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OnyX
by Xunzi
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Description

OnyX is a gaming computer based off of Intel's LGA-1155 Socket. It is custom built and designed with a monochromatic color scheme. I've gotten a lot of criticisms for using the Sabertooth Z77 board, but I chose it because it's simple, clean, and looks pretty bad-ass. Sure, I could have chosen something a lot more "feature-rich", but I wanted this board primarily because of its looks.

Originally, it was powered by a PNY GTX 560Ti which I purchased as a sort of "hold-over" card until I could afford a better one. I ended up purchasing the first GTX 760 by EVGA within a week or so of their release, and then a purchased another one a few months later so that I could run higher end titles such as Battlefield 4 at much higher settings. The 760s are getting sold to a friend for $200 each, which is about $50 less than I paid for them new. I'll be putting that money towards a GTX 780Ti, which will not only allow me to run games better, but also leaves rooms for upgrades in the future, and removes the microstutter and delay from running cards in SLI.

Each of the sleeved cables are sleeved by hand by Mundi of Icemodz in Iceland (http://www.icemodz.com/) to keep with the white/grey/black color scheme of the build.

Originally, the case was a Corsair Obsidian Series 650D, but that did not have the best cable management for my tastes. I ended up selling it to a friend when the Corsair Carbide 540 Air was released, and I moved everything into that. The cable management was much better, and the excess cables from the power supply and drives were able to be hidden more or less completely.

Part List
Details
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle27.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load67.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate980MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle29.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load65.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Entry Preset ScoreE12963
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deathfromup [6 Builds] 4 points 12 months ago

Everything looks good, but there have been a long string of troll builds on this site lately and this would get a lot more attention if you added more pictures and a description.

 
 
Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 5 points 12 months ago

Nah, I just copied it off of my Overclock.net profile, which was pretty half-assed to begin with. I have quite a few shots, I'm just not sure which ones to upload. Any suggestions?

 
 
deathfromup [6 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

anything would work, a couple internals, couple externals, and maybe your setup if you've got em?

 
 
Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 12 months ago

I'll try to put a few up, but once I moved into the 540 Air and got the second 760, I didn't take very many pictures. A majority of the shots are from when it had either a single 760 or the old 560Ti. They're also primarily from when it was in the old 650D case.

 
 
freeracercolin 1 point 12 months ago

All of them

 
 
polykow [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Upload a bunch! I would love to see them! How is the OCing doing? We plan to add an H80 in the future and maybe another GTX 760 ( will have to upgrade our PSU) for something very similar to this! Would love to hear more about it all!

 
 
Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

I'll try to upload some! Most of them are from the previous case and before I got the second 760. The overclocking is wonderful as well, I have the H80 on the third and I guess highest setting, and it keeps it at a reasonable 25-30C on idle. Under load it hits around 70C. The CPU clock is 4.4GHz, so the multiplier is 44 (I think? I haven't messed with it in a while) and I believe i upped the voltage by 0.065V. Good luck with your upgrades!

 
 
polykow [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

thanks! Looking forward to some pics!!! Sounds like a lot of fun!!!!!!!!

 
 
Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

They're all up now. :)

 
 
polykow [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

I saw them! Great! let me know when you get the new GPU and how much better it is!

 
 
Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Will do!

 
 
deathfromup [6 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Hope this isn't creepy but i found ur profile lol.

http://www.overclock.net/lists/display/view/id/4270754

 
 
Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Not creepy at all! I've been using PCPartPicker a lot lately because I have quite a few people I'm designing/building computers for this season, and it's just a lot easier to keep track of them all this way.

 
 
BC1096 3 points 12 months ago

Can't say I've seen someone build their computer outside haha

 
 
Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Haha, I didn't build it outside. The two shots of it outside are when I was cleaning it (the shot of all the parts on the table) and when I had it out for a few pictures.

 
 
BC1096 1 point 12 months ago

Oh, that makes sense lol. I was ganna say, weird to build it outside

 
 
TheGreatGilles 3 points 12 months ago

I know some people argue against sli or crossfire, but there is no debating it looks bad-ass, especially with the sleeved cables and that color scheme +1

 
 
Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks! I got them because it was a cheap alternative to Titan-like performance. :) Plus they do look pretty awesome.

 
 
xx116xx [3 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Pretty... that pic you have looks amazing! Would love to see more.

 
 
Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Working on getting some more up now. ;)

 
 
xx116xx [3 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Sweet!

 
 
Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

They're up now. :) Unfortunately in no particular order. Sorry!

 
 
CarsonLudt 2 points 12 months ago

This build looks so good. Like, the color scheme and cable management in this build just wows me. Great job!

 
 
Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks! That's exactly what I was going for. Something clean, simple, and without too many colors.

 
 
aludka 2 points 12 months ago

I like the looks. +1

 
 
Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks! +1 for you as well. ;)

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

There are plenty of features in the Sabertooth, whoever criticized you for that choice is wrong!

I would love to see your Air 540 you spoke about to death, I have it as well :)

All in all awesome build, great color scheme, sleek, sexy... Love it!

 
 
Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Exactly. I guess they kind of hate for the sake of hating. It's pretty obnoxious, but I've gotten used to it haha. And I'll be sure to take some pics later on down the line.

 
 
Firecrackers [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Are you going to tri sli? That PSU is HUGE!

Anyway this computer is a monster! +1.

 
 
Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks man! And no, I don't think I'll ever get to tri-SLI. The reason it's so big is because I had originally planned for it to have two or three 680s, or MAYBE two 690s. But then reality hit me like a truck and I settled on these cards. Now I'm moving up to a 780Ti though, so I'm getting there. ;) On the bright side, though, I'll never really have to worry about upgrading it haha.

 
 
Firecrackers [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Sweet! Yeah I'm planning on crossfiring 2 270s (150tdp max ea) on a 600w. Some say it's possible but others are iffy about it. I'm sure it won't be bad but if not oh well :P. Yeah this thing must play everything at max settings at crazy FPS. :)

 
 
Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

It certainly does. The only thing I ever had issues with was Crysis 3 with EVERYTHING turned as high as it would go, and even then it was just BARELY below 60.

As for your attempt to Xfire the 270s, I'd make sure the power supply was by a good manufacturer. Then you should be fine. For example, 600W from Corsair or Seasonic would be more reliable than 600W from Diablotek or something like that. ;)

 
 
Firecrackers [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks! Yeah I have a corsair. I'd not have faith in a cheaper PSU not heard of.

 
 
Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

That's definitely a good PSU brand. Corsair, Seasonic and XFX are probably my top three. Good luck!

 
 
Crying_Reaper [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Nicely done!.

 
 
Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thank you!

 
 
Crying_Reaper [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

How much is the cabling from IceModz btw?

 
 
Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

I don't remember the exact price to be honest. Sorry. I just know that the prices should be on their website - icemodz.com. You can email the guy in charge, Mundi, and he'll give you a quote. Also, if you join the Facebook group, you get 10 or 15% off.

 
 
Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Actually, I believe that it's about $30 or so for the 24-pin, and maybe $16 or so for the 6-pins? I'm sorry I can't remember!

 
 
Crying_Reaper [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks much for the info. Again very nice build.

 
 
TNTrocks123 [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

i think you could have saved some money if u got the asus MARS 760. That gpu has 2 760s on the PCB

 
 
Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

I had looked at a bunch of GPUs before I purchased this one. I settled on it because it was very simple looking. I wanted a clean look, and this GPU seemed to do the job, despite being one of the lower-powered 760s on the market.

 
 
TNTrocks123 [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

you could also have gotten a 780. I just dont like SLI/Xfire cause of micro stuttering and the stability.

 
 
Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

I'm in the process of selling the 760s to a friend for ~$200 each. I'll be putting that money and some of my paycheck towards a 780Ti Superclocked by EVGA in the next couple of months. I shipped the first 760 off to him today, actually.

 
 
TNTrocks123 [1 Build] 0 points 12 months ago

nice

 
 
RustyBaker [5 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Nice looking build, and for whatever reason, I really liked the outdoor pictures. Maybe just a nice change of pace.

 
 
Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Thank you very much! Yeah, I normally try to get good shots indoors, but the lighting that day was pretty good, so I figured I'd take it outside for a few.

 
 
Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

I've not posted in a few months, but in that time I have made a few notable updates. First of all, I ended up selling both of my 760s to my friend, and actually ended up getting another new Superclocked 760 for myself. It's along story, but in the end I didn't lose any money, and I ultimately decided that I wasn't ready to get a new, more expensive card just yet.

I also RMA'd my Corsair Vengeance 2000 headset for a newer Vengeance 2100 at no additional cost.

The ASUS Blu-Ray drive that was previously in this build was moved to a new HTPC that I built (soon to be in my completed builds list) and I put an ASUS DVD burner into this one.

I also moved my previous Samsung T260HD monitor (1920x1200; 26") to be used on the HTPC, and purchased a simple 23" 1080p HP monitor off of a friend for use with this one.

Other than that, it is pretty much the same as it was 4 months ago.

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Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Lol, that's your opinion and I respect that, but I think they have great customer care, and the cards are awesome. They're also one of the few manufacturers that are actually allowed to make some of the higher end cards.

Not to mention that program where you can sell back your old card within 90 days of purchase and put the money towards a newer card.

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Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

I understand MSI and ASUS do as well, lol. I'm not going to get into an argument over cards. To each their own. I also like the simplicity of EVGA and the fact that they have backplates for pretty much all of their cards. I'm a big looks and appearances junkie. :P

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Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Lol, that might be a good idea. ;)

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Xunzi [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

I chose the H80 because at the time I started building (roughly October 2012) it was really either than or the H100, and the H100 seemed a bit over the top for a simple 3570K. The H80 also looks very defined with the sharp edges and simple shape. I like that about it. The H80i is a bit too flashy. I just want simple, clean lines. Plus it works great for what I use it for, with idle temps around 30C or so. Sure, the temps could be lower, but it's great for what it is.