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This is an official WWW.OPTIKSGAMING.COM sponsored build.


Decided to take a dive and build a decent computer for 2012/2013.

This is the first build I have done for myself. I have built computers for other people, but finally decided to build myself a rig.

Computer is used as a workstation/gaming computer.

Some of these prices are not accurate...

Phantom case was like 80 bucks on Black Friday through TigerDirect a few years ago. Also RAM was only like 170 bucks off of someone I knew, and it was still in the original packaging, never been used. Power supply was under 200 and GFX card had a $40 rebate.

I know the power supply is overkill, but why would I push a power supply within an inch of it's life, when I can have the comfort of knowing I have plenty of headroom, and will not have to buy another when I decide to upgrade? Plus, if I ever need something to jump-start my car... Just kidding.

For people asking: "Why did you get an i7 for gaming?"

Answer: Why not? The i7 at MicroCenter is the same price as the i5 online. Why not get the better of the two for roughly the same price?

I gave myself a $2,500 budget for this build, and I am completely happy with it. There will be upgrades to the GFX cards down the road, especially since I got blitzed... of course the GTX Titan would come out shortly after my build was complete. Oh well, there is always the next line of cards.

Comments

  • 81 months ago
  • 3 points

I hope this is more than just a gaming rig. 32gb of ram is complete overkill, even for editing and rendering. 1250w is like a 3-way SLI psu, probably even overkill for that. The insides do look pretty nice though.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I know the power supply is complete overkill, but I want room to upgrade in the near future if I choose to, and this PSU seems to be extremely stable and efficient at higher workloads.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Could have stuck with 16gb memory and a little smaller power supply but I like it.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I could have, but I splurged.

Sometimes I can't help myself :/

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

So. Much. Blue. Well done. Overkill PSU but that's been covered.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I like blue.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I take it your doing more than just gaming & you're doing editing & stuff like that since you have 32 gb of ram and the 3770k but even if not beast of a build.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Just think of 32gigs as future-proofing, and I got a great price on them.

3770k at Microcenter is cheaper than the 3570k on Amazon, so why not?

Also yes it is more than just a gaming rig.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Good deals always make it better!

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Always!

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

Most people were asking a rhetorical question about the i7 because they assumed this was a "gaming" build not a workstation / gaming.

"3770k at Microcenter is cheaper than the 3570k on Amazon." "Why not? The i7 at MicroCenter is the same price as the i5 online. Why not get the better of the two for roughly the same price?".... I've seen this stated by way to many people, it makes me shake my head in disbelief that people actually reason and justify like this. It is one thing if you can utilize it and need the i7 for a workstation but to many people use this illogical justification for a gaming build which wont utilize the i7. The 3570k is even cheaper at Microcenter so why would you compare its price to online prices?(rhetorical) It also offers MOBO combo deals with it where the 3770k doesn't. Plus the i7 doesn't offer any "NOTICEABLE" difference in most games; which is why so many people asked if you plan on doing more than gaming and after which you put workstation / gaming which explains it.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes the i5 is cheaper than the i7 at Microcenter. But honestly I was considering the 3930k but couldn't justify spending 500 bucks on the processor alone. I am sure games will eventually make use of hyper-threading. Until then it can be utilized in other aspects of computing.

To be honest "I could have" saved money on the processor, but this really wasn't a budget build, plus I came $500 dollars under my intended budget.

I have seen Microcenter's deals on MOBO and CPU Combo's and was planning on the 3570k and AsRock Z77 Extreme 4 for my girlfriend's computer. I just didn't want it for mine.

Also my "rhetorical" explanation: I was planning on spending $320 on a processor (3770k - Amazon) I went into MicroCenter one day and saw it advertised for like 100 bucks less. I asked the clerk if that was the correct price, he said yes, and I bought it on the spot.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking workstation and I'm sure it plays games quite well too ;)

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it does :)

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I was actually somewhat being playfully sarcastic but now that you have pointed out its somewhat of a workstation I have a question. Since your budget could afford it why didn't you go with a socket 2011 build? I mean You point out that the i7 is the better of the 2 compared to the i5, which is marginal with games but decent with work loads. the 2011 would have allowed you to actually utilize that gigantic power supply by allowing you to add 2 or even 3 more graphics cards later. It also gives you better memory and PCI- E lane performance for work loads - and it does pretty good with games ;)

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I could smell the sarcasm... JK.

I originally considered the 2011 socket. I primarily play games, but I use it for other things too, and I like the extra horsepower when it is needed.

Reason why I didn't go 2011: There are limited choices...

I see three processors listed: 3930k which is $500, 3960x which is $1k, and a 3820... which is cute... but it is neither unlocked nor a hexacore. So I don't see any performance gained by spending more money on the processor at this point in time. Also 1155 has more options for MOBO's.

I wanted to go with an Ivy Bridge based processor since it has native PCI 3.0 and a higher CPU multiplier. Also clock for clock the Ivy is faster.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Socket 2011 would've allowed for an upgrade path later on as Intel is phasing out socket 1155 this year. Could've gone with a 3820 for now, and gotten something better when it comes out.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

True. I just don't see the point, though. I have 2 grand into this build, and I really don't have to touch anything on it for years to come. Why get stuck with a non-overclockable 2nd gen, when I can opt for the better of the better of the two. Who knows, in 4-5 years they may have a new socket out with good processor selections, or I may opt for AMD on the next build. Point is, for now I would like to keep my options open.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Rotten Luck! You had a budget of 2500, the Titan would've just made it in. The 680's also a good GPU anyway. Awesome build

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, unfortunately the Titan came out after the build was completed. I am going to be upgrading the SSD, Monitor, and getting a second 680 soon anyways, I am guessing that 2 680's can take on a Titan.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

They do, from what I hear.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Especially two overclocked 4gb non-reference models.

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

how do you like that cpu cooler, i was thinking about getting it, but i havent seen much reviews on it.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I have that cooler. The only problem I have is the mounting brackets. It seems that the configurations for mounting the cooler to the cpu do not tighten all the way. The cooler is easy to wiggle and twist when it is tightened down. my idle temps are 30c and under load is 56c with a phenom x6 1100t be overclocked to 4.1ghz. It seems to do its job.

Edit: I got mine for a steal on black friday 2011. 25$.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

ok thanks

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I had to put little washers from the hardware store back there. Doesn't seem like a cpu cooler sliding around is a very good idea.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it, keeps temps very reasonable. Very quite. I had two CoolerMaster Sickleflow fans laying around, I used those instead of the stock fans. Very quiet at low speeds. Just keep in mind that this will be a very tight fit if you are using 4 sticks of high-profile RAM like me, or you have a skinny case. (I thought I was going to need Crisco or something to get the cooler to slip on past the RAM. JK.)

I have a full tower Phantom, and it comes damn-well close to the side panel. I opted for a clear window rather than a 200-230mm fan because I knew I couldn't cut it... clearance-wise.

It is a deceptively large cooler, so just keep that in mind.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks, im going with the nzxt switch 810 as my case so hopfully it has enough room, and i using 2 sticks of low profile ram so i should be able to fit it in there

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

You should be fine with that case. I think that you will have roughly 10mm in width over my case, so you shouldn't have any issues. Also, two sticks of low-profile RAM should be fine for that cooler. I managed it with 4 high-profile ones, after all.

Checked out your page, nice build BTW. Looking forward to your next one.

Cheers!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I too have been thinking about one of those "engine block" coolers. I love the styling and low-priced effectiveness, but like with the other tower coolers, RAM height is always a concern. Knowing that are bigger than they look is very helpful.

At any rate, you've got lots of power to spare, and there's nothing wrong with a little headroom. Sick rig!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback :)

I have been very busy with work, but stay tuned as I have a few upgrades in place.

Namely: a new cpu cooler, second GPU, better wiring/aesthetics, and a bigger SSD.


As for this "tower cooler" - it performs great for what it is. My RAM is quite high, but I was able to squeeze it in... barely. But then again it only interferes with one out of the four slots. Effectively I could remove 1 and still have 24gb of RAM.

Because you are running Corsair's LP Vengeance, I don't think you would have any issues with this cooler at all. But seeing are you have the Hyper 212, I see little benefit in changing it.

I am only replacing the CPU cooler for aesthetics, and the fact that it does put "strain" on the MOBO. I am also hoping to squeeze off 5.0ghz - but we will see!

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

1250 watts for a single gpu????

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Single GPU for now... I will be going SLI once the next wave of nVidia GPU's hit the market.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

ahh makes sense then

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

There is a method to my madness.

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

Why is it so bad to be overkill? It's freaking sick!

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I honestly don't see a problem with it either.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

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