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Red $2100 gaming BEAST
by Zay48
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Firstly, I spent a little more because I did buy everything from Canada Computers, however pcpartpicker wouldn't detect some parts. It was more convenient for me since I live minutes away from a Canada Computers. In total with tax I spent about $2400. Also, I took my current OCZ power supply out of our old family computer which a family friend built and bought a cx500 to put in that. So I just chose the closest thing to it. I'm happy with the OCZ, my only gripe is that it isn't modular. Don't worry, I did lots of research to make sure it was up to the task of powering this beast. I tried my best at cable management and I think I did a good job.

Im only 15 (almost 16) so this is my first big purchase. I'm happy to say I saved up for it all myself with my job. I'm very pleased with how it turned out. BEFORE you ask any questions read the last paragraphs, I think I'll answer most there when I explain everything :p

4670k - I was lucky to get a really good chip, I managed to get it up to 4.6 with a 212 EVO! Stays under 65c and is a stable OC.

212 EVO - Installation was straightforward and I'm happy with this. I bought a red LED fan to put on it too.

G45 Gaming - I was torn between this and the VI Hero, I went with this because it was $30 cheaper and IMO even with or even better than the hero. It looks great, BIOS is very nice, has all the connectivity I need. Very happy with this so far, I'd recommend it for sure.

Corsair Vengeance Pro - I went with 1866 because it was only $3 more than 1600 at the time so why not? No problems so far and the sticks look really nice.

WD Black 1TB - No problems yet, does everything I expected it to do.

Asus DirectCUII 780 - My favourite part of the system. This is a really sexy card and it performs amazing, I couldn't be any happier. Droops a bit but I'll find a way to fix that.

CM Storm Trooper - Really great case, I wish there was a windowed side panel version but there's not, so I've ordered a windowed side panel from the CM website. Airflow is great, room for everything and great cable management. Mine came with a few stripped and bent screws but no biggie.

PSU - See first paragraph. I really tried my best at cable management for my first build, I think it looks good.

Monitor - For it's price I really am very happy with it. No dead pixels, I can't see any ghosting, input lag, anything like that.

Quicfire TK - I got the red version and I love it. Has rubberized flip out feet which is huge for me. Also very stiff.

Sentinel Advance ii - Really great, the plastic doesn't bother me and I play with the weights in. The two thumb buttons are positioned perfectly for me. It also fits my large hands like a dream.

Sirus 5.1 Headset - Nice headset, very comfortable, great sound :) 1 question I expect is why the CM circlejerk? Well because I wanted that red and black color scheme. I made SURE I was getting quality though, I wouldn't have bought CM had I not known I'd be happy. Another is probably going to be why only a cheaper 1080p monitor with a 780? Well I'm saving up or asking for a 1440p monitor for christmas and I couldn't afford one with all my other components.. Plus this one has given me no problems.

Any other question's feel free to ask ;P

Future plans: My next paycheck is going towards a windowed side panel so you can see my sexy components, the NZXT Hue, bitfenix sleeved cable extensions, and games. That's it for the immediate short term. Longer term is going to be another 780 to power that 1440p monitor I talked about at highest settings, they're a lot of money though :( I'll need a better PSU and will probably go for an AX 860. Also getting an SSD to put OS and Games on

Thanks for reading! Have a good day :)

Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.6GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle33.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load65.0° C
Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB DirectCU II Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate889MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle25.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load55.0° C
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TheRealCheekyGit 7 points 16 months ago

Sweet build. Very good CM. +1

Sabotage 6 points 16 months ago

Love the cm case and accessories.

YourLocalPCNoob [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

would you say its better to save 30-40 dollars on the G45 than the GD-65?

Zay48 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Yes. Only difference between the two is more pci and sata ports, oh and a few buttons that aren't necessary anyways

xIMcCloud29Ix [3 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

Really good build, I hope my chip is a as good as yours! Or at least somewhere near it (even a 4.4 with higher load temps would be good for me). Oh well. I think a 4.2 would suit me if need be.

Zay48 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

I'm sure you have no problem reaching 4.2 the first batch(s) of Haswell seemed to be the worst

neptonium20008 [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Nice, I have a Cooler Master Storm Stryker White.

SparkyOnPC 1 point 16 months ago

ah, nice build :) although for an extra $15 or so you could have gotten the galaxy gtx 780 Hall of Fame edition for more frames :)

Quintana 1 point 16 months ago

Nice job and I envy you, I cannot imagine ever being able to pull the trigger on a $700 GPU, makes me anxious just thinking about it.

fizzwizz15 1 point 16 months ago

Wicked! :D

felixchen 1 point 15 months ago


IMANice16 1 point 12 months ago

I want to see the back of the computer. Nice red theme.

lwcdnet 1 point 11 months ago

Those are great temperature readings! Says alot about the Case's cooling abilities, as well as your fans and other cooling choices.

If you wanted a windowed side panel on your case, is there a reason you didn't opt for the Cooler Master Storm STRYKER? I am looking at doing a build now and looking at cases brought me to your build, so I'm interested in your feedback about why you chose the Storm Trooper vs Storm Stryker?

sickmen123 1 point 8 months ago

i would say that if you are spending $2100, get an i7 3770k or 4770k. ;)

goku9122 [4 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

An MSI Twin Frozr GTX 780 would be better. It performs better than the DirectCU II and it completes the MSI red gaming theme.

Bu it stills a great build. +1

f1aminfury 1 point 11 days ago


sweet build were basically similar lol :P

was also looking at the nzxt hue . if you manage to get it before me let me know :P also how is that keyboard ? and case fan? and cpu cooler? lol and monitor? like everything?

RebellionBird -1 points 13 months ago

The storage is outdated. You can get a 2TB hard drive for cheaper. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st2000dm001

LookTopHats [2 Builds] -2 points 16 months ago

Great build, what was your job?

godshawk 1 point 16 months ago

Quadruple post.

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