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Genesis 2.0 (UPDATED DESCRIPTION AND PICS)
by XIHackInABoxIX
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Description

This is a repost of my original "Genesis" build. Over time a few things have changed. Mostly the CPU cooler, motherboard, graphics cards, added another HDD, etc.

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/BlT

Let me start by saying that I use this computer to game, compile, render, use as a server, and whatever else I may want it to do. That is why I went with 32gb of RAM, and an i7. I appreciate constructive criticism, but please take this description into account before you say things like "i5 for gaming!" or "32gb is overkill" etc, etc.

Most of the parts I picked were just down to research, and what I thought was going to suit me best. I decided to go from one GTX 680 to two Radeon R9 280x's since the price hasn't been coming down on the 680 enough to justify an SLI setup, especially since it is a discontinued item and is getting harder to find.


PARTS:

CPU: Originally my plan was to get a 3930k, but I decided to settle for this. My primary role in mind for this rig was gaming and office work, but I like to have the horsepower when needed for applications like photo/video editing, among other things. I felt like the 3770k was a perfect balance between performance and value.

COOLER: I love the look of this cooler, and the fact that it is a 280mm radiator. I know performance is roughly the same of a H100i, but so was the price, at the time of purchase. I thought it was cool to stick with NZXT for a cooler, since I have their case. Best of all, the software is simple, and works flawlessly. You can even change set a "danger zone" color, once the CPU (or CPU WATER) temp reached a certain temperature. I set mine to RED, but you have a whole selection of colors.

PASTE: I love Arctic Silver. That is my "go to" paste when it comes to general purpose things. But I swear by TX-4 for high performance applications. It may be expensive, but it has never let me down. It also doen't require a "burn-in" time like some other pastes, and it is also electrically non-conductive... which means you don't have to worry about it wreaking havoc on your system if you ooze some out over your CPU.

MOBO: I originally had a Gigabyte Z77X UD5H, but decided to get this board since I thought I had a faulty board. Needless to say, this board is a solid performer, and nothing was wrong with the other one at all. I will either sell the UD5H, or re-purpose it for an office build... Haven't decided yet.

RAM: 32GB of fast RAM for under $200? Count me in! I also thought that these were pretty sexy looking, so it was a no-brainer, since I am also going for aesthetics in my build.

SSD: One of the best ones on the market. Perfect price/performance IMHO. 256 is good enough for me.

STORAGE: 4TB. Enough for all of your "adult needs". In all seriousness though, my Steam library is huge, and add my Origin and uPlay in there and we are talking about 600-700gb. All the games are stored on my Black. Photos, music, movies, programs, etc, are all on the Green. I also have another 1tb Green laying around which I use for removable storage via the Kingwin HS Bay.

GPU: Probably one of the best cards out there for the money. This thing honestly goes toe to toe with my old 680. Two of them are just BEAST! Cards get to about 59-60 under stress, and run BF4 and my other games beautifully. I was running Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army at about 250FPS, which is completely unnecessary, but still pretty damn funny nonetheless.

CASE: I absolutely love my Phantom. If I ever decided to switch cases, it will probably be a newer Phantom. Every time somebody asks for a good case, I usually just blurt out NZXT. I have talked a few of my buddies into Phantom 410's, one of which I got to build and it is in my completed builds. I know there are others out there, but this one suits my fancy nicely.

FANS: In an attempt to keept the entire chassis NZXT, I stuck with NZXY fans. I love them. They give off a nice color, aren't very loud - even at full tilt, and they have very good airflow.

PSU:

I wanted something that would DEFINITELY last me the lifetime of this computer, as well as (possibly) live on to serve the next computer. I wanted something at least 1k watts. My build under full load probably takes 800 from the wall, considering the overclock, etc. I love the fact that my PSU is a tier one PSU, that is 80+ GOLD, and is powerful enough to take anything that I can throw at it. I have also seen power drop in PSU's when the ambient temperature starts getting higher.

DISC: I wanted a Blu-ray burner. More of an impulse buy, but I have no regrets. I like the fact that I can watch Blu-ray's on my PC (which is also hooked up to my plasma TV, just to watch movies while in bed, lol). I also like the fact that I can now back my data up on blu-ray discs. They are a lot more durable than DVD's, and hold a butt-ton more.

OS: I actually really like it. Did a few tweaks to make it feel and look like 7. The metro interface isn't intrusive at all.

MOUSE AND KEYBOARD: They are both great, and I highly recommend them.


OTHER NOTES:

One thing that really pissed me off was the heatsink shrouds on the MPOWER MOBO. I hated the yellow stripes, so I decided to paint them to better suit my taste. I am still messing around with some of the overclocking settings, but I don't think I have "quite" gotten to that sweet spot yet, but I feel I am close. Anyways, here is what it scored on 3DMark: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/1720958

Part List
Details
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle28.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load58.0° C
Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB DirectCU II Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.11Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.00Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle28.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load59.0° C
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skemble [18 Builds] 5 points 13 months ago

This thing is sweet! Looks a little like mine in a way. Did you hook up the NZXT Air Flow 140s up to the Kraken or something else?

 
 
XIHackInABoxIX [Submitter] [8 Builds] 7 points 13 months ago

Thanks, are you referring to "Rambo's Final Cut"? That is a pretty sweet build, I just gave it a +1 for you :)

To answer your question, 2 out of the 4 are hooked up to the cooler. The only issue with the NZXT fans is that they aren't PWM capable, so they are running at full tilt while hooked up to the Kraken. When I hook them up to the 5-channel fan controller on the Phantom, they are voltage regulated.

I have a 4-pin to 4-pin spliter, which means it is only going to fit into a 4-pin header (e.g. the Kraken's) So what I plan on doing today since I just came across it, is that I am going to Frankenstein it, and splice a 3-pin header on it to share one of the channels on the NZXT cooler.

The inner OCD in me cannot stand the fact that 2 of the fans are running at full tilt.

 
 
XIHackInABoxIX [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Also forgot to mention that I have the GPU fan connected to the Kraken as well since it is a PWM fan. Figured that it was the only one that could benefit from a 4 pin.

 
 
skemble [18 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

The one on the pivot arm? That's exactly how mine is hooked up on my case. Great minds think a like :)

 
 
XIHackInABoxIX [Submitter] [8 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

Yeah, except mine doesn't have a pivot arm, I just have it resting there. But yes, great minds do think alike.

 
 
skemble [18 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Yeah that's my primary work horse. Thanks for checking it out! :)

Mine is oddly rigged as well. I have the two that came with the Kraken as pull hooked up to the Kraken and the other two I have hooked to a 3 pin to 4 pin PWM splitter that came with a Phanteks cooler I used. It actually works fairly well. The fans aren't the same RPMs so the Kraken control center probably isn't accurate, but I keep the fans on super low RPMs since the cooler keeps my CPU so cool!

 
 
SgtTherin [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

I tried having my phantom 530 with all this fans you have. They're soon loud haha. I switched the four on the kraken to noctuas and they're soon quiet. Ended up dropping noise levels significantly. Does yours sound like you're on a shuttle flight?

 
 
XIHackInABoxIX [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

All the fans were replaced with LED fans, and they run pretty quietly. I have it controller by the case controller. Pretty quiet if you ask me.

 
 
Vorck [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

This is one of the ugliest things I have ever seen. I LIED ITS GORGEUS

 
 
XIHackInABoxIX [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Haha. Thanks for the kind words.

 
 
ExoTecher [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

I absolutely love it! Great temperatures considering you overclocked the CPU by 1000MHz, very good case, I would get it if I had the money, +100, oh wait, +1, I can't do +100 ;)

 
 
XIHackInABoxIX [Submitter] [8 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

I am fairly happy with the temps myself. Just depends if I have the heat on in the house, as it tends to play a role in the computer's temps.

 
 
boogah_dedog 1 point 13 months ago

Isn't 1250W a bit overkill? Or do you plan to make some big upgrades later?

 
 
XIHackInABoxIX [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

I knew I wanted to go multi-Gpu, and wanted something reliable that was at least 1000 watts and was gold certified. It is a bit overkill, but it is a solid unit at a decent price. Sometimes the peace of mind is worth the little extra.

 
 
Gooberdad [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Wow sweet parts, man. +1 Looks nice.

 
 
XIHackInABoxIX [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you!

 
 
ntcox4 [3 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

I just had a nerdgasm! Very clean! Love the parts!

 
 
XIHackInABoxIX [Submitter] [8 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

Hope you didn't have too much of a mess to clean up! Just kidding.

Anyways, checked out your build and I must give you props (and I also gave a +1).

If you are looking for a case to build in, may I suggest a Phantom 410 or a R4? Both great cases, and great features for cable management.

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XIHackInABoxIX [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks for the comment. I used 3M double sided adhesive tape. But first I had to remove the residue left behind from the previous ahesive.

 
 
AceBalthazar 1 point 1 month ago

how many fans did the case come with?

 
 
XIHackInABoxIX [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 1 month ago

3 If I recall correctly. I did however end up selling the case to a friend a while back so I can't remember, as I have had my new build sitting in the Phantom 820 for a while now.

 
 
AceBalthazar 1 point 1 month ago

alright. i was torn between the Phantom and source 530, but ended up picking the source for a few reasons.

 
 
XIHackInABoxIX [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 1 month ago

Excellent choice! Both are great picks.

 
 
AceBalthazar 1 point 1 month ago

yea now i have a whole set of different problems to go through haha

 
 
XIHackInABoxIX [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 1 month ago

What would those problems be?

 
 
AceBalthazar 1 point 1 month ago

i'll PM ya

 
 
LukePRTR [1 Build] 0 points 13 months ago

i5 for gaming! And 32gb is overkill! Jk nice build +1

 
 
XIHackInABoxIX [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks.