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My Dream PC
by jchan94
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Description

When we first build our computers, we always wish that we could always build that dream PC. The PC that we could spend a couple thousand on, and still be prideful of what it looks like.

Finally, after saving up the money for a bunch of parts, I built this machine. I bet you're thinking damn, this guy must be a baller. Unfortunately that is not the case. I am a full time college student just saving up for my PC upgrade. On top of that, a lot of these parts are recycled.

I decided on the parts because of pure performance and aesthetic.

The GTX 770's in SLI are cooled by Corsair H55's with the NZXT G10 bracket, and keep the GPU's cool and quiet.

The RocketRaid card is used for 2 separate raid arrays for photo backup (I'm a photographer).

The way my SSD's are set up is like this: 128gb - OS / Boot Essential Programs 240gb - Programs / Games, etc. 240gb - Scratch for photo editing / Temp 500GB WD HDD - personal file storage 750gb Seagate HDD - Excess file storage (movies, etc).

Hope you all like the build!

Notes on the build: Why not Z97? I did not want to get Z97 because I would personally have to wait for the Haswell refresh. I did not get the parts in this build at the prices that the website says because I got them in deals (I'm just too lazy to edit it).

Why is it so expensive? Items marked as "purchased" were previously owned. A lot of these parts are recycled. SSD, HDDs, Monitors.

Why not custom watercooling? The reason for not getting a custom watercooling kit is because I did not want to throw extra money into the waterblocks, or opt for the 780ti's. In addition to that, I move a lot from college to home and having to drain my PC would be a pain in the butt. But the main reason for not getting custom watercooling was because i would probably lose my drive cage. Unfortunately, I cannot put a server (aka NAS PC, or HTPC combo) where I live in college as I would be the only one to utilize it, so I might as well put the drives in my PC.

Some parts not listed in this build are the Silverstone Tek white sleeved cables (EPS, 4x PCIe, 24PIN Mobo).

Part List
Details
Date PublishedJune 22, 2014
Date BuiltJune 21, 2014
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.0GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle35.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load60.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.11Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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ForLackOfABetterName 7 points 1 month ago

1+ for building a dream fig! and it looks amazing lol.

 
 
Thecautiousone [2 Builds] 14 points 1 month ago

I love figs!! They are good with sugar ;)

 
 
Jesso2k [2 Builds] 3 points 1 month ago

I thought I was the only one on the block with a G10 sli build and not even a day later another emerges! Cool to see and great build.

 
 
Kots1010 [1 Build] 3 points 29 days ago

Same here! (well crossfire in my case) Man they perform great.

 
 
Jesso2k [2 Builds] 2 points 29 days ago

Sexy build. You can update your build list to have the G10's show up on your main part list vs as a custom part. This way when others look up the Red brackets they'll see links to our builds. To do so click here, then on that page click the yellow 'add to partlist' button.

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 1 month ago

Checking out your build now!

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 2 points 29 days ago

Holy ****! Why are those 2TB drives so expensive?!?!?

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 29 days ago

Er. That price is wrong. I got these for like $100 each.

 
 
mikedeeze924 [1 Build] 2 points 29 days ago

Wow...hell of a rig, I LOVE that 760T. Congrats man!

 
 
masrawy_remix 2 points 27 days ago

How is the G930? any problems ? if so, did you find a solution? would yu recommend it ?

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 27 days ago

The G930 is amazing. I have been using it for the past 4 years. Sound is decent, but I'm not a crazy audiophile.

Logitech has decent support so I am on my 3rd headset. The plastic hinges broke on me once, and I think that the battery completely died but they replaced it. Also, the leather wears down eventually, but it's fine.

I would recommend it highly besides. Logitech's 1 year warranty is pretty solid.

 
 
masrawy_remix 1 point 27 days ago

you have been using it for 4 years ? wow, any tips to extend its lifecycle ? like beware of that plastic part or avoid bumping that weak hinge ?

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 26 days ago

Yupp. I haven't used the same headset for 4 years but the same model. Logitech replaced them for me basically. I think its inevitable to break this set.

 
 
CallumShannan 1 point 1 month ago

WOW what i really nice build it really needs more votes but what an awsome pc looks very sexy too LOL tahst deffo 1+

 
 
Apach3 [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago
  • 32GB of Dominator RAM with light bars, check
  • two GTX 770s in SLI cooled by AIO loops, check
  • 9+TB of HDD space plus 600GB of SSD space, check
  • near-$200 case with a gorgeous side window, check

and somehow, a $70 SATA controller ends up in this...

well hey, who am i to complain? it's an incredibly good-looking system and i can tell you're proud of it. i like how you've divvied up the storage spaces and physically labelled the drives.

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks. I am very proud. I labeled the drives for the raid. Just a little easier to keep track of :).

Aha, the raid controller was simply for a Raid 1. Nothing else!

 
 
Apach3 [1 Build] 1 point 29 days ago

ah, i see. nothing wrong with a little bit of organization and extra security :)

 
 
zainathan 1 point 1 month ago

sexy build man holy cow

 
 
GilChris95 1 point 1 month ago

As soon as I read "Dream PC", I knew it was going to be good.

 
 
WombatRider [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

Damn that thing is sexy! And so is the parts list! +1

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 1 month ago

Thank you!

 
 
nytroman [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

winner!

 
 
TooGood 1 point 1 month ago

That is so NICE. I love it.

 
 
Cptkiller2010 1 point 1 month ago

Sniff, its beautiful

 
 
Thecautiousone [2 Builds] 1 point 1 month ago

Your comment made me chuckle :) (the sniff part)

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

Haha, thanks for checking out the build! My friend giggled at this comment as well.

 
 
Thecautiousone [2 Builds] 1 point 29 days ago

Forgot to tell ya that this build ROCKS!!! I want to upgrade from the 410 phantom to this case so bad!!! Just don't know if I am ready to pay 185$ just yet for the case.. plus 90$ for the sleeved kit by EVGA ugh... Expenses huh?

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 29 days ago

The phantom is a case I highly considered when I was building but this one definitely takes aesthetics to a new level. Maybe look at the Silverstone tek sleeved cable extensions?

 
 
Thecautiousone [2 Builds] 1 point 29 days ago

I see the silverstone sleeved cables but then I have to piece them together. I find myself drawn to the EVGA sleeved cables because you can buy the whole set as one you know?

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 29 days ago

The Silverstone ones are just extensions and that's why I liked em. In the future I plan to individually sleeve or buy a set. I believe ensourced is where I would go for sleeved cables.

 
 
Thecautiousone [2 Builds] 1 point 29 days ago

AH!!! I got ya. I just went to EVGA website ;) super easy for the whole set http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=100-CW-1300-B9

 
 
vortex25565 1 point 1 month ago

Congrats for building your dream build! +1

 
 
tabascosauz [2 Builds] 1 point 1 month ago

Wouldn't the regular silver ring on the H105 fit the build better? Also how are your VRM temps? I hear that the tiny fan on the G10 doesn't really cool VRMs properly...

And one more thing, about Z97 you said that you didn't want to wait for Haswell Refresh. You can still use a 4770K on Z97 and all other Haswell v1 chips...it's never too late to take that board back and swap it for a Z97 board...it works exactly the same and you get the benefit of SATAe, M.2 (if implemented), improved SRT, and others.

Nice build, and nice choice on the Seasonic X.

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

I haven't had a chance to check VRMS yet, but I will ASAP and post it!

I was thinking that, but I will have to just see how I like it. I put the red one on because my mobo is the Hero (red). But yeah, I'll switch it up

 
 
RedstoneDJ 1 point 1 month ago

Good, but you kind of skimped out on the processor. With 32gbs of 2133MHz RAM, I would have gone with at least a 4930k, which, to be honest, wouldn't be much of a price difference with level of parts. 16gb of RAM would have been fine, but if you really need it (which you really probably won't) then thats ok.

 
 
LeOrange 2 points 1 month ago

lol the one time the 4770K is UNDERkill xD

 
 
mattias1172 [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

which is why i went for a 4930k in my build, you can never be to careful of the one time curse ;)

 
 
RedstoneDJ 1 point 1 month ago

Well, I would, by no means, say that the 4770k is underkill, but mixed with the other parts in your build, it does seem a bit "lower grade", if you will. It's a much better computer than I'm using, so it is definitely not a bad build.

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

I would have gone for that but it's an extra $200, and I just decided to overclock. I opted for 32gbs because I use the PC for various Video/Photo editing purposes.

On top of that, I just like keeping things open so I don't have to wait.

I would have loved the 4930K, but I was happy enough to get the 4770k since it can overclock & has 4 cores 8 threads @ 3.5, but I OC'd to 4.0 to match the 4990k. Still, I think I will is it a little more to 4.4ghz depending on my usage.

 
 
Rajenator 1 point 1 month ago

+1 great build!

 
 
DodecPCs [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

You would not have had to wait for the Haswell Refresh with the Z97? A 4770K is compatible with it and future proofs it even farther.

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

Yeah the 1150 socket is compatible, but I wouldn't be able to take full advantage of other offerings with the Haswell Refresh.

I didn't see too much of an advantage in the board, and I got this board at a significantly cheaper price.

 
 
DodecPCs [1 Build] 1 point 29 days ago

Well if it was cheaper then that makes sense.

 
 
buckeyefan63 1 point 1 month ago

Your dream PC has a 4930k, don't lie. Lol. Just kidding, awesome build.

 
 
candy [3 Builds] 1 point 1 month ago

Nice build, but if you truly wanted good aesthetics/overkill you should have gone with a custom loop. The case is perfect for it...

 
 
Philldog123 1 point 29 days ago

I would suggest getting some Corsair SP fans to put on your rads. You will get some better temps because those are designed to be put on rads. Overall nice build though. +1

 
 
ProEngPC [1 Build] 1 point 29 days ago

I'm loving that 760T more and more. Seems like a good alternative to the InWin 904 for full-window builds.

Great assembly BTW, this system looks good!

 
 
Josh_Grundon 1 point 29 days ago

100th upvote!

 
 
asura_ [1 Build] 1 point 29 days ago

I haven't seen NZXT video card coolers before. Is it a new trendy thing?

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 1 point 29 days ago

They're pretty cool! Kraken G10 brackets which allow you to mount CPU cooling units that use Asetek mounting systems to your GPUs for better cooling.

People used to do this homebrew with zip ties or community-created brackets. NZXT partnered with a guy named "Dwood" from OCN who actually designed such brackets in order to bring these to the market in an official product. And it just happens that NZXT's coolers all use the Asetek mounting system.

 
 
futures 1 point 25 days ago

Hey did you have no problem with the water cooling installation at the top? Some people say the top cover blocks the air flow to the radiator. Is that true?

 
 
WillrusWalrus 1 point 24 days ago

It is not a dream PC it is a reality PC +1

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Williams0907 [1 Build] 1 point 23 days ago

How do you like the Logitech G930? I had so many interference problems with mine I had to return them. They would never stay connected for more than 30 seconds and I couldn't find a fix online.

 
 
TilarP [1 Build] 1 point 14 days ago

Hey, what coolers did you use for the GPU's if you don't mind me asking.

 
 
NaturalCarr 1 point 12 days ago

How dare you! HOW DARE YOU do such a thing! How DARE YOU call this majestic, artistic, heavenly creation a rig! This isn't a "Dream Rig", this beautiful creature is a "Dream", I dream of having a piece of functional art as beautiful as this one day.

 
 
nehemiahawesome1 [1 Build] 0 points 1 month ago

that is like freaking the best computer ever. with a lot of useless stuff for the normal user. and maybe even for the dream pc. and sadly. it is still not the most expensive computer in pcpartpicker. but it is totally awesome. you could have saved some money by shopping around,

 
 
mattias1172 [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

thats basically what a dream pc is. All the flash and all the overkill.

anyways love the blue/white color scheme in that case. The huge glass side panel tops it off.

 
 
nehemiahawesome1 [1 Build] 1 point 29 days ago

yeah pretty much

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

A lot of these parts are recycled (mostly drives and monitors).

The prices in this do NOT reflect what I got the parts for, but I will try my best to edit them to reflect that.

& thanks for liking the build! :)

 
 
nehemiahawesome1 [1 Build] 1 point 29 days ago

oh thanks for clearing that up. okay thanks anyway and it is still cool.

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xshadowclaw 0 points 29 days ago

Oh.my.god why??? Why did you spend THAT much money on the Hard Drive's? You could have bought some good 80$ Hard Drives or maybe 120$ Hard Drive's and instead used the money on two better graphics cards... I don't even understand why you need that much space any way, just 3TB should be enough for many, many movies, programs and games.

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 29 days ago

In the past I have had a lot of drives crash and because of that I choose the raid array and my work flow cycle. I already filled one array of 2TB. While I could have opted for 780ti's, a lot of these drives were old ones that I owned so I am just excycling.

 
 
Tahab_1 -3 points 1 month ago

Amazing build! But couldn't you have saved money and got a smaller ssd for the OS? Surely 120Gb is way too much?

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

The 128gb SSD was in my old system and that's why I recycled it.

 
 
nehemiahawesome1 [1 Build] -1 points 1 month ago

actually he had a couple of thousand of bucks and said i don't care. just spend all my money. yaya. and now i have the best computer my money can waster but bye

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

A lot of these parts are recycled.

The new parts are the ram, case, PSU, mobo, raid controller, cpu, 2x240gb SSDs.