I'll start by saying that this is my first build since the Pentium II was a big deal. Also, I'm very disappointed with the fit and finish on the CM Storm Stryker tower, and I'm going to attempt an exchange tomorrow (the front drive mounts are crooked as hell, and it's just put together in an overall poor manner). Hence, the cable management isn't exactly optimal. I'll update the pics as I go.
The name is due to the fact that over the course of the entire build, I was at some stage of plastered (to no detriment of the build...)
With that out of the way, I can move on to the build. Now, I didn't buy any of the parts here or on NewEgg.com, as I have a very good computer store in town here (BCom Computers in Edmonton, Alberta), however I did use it to research and help with the build.
This build is meant with gaming and updatability as the top priority, and has a big future ahead of it. Originally, I was planning on going with the ASUS Maximus VI Hero for the Mobo, but decided to go with the Sabertooth because the Hero doesn't have solid caps in its sound card. I got a good deal on the GTX770, and also heard it was good for SLI. Went with the 4670K because with the exception of a bit of Blender, I only plan to use this for gaming. Admittedly the Corsair H100i looks better than the Seidon, but since they were out of stock, and I plan on doing a full-on custom liquid job in the foreseeable future, I wasn't too concerned. The 500GB SSD ended up being the most expensive part of the whole build, and I could have probably got a better deal, but I'm not regretting it one bit. I also have about 10 TB of externals (4 TB w/USB 3.0) from my laptop, so Finally, the PSU is a tad over-powered, but it's silent, efficient, and as I plan on adding another GTX770 in a couple months, seemed appropriate.
- Exchange case and re-build (better cable management, especially in the rear), also adding a couple more case fans, as the stock ones are too loud.
- Internal aesthetics along the lines of some red and white themed LEDs. Mild over-clock to the CPU and GPU
- Some significant airbrushing to the case and possibly the thermal armour on the Mobo, providing I get the okay from ASUS (nothing's set in stone, but it will be some variation of a Canadian flag on both along with my signature and the build name somewhere small).
- Custom water cooling setup (again in red/white. I'm a pipefitter by trade, so I'll probably be going with industrial grade fittings :) ). Also, over-clock as much as possible.
- A second GTX 770 and another small SSD.
Side note: I'm loving that new mouse as well.
Side note 2: As I said, it's been a long time, so any advice would be appreciated.
EDIT: I just turned off the AC in my apartment, and yeah, those stock CM case fans have to go.
EDIT 2:Tossed a complete build pic with my minimag flashlight to add some light to the case... Also, any suggestions on how to deal with that GPU droop? It isn't anything major, but it's pretty aesthetically annoying... I'll toss some benchmarks in a bit later today.
EDIT 3: Did some benchmarking today; Unigine Heaven (1080 max settings) and 3DMark 11 (performance). Got a score of 1133 and 9510 respectively. This means little to nothing to me, as I've not BMed (*chuckle) a system in some time.
EDIT 4: Apparently, I may have a crappy CPU... Unstable at 4.6 and 1.2V during benchmarking. Updated 3DMark scores at 4.5. Haven't gotten the temp ranges yet though.
EDIT 5: Finished with my mild OC. Updated 3DMark and temps posted. Also fixed the GPU droop with a small piece of dowel that I scrounged up from some dank corner of my apartment... Can't find any black Tremclad for it though... Also, the lack of front fans has been fixed by two *cough, envelopes diverting the intake air from the HDD cooler fans (since there are no HDDs) into the case, instead of right through it.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||$249.95|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Seidon 240M 86.2 CFM Liquid||$99.95|
|Thermal Compound||Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g||$7.95|
|Motherboard||Asus Sabertooth Z87 ATX LGA1150||$260.95|
|Memory||Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133||$197.95|
|Storage||Samsung 840 Series 500GB 2.5" SSD||$519.95|
|Video Card||Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB DirectCU II||$378.88|
|Case||Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower||$165.95|
|Power Supply||Antec 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V||$239.95|
|Optical Drive||Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer||$19.95|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$147.95|
|Mouse||Corsair Vengeance M90 Wired Laser||$74.95|
|Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.5GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||33.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||63.0° C|
|Performance Preset Score||P10349|