Description

I built this rig to play Wolfenstein, Heretic & Doom MAXED out. It's secondary function is to solve mysteries. It was't until AFTER I had put this build together (my first ever) that I learned that it also plays other titles with ease; such as Planetside2... and will supposedly also max the upcoming Rome2... so that is a nifty bonus.

I was completely torn for a long time if I wanted to wait for Haswell and the 700 / 8000 series cards or not. I started with the PSU ($100), memory, hard drives and case and then kept monitoring the news for Haswell and the 700 / 8000 series cards.... It wasn't until reading Tom's reviews of the upcoming processors performance and an article a couple weeks back that the 700 /8000 series cards wouldn't be out until 2014 that that I decided that the 10 - 15 % performance increase, a wait until June and another year of crappy FPS from my favorite titles (like Wolfenstein) that I just couldn't wait any longer. Plus, I had some pretty serious mysteries to solve, so I put on my big boy pants and pulled the trigger on the MB, processor, cooling (Microcenter) and the video card (Amazon for $425 after rebate).

I went into this build with a budget of $1500 and this site helped me work my way backwards from that (what a great resource!). It allowed me to keep an eye out for good deals and modify my build many times as I acquired parts. I came in $7 over budget, so for what I got, I feel like this build is a success. I aimed at parts for a single monitor setup that had solid reviews, high end performance and the ability to overclock and or upgrade.

** As a side note for the cooler ( in case anyone is interested): I couldn't find a lot of reviews or guides about the H110. In case others find it helpful; the thing is a is an absolute BEAST, but I must say that I was disappointed in how I was forced to configure it in my case (even though the 500r is compatible on their site). Literally the ONLY option I had was to put the fans outside, I opted for the a pull config to exhaust the hot air out. I tried to configure every other way, but it just wouldn't go. So far while stress testing at stock clocks, the machine runs REALLY cool so it appears to be working just fine, there were just several obscenities uttered as I installed and re-installed. I would have liked to put the radiator above with the fans in the chassis in a push (through the rad) although not sure if it would make any temperature difference.

SO... hope you all like it. Let me know if there is any feedback or CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. I plan to start overclocking here soon.

If you're still reading this simply because of the kickass titles that got me addicted to vids in the first place, ... IDKFA or IDDQD... you know what I'm talking about ;)

Comments

  • 80 months ago
  • 4 points

wow... it's just... wow... i can't criticize.

oh wait the gpu should be in the upper 16x slot iirc(the order of gpu is starting from the top for max bandwidth then go lower and lower). that is all.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, wwooww buddy. Heretic? Doom? Maxed out? Pfft, dream on.

But in all seriousness this is an insanely powerful machine. The only complain I had is that it doesn't have a Blu-Ray drive even at a $1700 budget. Games in this generation have already managed to reach over 20 gigs, so it makes sense that the Blu-Ray drive will eventually become somewhat of a standard in the future. Also the GPU is in the bottom slot, the top slot gets better performance from what I've heard.

Aside from that the build looks like it might just handle any game you throw at it.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man - I had no idea about the GPU. They were both labeled PCI Express 3.0 x16 in the manual so I assumed you could go with either.

Funny you mention the Blu-Ray player, I actually had one in most of my hypothetical builds up until the very last second. My budget was $1500, so I had to decide if I wanted to downgrade something else or stick with the Blu-Ray... I will probably add one in the future, prices seem to still be falling.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Love your desk and aquarium, looks sooo sleek with that black pc :)

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks dude! I find myself looking at the fish tank more than the computer screen most of the time to be honest ;)

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

This will run doom so fast you'll be playing in another dimension lol

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Generally, using a pull configuration on the rad is just as good if not better than push. There really is no difference in terms of cooling performance, but many people find that it is easier to clean a rad of dust when the fans are in pull.

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

Awesome! Then I guess it worked out alright. Thanks for the feedback Bro Montana.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the fans (model/make?)

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

The front one is the stock fan that came with the h110. The rear one is a COUGAR CF-V14HB. About a day or so after I completed the build, I was being over sensitive about any noises - I opened the top to inspect the fans and accidentally fat fingered the rear fan and busted two of the fan blades! So... I replaced with the Cougar.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

how is the extreme 4? im thinking of getting one

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Go with the ud3h instead. It is more solid and has better vrm"s.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, excellent cables. I'd probably only change one main thing, and that's the mobo. I hold the Gigabyte UD3-H in much higher esteem than the Extreme4, but it serves the purpose and the rest of the build more than makes up for it.

PS: As others have mentioned, put your 680 in the top PCI-E x16 slot, it should increase performance.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. We think a lot alike! It was the UD3 and this Extreme4 that I chose between. I've seen the two compared and contrasted in a bunch of different ways and on different sites. The general consensus seems to be that they are both great boards in terms of bang for your buck. I really used Tom's reviews to narrow it down and compare the two. Especially this article: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-express-ivy-bridge-benchmark,3254-35.html

The Microcenter rep recommended both as well so I just went with the black and gold theme. So far it has been working out great.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Could of dropped the i7 and got a gigabyte ud3h and a 256 gb ssd. If your gaming an i5 3570k would have had similar performance in gaming.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

He said he went to Microcenter, I assume he lives in Southern Ontario and went to Detroit for it.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

You're very right! The 256 GB pro model of those SSDs is about $250. It was either Samsung or the Intel Cherryville (for reliability). I decided to spend a little more for the extra threads on the i7 even though I probably won't need them. The way I thought of it was if I'm not going to wait for Haswell, I may as well get the most future proofed processor for under $300.

For $60 bucks more it was hard to say no to the i7. I'm lucky to have a Microcenter here in Minneapolis.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

700 series are coming out next month go to tech of tomorrow .com

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL, you're right! Oh well... I saw this article: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Nvidia-GeForce-GTX-700-Maxwell,21918.html

I bought the card and just saw this article on the 23rd: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Nvidia-GeForce-GTX-700-Kepler,22204.html

I guess that's just how it goes. I"ll be ok with the 680 for a while I think.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow a 7.7! I can only get a 7.4.

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

Move the graphics card to the top slot.