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Third time's the Charm. ~$3,000

by TilarP



Date Published

Nov. 6, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

941 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.008 GHz


I built this rig with the intention of playing games at 2560x1440 @144hz, and look amazing doing it. I also wanted it to be very quiet, and it is (except for those damn reference blowers).I’d like to think I accomplished both of those very well. My most played game ever is BF4, and I have no problem achieving 144fps while on Ultra. I also play a lot of Civ and Arma 3. Arma 3 runs around 60fps, but that’s only because I haven’t overclocked anything yet.

I carried over my PSU, 1 GTX 780 from an old build, the 840 Pro, and will be purchasing a new GPU so the old one can be passed along to my soon to be brother-in-law. I built my older rig last year, and immediately starting planning for my next one. This is the end result of a year of planning and saving, and I regret nothing.


i7-4790k: Pretty darn expensive. It's a great processor, but overkill for what I need. I'm sure it'll be great for CAD work, but I haven't had to do any of that yet. I'm sure it'll last me for quite a few build revisions if it ever comes to that.

Corsair H105: A great cooler overall, but it doesn't offer much more than a decent air-cooler. It looks great, it keeps the processor cool under load and idle, and it's very quiet. But you can get that out of most air-coolers for less. If you want to spend the extra money for the great looks, you won't be disappointed. But just know you can get something comparable for a cheaper price.

Corsair Air 540: A beautiful freaking case. This is the best case I've ever owned. The dual-chamber design looks amazing. The cooling is awesome, and is capable of being really quite, depending on the parts you use.

EVGA GTX 780 SC: I bought one of these about a year ago, and decided to purchase another one for this new build. It's true, I could've gotten two 970's instead and had similar performance, but it would've been ~$440 vs ~$650. To me, it wasn't worth it. They already run my games at Max settings, a lot even at 144hz. I did return my first one due to less-than-stellar performance, and a few graphical glitches. But I've had no issues with the replaced one since, or the new one. Really amazing cards overall.

Corsair RM-850: Great power supply. I purchased this one because the other 650w PSU was cutting it too close when using SLI. There is also no fan spinning under idle, so that’s even less noise.

Corsair Dom. Platinum: Just look at it. It's beautiful. It's also really fast. Not that it would be noticeable against any other RAM. It was a little frustrating dealing with Amazon and getting them delivered. It took longer than expected, but they came through in the end, just like they always do. (;

HDD (or should I SSD :P): The Samung 840 Pro was left over from a previous build. It works great as a boot-drive, and I've never had any problems with it at all. The SanDisk is my baby though. One of the faster drives on the market, its real-world performance is awesome. My games load up incredibly fast, which they should with how much it cost.

Asus Z97-AR: This my first Asus motherboard. Actually, it's my first Asus product. And for some damn reason, I can't get any of the optimization programs to work. I eventually gave up. Luckily, everything else functions as it should. It's good hardware, but the software leaves something to be desired (although that applies to other hardware companies as well).

Peripherals: The Corsair gaming line-up, now infamous for the tramp stamp. First off, I don't mind the tramp stamp. I never look at it, and I never notice it. The hardware is great. I actually own the K65 RGB & M65 RGB, but neither of those are options in PCPartPicker. As my first dabble into mechanical keyboards and gaming mice, I'm impressed. They feel great, and I do think my skills have increased since getting rid of my $8 keyboard and $6 mouse. The software for both of these items are very frustrating though. There is a pretty steep learning curve, which also means great flexibility. But the software also crashes when I open Steam. WTF? My solution was to save the profile I want to the individual devices, turn them off during start-up, and never open them unless I want to change the lighting. As you can probably already tell, it left me very frustrated and disappointed overall. I also purchased the new Corsair H2100 headphones. They worked great at first, but eventually would stop transmitting audio, and the mic would occasionally cut out. Completely ruins any Arma gaming session. I plan on continuing to use my old Turtlebeach x12's until I can afford a pair of Sennheiser HD 558's and a decent mic.

Asus ROG Swift: Amazing. Absolutely amazing. It completely blows me away. I used to game on a 47" LG TV limited to 60hz. The jump to 144hz is pure bliss, and G-Sync has been nothing but good to me so far. If you have the hardware to run it, I definitely recommend it. If you're having trouble finding any in stock, try using: http://www.nowinstock.net/computers/monitors/asus/ This site helped me purchase mine, and it also has the option for different graphics cards too. Really a great site overall.

FUTURE UPGRADES Well, not much..maybe another monitor. Something cheap, maybe touchscreen. I was thinking something along the lines of this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/dell-monitor-s2240t The Phantek fans move a lot of air considering how quiet they are, but it seems they keep getting louder and louder. If that continues, I’ll also be purchasing some Corsair AF Quiet edition fans.

TL:DR Wanted silent, sexy, capable rig to game at 1440P, and that’s how this came about. If anybody has any questions, I’d be more than willing to help to the best of my ability. Also, a shout-out to r/buildapc and PCPartPicker for all the love and knowledge you guys spread to those less versed. (:

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Meithen 2 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

Our builds are actually pretty simliar, I'm still waiting on my ROG Swift though. Looks good!

TilarP submitter 2 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

I actually checked out your build the other day, coincidentally. It look's really good. Although the red PCI-e's might bug me just a little bit more if it were mine. :P You'll love the Swift though. And you'll have absolutely zero problems running it too.

Meithen 2 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

You can barely see them, except for the bottom one but only if you are lower. I might get a black cover for it though. I can't wait for the Swift, I've only heard good things.

MaskedMonster21 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

How do you like the 780? I'm wondering if I should get that or a 970. Great build +1

AdamTheMan26 2 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

If you get a 970 stay away from EVGA as they have coil whine. The 700 series of EVGA is great from what I haev read. If I were you I'd go with the ASUS Strix GTX 970 if you can find one available. You won't be disappointed.

TilarP submitter 2 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Thanks. I do love my 780's, but there's no reason to go back a generation when the newer one is the same price and performance. Some of the 970's even turn off their fans until they reach a temp. threshold. I'd definitely go with that if you can find one.

DeathShallWait 1 point 49 months ago

970 outperforms 780 in some cases, it is cheaper, it consumes less power, it has more video memory. So you know the answer!

Ksongs 2 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Great build +1 love the green cables. Jealous of the Swift though haha I want one, but it just wouldnt make sense considering it costs twice as much as my current build haha.

TilarP submitter 2 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

I freaking love the Swift. Although I think you'd have to spend at least twice the amount of it to get the most out of it unfortunately. Haha Don't worry though. It'll drop in price sometime when there is more competition for it.

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

SUCH BEAUTY. Great build, love the green. +1

TilarP submitter 2 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Thanks, I really appreciate that! I think the green is what sets this apart from most builds. I was kind of getting tired of seeing black and red everywhere. :P

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

I have to agree, red and black is overused. Green is one of my favorite colors to see in builds.

brok249 1 point 49 months ago

Awesome build. Not to be too forward, but where did you find the RGB LEDs? I've been looking for some molex-powered, IR, RGB LED Strips, and I can't seem to find any. I've got an H440, so the mediocre colors of the NZXT HUE aren't a great idea imo.

TilarP submitter 2 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Actually, I am using the NZXT Hue. But even if that changed your mind about them, your lacking a 5.25 bay for the controller. If I knew of any other options, I'd tell you. The only other one I know of is offered by Corsair through their link kit. I know there are other options out there just like you described, I just don't personally know of any.

brok249 1 point 49 months ago

Oh well, thanks for the info! I'll probably just end up splicing a 12V controller with a molex.

nathan316 2 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

ok other than looks what;s soo good about dominator platinums?!?

TilarP submitter 2 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Absolutely nothing in comparison to other RAM. You could have found similarly spec'd RAM for a lot cheaper I imagine, but then it wouldn't have looked as good. :P

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Jim++ 1 point 49 months ago

Builds in this case are so nice, I just wish I had the desk space for one :D Love the colour scheme too +1

TilarP submitter 2 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Mine just BARELY fits on my desk with two monitor. And in all honesty, it's not even a desk. It's just a table. I really need to build a custom desk..

DeathShallWait 1 point 49 months ago

This sort of builds inspire me to build my own. Everyone is good at choosing the parts, but not everyone get to build one the way it meant to be. +1

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