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Total Build Dark Knight - OC'd Edition!
by StimmerUT
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Description

This was 3rd build I've ever done. My first two were low budget but solid systems for their time, with the last being built about 2 years ago. I bought everything off Newegg (0% 12 months ftw) with the exception of the monitor, speakers and headset. These were bought a year or more back.

I spent a lot of time researching both PCPartPicker, Tomshardware as well reading tons of Newegg reviews before I came to my final choices. My plan is to build another new system in about a year so and this has to last me until then, and I think it'll do just fine in that department.

System Goal - I wanted something that can play every game close to or at max for the next year. I think this system will achieve that but time will only tell. I also wanted to play around with OCing, and this was a great entry into OCing for the first time. Getting a 4.5Ghz @1.28V with temps <80 on Prime 95 was really nice.

CPU - I wanted to jump into OCing and after reading price vs. performance the i5-3570K fit the perfect spot for me.

Mobo - Z75... I know. However, for $60 I couldn't pass up the deal. I do not plan on doing SLI or Crossfire so the PCI limit is irrelevant to me at this point. I got a 4.5Ghz OC out of this little beauty so quite happy on the choice!

CPU Cooler - Ok... So you'll see my pre-build pic has a corsair H60. This was a total waste of money and delayed my build. My stock temps on Prime 95 were 70+! Ugh. Did push/pull, articsilver, the works... What a waste of money. I didn't realize at the time that it was on par with a stock cooler. This was my one big mistake. So I ate the $20(RMA/Shipping) and bought an CM Evo. 100% Load no OC the Evo had me @50C... Yea, H60 can suck it.

HD - I wanted reliability and a good warranty with my SSD. Based on reviews and research the extra money for the Samsung pro is worth it I believe. I will eventually get a 1TB for storage but at this point I don't need it and I'm a minimalist with my space.

Graphics Card - This baby OC'd very nicely. 30% fan speed and I top out @80C. Super quiet, fast and at that price? Was a steal.

Case - This baby has been amazing to work with for the price. You cannot go wrong with 200R. Next build will be style and performance and I'll go for something more flashy then.

PSU - Ok, I know it's coming... "Get a better PSU, these caps suck!" You're probably right, and my whole system may burst into glorious flames burning me alive at my computer... However, based on tomshardware review, I feel good about my choice. (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-review-80-plus-bronze,3587-12.html)

Mouse/KB - I love these two! My 3 year old logitch G15 and my 69x needed to go into retirement.

I included all my benchmarks post OCing. I had a blast doing this system and welcome any feedback, good or bad. Cheers!

-Stimmer

Part List
Details
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle34.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load82.0° C
HIS Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.1GHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.57Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle40.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load80.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Extreme Preset ScoreX6988
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cliodude1 [1 Build] 6 points 13 months ago

The parts are great choices, but what was your reasoning behind a CX500? The CX series aren't "terrible", but with high end parts (especially if you're overclocking with your 3570K), the CX500 will not cut it. You should switch it out for a beefier PSU like the TX series or something from Seasonic, just to make sure it won't blow up under too much load (:

 
 
StimmerUT [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 13 months ago

I was pretty well maxed on my budget and reading reviews I wasn't too worried about it. Blackfriday rolls around I'm planning on grabbing a 1TB HDD and will see if I can snag an upper end high quality modular unit.

 
 
sketch24 [6 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

I think you should get a better PSU too. The corsair cx PSUs use cheaper chinese caps that don't hold up well under high temps. You can't really go by consumer reviews for PSUs because they only rate it well if it turns on and bad if it doesn't. There is no way to consumers to gauge the performance like there is with a CPU or GPU with benchmarks. I would get a corsair TX/HX/AX, xfx, seasonic, or PCPC. Those are much better power supplies and would make more sense in your system.

 
 
JoseyMG [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Everything about this is wonderful, great choices. But i agree with you/everyone else on the power supply. Should have gotten a higher end one with Japanese caps :T Other than that, solid build, happy gaming!

 
 
JoseyMG [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Also i see you have a k70, how are you liking it so far?

 
 
StimmerUT [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Love the K70. My first mechanical keyboard and it's amazing. The feedback when you push the keys makes a huge difference. Gets a bit noisy if you play late at night or in a room with someone else though. Very happy with corsair on these peripherals.

 
 
marcokleinrossi [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

did you use uefi or a program to OC your cpu?

 
 
StimmerUT [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago