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Update 04/02/2015: Used a clamp on meter and measured the Computer and Tvs. I ran Furmark and Prime95 at the same time. Set the resolution to 5,760 x 1,080P. Measured ~3.84A and 125V. In my equation I did not calculate for Power Factor.

P = IE
P = (3.84)(125)
P = 480W

I've taken apart computers and built combo kits. This was my first computer built from Scratch and picked every part. The primary use for this computer is for Gaming and Power User. I've done mild overclocking on CPU and RAM. Unfortunately, the price of the computer is much higher than I'd like, I wish I would have known about this site when I built it to save some money.

One problem I had: I set up RAID 1 through the BIOS. Once updated the Video Drivers through Nvidia Experience it would cause the computer not to boot when RAID was enabled. Any suggestions would be helpful, unfortunately I don't know what Driver revision it was.

Justification for the parts!

i7-4770k: I play a ton of Games, with Monitoring software running in the background. I use the HT for VirtualBox / VMware for Collage.

Hyper 212: Keeps the CPU cool while overclocked. Using Static pressure corsair fans.

Gigabyte G1 Sniper M5: MicroATX for a small form factor. I use the HD Audio sound card that's on the board. I needed the Overclocking ability and the green color makes it go faster. ;)

Samsung 840 Evo: Used for boot drive and programs, I don't have a whole lot of Data I need saved on this computer, if so it goes to HD.

WD Black 1TB: I go the Two drives with a package deal with my CPU. I think it was $100 off.

GTX 780: This computer is used for Gaming, Right? Plus, it's the Green team.

The Keyboard, Mouse, Mouse Pad and Headphones are more personal preference and color matching.

The 3 Monitors in the Parts list isnt the same ones I use, because PCPP didn't have Tv's. I'm using 3 Samsung 32" connected Through DVI - HDMI wires and HDMI - HDMI.

JBL Speaker sounds really good on this Onboard sound card.

Bitfenix Splitters to connected all the fans.

Bitfenix LEDs for Lighting. I've heard really good things about them on Linus Tech Tips. Haven't had a single problem with them.

That pretty much sums up the Build. Again I wish I would have known about this site. Plesase leave a comment on what you like and dislike. Any suggestions would nice.

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Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

With this build why didn't you get a 980?

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

His build date was May 25, 2014. They were not yet available.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool looking build! More pictures would be awesome but other than that it's great! How are the two Corsair SP120's doing on the CPU cooler?

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank You for the Comment! I will be uploading more pictures when I reinstall the LED Lights. I found the glue they used was took weak, and the lights kept falling down. The Corsair SP120s are absolutely wonderful, I have them alone with the other 5 Corsair fans running Max speed and you could hear a pen drop. Very Impressed with the Performance and Quietness of the Fans. Unfortunately, Two of my 140MM came DOA.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

That power supply on such a powerful rig is depressing. Surely you can afford something gold-rated after spending 900 on monitors alone?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I definitely agree a larger PSU would have been in my budget. But, according to PC Part Picker, the estimated wattage is 493 Watts. That doesn't include the LEDs or other peripherals. My best guess would be around 550 Watts. I know that's very like wiggle room, but if I decide to add a second 780, I'll be upgrading to a 1KW PSU.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not talking about wattage, I'm talking about quality and efficiency. Gold efficiency should be everyone's baseline, platinum if you can go for it, and corsair makes some fantastic full-modular platinum power supplies. The power supply is really something you don't want to skimp on since if it goes, it can blow your rig to hell and back.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, you're crazy if you think the minimum should be gold. Yea it's nice especially for a large build like this I agree. But as a baseline? 80+ bronze and silver are fine...

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Which PSU would you recommend for SLI GTX 780?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Right now, corsair has an absolutely fantastic deal on the AX860, like $30+ off, making it just $133. So for just 60 bucks more than what you spent here, you get greater part quality, way better efficiency, and more room for future upgrades.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Wattage should really be max (493w)+50%. That way it's effecient and protects from random power spikes. Personally I think while Gold rating is a basic indicator of quality but you wanna look at the PSU tier list. CBA putting a link in (sorry just lazy) but search for PSU tier list should get you to the right forum, the info is based on pro reviews and teardowns.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Build. Although I would go for the Astro a40 or a50 headsets

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I have to agree on PSU comments. There certainly can be overkill, but PSU will outlast every other component from a technology standpoint and is essentiall to every other part. Get the best your budget allows. Full modular units are very nice to work with. More photos please!