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The Orange Box

by hodo@msn.com

204
109 Comments

Details

Date Built

Jan. 5, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

23.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.08Ghz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

3.1GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C

Description

This is my first computer build ever. Built it with my Dad as my Christmas Present, we wanted to get the best performance for gaming and spent a lot of time working on case temps, over clocking, and stability. We went with an Orange theme (thus the name, Orange Box) so basically most of the fans and PSU cables are all Orange. We also went with Dominator Platinum Memory because they support color bars. Once orange color bars are available we will add them to the build. The build went pretty well but the Sabertooth motherboard was DOA so we had to wait on a replacement and I dropped one of the GTX 780's (ouch!) so it had to be replaced also. The NZXT case is pretty good, we had a lot of trouble trying to get the cable management right. Other than that everything went pretty smooth, it took a couple of days to build (we took our time) and a load of testing to tune and optimize. Everything works great so far and gaming performance is amazing... My average frame rate in Battlefield 4 (with Ultra settings) is about 150.

UPDATE: The Orange Box Gets a new SLI Bridge!

I finally saved enough to get my SLI bridge. I took a few more pics and added them to the library. The system continues to work flawlessly and my frame rates are amazing in any game I play. I have had no problems at all with any of the hardware components that we chose for this build. I mean it’s been absolutely flawless! The only issue I had was with a virus/malware/Trojan or something... had to reinstall after something bad got access to my system (got through my firewall and A/V software) as part of Mod I downloaded. I couldn't figure out how to clean it up so after a day or so of trying I gave up a just reinstalled. I used the System restore in Windows 8.1 and I must admit it worked pretty well.

What do you guys think?

Comments Sorted by:

dvada191 35 points 17 months ago

A $4300 Christmas present. Your parents must be pretty rich, huh?

Incredibly good build, by the way. I'm jealous.

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 12 points 17 months ago

We had been planning this for a while, bought the parts over time, started the build on Christmas morning finally got to play some serious games by New Years eve.

Thx

dvada191 5 points 17 months ago

Should've gone with a mechanical keyboard. The tactile response feels much better, trust me.

Also, hyperthreading isn't really needed for gaming. i5's get the same benchmarks.

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 3 points 17 months ago

We thought about the i5 but my Dad decided on the i7...

Thx

StrifeWolfe1994 1 Build 4 points 13 months ago

The person above is wrong. Newer games are supporting hyperthreading, Crysis 3 for example. And they have a lot of other useful features. So no, the i5's don't get the same benchmarks. Awesome build, great theme, and great part selection. I'd have gone with the Zotac AMP! series of GFX cards to match the theme but it looks good just how it is.

Dreamin73 32 points 17 months ago

You dropped a 780, im gonna go cry myself to sleep now.

xxKuroMeista 2 Builds 20 points 17 months ago

This... is a... VERY expensive Christmas present. Holy mother of gods.

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 3 points 17 months ago

Thx

plgdg 2 Builds 11 points 17 months ago

Very, very nice. I love unique style in a build.

I would suggest getting the EVGA Pro SLI Bridge. It's rigid and has lights on it :) and would look much better than the Asus ribbon.

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Finally saved enough to get my EVG Pro SLI Bridge!

I will post updated pics once its installed.

Thx

orangefloortom 1 Build 8 points 17 months ago

How are you liking the monitors like that? Is it weird at all with games?

(Also, a bunch of expletives indicating my great envy.)

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 3 points 17 months ago

It looks cool but for serious game play and Max fps I use a single display.

Thx

18hockey 1 Build 11 points 17 months ago

dude... 2 780's.. I don't think 3 monitors in portrait will be a problem, lol.

tmans19 8 points 17 months ago

holy mother of god. I wish i could upvote more than once

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Thx a lot for the votes!

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watergate26 1 Build 6 points 17 months ago

Really Nice Rig!!! Wondering did you overclocked your 780s to get 15483 3DMark11 X score? Looks like dual 780Ti's score to me....

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Yes, I over clocked the GPU clock offset by 103MHz and the Memory clock offset 98MHz, the CPU is also over clocked to 4.4GHz, we had it at 4.5 but after long game play the system would sometime crash so we brought it down a little.

Very stable at these clock rates.

Thx

watergate26 1 Build 0 points 17 months ago

Well, even with overclock, I don't think you can get 15000+ X score with two 780s in SLI.

If you go to 3Dmark11 hall of fame, you can see that the world first place has 780ti two-way SLI with score 13281. It is just impossible to beat world's first place with more than 2000 score. You might want to check your result.

http://www.3dmark.com/hall-of-fame-2/3dmark+11+3dmark+score+extreme+preset/version+1.0.5/2+gpu

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

My performance screen shot is included in the pics... not sure if I put wrong number in but the screen shot shows the performance.

Thx

watergate26 1 Build 0 points 17 months ago

oh, I see, you are actually running different benchmarks, fire strike, cloud something and ice storm do not equal to 3Dmark11........ you might want to correct them.......

skemble 22 Builds 4 points 17 months ago

The Gigabyte Z87 OC would have looked pretty cool too, but the Sabertooth is a monster! Very cool build and great pictures :)

zSyzygy 1 Build 3 points 17 months ago

In before 100 upvotes. Wow what a beauty. I would definitely change some things however, but this looks like such an awesome father son project!

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

My Dad likes to build things so he thought this would be a great protect. I learned a lot and it was very fun. I will have this computer for a long time to come and I have my Dad to thanks for that!

Thx

SpicyPickle 1 Build 3 points 17 months ago

Excellent, excellent build.

Plus ten if I could. :)

Also, could you upload a picture of the build with the NZXT Hue turned on? I'd love to see that.

Akut 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

That is some serious horsepower right there... Looks wicked to boot! Have fun fragging! +1

Catalyzer 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Amazing build brother , loved the color scheme !

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 0 points 17 months ago

Thx

DewyHealy 2 points 17 months ago

£2000 build and you have those speakers.. hm

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Yes, is there another brand/type you would recommend? I thought these were pretty good, they sound great.

Thx

DewyHealy 2 points 17 months ago

The problem is they're computer speakers, if you're fine with the sound then there's absolutely not reason to change. But monitors and a sub would be my preferred choice.

LookTopHats 2 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Fantastic pictures! Oh... and nice build hah +1

ShawnCrespo 3 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Just bravo!

DanTheMuffinMan 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Very nice, I'm going with an orange-themed build myself although I don't have that kind of start-up cash so it'll take longer. Where di you get your sleeved cables? Do them yourself?

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

ModDIY... heres a link

http://www.moddiy.com/products/Corsair-AX-Series-Single-Sleeved-Power-Supply-Modular-Cables-Kit-%28UV-Orange%29.html

I ordered them for the Seasonic PSU but the part was for Corsair, I guess they are the same. They took a long time to get here. Forgot to add them to the build list.

Thx

jaredt 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

You know its going to be good when you see dominator platinum ram

Apach3 2 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

this looks great! $4400 well spent! +1

Fluffytaco 2 points 17 months ago

We have the same sound system! Except I have the 7.1 although I only set up for a 2.1 config :D Excellent system anyway no matter how you end up using it.

YourLocalPCNoob 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

any reason for not liking the source 530?

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 0 points 17 months ago

Yeah, It didn't include the rubber grommets for the case opening, my Dad had to order them separately.. the color of the case is starting to chip where the side panels touch and the screws easily take the color of the chassis where tightened. Theres not a lot of room on the back for cable management so you have to get everything really tied down to fit. Overall it a great case and it looks pretty cool but I think there are better options available.

Thx

bytesize 2 points 17 months ago

Damn boy....

18hockey 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Very nice, my one thing - why no custom loop? A ~4000 build, I'd expect some epic watercooling :P

Still very nice, I love it. +1

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 0 points 17 months ago

Maybe one day... for now the Kraken and the cougars are getting it done!

Thx

canders 7 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Looks great, +1, Wondering how/why you decided to have your monitors oriented vertically?

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Dunno... horizontal seemed to wide so I went portrait. Looks really cool when you see it but it takes time to get use to.

Thx

mynamexsh 3 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

So you only play on one of those screens? Do you turn it or do you play tall screened?

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Usually on one screen.

Thx

tarn 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Nice setup man! I like how you know what u want your case to look like! I just finished my first build as well the Pc part anyway. Check it out if you have time :) +1

Blazeman330 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Uh... $4314.41 im pretty sure your gonna get the best performance possible.

KuruptNightmare 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

+1 Because it's awesome to see kids working with their parents and doing something together. Does your dad game with you at all? Also damn that's an expensive Xmas gift and you dropped the 780....? lol Gonna go kill myself at my crappy retail job where you dropped my paycheck. Haha but on a real note amazing build!!! Great job

scorza 2 points 17 months ago

Best present / Dad-tivity I've seen in a while!

nguyenj42@yahoo.com 2 points 16 months ago

How loud is your pc when you have 7 fans set up?

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

The cougar fans are pretty quiet. I don't have a sound meter so I can't tell you the db level. when the computer is idle it's very quiet... but when the fans are on full blast you can definitely hear it roar.

streetsports 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

Did you just make up your 3dmark scores?

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Odd question... I included a screen shot of my scores. I'm going to take them down since I used 3DMark (latest version) and the provided scores are for 3DMark11 (older version), guess they aren't the same thing :-0

Thx

Retroman 2 points 15 months ago

gorgeous build +1

Gregfx 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

Why did you get a backplate for the 780s? Just a curious question, as i've never seen it used with the stock coolers.

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Basically for looks... it's also suppose to lower the temp of the card by a few Celsius as well (1 -3 degrees).

farm_on_fire 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

love the black and orange theme.

Jozmtr 2 points 14 months ago

Awesome build.

Pretty overkill.

o3o

mspohl 2 points 11 months ago

You just happened to accidentally drop a GTX 780... "Oopsie"

CKAMP 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

I hope you can find the time to respond, but did your NZXT Case come with the rubber cable management grommets? The case pictured on the NZXT Website is not pictured with the grommets. Did you have to install them yourself? Also, fantastic build! Love the orange!

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

We had to order the grommets separately, they were $5 and we had to install them.

CKAMP 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Excellent, is there any chance you can provide me with a link?

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago
CKAMP 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Thanks a lot dude! Excellent build btw! Thanks again.

multitasker451 2 points 6 months ago

Link says, "page not found." Can you update the link? I'm really interested in this case.

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Looks like the NZXT updated their site. Here's the new link.

https://store.nzxt.com/products/source-530-grommet-kit

Totallyahero87 2 points 11 months ago

Just want to know why you went with 2 780's if your only running 60hz monitors. You can tell a frame difference beetween 1 780 and 2 now.

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

So I could run 3 monitors and maintain a decent frame rate :-)

Totallyahero87 2 points 11 months ago

Its still a bit overkill but atleast youll be future proofed for a bit (like 1 year)

gogo809 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

How are your fans holding up? Still quiet with no issue?

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

The fans and the system are doing great! I logged many long hours over the summer break, so I am happy to report all components and performance are top notch. The cougar fans are worth ever penny. I often put the system in high performance mode (all case fans at full speed) and while you can hear it pretty well in that mode, the high RPM's and air flow keep my system humming right along all through the night :-)

Windows 8 has been my worse experience so far, I ended up reinstalling it once to get things functioning (Zone Alarm stopped running and I couldn't load any AV or Firewall software). I suspect I got a virus so I started from scratch to be safe.

So bottom line, I would recommend Cougar Fans to anyone looking for top notch cooling with a custom build that isn't using a liquid cooling solution.

gogo809 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Yeah I have a couple of the Cougar Vortex myself. I'm cheap so I didn't go with the PWM variant. Still whisper quiet. I only run two of them though, and so I thought it would be good to ask someone that more of them. Generally I recommend them as "almost as good as Noctua's at almost half the price". It's "almost" a no brainer :-)

m4ttr33d 2 points 11 months ago

Awesome build man, just one question about the 780's. From the pictures I've seen on here and on other sites, they don't say GeForce GTX on the side like they do in yours. Is that an accessory or is it optional for them to say that?

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

My 780's had it on there out of the box. The only thing I added was the backplates.

Hope that helps.

Thx

BaSkA 2 points 10 months ago

I gotta say it's a waste that you have that monitor setup...

Nice build though, will last for 7 years minimum!

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I appreciate your support...

but I like my 3 monitor setup... I can go single monitor, 3 monitor vertical or horizontal... whatever I like depending on what I'm doing or playing. It gives me flexibility and looks really cool when you see it live.

Thx

BaSkA 2 points 10 months ago

If you can afford, try out a 2560x1440 or 2560x1600 display... you will cry tears of joy!

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Lol... Thanks for the advice... I think I know what I will be asking for this Christmas :-)

Thx

BaSkA 2 points 10 months ago

Yeah! If you sell 2 of your current monitors and keep one, you'll probably get some buck to help you/your parents out and you'll be having 2 monitors, 1 for games and 2 for general purposes!

you741 2 points 10 months ago

Man, where did you put all those fans? I am thinking of using your case for my budget gaming pc, because I figured a full tower would be easier to work on. How do find the cable management on this case? Is it very difficult?

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Cable Management wasn't bad, but it wasn't easy... The 7 fans were used in the following:

Two Cougar Vortex 140mm in the bottom for intake One Cooler Master 200mm in the front for intake One Cougar Vortex 140mm in front fo intake One Cougar Vortex 120mm inside the case for air redistribution and direct ventilation to the GTX Cards One Cougar Vortex 140mm in the back for exhaust Two Cougar Vortex 140mm attached to the Kraken Radiator for exhaust (replaced the NZXT provided fans)

The space for cable management on the backside of the 530 is too tight in my opinion. In order to get everything to fit we had to do a lot of rerouting and rethinking of cable paths. After a few tries we got everything to fit but its not pretty.

Thx

you741 2 points 10 months ago

Ok thanks for the info. I am new to this any information at all can help. By the way, great build. It has high performance and looks good.

Johnston12 2 points 9 months ago

How is the Z906 speaker system? I've had my eye on it for a while.

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I love them! They sound great, work great, and I got some stands for the rear channel so the 5.1 surround is awesome with both music and gaming. They were pricey but I think they were worth it.

Thx

Variable.variables 2 points 8 months ago

How many extra fans will the case fit? Nice build!

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks!

We were able to get 8 fans inside the case... I don't think you could more in there and it's a pretty tight fit.

Thx

Variable.variables 2 points 8 months ago

Wow. 8 fans... How many of each size do you think could fit easily and comfortably?

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

We put 140mm fans everywhere we could for a total of 6 inside the case. We also put a large 200mm on the front for intake and small 120mm internally for additional direct HDD airflow. All the fans fit very well and they do a great job of keeping the temps pretty low, in particular under load while gaming.

Variable.variables 2 points 8 months ago

Nice. Are they LED fans...

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Nah, just standard fans, no PWM either. All the lighting inside the case is controlled by the HUE and LED strip that we installed.

Thx

Austinthemighty 2 points 7 months ago

hey for the logitech mouse dose it produce a red light like some other mice do, having a hard time finding info on it

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

No red light.

Thx

Austinthemighty 2 points 7 months ago

thanks i really appreciate it i was worded that i had order the wrong mouse, because i hate the mouses with the red lights, other wise Great Build +2

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Thx glad I could help

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Absolutely terrible, couldn't even run minesweeper on low settings. :P

tjb423 1 Build 6 points 17 months ago

Really, I think minesweeper would just lag the computer when trying to execute the program, that's how bad this build is. -1 (JK It's great +1)

Jordan_Church 1 point 2 months ago

"This is my first computer build ever." Proceeds buildings a $3000 PC.

Ioriya 0 points 6 months ago

For $145 you could have gotten a mechanical keyboard.

Dreamin73 -6 points 17 months ago

By the way your 150 fps in BF4 doesnt really matter unless unless your monitors can dislay that much, your really only seeing 60 fps or (60hz)instead 150hz

ShawnCrespo 3 Builds 10 points 17 months ago

He can record without having to worry about drops under 60 though.

seikoshadow 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Realistically it does matter, he's got a 90fps buffer inbetween what he says he's getting and what he's seeing, which means even when he gets into the most graphically intensive scenes he won't even see a visible performance drop most likely.

remi1133 -6 points 17 months ago

How old are you...?

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 3 points 17 months ago

Old enough.

Thx

remi1133 -5 points 17 months ago

Are you 13?

hodo@msn.com submitter 1 Build 4 points 17 months ago

No offense, I just want feedback on the build, not my age.

Thx

remi1133 1 point 17 months ago

You must be a really good kid if your dad feels like you deserve a $4000 Christmas present!

JurgaBurga -6 points 17 months ago

Just out of curiosity, how old are you?