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by Litesung



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C


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First Build - Information provided on this page is related to this build only.

Builder Log

  • 08.26.13: [OS] Windows 8 Pro 64-bit provided courtesy of MSDNAA. (Received: 08.26.13)

  • 08.31.13: [CASE] Cooler Master Storm Stryker (Refurbished) finally in stock for $79.99 +20% off Labor Day discount code at the CM Store. I received a new one with no defects. (Received: 09.06.13)

  • 09.02.13: [PSU] XFX 750w Black Edition 80+ Gold Certified on sale on NCIX for $69.99 after MIR + $10 off coupon. Although this PSU is rated 80+ gold, it performs well enough to qualify into 80+ Platinum territory. (Received: 09.09.13)

  • 09.05.13: [CPU COOLER] Swiftech H220 on sale on NCIX for $129.99 - $10 off coupon ($119). (Received: 09.12.13)

  • 09.06.13: [MEMORY] G.Skill Ripjaws X Series CL9 2133mhz (x2) for $62.99 each after 10% discount code on Newegg. I purchased two because of the Hynix fire scenario. (Received: 09.11.13)

  • 09.08.13: [SSD] Samsung 840 Pro Series 256gb for $192 on NCIX. I received a $20 Gift Card along with this purchase. (Received: 09.10.13)

  • 10.17.13: [OS] Downloaded Windows 8.1 64-bit through MSDNAA. (Received: 10.17.13)

  • 10.23.13: [FANS] Purchased Corsair AF120QE-LED (2-Pack), AF140QE-LED, and SP120HPE (2-Pack) fans for $5-7 off each fan on Amazon. (Received: 10.30.13)

  • 10.25.13: [CPU + MOBO] i7-4770k and Asus Maximus VI Formula purchased at Microcenter for the intel bundle discount. (Received: 10.25.13)

  • 10.28.13: [GPU] EVGA 780 Classified on Newegg mobile for $579.99 - 5% mobile coupon. The backplate was also purchased from EVGA's website at the same time. Been waiting a long time for this. (Received: 10.29.13)

  • 11.05.13: Build started and completed.


Build Purpose: This build will be my new main computer. I spend 95% of my time on the computer/net for work, school, and leisure. While I am at my computer I usually play at least two or more games at a time, while also working on programs(coding) and editing music(and other hobbies) as well as other work-related duties (and the usual internet browsing). While I am away from my computer I may be hosting a server or keeping some programs online connected to the network so that I can access them away from home.

Purchase Decisions: Typical bargain hunting, market watching, and savings for part purchases. I waited for sales and use a combination of discounts and codes to save the most money out of my purchases. Money saved from rebates and gift cards were used on other parts. All the parts I purchased were parts that I wanted, and luckily found a sale or savings for each of them some point in time. I purchased my cpu/mobo later because I wanted to see what AMD and Nvidia would lay out on the table. I waited for Nvidia to drop the price of the 780, and I purchased my card as soon as they did!

Planned Upgrades: Tri-SLI for Multi-monitor(Three 4k, 1440p, or 21:9 monitors), watercooling, raid my SSD + create a NAS, GT's and Noctuas, A2+ and amps, more keyboards, ... endless list. Always upgrading something!

Notes: Parts not seen included in the list were not purchased for this build and are things I have purchased over time for other needs, gifts (or just to have). Total price includes tax and shipping charges. Wrecker would be short for homewrecker...

Problems Encountered: The screw holes for the H220 and SP120 fans were different sizes, so I had to use alternative screws and install the radiator and the fans inside the case together at the same time. The screw holes for the drive bay fan mount were also of a different size, so I also had to use an alternative screw to fit it along with rubber o-rings for dampening.


Q: How did you get all of these sales/deals?
A: I took advantage of programs, coupons/rebates, and purchased refurbished if available.

Q: What is MSDNAA (Dreamspark)?
A: It is a program provided to schools and organizations via Microsoft that allows access to free software.  Eligibility applies to specific majors and to those applicable.

Q: What potato did you use?
A: Samsung GS4

Q: What is the monitor you are using?
A: I am using a Samsung UN22D5000 so that I can hook up my consoles, laptops, and new computer.

Q: What kind of chair is that?
A: The Staples Vattera chair.

Q: Peripheral specs?
A: Shine 3 TKL (Brown), Naga 2014, Orbweaver Stealth, C910, Experience I-2, and Beyer COPs.

Q: Why i7 over i5?
A: The extra threads help reduce compile time (negligible but still desirable).

Q: Do you plan to overclock?
A: Yes, I plan to overclock heavily.

Q: Do you plan to delid?
A: Definitely!

Q: You could have purchased a cheaper motherboard, why did you go with the Formula?
A: The Formula offers good features for it's price and watercooling support.

Q: You only listed a SSD, why didn't you get a HDD to pair with it?
A: I have other several other storage solutions that I use, two of which are a 2tb external and 200gb of cloud storage (75gb from Dropbox and 125 from Copy).

Resources Used: PCPP, BAPC, OCN, etc..

Special thanks to my SO for the support!

Comments Sorted by:

Enlyten 1 Build 12 points 48 months ago

Your potato takes very good pictures of a good build. +1

Zeus 1 Build 3 points 48 months ago

Nice description. answered a few of my questions haha

Also, nice build! Judging by the mobo FAQ, you are planning to water cool in future?

Litesung submitter 1 Build 3 points 48 months ago

Thanks! I plan to watercool in the future.

Zeus 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

Keep us updated! Would love to see it.

alextargaryen 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

A +1 from me!! excellent!! Very detailed!!

ImElkay 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Really nice description! I wish everyone would do this for there builds. What exactly does the backplate do? I though it was used for watercooling? Forgive me, I am pretty new to this.

Zeus 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Its mostly there for looks, although it does slightly lower temps

ImElkay 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago


Litesung submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

The backplate provides protection and support for the graphics card as well as adding an aesthetically pleasing look.

ImElkay 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Okay cool, thanks for that.

Orthithian 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

By far the best description I have even seen on this site. And an amazing build too!

Expo 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Im not sure if you want to do this, but you can cut the tubing on the H220 for a more cleaner look, and it doesnt void the warranty.

Moops 1 point 48 months ago

First off great build +1;

Secondly, I remember signing up for Dreamspark a while back, what kind of software do they give out?

Litesung submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Thank you, they offer all Microsoft products for free depending on the level of your account.

Moops 1 point 47 months ago

Wow, cool I guess I'm going to have to log on my account and see what kinda freebies I can snag =D

Apach3 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

no complaints on my end. have you gotten your RAM to run at its advertised frequency?

Litesung submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

I was about to achieve the advertised frequency.

Sabotage 1 point 48 months ago

Great build!

AleConquistador 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Nicely done, looks very clean and well executed.

malcar11 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Superb description. Wonderful and beautiful machine. Congrats!


Mediciu5 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Seriously, I wish I could give you +2. One for the build and one for the layout of your description. I'm feeling a little jealous at how nice it looks. Can you send me your formatted draft... :)

I have a few questions related to your experience with Mobo/Case:

  • Any concerns others should be aware that you experienced when running cables or planning routes for the Mobo in that case?

  • For a normal person, does it look like getting the shroud off/back on will be difficult?

  • Finally, have you tried the audio radar in BF4 or COD:G? I'm really anxious to find out if it works.

Thanks and great job!

Litesung submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Thanks, I had no difficulty routing Any of the cables with this case due to the large amount of space. It would not be difficult to remove the shroud. I haven't had time this week to test any games or do any tweaking yet. I will have time this weekend though. Regarding the description format, I used the codes based off reddit's comment format.

Mediciu5 3 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Well, nice job. :)

Jinteki 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Man everyone is using a Stryker now, lol! Same case I used for my first build. Awesome looking build! It's great to see fellow first time builders who don't skip the cable management. Also +1 for waiting on the 780 price drop :)

Litesung submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Thanks, my SO chose it for me :-)

KingPWNinater 1 point 48 months ago

Do you think your CPU Cooler's tubes and long/stretchy enough to mount the radiator at the bottom of your case.

Litesung submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

It might be a tight fit but I think it's doable.

Starlana 2 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Just. Awesome. +. 1. Starlana.

FattyLumpkin 1 point 47 months ago

I LOVE this build. If you don't mind, I have a couple questions. First, what is the part you need for the motherboard to use bluetooth wireless? Second, I don't see a blueray drive. What would you recommend? Finally, did you pick the Coolmaster case for any functional reason? I really want a simple looking black case.

Thanks for sharing this!

Litesung submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago


  • The motherboard includes a mPCIe Combo Card that enables bluetooth and wifi features. However I've noticed that the wifi connection is very slow so I'm using a backup for now.

  • I decided not to purchase a drive for my computer because of the extra time my system would take to load up the drive, so I installed the OS via a bootable usb that I made. I don't know much about bluray drives, but I was looking for one with bluray write capabilities. This LG and this Asus

  • I actually didn't pick out my case, my SO did! :) For a simple black case I would recommend the Fractal Design R4, Nanoxia Deep Silence 6, or even the new Corsair Obsidian series.

FattyLumpkin 1 point 47 months ago

Thanks for the reply and especially the details! At this moment in time I'm using this as my build. You know, I never considered the optical drive as a factor that would slow the boot time. I'll have to think about that. I don't use disks much but do use them from time to time.

Litesung submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Some motherboards have the option to load the drive later which can be enabled in the BIOS.

rb3412 1 point 47 months ago

Hey, I am planning to build with 4770k and ddr 2133 g-skill however I get this compatibility issue. However, it seems like you have used the similar ram and cpu in your build so do you realize any significant issues or any issues at all?

"G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory operating voltage of 1.6V exceeds the Intel Haswell CPU recommended maximum of 1.5V+5% (1.575V). This memory module may run at a reduced clock rate to meet the 1.5V voltage recommendation, or may require running at a voltage greater than the Intel recommended maximum."

Litesung submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

No compatibility issues, and you can undervolt if needed.

rb3412 1 point 47 months ago

Thanks for replying! Thats good to hear. Btw, did you had to undervolt yours or does it work fine at 2133? Because i hear if you undervolt, it generally decreases the ram speed.

Litesung submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

I was actually able to run mine at 1.5v with 2400mhz. I also lowered some timings too, but it's all luck really. The specs just guarantee that it will achieve those speeds and timings at that voltage.

thunderdan602 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Beautiful rig. Question regarding that mobile and case. We're you able to mount the mobo in the case with that mobo backplate being attached?

Litesung submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Yes, there is no problem mounting it with the backplate attached.

wetsoup 1 point 33 months ago

damnnn that mobo