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Hey everyone!

This is my first legit computer build! all previous systems were prebuilt and i just upgraded their graphics cards, My purpose for this build is to be able to play the latest games and also be able to multitask and be able to edit and work heavily.

To clear confusion Xercules = xeon + hercules, the most signature part here is the Xeon i think,and i love it! it performs well and doesn't heat up at all.

My most questionable choice is the combination of a Z97 motherboard and a locked CPU, i overspent just for the looks and the board is actually decent and has a bunch of good features, also i managed to turn up my CPU's multiplier from 34 (stock) to 38 (max) so i can get a bit more performance across all cores since max turbo on all cores is 3.6 GHz not 3.8 GHz, i can also play with the Base clock and i could potentially get to 4GHz but i'll play it safe since i'm relatively new to overclocking.

Why did i get the gtx 970, well as much as i love AMD, and as much as i think their r9 390 is superior in higher resolutions due to the higher vram, i still couldn't pass up shadow play and CUDA, i'll use this PC for editing as much as i will for gaming, so CUDA helps me with the playback in premiere pro and with render times, and shadow play for various reasons, however since i started with PCs i have an unbroken chain of going back and forth to either brand and to continue this trend my next card has to be AMD.

Also i got the beautiful Corsair graphite 760t used since i was going to get a new 230t for the same price so i said well screw it, the bigger case is definitely better, and i think i made the right choice here even if the beautiful red LED fans in the front ruin the entire color scheme (which is black and white), but i'll be getting some white LED ones to replace them soon so not a big deal.

Many will disagree with my power supply choice, but from what there was in stock where i live i either get this or a 1000 watt EVGA supernova for the price of my processor, so i cut down my losses there, and it's not really that bad, it's semi modular with 80+ silver efficiency, AND the fan has a white LED for some reason but hey i'm not complaining, however either the cables are really short or my case is too big, because cable management was especially difficult because of the short cables.

also NO SSD? i really couldn't fit an SSD because i also had to buy a desk and a monitor so i had to give something up.

If you'd like more be sure to check my video i made of it!

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

More pics for more clicks? Your PSU is understandable under your circumstances, just try to replace it if you get the chance, and as long as you don't push your components wattage demand you should be fine!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm trying my best to overcome my need to tinker around the bios like i used to do with my old pc, CPU's stock with the exception of the minor boost to the multiplier which isn't big, but i couldn't resist OCing the graphics card's core clock to 1500 MHz and adding 400 MHz to the memory clock and ramping up the fans to 85% but aside from that i'm golden, at least i think.

also i uploaded more pictures!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey you got a badass budget build here! It's gonna achieve all you set out to do no sweat. Haters gonna hate.

Although... your CPU cooler appears to be upside down. XD +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It'll probably just get replaced with a Hyper 212 Evo anyway :P

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I have the same CPU+mobo combo, but locking the turbo boost doesn't work for me. Have you verified that your CPU really can @ 3.8GHz on all 4 cores simultaneously?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

yes i've monitored everything through MSI command center and put the system under load and all cores went to 3.7-3.8 simultaneously, you can also use MSI command center to change the multiplier.

however as you probably know you won't see anything unless you stress test the cpu, the cpu will run at 800 MHz on idle to save power and keep heat down etc...

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been using IBT and I'm capped at 3.6 no matter what I do. What versions are your MSI commander and bios?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

10.6 bios which is the latest i believe and the 1.0.1.08 msi command center

well i also changed the base clock to 102 which is still stable, and i'm getting around 3.7 frequency most of the time, but ive read somewhere that the processor is capped at 3.6 at all 4 cores, so i guess with the base clock change it can reach 3.7 but that's it i suppose, because i looked deeper into it.

and also i got 3.75Ghz highest in the intel extreme tuning utility benchmark.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

i have the same motherboard :D, currently rocking a pentium g3258 at 4.3ghz, ive been eyeballing that same xeon as an upgrade but i dont know if i should get that or a 4690k

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Depends really, if you're doing strictly gaming you should get the i5, it'll get better frames and won't bottleneck any GPU, not to mention it's unlocked.

however the Xeon isn't by any means slow, yet in comparison if you cool that i5 well you can hit 4.4 GHz and the xeon tops at 3.8 GHz turbo so significant change there clock for clock, and games prefer single core performance and in that field the i5 delivers.

with that said, i am not an overclocker (yet) and i make use of the hyper-threading for editing, rendering, screen capture and even VMs so it really is up to you and what you're going to use your computer for.