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My Gaming Rig

by PhillyAnt

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47 Comments

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Date Published

April 18, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.0GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.19GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

Description

Built this for some good gaming and online streaming capabilities. This machine is a beast! I'm 39 years old and this was my first attempt ever at building a computer. I think I'm addicted! I was really nervous doing this for the first time, but now I can't wait to build my next one!

Yes, that is my protein shake in the picture. This build took a lot out of me! ;)

Ok I just added a bunch more pictures per all of your requests. I also included 2 pictures of when I had 3 of the ROG Swift monitors and used them for surround gaming. At $800 each, they just didn't run as nicely as I would have liked them to with 2 980 GPUS so I ended up returning 2 of them. It is by far the best gaming monitor I have ever experienced!

The Corsair 760T case was another great pick. You'll notice a pretty big space between the front fans and the GPUs. The case came with 2 racks that were mounted there to hold mechanical hard drives. I wasn't planning on using any mechanical drives so I removed them. This allowed me to have extra space for ventilation. It also allowed me to install a fan on the bottom of the case to get some extra airflow. The case came with a few fans included. I removed all but the front fans because I like the LED lights on them. I then installed the fans that you see in my part list. 2 of them went under the radiator on my CPU liquid cooler, the larger 140mm fan went on the rear, and the other 120mm on the bottom. I wanted my fans to have the red rings on them. That is the main reason I replaced the stock fans. Plus the newer ones have some increased performance.

The stand I have the computer sitting on came from a little creativity on my part. I wanted to raise my tower from the desk so that I could have better ventilation and extra space to do things. I decided to go to my local Ikea store to come up with ideas. I saw shoe stand on display and really loved the look of it. After measuring to confirm it would fit everything, I purchased it and brought it home to put it together my own way. I assembled it without putting the full top row of 5 bars on it. It turned out perfect!

The stands that I have my monitors sitting on were from Staples. Simple stands that raise everything up for me and allow me to slide my keyboard under if I need more room on my desk.

I have 4 speakers in these pictures. The 2 larger speakers with the yellow cone are KRK Rokit 8's that I use on my Mac for my audio production stuff. There are 2 speakers behind my main monitor. Those are made by Definitive Technology and are the "Incline" model. They are audiophile speakers that I don't think are in production any longer. Probably the best desktop speakers I have ever experienced. You might have noticed the white masking tape on the bottom of one of the speakers. I put that there because the design of the speakers has a little groove in that area and my mouse cord kept getting caught in there. The tape keeps that from happening. I refuse to play on a wireless mouse, so that is what I came up with.

The have 2 sets of headphones. 1 for my audio stuff on my Mac, and 1 for my gaming stuff on the PC, which you can see in the picture. Don't waste money on a gaming headset. Do yourself a favor and save up the money for these headphones. They are the Philips Fidelio Over Ear headphones. They are super padded headphones that completely encase your ears but are super comfortable at the same time. I did a TON of research on headphones before I chose these. These are the best for gaming. The sound spectrum is awesome. You can also unplug the cord which means it is easily replaceable if anything goes wrong, and also means you can add a mic! Thats where the V-Moda BoomPro Gaming mic comes in. I am super surprised at the quality of this mic. I use it when on Teamspeak or when streaming. People always compliment me on how awesome I sound. At only $30 they are well worth it and it keeps me from having to use my expensive $450 mic for gaming.

Oh yeah, the things that are holding my headphones... Another bit of creativity on my part. I found them on Amazon. They aren't headphone stands. They are banana stands! Yep, stands for holding bananas! I didn't even know such things existed! I saw them and they were perfect for my needs. I customized one of them with some foam so they could better hold my high end headphones in place.

Enjoy the pics. I hope I didn't upload too many for you. Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks!

PS: The bottom of the parts list says some things haven't been purchased yet. That is incorrect info. Everything I have listed has been purchased and is being used. I am leaving it that way so that you can easily click on their links to view different websites for more info on the products. All the prices listed are not accurate to what I paid either.

Part Reviews

Video Card

These cards in SLI run everything I throw at them... well at least for the next 6 months lol.

Case

Awesome case! Visually nice to look at. Was very roomy and has lots of spots for venting air in and out. The right side of this case hides the wires nicely. 5 stars!

Power Supply

This power supply was a little overkill for me, but I rather be safe than sorry. It came with plenty of wires/cords and they were all wrapped nicely. Keeps everything clean looking. It keeps my system running with plenty of extra umph if I ever need it.

Monitor

Sharp crisp colors. Makes a great secondary monitor and backup as well. I love Asus quality.

Monitor

I LOVE this monitor. It is expensive, but it is also a beast! Worth every single dollar I spent, in my opinion. The colors are crisp. The gameplay is smooth. The visuals just melt in your eyes. If you can afford it, BUY THIS MONITOR!

Crisp 27-inch, 2560 x 1440 visuals combined with fast 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, made smooth by NVIDIA G-SYNC technology. This is the goods!

Keyboard

I purchased this a few months ago. It has been sitting on my desk without being used yet. It looks great. It feels good in my hand. Everything is spread out nicely. I just haven't talked myself into learning how to incorporate it yet. Once I do, I am sure it will make a great addition to my setup.

Keyboard

Clickies! Great keyboard. Sexy look. I like the LED lighting and the general feel of the keys. Everything is perfectly spread out. I also like the finish of the keyboard. Kinda a matte black. No issues with the hardware or software since owning this.

Mouse

Probably the best mouse for gaming that I have ever used. I wanted a mouse that had a few extra buttons on it. I tried the Razer Naga mouse, but the buttons were too small for my large hands and the mouse had no weight to it at all, which made it very difficult to use.

This logitech mouse has plenty of buttons that are large and easy to use. It also has adjustable weigh and the tracking is great. Logitech really improved their software too, which makes creating macros a breeze.

Comments Sorted by:

IrshaadH 1 Build 3 points 30 months ago

damn, wish you had more pics of this

PhillyAnt submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Pictures will be posted soon :)

PhillyAnt submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Pictures posted!

IrshaadH 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Nice build! It's a shame you couldn't keep the 3 ROG Swifts, though, but having one as it is must be awesome

C0RSA1R 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

What is your opinion on the SLI 980s? I'm torn between getting those or a Titan X and then going SLI later.

Ajjasper792 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

i believe it just depends on if you want to play at 4k - 1440p res. or all out 4k.

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

and how much you're willing to spend.

PhillyAnt submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

I prefer the SLI 980s over a single Titan X. I am honestly waiting to see what happens with the 980Ti's when they are announced. I like having 2 cards because if one crashes I still have a beast of card that can handle pretty much anything right now.

classmcgeek 1 point 28 months ago

980s SLI adds up to be better than the X, but, some games don't unlock that maximum power possible from SLI configurations.

aludka 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

You've not done your build justice. With the nice parts selection you've got it deserves more pictures with good presentation.

PhillyAnt submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

I will definitely post some pics when I get time :)

PhillyAnt submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Pictures posted!

aludka 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Very nice. Although the cables could use a little straightening it looks very very nice.

PhillyAnt submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks! Yeah I guess I could try to straighten them some more but I wanted to let them have some extra slack. If I straightened them that would make things a little harder to move around if I had to work inside of the box.

Corbindalllas 1 point 30 months ago

Awesome Build

PhillyAnt submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks!

rook21 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Nice KRK's! I use them as well for Ableton production.

PhillyAnt submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks! Yeah I use those on my Mac when I am doing Voice Over work or audio remixing/production. Great speakers. Have had them for years without any problems.

rook21 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Yeah, same. They are amazing.

MLKX 1 point 30 months ago

What are those speakers called, I know they're quality?

PhillyAnt submitter 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

Which speakers are you asking about? Their are 4 in the picture. The 2 large pictures on top with the yellow cone are KRK Rokit 8's and I use them for my professional audio work.

I also have 2 speakers behind my main monitor. They are made by a company called Definitive Technology and they are the "Incline" desktop model. AWESOME speakers, but on the pricy side. I am a bit of an audiophile so I wanted a decent set for times that I didn't want to use my headphones. These are really the best 2.0 desktop speakers I have ever heard. They retailed for around $400, but I got them for much lower. I think you can get them for around $250 now if you find them, but they are hard to find.

MLKX 1 point 30 months ago

I was referring to the yellow ones my friend has them he is a dj there great!

PhillyAnt submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Gotcha! Yeah they are nice speakers.

PS: I meant to type the word "There" in my 2nd sentence. I am only typing this here because I am super anal about the words their/there/they're and your/you're and it is driving me crazy that I can't edit what I posted to correct that! Stupid OCD haha :)

Ninjadudewhat 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

What microphone is that? Very curious. Also, excellent build & setup.

PhillyAnt submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks! That microphone is the Electro-Voice RE20 dynamic cardioid microphone. Its a very popular microphone that is used in radio stations and by voice over artists like me. Incredible mic that sells for about $450. The black cover you see on it is basically a pop-filter. It helps to filter out pop noises when saying certain words that would "pop".

Ninjadudewhat 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks for that, yeah I know what a pop filter is.

PhillyAnt submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Ok everyone! I have added pictures per your request. I have also added a few things that I forgot to include. Enjoy!

Vuhex 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks... Now I have to clean up again ;-;

PhillyAnt submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

lol

littledt4 1 point 29 months ago

How much fps do you get since you have dual 1440p monitors. Just wondering for my future build I plan on getting this summer.

PhillyAnt submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

It's hard to answer your question. It all depends on what you are playing and what you have the settings at. I have been completely happy with my monitor and the FPS I get out of it.

erickdiaz84 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

One of the few challenges dual 980s aren't up for: triple ROG swifts. All dem pixels bro, still you tried and for that I salute you!

PhillyAnt submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

haha thanks! Yes, I was disappointed. It was fun for the few games that it ran ok on. Maybe some 980ti's will do the trick ;)

erickdiaz84 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

I actually just received my ROG swift today and am super stoked to hook it up when I get home from work. I too am running gtx 980s in sli and the monitor was the last piece of my build that I've been waiting for.

Judging by all the positive reviews I've read on it, I am prepared for magic.

PhillyAnt submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

You are going to fall in love. It is by far my favorite monitor ever. Games look amazing on it. Let me know your thoughts when you have it up and running.

akula2 1 point 26 months ago

Good job, well done. I'm happy for not keeping that PC on the floor, hence my vote.

ucecrushalot 1 point 11 months ago

This is a nice setup, obvioulsy its been more than 15 mths since you built this, would you build a new one since all these new parts have been released?

MVG Crush

PhillyAnt submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Hi and thanks! This computer is still a beast and will be one for a long time. I had a lot of fun building it, but would love to put another one together with all of the newer technology that is out there. Would it be a noticeable difference with what I have now? Eh, probably not too much of a difference. I am very tempted though :)

USNS_Epcen 1 Build -3 points 30 months ago

plz plz plz put more pics. and if your gaming why did you get those monitors and not a BenQ monitors even for less than 300 dollars get 144hz BenQ monitor.

Arkwoman1990 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

You can game on Asus monitors to you know.....there is nothing wrong with them

USNS_Epcen 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Not at all my friend, Asus is a cheaper than BenQ with response time thats for sure. I love your build, just from looking at the parts it has to be amazing. So do you go for the graphics on a monitor?

PhillyAnt submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

I highly recommend the monitor I purchased. Read my first reply for why. Thanks for commenting :)

PhillyAnt submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Hey there! In my opinion, that Asus ROG Swift monitor is the best monitor I have ever experienced for gaming. I don't like playing in 4k. I just don't think it is needed. 2560 x 1440 on a 27 inch screen is the perfect sweet spot, especially with the 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. I LOVE this monitor. I actually purchased 3 of them so I could run in surround, but unfortunately I had to turn down the settings in games a little bit if I wanted the visuals to be smooth, and at $800 a monitor, that is not something I wanted to have to do. Instead, I returned 2 of the ROG Swift monitors and purchased that PB278q as a secondary monitor (which is overkill) for when I stream or need another screen. I could have gotten something cheaper, but... you know lol :)

USNS_Epcen 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

I thought you were joking about the $800 dollar monitor HHHOOOOLLLLYYYY COW i would never do that lol. Im fine with playing most of my games on a dell home computer monitor. We got it back in 09 or 10 an plays in 1600 : 900 for res. Thats also my ps3,ps4,xbox360 and have a newer generic monitor called ativa plays in 1920x1080 and its vga support only with 60Hz.

Ninjadudewhat 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

You don't seem to understand that "those monitors" are 1440p, you can't get the same specs as the rog swift for under 300.

USNS_Epcen 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

i was talking about Asus PB278Q 27.0" not "those monitor" He could of gotten one for cheaper sense hes not going to game on that one and "purchased that PB278q as a secondary monitor (which is overkill) for when I stream or need another screen. I could have gotten something cheaper, but... you know lol :)" But i do understand "those monitor"i was thinking of a other monitor :)

BenQ GW2765HT 2560 x 1440 27" 16:9 4 ms Yes 350 cd/m² Yes $359.35

Asus PB278Q 2560 x 1440 27" 16:9 5 ms Yes 300 cd/m² Yes $430.29

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PhillyAnt submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Pictures posted!