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Merry Marchmas!

by Demoreg

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44 Comments

Details

CPU Clock Rate

4.2GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.02Ghz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.0GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

Description

I've always wanted to put together an awesome gaming rig and finally had the means to do so this spring. I spent the last 6 weeks ordering parts and impatiently waiting for it all to arrive. I'll be using this primarily for gaming, but I'm a graphic designer and spend a lot of time doing freelance work so I'll be using that full 16gigs of ram.

I want to say that this site has been a huge help in answering questions and giving great feedback; without you guys I wouldn't have had nearly as easy a time getting this thing built!

CPU: I had to go with the i5; no real need for me to upgrade to the i7. I have OC'd the CPU to 4.2 and it seems to be running pretty stable. There's a CPU-Z photo attached to see the #'s. I ran i through LinX 10 times and IBT 25 times at max settings and never ran in to issues. IBT temps maxed out around 70-75.

Cooler: I'd read great things about the Phanteks coolers and was able to get this one at a pretty good price. I've got to say that I'm pretty impressed so far.

Motherboard: The Bios is amazing and made OC'ing the CPU a breeze!

Memory: I know that I didn't need a full 16GB for "just" a gaming rig but, as I mentioned above, this will be a work station for me when I'm doing my design work as well.

SSD: I was planning to get a Samsung Evo but Newegg had a sale on this Toshiba drive and I couldn't pass up the price point. Shipping was included!

HDD: Nothing fancy, just needed some space.

Video Cards: After doing some research I decided on the MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti. I figured if I was going to spend some money I might as well go all in and get 2! These cards have been a dream so far... absolutely love the decision to go SLI. ***EDIT: The SLI Bridge is on (photos were taken during construction)

Case: I have found the case to be surprisingly well built for the money. Loads of places to mount fans (which I took advantage of) and everything fit without needing to be squeezed in.

PSU: I should have about 80-100W of headroom with everything running under load. Went for the fully modular version as well to help with cable management.

Fans: I mounted 3 140mm fans for the exhaust at the back and up top. I have the stock front fans and additional 120mm fans mounted on the bottom and right beside the video cards. There's a tonne of air flow going through the case!

3DMark Score: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/1844414

Comments Sorted by:

TheMTech 1 Build 4 points 13 months ago

Don't know if it's on purpose, but the SLI bridge isn't on.

Kiburi 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I noticed that too.... Hmm.

Demoreg submitter 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

My bad, the photos were taken during the process of putting it all together. I assure you the bridge is on them now.

Demoreg submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks for catching that; I updated the description to explain.

lt-smith 2 Builds 3 points 13 months ago

those graphics card give me an erection

Demoreg submitter 1 Build 5 points 13 months ago

Glad I could help, lol

Nebxam 1 point 11 months ago

Same....

veccg 1 point 13 months ago

Thats one beast build! I would personally go for liquid cooling, but what ever works.

Demoreg submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks! I had considered it after the fact; bit too late. I'm quite happy with the temps so far though.

ben8248 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Nice build, I like the colors scheme.

Demoreg submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks very much!

ben8248 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

It makes it hard to find the right colors and right parts.

Demoreg submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Truth be told, it was an accident. I got the cooler without realizing the colour and then was kinda stuck. I don't mind red and black though :p

ben8248 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Yeah I order my RAM for my old PC and it was Blue and then I saw this case and was sold. I do like the red & Black and want to build another color themed one myself

cooperred 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Great build! +1

How loud are those fans?

Demoreg submitter 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Thanks! Surprisingly quiet. I'm quite happy with them

Bajubom 1 point 13 months ago

I was looking forward with those corsair fans, but i also consider getting noctua fans, soo, are those corsair fans worth the money?

Demoreg submitter 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Personally, I'd say so. I don't hear anything more than a slight hum even during gaming. I just played a few hours of Assassins Creed 4 and Day Z and didn't hear the system ramp up at all.

tmh351 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Very nice.

pencilprince 1 point 13 months ago

what monitor you are using on this 2 monster graphics cards?.

Demoreg submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

At the moment I have a rather less than impressive 24" LG screen but I'm planning on running an ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q or PB287Q when it comes out in May.

SirYar 1 point 13 months ago

Holy crap, 780ti SLI. Are you doing some hardcore 4K?

Demoreg submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I'll was planning on running an ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q when it comes out in May. That being said, I'm interested in the PB287Q and possibly adding GSync to it. For the time being I have a rather less than impressive 24" screen. I could only afford so much at once :)

ThePersonDotCom 1 point 13 months ago

If it were me, I would've gotten a UD4H and a CM Nepton 140XL, maybe would've bumped up the case to a 500R, or one with a window, and definitely would have let loose a little more on the peripherals, maybe to a Mionix NAOS7000 mouse and Corsair K70 or RGB, also, how's that toshiba SSD doing? I haven't heard too much of their SSD's. Other than these minor gripes, epic build, it's gonna last you a while.

Demoreg submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Nice call on the Nepton. The first two things I bought were the CPU cooler and the case; in hindsight I agree that spending a bit more on both might have been a good idea considering the $ I ended up spending.

I was concerned about the Toshiba SSD because I hadn't really been able to find any info about them, either. That being said, I've had really good R/W times so far - it certainly seems to be doing fine. Boot time is around 8 seconds or so in Windows 8.1.

SkiAllDayLong 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

4670K with 780ti SLI I would expect at least a 4770K

ArrKayCee 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Its just for gaming, no CPU intensive tasks.

SkiAllDayLong 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

ok

maxbailey 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

This think must destroy games. 780ti in SLI? What sort of FPS are you getting in Crysis 3?

Demoreg submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Haven't played C3 yet. I'll update after I get the game. Playing TitanFall, though, and at max settings my cards have little to no issue with it, though I haven't paid attention to fps. Will update later tonight.

maxbailey 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Awesome, thanks.

Artimaeus 1 point 11 months ago

Did you ever get around to updating the fps you were getting?

ArrKayCee 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Holy wow that is one powerful and beautiful build! The only question is why if you can afford SLI 780ti's did you get a small Phanteks cooler instead of a liquid cooler?

Demoreg submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks :) I purchased the Phanteks cooler before deciding to get more than 1 780 ti. I'll likely replace it with water cooling in the future. Next purchase for me will be a gsync monitor though!

ArrKayCee 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Nice!

ms15710 1 point 13 months ago

How has the PSU been treating you? Thinking about getting this, the RM 1000, or the EVGA G2 or P2 1000. Can this handle 780Ti SLI overclocking?

Demoreg submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I've had absolutely zero issues. I'm running completely stable with the SLI Ti's OC'd and CPU up to 4.2

ms15710 1 point 13 months ago

Great thank you so much.

acap1986 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

the 860w enough for sli 780ti and oced ur system bro ;), i suggest take seasonic 860w platinum ;)

ms15710 1 point 12 months ago

Great thanks so much.

mathewcamp 1 point 2 months ago
Personally I would never spend 250 on a CPU, then 1600 on graphics cards. You also say you do graphics design, yet content creation in general utilizes the CPU the most. I know that while gaming you won't be bottle necked by a i5 but an the upgrade to an 4790k would be well worth it. I'm not hating don't get we wrong this is a beast of a computer I just think you should have gotten an i7.rrr
Demoreg submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Hey Mathew, no worries :)

The truth is that although I do a lot of design work it's mostly AT work so it wasn't a priority when creating the build. That being said, I did consider going up to the i7. It's likely an upgrade that I'll consider making in the future.

Since the build I've picked up the Asus 28" 4k monitor and it's been a gem to game on. I highly suggest it.

mathewcamp 1 point 1 month ago

Should just wait the next gen for the next gen i7 to be released in that case.

Ntress 1 point 2 months ago

how is this cooler compares to the Phanteks PH-TC14PE?

which one do you recommend?