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Beastly Build aka "The Juggernaut"
by Kelleytech
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Still finishing up this beast, first off the 750D is amazing to work with, cant recommend it enough. everything else is still under tweak status so no real info or impressions yet, its fast thats for sure... Stay tuned for more. The 32GB of ram was a deal I could not pass up and I was looking at the RAMdisc feature on the motherboard, and wanted to give it a try.. Again more to follow. Finished the lights tonight and they came out pretty awesome, best 20 bucks I ever spent on ebay... The price for the 770 included the 20 dollar back plate. Prices are updated to what I paid. So far the only Issue I ran into is I built this with no optical drive and the Intel lan needs the driver off the disc so that was something and there was a weird glitch with the usb 3 header, two drivers listed on Asus web site installed both and usb 3 didn't work.. but after a couple more install attempts out of the blue it started working... Ehh who knows... I cant say enough good things about the case. Very flexible with hdd cage mounting.. stack them side by side hang from the optical bays whatever... only draw back ssd mounting great idea but my ssd label is upside down, dumb I know but if its going to be showcased at least make it so you can swap to correct label placement.. I also can say I was really amazed by the audio quality of the embedded Supreme FX chip... Just on my speakers I immediately noticed the difference so kudos to Asus for that. The EVGA card is freaking HUGE... and it has 5 bright as the sun white leds on the edge of the card... I have yet to find a way to turn them oof or down at least... Performance wise BF4 beta is too buggy for a good bench mark, for me at least, but BF3 min fps 87 max 157 and average was 112 at Ultra settings and 4xAA enabled. If you have questions I will try to answer them all, thanks for the love the community is showing for this build I do really appreciate it...

CPU: Very fast and power efficient, OC at 4.2 and the temps are not what I would like them to be.. see below...

CPU Cooler: Looks like a toy in this case, but it is quiet and seems to work ok, but user error and I mucked up the thermal paste a bit but installed it anyways, seeing the temps means I will be revisiting the thermal paste soon. Edit: reseated the cooler with fresh thermal paste and temps have dropped about 5 degrees.. not the stock thermal pastes fault, the block was not seated well and it was obvious once I pulled the block off the cpu. So thats something to watch when installing this cooler.

Motherboard: Awesome features, audio is amazing for an integrated audio solution, Ramdisc software included, full year of Kaperskey Anti Virus and full damon tools. And it looks great, what else can I say, SLI ready to boot.

Memory: Its a ton of ram, intended for ramdisc application but to date have yet to set it up.

Storage: OCZ SSD fast fast fast, but if I was doing it all over again nothing smaller then 240gb... 128 is just too small. the HDD great mass storage its quiet and pretty fast.

EDIT: Had a lot of problems with this drive, getting sent back for an RMA, replaced it with Samsung EVO 250gb.. Hard to tell if the OCZ was just slower or its issues held it up but the Samsung has amazing speed in comparison... RMA'ed OCZ came back as a refurbished one, installed in to my FX system and works well, for now...

Video card: This thing is freaking huge, both long and wide... even though that's great some places in a computer case not always the best. Performance wise its a beast after seeing this card perform I don't feel bad that I saved myself 150 bucks by not getting a 780...

Case: Big, beautiful and black, like i like my....uhhh, coffee, yah, thats it... I LOVE this case, as I write this the plastic is still on the front of the case and the side window is still in the box cause I don't want a scratch... I know I have to get over it... More room then you can ever want, radiator support 360/240/280 up top, 240/280 in the front, 120 rear, 120/240 bottom front... A hardcore watercoolers dream, at least one that cant afford a 900D.

Power Supply: 650w is plenty of juice for this build as its only estimated at mid to high 400w... I am really not digging the flat modular cables, really rather have sleeved regular cables tbh, but a great PSU none the less.

Edit Seasonic was pulled for my new HTPC, replaced with an EVGA NEX750G I really like the non flat cables better for cable management, and it has red GPU cables, whats not to like about that? Matches my build very well. Added the last picture with the new PSU installed.

The lights 20 bucks on ebay, cant go wrong... http://www.ebay.com/itm/380459137453?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

Lights review here: http://youtu.be/7Mzh0zdNKkw
Once Installed: http://youtu.be/7Trp_fCv79o

Build Video: http://youtu.be/IGXyEdZS-V4

EDIT Finally put side panel on... Just freaking awesome

Date PublishedMarch 27, 2014
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.2GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle31.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load71.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Dual Classified ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.15Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle34.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load71.0° C
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fnapoli [1 Build] 5 points 14 months ago

Sweet. Love that case! Would love it if you inputted the actual prices paid...for instance, how great of a deal did you get on the 32GB of memory?

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 3 points 14 months ago

Prices are updated. 150 for all 32gb..

Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 3 points 14 months ago

What was the 32gb of ram deal that you " could not pass up". The listed price at $130 per 16gb is very normal.

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 2 points 14 months ago

150 for 32gb

Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 2 points 14 months ago


Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

I could not pass that deal up..

iwalkwithedead [1 Build] 2 points 1 day ago

Oh yeah, nice and clean as all of your other ones.

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 1 point 1 day ago

Thank you kind sir.

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SparkyOnPC 1 point 14 months ago

this. looks. SICK! did you modify the window or is that the normal size? the reason im asking is because i'm getting this case with the NZXT RGB hue. :'D

Tyler510 1 point 14 months ago

He never showed a pic with the side panel on...

SparkyOnPC 1 point 14 months ago

What about the last one? .-.

Tyler510 1 point 14 months ago

There's no side panel...Look around the edges and you'll see.

Edit: In fact, I think that panel with a window in the background behind the tower is the side panel.

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 3 points 14 months ago

Good eye as a matter of fact I still have not seen it with the side panel on yet... I am in and out of it so much right now I dont want to scratch the plexiglass... So until its 100% complete it will probably stay off.

Tyler510 1 point 14 months ago

Yeah that's a good idea.

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 3 points 13 months ago

Last picture uploaded has the side panel on... just did it yesterday, I know it took me long enough, lol.

Tyler510 1 point 13 months ago

Looks great :D

Starlana [2 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Really nice, and cool looking! <3 Starlana <3

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 3 points 14 months ago


EpicSneak 1 point 13 months ago

Dang, this is pretty cool. Im still working on assembling my rig, but it looks to be pretty awesome. I dont know if it makes a difference, but i am using the G.Skill Ripjaws X series for my ram memory. I want to get a liquid cooling system, but im not sure if they are reliable, and even if they are, i wouldnt want to install it without help from someone else.

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

G.Skill is good ram I wouldnt worry too much about that. The water cooling is not much more complicated then air cooling but installation really could use a second set of hands..

IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Dusting off my pcpartpicker account. Great build Kelleytech!!

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Why thank you Apropos!!! From you that's a serious complement...

raf.roland 1 point 12 months ago

Can i get link to buy the lights? the link doesnt seem to be working

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Link is no longer good but search ebay for "rgb led 5050 5m" and you will find a ton of them.

raf.roland 1 point 12 months ago

Thank you so much!

raf.roland 1 point 12 months ago

How exactly are you managing the LED cathode power cable?? I'd really like to know because im thinng about buying the same one you have

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago
KrunoslavH 1 point 11 months ago

Hi. nice build but how did you connect the front panel usb 2.0 and the corsair h100i. I ask because the hero has only one usb 2.0 header?

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

the ROG link is also a USB header, the only complaint about the board is that it needs one more usb header.

KrunoslavH 1 point 11 months ago

I didn't now that. Thanks

BioVolt [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago


After reading many reviews regarding those types of LED strips which you have used, my question would be, how long have you been using them and have you had any problems with them?

Reason I am asking is there are quite a few reviews of these light strips where the transformers blow up / explode, so although I love the idea of installing them in my 750D, I am a bit concerned about durability.

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

I have not seen anything myself of that nature and i have had no issues at all. But thanks for the info I will keep an eye on it.

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Nearly a year has past and not a single issue with the lights or transformer or remote. Picked up 2 more sets for other builds now as well. Just thought you may want an update.

BioVolt [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Thank you for the update. I have yet to put lights in my system, and in general my PC build has had to take a break due to other priorities, but I will definitely keep on building as soon as I am able.

Yevgeniy_Onegin [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

It looks great, VERY similar to my build, GREAT JOB http://pcpartpicker.com/b/LKN

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you mate! Yours is very very nice as well... I see I need to refine mine a bit more now...lol

Bakrit662 [1 Build] 0 points 14 months ago

Nice build man!

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago


tylerv [1 Build] 0 points 14 months ago

Great build!

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago


lmao234 0 points 14 months ago

I want to build something like this... +11111

brons48 0 points 14 months ago

I am thinking to build the exact same build but with a better power supply (850 watt) any way awesome build

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

The power supply I have was from a fall through build and is very sufficient for the set up as is.. but if I was going to buy o e for this build I would have gone with an 850 as well. Thanks for your comment.

Apach3 [2 Builds] 0 points 14 months ago

normally, i would criticize one for having more than 8GB, but since you stated RAM disk usage i'll let it slide. i put Skyrim on a RAM disk (i have 16GB, so it barely fit) and was very happy with how short the loading screens were. it's definitely beneficial when it's taken advantage of. :)

other than that, everything looks nice, but unless you used software that took advantage of the extra threads an i7 may have been a bit overkill (but there's nothing wrong with that, of course). i like all the white lighting around the red and black scheme.

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks I looked at the ram disc software and I think I am going to have to commit a weekend to work that out.. as for the i7 sure a little over kill but I am starting to stream game play and could use the extra cores.

Apach3 [2 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

i use ImDisk, as it's free (open-source) and doesn't require a lot of work to get working. i recommend that if you're not willing to fork over a Jefferson or two to get something like Radeon RAMdisk.

streaming would definitely be a legitimate use of an i7, as software like Xsplit and OBS (my personal choice) love to have those extra threads. with that said, happy streaming! :D

thezac2613 0 points 14 months ago

Great build! Besides the ram, thats pretty close to the build I'm planning on!


What kind of overclock can you get and at what temps?

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

All I have played with are the Asus built in overclocks and so far 4.2 stable is fine 4.4 boots but bsod after about 5 minutes of prime95 and 4.6 no boot bsod... if you want big overclock go 3770k. I am happy as a clam at 4.2 tbh.. temps I am not happy with high 70's on prime95 for about 90 minutes. . But I need to redo the thermal paste and I may see better numbers.. I will let you know.

thezac2613 1 point 14 months ago

4.2 is pretty good! Yeah please keep me posted.

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

When I went to redo the thermal paste I found the water block was not seated very well, so new thermal paste and correctly seated the water block dropped temps 10 degrees so I am topping out at about 68 to 70 on prime95 at 4.207ghz. Not thrilled but happier with that and I dont have the nuts to delid my 330 dollar chip so I guess thats life.

xSWATxBadkid [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

The clocks he gets and the clocks you get are gonna be different. No one gets exact same clock/voltages lol.

thezac2613 1 point 14 months ago

Of course, I was just curious.

xSWATxBadkid [1 Build] 0 points 14 months ago

You think your card is huge lol...

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Not every one has the girth some do....lol

xSWATxBadkid [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago
gamer987 0 points 14 months ago

Wow freaking great build, so much ram though... let me know how ramdisk works out...

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks, still havent figured out the ram disk, but thanks for the comment.

lute97halo 0 points 14 months ago

I would really like to see how this graphics card performs on other games. I'm interested and not sure if I should step it up from a 760

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

With the new price drop on the 780s I would go that route to be honest.. I am extremely happy with the 770 but for the price and new bundle the nvidia has now... 780 for sure. But if you have a 760 get a second and run sli you will get better the 780 performance that way as long as you can deal with driver issues and some of the annoying things that come with sli. Drivers are getting better every release so thats something also.

royoel3 0 points 14 months ago

what lighting kit did you buy? if you could provide a link that would be wonderful!

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

I linked them in the description.

BCruzology 0 points 13 months ago

What are the lights called? when link is clicked on it takes me back to this page lol

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Search ebay for "rgb led 5050 5m"

rayne13 1 point 10 months ago

Right click the link and select go to page, not open in new tab.

peccetti 0 points 12 months ago

What other power supplies can be installed on this PC?

Kelleytech [Submitter] [7 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Well any ATX power supply that has sufficient amps/watts.. I think I may not be understanding your question... But when it comes to power supplies you do NOT want to cheap out.