for the holidays.

#849 Edited by Hardywells (92 posts) -

Just upgraded to a Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 970. It's very very worth it.

CASE: Corsair 750D w/ logisys sun sticks for lighting (white LED)

CPU: i5-3570K 4.2Ghz

CPU Cooler: H110 4x AF140QE Push/Pull

GPU: Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 970 4GB 1550MHz Boost Core 8GHz memory clock OC

RAM: 16GB (2 x 8GB) G Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 2100MHz

MOBO: Asrock Z77 Extreme3

PSU: Corsair AX850 850w Gold

CASE FANS: 2x AF140QE front intake, AF140QE Rear Exhaust, 2x AF120QE bottom intake, AF140QE top intake

SSD: Crucial M4 128GB

SSD: Crucial MX100 512GB

HDD: 1TB WD Black

HDD: 1.5TB WD Green

OS: Win 8.1 Pro

Keyboard: CM Storm Devastator

Mouse: CM Storm Havoc

Mouse Pad: Corsair MM200 Wide

Speakers: Logitech Stereo w/ Sub

Headset: Logitech G930 Wireless

Monitor: LG E2251 23.5 Inch 1080p LED

Secondary Monitor: Acer G205HL LCD

Third Monitor: Toshiba 42inch 1080p LED

#850 Edited by MonkeyKing1969 (4125 posts) -

This build was a class project (at the library) for leaning how to build a PC. Twelve student from age 11 to 60 learned about the parts of a PC and how to put them together. The ideas was to use some recycled parts and some new parts as if this were and upgrade to a home PC. In the end we only were able to put two recycled (scrubbed) hard drives and a case fan, but it was still a successful build. The original case we wanted to use was a 'find' at the dump, but despite being an "interesting" case" it proved unsound because of some loose case wires for the power/reset button, so this $29.95 case in the description was purchased to complete the build.

This PC will be used in the Atheneum Library for other projects like simple 3D printing and design, as well as some games. Over more classes we will install the OS, benchmark the system, and tweak some settings.

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core (Newegg Override) $69.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1150 $56.99
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $74.99
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked $114.99
Case: Azza SIRIUS ATX Mid Tower $24.99
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V $0.00
Storage: (x2) 250 GB HDD $0.00

I plan to put a OEM copy of Win 7 Pro on it. It doesn't have much storage, but it doesn't really need much for what it will do. (I will build another in December...stay tuned.)

The back shield I/O plate is bare chrome. I plan to use my 3D printer to make a thin 2 mm plate to fit in the shield that will dress up the I/O. I will show you the process here soon, but I will have a link to it eventually on Thingaverse in case anyone else here buys the same mobo and wants a 'fancy I/O dressing'. The plate will be black with glow in the dark lettering (I have some 'green glow' PLA material to use for that.) Its a good precision design project to line up the holes an cut outs for a 3D print

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