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Simplicity is Bliss
by aludka
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Description

This will be my second build from this site. Built it mostly for gaming and a few minor other things. I picked up most of the parts from eBay for this build.

As I'm sure you'll notice, a number of the hardware items are last generation. I went for the last generation for a few reasons, primarily being the price to performance ratio. Just between the CPU, motherboard, and GPU I was able to save at around $400 by going with last generation. And lets be honest, when you compare generation X to generation Y most people would never be able to tell the difference on most hardware.

While I was collecting the parts I spent time custom sleeving almost every cable in the case, front panel, fans, power supply, etc.

For the parts breakdown;

CPU - I-3570K is a given for gaming. This one seems to overclock very well. I currently have it at 4.5GHz @ 1.232 vCore stable. From it performance so far I believe I can get it down to at least 1.200 vCore stable, or very close to it. Right now I'm leaving at 1.232 vCore.

CPU cooler - Picked this up strictly for the looks, but it cools very well. When I started OCing the CPU at 4.5GHz @ 1.275 vCore the hottest I was able to get it was 80c with Intel Burn Test. Right now ([email protected]) it idles at 32, gaming at apx 50 and tops out at about 73.

Motherboard - Used this same one on another build and I liked the feature set and found it at a fairly good price so I went with it again. Plus it matched the small accents of red I was going for.

GPU - I originally had a reference EVGA 680SC+ complete with a custom loop planned out and all the parts purchased, but the card was having major stability issues during testing so it got RMA'd and I got back a FTW+. This would be great except for the fact that my reference water block does not fit the FTW+ and the FTW+ card is slightly longer than the SC+ so it hits the radiator in the front of the case so I have to put the water loop on hold until I get a new case.

    -Other than that it has been great. It overclocks like a champ hitting 1350 MHz without breaking a sweat.

Case - Speaking of cases, I reused this case from a prior build and it is great for smaller simpler builds, ie air cooling and only a few drives. The cable management can be a real pain in the @$$ on the bottom half especially if you have to move anything around on the underside. I will be getting a larger tower case shortly so this will do just fine for now.

The rest of the stuff is self-explanatory so I will not get into details about it.

As always its been fun picking out parts here at PCPartPicker.com and I look forward to the next build.

Details
Date PublishedApril 1, 2014
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load72.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.35Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.5GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load80.0° C
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JalYt_Justin 3 points 5 months ago

Overall a pretty good build, although now you can get next gen stuff for around the same price, not sure how it was when you bought these parts.

The only issue I have is with that case, it looks like it could be fairly restrictive in cooling and cable management, although I could see it be used for convenience. You'll have to let me know how that case is like.

Besides that, overall a very good build. +1

 
 
aludka [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 5 months ago

The case is ok for smaller and simple builds. Like I said in the OP the cable management underneath the motherboard tray is a real pain. As far as the cooling goes it really great with 140mm*2 fans in the front the air has an unrestricted path from the front, through the cooler and out the back.

As far a next gen parts go the I5-4670k was was 75$ more, the 1150 version of the motherboard was another 50 and a comparable 4GB GPU is 150-200 more(GTX770's) so I think I save a fair bit by only sacrificing an unnoticeable performance gain.

 
 
xx116xx [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

WOW. Very nice cable management. This thing is a beast. +1

 
 
aludka [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Thank you very much. It was my first time doing custom sleeving. It looks really nice but man was it a pain...first time learning mistakes I mean.

 
 
Norm101 [2 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

That is one massive cooler! Nice build.

 
 
aludka [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 5 months ago

It is. I added an extra 140mm fan on the rear to help pull a few more cfm's out the rear. I definitely would not put that baby on a vertical board. I would be afraid it would warp the board.

 
 
DanniieBoiiy 1 point 5 months ago

Have you flashed the bios to make it equivalent to a 770 yet?

 
 
aludka [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

No. I have not looked into that. I'm not even sure how to do it or if it would be beneficial. Besides, even with the minor overclocking I've done on this card I've gotten it up to over 1350MHz easy, which is more than enough for my purposes. And fixing a messy overclock is easier than fixing a messed up BIOS flash...

 
 
Moops 1 point 5 months ago

Gorgeous build, have you tested the 680 in any games?

 
 
aludka [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

It hits the max on pretty much everything I own. I don't have BF4 so not sure on that yet. But for my use its more than enough. Thank you.

 
 
Akut [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

My only complaint about the build is a lack of an SSD. Nowadays, it's the #1 upgrade many people recommend just for the smoothness of operating the OS.

Other than that, very nice! +1

 
 
aludka [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Sorry, I guess the SSD never made it into the parts list. There is a 160GB Intel drive in there. I'll fix it. Thank you.

 
 
Akut [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

It's been updated. Very nice. I'm impressed with your wiring. Mine will never be that neat.

 
 
aludka [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

The only reason mine got like that is because soon after it was complete the PSU went ****-up and had to be RMA'd, and it happened right before X-Mass so the RMA process took an extra 2 weeks and I had nothing else to do.

 
 
babachicken 1 point 1 month ago

how is that rnx n180ube?

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

It's not bad. Good signal strength though multiple walls and about 100 ft from the router. The drivers are nice and stable. Don't use the one on the CD though, I couldn't get it to install with Win7. The ones from the Rosewill site worked great.

My only complaint is that its a single band on the 2.4 GHz frequency so there can be a lot of interference at times. But overall for $20 not bad at all.

 
 
babachicken 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks!, what speeds are you getting?

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

To be honest I'm not really sure on the total network throughput, but when I stream movies, through plex, I get 12-15 MBps just fine. It gets a little choppy at >20MBps, but that could also be due to transcoding issues as well. When I download stuff from the internet I get capped at 24-30Mbps, but that's just my internet speed cap.

I've never had a speed problem. My only issue is that since it only runs on the 2.4GHz frequency I have to switch channels every once and a while, but I also live in a condo complex and there are a lot of wireless access points around on the 2.4GHz frequency. Not to mention that just about every other wireless product works on that frequency as well.

If/when I replace it I'll be getting a dual channel, 5GHz and 2.4GHz.

But like I said, for $20 it works really well.