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[2013 November] Haswell Upgrade
by Melchinoir
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Description

This was originally posted without a description, I was just uploading my build for my own reference / enjoyment and wasn't expecting it to garner any attention. I apologize for any confusion I caused to those who commented with nothing to go on.

Microcenter. Microcenter is evil and a scourge against my wallet. Not really, but Microcenter is basically the reason why this build (in its obviously unbalanced state) exists. This is an upgrade to a build that I originally put together at the beginning of May that used an FX-6300 with this same GTX 660 on an ASUS M5A97 R2.0 board. It was great for just general use, but I found out that the CPU was somewhat lacking when it comes to MMOs. It was fine for just normal gameplay, but when it came to field boss raids, my frames would just crap out. On top of that, my task manager was showing me that at any given point in time, I basically had anywhere from 1~3 cores doing almost nothing and the other cores were close to maxing out while bossing, so I decided that I wanted to flip over to Intel for the first time in...over a decade now I think (my first build was when I was 12 with an Athlon 64 3200+).

CPU
This was originally just going to be an i5-4670k, but Microcenter had that ridiculous sale where the i7-4770k was brought down to the same price as their i5-4670k, so I jumped on it and just got the i7. That's basically the reason for the huge discrepancy between the CPU and the graphics card. I know that for a properly balanced build, I should have a weaker CPU and a much strong graphics card than this rig currently has, but it literally cost me nothing extra to get the 4770k over the 4670k. On top of that, as far as I'm concerned, I will be good to go with this CPU for several years and won't have to worry about changing it (and the associated motherboard) for quite some time.

CPU Cooler
Leftover from my original build. Got it on sale almost 2 months ago from Amazon. Originally used on an overclocked FX-6300 and was upgrading from a Xigmatek Gaia. People have had mixed experiences with this cooler it seems; my personal experience has been great so far, though of course that's simply anecdotal, so take my experience as you will. I have not gotten around to overclocking this new i7 yet, but I will probably over the holidays.

Motherboard
Bundle deal at Microcenter with an unlocked processor, $30 off their list price of $159.99 for a total of $129.99. not much to say here, I picked the UD3H specifically because I'm a fan of blue and because my RAM from the original build has blue heat spreaders and I wasn't about to buy new ram again just to have matching colors. Quality-wise, it's one of the go-to boards for the mid-range z87 build from what I've seen, the others being the MSI GD-45 and the ASRock Extreme4.

RAM
Another reused part from my original AMD build. Not much to say here, standard 8gb RAM, 1600MHz from a popular company. Somewhat low-latency, 8-8-8-24 currently on 1.5v, nice but nothing to rip your jaws at (that was bad I'm sorry). Originally bought with the blue heat spreader to match the heatsinks on my old M5A97, they're still (somewhat) matching now on the UD3H...though the shades of blue are slightly off...

SSD
This is pretty much where my build's total price saves an enormous amount. Again, another reused part. I got the SSD a year and some months ago for my laptop and I just reused it. I know that OCZ just declared bankruptcy recently and that I'll be **** out of luck if my SSD decides to just die on me, but so far I've been very satisfied with its performance in the year that I've been using it.

I have a hard drive in my build too, but I couldn't find it on the parts list; its originally a 4 year old 1.5TB Western Digital external drive that required an external power cable, so I just popped off the casing and lo and behold, there's a 3.5" WD Green inside. It's a really old model that I think only has like 16MB cache, so that's probably why I couldn't find it in the parts list. Reused that for just storage.

Video Card
Here's the part that people are up in arms about. Yes, the GTX 660 is very much an underperforming part compared to my CPU, but again, that's just the result of this being an upgrade instead of a clean build. Even so, everything I play runs pretty much at max or close to max settings (I don't play the latest and greatest AAA+ titles, especially not FPS's, so it's no wonder why). For now, this leftover card works just fine for me. In the future, when I need a stronger graphics card, I just buy one and drop it in, no problem.

Case
What can I say, I splurged on the case because I'm picky about the look of these sorts of things. Another reused part from my original AMD build. Good quality, I love the design, and it has a fan controller for the HAVIK 140, which uses 3-pin fans without PWM control.

Power Supply
Like many other things in this list, old part from my original AMD build. Seasonic: trust branded, fully modular, great reviews on JohnnyGuru and the like. I decided to shell out for a good quality power supply in my original build so that I could continue to use it and reuse it for many years to come. Was it overkill for the original build? Very much so. Is it still overkill for this build? Pretty much, but it looks a little more at home now.

Part List
Details
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.02Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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leftyrojas430 [1 Build] 3 points 8 months ago

Good build, but why 660?

 
 
dalethezombie [2 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

he could get 2

 
 
Melchinoir [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Ah, gonna update description, but basically this is an upgrade, not a clean build. I built my original about 6 months ago with the 660 and an FX-6300 on an ASUS M5A95 R2.0. I'd been thinking about switching to an i5, and then the 4770k went on sale at microcenter for the same price as the i5 so I went ahead and took advantage of the sale + motherboard bundle and just got the i7.

Right now my GPU does fine for what I play (mostly MMOs, which is why I felt like the FX series wasn't quite doing it for me, those floating point operations...) but I will probably just upgrade the GPU in the future when I need to, thinking a 770 or equivalent.

 
 
RyanRocksCanon [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Killer price for that i7 man!

 
 
hanss [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

description?

 
 
Melchinoir [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Oh wow, I forgot to disable comments, I was just uploading the build for my own reference. Whooops, I guess I'll go write one in now that this somehow got a bunch of attention.

 
 
comptech0408 1 point 8 months ago

What do you think of that cooler, I'm considering it myself. +1 from me!

 
 
Melchinoir [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Check out my comment to Oldking below.

 
 
FlimFlamPhlegm 1 point 8 months ago

is there a difference between costa rica and malaysia Intel CPUs?

 
 
SparkyOnPC 1 point 8 months ago

what desk?

 
 
Melchinoir [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago
 
 
SparkyOnPC 1 point 8 months ago

THANKS! :)

 
 
Zeus [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

i'd love to see a description.

 
 
TheOne 1 point 8 months ago

Those figures

 
 
Xaftz [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Nice build for that price! +1

Also, love the posters and figures you got in your room.

 
 
djsav [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

why is that ssd showing 0$

 
 
Oldking [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

How's the CPU cooler? I've heard excellent things about them, I just want to be certain before I buy one to finish my build.

 
 
Melchinoir [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

I have had a good experience with mine. I haven't overclocked this CPU yet, but the original build that this is an upgrade to was running an FX-6300 @ 4.2Ghz on 1.35v. My stress testing temps were lower 50's after several hours; the original cooler I had with that build was a Xigmatek Gaia and the temps for the same setup were hitting almost upper 60's (almost 70 a few times, was not a temp that I was comfy with).

So, performance-wise, I'd say it's pretty good, but of course my experience is only anecdotal. A lot of benchmarks show this cooler as performing very similarly to the NH-D14, but there are a few that show it performing worse than even a Hyper 212 (the frostytech benchmarks come to mind).

Cons for this cooler, it is pretty LOUD at max voltage. Especially if you run both fans. The fans are also only 3-pin so if you don't have a voltage based controller (either on your mobo or on your case), you're outta luck for noise.

Considering I got it on sale on Amazon for a decent price (I've seen em go for around $55ish recently, compared to the $70~$80 retail when they were still manufactured), I'm pretty satisfied with it.

 
 
JoeyThePCNoob [2 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Dat image quality= +1

 
 
istealunderwear [7 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

What camara is this? Really good build for that price.

 
 
Melchinoir [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

It's just one of those janky point-n-shoot digital cameras, Canon Powershot of some model from like 3 years ago.

 
 
Emre_A. 1 point 7 months ago

Holy crap, you got some pretty good deals

 
 
KidZer0 1 point 3 months ago

Can you tell me where you got the desk from?

 
 
xshadowinxbc [2 Builds] 0 points 8 months ago

Hm... this build is kind eh. I've seen the 660 GTX go on bigger sales than 171$... and at that price it isn't really competitive with some other cards that are just a bit more. Also, it's an ASUS. ASUS is terrible for RMA's and stuff. Be very careful. If you've got time, take that thing back and get EVGA or something.

And that CPU cooler probably isn't going to be enough to overclock Haswell with anyway. You should have just stayed with the stock cooler on your CPU, then used the extra money to buy a better graphics card. Then, later on you could have bought an AIO cpu cooling unit that would actually let you get to 4.5Ghz+ on your processor.

I like your figure collection though. Anime fan myself.

 
 
LivingDragon88 [1 Build] 0 points 8 months ago

I like your upgrades. I'm building a computer right now and I'm going with two Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB video cards on 2-way SLI, an ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 motherboard and the Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core CPU.

 
 
LivingDragon88 [1 Build] 0 points 8 months ago

I like your upgrades. I'm building a computer right now and I'm going with two Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB video cards on 2-way SLI, an ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 motherboard and the Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core CPU.

 
 
LivingDragon88 [1 Build] 0 points 8 months ago

I like your upgrades. I'm building a computer right now and I'm going with two Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB video cards on 2-way SLI, an ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 motherboard and the Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core CPU.

 
 
DownloadMoreRAM -1 points 8 months ago

should have at least gotten a GTX 660 TI or a GTX 760

 
 
ravagex -1 points 8 months ago

No description no up vote

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jai127 3 points 8 months ago

^ This kid.

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SparkyOnPC 2 points 8 months ago

ungrateful ****.

 
 
DownloadMoreRAM 1 point 8 months ago

um... ok?

 
 
jaredt [1 Build] -3 points 8 months ago

Why would you get an I7 and a Gtx 660?! I hope your just waiting to get a gtx 770 or non reference 290. Otherwise this may be the worst balanced build on here yet.

 
 
Melchinoir [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Sorry for not putting in a description, I originally had only intended on saving this to my profile for my own enjoyment, wasn't planning / expecting community response.

Basically, this isn't a clean build, it's an upgrade. I jsut jumped on the 4770k sale from Microcenter ($199.99 + $30 off the UD3H bundled). My original build was an FX-6300 paired with the 660.

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uin12nerfer 4 points 8 months ago

stupid troll, not every pc on this website is for gaming. Also, the xbox one has such crappy performance my old dell optiplex stomps on it.

 
 
hanss [1 Build] 4 points 8 months ago

lollolololololololol nice one a gtx 660 owns any console and this build is a million times better.

 
 
Really2n2 3 points 8 months ago

Dude, why are you on a PC builder website and throwing rocks at PCs?

 
 
danielfinan 2 points 8 months ago

Why would you have a account on this site if you would prefer xbox's over gaming PC's? He didn't even state what this machine was used for yet,no description at this time. This makes me rethink this community a LITTLE bit...

 
 
SethMatrix 1 point 8 months ago

lol