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MJ12
by btuazon
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Well my first build was last November. I recently moved into a new home and inherited a massive TV. I converted my GF back to PC gaming, so I turned my original build into the HTPC/Living Room gaming machine. So I went with a new build based on Haswell. I kept my Sapphire 7970 for this build and was about to get another. But I've been reading about how the micro-stutter is terrible with Eyefinity and the new drivers don't fix it. I am probably going to wait for Volcanic Islands and see how they perform compared to two 7970's, or if there is a driver fix. I wanted to also try entry level water cooling and make a themed build. I went with a black and white color scheme to match the case with blue accent lights. Shout out to /u/Unisenon for answering all my questions about his "Rarity" build. Yes, I know the power supply is way overkill. I bought it awhile ago, not really doing much research, but it was a steal. Got it for $200, and for a high quality PSU like this that is incredibly efficient with monitoring software, I'm fine with it. I'm running an EX280 radiator with the stock 140mm fans in push with the 200mm fans in pull. That took a little modding and bending to fit, but I think it is well worth it. Also, I managed a stable overclock at 4.7GHz with 1.258V. I was reaching a max of 85 degrees Celsius under Prime95. Oddly, a higher Vcore led to instability at 47x and it kept crashing in windows at 48x. This is the first time I've seriously tried my hand at overclocking. So any tips are welcome. I spent a lot of time and meticulous work to do this and am very proud. Thanks for looking!

Part List
Details
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.7GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle27.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load84.0° C
Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.1GHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.5GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle41.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load81.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP9848
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ReDnAx1991 [6 Builds] 68 points 10 months ago

OMG that build ! +5 if I was able to!

http://i.qkme.me/3q4w1e.jpg

 
 
btuazon [Submitter] [1 Build] 11 points 10 months ago

Haha nice.

 
 
LeMonarque [2 Builds] 33 points 10 months ago

Instant upvote after seeing first picture. THAT BUILD IS SEX.

SEX!

 
 
sketch24 [6 Builds] 21 points 10 months ago

Best looking build I've seen on here.

 
 
btuazon [Submitter] [1 Build] 5 points 10 months ago

Wow. That means a lot. Thanks!

 
 
skemble [13 Builds] 17 points 10 months ago

Splooge.... .^

 
 
godshawk 7 points 10 months ago

So true!

 
 
exato 8 points 10 months ago

Sir you hands down win the nerdgasm award :D.

 
 
dalethezombie [2 Builds] 7 points 10 months ago

skeet skeet

 
 
IBIubbleTea 5 points 10 months ago

HAWT!

 
 
MrMattAdz 5 points 8 months ago

What keyboard is that? I've looked everywhere for a decent white keyboard and can't find any.

 
 
realgamer 2 points 4 months ago

Same here

 
 
btuazon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Ducky Shine II

 
 
794 [1 Build] 4 points 10 months ago

Wow that looks incredible! Very nice cable management, very nice looking altogether. Never thought about white looking so good! What mouse is that?

 
 
btuazon [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 10 months ago

Madcatz RAT 5

 
 
DontUSASme 4 points 10 months ago

I just cried a bit. This is the most beautiful build I've seen on PCPartPicker

 
 
TheRealCheekyGit 4 points 10 months ago

I believe Thomas Edison said it best, "HOLY SH*T, this is awesome!"

Awesome build. +1,000,000

 
 
Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 26 points 10 months ago

Thomas edison sucked. Nikola tesla FTW!

 
 
onlinefreak [1 Build] 7 points 10 months ago

I second this :)

 
 
Mattyice47 [1 Build] 5 points 10 months ago

i third

 
 
ROODAY [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

I fourth, fifth, AND sixth! Dat color scheme...puts my baby to shame...

 
 
stebo [1 Build] 2 points 4 months ago

I live right down the road from Nicolas Tesla's lab in rocky point.

 
 
joekerr1870 2 points 10 months ago

This build is amazing!! Definite upvote. Anyone know what kind of monitors those are?

 
 
18hockey [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

Em hmm, dat color scheme. Love it!

 
 
Papajenkinz 2 points 10 months ago

Very, very nice setup. I must ask, why not put your monitors, they way most people do? :)

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

I don't like a landscape layout. I never really play games that would use them, like racing games. I know some people like it for FPS games, but I find the FOV makes everything look really weird. Plus, this is like having a huge, high resolution monitor.

 
 
SwitchWaffle 2 points 9 months ago

What keyboard is that?

 
 
mustafa.ali61 [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

send this in to linustechtips. this will defiantly be in a build logs of the week

 
 
cjeffcoatjr [3 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

They haven't done build logs of the week in a while

 
 
Gregfx [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

I can masturbate to this.

 
 
Doc_Gore [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

FANTABULOUS build. Dat lighting is AWESOME Btw, I love you desktop background / wallpaper.

 
 
flipins [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

That is pretty amazing looking.

 
 
Genarus [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Nice build. You got plans for that big PSU?

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

Yup. Depending on the next line of AMD cards, I may or may not crossfire with 7970s. Eventually I will put waterblocks on the GPU's too, but unfortunately this card is non reference.

 
 
Genarus [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Nice that answers my question. Great job on the build again

 
 
Expo 1 point 10 months ago

sexy

 
 
LeMonarque [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

That SSD mount is pretty cool too. SSD on a drive rack tied to the case. Very creative thinking.

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

Thanks! It actually is screwed in. I was somehow able to match up the holes with the ODD mounting holes.

 
 
b0nk3rs1337 1 point 4 months ago

I had to come back and find this build because i'm about to do the same thing when i get my case today. Thanks for the idea.

 
 
NUclearD3 [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Great looking build!

 
 
jakethemp [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

sawweeeeeeeeet the only thing that would top this all off would be white LED lights inside IMO, but if you dont id still give this a 10

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

I have the NZXT Hue, and most of the time I have it set to white light. I may replace the LEDs in the cpu block to white too.

 
 
Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

What cpu block is that? nvm saw the watercooling kit.

 
 
Dave_6 [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Holy crap! Amazing build! :O

 
 
Apach3 [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

you, good sir, have won all my internets!

+1 for creative aesthetic use of the thermal armor. i don't know why painting it never crossed my mind...

 
 
Papajenkinz 1 point 10 months ago

nice and cool

 
 
SparkyOnPC 1 point 10 months ago

wait, where'd you get the cover thing for the MOBO? are there any other models? (MSI g45 gaming mobo) (z77)

 
 
tinyjosh1991 2 points 10 months ago

that is the thermal armor that comes with the MOBO. I'm pretty sure it is only for that specific MOBO.

 
 
SparkyOnPC 1 point 10 months ago

aw, how much was it?

 
 
DoHbOyBlAzEd [12 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

It only comes with the Sabertooth motherboard

 
 
SrgtMacfly [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

the Z87 gryphon has a seperate armor kit for it, specific for the gryphon though

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

It only comes on the TUF series of boards. Sabertooth and gryphon. Although, I dont see it for the Sabertooth X79 board. It comes all black, so I painted it, along with the X-shaped cover for the Raystorm CPU block. Mine is around $235 right now I think.

 
 
onlinefreak [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Oh man, what a beautiful build! Did you paint all those parts? If yes, what paint did you use?

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

Yes I painted the motherboard cover, radiator and CPU cover. The GPU and PSU I covered in matte white vinyl.

 
 
onlinefreak [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

That's awesome, what type/brand paint did you use?

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

I just used flat white rustoleum spray paint.

 
 
lwcdnet 2 points 5 months ago

Any concern that the painted surfaces on components are negatively impacting heat retention? Am under the impression that 85 degrees Celsius is getting on the high side?

Incredible looking build though! Wow...

 
 
btuazon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

NO it doesnt. And 85 degrees is under full load of P95. so its not that hot.

 
 
MrHallows [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Dude, this thing is gorgeous! Nice job! I can feel the envy setting in.. @_@

 
 
stnz [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

AMAZING.

 
 
MyNameIsDerp 1 point 10 months ago

Someone is bound to walk by and think you're playing on an empty case.

 
 
Hatupatu 1 point 10 months ago

Beautiful build! Did you do your own sleeving? Thanks for sharing.

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

No. I thought about it, but the amount of work and time that I don't really have, I decided to just buy. I really only wanted white ones and these fit the bill perfectly.

 
 
XIscottyIX [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

I would do terrible things to get my hands on this build!!

 
 
xHiZoR [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

i hit 85 Celcius running at 4.6 Mhz on my i5-4670k while running prime95 :(

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

What are you cooling with? Vcore?

 
 
xHiZoR [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

im using a h100i and around 1.350

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

Wow. Thats a pretty high voltage... As long as you arent getting that hot in any real world stuff, you should be ok though...

 
 
xHiZoR [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

yeahh lol. but someone told me that intel said its safe to around 1.45 ish but its gonna kill it faster. i just lowered it to 1.29 at 4.5 GHz because i hd to be on manual volt at 4.6 i couldnt get offset to work. i dont think its working for me at 4.5 though

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SamDaPwner 1 point 10 months ago

What tubing is that?

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

XSPC FLX Premium Grade PVC Tubing - White.

 
 
VnXsL [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

+1 This is awesome! You didn't include your monitors. What are they?

 
 
jacktumbleweed [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

So. Clean. Very impressive. +1 :D

 
 
RyneSmith [4 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

I was wondering why in the hell this had so many upvotes so I clicked and immediately understood! This is by far the best build/setup I have seen, I love it.

+1 and obviously more if I could.

Edit: I looked at this again... so jealous. Haha

 
 
UnexceptionalJew 1 point 10 months ago

Absolutely incredible! Amazing job man!

 
 
cam313 [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

This thing is Awesome! beautifully done

 
 
construction [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

WOW!

 
 
deVIZtation [4 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

OMG

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onyxv 1 point 10 months ago

What type of paint did you use on that motherboard? I'm getting that one next week and wanted to know beforehand since that looks so beyond epic! FANTASTIC BUILD!

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

I just used flat white rustoleum spray paint.

 
 
onyxv 1 point 10 months ago

and what about the black lines? did you use a sharpie or one of those gundam markers?

 
 
SamDaPwner 1 point 10 months ago

How Are you Liking That Kit? I was Thinkin of getting it...by the way how did you paint the TA?

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

I love it so far. no complaints. I just used flat white rustoleum spray paint, white covering some things with tape that I wanted to stay black. Then I used an exacto knife to shave off the lines.

 
 
Goobitaga 1 point 10 months ago

This guy knows how to color scheme!

 
 
pako 1 point 10 months ago

Sick build. How exactly did you get the CPU cooler to be white? I really want to do something like that with the whole completely white colour scheme, but I can't find any liquid cooling systems for CPUs that are white.

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ArrKayCee [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

OMG wow that looks amazing.

 
 
malcar11 [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Is almost perfect!!!! The color, the hard work. Sooo clean and beautiful. In my opinion, is pure art!!. The best looking build I've seen in a looong time! (maybe ever) If have the time, take a look at mine. Is not that pretty, but you can help me to make it look better. Congrats!

 
 
ArcticEditor 1 point 9 months ago

HOLY. CRAP. This is one of the cleanest builds I've ever seen! o_o Amazing job!

 
 
SilverWolf9000 [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Don't listen to the crap people say about drivers... Its an old and weak argument :P Plus this is a HELL of a value.

 
 
mailr0425 1 point 8 months ago

THE best cable management and cleanest build I've EVER seen!

 
 
JosiahC [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

What type of spray paint did you use for the mobo cover?

 
 
bloodamir80 1 point 8 months ago

white...

 
 
Gooberdad [2 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Wow I don't care how much it cost, or what it didn't. That is an amazing paint job. I love that transformation of the sabertooth, video card, and PSU covers. I am truly inspired and in awe of the glow and seamless look of the guts of this baby. I was looking for the highest rated stuff and wandered over here. I thought "What is all the fuss over?" Now I see. Way to go.

 
 
XplosiveCows 1 point 8 months ago

It would be terrible, if a black sharpie were to touch it...... :)

 
 
winstonofwar [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

it's gorgeous!

 
 
swaggernaut 1 point 7 months ago

what happens when u need to upgrade. lol

 
 
Gary85739 1 point 7 months ago

Interesting build, thank you!

btw, how do you find the H20 cooler? Is it all you'd hoped for? Is it quiet? NICE CASE!! Such a CLEAN build, you inspire us.

 
 
btuazon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

The cooler has been great. I found that I am hitting the voltage limit of the CPU before i can hit my cooling limit

 
 
deghedy 1 point 7 months ago

You sir are an artist. Amazing job.

 
 
Maxor_The_Grand 1 point 7 months ago

it's like a mac BUT ACTUALLY FREEKIN AWSOME

 
 
Anthozoa 1 point 7 months ago

Is that a damn dime?

 
 
HD7ames [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Wait what!!!!???? +2

 
 
EmperorPhoenix 1 point 7 months ago

If I'm right, the new AMD GPUs have hardware frame pacing, which apparently helps with the eyefinity stutters... I'm not use if this is correct, so it might be worth doing some research, but that should help.

Nice build BTW, looks pretty sweet! I've always loved the Phantom cases from NZXT.

 
 
algoz1257 1 point 7 months ago

The whitest thing ever! :O

 
 
wheelerj 1 point 7 months ago

Icy White!!! What a clean build. i love the white inerds with the blue glow.

 
 
srccr 1 point 6 months ago

What monitors are those?

 
 
btuazon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Dell 23 inch HM IPS

 
 
Thorpy [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

This.... This is Beauty

 
 
xItalianModzx 1 point 6 months ago

i like what you did with the SSD.

 
 
D33P_R07 [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Very nice! Bump for 400th rating :D

 
 
IceMetal 1 point 5 months ago

Looks uuuuuhhhhh-mazing...thats sex for the eyes lol

 
 
ReiuhoThunderfury 1 point 5 months ago

I love it. I love the black and white builds. I love the saber tooth mobo I am prob gettin that for my first pc. But here's my question. Did you take off the tuf armor and paint it , or did you find a replacement? if you did find a replacement, where at? Thanks.

 
 
btuazon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

I took it off to paint. its really easy.

 
 
Supernova097 1 point 5 months ago

might sound like a dumb question, but does windows 8.1 work on the z87 sabertooth?

 
 
tbrezniak 1 point 5 months ago

what did you use to paint your motherboard and graphics card?

 
 
btuazon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Just flat white spray paint on the motherboard armor. Vinyl wrap on the video card.

 
 
Silent_Assassin 1 point 5 months ago

Awesome build :D

and just wondering what keyboard is that?

 
 
btuazon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Ducky Shine II

 
 
Silent_Assassin 1 point 2 months ago

Could you give the item ID as I'm struggling abit to find it

 
 
ThePCguy2013 1 point 1 month ago

mx clear?

 
 
loading09 1 point 5 months ago

the things i would do to that motherboard...

 
 
JdoubleG 1 point 5 months ago

Dude, sweet mobo cover!

 
 
Simon_Science 1 point 5 months ago

Impressive!

 
 
cjeffcoatjr [3 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

How exactly did you go about painting the PSU?

 
 
btuazon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Vinyl wrap.

 
 
peoplememe 1 point 5 months ago

Can I hear some benchmark results? thinking about using an edited copy of your build for a future build of my own :D Do you run Crysis 3 well?

 
 
tpk2893 [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

so beautiful @_@

 
 
dspencer2015 1 point 4 months ago

GREAT BUILD!!!!!!! The white looks great. +1

 
 
nhall.bob 1 point 4 months ago

i love you

 
 
JCanadian 1 point 4 months ago

Crazy awesome build..

 
 
ghostroaster5 1 point 4 months ago

Smexiest build I've ever seen. 'Nuff said. +1

 
 
Killeneminem 1 point 4 months ago

This might be a silly question, but does anyone know how to get a motherboard cover thing like that? Did he paint the TUF armor?

 
 
btuazon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Yes, I used spray paint.

 
 
sassas1 1 point 4 months ago

I'm surprised I haven't noticed this build sooner. It looks fantastic - unlike anything I've seen in awhile. I remember back in the day when computer fanatics took exterior design to the next level when it came to components and the case itself, haha.

A bit about that PSU - Though people are saying it's too much, it's good to have in case you want to upgrade anything on your rig, be it the GPU... uh... or the GPU (chuck a second one in there, anything works haha). However very, very, very nice build. Worth the time put into making it, I'm sure.

 
 
boofheadfred 1 point 3 months ago

I welcome your GF to the master race :) +1!

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btuazon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Just upgraded to a 780ti! Not HOF though.... :(

 
 
cst1992 1 point 2 months ago

Its colour is silvery, I think it would not have suited your build. Which 780Ti have you got? Are you going to paint it too?

The HOF edition by itself looks very beautiful.

Awesome job painting all your parts. It looks excellent.

 
 
messilive19 1 point 3 months ago

You paid only 955.30 USD ? That seems so strange for all those great items...

 
 
milesknight [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

BEST LOOKING INSIDES EVER!!!

 
 
ArrKayCee [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

How loud is that pump res combo? Nice build!

 
 
6thcousin 1 point 3 months ago

Oh my god, I need new pants!

 
 
epicpcgamer [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

This is AMAZING!

 
 
gregkolodny 1 point 2 months ago

I love this build. Fantastic work with cable management, color scheme, choice of parts. Also, nice job modding the case, this somehow improved an already beautiful case. Have you considered doing this part time?

 
 
cst1992 1 point 2 months ago

Hi, was the keyboard originally white or you painted that as well? I can't find an image of a white keyboard of that model.

 
 
azhua0718 1 point 2 months ago

that charging port on the bottom is awesome! how did u do it?

 
 
Phunk 1 point 2 months ago

It is incredible that you put so much effort into making such a great-looking build, you might have even inspired me to do the same, but in black.

 
 
Aenast [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

The wire management alone was enough to make me +1 it. Fabulous job, remarkable machine.

 
 
Gu3 1 point 1 month ago

Amazing Build.

Count me in the large group of people envious of your skill!

 
 
Pwnhawk64 1 point 1 month ago

as i looked at this PC i checked the price again then i watched again and then my pants just EXPLODED

 
 
ThePCguy2013 1 point 1 month ago

I have a dream.... that one day I will be able to build a computer like that.

 
 
MetaApex 1 point 1 month ago

I didn't know monitors with that aspect ratio even existed...

 
 
Hunter1254 [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

Looks amazing!!! Great job +1

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cebiadem61 1 point 8 days ago

Does This case come with the side window, or did you add that?

 
 
WindeezKC 1 point 7 days ago

What did you use to Paint the Armor on that?

 
 
Pom451 [1 Build] 0 points 10 months ago

A little to much white for my taste, but you still did a fantastic job on this build.

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RyneSmith [4 Builds] 3 points 10 months ago

Did you make this account to troll people? Seems so as both the comments I've seen from you are negative or trying to put people down.

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

What did it say?

 
 
RyneSmith [4 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

Don't worry about it, some moron begging for attention.

 
 
Antoine3990 [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Actually, it wasn't false.. 1200W is WAY to much.

 
 
Captain.Aviator 1 point 4 months ago

He is getting a second 7970 though so its not too much, and its also future proofing

 
 
epicpcgamer [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Nice research.

 
 
Mattyice47 [1 Build] -2 points 10 months ago

DAYUM SON. SUPER OFFICIAL.