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BELLS: 4770k, 32 GB Ram, GTX 770 Video Editing/Programming/Gaming - FIRST BUILD
by Wally2010
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My Story - you've probably heard this before. Love my iPhone, love my iPad, needing a new PC- of course, the sexy iMac = started to research, iMac is way expensive. What, there are people who actually build their own PC's? Began to research = Found PCPartPicker, Found Linus, Found AJ, Found Paul @ Newegg. Made decision, convinced wife- and here it is:

Requirements: New dad here, starting to get fairly serious with my video and photo editing. 2 yr old Toshiba Satellite laptop just wasn't cutting it anymore with Adobe. I needed a powerful mid-range gaming/low-end workstation type build. I have only gamed on consoles in the past, thought I would give the PC a try. Budget of around $2,500.

Requirements from wife: "The only place we have to put this thing is in the Children's Loft area, I don't want to see wires everywhere!"-- "oh and you have to name it after our daughter!" (Bells is our daughter's nickname, short for Bella)

Process: Started in early August. I promised myself I would be the responsible adult/parent and purchase the components throughout the course of a few months--hopefully banking on catching a few good sales. And that I did. Purchased the final part (GPU) on Halloween. I took Friday, November 8th off work to build. Luckily, I didn't have any major problems and I am sooo extremely happy.

Case: Simple. Not a new model but has had consistent raving reviews. I hada hard time deciding between the gray or white so I let my wife decide. She made a good choice with the white.

CPU: Since I was going to be editing, I went with the 4770k to try my hand at overclocking. I was intimidated a first but ASUS' UEFI makes it pretty easy. Thanks to AJ and his youtube videos.

CPU Cooler: I got the H100i because it was on sale for $90 bucks, had pretty good reviews and I thought it just looked awesome.

Motherboard: Went back and forth on this one. Started with ASUS after reading reviews and watching AJ on YouTube then wanted to go the MSI Power route because of the color scheme. Ultimately landed back with ASUS because it makes more sense to go with your instinct and not color schemes. Landed with the HERO- wanted to go with the FORMULA, but could not justify the price difference.

PSU: Went with the Corsair 860i for expandability, and again, I caught a decent sale. Also, the compatible white sleeved cable set was a huge plus.

Memory: Probably the biggest struggle I had was deciding 16 or 32. Let's face it- these things aren't cheap. At the end of the day, I kept going back to my video editing needs-- knowing that 16gb would be more than enough for just gaming, but for video editing, I may find an advantage with the 32.

Storage: Easiest decision- wanted the SSD for programs and boot drive-- and the 2 mechanical drives for scratch disk/media separation. I may setup a RAID 0 or 1 in a month or two.

GPU: Struggled with this decision too. I was originally going with the NVIDIA GTX 760, but since this was my last purchase-I was lucky enough to wait until NVIDIA slashed their prices a couple weeks ago- so I moved up to the 770 from MSI (Lightening). The yellow doesn't match my color scheme but you really don't even see it. I love the black re-enforced metal on the top of the card. It looks solid and BAD A$$

Fans: Nice Xigmatek white LEDs-- replaced the stock fans on the case and CPU cooler. Very quiet and look good.

Monitor: Went with two 24" IPS monitors from ASUS- Again, got a good deal on Newegg with these. I use dual monitors at work and we all know, "once you go multiple monitors, you don't go back"= I would have gotten a 3rd one but I don't have enough space on my desk--- maybe in time.

Splurges: NZXT HUE and APERATURE. Love the LED effects-- so does my 1 yr old! Cheap at 30 bucks. Needed the APERATURE for the USB 3.0 and digi-card reader. Also-- got the ASUS Blu-ray just because I'm one of those guys who keeps a bluray of photos in my safety deposit box. And finally-- the WHITE Corsair sleeved cables. 100 bucks, TOTALLY UN NEEDED but LOVE em!

Hope you guys enjoy my build-- be gentle, this is my first go around. While I absolutely love this computer, I do feel a bit 'empty' now that the process is over. I'm trying to get some of my friends to let me spend their money and build them one, just so I can go thru the process again-- is this normal?

I'm happy, baby is happy, wife is happy-- The end!

Part List
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.6GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load60.0° C
MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB LIGHTNING Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.15Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 20 points 14 months ago

Way better than an imac! Good to see people actually do research before buying.

Sweet rig dude! Excellent job for a first timer!

Edit: just though of this, get another pc and name it Whistles! Bells and Whistles!

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SgtTherin [1 Build] 7 points 14 months ago

This is a very well thought out build. I can understand the RAM to a certain point... 32GB of RAM for photo-editing... If you're anything like my sister and her family then you'll use every bit LOL Bells is a nice name for the build and I'm diggin the IKEA furniture LOL i digress... As for the 'splurges', those cables are very nice. I went with cables from ModDIY.com and those cost a pretty penny LOL. I'm no expert so I'll leave the technicals for everyone else who sees this. Goodjob

EDIT: It's totally normal to want to keep building. I compare building PC's to getting a tattoo. The first one always grabs ya LOL

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 14 months ago

Thank you! We rock ikea all thru the house! No shame here---- other things I like to spend my money on (obviously)

LeMonarque [3 Builds] 6 points 14 months ago

Oh believe me, that "now what?" feeling shortly after finishing and testing a build is totally normal! When I built a second system for my brother, it felt like fulfilling a personal need. PC building is a drug...

Anyways, if you plan on RAID1 or RAID0 with any of your drives, make sure to pick up a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) as RAID volumes drop out if your computer doesn't shut down normally (ie, power outage or crashing from an unstable overclock). Cyberpower makes great units. Be sure to pick up a sine wave model though, as the AX860 is an active PFC power supply.

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Very good to know-- thanks!

Eatin_Sundip 2 points 10 months ago

I love your setup, it's my favorite part of every build is to see how they setup monitors where they put the tower, run cables, and how to keyboard and mouse along with audio sits and yours is probably one of my favorites for sure!

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

Thank you! #planning

Jinteki [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

It really is a drug, lol! I am just itching to build another one or get a water cooling setup in mine.

alextargaryen [3 Builds] 2 points 14 months ago

dude! excellent part choices!! very nice looking pc! also, love the way you set it up in the room! The centerpiece! +1

Jinteki [1 Build] 2 points 14 months ago

Excellent build! How are you liking the Hero. I agree 1000% the Asus UEFI is so nice for newbie overclockers.

yavor7 2 points 14 months ago

so similar to what i did! :) great job, congrats on your build man!

ReDnAx1991 [6 Builds] 2 points 14 months ago

Stunning! +1

PlasmaBlazer 2 points 13 months ago

Personally I would of gone with the asus gtx 770 but apart from that great build!

sepnotic [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

Very nice first build dude, just finished build my nephew new rig and now I want to build one of my own. My part list is almost identical as yours. Great that the wife is happy with it too, it isn't easy for the ladies to understand our needs. I guess you're lucky. Great job.

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago


sepnotic [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

How do you like those Asus VS239H-P 23.0" monitors? Want to add them to my build. Check out my build and see if I did it right.

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Love them- No problems at all!

Ninjadudewhat 1 point 6 months ago

cool, what stand is it that I see there? (for the monitors), just curious (and planning my own editing build God knows when)

ITneto 2 points 9 months ago

I loved your setup +1

Alagamasha 2 points 9 months ago

Oh god. I'll steal to you that PC

Catharist [3 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Haha, my daughters name is Ella, and everyone calls her Ella Bella.

Moops 1 point 14 months ago

Great build! Love the LEDs +1

Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 5 points 14 months ago

2.7k build, sleeved cables,rog mobo, venegeance pro,600t, 4770k,gtx 770...

Goes on to point out the leds. Nice to see we have our priorities.

Moops 3 points 14 months ago


jakemmm 1 point 14 months ago

"I'm happy, baby is happy, wife is happy-- The end!" = automatic +1

Nice build btw! c:

dkolln 1 point 14 months ago

What dual monitor mount are you using? Looks really clean.

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks! It is very clean and solid too. Planar dual monitor stand. I bought techflex sheathing too.

IBIubbleTea 1 point 14 months ago

May I ask, why Western Digital Black over Seagate Barracuda?

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Both are rated well-- I just went with WD because I own a few of their external drives and have been happy with 'em

timmyd [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Nice office layout and color coordination.....and nice system build also.

Gooberdad [3 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Nice parts! As one who has owned iMacs, I agree way better than any Imac!

gseyffert [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Happy wife, happy life. +1, nice build man.

PirateCoffee 1 point 14 months ago

Won't the children mess with it if it's in their loft area? I'd hate to see one of your children accidentally throw up on your rig.

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

So far so good-- daughter is more interested in pushing the buttons on our Epson at the moment

lachrymal 1 point 12 months ago

Lol accidently throw up on it eh...interesting.

Cropzy [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Amazing build man, its some sexy eyecandy.

+999999 For not getting an apple product!

For a first time build its top notch, are you sure you havent done this before

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks pal--- yea my first one. But as I mentioned, tons and tons and tons of research and youtube vids prior to launch!

Cropzy [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

The research paid off!

The build is amazing for the money and it will last you a long time, just goes to show that research pays off.

Zeus [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Money well spent, this build should suite your purposes perfectly.

PacificNic [2 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

If you're going to go with RAID, make sure that the hard drives have the same storage size (2 of the same HDD variant is best) otherwise things might go haywire. Excellent build. Well done. I wish I had the kind of dough to upgrade my PoS but oh well, that time will come :)

MiKaVw [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Very nice man, great cable management to.

xx116xx [3 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Amazing computer you have here! I REALLLLLLY love your setup you have there too. +1

purplepenguin 1 point 14 months ago

Well, there's always room for more graphics cards on that motherboard! Nice build!

BigBAWZ [3 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Absolutely perfect! For your first build, this is awesome. Kind of jealous I didn't have $2,700 to drop into my first build. I must compliment you on such a well though out part choice. I wish my first build went this smoothly. Well done!

Bubba08 [2 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Very very nice build. I have the ax760 PSU in my build, can you tell me where you got those sleeved cables? I'm Very interested in changing to some colored wires.

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Sure-- I got them directly crom the Corsair website; they have white, blue, red and green i think. Not cheap and make sure you get the ones that are compatible with your PSU. Good luck

Apach3 [2 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

very nice. congrats on doing very well in the Haswell silicon lottery; 4.6 with a 60C max is very good indeed. any ambitions on taking it higher, like to 4.8 or even 5.0?

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

nervous about it-- 60 is the max I've seen playing Batman Arkham Origins-- and when running the monitoring test on Aida 64-- any suggestions of a better test to run prior to trying 4.8 ? thanks

also- my voltage is currently at 1.25

Apach3 [2 Builds] 2 points 14 months ago

Prime95 is by far one of the most popular stress-testing utilities out there. just set it to the "blend" option and let it run for 15-30 minutes minimum, preferably longer. if you get errors while running the test, it means your overclock is unstable and you might have to adjust your voltage and/or frequency settings.

you can safely run an Intel processor up to around 80C on an overclock, assuming no 24-7 operation, but its absolute thermal limit is around 100C. at around the 90-100C range you could see throttling or a complete system shutdown, neither of which are desirable and you might need to take the voltages or frequencies down a notch.

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

okay-- I will do this tonight and report back tomorrow.

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Stable! Will try 4.8 tonight-- wish me luck!

Electrospeed 1 point 14 months ago

I needed a powerful mid-range gaming/low-end workstation type build.

Low-end workstation? Mid-range gaming? lol. What you have here is a mid-high range gaming and workstation computer. Well done.

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

thank you! I was going to put mid-range for both, but Im a noob and didn't want to get heckled in case I was wrong!

juheebus [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

sick build! You got extremely lucky with the gpu :)

ImKhaos 1 point 14 months ago

Please tell me that you have an insurance on that? If it would fall or the baby would do something with it? Otherwise perfect build great research and last could you post some pics of the cable management on the backside, looks good for the front, just personally wondering? :D

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 14 months ago

I will try to get a pic of the backside but I will admit, I spent little to know time with the cable management back there. I just made sure no cables were pulled too tightly- the Corsair case has plenty of room to hide cables on that side. Thanks!

18hockey [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Switch to Android and you will be a lot happier.

+1 on the build though.

AustinTheTimelord 1 point 14 months ago

This is a gorgeous computer... I now understand pc ****

kalebt42 1 point 14 months ago

Working on a similar computer. Yours looks great!

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks- was a blast to put together! Good luck

ferwindjacks [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Good looking build! Love the LED lights. Just ordered mine!

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks! The lights are a perfect accent-- if you get the VUE-- re enforce the led strip with double sided tape.

JJJMan75 [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

What kind of keyboard is that? It looks great!

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Logitech k350 - it is pretty nice!

PirateCoffee 1 point 13 months ago

How was the h100i installation?

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

installation was easy... however I did not hook up via usb/corsair link because I wanted to control via the Asus AI software. I hooked the fans on top of my rad to CPU and CPU-OPT on the motherboard-- and everything works fine.

twaelbroeck 1 point 13 months ago

Gorgeous build! I refuse to believe this is the first computer that you've built.

Out of curiosity, how do you have your tower so far from the rest? Are all of your cables just beautifully hidden behind the shelves there? Looks great!

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks for the kind words- first build but I researched and planned for over 3 months. Cables are hidden behind bookcase-- I just invested in longer hdmi and USB cables

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago
Justasheep 1 point 12 months ago

Hi Wally. Awesome build! I'm in the process of my first build and I'm using almost identical parts. One key difference is I went with the Asus Z87-Pro.

I was wondering what the resolution was to the PSU error as I just bought the same one and saw several people report similar problems. Thanks in advance and gorgeous setup!

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

turned out to be a faulty mobo-- not the psu at all. sometimes you get lemon mobos-- it happens. I still stand behind ASUS-- got the mobo RMAd and it has been running perfectly ever since.

Zark 1 point 11 months ago

Finally I found someone with similar needs to mine! Very nice build! :)

Can you provide some more info on storage? What do you store and where (ex. os, applications, games, video recordings, edited/editing vids)?

I only purchased a 256gb ssd.


Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

I put my applications and operating system on my ssd. All of my raw media I put on a 2 tb 7200 hd (music, video, photos) And then I have another 1 tb 7200 hd that I keep my docs--- but truth be told, I am utilizing Sky Drive for most of my documents.

Make sure you have backup for your media and important files. You can get a NAS or just an external hard drive

good luck

domsap [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

So you had no problem with the two ram kits? are you running them in XMP? just curious as its not really recommended to run two duel channel kits as quad.

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

no problems-- I was aware of the risk but after researching extensively, i concluded that if you order the same model of ram with the same speeds, etc-- there is very little risk. Ive had no problems. Just run the memtest, etc.

Saves a lot of cash. good luck

Gooberdad [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Very nice build.

Retroman 1 point 10 months ago

Dead sexy

debjyotialways 1 point 9 months ago

I got inspired from you & build the exact PC with almost same components but facing problem with Corsair H100i Corsair Link Detection , in Corsair Link the H100i is not being detected, did you faced the same problem?

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks for the note-- I did have that issue at first but was able to fix it. I've forgotten what I did. Were you able to remedy it? If not, I can try to figure out what I did. Sorry for the late reply.

nathanielrichards 1 point 9 months ago

whos aj

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

AJ works with ASUS- he leads many of their youtube videos

sickmen123 1 point 9 months ago

everything is good, but you can cut down on the ram to 16 gb. 32 gb is too much. You can save more money as well.

lilshatespug217 [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

So... this has all the bells and whistles? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHA

Ahem In all seriousness, nice build!

Brandino312 [2 Builds] 1 point 1 month ago

Whatcha think about the picture quality of those monitors? Do you like them? And how exactly do you got your monitors hooked up?

Wally2010 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

I am extremely pleased with the monitors. I use them more for photo and video editing with some light gaming. Very happy. I have both hooked up via hdmi

DavisTheWalrus [1 Build] 1 point 17 days ago

it really annoys me that the 770 is only a 2gb card

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ImElkay [1 Build] 2 points 14 months ago

Let's refrain from the language please. There are children on this website.