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The Vanguard
by TheVanguard
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Description

The machine is for gaming and video editing. The biggest problem for me was the wire management but with the 800D it was fairly easy.

Please note the 800D was bought for water cooling which is the next step so the phanteks is in the interim.

Details
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.1GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load70.0° C
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate980MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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bgiunt4 4 points 20 months ago

I look through these builds all the time. They give me motivation to get a job. nice build!

 
 
TheVanguard [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 20 months ago

I appreciate the kind words and i'm glad you have motivation to get a job...i'm assuming you're still in school? Focus on that the compensation will follow (yes i know its the cliche thing to say, but its true)

 
 
bgiunt4 3 points 20 months ago

Yup, im a junior in highschool. Thanks for the advice!

 
 
nitemarex2x 3 points 20 months ago

Nice build! Always rewarding to have two doggy techs on hand to help you.

 
 
TheVanguard [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 20 months ago

They're great! The chi (Cupcake) was scared of all the boxes and parts whilst the boston (Hugo) kept wanting to lick all of the parts..SMH

 
 
xboct 3 points 20 months ago

u no haz ssd =(

 
 
skyfox64 [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

What he said. An SSD, any size, is a must for any PC nowadays.

 
 
Black5Lion 3 points 20 months ago

i wouldn't say a MUST buuuut it's pretty good to have :D

 
 
skyfox64 [1 Build] 5 points 20 months ago

Well, you know, you can't really complain about something close to a 5 second boot time. :3

 
 
Black5Lion 2 points 20 months ago

you could when others have 5s boot times and you have 20s because your motherboard's bios is so slow :P

 
 
seafire01 2 points 20 months ago

I don't see where it's a must. If you're THAT impatient that you have to wait more than 5 seconds, then you probably have a serious issue.

 
 
Black5Lion 1 point 20 months ago

good thing I'm not... i just grab something to eat while it loads fast and i still need to type my password.

 
 
mousseng [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

This is where I stand - fast boot times are, in my opinion, the weakest support for an SSD you can give. Ignore the fact that programs start instantly, games have near-zero load times, your system as a whole feels hyper-responsive, and they're totally silent -- get one because your computer starts really quick (even though, in all likelihood, you only start it once a day).

 
 
tacoyum6 -1 points 20 months ago

Its a must for speed, but also OS storage security. Anyways, they're so cheap these days there's no reason not to.

 
 
JRAtk94 1 point 16 months ago

You do realise that boot time is due to the HDD, not the bios? Dear me.

 
 
Black5Lion 1 point 16 months ago

Not really I have an SSD... It's slow during POST but once I get to the "Starting Windows" screen it becomes snappy.

 
 
JRAtk94 1 point 16 months ago

Yes, but there's no such thing as a "fast" bios, so I don't understand the point you're trying to make :S

 
 
Black5Lion 1 point 16 months ago

IDK maybe it's something with this specific motherboard. :/

 
 
jakethemp [2 Builds] 3 points 20 months ago

looove this build... wish it had an ssd. but im sure that will come along soon

 
 
SrgtMacfly [1 Build] 2 points 20 months ago

I thought that was the 900D at first, I knew it was too good to be true haha

 
 
NUclearD3 [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Yea that 900D looks great! But the 800D looks nice too.

 
 
Norm101 [2 Builds] 2 points 20 months ago

Bloody hell though, that this is monstrous!

Even in EATX board is going to look like a post-it in that thing.

 
 
zypherstones [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Well, it's not really for an EATX, it's more for dual CPU boards, like the SRX xD

 
 
Norm101 [2 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

Though aren't those for servers primarily?

 
 
mousseng [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Primarily. But there are some enthusiasts and professionals that would prefer to use a dual-socket motherboard, and Corsair loves catering to that niche.

 
 
Norm101 [2 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

Interesting. I was not aware.

 
 
NUclearD3 [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Yea Corsair just sent out an email that their website will be selling limited number next week. But it is first come first served.

 
 
TestBuilds 2 points 20 months ago

Great build, but how about an SSD?

 
 
TheVanguard [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

I'm looking to get one in the future, however, i held off on it since I didn't feel the need for it. I'm sure its a definite in the coming months.

 
 
Apach3 [2 Builds] 2 points 20 months ago

i really can't argue with this build. very clean cable management, very appropriate parts... the only gripe is the lack of an SSD, especially at this kind of a budget.

 
 
JRAtk94 2 points 16 months ago

Great build, mate. An SSD would've been trendy, but it's absence is nothing to cry about, contrary to the belief of several other posters.

 
 
Rayyo 2 points 14 months ago

is that psu good? pretty cheap psu

 
 
Smily 1 point 20 months ago

Boston Terrier... best dog you can get

 
 
Nachos [2 Builds] 8 points 20 months ago

...if you like large rats.

 
 
Smily 1 point 20 months ago

Lol...

They're much bigger than a rat dog. Plus they're usually calm.

Just so you know, the Boston Terrier is the black and white one.

 
 
noob_for_life 1 point 20 months ago

is there a motherboard under that????? awesome build

 
 
nwon4ever [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

We all know that a dog give 100000000% BOOST Right????

 
 
Javanode [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

mother of sexiness!

 
 
Fastmaster7 1 point 20 months ago

Very clean build! Good luck with the watercooling loop ;)

 
 
duramax08 [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Very clean inside. I like it.

 
 
Divdor [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

The Corsair 800d makes the board look so small. Looks like a wonderful build.

 
 
TheVanguard [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

That's what I thought too! When I posted this build on Tomshardware people were confused and asked me why I put an mATX in an 800D!?!

Little did they know that it is an eATX that is dwarfed by the HUGE case. Lots of room for my water cooling plans!

 
 
Pure 1 point 20 months ago

Amazing cable management, cute dogs and you need a ssd.

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LiquidArrogance [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Fairly clean. Was wondering about the case until I saw your loop plans.

As has already been beaten into the ground (especially with a single monitor) I think I a single GPU and an SSD would've given you more noticeable oomph for now -- especially if you got one big enough (or two in RAID 0 big enough) to store working files for video edits.

 
 
Erebus1317 1 point 20 months ago

Very nice.

 
 
TheVanguard [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Thank you!

 
 
th3m4dh4tt3r [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Liiiike! But you sir need an SSD!

 
 
Recommendations 1 point 20 months ago

Oh my god this is beautiful.

 
 
TheVanguard [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks mate..i'm glad you like it :)

 
 
Scaroza [2 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

At some point you may be interested in grabbing some of Corsair's individually sleeved cables to finish the aesthetics off, you can get them in red, black, blue and white and they look absolutely fantastic. As it is, the current cables look good anyway but it's an extra touch to perfect it and with a $2000+ build, why not? Maybe some red ones to go with the ROG colour scheme :) Here's a link: http://www.corsair.com/en/power-supply-units/psu-accessories-1.html?p=2

 
 
TheVanguard [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 20 months ago

Ordered the red ones! What I found odd was that the 24-pin is sold separate? Why?

 
 
Scaroza [2 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

I'm not too sure, probably Corsair trying to get a bit more money out of you! :D

 
 
Bseagull 1 point 20 months ago

Woah. Best build on the site in a while! I love the color scheme and the professionalization of your pictures!

 
 
TheVanguard [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks! I used a D7000 with a 50mm 1.8 to get the bokeh-licious shots. More to come once I find time and my wife lets me keep spending money :P

 
 
TheVanguard [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Wow! So many comments...thank you for the feedback! Made my day reading through all of your awesome comments!

I plan on getting an SSD in the future, as for now I didn't see it as a need so I skipped it. However, i'm sure the need will creep up slowly in the coming months.

I really want to do the sleeved wires since it makes everything look so much cleaner.....not sure which color to go with...RED or WHITE?

 
 
ps2man340 1 point 20 months ago

With that, I'd go with red. :P

 
 
pole 1 point 20 months ago

It looks clean beautiful and very edgy , good job =)

 
 
Kirkzilla 1 point 18 months ago

how are you liking those 670 in SLI? i am going to do a similar build with triple monitors running racing games hopefully in max resolution

 
 
gleepii [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Does the ram need to be low profile in order to fit under the phanteks cooler?

 
 
mdm2198 1 point 17 months ago

Got a great laugh from the dogs.

 
 
Alpha007 1 point 16 months ago

Nice pictures of the build, forgot to comment on your build bro. Now you have 50:)

 
 
auxy 1 point 16 months ago

SLI isn't really worth it. Someone came to Freenode ##hardware and asked:

[20:38:00] <TypingGenius> http://pcpartpicker.com/b/AX0 what's unnecessary here?

The answer is the second GTX670. Buy a 770 or a 760; that Maximus motherboard is also unbelievably overpriced. And for a gaming machine, why an i7? And why Ivy Bridge?

For that matter, where is the SSD? (as others have said), and what's up with that Phanteks HSF? Windows 7 Home Premium?

Overall, it's not great. Come back to ##hardware and hang around more than a few minutes if you'd like some advice.

 
 
spoirier 1 point 11 months ago

Awesome build but how do the 2 dogs increase performance? Unless they run on a wheel to power your internal fans?

 
 
DiscGolfer947 -1 points 20 months ago

If you would have got one 680 instead of 2 670s you could have gotten that ssd everybody is bashing you for not getting. ha

 
 
TheVanguard [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 20 months ago

I thought about that route until I did some digging around and put together a basic cost/ performance ratio. The 680 just wasn't cost effective for what you got. On the other hand the 670's OC'd really outperform the 680 (Please note: this is speaking from a price/ performance ratio ONLY)

 
 
skyfox64 [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

What he said.