Description

After almost 7 years of gaming exclusively on consoles, and almost 10yrs since the last time I build my own PC (I have had laptops since then), I decided to build a new main machine with good gaming capabilities. The machine is mainly used for gaming (mostly First Person Shooters and racing games), video encoding and media center.

I decided to go with the i7 3770K CPU because I also do a lot of video encoding, and while gaming does not take any noticeable advantage of Hyper-Threading, video encoding does. So far I have overclocked the CPU to 4.3 GHz. Ran a few stress tests with AIDA64 and Cinebench, and so far it has been very stable. Will see how it goes in the long run and report back if there are any issues or if I decide to dial it up or down a bit.

As for the heatsink, I know the thing is massive, but I was surprised to see it kept my CPU temps in check even after overclocking the CPU to 4.3 GHz. I'm not an expert in overclocking by any means, but I was expecting the CPU to run at a bit higher temps. I replaced the stock case fans with other 120mm fans with higher pressure and rpm ratings than the stock, so it seems the added airflow and heatsink are working properly to keep temps at safe levels.

I decided to do a test-build before putting everything in the case to make sure it POSTs properly without hardware errors (2nd to last picture). While I had absolutely no trouble with any parts, I did noticed that the BIOS was reporting about 1,300 MHz as the RAM frequency and had to manually set it to 1,600 MHz. MemTest completed successfully without errors, SSD is working properly and blazing fast, Video card have handled my games at maxed out settings with no trouble.

Overall I'm very happy with the build and I feel I will have this machine for quite some time.

Comments

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

do you like the memory, it is cheap and cheap somtimes is good, help would be great.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

I do like the memory. One thing I just noticed is that I had to manually set the frequency in the motherboard since it detected 1300 instead of 1600. After that was done, CPU-Z then shows the right frequency. MemTest passed without errors and Windows 8 gives the RAM a score of 8.1.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

dat heatsink!!

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, it is huge! I had to double-check the case measurements before buying it. Good thing is that it keeps my CPU cool, was not hard to install, and in my opinion, it is not very loud.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Any other uses besides gaming that you chose an i7 over an i5-3570k?

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

I am aware that gaming does not take advantage of HT, but I decided to go with the i7 3770K over the 3570K because of I also do a lot of video encoding, which does takes advantage of Hyper-Threading.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the response, I was pretty sure you weren't just using it for gaming. What programs do you use heavily? Researching media editing stations and curious about what someone like you uses the i7's strengths for.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Why go with a 3770k, I hope you dont plan to overclock it because that midrange asus mobo is not the best. For what you spent I would have bought a better motherboard.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Why do you think I may have any problems overclocking? I am confident it is more than capable of handling an overclocked 3770K CPU to the point I plan to (not heavily OC). I found that difference between this and other more expensive Asus 1155 motherboards were just ports configuration; audio and Ethernet chipsets. Other than that, I like Asus brand and it have served me well on older builds. If there is anything you believe I am not considering, please share (as I am still able to return it if I am convinced other options might be way better for my needs). Thanks!

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Love your build! Great job on the cable management! I can only hope to do half as well when I build mine. I'm looking at a VERY similar build. In that vein, I was wondering, do you have any issues with the GPU blowing hot air on the southbridge? How has your experience been with overclocking with that motherboard?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late response.

Thanks for your comment. My OC was a bit limited by the generated heat when using the air-cooled heatsink for the CPU, and stock GPU casing; but I changed the cooling system on the GPU with an Accelero Twin Turbo III; and CPU cooler with a Corsair H100i GTX.

So far so good. CPU now sits to 4.7 GHz, using 1.285 volt at the core. Very stable so far.

Ho did your build go?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi all,

Wow, I know it's been a long time and I don't know how I never saw the notification emails from your responses back then. I appreciate all your comments. This build keeps going strong at the moment. I've added a few parts:

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX GPU Cooler for my 670 GTX: Accelero Twin Turbo III (Link: http://www.arctic.ac/us_en/accelero-twin-turbo-iii.html)

The whole thing is now whisper-quiet, even under heavy loads.

With regards to Overclocking:

CPU: I was able to push the Core i7 3770k to 4.7 GHz (Core Ratio = 47) Using core voltage of 1.285v CPU Core temps during stress test with the above mentioned OC sits at 87c.

GPU Core clock offset: +52 MHz GPU Memory clock offset: +300 MHz Power target: 122%

I am able to play most games by setting the GPU offset at +60MHz, but went with a safer setting because Far Cry 3 and 4 both crash on me if I leave it at 60. All other games I play they run perfectly fine at +60.

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  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I used Velcro straps to help the cables look cleaner. I liked the blue color. :)

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