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Joe's Black and Gold box with Christmas gifts installed.

by Gooberdad

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35 Comments

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Date Built

April 20, 2013

CPU Clock Rate

4.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

76.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

967MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

79.0° C

Description

Edit; July 2016. Had a wild hair and bid on a GTX 780 on ebay. Won this GPU. I installed it in place of the GTX 680 and my oldest son tested it. What a huge difference over the old GPU. Well my son was so excited I gave it to him and put his old GPU in his little brother's pc.

Replacement, big upgrade from Imac 27" with 8800 gts video. Primarily gets used for gaming. School work on occasion, and research. Recently Adobe CS5 and photo editing! Didn't realize I had set one of my rear fans in the wrong direction. I moved it and got the temps to go lower woo!

Had two extra fans from daughter's build, so I used my 4 1/2" hole cutter and added two portholes to the left and right side panels. one to blow directly onto the hard drive and the SSD he purchased while in Texas working with me and his sister. The other blows directly onto the inlet for the GTX 680 fan. I put Silverstone 120mm fan filters over the holes to act as covers and protect fingers from the blades. I also put in an older digital fan controller with three temp probes to test the HDD, CPU, and GPU temps under loads. It looked awful so it came back out.

Wow what a difference a SSD makes. Wish he could have afforded a 500GB ssd.

So here are the case modification pics and the DVD installed. Yeah I caved and have my son and his sister the drives so they wouldn't have to use my external DVD writer. I also cleaned the thermal paste and reapplied it in the single large grain of rice method and got dramatically better cooling results after s long prime 95 run scared me. Now get a peak of 76 for just a split second after a long run of prime 95 at 4.5 OC.

July 2016 edit. 3570k still running strong at 4.5 Ghz now with a GTX 780 SC. Still an awesome 1080p gaming machine. We noticed the Geforce experience recommending lower settings, but we ignored them and set them to max at 1080 resolution to test the card and got consistantly greater than 60fps on titles like the most recent Doom, and Overwatch. Im surprised and my oldest is happy. Win, win.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU and easily overclocked. Have had this at 4.5Ghz for 2+ years now with no issues at all.

CPU Cooler

Exceptional AIO cooling, but noisey fans come standard.

Motherboard

Pricey, but fantastic looking motherboard. No issues with it at all.

Storage

Fast and reliable. No issues at all over the past 2+ years.

Video Card

Still an awesome 1080p card. Can pick them up in good shape used cheap and breath life into an older pc.

Case

Huge desktop pc case. Easy to work in and move around. Awesome cooling and air movement throughout. Easily modified.

Power Supply

Great psu and cool looking cables. Very easy to work with.

Optical Drive

Great quiet dvd writer.

Operating System

Best version of Windows ever made in my opinion. Love win7 pro.

Wireless Network Adapter

Surprisingly good wifi card with dual 5.4ghz band n.

Case Fan

Superb directional air flow. I will continue to use these fans to blow air straight at whatever hardware that needs it. Love these fans. And they are quiet

Case Fan

Good little quiet fan

Case Fan

Well they are golden in color, spin slow, but are very quiet.

Monitor

Great looking monitor. No dead pixels, or issues for 2+ years now.

Keyboard

Great inexpensive backlit keyboard.

Mouse

My son loves the response and feel of this mouse.

Speakers

Great sound, but have a buzz when ambient noise is low.

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Gooberdad submitter 7 Builds 5 points 50 months ago

First time putting a pc together. I think we did it well. I would have put in a SSD right off the bat now, but he doesn't mind. It is so much better than the old 27"Imac he had. The whole yellow and black theme was a little disappointing. Not really yellow, but it looks great in the bedroom when its dark. His little brother is sometimes asleep in the room and the noise and lights are low enough that it doesn't even phase him. The case had tons of room in it, but I will go with a different type for my daughter when we do hers.(Probably will paint it pink and put in a couple of red led fans for hers.) Gotta get more of that MONEY first!

ReDnAx1991 7 Builds 5 points 50 months ago

+1 one for build and Borderlands of course!

GamingGuru93 1 Build 4 points 49 months ago

Lucky Kid Very Good Build

Gooberdad submitter 7 Builds 3 points 49 months ago

Yeah, he is. Poor thing still owes me on it per our agreement. Wish he could afford to pay it off and put in more goodies, like blueray, another gtx680, custom water cooling, fancy lights, whatever. Guess that's just me. He loves it.

tproia 1 Build 3 points 34 months ago

I almost got that case. Still thinking about getting one for another build im planning. how did you like working with it?

Gooberdad submitter 7 Builds 3 points 34 months ago

It was fun with lots of space. This case it's huge. No chance of gpu card sag and can take large water coolers. The only draw back I saw was the huge freaking area this box consumes.

dkevelx 2 points 50 months ago

Weird that you chose a 500 dollar 680. Did you already have it on hand? You could have gotten a very good 770 for that price (with 4gb's of vram).

Or waited a few days for AMD's new graphics cards, the new R9-9970 is supposed to be faster than a 780 for about 500 dollars. That's all rumors, though.

Other than that, it's a good build. Pretty clean.

Gooberdad submitter 7 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

I'm sorry I didn't respond correctly. When I bought it, the 700's weren't out, and I paid 456. Wish I could have waited to build it today with the current prices, but that was then.

Gooberdad submitter 7 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

the video card was really $456 in April when I ordered it, I just joined pcpartpicker today and listed the setup. I didn't see that model listed for the 456 price. Oh and the 700 series hadnt come out yet. It was a kick in the pants to see the new models come out right after I bought that 680. Btw where can I place more fans? I have the 240 cooler in a push pull config. I am confused about the top fans I currently have them venting, and wonder if it would cool even better if I made them push air down into the case and then let the rear fans, video card, and side mesh vent.

CiardhaAed 3 points 50 months ago

I think if you were to have a larger fan (if it's possible to fit one on there with the other components) on top as exhaust, you could maybe get a bit better cooling. Heat rises, so you have intake at the lower and front areas, and exhaust out the top and rear. Are you gonna put in an optical drive, and if you were to, would you have room in the bottom? I'm thinking about getting this case for my next build, just looking to get some input as to how it all works and fits.

Gooberdad submitter 7 Builds 3 points 49 months ago

yep installed a DVD. I did put in two more fans, but modified the case to made them go whet I wanted. One blowing fresh filtered air onto the video card inlet, and one on the HDD.

Gooberdad submitter 7 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Side note, the total price was still around the same listed above. I just kept creeping the price up and up.

Gooberdad submitter 7 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Does a cooler master 240 compete with a corsair h100, or it still lineup with a corsair h60 in its performance? I am thinking of using an h60 with an i7 3770k for my daughter.

Gooberdad submitter 7 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Thanks I have those golden or well supposedly yellow fans on top as exhaust, but they don't flow much air. My son asked if I could make it glow yellow inside. I am wondering if I change the fan config and maybe put one extra in the empty drive bay place, but I'm not sure it will do anything for me since this case has the motherboard tray located in the middle of it. I haven't had any heat issues with it since we got it going in April, and my son has used it almost everyday for hours and hours. they hottest I have seen it was a reported 45C. No plans for an optical drive. I use an external for any installs requiring it. I do plan on getting a decent SSD for it, but I am confused as to whether I will have to get another Builder win7 to get it to boot from it. I hope I can use the one I purchased the first time. BTW I will get the exact costs of the build and place them in even if I put it in the custom spots. this price seems a bit higher than I paid.

Gooberdad submitter 7 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Oh I chose that case and the setup based a lot of inexperience, wanting components that would last and keep that sucker cool, and would fit on the top rack of the metal shelves in my son's room. I ran the cables through the wall and into a small( but still air conditioned and heated) room where he did his studies and used to have the iMac. I loved the huge areas provided by that case, but I will be using a mid tower case for my daughter's build. I did unhook the power button led and added a lot of tint to the hard drive led so it would be only a golden glow when on in the room at night. BTW I removed the hotswap control panel form inside in favor of a direct connection to the hard disk, and had to reposition and tighten the front control panel or the bumping the case would reset the pc. Fun to put together and see it light up and run so well and amazingly quiet.

Systems6 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Awesome build. Especially for a first timer (I'm a noob too). Any eta on the AMD build?

Gooberdad submitter 7 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Thanks, man. My oldest is still loving that huge thing.

Jabberjaw 2 points 22 months ago

Nice setup.

Gooberdad submitter 7 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Thanks

TNTrocks123 1 Build -5 points 50 months ago

You don't need 16 GB of ram for gaming

Gooberdad submitter 7 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Well now... it is being used for photo and video editing now by my son. Primarily gaming( wish I could afford another of those 680's in SLi) I am glad he is using it for more than an overpriced Xbox. I know he will be able to make money with the Adobe CS5 we use for his aunts business as well. Damn man I have upvoted you and your comment is still hidden.

TNTrocks123 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

Oh ok.

TNTrocks123 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

Wish i could use 1800 dollars on a pc :( Im stuck with 700 dollar budget

Gooberdad submitter 7 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Yeah it helps to have two people coming up with money for a build. I act as a loan office with no interest fees for my children, but then put down a pretty good deal of money. I covered about $430 of my son's and will do about the same for my daughter's. I am trying to keep hers at about $1300 and be a lot smarter about the build this time around.

Gooberdad submitter 7 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

dude somebody is seeking out your comments and marking them down low somehow.

TNTrocks123 1 Build -5 points 50 months ago

and there's more places for fans

Gooberdad submitter 7 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

I added two more fans. Using a4 1/2" hole saw, I put one on the left side panel blowing directly into the video card air inlet, and one on the right side panel blowing onto the hdd, and ssd.

TNTrocks123 1 Build -6 points 50 months ago

You should have gotten tower for your build. Theres better cooling

aludka 1 Build 5 points 50 months ago

I have to disagree. I have this case with a custom loop and a 240mm radiator in the front. Even with the warmer air from the radiator it still provides great air flow because its one straight shot from the intake in the front to the exhaust in the back. But only IMO.

TNTrocks123 1 Build -3 points 50 months ago

IMO I just like towers better because I don't like box like cases and it gives u more room on your desk or something if u put your computer in the bottom of the desk.

aludka 1 Build 4 points 50 months ago

That it does. I will be getting a tower for my next build or rebuild of my first because it sucks for custom loop water cooling. Once you have the loop installed its damn near impossible to get the mother board tray out if you need to fix/change/adjust anything in the underside.

Gooberdad submitter 7 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

I am using a tower for my daughters iMac replacement. Cheaper and well it came in white so my wife and I can paint it some lavender color for her.

Gooberdad submitter 7 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Hey I did use a tower for my second built. It was very different. cable management is harder with the tower I think, because I didn't have that lower level to do whatever I wanted with the cables. I didn't pick the best case, but it worked for what she wanted. I modified it and well I modified this ones case adding two more fans to the sides.

I really like playing around with these pc's wish I had unlimited funds to do this stuff more with some custom water cooling and case stuff.

aludka 1 Build 2 points 49 months ago

The fan mods look very nice. Very clean. I know what you mean by wishing to do more. I'm in the process of designing my own case and just bought a few water cooling parts to put in it. I need to stop spending money on this crap.

Gooberdad submitter 7 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Doesn't matter if it's a tower, our a desktop. As long as it has good airflow, is golden. And it turns out anything can be modified!