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This is my gaming rig so far. I'm waiting and saving up for the GTX 780 Classified or MSI Lightning. It's my 2nd official build. My first was a little project I did for my girlfriend. This is also my first time building using an SSD and I must say it is a huge difference in terms of startup; extremely fast compared to hdd. I love this build so far and can't wait to get the gpu put in! Liquid cooling is great too but keep in mind your ambient temp has a huge effect on efficiency.

Future plans: First, get that gpu! After that I'll take my time and upgrade the SSD and HDD. I really also want to upgrade the RAM to 32gb. I now have a solid foundation from which to build and look forward to further diving into refining my pc building abilities! Also, I'm just waiting for the demciflex filters to come in and I'll update with new pics once those are on! Also, once I feel like this rig is 100% complete I'll work on my cable management. She's a mess right now (I know) but it just doesn't make sense till I feel she's configured perfectly but we are getting close!

Update 7.26.2013 2:33pm PST: I just added 3 new pics with the Demciflex filters! I love them! I think they look like they came with the case! My girlfriend has a cat and I am cleaning this thing all the time but now this will make the job 10x easier and it looks awesome! I'm so stoked!

Update 8.24.2013: I just installed a new storage drive 4TB Desktar 7.2krpm 64mb cache 6gb/s. I actually had a 1tb that was filling up (games etc.) and use that now as an internal backup (I have a 2TB Seagate external backup as well; cannot ever have enough backups right?). I used Acronis True Image Plus software to clone and move the 1tb data to the new 4tb drive. If you haven't done this before (transferring to hdd larger than 2tb) there are some details to pay attention to like using gpt as the format vs mbr and proportional partitioning vs "as is" or "manual". If you have any questions please ask! I spent hours this morning researching before buying so I wouldn't get stuck and it is a success! Next up - My GTX 780 Classified! I will keep you posted! (It was next up but I had to pay for a few things unexpectedly so I went ahead with this little upgrade for now instead, gotta wait another month now but I'll be all good then!).

Update 9.5.2013 Just made my first attempt at cable management (see latest pic added). Not quite pro looking but a definite upgrade from my initial mess! My car is suffering from the heat waves here in San Diego and has delayed me getting my gpu. Now there's clear space to easily put her in though, sooner than later I hope!

Update 12.2013 I bought the EVGA GTX 650 Ti 2GB; it was on sale for $100 on newegg. I built this rig with the intention of putting in a GTX 780 right away with sli later but finances would not allow. I am now saving to pursue such a gpu upgrade by the end of this year again. I am looking forward to it!

Update 5.2014 So after nearly a year I finally got the GPU I wanted! I thought several times my choice would change but with being that I'm only using a single monitor this was the best fit for my current needs. I plan on getting the Asus PG278Q unless something better comes along in that price range but for now I couldn't be much happier!

Update 6.2014 I just got my sli pro bridge in today and it's quite small but looks awesome! I'm waiting on ordering a backplate when evga restocks them. It will be a while before I can get my 2nd GTX 780 Classified but I'm really excited about saving up for that!

Update 7.2014 Just installed the backplate on my 780 classy and it looks great! Added a couple of new pics!

Update 8.2014 Just replaced my RAM with Corsair Dominator Platinum! They look great! I will update my pics soon!

Update 9.2014 Added white sleeved cables and some white led corsair sp fans. Really cleans up and finishes the build's overall clean look I think!

Comments

  • 77 months ago
  • 4 points

Just a question: why Ivy over Haswell?

  • 77 months ago
  • 4 points

I started this build back in Feb before Haswell was available. I built this with the intention of possibly upgrading the mobo and cpu in a couple of years as well. I found the p8z77-v le plus to have the best bang for your buck; unlike the le (not plus) this mobo can accomodate sli and crossfire. I basically wanted to create the best 1155 socket build (i felt that 2011 had a poor performance/price ratio compartively) and while I have some good excess cash to spend I'm not Bill Gates or someone whose THAT lucky. Also, more recently I saw this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHQqpIEw7jk (mind you I already purchased and built everything) but it was nice to see some continued validation. Haswell seems to be fine but you can get your build going a lot further if you are just a bit "smarter" with your money like most of us need to be. I take it you are on the verge of getting yours going? Have fun, be patient, and allow for A LOT of extra spending, no matter how thought out you may believe to yourself to be! lol. Just my 2 cents!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers for the advice. And, I'd love to get a build together, but I'm still getting money together. One day, I'll build a computer. :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Hang in there. This one I had to wait pretty much a couple of years (car troubles, life etc.) but I kept saving and got to a point where I could put the core parts I wanted and get things going and I just never stopped! Still going technically! I know it sounds a little hokey but just keep visualizing it!

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  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Why a 1200w PSU?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Again, I'm building with the ability to future proof, add on what I need as I continue from here. I will probably go sli on the 780 by the end of the year.

  • 77 months ago
  • 6 points

I would have gone with an 850w then, still could run 780 SLI and you would use less power because it would be running at peak efficiency.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Understood. When I do go all out I tend to go overkill. I held back mainly on the mobo bc I plan on having to upgrade that with the cpu when the market cycles past haswell etc. But I see your point as well that's also a great psu. You need to post your stuff too when you get a chance!

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

I have an older system so it might not be well recieved. First gen i7 and two gtx 480s.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, I remember when I was wishing to get started that I would have loved your rig. People can be so ridiculous sometimes! Still a decent rig it sounds to me!

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks like a great build, but you better get that GPU FAST!

I'm also waiting for demciflex filters for my build. They ship from Africa and take like 20 business days to get here lol..

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

No kidding! I paid for this last week and the tracking is only showing some progress as of yesterday! Oh well!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

They just came in today and I'm stoked! Check the new pics out too when you get a minute!

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet! They look pretty good. Is the one fan on the back exhaust though? They actually don't do any good and even hinder them on exhaust.

PS: How'd you get your filters before me?? Do you live in the US?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The rear is intake. I had it as exhaust about a month ago but tried changing direction (per factory recommendation and some research on corsair forums etc.) and seem to be getting better temps. I live in San Diego. Where are you?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Pennsylvania >.>

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Just wondering, but why did you get the H80i over the H100i?

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

I seriously thought about the h100i instead but honestly just went with simple aesthetics. However, as the data continues to pour in I may be reconsidering. Lost money here on performance to price ratio (I know) but you win some you lose some. I love the LED lighting that comes stock with the 600t fans and felt it was a gamble to go with the h80i. I still love the liquid cooling but that too can be a new endeavor depending on how far I want to take that! But after all is said and done it looks like the h100i is the best value. I just knew what I wanted and am still happy with the results. Nonetheless, great point!

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I definitely understand, I was attempting to go for a stormtrooper white/black build as well, but I was too picky with the color scheme to decide on parts. If you go the H100i route, you could pick up a couple strips and put them next to the H100i to keep the LEDs. Either way, nice build and I can't wait to see it completed.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

It's good to be picky! Take your time and most of all have fun! It can get frustrating too but that's what makes it feel good is troubleshooting and making it all come together. Keep us posted!

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

niiiiiiiiice, 780 will run welllllll

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking forward to it! I noticed in your parts you have the 770; how are you liking that so far? I'd assume your pretty stoked!?

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

I haven't built it yet lol. My current PC has a 660 and it's really nice.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Remember, a little enthusiasm goes a long way! Keep at it!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep!

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Those light up fans are absolutely BAMF

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I just checked your new build. It looks pretty sweet! I like the pics too, looks semi-pro!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. i can't wait to add more over the next few months! Gotta make that money first!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Here's the link to that ivy vs haswell vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHQqpIEw7jk

I almost forgot!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

How does that monitor perform?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been thinking about getting it

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it. Consider that I upgraded from a 17in Dell with a ridiculously horrible 25ms response time to this 1ms gtg beauty! Out of the box the monitor just pops! There are some settings you can play with and there are pros and cons to that but overall I am very happy! Here's a link to show you the excellent video quality (no ghosting) of this montior:

http://youtu.be/FzQnjgsR8tU

Enjoy!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

was expecting a cooler master storm trooper

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I forget that the Cooler Master made an actual Storm Trooper. Your build looks great! Sorry for any disappointment.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Fix your cable management

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I know she's a mess. I've put that off because I wanted to get it all cleaned up once I got my gpu, however, that has to wait (car problems etc.) but I made my first attempt to clean it up and just posted a pic. Not perfectly happy with it but good for now. I ran out of time for today but it's something I've been wanting to clean up anyhow. Thanks for the kick in the but! Sometimes that's what's needed!

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the led on the side of the 780 Classified as bright in person as it is in the pictures? I'm strongly considering buying this card, but if the LED is too bright I will likely be going with the FTW edition.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

The picture with the window on is the most accurate for how it looks in person. Hope that helps!

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  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Right now I'm keeping it simple till I get the gpu in. I just have Mirror's Edge, Command and Conquer, Audiosurf, and Rome Total War so far. When I get to the really good stuff like your bf3, I'll see if I can find you then!