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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 9 months ago

how you get that 770 for 220 bucks

edit: Obviously blackmarket

Glacial_Builds 6 points 9 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 9 months ago

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

Zeus [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

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

Nice build and great photography!

candy [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Amazing build! Good job. More pics?

cam9 1 point 9 months ago

nice build, thoughts on the 770?

Subaca [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

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

EcoMCG [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Amazing pictures! +1

RustyBaker [5 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

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

18hockey [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

more pics please?

LoveMyEvo 1 point 9 months ago

Nice build and my nickname is Zeus so +1

Cryllic [1 Build] 3 points 9 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 9 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 9 months ago

10/10, would bang...

TheSleepGeek 1 point 9 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 9 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 9 months ago

+1 because of the sexy ass pictures.

Fluency [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Beautiful build. Well done!

lucas1945 1 point 9 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...