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Dominating Obsidian V2.0
by ReDnAx1991
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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.

Part selection:

  • 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.

Future upgrades:

  • 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.

Part List
Date PublishedApril 22, 2014
Date BuiltApril 3, 2013
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.6GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle28.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load57.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.24Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.51Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load58.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP11058
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erik4boss [1 Build] 3 points 9 months ago

Nice :D Don't need any upgrades in a long time for this.

ReDnAx1991 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Thanks! I beg the differ, love to mess around with PC hardware :D

dromni [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Did you buy the 680 a long time ago? Because you could've gotten a 770 that outperforms it. Awesome build nonetheless! +1 all the way!

ReDnAx1991 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Hi dromni.

Yes I did, at the time it was the most powerfull single GPU card available on the market. It did come with 4GB GDDR5 RAM and a metal backplate which was kind of special at the time. Thanks for the upvote and nice comment!

dromni [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Np ;) Guess you could just wait for the GTX 880 to come out or get another 680 and do a SLI. However I believe that GTX 680 is already EOL so you'd probably have to buy one on ebay if you decide to do that.

ReDnAx1991 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

I am waiting for the GTX 880(Ti) the 680 is still working very well. Only really hard game for the GPU was Crysis 3 but that game is designed to be hard :P

dromni [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Definitely... Crysis 3 and Metro 2033 are both extremely GPU-punishing games. Regarding the molecular modeling part, do you work in a lab or a medical institution or something like that? Just curious.

ReDnAx1991 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Yeah they are really demanding. Yes I work as a chemical technician, I studied organic chemistry and need the modeling to work out reactions.

Painwithin [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

I wonder if that GTX 680 will SLi with my EVGA GTX 680 Superclocked Signature 2 :P

Nice build, im also still rocking my 1155, got the i7 2600k though i dont get as low frame rates as you do with metro 2033 usualy stays in the 40-50 ish area.

Check my build out if you'd like!

ReDnAx1991 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

I know for sure it will, as they both have the same Kepler chip. I don't know what happened with Metro 2033, I performed the benchmark a while ago I think it was an issue with the driver. I should try it again when I have time. Hope I will get the same results as you do. Thanks for the comment and feedback! I am looking at it already.

Painwithin [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

No problem! i had some driver issues awhile back myself but the last few have been good to me.

also got a nice overclock on the GTX 680, i might see what mine can do eventually, has the dual fan design so im sure i'll be good if your temps are that low.

ReDnAx1991 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Hi painwithin,

I updated the game benchmark list with some new games and the new benchmark for Metro 2033, you were right it was between 40 and 50 most of the time. I also made the list in alphabetical order which makes it easier to read.

Painwithin [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Yeah, i thought it was alittle weird that it was getting 30 - 40, sweet stuff!

xx116xx [3 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

I find no fault in this build. Great cable management. I can see by the benchmarks this rig is still going strong, and I love your part choice. Your future upgrades will make this pretty awesome, I can't wait to see it when it's done (although when is a build ever done? :P) +1

ReDnAx1991 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

First of all, thanks for the great reaction. Second thing, build is never finished you are right on that. Thanks for the +1!

plgdg [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Extremely clean and subtle. I like it.

ReDnAx1991 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you very much!

Eggman772 2 points 9 months ago

I love how that armored motherboard looks in that Corsair case. Nice Build +2

ReDnAx1991 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Same here, thanks a lot! The +2 makes me blush :D

Brian101 2 points 9 months ago

nice build +1

ReDnAx1991 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks a lot!

ztaft [3 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Very clean +1

ReDnAx1991 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you very much!

BloodAnimus [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Nice build, tight cable management, Corsair Dominator ram, love the 3770k, should've looked into a 750G PSU from EVGA since they're a gamers best friend and you should give them money :D I have the same headphones, and they are amazing. Great Build

ReDnAx1991 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

EVGA deserves all the money, non of my personal GPUs will be of an other brand than EVGA. Thanks for the nice comment!

BloodAnimus [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

EVGA life, my 780 ti is inbound due to their fabulous offers, not to mention a 5 year warranty. Now if only they made a cheaper mobo, larger case, and a cpu cooler that was neck and neck with the CM 212 EVO :)

ReDnAx1991 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Very very nice brand! I also like the dedication of EVGA to only use nVidia based graphics cards, just like Club3D for AMD/ATI based cards (another one of my favorite brands btw). I know for sure that I will buy the EVGA Hadron at a certain moment in time just because I love that case.

BloodAnimus [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

I have almost completed my computer, held onto my 770 for a bit so I could just stack some more cash and get necessities than did step-up for the 780 ti. I'd appreciate it if you look at my build when it pops up again on the completed builds section. Should be about 3 weeks from now since I'm going home for a while :) I'm also going to fix a couple things I messed up on my personal build

ReDnAx1991 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Just let me know and I will have a look at it :D I will keep my eyes open.

Gamer_Seer [2 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Nice build +1 I enjoy the cable management which I think is important.

ReDnAx1991 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Thanks for the nice comment and upvote, I always take time for cable management. I like things when they look clean and well build as well.

thunderdan602 [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Very nice build sir.

ReDnAx1991 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks fine gentleman!

ArrKayCee [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Wow! The only thing I'd change at the moment is get some custom black/white sleeved cables or maybe black/silver or just black, otherwise it looks flawless :) It is near exactly what I want my build to look like.

ReDnAx1991 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks for the nice words and feedback, I agree on the sleeved cables. I could add them with my next upgrade.

ArrKayCee [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago


ReDnAx1991 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks a lot!

dbdev [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Looks sick man.. Awesome build that's powerful and clean!

ReDnAx1991 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks for the nice comment! Hope you enjoyed the description and pictures.

Eltech [2 Builds] 2 points 4 months ago

I know this was posted quite some time ago but I was curious about this build and realized how beautifully made it was.

I love your clean cable management and what a great build! +1

ReDnAx1991 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 2 points 4 months ago

Hi Eltech,

I can't thank you enough for the amazing comment and upvote! The PC is still going strong. Although the GTX 680 is still performing perfectly for the molecular modeling I did notice that the frames per second are dropping below my liking during gaming on Ultra and Max Anti-Aliasing.

That is why I made up my mind to buy the EVGA GTX 980 SuperClocked with ACX 2.0 cooling. I am waiting for it to become available in my country, should take another week or so.

When it is installed I will be updating the build and you will see it pop up in the completed build section. As mentioned thanks for the comment and your time to have a look at my build.

Trinity596 [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

lol at the "cpu with a lot of horsepower"

but cool build! nice work

ReDnAx1991 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks a lot, I appreciate the nice words!

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Brian101 1 point 8 months ago

Hey I'm kinda new to pc stuff and can't decide wether to go intel......http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Brian101/saved/4Bom........... or amd........http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Brian101/saved/4BoF

ReDnAx1991 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Hi Brian,

This really depends what you are planning to do with the PC. I did notice that you didn't add a CPU cooler to the Intel build link, if you are buying the Intel build don't forget to buy a good CPU cooler for extra overclock performance.

For some information on what kind of CPU to pick first watch this video: " https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcVBqwlnmlM&list=PLQMVnqe4XbictUtFZK1-gBYvyUzTWJnOk ".

Second of all, with a budget like this I would certainly add a SSD of at least 120GB (240GB is prefered) as this is going to speed up your build much more than a CPU is going to. Something like the Samsung EVO 120GB.

If you need any more help please let me know, you can always send me a personal message. If you like my builds please leave a like.

TwistyTreats [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Who the hell else laughed there ass off when they saw microsoft minesweeper failed to boot??

ReDnAx1991 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

I don't know, hope you had a good laugh at it :P I sure did while posting! I always wondered when someone would notice.

TwistyTreats [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

lol. I know that joke is old but when you put it in the comment section... it kills me. thanks to that i have to replace my laptop for spilling water ahaahha

ReDnAx1991 [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

Haha sorry !

sirlazuras [1 Build] 1 point 3 days ago

Real shame about minesweeper