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Nexus-Titan (Oct 2012)
by Qwynn
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Description

Used for gaming.

Originally I had a concern about my CPU temperatures being higher than expected, however after a few days of use they have gone down from 36C idle to 26C. This is probably a combination of burning it in and the drop in ambient temperature for the room.

CPU easily OCed to 4.2GHz without problems, and while I could go higher I don't think I will. Want to keep it as cool as possible. Memory has been OCed to 2400MHz, and the GPUs have been OCed to a core clock offset of +100MHz, and a memory clock offset of +150MHz.

The case used was the Bitfenix Colossus Window. There are four (4) 120mm BitFenix Spectre Pro LED fans on the H100 in push/pull, one (1) 140mm BitFenix Spectre Pro LED on the back for exhaust, one (1) 230mm BitFenix Specrew Pro LED in the front, and two (2) 120mm Spectre Pro LEDs on the side panel.

I think I may pick up one more 120mm fan for the case bottom, as there is plenty of room to install it beside my PSU. Another SSD, GTX 690, and 16GB of RAM are on the list of wants in the near future.

I also have my old EVGA GTX 470 that I am considering popping in for a dedicated PhysX card (despite not really need to do so).

Advice and opinions welcome. This was my first build which I put together myself. Not the first time picking out parts, but previously I had family do the actual construction.

2014-07-23

There are a couple notes I want to make about this build now that a few years of passed. While everything still runs to perfection (outside of an updated GPU; picked up a 780 Ti) the BitFenix Colossus case is an absolute piece of crap. About a year into usage the top hinges of the case compartment broke off, following by the entire lid to the compartment area. Following that the cheap plastic power button broke off and cracked, and then the actual board which controls the power, LED, and restart buttons failed. Thankfully my mobo has a press-start power button on it, as I could no longer use the more traditional method.

With this in mind I cannot recommend a BitFenix case. However, the BitFenix fans are good and I would absolutely buy them again.

Details
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.2GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle26.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load58.0° C
Asus GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.14Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.30Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle28.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load60.0° C
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Jimmy 1 point 25 months ago

Extreme, extreme overkill for gaming. However this is probably the most kickass build I've seen in a while. Post some pics under the hood please.

 
 
Qwynn [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 24 months ago

It totally is, but it was worth every penny. I absolutely love it. To be fair, I already had the PSU and HDDs which I cannibalized from my older PC, so that brings the price back down a bit. Still, though.

Expensive, but still worth it. And as you wish, more images coming up.

 
 
Qwynn [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 24 months ago

Added some new, under the hood images. There's not a lot of clearance between the H100 fans in p/p and the mobo as you can see, but everything was able to fit without much issue. While most builds I've seen run the H100's tubes the other way (against the back of the case), I ended up having to reverse it in order to fit the 140mm fan. A 120mm would have fit fine.

The tubes themselves also have quite a bit of clearance from the GPU and the RAM itself, so everything worked out well.

Overall, I'm pretty impressed with myself for putting this thing together. It's actually my 'first' build. (First time building, but not first time picking out parts. Just never trusted myself to handle the hardware before).

 
 
Oliver [4 Builds] 1 point 23 months ago

Is the PSU overkill for what is required? It would seem that way. Great builf other wise and looks awesome!

 
 
ilian11 [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

is it weird that I'm drooling over the RAM chips? Its excellent ram, but man even if it wasn't, who cares, it looks sooooo darn sexy! :)

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