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Anubis
by AstroWolfie
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Description

Ok So first off The graphics card + SSD havent come yet so I'll be updating this again when they do arrive.

So this is my first build I guess. Been looking forward to it for ages and finally started buying it last month.

Its main use is for an alterntive to a console I'll be playing games like Bioshock, Elderscrolls, Fallout, Mass effect, Assassins Creed.

As well as less intense games like Minecraft (FTB Modpack) and Team Fortress.

This is because my main rule is if you can get a game on PC it is always worth getting it on PC, My favorite justification of this is the horrific load times in Skyrim on console.

Named after the Egyptian God of course. And a minor Stargate reference. Fits with the fact that every PC in my house has to be named after an ancient God.

Other PC's in picture is my old Dell PC from years ago that I've suffered with and the Bitfenix is Cydonia's Minecraft server found here.

Running Windows 7 x64 because GAMES.

Have two monitors a dell widescreen 19" and an LG IPS LED 23" ( I recommend the LG)

Edit: Added more photos! This is my actual set up I'm buying another desk to make mine a corner desk, Getting another LG monitor and putting up some gaming canvas pictures. Side note: I hate farm animals but love irony. Hence the cow picture.

Keyboard is IBM SK-8815, its an old thing but I love it. (Not mechanical before anyone asks.)

So onto the build


Case

I've gone for the NZXT Phantom White/Red as is very sexually attractive for a case, I will have children with it. I jest, but no seriously I'm gonna have this case for 10 years at least, the fan controls are amazing, the cable management is awesome, it comes with 4 fans! aaaaaaand drive bays are all tool less including card bay covers.

Only tiny little issue with it is that the internal drive bays are awkward to get things into, at least that's my experience so far.

If you are thinking of getting this case bare in mind it is huge, I love a big case but for those with less room then maybe try the Phantom 410.


CPU

I went for the i5 3570k as its pretty much as far as you can go with an intel CPU before you start throwing money away. I have no need for an i7 but I do want to run quite a few processes and have quick response.

There really wasnt any other choice its a great CPU


Motherboard

Asus have a good reputation for reliability. Not much else to say on that. oh and built in wifi, sweet.

Just a side note to anyone who hasn't installed that kind of socket processor before... you really do have to pull the lever down with strength, I worried about breaking something but its actually completely normal.


RAM

Yes I know I don't need 16GB but the bundle worked out cheaper and I intend to give the Girlfriend 2 sticks of it when she builds hers, 8GB is more than enough for what I need.

As for the brand its Corsair so you cant go wrong just another brand I trust for Ram, Also man is it pretty.


SSD

Everyone needs an SSD in their life, for reasons of speedy bliss while using one's computer.

5-10 second boot times make my life amazing.

Also the Samsung one is super pretty in a light metal casing with matte black coating.


PSU

650w is all I need and the brand was recommended by a friend, has all the wires needed and looks defined. Good job.


GPU

Originally I was geared up for getting a 670, then I got a 560ti to tide me over until I could afford a 770.

Truth is I have had the 560ti for about 7 months now.


Overall

Its absoultley amazing to have the freedom to say, I wanna play this game and not have to struggle with fps lag or anything like that.

I have Fibre optic at home so online gaming will be streamlined like crazy.

And for once in my life I can actually tell my friends that I'm a fully fledged PC Gamer.

Thanks for reading.

Details
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate941MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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Enlyten [1 Build] 8 points 15 months ago

I'm sorry but I'm afraid you're going to have to send me your computer now. It is under investigation by the EBI for not being mine. No really, you basically did everything as it should be done, price vs. performance wise.

 
 
AstroWolfie [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks I'm still kinda undecided on the GPU brand though everyone recommends a different one so its difficult to know the best option. Having said that this has the closest price to what I imagined. so hmmm.

 
 
Enlyten [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

When I choose my maker I usually consider color scheme first because I'm gay in the brain, then cooling (although usually this is very similar brand to brand), and finally price. Gigabyte would go well here because they have a low price, and a blue color, as well as a three-fan cooling system on the 670.

 
 
AstroWolfie [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Convinced. The Gigabyte Stays.

 
 
Enlyten [1 Build] 3 points 15 months ago

Do be sure though to pick up this 670 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn670oc2gd instead of the one you currently have chosen (x2 Windforce), as it has a x3 Windforce system and a faster clock for ~$15 bucks more.

 
 
lutzee [4 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

hmmm this is the one i meant to link with it, thanks for pointing it out!:)

 
 
NUclearD3 [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Yea I have a x3 Windforce card and they are also really quite.

 
 
AstroWolfie [Submitter] [2 Builds] 0 points 15 months ago

Changed 8D

 
 
lutzee [4 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Nice to see this finally :D Yeah, I'ma jealous of the GPU though ¬.¬

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AstroWolfie [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

I have one, Cydonia.co

Check out our website.

its white list only though so You'd have to convince me. ;D

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Spirafall [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Very nice.

 
 
Animus_of_Chaos [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

For Future upgrade i would say get some NF-P12 for the 212. Or a pair of SP120 from corsair. If you what to lower your temps. Other than that it is a good build! Enjoy coming to the right side of gaming.

 
 
PacificNic [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Did you mean NF-F12? I know that's pressure optimized so I thought you might be meaning that.

 
 
Animus_of_Chaos [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

The NF-P12 they are made for water cooling and heat sinks

 
 
PacificNic [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Oh, alright. I thought they might be a different series but wasn't sure. Thanks!

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Great choices in build parts, decent cable management, though there are specific holes directly above the motherboard which you should probably route the 8pin power cable through instead of having it go over the top of the motherboard and RAM. it can trap heat, dust and could cause issues. Good job on everything else!

Also if you needed specific information about the different GTX 670s, I've tested quite a few, just let me know and I'll help if I can.

 
 
lutzee [4 Builds] 3 points 15 months ago

I knew you'd be around at some point :D

The parts choices were actually all mine but the case, that is of course personal preference.

The phantoms EPS hole is a fair pain to get a large cable through, he did just want to get it running so didn't pay a great close attention to getting it decent, though I do recommend he does move it to make it look nicer ¬.^

As for the 670 its been the card I am after, though a motherboard was what I needed to change first.

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

;) I'm always lurking about =D Don't get me wrong I have a few of those Gigabyte GTX 670s They are amazing. That being said though alternatives have things to offer that might be appealing. MSI PE offers amazing overclocking potential, EVGA FTW Signature 2 is a competitor but I think most of all has the absolute best customer service compared to any vendor. Gigabyte offers the best cooling from what I've seen. ASUS if they have fixed the reliability and stability issues is a monster but usually you pay more just because its ASUS. Also one thing to note the EVGA sig 2 board is a dual fan config on a reference board so there are far less Driver issues as many have been plagued with using the other cards I've mentioned. ;)

 
 
lutzee [4 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

The thing with EVGA.. they really look so dull :| Its just a square box and all heat has to be dumped out the back, Also everyone seems to have an EVGA sig 2 why not be different :P

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

Which is why I love my gigabyte ;)

 
 
edman545 [10 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

My EVGA Geforce 7900 GT died 2 years ago, and they honored the lifetime warranty without any sort of documentation, and replaced it with a 8800 GTS! Customer for life.

Build looks great. I don't think you could do much better price/performance right now.

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

I have recently tested a bunch of new EVGA GTX 660 Ti cards and I spent quite a bit of time with them on the phone discussing warranty and overclocking the cards... I will be very, very tempted to go with them in my next personal rig. Mind you I have done the same with MSI, and Gigabyte and I can tell you that EVGA by far has the absolute best customer service and totally agree with you.

 
 
AstroWolfie [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Yeah i will install the gpu before i cable manage, I've just shoved everything through atm because its not finished xD im big on cable management but its wasting my time untill its complete as ill need to re route.

 
 
AstroWolfie [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Yeah i will install the gpu before i cable manage, I've just shoved everything through atm because its not finished xD im big on cable management but its wasting my time untill its complete as ill need to re route.

 
 
bossmann1313 1 point 15 months ago

Nice build and for a gpu I would actually recomend the MSI PE OC, (If you don't want to overclokc get the non PE) Quick question, do you record any of your gameplay? Or do some kind of light editing. Because I want to record gameplay, edit it, the upload it to youtube, and I don't know whether to get the 3770k or a 3570k. Problem is gaming wise their almost identical, so I wouldn't see any improvement their. Can the 3570k handle the things I want to do? Also I am getting a 7950.

 
 
lutzee [4 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

For light editing the 3570k is fine whenever i've needed too

 
 
Kevdo [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Heh, we have very similar builds. I'm in the process of changing some parts out here and there, but as it is right now, very similar.

 
 
PacificNic [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

If you're on carpet, you may want your power supply turned the other way around. I would hate to see something as beautiful as this explode. :)

 
 
AstroWolfie [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

My room is in the process of being re-arranged so I'll be putting a floor protector underneath it to maximize airflow, on top of this the Phantom case actually has about an inch underneath it due to its higher stands.

Thanks for the thought though :)

 
 
PacificNic [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Alright, I knew it was raised but different lengths of carpet threads and other factors and so on... Some people I've seen on the internet, though... They don't understand that spinning fan + hot components + carpet in their computer = very bad

 
 
AstroWolfie [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Some people are not as fire minded as ourselves ;D

Yes I understand the concern, so for your benefit I have placed something solid underneath it now.

See new pictures ;D

 
 
PacificNic [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks for that piece of mind. Now you are really ready to go f*ck b!tches up as an Assassin.

Great build :D

 
 
on_droid [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Great build. I have no real gripes. I would have gone with the phantom 410 but that's purely preference. I would suggest that you get the windowed side panel, http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/case_accessories/phantom_window_panel, and NZXT's Hue. It would looks pretty sick with the window and LEDs. Just a suggestion.

 
 
AstroWolfie [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

I would but the cpu fan isnt that attractive to look at so I dont really want it on show to my non Techie freinds.

 
 
on_droid [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

That's the exact reason I went with a closed loop water cooler. It looks so much better through my window.

 
 
PacificNic [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Honestly, I would do it anyways. I think that the 2x 120mm side fans are enough and if you can have that added eye candy, why not? I understand fully what you mean about the heatsink but once/if you upgrade to a custom or closed loop watercooling system, it will look fan-fu*king-tastic.

Great job on component selection :)

 
 
AstroWolfie [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

I haven't got a need for water cooling. so I see very little point XD.

But yeah if I did it would be worth it.

 
 
PacificNic [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Well it looks better than a fat @$$ heatsink was all I was saying :D

 
 
hardeNcoded [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

How is that Samsung SDD treating you? Thinking about using it in my build.

 
 
AstroWolfie [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

You didn't read my essay ;D

I haven't got it yet but I am very excited about getting it.

I'll update when it arrives ;D

 
 
hardeNcoded [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

haha thanks! yeah sorry was a little freaked out when i saw the page-long description but i just took a look at it now. nice job btw. looks great!

 
 
drunkenwookie 1 point 15 months ago

dat cow.

 
 
rhandyrhoads [5 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

I reccomend getting an EVGA one and fitting on a custom cooler since EVGA doesn't void your warranty for overclocking Source: EVGA Customer Support

 
 
AstroWolfie [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

How can they tell if you have overclocked though?...

 
 
rhandyrhoads [5 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

I don't know but I have a 690 so I wanted to be completely sure that overclocking won't void the warranty because if something else goes wrong I don't want a 1000 dollar paper weight.

 
 
AstroWolfie [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

If you reset it they have no way of telling. Although the more you overclock the quicker it will die, So if you are that concerned I would wait until the warranty is out then overclock it.

I can't personally warrant overclocking or getting anything above a 670 but thats my preference the higher end ones would't exist if they were useless just price to performance ratio goes out the window after 670 imo.

If however you have the money to spend then sure go ahead its your money :P

 
 
pole 1 point 15 months ago

Any reason you did not opt for Ghz 7970 card which is relatively close to the price of the one you got?

Thanks in advance

 
 
AstroWolfie [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Honestly? No there isn't but I know more about Nvidia cards than AMD ones hence the choice.

I'd be more than willing to try AMD cards one day but I dunno I like Nvidia for some unknown reason.

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MiloC 1 point 14 months ago

This is the most similar build I could find to mine, just came to check out what people were saying about it.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/MiloC/saved/1x3P

 
 
AstroWolfie [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Yeah We do have similar Builds, Personally I couldn't ask for more on this beast it does everything I want it too and there is no limitations that I can notice.

So yeah Buddy well worth it.

 
 
lt-smith [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

nice gengar background xd

 
 
LulzAreGud [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

That cow :Y

 
 
Smily 0 points 15 months ago

I like the fan controller on the phantom... more like fantom... hehehe. But yeah, I don't like the look of NZXT's cases, but it looks good

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Enlyten [1 Build] 8 points 15 months ago

Stop recommending MSI build after build. Change your name to "ShouldveBoughtMSI" or something, and leave blank posts.

 
 
AstroWolfie [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

The above post is quality. A* to you sir.

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Enlyten [1 Build] 3 points 15 months ago

So are many others :)

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IamApropos [3 Builds] 3 points 15 months ago

Link to these people overclocking to 1650mhz and staying under 80c please? Because Nvidia has fail safes in their cards that under volts the card automatically at certain temperatures to keep it from overheating. I would love to see this single GTX 680 competing with GTX 690 performances.

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IamApropos [3 Builds] 3 points 15 months ago

let me bring this back to reality since most people will never do liquid nitro cooling on their GPU... http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/HD_7970_Lightning/31.html and you haven't until now mentioned the 7970, infact you always keep preaching only the GTX 670 MSI hawk, which I would only recommend the MSI 670 PE - http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Edition/31.html with alternatives being very equally competitive. yet look at just one of the cards that out performs the MSI: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/EVGA/GTX_670_FTW_Signature_2/30.html

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Enlyten [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

As I said, enough cooling can get you anywhere, but not only is it extremely hard to handle liquid nitrogen, but the upkeep is extremely intense (speaking from experience). Also, you can't just bring up a new card, this makes the whole subject irrelevant. Please do some more research (or thinking at least) before you post things like this.

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Enlyten [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

Yeah, but almost anything is possible if you get enough cooling integrated.

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kirbyloveszoe -1 points 15 months ago

A 690 is two underclocked 680s. How could a single 680 beat two 680s?

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

not possible but he changed the story to a MSI Lightening 7970 which was being liquid nitro cooled....

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kirbyloveszoe -1 points 15 months ago

I'm going to need a source, because one 680 beating 2 680s is completely ridiculous.

And like Enlyten said, liquid nitrogen is something only meant for hardcore enthusiasts who know how to handle things like condensation and... liquid nitrogen.

I also hope you realize that the amount of money spent on two 670s or 680s plus the prices of the many parts and things needed for liquid nitrogen cooling ALONGSIDE the cost of replacing the liquid nitrogen on a regular basis far outweighs the cost of one 690.

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kirbyloveszoe -1 points 15 months ago

We are on a website specifically designed for computer component listing and prices, as well as discussion and build advice. (Being a "Nerd" is practically a requirement)

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lutzee [4 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Its not purchased yet.. theres still room to change :)

 
 
Enlyten [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Guess he didn't notice the empty expansion card slot :P

 
 
lutzee [4 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Some people only look at certain parts of these builds i guess, i tend to look at the pictures first

 
 
Enlyten [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

Same :) Great minds think alike.

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