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Nine Year Upgrade
by Lepi
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I finally broke down and upgraded my old Alienware 7700m surprisingly i spent less on this system than i did on the laptop. I also picked up a GoPro black and mic in case i felt like doing some twitch and YouTube. I rerouted the wireless card that came with the board back thru the IO shield and it tapped under the top right side of the case so i don't have to worry about tiny cables dangling outside of it. I am considering get a third 770 but i would probably change the board if i do. Any suggestions on how to improve it cheaply are welcomed.

FFXIV Score:2538 7680x1440 Maximum

FFXIV Score:10970 1920x1080 Maximum

Part List
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.0GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle31.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.14Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle35.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load74.0° C
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godshawk 3 points 16 months ago

Interior pics? =D

Lepi [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 16 months ago

I will do case pics tomorrow was putting the LED light strip behind the monitors.

godshawk 1 point 16 months ago

Ah, kk

YouBaxter [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

I'm curious on the light behind monitors. I'm looking to do some ambient lighting as well. Might pick your brain about it...

Lepi [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 16 months ago

Just pick up something like this: http://www.amazon.com/SUPERNIGHT-TM-Waterproof-Flexible-Changing/dp/B00ASHQQKI I got the 150 LED version on accident. You can also get a music controller for it so it reacts to your tunes. I had it on last night and it really helps when you are playing in the dark, makes your eyes less tired.

YouBaxter [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

You should throw up a picture of the color. Always curious on the look of it. If you get a minute that is. .

Lepi [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 16 months ago

I added one. The color fades in and out to others so i just happened to catch red in the pic.

skemble [18 Builds] 2 points 16 months ago

I've been looking at those monitors! Are those the pixel perfect versions or did you just go for it? Also curious if you got the glossy or matte screen? Overclocked them yet?

Lepi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

I bought it off Amazon and it wasent the pixel perfect model. I know Amazon has a good policy on returns so i though it would be safer. If you notice the right one has color difference between the other two and there is only 2 small edge bleed spots on one of them. I got the matte i know you can get glossy. I have not overclocked them yet still trying to get the whole thing stable used to all the new bells and whistles.

skemble [18 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

Did you have any dead pixels?

Lepi [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 16 months ago

None! I was surprised. I expected something when buying three but they are wonderful.

skemble [18 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

That's good to hear! I've been wanting to go to 1440p so bad. I was torn that there are no 120hz at 1440p, but the overclocking ability of these sound promising. I just got my 7950 crossfire setup installed with the new drivers that fixed the micro stutter and I'm stuck on a wimpy monitor. I'm in serious need for an upgrade!

VnXsL [2 Builds] 2 points 16 months ago

This is nice. Add 2 more monitors and make 'em vertical. It'd be so cool! XD

Lepi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Umm i was thinking of a utility display above but that's about it. I don't think i really need it I am already finding that its too much space and that im constantly having to move my head. I might just flip the ones on the side for working.

BoltActionWaffle [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

You spent too much in a few areas but it's your money and it's a pretty beast setup.

Lepi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

I know i spent too much on the camera and the mic but the monitors are worth it. The ram i all ready realize i need to upgrade and the board is still making me question if i should not have bought it.

BoltActionWaffle [1 Build] 2 points 16 months ago

Mobo and PSU too. 1440p? Ya pretty sick.

l13199l [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

those monitors are so sick

Enlyten [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

You need to run some benchmarks on this... it's an amazing setup. +1

Lepi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

I know I am probably going to have to break down and spend another 25 on steam for 3DMark. What benchmark tools do you suggest or want to see?

Enlyten [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

3DMark, FurMark, games benchmarks such as Metro Last Light, Crysis 3, maybe Unigine Heaven... They're all great benchmarks. Running all of them isn't necessary to tell performance but running two or three would be cool to see :)

Lepi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

I will try to do the 3dmark later but i have the FFXIV test scores will post game play video eventually.

MadBadger 1 point 16 months ago

Bulletproof build. Without the monitors and webcasting gear, it would be a nicely priced system.

If you don't mind me asking, how are those QNIX holding up? And do you have a trustworthy source for them? I've been looking into the various 27" Korean panels for a while, but worry about defects and sellers that may not be honest/reliable.

Lepi [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 16 months ago

I went thru Amazon instead of eBay because the return policy i think is better than that of PayPal.

PickItApart 1 point 16 months ago

Who cares about how much. You gotta post more pics.

Lepi [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 16 months ago

What type of pics do you want? Should I dress it up?

BevanGachett 1 point 16 months ago

What triple monitor stand did you use. I have 3 Qnix and I would like to get a stand that's compatible with them.

Lepi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

The Ergo Tech has an add on for a utility monitor on top but the price point was too height for me so i bought this guy instead http://www.amazon.com/Triple-Monitor-Stand-Standing-Curved/dp/B006FZY2XK/ I think it payed off the construction on this thing is solid. However i do have to have the side monitors under the middle as just slightly not long enough with the giant bezel they have. Or you can do the mode in the images.

sketch24 [6 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

Yeah, the memory is overkill. The motherboard is also a questionable choice considering the price. Asrock uses cheap analog caps in all their motherboards which affects overclocking potential. A gigabyte board would have been better. Gaming on those 3 x 1440p screens must be awesome though. Awesome build.

Lepi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Yes and no this board is made more overclockers rather than just gaming. I did kinda buy it on impulse because it is waterproof. The other board i was thinking of doing MSI Z87 XPOWER In the future i was thinking of swapping the board out and getting something that can do 3 x16

dillonman [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Damn those monitors will be awesome for gaming

Lepi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

They are but i have been having trouble with some games even starting in this resolution. The ones that can like GW2 and FFXIV have only been doing around 30 FPS on ultra settings.

gseyffert [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

I would suggest not getting a 3rd 770. Unless you have Titans, scaling in games beyond 2 GPUs is often terrible. Often 3 GPUs is worse than 2. Just my two cents. You also need a motherboard that's $300+ because it'll need a PLX chip, since nVidia requires x8 bandwidth on all cards in SLI.

Awesome build though :]

Lepi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Thank you for the advice. The board already supports 3 way SLI and 8x but I wont go for it. Thinking maybe water cooling it.

gseyffert [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

That would be a good way to spend the leftover money!

MrImnotMLG 1 point 16 months ago

Pretty good build overall but my only tiny (may I say tiny again) is that I would 4GB is a little too much imo. I think the 2GB versions would've been suffice. And a 1200w PSU for something that pulls (according to PCP) only 702w. I think an 1000w PSU would've been more cost effective. But again I have to say overall this build was a great build.

Lepi [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 16 months ago

I was reading that if you wanted to go with the higher resolutions like 7680x1440+ getting the 4gb+ is essential. The power supply is mostly in case i decided to expand and add graphics cards.

DeusAres 1 point 16 months ago

I'm jelly. Beautiful build. :)

JasonRespawn 1 point 16 months ago

Fish Eye Picture

Lepi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Ya thats the GoPro I will take more pictures in a couple weeks when i water cool the rig.

JasonRespawn 1 point 16 months ago

Nice on the 2 GTX 770

Lepi [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Ya im looking into water cooling them next pay check.

Willwhitacre 1 point 3 months ago

Awesome!!!!! i really think this is the coolest set up ive seen on here and ive looked at hundreds +1 fome me!

KidANARCHYn21 1 point 20 days ago

Awesome setup, did you have any issues running 3 of these since they only come with dvi? Ive looked around and only a few people have done it but with limited information.

iiLeGiT101 [1 Build] -1 points 16 months ago

So um... when can I have this?