Small notice: This machine is now up and running for about 3 months, the Intel i7 4770k and GTX700 series weren't available at that time.
Description: This is my PC that I use for almost everything especially for things like MS Office, Adobe Photoshop and watching Bluray quality movies, however I bought it mostly to be able to play all Triple A games at Ultra which it is very capable of. I also tried to make it a little "future proof".
I wanted this build to look really nice and clean (the thermal armor on the motherboard looks great and very clean). I didn't care about some parts being somewhat more expensive due to aesthetics (such as the Motherboard, RAM and Case), this build had no budget whatsoever.
The PC is fully cable managed so that it has an optimal airflow. To keep the inside of the case cool I bought the EVGA GTX680 4GB with backplate, this GPU blows all hot air out of the backside of the case. Hot air isn't able to stay in my case due to the positioning of the fans and the GPU. The case is filled with 2x 200mm fans, one of the fans is located at the front of the case and pulls air into the case, the other fan is located on the top of the case and blows the air out at the top. The temperature inside the case is at a constant 28C (when room temperature is 21C).
- CPU: Increased frequency from 3.6Ghz to 4.8Ghz.
- GPU: Added 200Mhz 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 CL5.
Average gaming results in FPS @ 1920x1080 resolution, Ultra setting and maximum Anti-aliasing (MSAA):
- Battlefield 3: 68,4 FPS
- Crysis 3: 52,5 FPS
- Far Cry 3: 54,7 FPS
- Grid 2: 87,5 FPS
- Shogun 2 Total War: 68,6 FPS
- Sleeping dogs: 89,9 FPS
I am planning to upgrade the CPU and GPU in about 2 years from now. So perhaps a 5770k and an EVGA (my favorite GPU brand) GTX880 will be bought after this time. Or if I got the time and money I will buy an entire new custom PC. I tried to implement a black, white and yellow theme. This is where the RAM makes its appearance because the Corsair RAM has white LEDs implemented in the heatsinks.
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 gave the bar that was still working to my little brother and we started to build a PC for him around that RAM.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core||$299.80||(Purchased)|
|CPU Cooler||Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro 81.3 CFM Liquid||$65.40||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155||$205.00||(Purchased)|
|Memory||Corsair Dominator Platinum 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133||$122.40||(Purchased)|
|Corsair Dominator Platinum 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133||$122.40||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" SSD||$201.60||(Purchased)|
|Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$82.00||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB||$521.60||(Purchased)|
|Case||Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower||$156.50||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||OCZ 750W ATX12V||$93.00||(Purchased)|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$138.00||(Purchased)|
|Keyboard||Corsair Vengeance K70||$124.00||(Purchased)|
|Mouse||Corsair Vengeance M65 Wired Laser||$49.99||(Purchased)|
|Speakers||Logitech LS21 7W 2.1ch||$19.99||(Purchased)|
|Custom||Monitor: Philips 273G3DHSB 27 inch 1080p 2ms||$350.00||(Purchased)|
|Cable: Silverstone Internal 20 pin USB 3.0 to External USB 3.0||$13.12||(Purchased)|
|Mousepad: Corsair Vengeance MM200 XL Edition||$19.99||(Purchased)|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.8GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||28.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||59.0° C|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||1284MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||6508MHz|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||32.0° C|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||60.0° C|
|Performance Preset Score||P11058|