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In the wake of the new generation of consoles, I decided long and hard (TWSS) on which path of video gaming righteousness I would partake in. After a lengthy period of an absent, new gaming console, I decided nay on XBOX Uno and PS4 and took upon an epic quest of building a decent gaming rig at about $1500. This machine would be used for movies, school, gaming, and other extra curricular activities. A few caveats; it had to be future proof, cat hair proof, and portable via suitcase. I was able to accomplish 2/3. And with no regrets!

Introducing the "SexBox4Play"! She's big black and heavy, just the way I like em. Here are several notes on the build:

-The HAF XB Evo case from the folks at Cooler Master is a pretty unique product. Few things I liked; it has love handles, the motherboard lays flat and is mounted on a removable tray, hot swappable storage (will add more storage later but for now it doubles as an accessory holder.) This case has been placed under my desk and is hands down the best case for resting your feet. Be warned though, your cat, dog, or small toddler may sit or perform yoga on this case. Also, if you plan on installing a Cooler Master 200mm fan at the top, it will only accept a shorter CPU air cooler - anything too tall will rub the fan. Overall, this cases' visual aesthetics, functionality, and uniqueness really set this apart from a traditional tower.

-For the mobo, I chose the Sabertooth Z87. Asus motherboards are feature rich, and I like the look of the TUF armor. Is it gimmicky? Kinda. Is it more catproof than other motherboards? Absolutely.

-I planned on longevity hence having a decent mobo, PSU, and other components. I went with the i7 haswell, I could have gone with an i5 and/or the previous generation. I could have gone a little cheaper and perhaps better performance with AMD. Ultimately I decided for this build to just pony up the extra money on the latest CPU.

-I am enjoying the GTX770 from the folks at PNY. I was a little weary at first, considering I haven't bought a graphics card from PNY in over a decade! The price compared to the other manufacturers, resounded well for me. Their pre-overclocked, 2 fan nonreference card has been a real solid performer running ultra/high settings on the majority of games thus far. Fans are silent with no coil whine. Does not come with OC software but EVGA's software works fine. It does include a "Lifetime Warranty" but that won't matter when the product reaches end of life (EOL, kind of a sad term if you're a graphics card or robot but luckily machines do not have feelings, for now anyways).

-Went with 240 rad liquid cooler in push/pull configuration (mainly for looks and probably very little performance gains). With the exception of the optional top 200m megaflow Cooler Master (seems to be the only fan that would fit in their mounting holes), every other cooling fan is made by a Noctua. This brand is kind of pricey, for this build it required qty: 3, 120mm and qty: 2, 80mm. I placed two 120mm Noctua fans in pull configuration and two 140mm in push configuration with matching CFM. Noctua makes some butt-ugly fans but their farts are silent and deadly. Added three thermal sensors throughout the case to further monitor temps.

-For display, a 23.6", wait up - for sh!ts and giggles, let's round up to 24" (always round up, never down gentlemen), an Asus monitor for $50! After rebates and coupons of course.

-I plan on adding more RAM later. For now, the ram size and performance fits my needs.

-The Cooler Master decal in the front of the case was stickered on kind of crooked. I ended up replacing it with a Harley Davidson decal for fun and a constant reminder I could have used the money from building this rig for bike parts. Balls.

-I will SLI a second GTX770 when the Price is Right!..come on DOWN!

Hope you guys enjoyed sifting through the SexBox4Play build! Please post any comments, questions, or concerns for the environment here.

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Comments

  • 75 months ago
  • 4 points

"She's big black and heavy, just the way I like em." lmao +1 sir and a great build

  • 75 months ago
  • 5 points

lolol Unfortunately she's too heavy to bring around in public, she just waits patiently at home and then nags the hell out of me when I don't turn her on.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol +1 for that alone

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  • 75 months ago
  • 3 points

Must say, one of the funnier descriptions "always round up, not down(gentleman)" xD very nice build, good job!

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks Gus!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice another XB :) I have almost the same build expect I got a NH-D12, hyperX ram, and corsair AX760w. I want to sli when the price is right too but I don't know if my AX760w is enough for sli ocing:/

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

TH just did a build with SLI 770s OC'd ona 750w psu

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi Z3lots!

How are you liking the XB so far? You should be fine unless you have a higher load from other components.And of course check the wattage for your video card. Some of these 770s require 450w+ due to fan requirements. I went with an 850w as that seems to be the safe recommended spec. Cheers!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it :) it's perfect for me!!! Ah ya I have the same GPU it uses like 341 watts at full load. Probably need to upgrade my PSU too 1000w for sli.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build, but I really don't think you will like it, send it to me? :) +1

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks R.E.S! Well, she's behaving and really quiet at the moment. I'll keep her around until she starts acting up, then I'll send her your way.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

xD

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh how do you have your bottom 80mm fans and the top 200mm fan(intake/exhaust).

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi Z3lots, Bottom and Top fans are exhaust. Only intake is from the front where the radiator is located.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Strange setup for your fans. I'd be interested to see what kind of temps you get under load. :)

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Airflow is different in this particular case as its segmented into two sections. The top section consists of the motherboard, the front fans, a top 200mm fan, and another 120mm fan at the rear for exhaust. The bottom section houses the PSU and harddrive compartments bottom shelf. For the bottom section there is an intake fan from the PSU and then the two 80mm fans as exhausts. The Sabertooth mobo came with 3 thermal sensors, so I'll add them in and ensure the temps are acceptable at full load.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah okay I'll probably do the same then.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Not what I was expecting for sure with the noctua fans and the PNY GPU.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point
  • Best description I've seen. +1 for that alone.
  • Altogether, your build looks great for what you need. Good choice going with 850w PSU for SLI later. 770 is a great card solo or SLI. Really all the parts you've used are excellent quality, so this should hold up for a long time to come!
  • What game is that in the last pic?
  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks TB!

Bioshock Infinite is the last game in the pic

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

That's cool, I really like this.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I have almost same built and wondering( http://pcpartpicker.com/b/YpdCmG ), Were did you install 140mm Fan?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn man! I also have a HAF xb that i built, but yours is way better looking than mine. I feel inspired to go back and work on my cable management now.