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Primus Sol Albis
by solpruina
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Description

So I went to various forums and sites finding that a lot of people in my price range used this CPU: It's very nice and fast. The problem here is that it was overkill for me. Now that I'm researching more about computer building, I realized that I didn't need this powerful of a CPU for gaming. I should have just went with an i5 3570k.

CPU Cooler Also researched that I needed an aftermarket cooler if I wanted to overclock. So being the immature kid I am, I tried finding the best cooler I can find. I did not worry about the price at all. This cooler is amazing, don't get me wrong. I just don't know how to overclock and I should have realized that before I bought this cooler.

Motherboard Another item I carelessly bought without evaluating what I truly needed from my computer. It's awesome though, it had this OC Genie button where I used the Intel boost. That's why my CPU clock rate is 3.9 GHz instead of 3.5.

Memory I've always thought that the more RAM you had, the faster your system was. Well, I just found out that, unless I did video editing and photo rendering, 16 GB is not going to do much for gaming.

Storage I think the reason why my OS is able to start fast is because of the SDD right? However, I don't put any of my games in there since I thought that there's not enough space. SDD is a luxury, another thing I should have thought about.

Video Card This video card is amazing! I was able to play on most Ultra settings without the framerate drops. I think I'll say that I can keep this card for sure.

Case This case was extreme overkill for me. I thought that if I didn't get a full tower my video card wouldn't fit. That wasn't the case at all. There's enough room to fit a 4-Way SLI at least, I think.

PSU Another overkill, I don't think I needed more than 500W right? My money T.T

Optical Drive Not sure what to say about it, I guess I didn't need the blu-ray reader capability?

OS Windows 8 is okay, but I like Windows 7 better...

Details
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate915MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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skemble [17 Builds] 8 points 15 months ago

For a second I thought I wasn't wearing my glasses.. Nice build ;)

 
 
solpruina [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 15 months ago

Are you referring to the pictures that I uploaded? Sorry, I had to use my laptop's webcam.

 
 
skemble [17 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

Yes haha I'm only joking. Not everyone has nice cameras just laying around. I really like this build!

 
 
cam313 [1 Build] 3 points 15 months ago

A pretty honest self-evaluation. You probly could have dropped one of your HDD's, 5TB is ALOT! Saving some money there and going with maybe a 600-700W PSU, and put all that money toward a better GPU or nice monitor...However, it is always nice to have the extra wattage in case you decide to SLI two cards, and/or OC... I have an MSI Motherboard as well, and the OC genie button is great. Look in your manual to see if there are multiple settings. You can probly break the 4GhZ barrier by simply flipping a switch.

Sometimes you have to learn the hard way. I certainly made some mistakes on my first build as well.

Overall, I think you did great! The case lit up with those LED's looks solid.

 
 
solpruina [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

5 TB is a lot!

Yeah, I'm pretty sure I could have saved enough for a 680 if I thought a little more. I'm okay with my monitor though, I have no desire for multi-display right now. I'm actually planning to give this PC to my father who wants to SLI the video cards. I also tried using the OC Genie Button but Windows would always crash when it's on.

I don't why but I though having more fans would be cool. It's just that it's way too loud for me.

 
 
l13199l [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

you seem to have a lot of regrets with part selection, but it is a great build! you might decide one day that you want to give some video editing a try, and ur system with do it perfectly

 
 
solpruina [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

I do have some interest in video editing but I'm focusing on music composition and gaming right now.

 
 
trainer772 [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

There's a ton of overkill and a $1300 rig could have done just as well. At least you know how to learn from your regrets, thumbs up for that. And you can think of the excess power as "future-proofing" if you'd like ;)

 
 
miniclipgamer [2 Builds] 3 points 15 months ago

At least he could probably tank through Crysis 3 with that CPU...

 
 
Gathorisx [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

You seem to like green.

 
 
solpruina [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

I'm very fond of green. It calms me whenever I see the color.

 
 
Catharist [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

You can always learn how to OC, and therefore make use of your cooler. There was definitely some money to be saved without any sacrifice to capability. Like this $600-900 worth. :(

 
 
solpruina [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 15 months ago

Is it possible you can direct me to a video or a site that instructs on overclocking?

 
 
Really2n2 1 point 15 months ago

Good build, I know how it feels to be pushed to get the best of the best, I'm actually ready to buy another computer, I don't know if you can see my saved parts list but if you can check it out. This is an nice build though, I always loved green ;)

 
 
LiterallyPizzaSauce [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

What did you do to the cooling block to make the LED green? Did you replace the light or use yellow tape?

 
 
PickItApart 0 points 15 months ago

I like the build but you're right..It's mostly overkill. You could have built a great computer for $500 less.

Just take some time to learn how to overclock. You already got all the components needed to do so, so might as well push it.

 
 
solpruina [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

I'll try to! I just to find some time in my schedule to learn.