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My First Baby
by crisp
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I put it together last thursday. Was scared of posting as I've seen some harsh comments in the past. But, a lot of those comments helped me out along the way. There are numerous people here who have helped me out...by answering questions, commenting, and in general contributing to the site. Reading and research finally gave me the confidence to do this. So I figure even if I made bad decisions, I owe it to the other folks creeping on the site so they can learn from my mistakes.

Did a ton of research, couple months worth at least. Shopped for parts for a two weeks period and tried to find deals on everything. I think I did ok. I had a budget of 1400.00 just for the tower but then opted to get a new monitor mouse and keyboard. Did go over, but taken as a whole I think it was still a great deal.

The main reason for the build is gaming. I've been a console gamer since the nintendo stole me away from my commodore 64. I think its time to go back. I also dabble in some novice video editing and just general everyday productivity.

I plan on light overclocking and seeing exactly what this thing can do, but that will come with time so nothing fancy to share on that front. For now I'm just enjoying this beast and what it can do. It is absolutely everything I could have asked for. A huge thanks to the PCPP community for helping me out.

Sorry for the crappy pics. My wife took the camera when she took the kids out for the day so had to use an iPhone. Also made a quick video of the build if anyone is interested...http://youtu.be/-SBHU7GrgcE

Part List
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.10Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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IamApropos [3 Builds] 2 points 18 months ago

(claps) I absolutely LOVED your build video!!!

crisp [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks! and not just for the comment. I've stalked your site and your client builds and all...much appreciated!!

IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

You're very welcome and I'm extremely happy that some of it helped in any way.

MadBadger 1 point 18 months ago

Ditto this. Very cool little build video.

Shark90576 [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Very nice!

crisp [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Thank you!

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DontUSASme 1 point 18 months ago

Everybody is getting this card! Is it that good?

crisp [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

I'm the wrong person to ask as I don't have much to compare to, but its running anything I throw at it at ultimate with no issues so I'm assuming thats decent

Physonium [1 Build] 2 points 18 months ago

The GTX 770 is the best price/performance in it's price range (there're only about 2 other cards up there, so not hard to beat). As it's priced closer to a GTX 670 than a 680 and runs just as well as the latter, it's nigh upon unbeatable at the moment.

domzlol [9 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

ASUS DCU2(OC)GTX 770 is the #1 performer out of the 770 line.

Egore 1 point 18 months ago

What makes it better then the MSI?

crisp [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

The comparisons I've read compared mainly two things...the cooler and the stock overclock. From the majority of text, the consensus was: ASUS = best cooler, EVGA = best stock Overclock. But its all marginal differences so it came down to price for me. EVGA was 20.00 more, and the ASUS, while same price as MSI would charge for shipping and tax. All good cards though I hear, can't really go wrong.

ageedb [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

And MSI worked perfectly with your color theme. I plan on a build quite similar to yours.

crisp [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Wasn't really planning on color theme. Getting the EVGA power supply, the fan, and the GPU kind of worked by accident. I like it though. I wish I could say I was planning on so much red LOL, would have gone for a red accent mobo haha.

ageedb [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

I'm actually going with the MSI G45 just for that reason, as well as the awesome features it has. Some red memory sticks and that MSI 770. The fan also adds to it. Your build got me all excited haha.

mark5892 [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

solid build for gaming

GamingPC69 1 point 18 months ago

Awesome build, i saw the video :) good job!

superninjaleprechaun 1 point 18 months ago

Great build and nice video! good job :)

RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Congrats on the first build, I will be assembling mine this coming weekend! How do you like the Fractal case? I'm going to be purchasing the white one... also the video you made was fantastic great job! Hope you enjoy your new baby :)

crisp [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks! The case is great. Feature wise its a steal. It's pretty big so easy to work with yet still looks sleek and compact in a sense. The hardest part was installing the h100i as its really a tight squeeze but worked out in the end. I think there is another mounting option to put it in the front but I wanted to just leave the two front fans alone.

RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Ya when I was picking out the parts for mine I was having trouble deciding whether to water cool with the Kraken x60, and where it was going to be placed (top or front). However I decided to go with the Phanteks PH-TC14CS_RD 88.6 CFM CPU Cooler. Still a great CPU cooler and I since I don't plan to overclock right away or possibly ever... it was a safer choice for me

TheGreatJoshua 1 point 18 months ago

I've been looking for a corner desk. May I ask where you got yours? And that baby is beautiful if you don't mind me saying. On top of that you made a great video with an awesome song. Overall, I'm very impressed

crisp [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks you! The desk search gave me fits too. Everything I found was too small or too expensive. This one seemed just right. I got it from IKEA for 79.99. The sides are 36 1/2 inches and the diagnol front runs for 52 inches I believe.

jakethemp [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

love the build video man. that thing was epic the editing was sweet the build was sweet. you sir are the man. +1 for this build for sure.

crisp [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago


Sabotage 1 point 18 months ago

That thing must have hurt to birth!

crisp [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

LOL...I hear the second one is like a slip and slide so hopefully I build it faster.

Sabotage 1 point 18 months ago


construction [3 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Nice build, what LEDs are you using?

crisp [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks! The NZXT Hue controller from Newegg. Mainly got it for my kids, they get a kick out of flashing lights LOL. It adds a nice touch though. The glue on the LED strip is crap though. It started falling off before I closed the case. Ended up using zip ties to hold it.

construction [3 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Cheers, I thinking of going with some NZXT LEDs for my define r4 and also buying a Windowed side panel.

Egore 1 point 18 months ago

Awesome! This is very similar to what I am wanting to build! Same graphics card, CPU, ssd, and case! Your build turned out awesome congrats! Sweet desk set up too! This is very encouraging; thank you!

crisp [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Thank you! The core components are awesome, I'm really comparing it all to a 6 year old generic laptop so I'm just blown away. Good luck with your build!

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xdownfall 1 point 18 months ago

Awesome.. Did you get cable extensions, that red braided looks clean! How is the 770 holding up, I'm pretty much hardcore looking at that, especially since its $250 cheaper then 780! Lol btw, how do you get (purchased) to show up and display your rig?

crisp [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks! No extensions, everything was good on length except the cooler fan cables, bit of a stretch but still fit snug without any pull. The red braided came with the PS. The 770 is awesome, would def recommend, but again I don't have much to compare to as this is my first build. It's running anything and everything at ultra no prob. As for the purchased, if you click on the triangle drop down next to price on your parts list you can select the retailer and then manually enter the price you paid for it. Once you save it shows up as purchased.

xdownfall 1 point 18 months ago

Well thank you good sir for the information, sure has been helpful toward my soon to be build! :D

Kaocao 1 point 17 months ago

Hey I bought the evga 750 gold and supposedly its doesn't work on haswell processors. I didn't buy all my parts yet but I'm worried that the PSU doesn't support haswell processors.

crisp [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

It does man. I think it says on newegg haswell ready and all that. You can see my build vid or pics also. Its running on that PS and 4670K

Kaocao 1 point 17 months ago

I went a to ncix today and I bought the psu, but then they warned me that it might not work on haswell processors. The one on newegg says haswell processors ready soo does their website. http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=77498&vpn=120%2DPG%2D0750%2DGR&manufacture=eVGA&promoid=1360 I have this one it doesn't say anything about haswell ready but I assume it is the same one as the one on newegg?

crisp [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Same one man. It works no prob with my 4670k.

jeffd1324 1 point 13 months ago

I have the same desk as you from ikea haha. Thanks for the idea on how to set my computer on the desk.

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

Great minds think alike lol

Martel04 1 point 11 months ago

770! NOICE!

mesin95 [2 Builds] 0 points 18 months ago

This is a nice solid build. Good job.

p.s.-Can you resend the youtube link because it's not working for me.

crisp [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Thank you! Here is the link, if not linked just copy and paste the url, should work... http://youtu.be/-SBHU7GrgcE

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crisp [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

'light' as in I don't know much about it. But have an interest. Had a big dilemma in choosing a cooler anyway, was kind of nervous about installing an aftermarket one. The h100i dropped in price to 79.99 so I kind of just jumped on it

domzlol [9 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

79.99? where!? and i would go with h100i regardless so i can look cool. i use them in all my rigs lol also let me know if you need help on OC. on my i5 4670k im at 5.0 GHz

crisp [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Newegg had it on one of those daily deals right before the 4th of july. The thing does look awesome. 5.0 GHz?..damn. I start perspiring just from writing that. I think I need to start slower LOL, but thank you very much for the offer. I might take you up on it at some point.

domzlol [9 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

dang i must have missed that deal.. i get there email everyday. but yea i would start at 4.2 GHz its a good solid stable OC with low heat and voltage. if your CPU gets above 80c on 4.2 you may need to de-lid.

Jimmy 1 point 18 months ago

Probably because even at light overclocks Haswell can generate quite a bit of heat, depending on the batch. Some run hotter than others.

SumanIV [1 Build] 0 points 18 months ago

what temps are you getting for CPU and GPU? c:

crisp [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

really only looked at idle...CPU @ 31 GPU @ 29. Meant to check when playing at least but keep forgetting