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*Insert Clever Name Here* 4820k w/780ti

by j0e652



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

54.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C


UPDATE 3: Added second SSD

UPDATE 2: Added a second 780 ti and sleeved cables.

UPDATE: Installed a H100i to replace my CM. Also added a backplate for my 780 ti. I need to buy the replacement side panel that has a window. Last picture shows update.

My first build, I found a few things I would of done differently already but meh. Sorry about the picture quality.

I use this for gaming, engineering(programming/compiling code, PCB design and various other things) and video editing. I picked the 4820k because I didn't need the integrated graphics on the 4770k and wanted the fastest base cpu. For the moment I'm just running air cooling while still keeping it at a nice temp I can easily O.C. it to 4.5GHz. Eventually I will upgrade to a water cooling system.

I really like the motherboard I got overall. Flashing the bios was simple did it myself with just the PSU hooked up to it before all my parts came in. Quick tip for anyone who has to flash their bios via usb, the diagram showing you which port is for the flashback is incorrect. A lot of ppl including myself were puzzled by this if you are trying to do it before your build is complete as I did. Simply take that cover plate for the rear of ur case that came with your MB and hold it over your ports. The only real con about this board is that for the sata ports inside only 2 of them are 6gbps and 4 are 3gbps, the real confusing part of this is that the esata ports on the rear are both 6gbps... which honestly I will probably never use but would of prefered more 6gbps inside.

RAM: Taking advantage of the Quad channel, probably could of gone with 4x4 but eh future proof now

SSD/HDD: Super fast SSD I plan on getting a second to RAID 1 them to put my mind at ease.

GPU: It literally took forever to find this one in stock (super clocked with acx), I refused to buy the stock card with the standard cooling. Well worth the wait. Getting a second eventually.

CASE/FANS: Great case I feel like there could be better placed opening to wire stuff through the other side. The CM was used on my cpu cooler so I can have a push/pull combo into the rear exhaust. It's kind of loud would not recommend need to replace.

PSU: Great PSU, the CPU cable could be a bit longer though. It would not reach to my MB from the back side of the case so i bought a replacement.

No one cares about the optical drive. Used to install windows and probably the last time used.

Monitor: Looks great 2560x1440 PLS screen. Was tempted to go with IPS but ran into higher response times and lots more $$. I plan on getting a second screen when I get my second gpu but I'm not sure if I will get the same one or an IPS.

Prices listed are what I paid

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alextargaryen 3 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Very nice looking build! All the parts are good choices! That 840 Pro is the best, couldn't live without it anymore! :) +1

j0e652 submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

I agree super fast!

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jaredt 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

That is a low end A-data, the samsung may write and read at up to 100mbs more

j0e652 submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago


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JakeyU72 3 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Wow, seems like we have similar tastes! I have the same Asus ODD, 850W OCZ ZX PSU, a Hyper 212 EVO in a build for my sister, a 3820 in another rig, was going to get the NZXT Phantom case, but went with the Define R4 because of price, Corsair memory, same HDD in my sister's build, I have that same SSD, an Asus motherboard, and last but not least, an EVGA 780 Ti.

j0e652 submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Thanks, I almost went with the R4 honestly but then the phantom was on sale with a rebate so I had to. The fan controller is awesome to have on the top however I'm nervous because I've read a few reviews that said it died on them.

JakeyU72 3 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

I never got the fan controller working so it never bothered me :P

cam9 1 point 45 months ago


MitchZinck 1 point 45 months ago

Don't wanna be "that guy", but maybe adjust your graphics card so it doesn't sag like that, just cringing if it breaks on you.

j0e652 submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Any suggestions? I noticed it a little also and tried my best to get it to not sag by having the pcie cords sort of push it up.

MitchZinck 1 point 45 months ago

yea thats the best way, take the cords and make sure there not pulling down, other than that i'm not sure what you could do.

ColdELITE 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

+1 Nice build.

One question though. You got the 780ti and you got a monitor that is 60hz. Why didn't you just get the ASUS monitor that is 144hz and is half the cost of the one that you got? Or even the 120hx BenQ is about that much.

Edit - Just read the description and you said you "Ran into high refresh rates." The higher the refresh rate the better. Unless you were talking about Response Time. Then you do want lower.

j0e652 submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

its 2560x1440 and PLS

ColdELITE 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

I read that in the description after and figured that's why you went with that one.

j0e652 submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Yep and I did mean response times, fixed that in the description thanks!

ColdELITE 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Ahhh ok. I thought that's what you were talking about.

Lost2Frostbite 3 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Smart build ;)

KernelKaramilk 1 point 33 months ago

How did you install the H100i? It looks a little odd what with hanging from the fans, were the 2 NZXT top fans not removable?

j0e652 submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

They are removable, the H100i is actually mounted to the frame of the case it is hard to tell from the picture(was able to do this with the mounting brackets provided). The two top fans are pretty much flush to the radiator, I did it this way to have a push pull config through the radiator without having to have even more fans. I can get some better picture if you would like.

arkangelas4404 1 point 26 months ago

hmmm.... 4820K cpu support 1.5 voltage RAM and u are using 1.65V, do u get any truble with that ?????

j0e652 submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

No, because I have the CPU overclocked also

arkangelas4404 1 point 26 months ago

i see...coz i am just about to build my dekstop and...i am using ASUS x79 deluxe + 4820k cpu , was worry abit.

j0e652 submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Why do you want to go that route?

arkangelas4404 1 point 26 months ago

coz i like it... its going to be close inaf to yr build , just about to get last parts ..ssd and video card