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Video Editing and Gaming Build
by sergeantfoley
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Description

Please note that prices below are spread out over a 6 month purchase period. Yes I know the 770 is much cheaper now, but I bought it in July of 2013.

I have added and replaced a few parts including the PSU and a couple additional drives


I plan on using this build primarily for CS6, Lightroom, Premiere (photo and video editing). I opted for the 4770K for hyper-threading and the 16GB RAM should be very helpful. I went with Micro ATX since I wanted a slightly smaller form factor and I don't have the need for all of the PCI slots on a regular ATX board. I play a lot of Battlefield 4, Farcry, Warthunder, and Kerbal Space Program with this rig.

Building was not as easy as I thought it might be, but it was very enjoyable! Installing the H100i and fans in pull as an exhaust was a giant pain in the ass, but it should be very easy to clean now (I just have to point a vacuum inside at the top of the case and vacuum off the radiator surface). Mounting the pump and block to the CPU was super easy and I love how Corsair designed it. By far the hardest part of the build was cable management. I tried as hard as I could to keep it clean, but the SATA power cables were just awful to work with; I finally found a solution that looks okay, but I plan on improving it soon with full sleeving.

My previous computer for the last 41/2 years has been a 13" Macbook Pro with a Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, 320GB HDD and some low-end laptop Nvidia card. The difference between using the two is astonishing; I have never used anything this powerful before. Games look incredible with my 770 and I might not have to add a second one for a while. My 4770k's idle temps are around 27-30C and just above 50 under loads which is awesome, and the 16GB of RAM and my SSD make applications lightning fast. (My boot time is around 6-8 seconds with some tweaking!) Windows 8 is awesome, and with some tweaking and customization I really love the MetroUI for simple stuff, but the whole OS feels super fast and slick; I love it.

Part List
Details
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.9GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle27.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load55.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.27Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.16Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load65.0° C
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xIMcCloud29Ix [3 Builds] 14 points 9 months ago

Beautiful, excuse me while I clean myself up from that cable management.

Great build

 
 
dbrowerpower 3 points 9 months ago

Very nice build. I hope you enjoy it.

 
 
sergeantfoley [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks, it's a dream to use for editing and jumping right over into gaming.

 
 
Bladedrummer [3 Builds] 3 points 9 months ago

Very nice and clean build.

 
 
sergeantfoley [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks!

 
 
SirPrize [1 Build] 3 points 9 months ago

Very nice overall. Love the simplistic look of that case. Well done with the cables too. Also, it's good to see someone who can take some quality photos.

 
 
Daisyahoy [2 Builds] 3 points 9 months ago

so clean. And there just arent enough "computers in the wild" photos on this site. +1

 
 
TheTekJake [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

This has literally become one of my favorite builds. The components mimic exactly what I would have done. I'm pretty sure if I build another PC soon, it will be the exact same as this xD

+1,000,000 if I could.

 
 
Maroon 2 points 8 months ago

I wonder why this build doesn't have more than 150 votes... Nice build!

 
 
balldrix 2 points 7 months ago

+1 for the Green wall :)

Nice machine and awesome temperature readings!

 
 
digitalfirex [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

what does the h100i in pull do? as in the difference?

 
 
Arit911 2 points 9 months ago

It's in pull so that you do not have to take the fans off to get the dust out.

 
 
Bladedrummer [3 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

It also performs slightly better (0.5°C better on average, lol) and it makes less noise. Read a very detailed article about it some time ago. I also have my H100 set up the same way now. Had it the other way around and it was a nightmare to clean.

 
 
digitalfirex [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

ah, I have a similar build and i was trying to figure out what he did... so I just put the fans under the radiator or are they upside down/inverted?

 
 
sergeantfoley [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

They are between the radiator and the case and draw air out as exhaust (though the radiator -> into the fans -> out the case). Cleaning it is as simple as wiping the dust off the exposed radiator; no trapped areas for it it accumulate.

My only problem so far has been one of the supplied fans from the H100i kit has a bearing that clicks every now and then, but I will probably replace them with quieter fans eventually.

 
 
istealunderwear [7 Builds] 3 points 9 months ago

One word, Noctua.

 
 
sergeantfoley [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

That was precisely what I had in mind.

 
 
istealunderwear [7 Builds] 6 points 9 months ago

I am proud son.

Show those Austrians some respect for their great engineering. But damn they have some really bad cosmetic designers. Too much Apfelstruddel. Makes your mind go to whole new places.

No offense though

 
 
BlackWidow [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

i have a very similar build, great minds think a like :)

 
 
liqgranite [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Great build for sure. +1 Gotta love that case.

 
 
oajarmeh95 [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

I really like your build, good work.

 
 
oajarmeh95 [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

I really like your build, good work.

 
 
strifeltd [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

TIL: h100 fits in a 350d definitely gonna be in my next mATX build.

super clean.

 
 
Stadt2000 [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

I'm extremely impressed with the cable management. Very nice build!

 
 
phusionplus 1 point 9 months ago

Very nice build. I love the RAM.

 
 
martyyp 1 point 9 months ago

How did you get Windows 8 Pro for only 20 bucks?

 
 
sergeantfoley [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

College discount.

 
 
Flippmo [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

I have the same case and very similar built….BUT….Where the hell did you put your SSD and HDD????? o.O

 
 
sergeantfoley [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

I put them in the 5.25 bay to hide them. Removing the drive cage helps a ton of air reach the GPU.

EDIT: I put the drive cage back since I added a 3TB drive!

 
 
cjeffcoatjr [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Wow. +20394650837465823746503872465665678340276564653424584760854564275876. This is amazing. Dat cable management.....

 
 
Neverside 1 point 7 months ago

What sleeved cables are those? and would you recommend the H100i if you were to build this again or would you go with a different cooler?

Great build by the way and thank you for taking the time and take nice clear photos!

 
 
sergeantfoley [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Hello! I used Silverstone sleeved cable extensions. They are excellent, although I probably should have gone with fully sleeved cables in the first place.

Unfortunately I would not recommend the H100i. First of all, it's a little expensive. The fans that are included are quite loud, even at lower rpm (although they do have great airflow). The main problem with my H100i is the LED on the waterblock broke about a week ago and it flashes random colors when I turn on my computer. I ended up disabling the LED, but it's a little disappointing considering how much I paid for it. The Corsair Link software is pretty mediocre too.

I don't plan to RMA it since I would have to buy a replacement CPU cooler while I wait for the new H100i.

 
 
Neverside 1 point 7 months ago

I can't find an actual power supply that comes packaged with fully sleeved cables, seems I would have to buy a Corsair power supply and than a corsair sleeved kit (pricey). I've been leaning more towards the Seasonic X-series or Platinum Series but they don't offer fully sleeved either it seems..

Which CPU cooler would you recommend than? Would you go with another liquid cooler or air cooler?

 
 
sergeantfoley [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

I'm probably upgrading to a 850w Seasonic X series and then buying a full sleeve kit. Unfortunately that's the only way to go, but they look amazing and help keep the cables spotless.

For now the H100i is working okay, and the pump seems to be fine. If I ever have any issues with the pump or radiator, then I will definitely switch to an air cooler. The Noctua NH-D14 is probably the best air cooler you can buy, but I'm not a big fan of the aesthetics. Personally, I might go with the BeQuiet Dark Rock Pro2 or the Phanteks PH-TC14PE.

 
 
Neverside 1 point 6 months ago

I'm really on the fence about which CPU cooler to buy, I already have a set of 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws, so I'm wondering about clearance issues if I purchase an air cooler, but I guess the side fans on most can be adjusted upwards?

Sucks to hear you're having issues with the H100i, I see a lot of reviews stating that cooler is quite loud. Have you tried switching out the fans on the H100i?

I do love the look the of the Dark Rock Pro 2 but can't find it in stock anywhere. It looks like BeQuiet! just recently released the Dark Pro 3, those air coolers are HUGE though, I don't know, I might just settle for the Phanteks PH-TC14PE.

Thanks for you help and recommendations, at this point all I need is the CPU cooler and power supply to complete my build. I was initially going to go with a bitfenix prodigy build but than I ran across your build and instantly fell in love.

 
 
fklioside [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

You mentioned that you did a pull for your fans. Which one of yours fans acts as the exhaust?

 
 
sergeantfoley [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

The top fans on my case are an exhaust. Here is a really terrible diagram I made showing the fan setup, lol: http://i.imgur.com/LOugepA.jpg

 
 
Jagnanimous 1 point 6 months ago

That's some good Schiit, man, some goooooood schiit.

 
 
mat_tech 1 point 4 months ago

Is that a good monitor? Do you recommend this?

 
 
sergeantfoley [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Yes, for the price it's a remarkably good monitor. However, I do notice some ghosting in certain fast images, but it's bearable. The color accuracy and contrast are incredible. If you like gloss monitors, you'll love it.

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sergeantfoley [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

The color performance and viewing angles are phenomenal, but I do notice a fair amount of ghosting with this specific panel. It can make extremely fast moving images a little blurry, but for the most part it's not noticeable in games.

I would absolutely recommend this monitor for gaming. The colors are beautiful, the black levels and contrast are great, and the actual monitor itself looks fantastic.

Be warned that the screen is glossy, so if you have your back to a window or bright light you might run into some problems.

 
 
RonTait 1 point 4 months ago

Have you had any issues with the power supply? I am looking at a similar build and am planning on using my old 650 Mushkin power supply running 44amps off the 12v.

 
 
sergeantfoley [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Nope, I can't speak for the quality of the PSU you own, but my Silverstone 650w is more than ample for what I have. I could easily run this system with a 450-500w psu if I wanted to, I've seen systems with a 780ti running off of 450w without any issues. 44 amps is more than enough for a high-tier gpu.

 
 
RonTait 1 point 3 months ago

I appreciate the response...just confirmed what I was already thinking.

 
 
mallocunbounded [1 Build] 0 points 9 months ago

Calculus would dictate your 4770k was not purchased at the global minimum.

Source: f(x) has an absolute (or global) minimum at x=c if f(x) >= f(c) for every x in the domain we are working on. Substitute f(x) with price history of 4770k over time.

 
 
sergeantfoley [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

I bought my 4770k in July... also why I paid so much for my 770. I finished most of the build in September, but I put some more touches on it recently.