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Black Friday Build
by Earendil
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I hadn't spent too much time planning for this build but as Black Friday approached I scrambled to try and put a basic parts list together. From there, I modified my list based on what's on sale and on what I hope is the best my money could get.

I initially bought a locked 4670 but I decided that with a Z87 motherboard I'll spring a bit more money for 4670K for overclocking. Apart from that, almost every other part I got on sale and some with rebates which I have yet to receive.

I had this rig for a couple of weeks with the stock Intel cooler running because the Zalman I bought from TigerDirect took forever to arrive after countless interactions with their CS. It's only today that I got around to putting this new cooler in and it keeps my CPU ~27 Celcius idling compared to ~34 Celcius with the stock cooler.

Being my first build I was nervous that I might wreck something along the way but it really was an enjoyable experience putting everything together. Once that was done I did what I could with my cable management and I think this is as good as it gets. Removing the stock cooler and installing a new one was a pain though since I wasn't sure if I applied enough thermal paste and if I did so correctly but so far so good.

Anyway, next up I'll try benchmarking my right and doing some stress tests. After that I'm going to try overclocking and hopefully I don't fry anything!

Thanks to the people at PCPartPicker for your comments and guidance!

Part List
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle27.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load-
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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vlad007 [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Nice build but personally I have a serious OCD with color matching so your Red Ram on a Blue Motherboard shocks me deeply.

Earendil [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks! I feel like it could be much worse that it is as I never gave a thought about color matching. Lol.

Catharist [3 Builds] 0 points 11 months ago

You should flip your PSU over (unless it's going to be on carpet) that way it exhausts OUT of the case instead of pushing hot air right into your 770.

Looks good though.

candy [2 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

A PSU intakes through the top fan and exhausts out the back. I'm surprised you didn't realize this as you have three builds

linsyschopman 1 point 11 months ago

Still better to flip it though, now it sucks warm air in otherwise it will suck in could air.

Earendil [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks for pointing that out! I never did realize it.

Edit: Actually I haven't decided where I'm going to place my CPU yet but likely it'll be on carpet so would it be fine as it is?

kingknight [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Hey, a little of a hijack here. You could get a nice smal square/rectangle sheet of some thick wood and put it under your pc it doesn't look bad at all it actually looks quite cool if you put it next to a desk ;)

Earendil [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Gotta make some room first though, it's a mess on and around my desk lol. My desk did come with a CPU stand so I'll probably set it somewhere on the floor.

Also, I did some digging and it seems like there's separate schools of thought as to how the PSU is positioned.

candy [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

CPU stands for central processing unit, I presume you mean computer?

Earendil [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Well yeah computer stand...though those furniture people call it CPU stands and I didn't think twice about that. Haha

kingknight [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Uhh, I just looked up one of them "CPU" holders... And I think I'd go nuts with; My computer UNDER my desk!? and Why is it hanging by a belt!? It's just me and my gorgeous rig :P

Earendil [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Oh no, not the hanging type. The one I'm talking about is more like a CPU dolly minus the wheels that sits ON the floor. I would never wanna hang my CPU under my desk. Hah.

kingknight [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Gxr6I_ke0tg In this vid. you can see at around 1:30 that his pc is on a black piece of wood, that's where I got the idea from.

Earendil [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

That...actually looks pretty slick!

kingknight [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Yup, slick and easy :)

Catharist [3 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

I did know that... Apparently I've got a bad case of derp going on.

kingknight [1 Build] 0 points 11 months ago

I Love this build, such a "bang for your buck"! Of course your'e tonne get an 850w or more PSU to go SLI, and I would also get a better cooler for the i5. but other than that. I luv it :3

Edit: Also a better motherboard would be good too.

Earendil [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Haha thanks. I spent countless hours during Thanksgiving week trying to get the best deals. I could go for a better motherboard but I figured this one is good enough for my purposes. For now anyway. A liquid cooler is very tempting though.

dillonman [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

I got an H100 non i version for $60 at tigerdirect I was pretty happy about that lmao

kingknight [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

I got an h100i on my i5 4670k, I was gonna get one of those air cooler but, oh god damn they mess up the gorgeousness of your build; Blocking the beutiful nice red RAM, some of your cool dragon heatsinks on your MSI motherboard, and just sometime don't allow you to install tall RAM and maybe your case is too small too and looking at it just makes you wanna put a stick under it :O That's why I don't mind spending a few extra bucks for tidiness ;)

Earendil [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Gotta recover from the expenses first. Give it a few more months and see if I come across anything better with a fuller wallet ;) Afterall, this heatsink only costed me $10.

kingknight [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

There are always new unique closed loop cooler which come out, for example; fully customizamble cooler from [sadly don't remember who :(] and a dual pump one from [dont remember who either :/] so while we're sitting here, there might be a new king for closed loop CPU coolers!

Edit: Also! You could get a single radiator, but it might perform worse then some top of the line heatsinks

Earendil [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

No, kingknight, just no. You're just giving more options for me to spend my money on and I just got started D:

kingknight [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Correction: Giving you options on what you can do in the FUTURE, not the next day of course :P

Edit: Also are you planning to overclock sometime in the future? I'm asking that since you have a "k" series processor which means its unlocked and ready to overclock. If so you'll need something like a phanteks ph Heatsink which is right now the top of the line Heatsink :)

Earendil [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

I probably will sometime in the near future. I might just try and see how far this cooler can take me first though nothing too drastic.

kingknight [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

The cooler should do fine for you, for now at least. Unless you're doing some intense stuff, but more cooling is always good. Better Cooling -> Better Performance :) Also don't forget about "Thermal Throttling"! When your CPU gets soo hot it has too slow itself down, aka crashing your whole system and deleting all your unsaved data.

Earendil [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Thermal throttling is new to me. Nah, nothing to intense. It's fast enough as it is for me anyway. Heck I think I should get a new mouse first if anything to replace my aging one.

kingknight [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

What mouse do you have currently? Logitech? :P

Earendil [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

I hate to disappoint but...it's a Razer Deathadder. Hah. Been going strong for the past 5 years though xD

kingknight [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Ooh, I've got that one too :) but for my new gaming rig (and first :P) I decided to get something other than razer and try out Corsair since most of my rig is corsaie. I gotta say at first it felt less comfortable but within a week or so it started to feel more comfortable and I actually think that I like it more, the clicks are faster, quiter. The DPI sensor is changeable easily and fast with just one click on the dpi adjustment in the center and it overall feels better for me, even tho I quite enjoyed the deathadder. (it also has red backlighting to finish it off :P) It's the corsair M40 btw. :)

Edit: Comment Stairs :D

Earendil [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

I haven't really considered anything else since the Deathadder is tried and true for me but we'll see if my current one ever dies.