Description

After 10 years of only using Laptops I decided to go back to a Desktop.

It's built for general work (incl. probably some VM use) and both gaming and video editing. I have had the two 22" screens for many years but I figured, since I mostly use secondary screens for reference, it makes most sense to put them in portrait mode.

Originally I was going to get the 4771 but started reading up on overclocking and so went with the 4770K instead, the hyperthreading should come handy for video editing.

The motherboard was chosen as I wanted a Z87 for a reasonable price and with wireless, as otherwise I'd have to run an ethernet cable across the door.

RAM was a fairly obvious choice due to cooler clearance, 16GB for video editing and VM.

Originally I was going to go with the Samsung 840 EVO SSD, but then the Segate 600 was on offer for significantly less. One of the HDDs is for data, the other for regular backups. (Crucial data I intend to periodically backup to an external drive as well).

I wanted the GPU to play reasonably recent games on full specs in full HD (and it's certainly a big step up from the GT 540M I had in my laptop :-)), but maxing out isn't important enough to me to warrant spending the additional money a 770 would cost. Once it gets too old for what I do with it, I'll either add a second one or buy sth new, depending on what will give me the best cost-benefit.

For the tower I wanted sth. with 2.5" bays for the SSD, as tool-less as possible and with USB 3 ports at the front. I thought the 230T looked quite nice. The only problem is that it has very low feet which present a bit of a problem with a bottom-mounted PSU on carpet, so I had a perspex sheet cut to size and put little rubber feet on it that surround the case's feet to keep it in place, you can see the sheet in the first picture.

Originally I was going to go with the Seasonic SSR-650RM, but then the 660XP2 was hardly more expensive for a platinum rating and more importantly two more years of warranty.

The optical drive is mainly to be able to watch blu-rays and apparently nowadays blu-ray writers cost practically the same as normal blu-ray drives so I figured why not.

The whole thing took a bit longer than expected, because the SSD broke after two days and it took a while to get a replacement. I also built it first without the GPU as I was hoping for an 860 announcement at the GTC but then that didn't come so I got the 760.

I had never done an overclock before and didn't really want to push the system anyway, but I got a comfortable 4.3GHz at 1.2V tested for about 4 hours in Prime95.

One slight annoyance is that I couldn't find a way to have the GPU use the HDMI port as the primary one and so if I want to go into UEFI it will display on the right screen in a less-than-helpful orientation :-) I'll probably get 2 HDMI to DVI adapters to switch the ports these two screens are plugged into.

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Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Great looking build, but if your already thinking of a 760 sli, I personally would have went for a 770 gpu and never have to worry about 1080p sli (unless u ever went up 4k). But other than that, great part choices.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice looking! Good job.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Just picked up a GeForce 760 (by ASUS) yesterday, haven't got to put much of a load on it, how does it hold up for you?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, but anyways, good build!! +1 Cheers!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I recommend running a burn-in GPU test.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Same GPU, are you liking it as much as I do?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build +1, how is the gtx 760 for you¡?

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks. I haven't had a chance to push it yet. Will try it on modded Skyrim soon.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

this is really good build but could have some more photos and a longer descritption

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Couldn't really think of what else I took photos of. Anything specific you think I should add to the description?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

why you chose the parts and more detail of why you are and what you are using it for

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Updated :-)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

well done +1

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build overall!

Although i would have gone with a R9 280x instead of your GPU