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Haswell Build

by bohemond1980



Date Published

Dec. 8, 2014

Date Built

Dec. 1, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

95.0° C


Haswell Build 4770K, 16GB RAM, 290X CF, H80i, HAF-X, Z87 Formula. H80i kinda sucks for cooling. I had an MSI Z87 G45 Gaming, but that was garbage, this Asus Formula is much better and doesn't fry drives like the MSI one. The ASUS ROG MATRIX 290Xs are really nice and stand toe to toe with the 780Ti version I have in some games (for a lot less $$). The HAF-X tower is kind of crappy quality overall, I'm glad I spent the money on my other build for a Cosmos II, waaaayyy better build quality. I was a bit disappointed with the 4770K as it doesn't overclock at all really (even 4.0 Ghz on all cores), and when I had it with a GTX 780 the benchmarks were pretty much the same as when I had the GTX 780 with an i7 960 @4.1Ghz. Does a great job ripping my movies for my Archos and Kindles though and still a good gaming processor. I love the 1080p 144Hz monitor, can't say whether it looks that much worse than my 1440p monitor, but it's got good colors and is very clear.

In case anybody is wondering I got the clear side panel from frozencpu, good quality and very easy to put on (you just pop it in), not like the one for the Cosmos II I got from them, that was a little bit more work as you have to actually dismantle the latches from the stock door and put them on the clear panel.

Part Reviews


Runs hot, can barely manage turbo.

CPU Cooler

Extremely poor cooling, even with reseating and reapplying thermal paste; H55 cooled my i7 960 @4.1Ghz better than this does the 4770K.


Great board, looks very nice, works.


Great SSD; going on 2 years now.


Build quality of the case is mediocre.

Comments Sorted by:

titanpilot321 3 points 44 months ago

haswell is way to hot because of there stupid build process but the devils canyon line would have been a better option

titanpilot321 2 points 44 months ago

nice build overall but its a shame you were disappointed with few parts

Killeneminem 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

This looks an awful lot like your other post o.O

They really are nothing alike, but I'm sure they both work very well, why do you have two high end gaming PCs?

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

I do a lot of ripping for personal use since I spend a lot of time away from home in places where there aren't great quality movies, so that eats up some time which I would rather not be spending on my gaming laptop. Also my intent was to have the 144Hz computer for the OR (someday when I actually get it working), for the high refresh rate, while using the other for 1440p gaming. Plus I always like to have a PACE plan in case something goes down.

PACE Plan follows:

Gaming Rig #3 Origin 15 laptop Processor: i7 4900MQ GPU: GTX 880M 8GB RAM: 16GB 1600Mhz Drives: 250GB SSD, 750GB 7200RPM HDD

Gaming Rig #4 Alienware 14 laptop Processor: i7 4700MQ RAM: 8GB 1600Mhz GPU: GTX 760M 2GB Drives: 80GB SSD, 750GB 5400 RPM HDD

Other Contingency: M11x with GT335M 1GB

Emergency 1: Dell XPS 2.2 GHZ core duo 2xGTX 8800 512mb SLI.

Emergency 2: Sager laptop i7 processor 512mb gpu.

Emergency 3: Xbox One

Last line of defense: AMD Athlon 1.25GHz, 1.5 GB DDR2 RAM, 128MB nvidia fx gpu

Other: N64, Xbox, Gamecube, Wii, Xbox 360, Sega Gamegear, PSP, Nintendo Gameboy Advanced

jacobs4525 1 Build 3 points 50 months ago

Wow! You, good sir, are prepared to game through the zombie apocalypse.

welshdiesel 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Nice build could use some more pictures though. And what are your gpu temps?

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

I don't overclock much since I've done it before and the difference for me was negligible for a lot of risk vis-a-vis GPUs, but the 290Xs are heavy duty. For the 780Tis in my other build the temps when I used the short SLI bridge was 95C for the top card, with the 3 way bridge it maxes at 85C running firestrike and gaming all day. Ironically my R9 290Xs chug along at 95C like it's nobody's business.

Blackie_Sheen 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Did you make some errors in pricing. The cpu and ssd price seem pretty high. This cpu is normally like 300 $us and the ssd 130$

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

On CPU was thinking of the other build I was typing up, but SSD price is right, I got it at Best Buy a while back and with taxes that's the price I paid.

budmonster 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Excellent build but I could I but a nice used car for that much, wow!

Wynn 1 point 51 months ago

Whats the big difference between Windows 7 and 8? How is one better then the other for i.e. gaming or editing?

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

For me it's more of a personal preference thing, I really didn't like the android on a screen vibe of Windows 8 when it came out, but I'm sure it's not that bad once you get used to it or mod it; however, I just love Windows 7 because it's more old school I guess (well as old school as you can get without proper DOS). Sounds like DX12 for Windows 7 might be a no-go though, so something to keep in mind.

Ninjadudewhat 2 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

8 is better but has an annoying metro ui

carterdavison 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

How is the H80i so bad? Are you sure you set it up right because I get under 70c under load while overclocked.

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Yes it is set up right, the NZXT Kraken X61 is way way better than the H80i for cooling on my 5930K. During stress testing the 5930K stays about 5C cooler at 4.2Ghz (continuous turbo) on 6 cores than the 4770K does at stock 3.9Ghz turbo on 4 cores.

carterdavison 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Does that processor run hotter than say the 4770k or 4670k?

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

When stress testing at 4.2Ghz on all 6 cores with the Kraken X61 the 5930K maxes at 70C which is 5C cooler than my 4770K with H80i at 3.9Ghz (stock) on 4 cores.

hanssx2 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

can you upload a screen of your OC settings cause i doubt it a little bit that your i7 clocks that bad. I mean the h80i isn't the best way to cool.

i clockedlike twenty i7 and everyone of them could make 4.1-4.2ghz with vcore around 1.2-1.25( there were some really bad once)

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Bios settings are whatever default is, I'm not overclocking the 4770K with such high stock temps.

hanssx2 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

oh okay than that is the issue.

SuperSayin4Goku 1 point 42 months ago

what about the haf x did you find bad? the entire case??

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

The build quality was my major dislike, very cheap quality. I love my Cosmos II case, it is a work of art compared to a Haf X and also much easier to work with/not as cramped, and easy to open, better air flow.

SuperSayin4Goku 1 point 42 months ago

wow thanks for the heads up!

imchuco 1 point 42 months ago

Nice build. I've been looking for the Maximus VI Formula for a build but cant seem to find any were any suggestions on were to buy

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 1 point 42 months ago


You can get them used for a decent price; or just get the Maximus VII Formula; should work with a 4770K: http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-MAX7FOR&c=CJ.

Fork_and_Spoon 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

I'd say get a newer Water cooler or a Beefy air cooler, like an X62 cooler or a Noctua NH-D15S. Since you know, getting those temps..... Unless you have upgraded.

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

I did upgrade to a Kraken X61 a while back; it the 4770K still runs much hotter @4.3 Ghz than my i7 960 @4.1Ghz on an H55 AIO. Pretty pathetic.

Fork_and_Spoon 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Damn that is one hot chip

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bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I run anther system with an i7 960 @4.1Ghz on an H55.

lucarioman555 1 point 36 months ago

So your saying that a h80i which is better than the h55 by a fair amount cant cool a chip that has a tdp of 84 watts, but your h55 can cool a chip that has a tdp of 130 watts. You either don't know what equipment you have or you are lying, and seeing as you have several builds on your profile that means you probably know exactly what you have so your lying.

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Nope, just stating a fact.

lucarioman555 1 point 36 months ago

facepalm Some people

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Yes, some people

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