Description

This was my first build, and I named it Rainbows because none of the components match. I built it a day or two after Haswell was released, but I've been too lazy to take pictures of it.

I'll be using the PC mainly for programming as I'll be going into Software Engineering for University, and I'll do some gaming on it once in a while. All the prices below were adjusted to include sales tax(13%) and shipping.

I'm fairly happy with the build aside from none of the components matching. I don't really care about how it looks on the inside because I didn't buy it to stare at the components all day, but it would have been nice for everything to match.

Comments

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

This is beastly. Bravo!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I heard the H100i has Pumping Issues, I'd love to get one for my build but with people complaining about it, don't really want to spend £100 on a cooler that breaks.

How was yours?

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

To my knowledge the H100 had pump issues and the H100i fixed that issue. As far as I'm aware, the pump worked fine, it was just noisy.

Something to note about it: Many more people are extremely satisfied compared to those that aren't.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine's great. I have no complaints about it aside from the fans being quite loud when turned all the way up, but it's not really an issue unless you run your system at full load all the time...

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Was it quite easy to install? Which bit did you install first?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

It was really easy to install. I screwed in the radiator and fans first and the pump block last.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have a Skype or a Reddit account? Wouldn't mind asking you a couple of Questions? :)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. Skype: tanskin-

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

very nice build I don't think it all has to match performance is key!

What is your windows experience? & what OS?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate and my Windows experience index is 7.8, the limiting factor being my CPU(lol). Everything else is 7.9.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

The Haswell i7 Quad core doesn't perform as well as i7 Quad Core LGA2011 CPU?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

One suguestion u coulda gone Asus P9X79 Pro & i7 3820 $517.98 Asus Z87-PRO & Haswell CPU $479.98 $38.00 More

Except that the CPU isn't unlocked for overclocking

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I never really considered the 3820 because it wasn't unlocked and I wanted to try overclocking. I was initially going to get the 3930k, but I'm not sure if I'd get much use of all the threads while programming. I went with the 4770k for now and depending on how things go in University, I'll upgrade to LGA2011 if need be.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

sounds like a plan. I'm looking at the Asus Deluxe and 3930K lga 2011. I do Revit and AutoCAD so the threads maybe helpful. I would hope with Windows 7 my experience would be maxed at 7.9. your build must be real nice.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the i7-3820 score a 7.9?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know it just might if your cpu scored a 7.8??? on paper it looks like it might be a little faster chip

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't worry to much about it you got a work horse of a machine. Good luck and have fun over clocking.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you had any problems with the z87 pro? I've recently bought it but I can't test it until I finish purchasing my parts.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure if it's the motherboard or something else, but I keep getting q-codes "A0" and "30". I'll get "A0" when my computer starts up and I'll get "30" after my computer wakes up from sleep. I've read that these aren't anything to worry about, but it's quite annoying having a red led shining in your case when you have a window on the side panel.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, as long as there's no major issues I'm happy. I'm a bit nervous about switching to the 1150 motherboards so early in the life cycle but I got a pretty decent deal. I hope my luck is as good as yours, as I hear the Asus RMA process is revolting.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Curious why you went 1866 instead of 1600 RAM? Trying to decide which to buy for my build.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

If it wasn't on sale, I wouldn't have gotten it. Ram speeds don't really make a difference on real world performance unless you're using an APU.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the H100i block the 200mm fans on top?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. The only way to fit the H100i at the top is to remove the pre-installed 200mm fan(to my knowledge).

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, looks extremely similar to what I want to build :).

Quick question, I read through the comments and gathered as much of my answer as needed, but other than removing the 200mm top fan, was any other modding necessary for the installation of the H100i?

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  • 78 months ago
  • 4 points

Depending on how much I like PC gaming, I might start to get into it a bit more and I never really had an awesome PC before, so I thought I'd go all out this time.

:)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you telling me you paid almost three grand without having any prior interest in pc gaming

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, basically. I figured if I didn't like PC gaming, I would keep the parts longer, but so far I'm enjoying it. The only down side of moving to PC is that no-one talks and it's hard to meet new people to game with.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Ehh, depends on the game, really. My general experience with games like Garrys Mod is that people talk too much.

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  • 78 months ago
  • 0 points

32 gigs = Entirely overpowered/unnecessary Why on earth would he need another gpu, he has the gtx 780...

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

The build was actually pretty easy. I went into the build fairly confident with my tech skills, so I didn't really worry about the chance that I may break something. In total, it took me about 2 hours to build it and I installed my parts in this order(roughly): motherboard, power supply, CPU, H100I, ram, hard drives, GPU, attach wires, cable management. As long as you can read manuals and follow instructions(or pictures), you'll be fine.

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

It seems I was unlucky with the chip I got :(. The highest I've gotten with it was 4.4ghz with 1.25v. I could probably go higher but I don't really want to, unless I need the performance gain.

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. I ran OCCT for a couple hours without any problems. I didn't really go in-depth into checking whether it was stable with everything, but I didn't plan to leave it at 4.4ghz very long, so it didn't matter.

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  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

Personal preference I guess.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I like that case.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with you, that case is very ugly but it's just personal opinion

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

I thought it was ugly too, but it looks a lot better in-person and I wanted something that stands out.

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