Note: The benchmarks in this post have been updated on 29th of September 2014. This PC was originally built in April 2013.
Recently I made the PC free of dust and I upgraded the build with some new parts and perhiperals. That is why I decided to reupload the PC build to PCpartpickers with some new photo material as well. Hope you all like the new pictures I took, first 3 pictures are from the old upload.
PC build is will be used mainly for gaming, photoshop, videoediting, virtualisation and moleculair modeling. I wanted this build to perform well, look clean and besides that nothing fancy. I tried to route the cables as good as I could, if you guys have any tips be my guest.
- CPU: needed a CPU with a lot of horsepower and I needed hyperthreading for virtualisation and modeling, the Intel I7 was my best option. I bought the K version because every little bit of extra muscle I am able to squeeze out of a CPU is welcome.
- Motherboard: I don't like how PCBs look like and the thermal armor on this one covers most of that, the motherboard comes with some little features such as voltage and temperature monituring which I like very much.
- CPU cooler: had some great reviews and I like the looks of it, very clean with the black and white.
- RAM: needed fast RAM for the vast amounts of data which is generated with the moleculair modeling. Why I didn't buy cheaper RAM? Because I really like the looks of the thermal armor and I read that the RAM modules were able to overclock very well.
- SSD: best and fastest SSD available at the time.
- HDD: have had a lot of great experience with seagate drives in the past, 1TB wasn't enough for me so I bought the 2TB version.
- Case: I really like corsair cases due to their great build quality, have used many corsair cases in the past and they look really nice. My other choice was the Corsair T600 but the 650D had my preference with the brushed aluminum.
- PSU: wanted to buy a fully modulair PSU, came up with the tier 2 OCZ Z series because it had some good reviews.
- OS: as mentioned this PC is used for virtualisation and virtual machines and I didn't want to run into things I couldn't due to the Windows version I am using, so I bought the most comprehensive version available.
- Keyboard: love this thing looks very nice and the cherry MX red switches are perfect for me. If you didn't figure already I like the looks of metal surfaces.
- Mouse: needed a high DPI, and accurate mouse and it looks nice next to the keyboard.
- Headphones: I like listening to music and Steelseries is known for their good quality sound production.
- CPU: Increased frequency from 3.6Ghz to 4.8Ghz, later decreased to 4.6Ghz because I didn't like the temperature.
- GPU: Added 150Mhz to the core clock rate and an additional 500Mhz to the Memory clock rate.
- RAM: Lowered frequency from 2133Mhz to 1600Mhz, as a result I was able to decrease the Cas Latency (CL) from CL9 to CL6.
Average gaming results in FPS @ 1920x1080 resolution, Ultra setting and maximum Anti-aliasing (MSAA):
Because I have the PC for a longer time now I had a lot of time benchmarking. The list in alphabetical order:
- Alice Madness Returns: 78.4
- Assassins Creed 3: 62.3
- Batman Arkham City: 88.7
- Batman Arkham Asylum: 46.3
- Battlefield 3: 68.4
- Battlefield 4: 45.3
- Bioshock: 150+
- Bioshock 2: 141.5
- Bioshock Infinite: 88.6
- Borderlands: 93.2
- Borderlands 2: 67.9
- Crysis 2: 79.1
- Crysis 3: 52.5
- Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: 92.7
- Far Cry 3: 54.7
- Grid 2: 87.5
- Grid 3: 55.4
- Just Cause 2: 68.7
- Metro 2033: 48.3
- Metro Last Light: 38.4
- Microsoft Minesweeper: Failed to boot
- Shogun 2 Total War: 68.6
- Sim City 5: 72.1
- Sleeping dogs: 89.9
- Tomb Raider: 55.7
- Witcher 2: 64.2
More will be added later.
Intel I7 5770K (Think I will be upgrading with the Intel I7 6770K, 3770K is still going strong).
GTX 880(Ti) (as Nvidia decided to skip the GTX 800 series I will be buying the EVGA GTX 980 SuperClocked ACX 2.0)
ASUS Sabertooth Z97 motherboard (I guess this will be the ASUS Sabertooth Z107 motherboard.)
Problems I ran into: I started of with buying 8GB (2x - 4GB) Kingston Hyper-X Beast RAM running at 2133mhz, however after a month of failures I found out that one of the bars was defect and was giving me at least three BSOD in a week. I now use one of the RAM modules for a Barebone PC I bought.