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by johnny.bui
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For the past few months, I needed a machine to do some serious video editing and VFX work, as well as perform good in games like Battlefield 4. I am a freshman high school student wanting to pursue a career in some sort of computer/broadcast work.

Before this, I was using a small Gateway desktop with a slow A6 CPU. I upgraded the RAM to 8 GB, which I will be reusing in my new rig, along with the 1 TB WD Green hard drive. I also had a 1 TB external hard drive, which I disassembled, and coincidentally, there was another WD Green within. It was meant to be...

This is my first computer build, and I wanted to go big with cooling for my over-clockable i5 processor, so I opted for a water-cooling setup. I used an XSPC kit because buying the parts separately would put me over my budget of about $1,000. I picked the 280mm (dual 140mm) radiator kit because it was the same price as the 240mm (dual 120mm) kit at the time. In the end, it caused more hassle because I had a limited choice on cases that could support the radiator internally, and had to return my beautiful Fractal Design Define R4 and get the Corsair C70 instead. I can't say that was bad though, because I found out that it had handles on it, which I wanted.

The final build was a little difficult, but after watching countless videos by LinusTechTips & TekSyndicate, and reading articles from Tom's Hardware, the process was easier, albeit tedious. Over the course of a few days working on it after-school, the rig started coming together.

When I finally finished though, I plugged the computer in, but it wouldn't POST. After hours of looking through forums and trial-and-error, I found that a pin was broken on the MSI motherboard I first bought. I returned it, instead opting for the Asus Z87-C, which is one of the cheapest Z87 boards Asus offers.

When I got it, it was a painless swap of motherboards, and the computer POSTed. It's kind of funny when you think how a single high-pitched beep could bring so much happiness. I then proceeded to install a copy of Windows 8.1 and start overclocking my system manually.

Overall, this system performs as I expect it, speeding through video renders because of Adobe's Mercury Playback Engine. It also plays Battlefield 4 maxed out at 1080p with about 40-50 fps. I didn't go for a SSD this time around, but I might upgrade later. I spend a few hours just working on cable management, and everything dirty is tucked in the back. I think the blue LED strip really adds to just how awesome this computer looks. Hope you like it!

Part List
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.8GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle21.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load65.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.19Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.11Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle25.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load70.0° C
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Zheknov 18 points 11 months ago

how you get that 770 for 220 bucks

edit: Obviously blackmarket

Glacial_Builds 6 points 11 months ago

Wow nice pics! Good thing you did not get your PC wet while taking the pics. Also, how did you get the 770 for so cheap?

leftyrojas430 [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

It's awesome that you got awesome parts AND water cool for $1000!

Zeus [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Oh no! I was going to call my completed build Zeus!

Nice build and great photography!

candy [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Amazing build! Good job. More pics?

cam9 1 point 11 months ago

nice build, thoughts on the 770?

Subaca [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

I have one in my build. It's amazing!

EcoMCG [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Amazing pictures! +1

RustyBaker [5 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

I'm such a sucker for outdoor pics! +1 for that and excellent build and especially deals.

18hockey [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

more pics please?

LoveMyEvo 1 point 11 months ago

Nice build and my nickname is Zeus so +1

Cryllic [1 Build] 3 points 11 months ago

+1 for taking the pics in the snow, but also yes how did you get the GPU for so cheap. Also for better overclocks why not a slightly higher value board? Also what kind of video work are you doing and what software are you using?

Hydra222 1 point 11 months ago

nice pics in the snow if you did that where i live there wouldent be a computer just 4 feet of snow lol

LookTopHats [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

10/10, would bang...

TheSleepGeek 1 point 11 months ago

I'm in the process of my first pc for a very similar purpose, its not that different from yours, so good to see it's working all good for you :D! +1

CheyTac [4 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Dat color theme doe<3 Very nice build and how do you get a EVGA 770 for so cheap!?

TheMohammadmo [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

+1 because of the sexy ass pictures.

Fluency [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Beautiful build. Well done!

lucas1945 1 point 11 months ago

It is nice to see someone can run a beast like that on a 650W PSU. I was worried my 700 watt PSU was not gonna do the trick...