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by fnapoli
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This was built as an all-around performer with a special focus on high-fps 1080p gaming.

I tried to get the best value for a 1500-ish budget, monitor included. I knew I wanted a 3570k / hyper evo / ssd / 770 and space to upgrade (eg. more RAM, 2nd 770, 2nd SSD)

128GB is enough for me right now, as I have plenty of data stored externally in a variety of ways

The plan is to overclock the 3570k in a year or two...that way i'll actually notice the speed boost then. right now, this system is ridiculously fast and i can't really imagine needing anything faster for a while.

I ran some benchmarks but didn't take screencaps...was mainly just pushing the system to see that it all worked at the right temps. I'll try to get around to testing again and posting screencaps. Any recommendations?

Right now I've got Prime95, Crystal Disk, Belarc, Unigine Heaven 4, and 3D Mark 11...what other benchmarks should I run? I could do the research myself, and will eventually, but if you have any recommendations in particular...

System boots in under 10 seconds, which blows my mind coming from a 7 year old dell laptop with a 5400rpm HDD.

Case is a tad noisy with its two cheap fans, but it's predominantly cool, and I should probably move it under my desk where it's cooler and going to keep quieter. Concerned about dust under there, though...

Oh I should say, this build was amazingly satisfying...after 3 days. Day 1, couple hours in, I had a built system (I didn't breadboard) and when I tried to turn it on....a variety of failures occurred. Spent all day (14 hours) building and taking apart (with many, many BIOS resets) only to eventually realize that my original motherboard, a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H, was defective. Day 2, went to get a refund and bought the Asus listed now. Day 3, a couple hours later, and system is built up again, this time running smoothly. It was really really stressful, but after all that, so so satisfying!

Thanks to everyone out there in the internetz, and especially everyone here at PCPartPicker, for helping me choose parts, find the best prices, and build this lovely little machine!

Part List
Details
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle24.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load59.0° C
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.14Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.0GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle33.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load79.0° C
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Sabotage 4 points 14 months ago

I love the 200r, it is such a great case!

 
 
hunter32tz [1 Build] 3 points 14 months ago

Seriously it is, one of my builds on here has it and I love it!

 
 
Sabotage 2 points 14 months ago

My best friend has one and loves it, it is really well build for the price.

 
 
fnapoli [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

I'm pretty happy with it! I love the sleek, minimal aesthetic. I'm a big fan of the all-black, the cable management (not the best, but not bad!), and the dedicated SSD slots. Plenty of room for future upgrades, fan mounts everywhere, and front USB3. I would have gone with the 300R Windowed if I spent a little more on all parts of the build to make it look nicer, but since I couldn't really justify all the extra expenses (would have gone with an all black/red build probably) I figured this case was enough.

 
 
Sabotage 2 points 14 months ago

yeah, I hope you enjoy this build for a long time!

 
 
Way2ManyLamas 1 point 2 months ago

Hey, Does the 200r a good job at cooling?

 
 
fnapoli [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 2 months ago

I've had it for a year now, and I can't complain. The stock fans are louder than I'd like, but they certainly do a good job of moving air across the case.

The case will get dusty. Even with positive air pressure (I installed a third fan in the side, didn't help much) There are just too many ventilation holes everywhere. I guess you could always filter them, but at that point, just spend more money on a better case with pre-installed dust filters.

Overall, though...I'm more than happy with the cooling performance of the case considering it's price!

 
 
Way2ManyLamas 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks

 
 
skemble [17 Builds] 3 points 14 months ago

Even the cheapest of Corsair cases are top notch quality. I think everything about this build is well thought out and executed pretty damn good.

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 2 points 14 months ago

amazing build, really unfortunate you had a faulty gigabyte board since they have one of the lowest RMA % in the industry and are usually incredibly reliable and powerful. I'm sure too your ASUS board is amazing! Cable management is what it should be with all the functionality and cable management holes corsair even gives their cheapest of cases. A lot of builders could take note of this build even if using more updated Haswell i5 and Z87 motherboard. Happy computing!

 
 
fnapoli [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 14 months ago

Yes, I really had high hopes for the UD5H, it was a very highly regarded motherboard, and it had far more features that I could have (theoretically) used now and in the future.

Thanks for all your comments! I know I've seen your builds and comments on other peoples builds and they'e helped me get to this point.

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XIHackInABoxIX [7 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

Very nice build.

Question: The power cables going to your GPU, are they piggy backing off of each other?

 
 
fnapoli [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Yes, there's one thick cable that splits off at the end into an 8-pin and a 6-pin, if I recall correctly.

 
 
XIHackInABoxIX [7 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Definitely different, but I like it. Helps with having less clutter, that is for sure.

You haven't noticed anything strange affecting it because of the pin configuration have you? (Starving for power because of the lack of a second cable, etc.)

Just wondering, as I don't commonly see this technique.

 
 
fnapoli [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

No not really, it has performed beautifully, up to this point. Some people have expressed concerns if I choose to overclock and SLI, though. Not sure if I will do both to any extremes...we'll see.

 
 
JailBreak [3 Builds] 2 points 7 months ago

awesome build!

 
 
fnapoli [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

thanks! means a lot coming from someone with builds as nice as yours!

 
 
AH__Banana [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Great build, you will probably want to replace the PSU when you decide to SLI though. (800W+ and better quality)

 
 
fnapoli [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

PCPartPicker and other PSU calculators all tell me that 750W will be enough if I decide to SLI ... Also, this EVGA is 80 Plus Gold and highly regarded in the forums and by all tech sites.

Hopefully I'll be okay. We'll see if I even do SLI, but I think it'll be okay?

 
 
sketch24 [6 Builds] 2 points 14 months ago

It's not a great power supply. It's a good one, but you can get better ones out there for a little more (XFX, seasonic, PCPC, corsair HX/TX/AX). If you bought it for retail (>$100US), then it definitely wasn't worth it.

When you crossfire, it's better to get a little more than you need like 850watts, especially when you take into account overclocking the CPU and GPUs. If you push the power supply too hard, it will generate heat and is more likely to fail. The gold rating is also meaningless if you are always stressing the PSU at close to 100% which you will be doing if you overclock the CPU and crossfire two 770s. A PSU is most efficient at 50% usage. That doesn't mean you should get a 1500w power supply, but you shouldn't cut it to the bare minimum.

 
 
fnapoli [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 14 months ago

At the time I paid 89 for it and there was nothing even comparable between 700-850W within that price range. I do appreciate the heads up, and I'll be careful to overclock/SLI the system if/when I do so. I don't have plans to OC anything just yet, but we'll see!

Thanks for the info.

 
 
sketch24 [6 Builds] 2 points 14 months ago

There's a lot of power supplies that are similarly priced and better than the EVGA, especially in the $90-100US range. There is always an xfx in that price range, a corsair tx or hx for $100, or if you are lucky a seasonic for $100. An OCZ gold series or PCPC are also in that price range. Again, these are all US prices. Those are all better power supplies than the EVGA and deliver the same wattage, but have better voltage regulation, ripple suppression, etc.

But it's not like it matters. Again, the EVGA is a good power supply. You will probably never have a problem with it unless you go over the rated wattage for prolonged periods of time. But there are plenty of better PSUs for the price.

 
 
duck1471 0 points 14 months ago

I believe that EVGA's PSUs are re-branded SeaSonic units, so quality doesn't seem to be an issue.

 
 
sketch24 [6 Builds] 2 points 14 months ago

EVGA PSUs don't use seasonic as the OEM link. The super flower oem PSUs are good, but the FSP OEM ones aren't as great.