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System mainly built for gaming, virtualization testing/training as well as coding. It has worked amazing, not a single issue since getting everything installed and overclocked; she has performed above and beyond what I was expecting! Only thing to be hesitant about is when using the Phantek with the R4E motherboard, you'll need to wrap the wire brackets (that hold the fans) with electrical tape as they touch the backside of any card you put in PCI-e slot 1; raw wire + backside of PCB = bad.

The Apple Cinema Display is amazing, though I am still leaning towards the U3013 when its released as the glare off the glass can be... problematic. I don't game competitively so it being locked in at 60hz doesn't bother me thought I have tried researching if anyone has overclocked the screen (they haven't if you were wondering). This thing certainly won't win any performance contests on paper but for what I play - Mass Effect, Crysis, Planet Side, Deus Ex, etc. - I think it is a very solid, well-rounded monitor. Like I said above, I'm not competative, but if you consider yourself so, I would probably steer away. I've never played/used a 120Hz monitor so I can't compare the two, but coming from TN monitors, I really enjoy this thing.

Part List
Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.6GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle31.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load69.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.19Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle29.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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noob_for_life 21 points 23 months ago

damnit!!i just took a shower now i have to go clean my pants to!!

LiquidArrogance [1 Build] 17 points 23 months ago

You win the internet.

Frostbyter 10 points 23 months ago


Well you should be good for the next five or 10 years...

Cool build!

Nendo [1 Build] 4 points 22 months ago

Maybe 2...

zypherstones [1 Build] 6 points 22 months ago

I hope you're kidding. 2 690s, basically quad 680s, will be good for YEARS.

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Doc_Gore [2 Builds] 4 points 23 months ago

I think you could've gone with a better monitor. It would have saved a lot more money and it would have better reaction times. Then you could use the money you saved to go for some higher quaility RAM or even some water cooling. Still, this is a very good build. Good job.

myriad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 23 months ago

Agreed on the monitor. While I love the look, the glare can be absolutely killer at time even with the system facing away from the window. I picked it up locally with an extremely cheap price and 2 years left on the warranty; it will probably be replaced with a U3013 if the antiglare isn't crazy like the U2711/U3011. I've looked at the iFitIt page and it looks like, if you strip out inside you could potentially replace the Apple PCB with something like an Overlord PCB to overclock the panel... probably way too much work to do so.

The Samsung green memory is super low voltage, 32nm and I'm able to run it at 1866 @ 9-9-9-24/1t with 1.35v. Pretty beastly and a fraction of the price of, say, the Dominator/Dominator Platinum, though certainly not as pretty. But with how short they are, it allows for the Phantek to be utilized; those Dominator (Platinums) don't fit without either removing the fins or the entire heatsink.

Water cooling is in the works! Sweet, sweet 540 rad.

cbug 1 point 17 months ago

What is so bad about the monitor?

myriad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

It get REALLY hot when brightness is maxed out, to the point that it causes the USB controller inside the casing to stop working. I am need to take this up to Apple to have them replace. Other than that, it a lovely monitor, just wish the refresh rate could be increased a tad! A 120hz+ panel installed in this thing would be magical.

iiLeGiT101 [1 Build] 3 points 23 months ago

Holy crap....

Crazy build man.

SilverbackEwok 2 points 23 months ago

Oh my. This has me so turned on right now.

suihigh [1 Build] 2 points 23 months ago

this build gives butterflies in my tummy <3 drools heavily

Apach3 [2 Builds] 2 points 23 months ago

someone had cash and time to burn XD

Funkid515 1 point 23 months ago


multichrome 1 point 23 months ago

Woah. I did not know it was possible to spend $5000 on a single PC.

cjeffcoatjr [3 Builds] -1 points 11 months ago
Divdor [1 Build] 1 point 23 months ago

Impressively clean cable management. Love the Silverstone Case. Beautiful PC!

myriad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 23 months ago

Put another picture up with the back panel off to see whats-what ;)

bbooiigg [1 Build] 1 point 23 months ago

I can't even see the cables. Clean build

CheesyHotDogPuff 1 point 23 months ago

I just got a geeky boner.

Erebus1317 1 point 23 months ago

Wow. I don’t know what else to say...

iflanzy [1 Build] 1 point 23 months ago

Can you buy my PC build for me?

iflanzy [1 Build] 1 point 23 months ago

But looks like a very nice and clean build

Javanode [1 Build] 1 point 23 months ago

wow that's a lot of bucks spent there. Do your eyes hurt you sitting against the window!

LiquidArrogance [1 Build] 1 point 23 months ago

You might look into Overlord Computer's monitors. They're based on the "sub-grade" LG panels that Apple rejects for their cinema displays -- so you're going to have at least one dead pixel. It's the same panels you see in the Shimian, Catleap, etc. Korean monitors.

But Overlord has custom-manufactured PCBs they use to get these puppies into the 120hz range. It's a small company so I don't know how great their support is ... but it might be worth playing with if you can spare the coin (which I'm assuming you can).

NUclearD3 [1 Build] 1 point 23 months ago

Very Nice!

tygersrule 1 point 23 months ago

Why did you go with the Apple as opposed to say, a Catleap or something? Just wondering. Also, do you have a larger harddrive, or are you just using the 480GB of SSD memory?

And this next part, I have absolutely no clue on, but if you're doing virtualizations doesnt a /whole/ lot of RAM help a lot? Like more than 16gb?

myriad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 23 months ago

Apple was found locally with 2 years left on the warranty when I relocated for a new job. It was purchased before the Catleap 2B became the latest craze. It'll probably be replaced if/when the next round of 30"s are released from Dell/HP/Samsung with a less-anti-glare-ish panel.

And that's correct, only running the SSDs in RAID0; yay no redundancy, but yay nightly backups!

I've got an older Dell PowerEdge T610 in my closet loaded to the brim with 1TB disks running ESXi with a VM for my file/streaming server (as well as other systems) that I house all my big files on; all ISOs/movies/music/pictures are stored there. To keep it relatively simple, I do very minor virtualization as I have a stand alone system, but sometimes OS compatibility comes out first for Workstation rather than ESXi so its nice/fun to play with new OS-s for a short amount of time before blowing them away. Those that I keep I transfer to my PowerEdge. Most VMs don't require a substantial amount of resources to have them work great on this system, only giving them ~4GB of memory and maybe 2 vCPUs to play around with. Now, I'm not running a SQL server or an Exchange server within a VM on this bad boy, but as I said, I just use it to play around with stuff until I relocate it!

tygersrule 1 point 23 months ago

Like I said, I know nothing about VM's, so most of that went over my head. But thanks for clearing that up, and your build looks amazing.

myriad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 23 months ago

No problem! I was trying to keep it simple so it didn't go too far over your head! But thank you, I love this thing!

jakethemp [2 Builds] 1 point 23 months ago

If your going to kill it. kill it with fire... love this build.. love the case. this is truly something I see you honestly enjoy. I do enjoy the over the top rigs. and that case just looks so professional on the outside.

Lightdrive 1 point 23 months ago

It is possible to spend 5000 dollars on a computer my friend has a 7000 thousand dollar computer needless to say that he is going to be good for the next 5 years

Smily 1 point 23 months ago

Only 16gb RAM? hah, what a joke.

KPeterman923 1 point 23 months ago

He uses the build for Gaming, Programming, and Virtual Machines (if you didn't read). 16 GB of RAM is plenty for this build. I get away with 6 GB of RAM on my laptop doing those same tasks.

xSWATxBadkid [1 Build] 1 point 23 months ago


KPeterman923 1 point 23 months ago

Awesome build, dude! Where did you get the desktop background?

Mercilesslee 1 point 22 months ago

Hey I'm thinking about using my Imac 2011 thunderbolt as a display for a computer I am building. How do you have your monitor hooked up (is there a lot of lag)? And is there anyway I can get similar resolution with 7970 ghz edition 3gb? Any information would be amazing I don't really want to pay for another monitor when I have an amazing one in front of me! lol

missingcow [1 Build] 1 point 22 months ago

Holy balls. My jaw is still on the floor. Great build.

TheOne 1 point 21 months ago

What is the amp that has the he-500 plugged into?

TheOne 1 point 21 months ago

Schiit lyr/bifrost ?

myriad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 21 months ago

Schiit Modi/Magni. The Lyr/Bi combo is on my list.

Voidling 1 point 20 months ago

Holy shooting Shish-Kabobs Batman! A Techie and a Head-Fier!

That is an amazing build you have there. Only real upgrade from here is liquid cooling... Maybe.

But seriously, excellent pair of cans, a Shiit Stack and a beautiful computer. Very well done, my friend.

noob_for_life 1 point 18 months ago

what headset is that??

myriad [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

HiFiMan HE-400

KingOFCRuel_ 1 point 18 months ago

I love your wallpaper what is it?

ArrKayCee [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

how do you get a 4.6 overclock with the Phanteks PH-TC14PE to be so cool because i have the 3930k and the same cooler and i run near 45 at idle with the fans at 70%

desync408 [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Baller ass build!

skyfox64 [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Excellent build my friend.

One note, electrical tape is not ESD safe. It still has conductivity. ESD-safe tape would be the safest option. Heatshrink is an idea, too.

KidZer0 1 point 9 months ago

Where'd you get that desk from? Also awesome build!

JdoubleG 1 point 8 months ago

How'd you get the slim dvd drive and two sdds in the one 5.25" bay?

uio77 [1 Build] -2 points 23 months ago

Very nice built. I would love to have the money to buy only one 690. F... child support!!

GB -3 points 21 months ago

whoaaaa that screen seems kinda of a fail. 12 ms and what not for 1000? mmm could go better and cheaper. maybe