BloodSlide (Revision R2):
Hi all, this is my build
log process, which i did back in August, but i didnt post it then, as i had plans for it, those plans were completed,
but then more... and more... until, i finished the watercooling! So this is my process, i hope you enjoy reading as much as i did writing this; and of course, building it.
My original plan was to go with a GTX 770 (long before august), and a FX-6300/6350, this was debunked as i saw the awe-inspiring power of.......
the 780! (non Ti), but then i soon found out about the R9 290, which i was very close to choosing (More on 290X later), but the thermals were to
high compared to the 780 with no performance increase, so i decided to go with the GTX 780. My original case was the NZXT Phantom, which i know now
is a horrible plastic case, but i hadnt done much research into that area in the
dawn of time beginnning.
Pre-Built?: I was originally going to get it pre-built, by PcSpecialist, which i was planning to go with for several months, mainly because i obviously didnt want the risk of breaking anything, and building it yourself can be very daunting for first timers, such as i was, this is also why i thought of the FX-6300 (Also thought about 8350).
BloodSlide R1 Build (Original build): Notes: This is the process of my original build R1, which has a coupleliterally key changes from R2, first there is no watercooling, second, the graphics card actually a R9 290X, specifficaly this model, i picked this card over the 780 as it is slightly faster, as well as to the 290. I also changed my mind to the NZXT H440, which i had my eye on, but i dismissed it due to no 5.25" bays, but i do like the shroud alot. One thing to note, this case picks up a TON of fingerprints if you have sweaty hands, so try not to handle it, if you do use Tim cleaner. Start: I gathered all of the components as they all arrived on same day :), so i started putting it together... with the worst screwdriver ever so i quickly popped out and got me' self a nice a' new Philips screwdriver :). I did the CPU drop well, although i took the cover off so i didnt see it pop off :( (Have since done it on other motherboards so i have seen and done it) CM Hyper 212 Evo made an appearance at first, as i bought one in the beginning to stay frosty, but when i watercooled i sold it to a friend for £5. I spent Cough Some Cough time on cable management, but the cables on the case came cable tied down, and i couldnt be bothered cutting it to make it look better since i cannot see any of it due to aforementioned Power supply shroud. Problems: When i dropped the motherboard in, i could not get the io plate to sit flush with it, even though all the screws are in their standoffs, it also means pci cards are at a slight angle, which isnt a big deal, but it could have problems later. Also my ram didnt arrive until the next day, but i wasnt in so my neighbour took it (Their not thieves i promise! atleast i hope not...), and i didnt get it until the day after that :(.
The R1.1 Situation: As you are probably aware, this build list, lists a GTX 780 Ti in the list, the reason i listed it in the list (last of the list words i promise), is because when i got my 290X its performance was not what i expected, and in some games, and benchmarks, it seemed lower than what it should be getting, and thus as you have probably figured out, i rma'd it and got a GTX 780 Ti, and that is the 1.1 Revision.
R2 Build (Watercoolingyay): Notes: My budget for this was small, and i did not plan to do it so soon to my original build; if atall, and thats why i bought a non-k cpu (I know i should of got 4670k, but i didn't plan on watercooling/overclocking ever). The dye isnt very strong, you have to put alot of it in to make it go dark red, so i see why people recommend coloured tubing, but i like seeing the fluid, and non was in stock, other than that the dye is good, and the tubing is XSPC, i tried for PrimoChill, but out of stock everywhere, so i had to make do. Build: It all went nice and fast, took 1.5 days to build, but it wasnt done for another week because one of my retailers (Overclockers.co.uk) Sent out 2 of the same QD3 Fittings which are incompatible, has to be 1 Male and 1 Female. So i ordered another pair from them, and guess what? they delivered the same 2 items again! so i was stuck with 4 Female QD3 fittings holding up my build, so i ordered 1 from Candccentral (Good experience there), and i got the system up 4+ days later, after a 12-16h leak test.
Peripherals: Mouse: Love it, 6400 Dpi can be hard to get used to, but it is a very good feeling mouse, recommend it all the way. Keyboard: Microsoft. Headphones: Professional Citronic DJ headphones, found them at a club, since then i have worn them so much they are being held on by gaffa tape, still love 'em though. Headset: Cheap usb headphone and mic combo, but surprisingly good quality, except the solder... and the whole volume panel thing, but audio and mic quality are decent enough, but they aren't very comfortable after awhile, (the solder broke, thus wires being held on by more gaffa tape!). Mouse mat: Razer goliathus? Anyway it is a really nice mouse mat, feels lovely with my mouse, like a tactile glide? Monitor: This monitor is extremely rare, probably because you can only buy it from PC World in the UK, its a decent monitors, but it is 1440x900, Wahhhh yup, i need a new monitor, but it is decent for now. If you are wondering about it, its called the X19W, not that you should get it. Paperweight: I was shopping online for my CPU, and it turns out they give you a free paperweight, it is styled like a air cooler, but its really small, like the size of the socket, and it even has a working fan an TIM, even has the Intel logo on it with its own pwm fan header to play with!
Conclusion: I didn't post my GPU idle and load temps because i am going to add my graphics card to my loop in 5 days (Christmas :)), so i will update you then, but on air with no OC i get 27c idle and... Checks and runs a quick test 10m of heaven later 70c Under load, though keep in mind i am not on stock bios. As the above says, i am not running stock bios, i am currently running the skynet bios, so that changes it up a bit, (been running skynet for 7 hours :)) Reffering to the above, when not on skynet bios, i can get up to +80Mhz on the core, and +350Mhz on the memory, and under load the core will thus run at 1215-1217Mhz (not sure about memory). Pictures/temps/info on my watercooled 780 Ti coming on Christmas day (or just after). My current Best 3Dmark score is 10244, although it is being held back by the physics score alot. I ran a Crysis 3 Benchmark used here by Guru3D ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khW-iOmlEa4 ), and got a average fps of... digs through fraps folder Avg: 65.945 - Min: 35 - Max: 114 (1920x1200 FXAA Very high quality, Guru3D got 62 Fps with their 780 Ti ( http://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/gtx-780-ti-sli-geforce-review,19.html )).
So, in the conclusion of my conclusion, i want to say thank you to PcPartPicker, Toms Hardware and its members, Overclock.net and the maker of Skynet (not the terminator one), and anyone who helped me on this journey not just to BloodSlide, but to my benefactors who have helped grow my knowledge of computers rapidly in the past 5 months.
Any questions/suggestions/constructive criticism is welcome.
Thank you all!