Description

Built to run my Catleap 2B OC for 1440p 120 Hz.

Reused i5 2500k from my old computer and a 1 TB WD drive.

Actual CPU Cooler is the H100i, but list wasn't updated when this build was logged.

Few of notes:

-The ASRock Z77 Extreme4 is not a full size ATX board. You can see from the 2nd picture (and from looking up the specs in the manual) that it is about 1" shorter so does not line up with the far right mounts. Just be careful when plugging in the 24 pin connector. Really isn't a problem.

-I included the close up picture of the H100i to show the clearance (or lack thereof) if you try to under mount the fans + radiator. The final config was to mount the radiator inside, remove the 200mm fan from the top and mount the two 120mm fans in place. These fans are pulling air out.

-RAID0 on the Samsungs. AS SSD is 989 Read / 597 Write, need to run a few more benches on them.

The CPU is overclocked to 4.4 GHz and idles at 25C - 28C. With Prime95 it reaches just at 60C after 30 minutes.

Didn't get quite as high a clock on the GTX 670s as I expected, +62/600. Would like to have hit 1200 MHz. Doesn't seem to be a temperature problem as it never breaks 60C, but Heaven won't finish. Scores 2340.

Comments

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

if you are just gaming you only need 8gb

  • 85 months ago
  • 6 points

When you spend upwards of $1500 on a system, $30 for the extra RAM isn't that big of a deal.

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah but i use 16gb in my system and i dont really need it, feels like it runs faster than 8gb systems tho

  • 85 months ago
  • -1 points

lmao which is entirely in your mind because there is no benefit for a gaming computer to have 16GB of ram. All games are 32bit which means the max they can utilize is 4GB, so to use 8GB of RAM is nearly impossible for just a GAMING rig, making 16GB a complete waste... Sure people excuse it and justify that its cheap but it is entirely pointless. So difficult for people to read in context

  • 85 months ago
  • 3 points

Games can use more than 4gb, with a bunch of mods Skyrim will use over 8GB. Or, if you are gaming, talking on skype, recording and/or live streaming, you will very easily go over 8GB. Due to the very cheap price of ram, 16GB is very justifiable, whether you use it often or not.

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

I run teamspeak, record video, live stream and run pandora in the background while playing BF3, Planetside 2 and or League of Legends. I barely get upwards of 6GB of use. Yes you can push it but that isn't typical use for the majority of gamers.. Yes skyrim can use 8GB of RAM if you use certain mods, and unless I'm mistaken it makes it unstable unless they fixed that but still not typical. I can't rationlize suggesting 16GB of RAM even if its cheap, its a waste of money for the majority of Gaming. Not a multipurpose PC as you stated, streaming, recording skype are programs people use but most do not use them all at the same time.

Just because one game can be modified to use more then 4GB of ram doesn't justify anything. the majority of games do not and for the forseeable future will not use more then 4GB. Thats not to mention the games that can use 4GB for the most part do not... Anyone can push a system to justify wasted resources but that doesn't mean anything and certainly doesn't reasonably justify it for the majority of gaming builds.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

have you done a set up on your youtube accountt, if you have the link would be awesome :]

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

I didnt mean for gaming, im not stupid. I meant in general, my pc seems to run alot smoother and faster especially because i always have anywhere from 5-20 windows up at a time

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

no need to call names sheesh

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry, heat of the moment, got caught up in some competitive gaming and it fired me up :P, ill edit it, no hard feelings?

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

I found that 8bg. was not enough for my own computer. When using fraps, would lag. 16gb. straightened that out right away.

  • 85 months ago
  • -3 points

blah blah blah shut up Mr know it all all the time 8, 16 blah blah blah don't you have something better to do

  • 85 months ago
  • 0 points

What I find ironic is that this Nork doesn't have anything else to do in his time.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Why 2 ssd's? And how are you liking to extreme4? I'm thinking of e=getting one.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Most likely because, Hardware-RAID-0 is always faster than a single drive because you can step the reads and writes across the two drives simultaneously.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Two SSDs for RAID0 just for fun. Using the 6 GB/s ports for the built in controller SATA3_0_1 if you look at the manual.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh nice! And how's the Extreme4? I'm thinking about getting it with an i5 3570k and hd 7870.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Beast of a system!! I've noticed a lot of people having no luck with overclocking reference 670's. I have a couple Gigabyte 670's they all overclock differently but all of them reach over 1.24Ghz stable. I guess thats the luck of the GPU lottery everyone talks about.

Can you get a picture of it on with the different colors on the corsair CPU block lit up? I'd really like to see that.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

For sure, not disappointed or anything, haven't stopped tinkering to game yet though!

The CPU Block on the H100i doesn't do the three different lights, I don't think. This one just has the lit picture of the boat. Is that what you mean?

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes you are supposed to be able to change the colors from within a program in windows I believe. If i'm not mistaken you have a connection that goes onto the CPU block that connects to USB.
here is the blog I read up on this thing which shows that it has an RGB led in it that you can control which seems like you can mix the colors into a near endless choice:



http://www.corsair.com/en/blog/introducing-the-new-hydro-series-h80i-and-h100i-liquid-cpu-coolers/

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah there you go, cool. My HAF XM does not have the clear side panel so I really didn't look in to that. Good to know though, thank you.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Easy answer for you here!!::

http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6823

what good is having all those sexy tech **** items in that case if you can't look at it O.o sheesh. Maybe its just me but when I have that much smexyness hardware I wanna see it, flaunt what I got type a deal.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, yeah the fiancé will be very impressed! Was going to get the GTX 670 backplate too. Maybe if I find a better spot to sit the case, right now it is under my desk.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

either that h100i is really glossy or you didnt pull the glossy tape stuff off....it angers me

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

It is really glossy, tape is off =)

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Darn thats really disapointing to me, oh well, does it seem like an improvement over the classic H100? And nice build by the way

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly can't say, this is my first experience.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like the HAF XM.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Really like it. Originally planned on using the HAF X, but the more I looked at a full tower, it seemed like wasted space. The cable management is great. Old computer was in an Antec P180B, which is still a good little case, but the XM seems like a perfect "enthusiast" mid-Tower compromise.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

I use the same case and dropped the optional 200mm fans on side panel and first top slot and wow it really helped temps drop even lower. Highly suggest the side fan!

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

How are you liking the H100i? I heard of some leaking problems after a certain amount of time. The noise. It would add a good pile of money to upgrade the fans. I am looking into the top notch air cooler Noctua NH-D14 which is at par with both H100. Check out my build plan for your opinion please. http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/of2H