Description

Hello!

Finally getting around to posting this build. All the important bits were bought near the end of December and build was done in the beginning of January. It is a first build and it's meant to be pretty multi-purpose (games, large personal programming projects, game/web servers, file graveyard). I'm a software engineer by day and I moonlight as a superhero. Ok ok maybe not... at least not the superhero part. I've got no fancy stories to serenade you with so onto the build XD

I set a budget of $2000 for the computer itself minus additional fans and accessories. I'm happy I was able to stay under budget. I don't plan on doing another build for a couple years unless this one decides to give up the ghost before its time. I'm also not really a huge believer in future-proofing, so I didn't go all out with an i7-4930K and GTX 780 Ti.

Item Comments
CPU Fast enough for anything I'll ever be doing. Adaptive voltage is great since I leave my PC on 24/7. Overclocked to 4.5 GHz at 1.25 V.
CPU Cooler Quiet and works very well. Went for the H110 over H100i for the extra fin area since I have 140 mm fans on the top. Keeps typical max load temperatures down to around 70 C on all cores. No full custom liquid cooling loop because I can't justify the cost.
Mobo Solid. Lots of features and almost every option imaginable in the BIOS.
RAM Great looking set of RAM. It's a nice metallic red so it matches the mobo.
Storage SSD is MLC flash. Lasts longer and faster than TLC. Went with a reasonable amount of storage since it's main purpose is as a boot drive and for small programs. HDD is a WD Black series. This is for larger applications and mass storage.
Video Card Wanted something powerful enough for three 1080p monitors. Only other requirements were low noise and heat. The ACX cooler is extremely quiet. Under full load the fans don't go past 60% and temps stay at 70 C.
Case Absolutely monolithic. Far bigger than I imagined. Very well made and extremely build friendly. Lots of flexibility. Great cable management.
PSU Quiet, efficient, and reliable. Fully modular so very easy to work with the cables. Hybrid fan mode completely shuts down the fan when under 30% load.
OS Good old Windows 8.1. Planning on hosting a Linux VM as well.
Network Adapter Modem and router are in a different room so can't use the onboard gigabit Ethernet. Opted instead for 802.11ac 867 mbps. This is just for quickly copying files around the network. Might get a NAS set up in the future too to stream videos and store backups so the speed will help there too.
Monitors Affordable 23'' IPS panels. They are glossy, but the panel is made of edge-to-edge glass (not plastic) that sits very close to the display so once they're turned on you can't really see any reflections at all. I looked at a few similar models such as the Asus MX239h but the matte finish really cut down the vibrancy of the colors.
Keyboard Nice clean mechanical keyboard. Cherry MX brown switches. No flashy LEDs. No fancy drivers.
Mouse The most comfy mouse I have ever used. Ergonomic beyond imagination. Soft touch finish. No fancy drivers here either. I like plug-and-play as you can probably tell.

Some future additions are speakers and a sound card. For the sound card, I'm opting for an external DAC instead. I originally was looking at the Creative SoundBlaster ZxR, but after learning the existence of external DACs, I realized the plug-and-play solution works better for me. Speakers are on the way. I'll update again once I have both the speakers and DAC.

Thanks for looking.

Comments

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

CAN I HAVE YOUR SETUP? How are those monitors, I'm looking at getting one soon.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha. The monitors are great and I highly recommend them. Everything is vibrant and clear and they're very reasonably priced. There's a few other monitors by other manufacturers that use the same LG panel or a variant of it (Asus MX239h, LG 23EA63V-P, AOC i2367Fh, and another by Dell that I can't remember). Some of them have matte finishes (Asus, AOC, and LG?). I saw the Asus one in person and it really paled in comparison.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, and I love those monitors. Are there any 24" monitors that have the edge-to-edge display that you know of?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I have looked without any success. Then again, I have not explored higher price ranges.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I found one recently: Dell U2414H It's a bit pricey though.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I was considering the Asus one you listed. It's something I REALLY want, but since I'm a broke teenager it's pretty much out of my price range, even though it's not that expensive :/

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I was scrolling through the pictures (as I always do before reading the rationale) and I was starting to notice some similarities to my upcoming build. "Are those the monitors?" "Holy crap those are the monitors!" "Is that an Enthoo Primo?" I instantly love this guy

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha you have good taste. Let me know if you end up posting your build. I'd like to see it when it's finished if you do.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

How does 780 handle triple monitors? I was thinking on getting the 780 ti but seeing this might change my mind.

Edit: Where did you get those white cables?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

i agree as well please respond because i want to triple i was about to give up and stay with one and get a 770

  • 68 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah I really need an answer.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

They appear to be the BitFenix Alchemy individually sleeved extension cables, most people buy them from frozencpu.com here's a link. I got mine from NCIX.ca but mine are Red.

http://www.frozencpu.com/search.html?mv_profile=keyword_search&mv_session_id=dUnCP2mN&searchspec=bitfenix+alchemy+sleeved&go.x=0&go.y=0

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks... yeah I'm going for a red build too!

Check it out: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3mSra

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd say it handles triple monitors well, but you might not think the same depending how demanding you are with maxing out AA and AF settings. You can find a lot of reviews that show how well a single 780 compares against other solutions at 5760x1080. Most reviewers like to get settings with completely maxed out AA/AF which are extremely GPU-intensive. Lowering those settings a bit makes hitting 60 fps no problem, but if that's not acceptable for you, then you may have better luck at SLI-ing two cheaper cards instead of going for a 780 Ti as the extra $200 you're going to spend for the Ti won't get you that large of a performance increase across three monitors.

These reviews shows what kind of numbers you can expect.

Guru3D Part 1

Guru3D Part 2

Bit-Tech

Retroman is correct about the cables. They're Bitfenix multi-sleeved cable extensions. They're very nice. Unlike most other braided extensions, they're made of cloth instead of nylon and have no visible heatshrink on the important cables.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Soo.. ti or not?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

For the extra $200 you pay for the Ti, you'll only get a 5 fps boost in the games listed at 5760x1080 with all settings maxed out. If it was me, I would save the cash or put it towards some other part of my build.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, sick case :D

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

You should up the voltage to 1.275 and get an even bigger overlock.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Incredibly clean! +100000000!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Which option did you use to overclock, Asus ROG boards have a notable user friendly UI, but I've heard the Bios option allows more tweaking/advanced options. Nice clean build

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I manually chose and tweaked the settings myself. The UI is indeed friendly and exposes pretty much every setting imaginable.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

where did you buy your desk?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the desk at IKEA. It's one of their mix and match tabletop and legs combinations.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Very awesome component choices. I do question the way you mounted your psu sideways like that.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! That's the way the PSU is mounted in this case as well as a few other dual-PSU cases. No need to worry about intake for the PSU fan; if you look closely there are holes in that area of the right side panel for air.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

O I didn't see any holes on the right panel. That's a good design. I always knew that mounting it upside downside on carpet was a big no no. Interesting stuff.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, could you please tell me what desk that is. Thanks :)

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

It's one of IKEA's tabletop and leg combos. My specific combination is Linnmon/Godvin.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. +1 Some similar to my one http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/LKN

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Dropped by your build and it looks great too! Thanks for sharing.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

That thing is a powerhouse! I have the same mouse, do you like it?

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, it's probably my favorite mouse ever now. It's like it melts to fit the shape of your hand.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

"As annoying as they are at this present time, humans still have their various uses..." -Anonymous.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! How do you like that monitor for gaming? Is the 60hz a problem?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Refresh rate of 60 isn't a problem for me. Might be for some pickier people though. You really need to be reaching framerates reasonably higher than 60 to be able to see a difference on a higher refresh rate panel. With a 780 that's not too hard to do with a single monitor setup and it's still pretty achievable with three monitors if not trying to completely max out AA/AF in the most demanding games, but the sensible side of me didn't wanna pay the price premium. 120/144 Hz monitors go for nearly twice what I paid for these and I don't think there were any I found that had IPS panels. It seems since they're marketed towards the most hardcore gamers, they only bother making them with TN displays which have lower response times (1-2 ms versus the 5 ms for a good IPS monitor). I also use my comp for other work, so for me the nicer color reproduction and viewing angles were a good trade (and the much lower price of course).

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. I like this monitor for being IPS and looking very awesome, but I know that most gamers will almost always say to pay the extra money and go with 120 or even 144hz. Also, about response times, I don't think you would even be able to tell the difference between 1ms and 5ms, would you?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Any issue install in the H110? I'm thinking of a very similar build and Phanteks didn't show a 280 mm fitting on the top (I believe).

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

No issues. It's listed as fitting in the spec sheet. You may have only looked under the 120 mm form factor radiators instead of the 140 mm. Also, if you're still deciding on other cases, keep in mind some cases will say they support 280 mm radiators but have incompatible spacings between the mounting holes. Cases like the Enthoo and Switch 810 solve the problem with slots instead of holes for the mounting screws.

Best of luck with your build. If you do decide to go with this case, I can guarantee you won't regret it. I look forward to seeing the finished product :)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, Maegus. So nice to get a reply like that. Will definitely let you know when the build is done! It'll be awhile, though. Finishing up a year motorcycle trip through Asia...so, probably December. =)

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have a link for the wallpaper? I love it!

  • 66 months ago
  • 3 points

Yes I do. Here you go: Link

You can pick your resolution from the top right under preferences.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome thank you. 5760x1080 all the way!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

i am in a sort of dilemma here and i was hoping someone could help me preferably you maegus i wand to build a pc i am using 2 evga 780 sc acx with 6gb vram not in sli. well here is the problem i have 3 monitors in the build but i can not decide on 144hz or 60hz 144hz is so expensive but i have heard is very smooth but the monitors you use i have heard look very nice and that i don't need 144hz so what should i get and how do you like the monitors? thank you.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there a reason you're not running the two 780s in SLI? If they're not in SLI then I see no point getting 144 Hz panels at all. You need to be well over 60 fps to reap the full benefits of a higher refresh rate panel.

Also, are you interested in whether the panel is TN or IPS? The 144 Hz panels are usually also low response time and as a result have to be TN.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

i am not running sli cuz i want to split the power of one card to the outer monitors and the power of one card to the center. the one card has the power of 130 fps bf4 ultra.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I was under the impression that you wanted to play games across all three monitors. If you're not, then a single 780 is more than enough. You can't render a game across all three monitors unless all of the rendering is done from a single card or both cards in SLI.

If you're not running in SLI then the second card is either purely being used for PhysX or just being used to add two extra monitors for you to work on. In both these cases, this is a waste of an expensive card.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

ok then so you say get one card?

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're not going to SLI or use 144 Hz monitors, then yes, that second card would just be a waste of money.

If you do want to run SLI, then the second card may or may not be worth it to you. GTX 780s can give you 60 fps on triple 1080p monitors on most games with the settings near maxed. I have some benchmarks I linked in a comment further up if you want to take a look. They have numbers for both single 780 and dual 780s in SLI.

If you're still unsure, I would suggest getting a single 780 to begin with and seeing if it meets your expectations. If not, then a second 780 in SLI can easily be added as long as whatever PSU you choose can handle the extra load.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm Windows for $25.00? I'm building a cheap pc and and money that I can save would really help.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

What desk is that?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a bit late, but in case you didn't see my answers to previous comments, it's one of the IKEA mix/match table and leg combinations.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks really nice. I have a question about the case, do you know if you can remove only the bottom hard drive cage and leave just the top?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. And yes, you can remove the bottom cage and leave just the top and vice versa.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

What is your desktop background?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build a A+ I like the 3 displays where did you get that nice black table. ?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

What the HECK is that cable management!

  • 64 months ago
  • -2 points

DAYUM.

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  • 68 months ago
  • 4 points

Thanks. The case is actually on rail-type legs. It's shaped like a U so you can only see the gap from the back. There's about an inch of space underneath for air intake. The legs themselves have holes along their entire length as well for air to pass through.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not just about airflow, it's also about dust.

  • 68 months ago
  • 4 points

Yeah that's covered too. Entire bottom is filtered. The filters pop out of the left side.

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