This is my 1st personal build after my 8 month deployment. Was fun to work on but also a pain and took 8hrs to build it.
The pics above show the build and you will also notice i re-did the cable management after the 1st 2 internal shots which made me feel better. Sorry for the flash and pic quality but thats a smart phone for ya and i could not see anything without the flash on.
CPU: Very nice cpu even tho its not OC atm i plan on doing so since my cooler keeps it so cold at its basic clock rate. Does everything i need it to do and allows me to do more on Autocad. I shouldn't need a new cpu for a long time
CPU Cooler: I did allot of research for coolers and after looking at the kraken and seeing how it would be best for OC for just a closed loop i picked that. The only thing i wish i could do is pull/push but it still is a beast just in pull set-up and i have had problem with any high demanding and it only tops it about 35 on most things.
Thermal Compound: Besides the graphite TC this is one of the best out there and has been keeping the CPU at very low temps and will be perfect when i OC it to 4.6
Motherboard: Great Mobo and was not DOA out of the box which was even better. The integrated sound card makes it so you don't need a sound card at all its superb. Its heavy but sturdy and i like the cover for it and the fact i can H20 cool it later once i get the parts and decide to do it. Tho it does lack internal USB points more would of been nice. The wireless card that comes with it is super fast with the right router. The Back plate for the board is heavy but great for cooling the mobo back end points near the CPU. Was a rather easy board to install and add stuff to it and the memory connectors were really easy to install the ram. I would use this again in another build for a buddy no prob.
Memory: Yea 32gb of ram "but its only 1600" so? don't need it really any faster and its got a cas lat of 7 so its fast enough in my book. The system tends to auto cache about 16gb of it so it helps out the HDD and SSD allot. Not really using much atm until the big games start coming out but that will be soon enough.
Storage: The 64gb SSD is used to cache the hard-drives which make them rather fast. The 240gb SSD is for the OS and other programs. one 4tb Is meant for games mainly steam games since i have so many even tho it doesn't show 4tb its partitioned into 2x 2tb drives. Same with the other 4tb meant for all other junk I.E. Photo's/videos and various other things. The 2x raptors were free with the purchase of the 4tb HDD's so i raid 0 those and will be using my high end games on those.
Video Cards: These 2x GTX780's are monsters and in sli they are perfect. They don't really get hot i played the BF4 Beta on max settings and they got to about 58-60C and the performance is superb! "But why arnt you using multiple monitors?" space lack of space... i got 2 other monitors but am waiting till i get a new place and a bigger desk to be able to use them. The Cards make using Auto-cad rather easy and smooth exspecially in the 3d mode for the layouts which normally eat up cards but not these guys! Also i tend to bottleneck some games at 120fps and no higher since they are rather old but the more modern games tend to level around 90-126 fps depending on the games.
Case: This thing is HEAVY and rather large. It weighs about 57lbs with everything but the case is about 47lbs by its self. The case has more cables that come with it than a large plate of spaghetti. Cable management was annoying but thankfully the case was made for it. The only thing i didn't really like about it is that the MOBO location could of been lowered and still would have room for everything but because of this the Cable for the CPU power prevented any possibility of doing a push/pull for the CPU cooler (I looked for alternate way but no luck). All and all its nice its rather sound proof and the fact that the doors can come off to easy access more stuff in it makes it nice. Also the filters are a nice touch to it and the fan control for it makes it even better.
Dah Fans: The 140mm was used to replace the exhaust no prob with it. Added 2x of the AF 120mm to exhaust the GPU heat but seems like i need to get the SP versions to push the air through the side filters. I added a 120mm for the HDD inlet for better airflow and it has no prob. I replaced the stock fans on the kraken with the bitfenix 140mm for better airflow and they work really well for now, might change them with a better fan later. The only issues i ran into is the rubber suppressors for 120mm corsair fans rip off to easily when installing them thus i had to be gentle with tightening the screws on them and destroyed one fan in the process... Thank god for a spare fan. Also they are all rather quite even on high =)
PSU: This thing is nice and i will be using it for a long time hopefully. Its rather quite and has plenty of free watts to flex if need be which will be useful later. Never thought i would use pretty much every power connector excpt for 3x 8pin PCI-E's yea i used allot but it distributes the power evenly to everything so no issues.
OS: I picked windows 8 more for the performance and other than some minor flaws i am rather content with it and can do everything with out a hitch.
Monitor: Love this thing so pristine and almost perfect... Have 1 dead pixel which i am in the process to get it fixed so that is on the backburner for the support to help me with that
Keyboard: Cheap yes well to me and everything else on this but its only temp and rather annoying to game with especially when the response on the keys tend to lock up or not read. Would not recommend this to anyone. Plan on getting the new ROCCAT RYOS MK PRO red cherry once its out so that will be a nice $170 investment for this =P.
Mouse: Makes gaming more conveniant and plenty of buttons for making other hotkeys or using the basic 1-= buttons or the num pad.
Speakers: Love them and the sub woofer is a freaken monster for its size and ever so often in certain games it will jet a blast of air out of no where from the high bass. Rather Awesome speakers for a 2.1
Headset: Love these things So comfy and sound so superb not to mention all the controls for it and the wireless distance goes a pretty good distance. Would buy these things again if they broke!
So for everything i have its beast like no other but still plenty to dish out and plan on pushing this thing further to see what it can do. I do want to MOD the case and change its color and add a window to it but ill wait till i get my new place. Also will add a custom H20 Cooling to it later after i mod the case. But for now its plenty and more for what i do and It will be fully used ill make sure of that. Also this took about 6 months of learning and research to pick these parts I am rather happy with the outcome of this. Just need to get 2x corsair SP fans and ill be happy.
|Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.5GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||30.8° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||37.5° C|