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Gaming Workstation Pro

by zacuke

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64 Comments

Details

CPU Clock Rate

4.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

38.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.058 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.208 GHz

Description

Gaming and software development: Minecraft, Crysis 3, Diablo 3, Eclipse and Visual Studio. Everything runs so fast it's unbelievable. The SSD is a must. Windows boots too fast to really time it. Less than 5 seconds. I am not able to enable UEFI ultra-fast booting yet, but EVGA is supposed to be releasing firmware updates because their graphics card is preventing it.

Finally I can work on my multiplayer minecraft mods and spin up multiple instances of Minecraft at once AND stream music in the background. Nothing can slow this thing down.

The only issue is the Corsair H100i. I experienced the infamous "loose backplate" issue - so be prepared with some nylon washers to get everything snug.

I'm not a cable management expert, as the pictures indicate. However the case provides many places to tuck them away if that's your thing.

I bought everything at Microcenter, the local brick and mortar here in Kansas City, KS.

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Frostbyter 4 points 74 months ago

Cute kiddie :D

And one reccomendation: cable management

Otherwise, looking good!

zacuke submitter 1 Build 1 point 74 months ago

Thanks. Yea the cables I will work on when I get free time. I was mostly interested in getting everything stress tested to make sure I didn't need to return any parts. The kid helped build it. =D He only dropped the DVD Drive - which survived the fall! (I was careful to handle the important pieces)

MoxieGrrl 4 points 74 months ago

I love the 500R. I have one sitting on my kitchen table waiting for my PSU to get here. :D

Also, you are so lucky to have a Microcenter. So lucky.

zacuke submitter 1 Build 1 point 74 months ago

It was surreal going to pick up my parts in person. I've built at least a dozen PC's over the years and always did newegg. I even paid sales tax! Scary, I know.

I got an open box GPU at first, but it was bad. As in games crash after 5 minutes. So I took it back and traded in for a new box and paid the difference. Now a few days later the open box is for sale again! A bit scrupulous as if they are hoping some body will buy it and not notice.

MoxieGrrl 2 points 74 months ago

I would totally shop there if I had one. I'd buy all my stuff there. I need to find out what the closest one is and go the next time I build. It would be so nice to be able to just take stuff to the store to return it. Heh.

MoxieGrrl 2 points 74 months ago

The closest one to me is in the Twin Cities about 200 miles away. :( Maybe a special trip or something should be arranged to this magical wonderland.

Erdubya 2 points 74 months ago

You're lucky! I'd have to drive to NYC from Fort Drum in Upstate NY - just over 300mi. Wish they had them in Canada...

zacuke submitter 1 Build 1 point 74 months ago

It's about a 40 minute drive for me. Or about 10 minutes from work. =D

I had to pay sales tax though.... Dirty sales tax.

Erdubya 2 points 74 months ago

I would say being that close just about makes up for the sales tax!

bbooiigg 2 points 74 months ago

I like the parts you chose. Only thing I would change is the motherboard to Extreme4, which isn't that big of a deal. Once you work on the cable management when you got time, you'll have a really nice rig that you can show off :D

zacuke submitter 1 Build 1 point 74 months ago

Can you explain why you prefer the Extreme4 over Extreme6? I came very close to getting the Exreeme4, but the 6 won out at the last second. I wanted the extra USB and higher quality components, according to my research.

bbooiigg 2 points 74 months ago

The only main difference between the two is the extra pci express 2.0 slot, mini pcie slot and a display port for the integrated graphics. The average person won't really be using these extra features, but maybe you could take advantage of them later one. As I said, it's not that big of a deal.

zacuke submitter 1 Build 3 points 74 months ago

I can see how it's overkill, but sweet delicious overkill. Thank you for the comments, I appreciate the feedback.

Booth21209 1 point 74 months ago

There is also the fact that the Extreme 4's VRMs are horrifically outdated, most boards today, in this price range, stay away from DPAK MOSFETS.

Booth21209 1 point 74 months ago

There is also the fact that the Extreme 4's VRMs are horrifically outdated, most boards today, in this price range, stay away from DPAK MOSFETS.

jakethemp 1 Build 2 points 74 months ago

very nice... like the 680... cables need work i understand your pain on that one though. how do you like the 500r. they were all sold out at frys electronics when i was going to get it ended up with the antec 900.

zacuke submitter 1 Build 1 point 74 months ago

The 500r is a beast. Very massive case, both inside and out. It's lightweight yet extremely sturdy. Very beautiful in my opinion. Once the 30 day return period is over, and everything is stable, I'll rewire everything. There is a lot of fans on the 500r however. Also the case is so big the power supple wires are a bit short reaching from very bottom (where PS sits) to very top of motherboard.

jakethemp 1 Build 2 points 74 months ago

i wish i would have gotten it. i do think its an epic case. the antec 900 isnt bad very good air flow. you just have to be a little bit handy with a screw driver.

zyvox100 1 Build 2 points 74 months ago

Sweet build bro! One of my recs would be to remove some of the hard drive trays that you're not using - will help get more air to the 680. Probably doesn't make much of a difference now but if you ever want to OC the gpu the more air circulating the better.

zacuke submitter 1 Build 1 point 74 months ago

thanks

Stigs 2 points 74 months ago

Nice build! Work on your cable management. Also 80?C looks high for an i7 liquid cooled on an H100i.

xSWATxBadkid 1 Build 2 points 74 months ago

80C with is at 4.6Ghz. Ivy is a fair bit hotter than Sandy, doesn't surprise me. I would like to know what his voltage is at.

Stigs 2 points 74 months ago

Ah...I see I didn't that he overclocked. I was wondering why his temps were so high. I have an 3570k (haven't overclocked yet) and from what i've seen, it is much hot than the 2500k.

xSWATxBadkid 1 Build 2 points 74 months ago

Yup. Smaller architecture means more heat.

zacuke submitter 1 Build 1 point 74 months ago

I think my water cooler block on the CPU might be a little loose. I had the loose back plate issue, but after some researching most people said it's "o.k." however I still think I need to add 4 nylon washers to be triple sure its extra snug.

Also depending on what program I run, and if I look at CPU temp or Core temps it varies drastically.

Animus_of_Chaos 4 Builds 2 points 74 months ago

Do not make it to tight or you might warp the mobo and fry the mobo and cpu. just a heads up. over all nice build!

zacuke submitter 1 Build 1 point 74 months ago

Stock voltage

dswans24 2 points 74 months ago

Hey man dude, i was wondering, how much money is in that there wallet?

zacuke submitter 1 Build 1 point 74 months ago

one $100 bill, and one $50 bill, I mostly use debit/credit cards. The cash is actually Christmas cash I never spent, I'm letting my kid pick out something expensive one of these days. Funny thing he never wants to spend it... he tells me to spend my money instead...

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 2 points 74 months ago

My god, man! Pull yourself together and re-wire that thing! Not only will it look better, but airflow will be improved and as a result, temps will go down.

zacuke submitter 1 Build 1 point 74 months ago

Yes, as I've stated elsewhere I'm just getting a burn-in and some free time and I will re-do the wiring. There is already so many wires crammed into the back side of the case I could barely get the back of the case on it as it is, I'm not sure where to tuck all the rest of the wires.

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philip staff 10 Builds 3 points 74 months ago

Please be polite.

xSWATxBadkid 1 Build 3 points 74 months ago

Everyone else calling out his cable management isn't impolite? If he doesn't want criticism, he shouldn't be on the internet. He himself said his cable management was bad, indirectly. No disrespect! ;)

The cable management on my own build is far from spectacular, but like I said it is as simple as cramming all excess cables behind the MOBO.

philip staff 10 Builds 1 point 74 months ago

No disrespect? Look, you know what you wrote. It's fine to talk about cable management, but don't be insulting about it, ok?

xSWATxBadkid 1 Build 2 points 74 months ago

Looking at the comments he did indeed say that the kid helped him build it lol! I wasn't trying to hurt his feelings. I was expressing my face when I saw his cables. xD

zacuke submitter 1 Build 2 points 74 months ago

The kid helped and the build is not in it's final form. I'm still stress testing and tweaking before my 30 day return policy is up. And now I like the reaction I get from the cables, so I might make it messier and upload more photos just for you.

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TheHiguty 2 points 74 months ago

Uhh, whilst your first point is true, some people may not want to overclock, or possibly they want to have a better card than their friends (even if it performs the same), and also he went to a microcenter so possibly there was a deal or a combo of some kind.

Asus boards are better, but ASRock isn't terrible.

He's mentioned elsewhere in the comments that he'll fix up the cables when he has some free time.

And in the first line he basically explained the parts in this build: i7 for software development, and the 680 for gaming. 16 GB of ram for development too. I don't think that he 'slapped a bunch of random parts together' at all, I think he explored his options well.

zacuke submitter 1 Build 1 point 74 months ago

I've been building computers since the 90s. And yes the cable management, I might leave it this way JUST to mess with the Internet. In fact I might make it messier and upload more pictures of the proverbial rat's nest. Just to make internet trolls blow a gasket.

I researched everything, and kept researching, and kept researching. There are so many options.

TheHiguty 2 points 74 months ago

Hehe do it. Leave the cables, and let the trolls troll. I'll sit in the stands and watch :)

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zacuke submitter 1 Build 1 point 74 months ago

Obviously somebody buys Asrock boards - otherwise they would go out of business. In your world is everything produced by one company? Yea we should just all buy Asus boards that way all the other companies go out of business and Asus can charge whatever price they want. That would be great.

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zacuke submitter 1 Build 1 point 74 months ago

Admit it: your a closet Asrock lover. It's O.K. to come out, don't be ashamed of who you are.

xSWATxBadkid 1 Build 2 points 74 months ago

Don't go saying Asus boards are the greatest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d--psdraawg

Sure I own Asus hardware, but when it comes to software Asus needs to get a clue, in fact they need to stop letting 5 years olds create their software. Seriously. It sucks. And as you can tell from the video their engineering isn't brilliant. neither is their sticker placement, it is mostly the users fault, but Asus caused some of it. Buy Asus hardware and treat it like a baby, but never use their software.

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xSWATxBadkid 1 Build 2 points 74 months ago

ASRock boards are very solid for the price I heard.

Actually of these 2 boards

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837

The Asrock reviews (Which there were nearly twice as many vs. the Asus to begin with) say that they are more happy with the board based on Egg rating. 43% rated the Asrock below 5 Eggs, where as 52% rated the Asus below 5 Eggs. Considering the higher amount of Asrock reviews that is astounding. This blatantly contradicts what you said about Asrock.

Asus are still good boards, but their lower boards are not as good as Asrock's IMO.

zacuke submitter 1 Build 1 point 74 months ago

In my research the Asrock boards had higher overall ratings. You guys are lucky I didn't put a Biostar in this bad boy. Boo yah: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138364

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xSWATxBadkid 1 Build 1 point 74 months ago

Those boards are much more expensive than the ASRock Extreme4, and if they weren't better than the Extreme4 Asus should give up lol. I'm noy saying Asus is bad, I'm just saying ASRock is easily compared and on the level of Asus.

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Nendo 1 Build 5 points 74 months ago

And why would you want to do that?

Calerid 5 points 74 months ago

I am a little confused myself?

on_droid 1 Build 3 points 74 months ago

This dude is obviously a troll. No one on this site is that dumb when it comes to graphics cards.

zacuke submitter 1 Build 1 point 74 months ago

The trolls are rampant in these parts.

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on_droid 1 Build 1 point 74 months ago

To that point, a GTX 540 is cheaper then a 660 ti so maybe he should have used that. Or maybe he should have went with integrated graphics and he wouldn't have to buy a GPU at all. You don't pick parts just because they are cheaper. You pick parts based on the performance you want and what your budget will allow. With an i7 this is obviously a high end build. You don't put a 660 ti into a $1500+ build.

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zacuke submitter 1 Build 1 point 74 months ago

Thank you, but please elaborate. My understanding is the only thing better than a GTX 680 is a GTX 690 - which costs twice as much.

on_droid 1 Build 1 point 74 months ago

Or a GTX Titan, also twice the cost. A 690 is just two 680s in one card so twice the cost makes sense there.

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zacuke submitter 1 Build 1 point 74 months ago

duly noted