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by atg284



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

66.0° C


Full Picture Link: http://imgur.com/a/pN25q#0 <---Pictures that are in order of time during the build :)

Once I had all the parts I will admit I was a bit nervous but I took my time and watched many videos. Everything went smoothly...Well except for the video card...

I started with a PowerColor 7870 GHz edition. Everything was going fine until the next day after the initial build. I was running some stress tests on the card using Heaven Benchmark and PlanetSide 2. The card would instantly go into the high 70's (Celsius) and into the 80's at times. It would also idle in the high 50's. My room would get really hot after about 5 minutes of this. To the point where it was weird. So I decided to exchange it for something else at Micro Center. They were great! I exchanged and upgraded to the MSI GTX 670 Power Edition and could not be happier. My temperatures in most games are around 60C but PlanetSide 2 will get it up to say high 60's but that's it. Idle is in the 30's depending on ambient room temperature at the time. The 670PE is a beast and can handle anything I throw at it on the highest settings. It took a few tweaks (vsync) to get Metro 2033 running without screen tearing but now it is amazing. Truly stunning visuals in that game :)

I have nothing over clocked at the moment but will venture into that sometime down the road. Right now everything is running smoothly and I have no complaints.

I can boot up, sign in, go to desktop, open Chrome, Google the weather, shutdown, and have it powered off in just under 43 seconds :D Windows 8 and a SSD equate to an amazing combination and experience. I'm sure others can probably beat that time but I just laughed out loud when I did it the first time just to see how fast I could. I've never experienced a computer this fast.

My only concern at the moment is that the MSI 670PE is sagging a bit but seams to have reached its max sagginess if you will. I think I may move the video card Power cords up to the cutout above where it is currently to help out. But again, its really not a huge concern.

Other than that everything is wonderful. I had a fun time building it and should have started making builds years and years ago. I don't know what I was thinking back then buying a pre-built lol

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IamApropos 3 Builds 9 points 53 months ago

Beautifully balanced build with room for future upgrades such as SLI. I really enjoyed seeing the build photos, thank you for sharing. I really love building systems in that C70 case, it has such amazing cable management. That MSI GTX 670 PE is an outstanding card with no limitations allowing you to even overclock it quite significantly within a small percentage of most GTX 680 cards performance when comparing max stable overclocks. You chose a great motherboard with high build quality and overclock ability. Can't really say much about the Toshiba HDD - I usually suggest Seagate or Western Digital but I'm sure it'll work well for you. Great build!

I'm curious since you chose the i7 if you are doing other things outside gaming? The reason I ask is because there is no significant noticeable difference in game play with Most Games compared to the i5-3570k. Yes Microcenter offers the i7 for cheap but it also offers the I5 for cheaper too and the i5 has mobo combos making it even cheaper because they usually don't offer motherboard combos with the i7.

Either way if not you now can plan on doing a lot of heavy high quality live streaming, heavy video rendering, and heavy editing ;) Happy computing!

atg284 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago


I tend to get a little photo happy sometimes:)

I am really glad I went with the C70. You are right it was a pleasure building with that case. I have zero complaints about it. The MSI 670PE is a wonderful card I am so glad I traded up. It's quiet, cool, and runs everything great. I have played around with afterburner and overclocked it a little but really I just have it on the standard settings and I get 1228MHz clock in game. It performs beautifully.

The toshiba 2TB HDD was on sale at micro center. I have other Segate/WD drives that I've used for years without a problem. The Toshiba seems to run fairly quicker than my old drives I think due to it having more cache at 64mb but I could be wrong. The SSD is amazing though :)

I choose the i7 because I bought it at microcenter for a great price and just wanted my MOBO and CPU to be really "beefy". I was not sure if games down the road would utilize hyperthreading but if they do I'm set!

houkama 1 Build 3 points 53 months ago

All of us with i7s are certainly hoping they will, knowing that the next gen PS and Xbox will be 8 core means that a couple of years into their lifecycle we should see ports/multiplatform games making better use of it, but that's purely conjecture to date.

EDIT: Also one of your photos is just black. You could probably take that out.

atg284 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Blank photo has been delete...

Do you think the console to PC ports will be more frequent with these new systems (xbox/ps4) coming out?

houkama 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Of exclusives or month later versions? I think the exclusives will stay exclusive. I'm hoping Destiny makes the jump.

atg284 submitter 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

YES I really would like for Destiny to be on PC but it doesn't sound like it will be :(

Mainly month later versions. I agree with you on the exclusives. sucks but what can you do :/

Destrokk 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

I highly doubt Destiny ports over. Based solely off of Bungie's distaste for Microsoft though. It's not all to often an exclusive premier launch title gets ported. That's what makes them so exclusive. :S

AustinL_MVP 5 points 53 months ago

always go with either EVGA MSI or ASUS they have the best cooling not so much EVGA as MSI or ASUS but it works very good

atg284 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Agreed...I'm impressed by the build quality of the MSI 670PE as well!

Smily 1 point 53 months ago

If I recall correctly, EVGA allows their customers to overclock and not void warranty? Right?

Also, I read that EVGA released "Active Cooling Xtreme", which is a fancy name for basically dual fan aftermarket cooling. I think we're going to see that on the 780. But really, 780 looks so cool stock that I don't want to buy a non reference one :D

Destrokk 2 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

ACX is the first aftermarket cooling system on the 780, but still a reference card.

I would take EVGA over the others. I just seem to have better luck pushing them in OC with one exception. ASUS DirectCU... Those cards just don't know any limits.

Smily 3 points 53 months ago

Reference pcb, still considered a reference card?

Ah well.

Yeah, DirectCU looks sweet. I just don't like the color scheme. Not enough red and black motherboards :p

But wait. All of the red and black motherboards are made by... you guessed it... Asus. And they're nice, but really overpriced. Don't think anything can justify $370 on a Z77 motherboard. It's not bad, just not worth $370. Also, Asus really need to quit it with the limited edition cards.

Sorry. My rant about asus is over.

Destrokk 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Haha I feel the same way about ASUS mother boards. Although, I personally don't find ASRock boards to be that off-putting and they pair nicely with the ASUS GPU's.

Smily 2 points 53 months ago

Asrock is good quality. Great power phase on the Extreme4 for $130. Asus doesn't give 8+2 until you reach $200 boards. I just wish ASRock would change the brown on their motherboards to black. I'd be sold every time :p

Jrobbm 2 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

People are always so negative on this forum... Its a Nice looking Build. Glad you enjoyed building it. I'll be putting my first one together in about a week. Really looking forward to it. :)

Any Lessons learnt... Negatives and positives... its a great Narrative btw

Great Picture gallery too...

I got the NZXT HUE RGB LED Light Controller Too... easy to install? very similar builds... Though I kinda wish i picked the Win8 now for that incredible boot time lol

IamApropos 3 Builds 3 points 53 months ago

I don't know what you consider negative, I don't see anyone being negative in any of the replies to this builder yet, I do however see some constructive criticism and factual statements.

atg284 submitter 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

For the NZXT HUE you may want to pick up some heavy duty double-sided tape at a hardware store ($7) if you plan on having it on the top of your case. For the sides and the bottom the adhesive on the LED strip works fine. It's just the top that you would have to worry about. I wrote about the setup on BuildaPC (reddit):

Ok, this is going to be a bit long-winded... My thought process for running the LED strip was that I did not want to see the actual LEDs from the window. From the front bay I ran all of the wires (fan, power, and strip power) through the square hole in the side that leads to where all my wires are hidden. I have this available because I took out the top hard drive bay. All the fans and the power for everything are hidden. I then ran the LED strip power cord under the bottom of the front fan towards the windowed side. I had it temporarily taped halfway up the front corner edge (window side). I then did a "mock run" of where the strip would go by NOT taking off the adhesive and just taping it up just to see where I should put it and how long it is. Its pretty long so this step may take a while. I was like "what am i going to do with all this!" Anyways, I started half way up the front corner edge (window side) and ran it up, along top, twist at the back top corner, back along the top to the front corner, back down, along the bottom. It reached just to my PSU before it ran out. I plugged it in (arrow ='s +) (remember that) with it taped up kind of well and put the cover on and knew that was it!. I cant see the LEDs from the window and the whole inside is covered in light with a bright glow. I just think its best to not actually see the LEDs. I could not run it around the top completely due to the radiator on the H60 and I was NOT going to stick the strip to any component but the case itself. Let me know if you have any more questions. PM anytime if you get it down the road and want in depth photos but I'm sure you will find a kick *** setup on yours :)

atg284 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Thanks! I really enjoyed building this and wish I had started years ago but its never too late to start :)

The only lessons I guess were to not buy a cheaper make of video card and that some fans are really loud :o I'm sure I just got a bad apple with the PowerColor but I am much happier with the MSI 670PE.

I went back and forth with the fans at microcenter exchanging them out which I kind of felt bad about but they were great about it! So I finally settled on the Enermax and the Noctua. Some high RPM fans are really really loud as an intake so I had to play around with their orientation and locations until it was at an acceptable noise level. The fan controller helped too.

Congratulation on your upcoming build! Just take your time and ground yourself every so often :)

istealunderwear 9 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

Nice build; i like the look of it. Just curious why did yu choose i7 over i5 if it's a gaming build? Why the ud5h? Just curious since I've heard the ud3h is the same more or less is there a specific reason why you got the ud5h? Hardware or software reasons? ANd btw, awesome SSD indeed it's a REALLY really good SSD

atg284 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago


I chose the i7 over the i5 because it was a good price at microcenter. I wanted to go a little overboard ont he CPU and MOBO because I wanted this to last a while (5-7 years) with only really upgrading things like video card/ram/cooler type things here and there. If more games use hypertreading in the future I will be ready for it. This wasn't really a budget build per se but all of these parts fit the budget so i went for it :)

I read the i5 - UD3H is an awesome combo though!

istealunderwear 9 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Well, when you say it's gonna last 5 years plus what about CPU upgrades if it's needed? Because the socket is dead and I would've personally wait for the new socket that's coming Q3 this year. Ya the i5 and UD3H is a really good gaming/overclocking combo!

atg284 submitter 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

I didnt really want to do a CPU upgrade. I knew this was the end of the line for the socket that's another reason I kind of went higher with the i7...I could see myself getting a new CPU/MOBO in around 5 years. I'm not ruling it out but I feel I will be fine with this combo for at least 5 years possibly longer. It's impossible to tell what the future holds and it's impossible to future proof. I wasn't all impressed with what haswell was offering and I'm happy with my decision.

istealunderwear 9 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Well ya, I see what you mean, Did the same, but wasn't expecting it to last 5 years tho.

atg284 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

I would like to do an overhaul every 2 years but meh every 5 seems to suit me fine :/

TestBuilds 2 points 53 months ago

Awesome! Nuff said

JPKaizer 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

I LOVE IT!! It's getting me excited to finally build my own that's in the making!!

atg284 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

This was my first build I was so excited!! You will have fun!

ravagex 2 points 53 months ago

Warning Will Robertson picture overload.

atg284 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago


gtmsnba13 2 points 53 months ago

+1 on the build. I'd fave it if I could...

atg284 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Thanks a ton! :D

pyroscott 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

I love this build! I was green coming into my build and post build found that I loved the C70 case, had a poor PSU and underpowered GPU. This is the build I should have done. :) Good job!

atg284 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Thanks! I did tons of research on PCpartPicker.com and the BuildaPC sub reddit. I went through, I would say, 4 major revisions until I got to this build. Took about a month of research but I am glad I did it. :)

IloveSprite123 2 points 44 months ago

Is this case silent?

RomeoWood 2 points 44 months ago

Great c70 build, I'm about to embark on my own and this one nails it. Cheers!

LaputaCake 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

+1 for the cat and MSI GPU

Enlyten 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Really well-done build. Great placement of fans, and all of your airflow seems correct to me. Direct air to the graphics card, and two fans pulling the exhaust from the H60. All around a very good build. I'm assuming you got the i7 from Microcenter as well as your graphics card and that's why the price difference from the 3570k didn't kill you. Plus the aesthetics with the Hue are amazing, I have one myself and I love seeing others use them. So much +1

atg284 submitter 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

Thanks a ton!

It took a lot more time and effort getting the fans set up correctly and with the most minimal of noise but it finally came together. Yes I got the 3770K at microcenter for $229 which is what justified getting it instead of the i5.

I really love the Hue and was impressed by its color range and brightness for the cost.

BiGUNMAN 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Looks like a good solid build but why didn't you go for a 7970 ghz for the same price of a 670 and 4 free games? :3 Edit: 30$ more

atg284 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Thanks! I wanted to try something different and the microcenter guy had two in his build (showed me pictures) and vouched for they cooler on it keeping it cool. I wanted to get a card regardless of the games. But I received Metro Last Light and $50 worth of in-game money for Planetside with the 670PE. Both of which I can use so it worked out.

Edit: Also the Software/drivers are better than what I'm use to with Radeon. I'm still a fan of Radeon I just decided to try Nvidia and I am happy with it.

ZombieHippie 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Haha this looks a lot like my Romeo Build, 840 ssd, 3770k, and Gtx 670. Good choices :)

atg284 submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Thanks! It's a nice machine :D

Hennerz 1 point 23 months ago

Hi. You've got some great pics of the build!

I am looking to do my first build soon but don't know a hell of a lot about the components... I want a PC that will allow me to plat the latest game titles at the highest settings at a high FPS.

What results are you getting when you're playing games such as FPS and crashes?

Thanks in advance.

atg284 submitter 1 Build 0 points 53 months ago

Sorry the pictures are not in order but they are in the Imgur link :/

swagnuggets123 -2 points 53 months ago

Cpu liquid cooler gets outperformed by the cooler master hyper 212 Evo for half the price

atg284 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

When I overclock in the future I will be getting a different cooler but it will still be liquid. I wanted my CPU to be liquid cooled so I did it. I don't think my temperatures are that bad and 'Im not a temperature chaser (yet) :D

swagnuggets123 1 point 53 months ago

You temps may not be bad but you would get better temps for half the price with the hyper 212 Evo but I understand the liquid cooling is so intriguing

atg284 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Yeah the liquid cooling was part function, part aesthetics. I knew I didn't want to use the Intel heat-sink and I didn't really want to get crazy with the cooler. Just wanted a liquid equivalent to a decent air cooler without regarding price too much.