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Corsair Black RGB 2014

by Endricane

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Date Published

March 18, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.137 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

Description

CAUTION: LARGE POST, LOTS OF PICTURES, MANY UPDATES

I started building this PC in 2014, I couldn't afford to do all this at once, it was over the last few years.

Prices shown do not include peripherals, battery backup, or monitors, only what is in the tower. The prices do include what I payed for tax/shipping. All parts came from either newegg, micro center, ebay or amazon.

The processor is overclocked to 4.5GHz extremely stable, but, had to apply extra volts to get there.

My wiring in the back could be a little better :)

FIRST BUILD DATE 2/26/2014

UPDATE LIST

Changed some power supply cables to Cablemod Modmesh cables (5/14/2017)

Cablemod RGB remote / strip (5/11/2017)

Added 2 more Noctua fans for push/pull radiator config (5/3/2017)

!!!!!!!!!!---PICTURE SET 2---!!!!!!!!!! (4/28/2017)

Changed/added fans from stock to Noctua (4/27/2017)

Cablemod RGB remote / strip (4/25/2017)

Removed drive cages, mounted hard drive in optical bay (4/17/2017)

Corsair Air Intake Upgrade (3/16/2017)

!!!!!!!!!!---PICTURE SET 1---!!!!!!!!!! (2/15/2017 - unlabeled photos)

Corsair light bar "Upgrade" (12/31/2016)

Dell Sp2309w 23" to Acer X34 Predator 34" (8/10/2016)

128GB SSD to 512GB (7/18/2016)

Saitek keyboard to Corsair Strafe RGB (5/30/2016)

1x GTX 770 to 2x GTX 770 in SLI (5/19/2016)

1TB Hard drive to 4TB Hard drive (4/3/2015)

16GB to 32GB RAM (3/9/2015)

Dell mouse to Corsair Vengeance M95 (4/3/2014)

GTX 770 (SLI) W/ ACER X34 PREDATOR

I can tell you from experience, the X34 monitor runs great with the 4GB gtx770s in SLI. I play many old games as well as new and I hit high frame rates on 3440x1440. The GTX 770's play games like battlefront at 50FPS+, on ultra. Some games like GTAV and Metro Last Light are a different story, but, this is only a small amount of games that are so power hungy that the GTX 770 can't handle it.

With 2x GTX770's and my Acer X34 predator, at 3440x1440 resolution, I can play original Diablo(1996) with insane scaling that looks and plays beautifully. I have been playing Command and Conquer Tiberian Sun and Age of Empires HD which also look amazing with the increased resolution. I play 6 accounts of Dark AGe of Camelot, which has the extra real estate available due to the 3440x1440 resolution, and the GPU can handle it. Anyone who says you can't use a 3440x1440 monitor, with an older card, isn't taking into consideration the non modern games, low requirement indie games, or other tasks you will be enjoying, like spreadsheets :)...

RGB

When I built this system, RGB wasn't as big as it is now. I installed RGB strips I bought at micro center and I bought the corsair h100i because it was the only RGB cooler at the time. I really love the tubing on the h100i (VERSION 1) compared to the models I see today. You can see the white power pack for the RGB strips, which I screwed into the side of the hard drive cage.

ACER X34

Used my Dell monitor for 8 years. Poor dell got destroyed... enough said

-Acer A34 Predator 34" IPS monitor w/ 3440 x 1440 resolution, 100Hz, w/ GSYNC -Dell Sp2309w 23" TN monitor w/ 2048 x 1152 resolution, 60Hz

Corsair 750D

I really like the obsidian 750d case, but, the cut outs for cable management are in spots that annoy me (probably due to the fact this is not the 450d, and this 750d can house an EATX board). The USB3.0 header on my motherboard comes out right into metal and it's slightly pulled at an angle to get through the hole. I would have liked to see cable management slots available closer to the bottom of the motherboard as well.

I love the window that isn't fully open, to hide my RGB light strips. I also would have loved hinges for the doors to open and close. I bought an extra side panel (not the window side), so I can paint something custom on it, while retaining my original black panel. Not sure what to paint yet...

There used to be extra unused hard drives in the tower that are not installed. Old drives I had laying around. This helps weigh my tower down for when my cats inevitably jump on it... I also have extra SATA cables and whatnot plugged into the motherboard/power supply already, so I can easily plug in other drives and other devices.

Presonus Audiobox 22VSL

I use the "Presonus AudioBox 22VSL" to listen to my "Beyerdynamic DT990 PRO headphones", even though its a recording interface. I use this because it has an amplifier to drive my 250 ohm headphones and I just happen to have it because I play guitar and use it to record. It just dawned on me to use that instead of buying a sound card.

END RANT

I chose the parts for efficiency and aesthetics at the time, many of which happen to be corsair. I stand by Corsair still, as their parts have all worked great for me. I am super happy with this build.

Comments Sorted by:

Sharnerean 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I did the same thing with my build. I wanted everything to match and only asus and corsair would work. But I will admit I am a corsair fanboy. Never had a single item fail from them over the years. Those 770s are actually still potent cards. I gave my 4gb version to my brother and he still games on it. Good looking build. +1 from me.

Endricane submitter 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Corsair is definitely a company I stand behind as well. I remember one time I posted something on corsair related forum about the "Graphite 760t", which at the time had not been released. A well known employee over at Corsair, Corsair George, personally responded to the thread. I ended up going with the "Obsidian 750d" instead, because I couldn't wait any longer. I am happy I went 750d though, because I saw the graphite 760t in person and while it is magnificent, I really didn't like that windowed door, as the window goes all the way to the edge.

At the time, all the high end motherboards were mostly red, which I really detest. I am glad I see more monochromatic designs coming out, even for mid range parts.

The 4GB GTX 770's are definitely still potent. In SLI I run games like Star Wars Battlefront on ultra, at 3440x1440 resolution and still achieve about 55-65 FPS on average. I am really going to miss them. In a couple days I am going to take one over to my friends house, and test it against his 2GB Radeon HD7770. I am hoping to blow it away and then sell him the card for $60 :). The power of the GTX770 is almost directly equivalent to the new GTX1050ti, which is about $140+.