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Gooberdad's take over of the Lavender Lady with SLI GTX 770's 3/3/18

by Gooberdad


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Date Built

Oct. 15, 2013

CPU Clock Rate

4.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.267 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.31 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C


Edit 3/3/2018: Purchased a second EVGA GTX 770 SC 2GB GPU for $110 on EBAY used. Thought I could reflash the bios to resell for Mac Pro use and pool the money for a GTX 1070 once prices came back down. It was a little more complicated than the old GTX 680. Instead I set it up in this PC in SLI. Wow what a difference. I did have to clean and reapply thermal paste on the GPU to get the "new to me" GTX 770 temp down into the lower 60 C's. Once I got the setup correct in BIOS, the components moved, PCIe PSU cable installed, drivers updated, EVGA Precision XOC working, Nvidia control panel setup, and the SLI cable on correctly because it has a direction to my surprise, this dual 770 SC combo kicks butt. Went from an overclocked GPU Heaven benchmark max everything at full screen 1080p of 1043 to a score of 1835 at stock settings. but got a score of 1985 with overclock Heck yeah!

LOL this benchmark doesn't use SLI but it still did really well.

"UserBenchmarks: Game 64%, Desk 92%, Work 67% CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K - 98.3% GPU: Nvidia GTX 770 - 60% SSD: Crucial MX100 512GB - 89.2% HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB - 111.1% RAM: Crucial BLT8G3D1608ET3LX0. 2x8GB - 61% MBD: Asus Z87-PRO"

Edit 1/11/2018: Received a GPU support bracket in the mail (purchased on Amazon) today. I repositioned the card and installed the support. So easy and takes some of the load off of the motherboard. No more redneck lift devices needed to fight the sag. (I took finally threw away the piece of CD I had wedged between SATA ports for support before.)

Edit 1/6/2018: Messing around with World of Warcraft today, I noticed my trusty old gtx 770 was sitting at 80 to 81 Celcius while questing. I turned the fan profile to aggressive, full fans and even took the side panel off the case and dusted the heatsink fins. No change. This thing is warm and really loud. Once out of the pc and the heatsink removed I found the old thermal paste looked to be spent. It was like puddy on the edges and like oil and gum on the die and heatsink. I applied the scary thermal paste (Coolaboratory liquid ultra[that metal stuff]) to the GPU and heatsink and reassembled it. Success! Now I get 58 to 60 Celcius playing WOW in the same areas. That's a huge difference in temperature and sound. The fans aren't running like a leaf blower anymore. I wad so impressed I tried my hand at overclocking again. I got it to 1300 on the GPU and 7908 on the memory before it freaked out, and it never got above 64 Celcius at those settings. I lowered it back to 1267 GPU and 7310 on the memory. After that fun I messed around with the CPU and RAM overclocks again. Set the 1600 ram to 2133 at 1.5 volts with the timings at 10,9,10,24 and N1 with success. I also lowered the CPU to 4.5 GHz to see if its temp would get under 80 C. Yep now CPU at 78 C max woohoo. Bumped it back to 4.6 on the first two cores then 4.4 on the 3 and 4 cores. Still right below 80 and 79, but teeters back and forth, so probably really 80 C. This is only on synthetic loading. Gaming still at 57 C at 4.7 Ghz. I think the CPU runs cooler than when I applied the paste last time. I'm a huge CooLaboratory Ultra fan now.

Edit 6/10/2017: I no longer recommend using Artic Silver Ceramique 2. This thermal paste cannot withstand overclock stress testing and breaks down after a few weeks beyond testing. My pc temps exceeded 90C while playing World of Warcraft. I removed the CPU; delidded it with the Rockit88 kit; cleaned out the destroyed liquified in some spots and discolored in others, Ceramique 2; installed Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra thermal paste on the die and heatsink. This not only stabilized my World of Warcraft temps at 65C, but my max Prime 95 temp came down to 83C. I'm fortunate the old i7 4770K still functions. I've found my new goto thermal paste. Watch out this stuff is metal and can short out exposed circuits. Use with caution and use sparingly with the included brush. While apart I removed the red neck CD holding the GPU cover up from sagging. I took the GPU apart, cleaned it and reapplied thermal paste. I found the issue with the GPU cover and tightened it up. No more sag or separation! I am considering redoing it one more time with the Coollaboratory Ultra......

Edit 3/25/2017: I bought a Rockit88 delid kit and popped the top on the i7 4770K. Cleaned out the gum from intel and polished the IHS on the inside and out. I used the Artic Silver Ceramique 2 I have and now am comfortably at 4.7Ghz. A prime95 small FFTs torture test got me 88C, but stable and now that I've tested it, I'm never going to see that again. What a difference changing the thermal grease under the heat spreader makes.

BTW she loves the little college pc this big pink and purple beastie now belongs to Gooberdad!

Originalish post description: My daughter and son had iMacs until this year. Both have been converted to PC's. My son wanted a gaming rig, so we built that first. My daughter wanted one that could handle graphic art, some rendering, 2d and some 3d, photo and some video editing, Adobe CS5 creative suite and stuff like that. She told me she wanted to play some games as well. She also said she wanted to see if I could make it lavender and purple. This is what we came up with.

I fell in love with the MICRO CENTER in Dallas, Texas when getting several of the pieces. Wish they had a store in Memphis. Got some great combo deals and discounts.

Ok its definitely girly and sparkly. It has Diamond Dust and clear on the top coat of paint. I added one fan porthole to the bottom blowing right up onto where the old hp-nvidia gtx 260 1.8gb video card is. I had the old gpu, from an older hp elite, my old g510 keyboard, used the external dvd, a copy of win7 pro, her old mouse, a 21.5 Samsung 5ms 1080p hd tv from Costco that was on sale, and her Epson V33 scanner. I let her have my Intous5 tablet and pen set (as long as I can borrow it sometime) I added two portholes on the left with Lexan to allow a view of the interior. I had to move the cosair H80 over all the way to the left at the top front, and then cut away a 1" long by 1/3" deep section out of the bottom fan to get it to fit in the case. This even with the low profile ram.

I stepped back after it was done and thought, "Man, the 80's puked up a My Little Pony PC." It runs great and the old GPU works good 55-96 fps in wow on "good" settings.( yeah its an older GPU) I chose the components either on availability, proximity, brand reliability, or just plain "It come in a pack of 3 pinkish red led fans". Yeah some of the stuff could have been cheaper, but its hers, she is overjoyed, and its built.

I hope this is "Future Proofed" for a while. I can change the GPU or SLI two when she gets the money together. I want to convince this one needs a Blueray player/dvd burner, but I haven't figured out one that includes software, is a decent price, and is reliable. Oh and that will add to her total. She is good with the old parts and an external dvd when she needs one, for now.

Got the Lexan on the two portholes and sealed them up. Moved one fan to the side and found out why you should never touch the intake side of a full throttle case fan.(took a chunk out of my finger LOL)

BTW my daughter came to me when her iMac crashed, handed me $560, and asked when we could get started. I am covering what I covered for her brother...... the ram, the case and incidentals, and the monitor.

I ran another prime 95. The temps got up to 81 for a second and it freaked me out. I cleaned and reapplied thermal paste.I lowered her overclock to 4.3. Now, with a good long prime 95 run The highest I got was 63. I am very relieved.

I took out all the red led fans because they were red and loud, and replaced then with quieter ones. I installed a NXZT Hue so she would have purple inside the case and can change it or turn it off at her whimsy. I installed her GTX 770 with the added back plate and a small support to help the card resist sagging. Now she is finally done. No SLI or anything else. The next one will be mine!!!! BTW She is thrilled with the purple color and the fans are so quiet now.

(Cable routing is a pain in the ***. Even though my daughter loves the look of her computer now, I think it looks sloppy still with the random bits of wiring here and there. I tip my hat to all those people who can hide there cables, or route them in such a way that makes the overall build look like art. Makes me want to take one more stab at the routing and placement in this case. One day I will have a build with my cable management top notch.)

Edited 12/26/16: I have replaced the 120GB SSD with a 512GB SSD, cleaned and reapplied thermal paste onto the CPU and the GPU, replaced three noisey fans ( I'm especially talking about you, damn noisey H80 fans ) and cleaned up the cables some more. Still one of my weirder builds with too many fans, but the funky paint is holding up well. Ellie hasn't used this one since I built the little college pc, so I moved it to my bedroom. That's why those fans had to go. Sounded like an electric leaf blower when booting and gaming. Thinking of upgrading that GTX 770 2GB, but holding off because it isn't used much by anyone right now. I've just got that itch.........

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Great little cooler, but the stock fans are loud. 4 stars.

Thermal Compound

Best thermal paste I've used. I believe it is gallium based and therefore will disintegrate aluminum. Works great on copper and nickel. Best CPU and GPU thermal and TIM thermal paste replacement I've used.


Fantastic low profile RAM. Easily overclocked to 1866.


New model with 525GB sells for under $130. Has held up great for years and still boots in under 40 seconds. It's no Samsung Pro SSD, but still a great product.

Video Card

By itself 2GB of mediocre performance, but SLI'd and it becomes a GTX 1060 6GB add kicker at 1080p

Case Fan

Moves air in a column, but this restricts flow by design. Very quiet, but the max rpm and airflow air limited. Great for blowing air onto something at a distance in the pc case. Beeter fans available for airflow at low decibels where the fan can be either closer or only needed to move air. 4 stars.

Case Fan

Super quiet with great airflow. This PWM fan is my current goto for price, sound, and airflow.


Good old keyboard. Keys feel cheap, but it has lasted 8 years as of 3/5/18


Great mouse. No weights needed to be added. Good fit for my hand. Just enough buttons. It has lasted me 8 years as of 3/5/18.

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Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 10 points 67 months ago

Gotta say thanks, PCPARTPICKER. I really love this website.

(I put this, as I did her older brother's computer up high to keep my youngest son from messing with it. Or to at least discourage him from messing with it.)

Recently moved both computers down lower.

And yes I'm old, if going on 44 is old to you :}

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Holy crap I'm going on 47 now. Just read my post and now it seems wrong writing to myself. Hmm this is just sad.

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

nah thats fine lel ;)

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Lol I had forgotten about that comment to myself.

Norm101 3 Builds 4 points 67 months ago

If you ever want to go all purple, Xigmatech makes some with purple LEDs. :)

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 2 points 64 months ago

I went all purple for her when I put in her GPU. I settled for getting rid of all the red led fans, put in quitter black fans, and installed a NXZT HUE. She loves it!

Norm101 3 Builds 1 point 64 months ago

That is awesome!

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 64 months ago

Thanks man. Of course that pricing is what my daughter mostly had to repay. She still owes 299. She loves that people though. Can you see that little bracket on the gat right of the card I put in ?

Norm101 3 Builds 1 point 64 months ago

The thing between the SATA ports?

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 2 points 64 months ago

Yeah. That's it. The PCB was hanging a little so I took a DVD and cut a section to use. It isn't innovative, rather pretty redneck.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Are they actually a good bright purple? I read reviews of some manufacturers that had very weak ones. Others had pics that looked great but user pics had them really dim...maybe those are at too low power? Yeah I had originally looked for either purple or UV but settled on these pink colored/red led ones and it works. I'll have to check out the Xigmatechs, thanks

Norm101 3 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Sorry, I spelled it incorrectly: Xigmatek. And they have really good reviews on NewEgg.


And someone did a build with those fans: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/FxV You might send him a private message to see what he says about them. Best of luck!

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Cool! I will check it out now.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Holy cow they are super bright and purple. I have to get those for her computer and some of that purple cable wrap too Maybe Christmas I can get her the video card, purple Xigmatek fans, and some cable covers.

Now to figure out what for my son for Christmas.

YourLocalPCNoob 1 Build 2 points 67 months ago

Why did u rate your mobo 4 stars?

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Oops. I love that mobo. The only thing I would change about it is the flashing power led signal is sends out while in sleep mode, like a laptop. My daughter didn't like that when she was trying to get to sleep. So I unhooked it. I'll edit that. Thanks for pointing me to that.

YourLocalPCNoob 1 Build 1 point 67 months ago

OH dang that must be pretty annoying for her XD

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Na not anymore. Just one led lead and poof no more light. Ofcourse no light at all on the powerbutton now.

GamingPC69 1 point 67 months ago

Awesome computer :) Though i would have went with different parts. If i handed you 500 would you help me out too lols, i hope that computer is safe up thereee +1

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Yeah Me too. It seems stable the feet wont pull off to the front and I lowered the top rack so it wouldn't be at the ceiling. When I lowered the rack the four posts act as a side support if it falls sideways to the right. the whole rack was setup many years back with it leaning to the wall at almost 15 degrees.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Oh yeah If you were my kid I certainly would, but not looking to adopt right now. Got three and that last one is hell on wheels. check out the last pic on my son's build. the little one keeps me moving.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 66 months ago

I lowered that thing down when I worked on the thermal paste and installed the DVD. also hooked up the Uverse box to her monitor/tv.

PickItApart 1 point 67 months ago

Great mom. Kids need computers to learn. I know many kids play games, but like me, many just studied and became engineers. Keep pushing your kids interests!

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 3 points 67 months ago

I hope so. Me and her mom are very proud of her. She is autistic, but "highly functioning". She loves art and attends regular high school classes. Got two great kids both of them have great GPA's (3.91 for her and 3.92 for him). The autism gets to her with her speech and sometimes with things going according to a plan. Thanks.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Yeah your right that is her mom! Ellie didn't want to be in the pictures, I posted. It was late and her hair wasn't the way she wanted it LOL

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Anybody else ever wonder what in the world the windows experience uses as test criteria rro the graphics?

Since I didn't have a new video card I thought I would see how the intel 4600hd scored. It scored a respectable 6.8 in gaming and desktop. Sounds good for no discreet video, and is .2 higher than my laptop with an AMD A10 with the built in graphics chipset That 4600hd wouldn't play games for nothing. I thought it would be hell on art and Adobe too.

I put in my old GTX 260 and the score went up to 7.1. Now it games decently ( the fps went from 20-36 max with the 4600hd to 45-96 max with the GTX 260 in WOW on automatic "Good" settings.

Zeus 1 Build 1 point 66 months ago

Awesome colour scheme!

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 2 points 66 months ago

Thanks. My daughter will one day look at it and wonder why I made it like a my little pony.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 64 months ago

Made it purple inside now, well lighted wise, instead of the red. Those lights fans were a bit loud. The new ones are quite a bit quieter. Oh and the GTX 770 is an insane jump from the GTX 260 I had put in.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 64 months ago

Made it purple inside now, well lighted wise, instead of the red. Those lights fans were a bit loud. The new ones are quite a bit quieter. Oh and the GTX 770 is an insane jump from the GTX 260 I had put in.

JakeyU72 3 Builds 1 point 66 months ago

The new Corsair AF series LED fans would go nicely with this :)

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 66 months ago

I'll check that out.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 66 months ago

I just checked them out. They look nice and purple. I wish there was some kind of lumens output or something they would list with the products to determine brightness. It would have been nice to get people inside lighting when I first put it together. Maybe when I put in her new card ;-). Thank for the suggestion.

Starlana 2 Builds 1 point 66 months ago

Looks great! A lot of RAM! lol

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 2 points 66 months ago

lol. yeah my daughter likes it. very sparkly. I thought she would use the ram with Adobe illustrator, and Photoshop. She is into computer art, and such. My son is somewhat, but more info the video games. Thanks.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 64 months ago

Finished the build finally. Put in all her pc gifts from Christmas, and its purple and ready to run. My daughter loves it!

tproia 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Do you have any pics of the CD fix for the graphics card sag? Sounds like a nice temporary fix.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Pics 18 & 20 you can see the shiny piece wedged between the SATA port and the graphics card shroud on the far side. It's been holding for a year now.

unicykle 3 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

I stepped back after it was done and thought, "Man, the 80's puked up a My Little Pony PC."

Gold. Great stories across all your builds! ha

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks, man.

daes79 2 Builds -1 points 67 months ago

Why that case?

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

LOL well. I thought I had the dimensions right for what I wanted to put in in, and it was white, so easy to change over to lavender. The price wasn't terrible. I just dropped the stars out because the filters on the front are useless unless you add filters to the fans, or make another filter to take up the one inch by about 6 inch gap at the front bottom of the front cover to the case. You cannot place fans in the side cover and have a rear mounted internal water cooler. You must modify your cooler position and at least one of you fans to make the cooler fit in the furthest forward spot with low profile ram, or it wont fit in the case. No bottom fan port( no biggie I found that a 4 1/2" hole cutter will make an almost perfect 120mm fan pothole. No windows( but really I thought if I had bought one with windows I would have had trouble with removing them to paint the case comepletely. Oh the case came with filters that I cut and moved from the top to the sides for filtered intake fans. That case allowed me to have 5 filtered 120mm intake fans( once bottom one was added), and 4 exhaust fans(well two on the cooler, so three plus one in push). I wouldn't buy that case again for an AIO water cooled setup.

daes79 2 Builds 0 points 67 months ago

I would have went with the Nzxt Switch 810 white.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 2 points 67 months ago

The Nzxt Switch 810 white is super nice, but it would have cost her another $90.00.

Glad you showed me a great looking and functioning case. Makes me think the Silverstone isn't so bad considering the price, and messing around with the insides of it to make the stuff work for my daughter. I'm now gonna raise the rating on the Silverstone.

daes79 2 Builds 0 points 67 months ago

Now I understand why you got the case. It was just kind of hard to understand that selection because it really looks like a pain to work with.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Dude it was a pain. I had my wife help with the cooler placement ....... it took 5 tries to get it into a spot where it fit and still had to cut out the lower cooler fan body. The lower fan wasn't just touching the ram it was pushing against the ram pretty hard.

It was fun to see the transformation. I mean I think it looks better now, but it's probably because my daughter likes it so much.

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Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

Hey sorry for the late response. That is my wife. I was using her craft area to put that one together. It was getting late when I took that photo.

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Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Umm thanks. Yeah it is really girly and what she wanted.

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Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Heck yes it is. World of Warcraft is ridiculously better.