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The Plan: So I started out the build knowing that I wanted the most bang for the buck gaming build. I choose the 4670K as I don't need the hyper threading features of the 4770k plus it only raises heat levels. I'm new to water cooling and so I choose the all in one Corsair H100i. I researched motherboards quite a bit and found that any of the top to middle end mother board will do as overclocking is more restricted by the thermal limit of the Haswell cpu. A ROG motherboard is something I've always wanted so the Hero was a easy pick. The Fractal Design case I chose because it looks slick and not to expensive. The corsair fans look great but also perform well. A SSD was something I had to have and my steam folder is a little over 300gb so I went with the slightly larger capacity Samsung 840 pro. Sound is important to me as I have audiophile equipment so I went with the Asus Xonar Essence STX. The PSU I got for relatively cheap and it's based off of the Seasonic platform so it was a easy pick with the ability to potentially CF/SLI in the future. I ended up with a black and red build which are two colors I think work good together. I knew I would have to do some spray painting as the Fractal Design comes with some white internals. That and with all my black and red parts should make the build look excellent especially topped of with a Lamptron FC5 V3 multicolor fan controller.

The Build: The build started off smoothly with replacing all the fans in the case. Next I put all the hdd's in and installed the H100i. Keep in mind the H100i only comes with 8 long screws which is enough for pull configuration but not push/pull which is what I wanted, off to Home Depot I go.. When I came back I started the task of delidding my 4670k. This is my first delid but I knew that bad TIM Intel applies under the IHS needed to be removed to get the best cooling results possible. I started out with the razer method but it was taking to long and without steady hands there's a high chance of scratching the PCB. Next I used the hammer and vice method and after finally finding a good piece of wood to put between the hammer and cpu I had already chipped two of the corners of the cpu. I had probably been to impatient and hammered to hard and not in the center of the chip. Take your time!! I thought my computer building career was over but I continued the build as nothing had happened. I finally got it delidded and cleaned and applied the CLU Pro paste directly on the die and installed the chip. After installing all the easy components such as the RAM it was time for cable management.. I wanted a clean build so this was important. There's plenty of room behind the motherboard tray for cables and while it took me all day to get it right it was well worth it. I'm surprised it looks as decent as it does with all the things installed but I still don't know how some people wire everything up perfectly behind the tray. That was a lost cause on my build. With everything in place it was time to turn on the PSU and start it up! I had built the whole rig with the perceived notion that everything would work but with the chipped cpu and parts that I hadn't tested even once it would be a miracle to me if the rig doesn't blow up in flames. I power it on and OMG I hear some beep codes and everything powers on! I see the BIOS screen with everything including the cpu listed and I'm in shock that everything seems to work great.

My 4670k cpu I got a solid 4.5ghz on 1.280 vcore. I'm happy with this stable overclock for now.. I upgraded my system with a Asus GTX 970 Strix.

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  • 77 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm waiting for the AMD R9 290X to release.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

yessssssssss, dude you're gonna have to tell us how it is. Im looking at maybe the r9 290

  • 77 months ago
  • 0 points

It is gonna cost $700. Leaked by newegg.

  • 77 months ago
  • 3 points

Wrong. It might be holder prices. Can never be sure until release date.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Build is updated.. just testing and oc'ing left. Also waiting for the R9 290X release.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't wait for benches!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but what is the choice on GPU?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Way overpriced power supply, could have put the extra money into a GPU

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

I bought all the parts when they were on sale.. I'll update the prices when I can.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey don't knock him for an overpriced power supply...I'm using a GTX580 and an i7-2600k with a Corsair 1200AX for a PSU...I win the overpriced power supply championship!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Great idea on the power supply. Your ready for crossfire. Great way to future proof!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Cant wait to see your results with the new AMD!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build!

Did you know that the sound card was optimized for audiophiles and not Gaming?

Maybe one of the ASUS ROG cards would be more optimized for your machine.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a audiophile on the side. I'm pairing the STX sound card with a Matrix M-Stage Amp and 880dt headphones.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Great choice then!!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Ended up getting the EVGA gtx 780 Classified.. now to overclock it.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

very nice gpu. I really like the color scheme. You won't be disappointed by that 780, instead of the 290x.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Side-graded to a Asus GTX 970 Strix for power efficiency and bang for the buck. Waiting to see what will come out with next..

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  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Can't see it.

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  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol don't judge until AMD drops the gpu bombs.

  • 77 months ago
  • -2 points

And you could just buy a GTX 780 now. The R9 290x is going to be priced at $800 right now.