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My First Gaming/Editing Build
by googie00
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Description

This was my first time ever building a pc and the process was pretty painless. The rig is was built to be able to max out any current generation game and to preform "well" while under a heavy editing/rendering load. I went with the SSD boot drive and the 2 TB storage; however, I do not think that I would do this again in the future. The SSD drive slowly "grows" everyday with updates and drivers, and some application do not present you the choice of where you would like to install them (I'm looking at you Adobe Utilities, Microsoft Office, New Skype Version, etc.) The SSD is more of a pain than a blessing. I have yet to overclock the system as I am currently only using the "TurboBoost," but I plan to do so in the near future. My other concern would be with my temperatures. I am currently idling at 40C with the h100i and with all case fans on max. Is this a little high? And if it is, how can I fix the issue.

EDIT: Just ran Prime95 on large FFTs for an hour at I was usually at 70C. Also, on Blend I got an average of 65C. I personally think that this is unacceptable for a water cooler at this low of a frequency(3.9) and voltage(1.2v), so I will be re-applying thermal paste and checking to see that the cooler is working properly. Any recommendations for how to apply thermal paste? Also, do you think having the fans configured as intakes/push is the ideal position for them?

Details
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.9GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle40.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load65.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate967MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle27.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 6 points 16 months ago

Run prime 95 for at least 12 hours.

Seriously, you need to do this if you want make sure your overclocks(s) are stable and you have good temps.

Also, are you planning on sli? That psu is a bit iffy for 780 sli.

 
 
Jimmy 3 points 16 months ago

TDP is not actual power consumption. But the 780s do take a lot of power, I think he'll be fine though =D

 
 
Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 4 points 16 months ago

The actual power consumption at a gaming load is higher than the tdp. He might be fine if he doesn't overclock. http://www.legitreviews.com/article/2206/14/

 
 
Jimmy 3 points 16 months ago

Yes, in the 780's case it is. That varies from card to card though, a lot of them draw considerably less power than the TDP claims, and some, such as the 780 consume even more power than the TDP.

But thank you for that link, I had thought that the 780, like the majority of other GPUs, consumed less power than the TDP =D

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 2 points 16 months ago

12 hours is not really necessary 4 hours is usually enough. If you're overclock in unstable usually it will show up in the first 2 hours anyways.. If you really wanna be sure some people recommend 24 hours but I find that to be too extreme..

 
 
dschutt84 [3 Builds] 2 points 16 months ago

I agree, no program will stress your CPU as much as Prime 95 or any other program.

 
 
googie00 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

The thought of saving up for 780 sli has crossed my mind; however, since I am only playing at 1080p right now on current games I don't feel the need to rush it. I have been able to max out all the games so far at stock settings but I imagine I will see this situation changing for next generation gaming.

 
 
googie00 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Just ran Prime95 on large FFTs for an hour at I was usually at 70C. Also, on Blend I got an average of 65C. I personally think that this is unacceptable for a water cooler at this low of a frequency(3.9) and voltage(1.2v), so I will be re-applying thermal paste and checking to see that the cooler is working properly. Any recommendations for how to apply thermal paste? Also, do you think having the fans configured as intakes/push is the ideal position for them?

 
 
FGarray [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

You should apply a small pea-shaped dab (not too small) of thermal paste in the center of the CPU.

Push/pull works just fine, I would say it's the best way to do it

I personally have a H100i with the 3770K overclocked to 4.5GHz and my idle temps are usually around 49 degrees Celsius idle and 61 degrees Celsius under full load.

 
 
iAmNicklezz 4 points 16 months ago

Very nice build! Liking the color scheme. :)

+1

 
 
evil_rat 2 points 16 months ago

how do you like the Rosewill wireless adapter? Any connection drop during gaming?

 
 
googie00 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 16 months ago

I haven't tried it out yet, but I will make sure to respond when I try it out tomorrow!!

 
 
evil_rat 2 points 16 months ago

Thank you I will appreciate it.

 
 
Smily 2 points 16 months ago

I see that Mac there.

smh

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

The card looks a bit gold? or is that just a glare?

Idle temp does seem a bit high especially with liquid cool. My air cooled is at 28-30 while idle so idk what's going on there

Really like the build :)

 
 
googie00 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

That would just be the glare. That part there is silver in reality. The temp problem could be with the amount of thermal paste I put on or with the method (I put a pea sized amount in the center). EDIT: I am forgetting that this is "Haswell," so overheating could be a common problem

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

Should be just fine then, might wanna check into it

 
 
Jimmy 1 point 16 months ago

Load temps are what matter, not idle temps. Unless your idling over 50C or something, that's when you should be concerned.

 
 
tyabbott 1 point 16 months ago

You should turn the h100i's fans down to 50% or even lower until you overclock. The performance difference is small, but the noise difference is noticeable. Anyways very nice build. It looks good, and should perform even better.

 
 
Smily 1 point 16 months ago

Not to mention how noticeable the fan longevity difference is. (well, not noticeable, but you get the point)

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googie00 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

As a side note, I would like to know if that it is possible that I am getting those temperatures due to the way I configured the fans and/or the way I put on the thermal paste. I configured the fans in a push set-ip/intake and I only put a pea-sized amount of thermal paste in the center of the CPU.

 
 
Papajenkinz 1 point 16 months ago

Nice

 
 
Austn [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Your PSU is different in the description than in the pictures.

 
 
AH__Banana [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Love your build, I recently bought a H100i, not sure if the pump didn't work properly but my CPU was also running at around 40 degrees idle. (higher than the stock cooler for me) I took it back, got H80i and it runs between 12-19 degrees idle.

 
 
xSWATxBadkid [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Your temps are average buddy, you did it right. If you want more than that go LN2 or custom loop. Nice rig.

 
 
googie00 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Yea you are right, the artic silver 5 has a 200 hour break in period which will put me at ~35C idle. I even redid it and made the paste a line like the website recommended for the 4770k. Thanks for the response!

 
 
xSWATxBadkid [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

No prob.

 
 
arksintho 1 point 16 months ago

I'm so Jealous! Nice Build +1

 
 
Tach007 1 point 12 months ago

Wow this looks like a state of the art dream machine to me. Do the gigaworks t40 speakers sound pretty good?

 
 
googie00 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

They are best 2ch speakers out there!