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This is my main PC for both work and play.

CPU: This was a no-brainer at the time I made these purchases (early 2015) mainly for futureproofing. It's overclocked to 4.7GHz for the time being.

Heatsink: The stock Intel cooler was giving me alarming idle temps of 95 degrees Celcius at base clock, forcing me to get the 212. It was a pain in the neck to install but temps are decent with light overclocking and an extra exhaust fan.

Motherboard: It was reasonably priced for having 4 PCI/e slots and USB 3.0 only. It's a good sport about overclocking.

RAM: Overclocked to 1800MHz at this time, but maybe higher later. Honestly, I see little point in having more than 8GB unless it's a workstation, but some will digress on this.

Storage: 1 SSD for the system, 1 for games, and a hybrid drive for media. I learned to split data among drives after destroying the file system on my old drive.

GPU: As strange as it sounds, I had 3 470s laying around for use. They're air cooled and they're noisy if it wasn't obvious enough, but I can play most games at at least medium settings in 1080p in SLI. At least the blower-style coolers prevent the heatstorm in the cards from taking the rest of my system as well.

Case: It looks great and the features are just as great. The 3-drive bay cage leaves ample room in the case and space for radiators in the future. Personally, I see little gain in moving an SSD to the rear mount. The inclusion of space for 3 200mm fans is a big plus as are the fan filters and rear I/O lighting.

PSU: A large power supply from Rosewill without the ridiculously large price.

ODD: Just a simple DVD and CD R/W combo drive from a previous build that's hardly used.

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Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

NICE BUILD, its different but nice! +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

not a great choice of psu: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/rosewill-photon-1200-power-supply,4236.html

nice looking otherwise.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I will concede that the power cables are hard to route and organize.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

that's the least of it's issues. though I hope that is the extent of the issues for you. nice system overall, found a use for those old fermi beasts. :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

+1

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow nice build! I love your case and the quality of your pictures are nice.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much, I really tried to go for a dramatic effect with a monochrome background and sharp angles for the camera.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

cool but i want to ask how much Tax and Combo you pay

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

In all honesty I do not have original prices and the GPU prices are drastically different from seller to seller so I'd view the price listed as a fair estimate with tax.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty sure your ram is in the wrong 2 slots.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I moved the one on the left to the far left; is that correct? How would that impact performance?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Might want to consult your manual just to be sure, should be using dimm slots 1/3 or 2/4. Better dual channel ram performance with the correct setup.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Will do, thanks.

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

470 meh ok

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

They are old and not newly bought and were laying around, that's why

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

The voice of reason.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, the rear of the PC is a good foot warmer if it's good for anything other than noise. What cards are you using in SLI?