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Gaming Rig & Hackintosh

by ptrulock

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26 Comments

Details

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.072 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.008 GHz

Description

1st build since 1994. Everything went together very well. 1st computer with a graphics card 1st Overclock 1st liquid cooled 1st SSD

This thing far outperforms any computer I have ever used. It is very quiet even with all the fans. I've played Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite at the very highest settings and this thing doesn't break a sweat. Should serve me well for years.

Kids love the NZXT light show. If you have any specific questions, let me know. I'll try to answer it.

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acanafrog 3 points 67 months ago

I would guess dual boot for some software that mac has at better price. So music or video work. I love PC but even I am not blind to the better deal that Mac brings to that area.

ptrulock submitter 2 Builds 2 points 67 months ago

You are correct.

Hakumisoso 2 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

May i ask why you needed dual boot? Just like the mac os better but needed windows for gaming?

The build itself is wonderful. Looks great, good parts selection although. Didn't skimp anywhere i see. +1'd

ptrulock submitter 2 Builds 2 points 67 months ago

Yes. I've run a Mac Mini for the last 5 years and really like OSX. I am dual booting so that I can run windows for gaming and OSX for daily use.

ToasterNukeTV 1 point 67 months ago

Most PC gamers do like Windows though.

Hakumisoso 2 Builds -2 points 67 months ago

Duh. Game support on OS X is terrible.

I personally don't see any advantages of OS X at all. Used it for a while, didn't think it was bad but I couldn't see why it was better than windows.

That's why i asked why the submitter wanted dual boot.

RedLaser 2 points 67 months ago

Actually the games that we can get off Steam are pretty good (if not the best) and their definitely is some advantages over windows (no viruses for one and a much cleaner interface). You can't say their are no advantages...

C_4 1 point 67 months ago

Did you have to pay taxes online? I'm building with almost all the basic components (CPU,Mobo,Case)that you chose.

ptrulock submitter 2 Builds 3 points 67 months ago

Newegg didn't collect any taxes for Indiana. So, automatic 7.5% discount.

KingOFCRuel_ 1 point 67 months ago

I have the nzxt phantom 530, and wanted to know how the case fans are? also what size ones do i need for them to be my sidewindow?

ptrulock submitter 2 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

My case is the Corsair 350d. It comes with a 120mm rear exhause and a 140mm front intake. I took them off immediately, so I don't know how they are. I'm not sure what size you need on your NZXT Phantom 530 side window, but I'd imagine if you go to NZXT's website you could download the manual and find out. That is what I did to make sure the fans I ordered were the correct size for my case.

renesillo2 1 Build 1 point 67 months ago

Nice Build! I appreciate the parts selection. I am looking to put a computer together at the end of the year with the Gene , 350D and the 4770K. Again, good build!

Smily 1 point 67 months ago

Hm, I would have gone for a better graphics card and a lower motherboard and cooler, and one SSD, but who knows what you use it for? Maybe you actually can use the two SSDs. Regardless, nice looking build, gets my upvote.

ptrulock submitter 2 Builds 2 points 67 months ago

Thanks. I did the two SSD's because I'm dual booting Windows and Mac OSX software. I know you can do it on the same hard drive, but I wanted to be able to move them into separate computers later if I wanted to. ALot of people have made the comment about the lower motherboard and better graphics card. I'm ok with with both. I like the way they look and perform, so I have no regrets.

Mattios 1 point 67 months ago

Really nice! :) How are the fans going for you?

ptrulock submitter 2 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

The fans are great! At first I had them plugged into the H100i to use the corsair link software. But I like the Asus fan xpert software better so I unplugged them from the H100i and into the motherboard fan headers. Everything is extremely quiet. In fact, I can run the computer with the PSU fan, rear exhaust, and front intake off. WIth only the H100i pump and fans it still runs at 27C under normal conditions. With all the fans on while gaming it is still quieter than my desktop at work. I wish I could do a decibel reading cause I'm curious just how quiet it is.

ptrulock submitter 2 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

The fans are great! At first I had them plugged into the H100i to use the corsair link software. But I like the Asus fan xpert software better so I unplugged them from the H100i and into the motherboard fan headers. Everything is extremely quiet. In fact, I can run the computer with the PSU fan, rear exhaust, and front intake off. WIth only the H100i pump and fans it still runs at 27C under normal conditions. With all the fans on while gaming it is still quieter than my desktop at work. I wish I could do a decibel reading cause I'm curious just how quiet it is.

tshombe123 1 Build 1 point 67 months ago

hows the wireless card? Is it good?

cgilmore024 1 Build 1 point 67 months ago

How was the dual booting/installation process? Was it pretty easy to get OSX up and running?

I've given serious consideration to the hackintosh route because my iMac is getting long in the tooth. But I've heard mixed things about the installation/maintaining & updates process. And those dang Steam summer sales keep getting me to buy games I know my Windows Bootcamp partition probably won't run!

As you've shown, you can build yourself a really nice computer for less than the cost of a similarly priced Mac.

cyanghost109 4 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

I didn't know you could put together DIY PCs back in 1994. I thought you had to run down to CompUSA or whatever and pick up a Packard Bell or something... But I wasn't around then either. ;)

EzioWolf 1 point 67 months ago

Holy Rainbows Batman! It changes colors! Words of Robin

sketch24 9 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Very nice build. But it looks like you're using af fans on the radiator instead of sp fans which will cool the radiator better while running at lower rpms but it's not a huge deal if temps aren't a problem.

jkbro 2 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

I love you for choosing to dual boot OSX and Win! :) But has Haswell CPUs been supported?

Eggman772 1 point 64 months ago

That case looks so cool with those LEDs and awesome build. +1

gayles007 1 point 61 months ago

Can you tell me what you used for the leds?

ptrulock submitter 2 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

I used the NZXT Hue.