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Pretty Hate Machine

by tenhunter



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Built this machince for one purpose- Gaming, specifically Battlefield (3 + 4).

This was my first build. Everything was smooth overall, computer started up on first try. The case was easy to work with and made for very easy wire management. Took some time to figure out the fan controls but otherwise had no issues.

Loved the asus board, perfect fit. Very happy overall with the build.

Being my first build I have small regrets.

First- SHould have gone two sticks of 8 instead of 4 sticks of 4 memory.
Second- Skip the standard hardrive and just gone with a bigger SSD, I don't use a lot of storage.

I plan to add another 690 this fall for BF4 and to go with a three monitor set up soon as I sell my old computer.

*Purchased all materials from Amazon and Newegg, everything went very well. Order 1 hardrive from NCIX they messed the order up and shipped it ground and for some reason required a signature. I will not use them again.

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SrgtMacfly 8 points 55 months ago

Dang!!! a 690!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Enlyten 1 Build 4 points 55 months ago

Good build. Just thinking that if all you're doing is gaming, you could have saved $100 ang gotten an i5-3570k.

noob_for_life 10 points 55 months ago

he got A 690 i doubt he was to worried aabout saving money

tenhunter submitter 1 Build 16 points 55 months ago

Trying to make a long term killer machine, and I did well with some stock options ; ) also by buying it part by part I was able to sneak the total cost past the woman I am related to by marriage.

noob_for_life 5 points 55 months ago

hahaha just spoil her and take her to fancy places for dinner.

bbooiigg 4 points 55 months ago

Bet she was surprised when she saw $1000 for one item.

tenhunter submitter 1 Build 17 points 55 months ago

Going on vacation so I have at least a week of life left...

Javanode 1 Build 3 points 55 months ago

hide any sharp objects _^

Enlyten 1 Build 2 points 55 months ago

So much win.

Jensen117 -5 points 55 months ago

If he didn't worry about money why didn't he buy a 3970x?

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NUclearD3 1 Build 2 points 55 months ago

Very nice and great case choice!

tenhunter submitter 1 Build 2 points 55 months ago

LOVE the case. More of a full tower, it's huge. Made the build easy.

NUclearD3 1 Build 2 points 55 months ago

Yea it is a good all round case very roomy on the inside.

iiLeGiT101 1 Build 2 points 55 months ago

If a 7990 ran BF4 on a 3K Monitor and still got somewhere around 60fps I don't think you'll need another 690 for it once it's released. Otherwise, this build is pretty good.

RuinedGrave 2 Builds 0 points 55 months ago

It was two 7990s, though with the 3k monitor and unoptimized code, a single 690 will probably still be good for triple monitors, though if OP is getting SLI 690s, I'm wondering why they went with 2700k and Z77. X79 is far better for multiple GPUs.

kirbyloveszoe 1 point 55 months ago

7990's and 690's ARE dual GPUs. One 7990 is two 7970s and one 690 is two 680s.

Jensen117 1 point 55 months ago

Is two underclocked* 680s

RuinedGrave 2 Builds 0 points 55 months ago

OP is getting a second 690, I never said anything about multiple GPUs as in two GPUs per card.

kirbyloveszoe 0 points 55 months ago

You missed the point.. Since a 690 is two GPUs, it uses SLI. That means it WOULD benefit from x79 before he added the second one. I'm saying he should have gone x79 even if he wasn't planning on getting another 690.

sketch24 9 Builds 2 points 55 months ago

x79 is only beneficial when you have more than one GPU. Two GPUs on one card doesn't count because they are already sharing one PCIE x16 slot. That will be the bottleneck no matter how many extra lanes x79 has. Having extra PCIE lanes on an x79 only helps if you are using up the lanes in an actual SLI or Crossfire configuration where two different PCIE x16 slots are used. He definitely should have gone x79 because he is planning on using two cards in two different x16 sltos. But if he stuck with just one 690, the only benefit the x79 platform would have given is if he paired it with a SB-E processor that was more powerful than the 2700K.

j5haw54 1 Build 2 points 55 months ago

How do you like the case? How is Windows 8? My friend has it and hates it. Why did you go with a 2700K? why not a 3770K? Why do you regret 16Gb of ram? Other than that it looks great. And if you're into BF, why don't you have a sh*t bucket?

NUclearD3 1 Build 2 points 55 months ago

I have the same case just the sliver one and it's a great case lots of airflow, easy to build because of the room inside. The only real downside is that is kind of big and can be heavy once all the parts are in. And as for Windows 8 once you get the some like http://startisback.com/ is back on there I really like 8.

tenhunter submitter 1 Build 2 points 55 months ago

Windows 8 is fine, installed http://startisback.com/ as recommended by NUclearD3 and it is basically Window 7 with a weird start menu.

As for the processor, my computer was much more budget initially than it ended up.

Ram- Just wish I got two sticks instead of 4.


DarkSoul520 2 points 55 months ago

Surprised no one commented on the name of your build. Good taste!

lenoz 2 Builds 3 points 55 months ago

scrolled all the way down the comments so I could say the same thing... fair play for being the only other person to notice!

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reece00567 1 Build 2 points 55 months ago

dude... you don't need to add another 690 to play bf4, one gtx 690 is overkill, even if you were going with 3 monitors, you don't need more cores you need more video memory and technically you only have 2gb

IamApropos 3 Builds 2 points 55 months ago

correction a 690 with stated Vram has the stated Vram its only in SLI / Crossfire when the Vram doesn't combine.

Xareh 4 Builds 2 points 55 months ago

Sees glowing GeForce GTX logo Oh, please no... Reads GTX 690 Phew! Great card.

tenhunter submitter 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

I listened...

PacificNic 4 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Did he advise against a Titan? I would have gone with a Titan simply because you can get more of a benefit through SLI (I think), though I may be 100% totally wrong.

Either way, this is a friggin' beast of a computer :)

PacificNic 4 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Now when is this being shipped to me. If you feel that's too risky, you can send me some money on PayPal. Just hit me up and we'll talk addresses/account numbers. Thanks!


Jensen117 1 point 55 months ago

I7 for gaming? I5 is on par while costing less, very few games uses those extra threads the i7 has. Even with an i5 I doubt it will actually bottleneck a 690. Can't future proof because Haswell is around the corner.

NewYears1978 1 point 55 months ago

I have that same case, I Love it :)

tenhunter submitter 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Really happy with the call on the case.

dragonxl025 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

nice build and love ur computer case.

Edmundoh 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Nope you are better off using 4x4 ram than 2x8. This way you have quad channel, you say it's for gaming only so there are zero benefits of adding another 16GB if that was your plan, you might as well fold a $100 bill in the shape of a RAM stick and shove that in haha.

gordonpn 6 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Any thoughts on the Seidon 240M? I'm looking to buy that same CLC to replace the Hyper 212 Evo.

Great build!

tenhunter submitter 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

It has been fine, I have heard some buzzing recently but overall the temps have been great. I am not overclocking anything yet.

xdownfall 1 point 53 months ago

Love love love your machine.. Exact reason I'm building a rig, BF3+4! I can't wait, it's been since 2005. Do you have any YouTube or videos of it in action? Yours seems to be my favorite outline I've seen so far! :D

Cheers! (Blue and White looks pristine!)

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