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Happy Birthday to Me

by Undomil



Date Published

May 9, 2014

Date Built

March 7, 2014

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate



Did pretty much a completely new build for my birthday, earlier this year. I had a blast. This mainly a gaming build. The only things I carried over from my other build were the case, one 780, the cpu cooler, an optical drive that I've had for probably 10 years, and one of my WD Blacks. Edit 2 sticks of ram, too.

I am sort of kicking myself for spending so much, and for not going through the effort of reselling my 780 and going for two R9 290s, since they finally released partner boards and the prices finally dropped. I may still go through with it. The only reason I went for the second card is because there was a screaming Amazon Warehouse deal on that second one.

Amusing little anecdote: the first time I bought that second 780, they sent me a 760 in a 780 box and 780 sticker on the pcb. I knew something looked off because the back looked different than my other 780 that I bought new, last summer. Sure enough, it turned out someone must have tried to dupe amazon. I had to do the little chat function in order to print out a return label. At the end, when the lady asked if there was anything else she could do, I politely asked that the previous owner be punished to the full extent of the law. Who knows if they ever bothered following up on that, but I'd like to think they went in and busted a giant warehouse with a computer chop shop in it. Maybe a SWAT team was involved.

The build itself went fairly smoothly. My Storm Sniper is starting to show its age, though. Cable management still doesn't look beautiful even with my first modular psu. I could really use some sort of wall between the motherboard tray and the drive bays (not easily removable). The little rubber grommet things would be nice, too. I'll try to upload more pictures when I get home from work, if there's any interest.

I had a couple minor hiccups along the way, though: The cooler for those 780's makes using a solid sli bridge nearly impossible. You'll notice that flexible one has to bend outwards a little bit to get around that hunk of metal nearly covering the entrance to the sli slot. The casing for the SSD seems super cheap and flimsy, compared to my 830 pro (used in in my gf's/my old build). Didn't have any issues getting it secured in the drive bay, though. The cords on that power supply are fairly inflexible and cheap feeling. Despite the great fans and airflow, I am borderline thinking of putting this under water, next year. Temps get well into the 70's, with everything oc'ed. Either that, or get a fan to blow right at it. Is spending 500 + on aesthetics a dumb thing? The whole thing weights in at I would guess at or over 50 pounds. I always feel like that handle grate thing in the top is going to break when I move it.

Anyway, this thing chews through games. I'm ridiculously happy, and lucky, about the monitor. Not a single stuck or dead pixel. Colors are a tiny bit saturated and the darks aren't super deep, but it's a 1440p for under 400 bucks. Keep in mind, I bought the monitor early last year.

Anyway, yeah. If you've read this far, I truly am sorry for the novel.

TL;DR : I bild 'puters reel gud.

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SleathX1 8 points 43 months ago


funny story about the used 780 turning out to be a 760 - I LOL'd at

Maybe a SWAT team was involved.

Instinc 1 Build 4 points 43 months ago

if i could plus 100 i would just for that swat team story lol

Joddy636 3 points 43 months ago

Liking the build but I need more photos!

Undomil submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Definitely. I'll try to pretty it up and post some more, this afternoon.

kennyk2228 2 points 43 months ago

Not sure why you spent so much on the build and didn't at least get 16 GB of RAM, otherwise, build looks freaking awesome, just got my first PC and got a 780 and an intel core i5 4670k with it, can only imagine what two of those beasts would do, wow.

Undomil submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Considered that, but I don't really do anything memory intensive. Mostly gaming. I should have said that in my post. Major oversight on my part.

JurgaBurga 2 points 43 months ago

Can you add more pictures as soon as possible? Otherwise an amazing build.

general_geekzilla 2 points 43 months ago

I would have gone with 2x4GB of RAM because it would be a little bit cheaper and it would leave you some space for adding more RAM in the future if needed.

Overall a pretty nice build +1

Undomil submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

I guess I should have said that 2 of the sticks were from my old build, too. Would rather have spent 50 on 2 additional sticks than 90 ish to replace the lot. I oc'ed the ram to 1600 and even the older 2 sticks (probably 3 years old) are working perfectly. You have a very good point, though. I'll definitely buy bigger modules in future builds, if these aren't cutting it for me.

EpicBuhNana 2 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

couldve gotten 8 gigs of ripjaws for $75 +1

Undomil submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Probably. But at the time, all I needed was a 4gb kit. What I'm really kicking myself about was the r9 price drops that happened right about the time I got my second card. I'll lose some money when I turn these over. But hey, if I wait for a perfect opportunity and price point, I'll be waiting forever.

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