Description

Gaming machine. Still waiting for GPU to arrive, so I put in two GTX 560 Ti in SLI.

I had some D12SL-12 fans left over from my last PC, and a 140mm fan from a Lian Li PC-Q08B. (I had swapped the 140 fan in my HTPC because I didn't want a bright blue fan light on my HTPC.) The last 4 photos show their installation.

The H80i fans are audible at 1200RPM, and quite noisy when they exceed 2000RPM. I limited them to quiet mode using Corsair's software, as I haven't OC'd the i5 yet.

I fired up the benchmarks in ARMA II, and saw 1-3 FPS increase over my previous build. I imagine the GTX 780 will make a big difference. Games that are CPU-bound like KSP are much smoother, so far.

I have a CyberPower UPS, and the PowerPanel software is reporting "299 Watts" of load while running prime95 small FFTs, with two LCD monitors plugged in. On idle, PowerPanel reports 210 Watts.

The low prices were due to really opportune Christmas sales at NCIX with manufacturer rebates and price-matching.

Not shown in Price List:

  • 500GB HDD
  • 2x1TB HDDs in software RAID0. Steam games are installed there.

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Internal pictures would be appreciated, but aside from that, this is a nice build. The 780 is gonna be a big step up from those 560 Ti's. +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure, I can take some decent pics in a bit.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

You might want to do that sooner rather than later, because people will definitely downvote you for having no internal pics, just FYI. Looks solid to me though! Have fun with it.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, I pulled out a decent camera and took a few. I'll take more after I install the new fans.

And thanks, I do hope to enjoy it!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

You've gosta manage those cables. Put everything behind the motherboard tray, it will greatly improve airflow and in turn component temps.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely. I managed to put the ATV 12V in behind, and it barely reaches. I should hopefully receive the 780 soon, and I will do the cable re-routing then.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and very nice prices, you got my upvote.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

You can remove the top hard drive cage for better airflow, other than that, your cables might need some work but your parts are nice so +1 :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the same motherboard, but the price went up to $135 before I could buy it in store on boxing day for $115, but other than that nice build, could use a bit more cable managing though.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

You have a nice computer, if you make the cables neater and using the cable management holes will make this a very respectable computer :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Very solid build with good part choices! If you don't have your PC on a carpet, turn the PSU the other way so it can breathe in fresh air. Plus it would make your ATX 12V cable reach a little better through the back. +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build....Wire Management!!!! Flip the power supply and tuck those wires in the back