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Haswell and 780ti
by declio
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This was my first build in over 5 years and I really wanted to focus on aesthetics. I was very pleased with how the color scheme came together and everything went relatively smoothly.

I did have one major hiccup as the system did not power on when I first pieced it together. It may have been a short or a loose 24-pin...I'm still not sure. I was able to get the system to power and POST outside of the case and everything worked great once I got it all put back together.

I seem to have won the 4770k lottery as well. I have it sitting at 4.7ghz 1.225v passing 12+ hours of AIDA64 stress testing not exceeding 90c under the h100i. The 780ti also holds a +75/+100 OC, although I have been leaving it at stock for now and letting GPUboost do its thing. It routinely runs around 1150mhz and does not seem to go above 72c (around 30c idle).

Future improvements include the 780ti backplate from EVGA and removing my PSU stickers for a cleaner look. I am also waiting on a replacement front bezel from Corsair for the 750D as one of the front panel clips is broken (a pretty common issue from what I've seen).

You can see the full build log here: http://imgur.com/a/NUrXt

Thanks for looking!

Part List
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.7GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle25.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load55.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.01Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.0GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load72.0° C
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Proluke [2 Builds] 4 points 12 months ago

its so.. beautiful..

AustinTheTimelord 11 points 12 months ago

lik if u cri evry tim ;-;

ajslave [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

That's a lot of money, but all spent rightly. It's nice to see such builds that are all out on specs and yet feel pretty good 'value for money'

declio [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago


I was definitely not going for value on this build, but I did carefully consider all of the parts that I chose and do not regret any of those decisions.

ArrKayCee [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Everything is great but I something that bugs me about the complete system is that your monitors are all 8ms response time. I know you can't tell much of a difference between 1ms and 2ms, but you really can tell between 8ms and 2ms. I would understand if they were 144hz refresh rate or even 120, but they're just 60. Enlighten me on your choice of gaming monitor. Besides the monitors, this would have been near exactly what I would have chosen if I didn't need the 6 cores on my system.

declio [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Hey, thanks for the comment.

To me, the u2412m is the ultimate all around monitor unless you are a competitive twitch gamer. I consider myself extremely sensitive to very minor things during gaming like any microstutter or minor loss in FPS. I have never been able to detect ANY input lag across any number of games I play.

The main reasons I like these monitors are the fact that they are IPS panels and they are 16:10 aspect ratio. These are not top of the line IPS panels by any stretch, but if you've never seen an IPS panel in person...it really is night and day. The color reproduction is outstanding and everything seems more vibrant. The aspect ratio is a personal preference, but one I feel very strongly about. I very much prefer 1920x1200 over 1900x1080.

It's very difficult to find a 16:10 IPS monitor in this price range-- When you factor in Dell's warranty and reputation for quality monitors, I think it's a no brainer.

A couple of cons:

  1. no HDMI input
  2. no speakers
  3. fairly aggressive anti-glare coating
ArrKayCee [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

I see now. Yeah I have an IPS display as my secondary because I edit sometimes. Makes sense now. Thanks.

CheyTac [4 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Nice one Declio :D +1

Electrospeed 1 point 12 months ago

You might try delidding to get lower temps. Just my 2 cents.

declio [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I certainly considered delidding prior to the build, but am happy with where my temps are at for now.

Microshrimp [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

What does that mean?

Midreian 3 points 12 months ago

Delidding means removing the Integrated Heat Spreader of the CPU to remove their crappy thermal paste and replace it with your own. It usually helps with temps if you get a CPU that runs hot. Granted, it might void your warranty and possibly damage the CPU if you rush it. Just put "Delidding 4770k" in youtube and it'll show you.

Microshrimp [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Whoa! That's the first time I've heard of that. Thanks :)

declio [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Delidding involves removing the top portion of the CPU, which is essentially a heatsink (the metal portion you see with the cpu information on it). This exposes the actual CPU die and allows you to replace the thermal compound intel includes with something of higher quality. This creates better contact between the die, the "lid" (heatsink), and your heatsink unit/fan.

Some people have shown massive temperature improvements delidding haswell chips.

Microshrimp [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

I think I would be too scared to try that, but good to know that it can be done!

JakeyU72 [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Oooh, you're stealin' my thunder haha I'm upgrading today to a 780 Ti, 350D, and white case lights... NCIX should be delivering my stuff shortly :)

01geekyguy 1 point 12 months ago

I have to agree with electrospeed, 90 degrees Celsius won't kill your computer but that is still pretty high

declio [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I meant the max temperature never exceeded 90--the averages over the 12 hour stress test were in the mid 70s. Keep in mind this is under an unrealistic 100% load condition (AIDA). Temps never exceed mid 50s during heavy gaming.

I agree, anything in the 90s would be troublesome...but the h100i keeps the 4770k under 30 at idle and under 60 at load, so I'm happy with that given the overclock.

01geekyguy 1 point 12 months ago

OK, I understand. That's awesome that you can overclock it and keep it at that temp. I have seen in descriptions people saying that they overclock their CPU and it gets pretty hot. I really like your build and it is very good, though it is a little exspensive for my budget.

FlusherBox 1 point 12 months ago

I enjoyed scrolling through your build log very nice!

cam9 1 point 12 months ago

Wooow, great build man. I wish I could give more than +1 , definitely one of nicest/cleanest builds I've seen posted on here.

ck3 [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

love that imgur album.

JerrettOQuinn [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

I wish my 900D came with SSD mounts on the actual case :(

Looks awesome man! :D

zac16 1 point 12 months ago


Maroon 1 point 12 months ago

I have tears in my eyes. Ultimate build that's clean. +1

liqgranite [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Hey... Its my big brother (parts wise)!!!

Great build +++ alot

Bladedrummer [4 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Any reason why you went with a full tower? I find them so bulky and unnecessary unless you're going 3-way or 4-way SLI/Crossfire. This is an amazing build though.

declio [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I really wanted to focus on cable management this time since my last build was a complete mess. Since I was going for more of a "showy" build, I wanted plenty of room for all of my components and cable routing.

So really, form over function.

XDestroyer 1 point 12 months ago

I know a lot of people have this, but why do you have 3 monitors? Is it to game on triple monitors?

declio [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I actually rarely game on all 3. I tried surround on AC4 and it's really cool, but I think it's more of a novelty than anything else.

I do utilize all 3 monitors most of the time. Usually I'll watch a stream or similar on one, game on one, and have my e-mail/messaging on the other.

XDestroyer 2 points 12 months ago

Oh makes sense. I could't figure out a use for the third one lol. And I think gaming on all 3 is cool and all but the black borders annoy me haha.

declio [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I actually also run HDMI from my cable box to one of the monitors so I can watch tv while playing games (mostly sports).

Since the u2412m does not have an HDMI input, I had to purchase an HDMI to DVI/audio splitter. I run the audio back out to my TV for sound. I run displayport from my GPU and switch inputs on the monitors based on what I'm doing. It's a pretty complicated setup but it works for me.

XDestroyer 1 point 12 months ago

Damn TV while gaming must be sick haha.

jokermike [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

damn this rig is too awesome for words :0....

mlembo43 [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Do you happen to know what desk you have? Also, how do you like the 750D? I'm thinking about getting the R4 or the 750D, and the 880 (when it comes out)

declio [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Sorry for the late reply...just saw my messages on this.

It's the Sauder Forte Desk "Return" paired with the Sauder Forte Pedestal File from Office Depot.



I discovered it from a user on reddit who posted their setup and I absolutely love it. The return is not meant to be a "desk" per se but it works perfectly with tons of flat space. I really wanted a large and deep desk for all three monitors. It's pretty pricey but the quality is awesome and it was worth the money in my opinion. It is HEAVY though and took me 3-4 hours to assemble.

mlembo43 [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

It's okay, and thanks so much...

Shysti [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Very nice build, what desk are you using that can fit the monitors so nicely? I'm searching for a good one.

declio [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Hey--see comment reply above.