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First Build 2013 CrossfireX, 4.4 GHz OC, 16 GB RAM, 120hz Monitor
by TheLaneDog
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Description

Incredibly fast - this is my first build and I can't be happier. I run games like CS:GO and BOII at very high FPS with Ultra settings. Perfect for school work, image editing, and gaming.

I OCed the monitor to 120hz (120hz.net for tutorial) and it runs games smoothly at 2560x1440 pixels (80% more than 1080p).

The Cooler Master runs quiet - I turned down the fan settings in the motherboard control panel.

Intel Core i5 processor - easy OC to 4.4 GHz. Works well under stress! No crashes or overheating.

BIG thanks to Computer Professor for helping me with my build!!

Details
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load65.0° C
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.1GHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.5GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle40.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load75.0° C
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Nendo [2 Builds] 14 points 14 months ago

hack forums... lol

 
 
iSkillzorz 8 points 14 months ago

DayZ!!!

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Bwdzxc 2 points 14 months ago

This is so false not even funny.

 
 
TheLaneDog [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 14 months ago

How so? It's a good PSU

 
 
Booth21209 5 points 14 months ago

I believe he was referring to your comment that the PSU doesn't really matter. Which is false. You do not want to look for the cheapest PSU, you want to look for the best quality PSU within your needs and price-range. Wattage is not synonymous with quality and an HX or AX PSU would provide the same wattage, but with a much higher quality delivery system.

 
 
Bwdzxc 2 points 14 months ago

Sense you deleted your comment; which said something along the lines of as long as you get a high wattage psu your fine, psu doesn't matter. Brand and quality matters a hell of a lot more than watts.

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jakethemp [2 Builds] 3 points 14 months ago

nice build. only thing I would change is the power supply. upgrade to a modular supply the corsairs that are modular, are crazy nice. I have a 750 watt non modular but I have a haf x to hide the wires.

like I said, take a look at a modular, gold or platinum rated power supply

 
 
TheLaneDog [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 14 months ago

Apparently it takes YEARS of 24/7 computing to actually see a difference in electricity costs with platinum or gold. Just wish I got a MODULAR to effectively manage cables!!!

 
 
Booth21209 3 points 14 months ago

Cost isn't the problem he was referring to. He was reffering to the fact that any input that isn't converted is turned directly into heat. With a bronze power supply, that means that %15 of the power that goes into it is turned into heat, which is bad. If it is running max load for a while, this extra heat can have adverse effects on the PSU. It is better to get platinum or gold rated PSUs because there is less heat, which means the PSU should last longer, and there will be less heat in the case as well.

 
 
TheLaneDog [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Good point, Ill take that into consideration if I make another build in the far future. Thanks for explaining!

 
 
Booth21209 1 point 14 months ago

Your welcome. Alot of people often look over the PSU in their first builds.

 
 
jakethemp [2 Builds] 2 points 14 months ago

yeah I hear ya there. I have the semi modular and wish I would have gone differently. and I remember reading a few articles that avged 15-30$ per year in savings with gold and plat, don't quote me on that though. epicness on the build by the way

 
 
Thomskon 1 point 7 months ago

i Realise this is an old build but i wanted a look at this cooler. and i just thought id chip in to say that with Platinum and gold it isnt just electricity costs that come into the matter. Having better efficiency will help deliver the proper power that overclocked components need. I had this exact power supply and I found I was getting alot of fluctuation in the power being used by my cpu and gpu's that were oc'd. i ended up researching for quite some time and realised it was time for a new psu. i got the rm750 and i never had the problem again. It could have just been a matter of quality in the capacitors but i believe for overclockers it is better to get the best efficiency possible

 
 
aragorn98 3 points 14 months ago

Great looking build. Nice cable management. However just one question, why two Crossfire bridges?

 
 
TheLaneDog [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Need it or the overclock on my monitor wouldn't work xD

 
 
DanniieBoiiy 2 points 14 months ago

Wow... thats some beautiful pc lighting :3. i like this build :)

 
 
Spirafall [1 Build] 2 points 14 months ago

This is sweet. The cooler and the LEDs look nice on this build. You gave the cooler 3 stars though, so I'm guessing it didn't perform to your specifications? Also, what were your thoughts on the WD Caviar Black? Just curious.

Thanks for sharing! This is a really nice build and the parts selection is great.

 
 
TheLaneDog [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 14 months ago

Cooler works great - it's just really loud at times.
the WD Caviar functions perfectly, but it also can be pretty loud (the buzzing noise of the pin on the disk). It feels like it's amplified through the case. I'm not sure if all HDs are like this, but this one certainly is.

 
 
TestBuilds 1 point 14 months ago

I read this article on Bit-Tech about how often lots of storage isn't necessary, so to keep things quieter, people could use older and cheaper SSDs. Plus, it will still be pretty fast for game boot times. Just thought I would throw that out since your HDD is loud. It's something that I think more builders should look into (as long as they don't have a ton of media) although it will definitely get pricy.

 
 
TheLaneDog [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

I use the HDD for storage since I got the SSD. 120GB on SSD is actually perfect. I have plenty of space for programs and things.
Ive got all 100 GB of games on my HDD meaning that when I play games, it can get kind of noisy

 
 
Booth21209 1 point 14 months ago

If it will get expensive, then that is the reason why alot of builders don't do it. There are other things to focus on in a build besides the storage. If noise is an issue, then a caviar green drive will suit you fine in tandem with a fast boot SSD.

 
 
PickItApart 2 points 14 months ago

Awesome build. Congrats. I'm sure it must tear apart all games. Why did you get 2 x 7970?

 
 
TheLaneDog [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 14 months ago

Extra FPS and power. It was recommended by a friend, and I thought Crossfire would be cool

 
 
jazzymouse [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

And you're not wrong, I'm on my way to 7970 crossfire heaven in a week! ;) fantastic build.

 
 
TestBuilds 2 points 14 months ago

That is a nice looking cooler! I've never seen it before. Either way, very nice build.

 
 
5358027p 2 points 14 months ago

This is a sick build.

 
 
colours [1 Build] 2 points 14 months ago

nice build. I dont think you need to plug in 2 crossifre cables :P

 
 
TheLaneDog [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Funny you say that - I thought the same. When I OCed my monitor to 120hz, I wasnt able to run Bioshock Infinite or BOII.
Soon I realized that I needed 2 cables, or the games would crash. :)

 
 
DontUSASme 2 points 14 months ago

Where'd you get the wallpaper? Nice build!

 
 
TheLaneDog [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

I made a big pack of 2560x1440 high quality wallpapers from across the internet.
Here: http://www.mediafire.com/?ld8qlxwc6tfrpld

Pass is: hfrules1337 (it was originally for HF members)

 
 
Baldr 2 points 14 months ago

That is really best setup for that money. Not sure about 3570K being enough to handle 7970 in crossfire, but i don't have expirence with it, and you say you don't have problem, so... this is just perfect, hat down.

BTW : Script kiddie or you have some srs skills ? :P

 
 
TheLaneDog [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Im a teenager and Im working on learning on Python - waiting to get my Leap Motion unit this summer

and thank you for SUCH a genuine comment!! I did a ton of research and several revisions to get it just right. I also got help from some very experienced computer experts on Hackforums

 
 
Baldr 1 point 14 months ago

Great, your effort payed out :) And learning Python is great opinion, my friend have great job as IT Architect.

 
 
DrunkCows [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Anyone that uses hackforums is obviously a script kitty man.

 
 
tritomitops [1 Build] 2 points 14 months ago

awesome, u should call this galactus.

 
 
TheLaneDog [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Totally! cool name man!!

 
 
itzzjason 1 point 14 months ago

wow where did you get that monitor for $317?! I WANT!
they usually go for about $400

 
 
EricG 1 point 14 months ago

Check ebay

 
 
TheLaneDog [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Also go to 120hz.net and check out OCing tutorials if you want to OC. I'm running 2560x1440 at 120hz without a problem.
You can't get monitors like this for $300-$400, if fact you can't find them anywhere stock at 120hz. 120hz is not yet a standard in the monitor industry; apple's 27" cinema displays only run at 60hz (half the frames, fps = hz)

 
 
AustinL_MVP 1 point 14 months ago

so instead of getting a h100i i can get a Cooler Master V6 and it would do me same good temps for the OC like that...

 
 
TheLaneDog [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Depends... my house is pretty cool most the time - plus the chip I got might just be really efficient. Thanks all for the great responses!!

 
 
Ggadget 1 point 14 months ago

A xigmatek dark knight is even better.

 
 
Indloon [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

The cable management is not the best, you should really over do it, because it blocks obviously airflow in your case!

Plus I got a question, why didn't you go with bigger case, like Fractal Design R4 for an example? :o

But other than that, nice build ;)

 
 
TheLaneDog [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks so much dude! This was my first build and my lack of experience lead to poor cable management... I accidentally bought a psu with built in cables (which are big and take up space) I was going to get the full-tower but I thought it would be wayy to big :D

 
 
Javanode [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

oh my damn! flip the psu perhaps? so it doesn't suck hot air from the gpu

 
 
TheLaneDog [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

I see what u mean but I switched it because I wasn't sure if the pc would be on a carpet. Instead, I put the fan on the inside. The GPU sucks in air and pushes it out the side (instead of into the PSU luckily)

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Marcopolo 1 point 13 months ago

Must be pissed when gtx 770 were released xD

Start litecoin mining

 
 
LegoPC [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

How are you supporting the GPUs? From the photos they don't seem to have any sag, or do they?

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hunter32tz [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

So you're a dayz hacker? Lmfao

 
 
vElectrixx 1 point 12 months ago

Amazing build! I also want your desktop wallpaper :D

 
 
xdownfall 1 point 11 months ago

Love your setup.. aside from that any issues with your build? how are you liking the Crossfire 7970s? I can't decide between those or SLI 770 or single 780. </3 ughhh first build contemplations...

 
 
JamJam21 [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

nice pc looks great, where did you get the purple leds???

 
 
LookTopHats [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

All i will say is, all great parts, what a beauty!

 
 
SuperStinger 1 point 9 months ago

beutiful

 
 
jchamb49 [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

how do you like that wireless network adapter?

 
 
ITneto 1 point 4 months ago

How is the MS sidewinder x4?

 
 
DjArtifact 0 points 14 months ago

Why did you go with crossfire? Recently, reviewers have been able to test the length of individual frames and crossfire has so many runts (really short frames) it ends up actually looking like a lower FPS than what the card is putting out.

Edit: Can anyone explain why you would go crossfire even if it gives no visual benefit?

 
 
Enlyten [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Maybe you want to do some Bitcoin Mining, or dedicate one GPU as a rendering machine... The OP probably did this for the visual benfit, and I would like to see your source.

 
 
DjArtifact 0 points 14 months ago

The price of bitcoins just dropped a ton and these new butterflylabs miners will replace GPU mining soon anyway. Also here is the source for Frame rating.

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DjArtifact 1 point 14 months ago

And I'm answering your example... chill out.

 
 
TheLaneDog [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Crossfire gives no visual benefit?? When I play games without crossfire enabled, I get 1/2 the FPS!! It also helps run the resource heavy monitor under stress

 
 
TheLaneDog [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

I understand what you're trying to say here, but don't tell me Nvidia doesn't have similar issues. LUCKILY it's a driver issue, and not a hardware issue. If anything, it'll be fixed in the future.
Hell, my gaming experience remains unchanged by so called "runt" frames. I rarely notice it, and when I do I doubt it's caused by CF.

 
 
DjArtifact 0 points 14 months ago

Nvidia does have similar issues but not nearly to the scale of AMD. And it isn't just drivers, it is hardware too. You don't see the runt frames, that is the whole issue. If you are getting 120fps on FRAPS with crossfire you might only be seeing 60 or 80 normal frames so it doesn't look like 120fps.

 
 
TheLaneDog [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 14 months ago

Actually you're kind of wrong about it being an entirely hardware issue... Please read this article. Nvidia hardware HAS THE SAME PROBLEM, they just have frame metering on multi-GPU solutions to fix it. Luckily AMD has been working on similar driver solutions.

http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Frame-Rating-AMD-Improves-CrossFire-Prototype-Driver

So yes, it can be fixed using updated drivers. Are you by any chance an Nvidia "fanboy"?? I'm pretty new to this stuff, but I still don't see how CF gives "no visual benefit".

 
 
DjArtifact -1 points 14 months ago

Didn't say it was entirely a hardware issue or that Nvidia doesn't have it. I said that it is partially a hardware issue and Nvidia has the issue but has a lot less runt frames. The prototype driver is based on an extremely old pre-never settle driver that lacks game optimizations like the new drivers. No, I'm not a Nvidia fanboy, I'm just saying that CF doesn't actually look like a higher FPS than a single card.

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Destrokk [2 Builds] 0 points 14 months ago

There is a HUGE ATI following here, so be careful on how you word things or prepare to get down voted and flamed. :P

From what I've gathered, ATI drivers have improved tremendously over the past year. So there is a chance that it has improved.

 
 
miniclipgamer [2 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

I agree that some people are biased, but I'd have to say that I've seen about 5/8 Nvidia on this website.