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The colt
by kd2013
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This was my first build. I made a few months ago during the summer. It was a little difficult many lines ended up crossing over the motherboard because the power supply cables and case cables were not long enough to come through the back-side and even when over the mobo barely clicked in. Also sorry about the image quality most of the photos were taken at night with an old mobile phone. I guess you get what you pay for, there was a reason some of the parts were on sale and were little problematic but I made it work. I just looked over the recipts and the build was cheaper than I thought the total was about $750-800 after rebates...overall on my next build I'll probably do more research before selecting parts

anything marked as $0 was purchased as combo-pair set, already had the monitors and a copy of windows

Part List
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.0GHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.12Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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talby [8 Builds] 3 points 9 months ago

+1 just need to do some cable clean up and update the prices - or prepare for the downvoters lol.

I almost picked up that case from the 'egg was a good deal w/ the rebate. Nice to see an SPI PSU, a rarity here on this site.


kd2013 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

be glad you didn't get this case. It's nice has some larger upper fans and an exterior but the side panel is a little small and the usb cables are a hassle-a little short too.

the photos were taken during the build that last pic (angled from the bottom) has everything that could be tucked-bundled togher. The two cables over the mobo and graphic cards making an X can't be placed any other way that would be significantly better. The thick power supply cable was a few inches to short, and for the thinner one from the case the only matching pin connector on the mobo happened to be right over the end of the card. I should have done more research on the parts instead of buying stuff on sale. They all fit together in the case and on the mobo but finding a cleaner looking way for the end was very difficult. After a few hours I was just happy they all fit, were in place and the computer turned on I won't mind the down ratings I'm glad it works for the price I'm very happy with it, similar trading computers are $1500-3000

PEG086 [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

I didn't mind the case actually. It's not everyones cup of tea looks wise, but its very usable. I didn't have the cable management issue that the OP had though.

JakeyU72 [3 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

No crossfire bridge?

niq [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Hi. What is the CPU temperature under load using stock cooler? Thanks.

kd2013 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

I haven't run any temp tests but I think it runs warm in general

Matryoshka [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

How are the crossfired 7770's? How many frames do you get in the games you play?

kd2013 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

there's no bridge it's by software. I don't play games, it's a work computer. I think the cards are alright. I haven't had any problems but I just got the cards to run multiple monitors and windows. I picked them because they were on sale. The pair was $150 shipped from tigerdirect they sold out in a matter of hours...I had bought another card a week before and decided to get these in addition because of the sale.

DrFrostSickle -3 points 9 months ago

2 graphics cards and you dont play games? Unless you are doing some very hard core photoshop you sir have blown you $ Nice build anyway tho.

kd2013 [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 9 months ago

investment trading with a partner,right now we're each using-watching 3 monitors each. The platform and charts don't need much data the speed seems to be adequate. Having different windows for different actions is what we needed. Between scans, media, and trades, 2 a piece wasn't going to be enough so I needed 1 card (or 2 cards) that could run at least 6 displays. If I could do the build again I'd probably get a much cheaper processor and probably stay with similar card's but I'd probably try and find some xfx cards with lifetime warranties

deathfromup [5 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Its always cool to hear from people that use computers for more than gamin on this site. I like this setup for the purpose at hand.

dschutt84 [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Did you previously have a 7770 that you decided to crossfire it? Cause for the price you paid I'm pretty sure a GTX 760 could still stomp all over a CF 7770.

kd2013 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

it was $150 total for 2 cards, I needed something that could run 4 displays per card, needed the display landscape and space so the quality of the card as long as it worked wasn't to critical

dschutt84 [3 Builds] 0 points 9 months ago

Well then that's a good buy :)

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Zeus [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Interesting build, however an AMD CPU such as the 6300 and a decent motherbaord like the ASUS MA97 R2 mobo probably would have been a better choice considering your budget..

Cropzy [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

+1 for the mobo (same as mine, its brilliant isn't it?), ssd and the cpu.

You could have gotten a much more powerful card for the price of the 2 7770's.

The case is a tight squeeze as well.

Apart from that its a good build!

purplepenguin 1 point 9 months ago

Remember, he got both for $150. Total. As in $75 apiece. The only GPU you can get for $150 is like the 7790 or a higher-end 7770, maybe a 650ti boost, but 1 ti boost=1 7770 anyway, so this was a good deal.

EcoMCG 1 point 7 months ago

Is the case worth it? Is it good for budget builds?