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by chokaa



CPU Clock Rate

4.6 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.032 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.1 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

42.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

87.0° C


Gaming machine; built top replace my old gaming rig. Got to love microcenter's 2 year "we replace it no matter what's wrong" purchase add on

My first build was with a 3rd gen i5, with the Z77 Mpower mobo, and a GTX 690, as seen form the older pictures. Something happened, I have no idea what, that caused the GFX card and mobo to die, and killing the i5 with it. (No idea = clocked everything way to high way too fast cause I was greedy for that speed...) Within my return period, I traded out the MPower and the i5 ivy for the GD65 and the i7 Haswell, and the 690 for 2x 780's. 200 bucks more, but I am much happier with the results.

My first GD-65 board was dead right out of the box, but there was no trouble with the return, and I got extra SATA cables and a second super sweet dragon case badge.

The Apple Display I have is the 30 inch 2560x1600 matte finish aluminum screen, not the new fancy pants ridiculous amounts of glare glass one. It wasn't available on the list, though.

Links to 3DMark results:

3DMark 11 Performance P18968: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/6692942

3DMark 2013 Fire Strike Extreme 8529: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/522753

3dMark 2013 Fire Strike 15518: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/522778

Update 6Dec2013: Used EVGA's amazing Step Up program for the 780 ti's, so I'm now looking at these benchmarks: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/1280206 for Fire Strike Extreme, and http://www.3dmark.com/fs/1280180 for Fire Strike regular. YAY!

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dschutt84 3 Builds 5 points 68 months ago

For a $3.5k computer you are still rocking a tube television?

TheInfamousR 3 Builds 4 points 68 months ago

If it isn't broken, don't fix it.

chokaa submitter 1 Build 3 points 68 months ago

I can't give the thing away, not even thrift shops or the salvation army will accept it as a donation and it weighs about 250lbs, so it sits in the corner of my room. The actual TV is a Panasonic VIERA something-or-other, 55" 720p screen.

dschutt84 3 Builds 2 points 68 months ago

I know I was joking. Yeah those things are heavy as hell and no one wants them. Even if its a TV for a garage.

l13199l 3 Builds 2 points 68 months ago

this is a pretty awesome build, i iwsh i had that kind of money for a beast system

Mattkx4 2 points 68 months ago


LeMonarque 3 Builds 2 points 68 months ago

Massive score on that CPU! Same as a 4670K O_O

Do you plan to use this for anything other than gaming though?

chokaa submitter 1 Build 2 points 68 months ago

I do a little bit of digi-art rendering, but it's more of a just for funsies than anything remotely serious. I'm no Ryan Bliss!

dkevelx 1 point 68 months ago

Microcenter usually sells their CPU's and mobo's for pretty cheap.

I got my 3770K a year ago for 200 dollars with their mobo combo discount.

Apach3 3 Builds 2 points 68 months ago

$80 for a Sound Blaster ZX? where'd you get THAT deal?

other than that, two thumbs up from me!

chokaa submitter 1 Build 3 points 68 months ago

Microcenter! Super sale, blew my mind too. (I think they may have placed the sku of a "Z", but hey - I didn't mind!)

malcar11 4 Builds 2 points 68 months ago

WOW!! is a monster. Massive, amazing and powerful!!!. Congrats.

SSSHypermen 2 points 68 months ago

How does that case work for you? Im thinking of this as an option.

chokaa submitter 1 Build 2 points 68 months ago

I really really like it, easy to get into, easy wire routing, and great temps compared to my old "conventional" tower. Only problem is because it's more cube-like than it, it didn't fit in my Comp Tower Holding mahjigger, it's too wide. Just take good measurements to make sure it's not going to mess up your flow, but it's an awesome case.

SSSHypermen 1 point 68 months ago

I've done a little looking around and found this endtable from Walmart that will work perfectly as a computer stand under the Desk Im going to buy as well.

CiardhaAed 1 point 67 months ago

Do you have a push/pull configuration on that H100i? The 32GB RAM seems a bit much, but if you're doing rendering, then it makes sense to have that. Also, just curious about the number and variety of HDDs you have in there.

chokaa submitter 1 Build 2 points 67 months ago

I do have a push/pull on it, and it works like they say it does. It's awesome. 32gigs of RAM is a lot, BUT it was a super cheap upgrade and there was a nice "in-store" sale going on, buy 16gigs get a $15 coupon, effectively making it under 200 bucks for 32gigs of RAM that doesn't suck. Heck yeah, why wouldn't I do that.

The hard drives are all from collecting, I didn't buy them all at once. They are data drives that have been removed from their original machines and kept. Except for the one raptor drive; that's my paging file drive. One day I'll replace all of them with a pair of 2 TB drives, but that day is not today :)

chokaa submitter 1 Build 1 point 66 months ago

Just wanted to point out that Yesterday was that day. I know have a 4TB Western Digital Black, the Samsung 840 SSD, and the Raptor drive - It's amazing how that little "Paging File" drive is a solid 4-5% across the board performance enhancer. It's like an EztenZe for the machine lol

soundofvictory 1 point 65 months ago

Just to clarify and out of curiosity, which direction is the push/pull, outwards or inwards? I would assume outwards, but just wanted to clarify.

chokaa submitter 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Outwards; the case is placed right in front of the AC Vent for that room, so I get some extra air blowing in from the back and then the warmer PC exhaust air into the room.

Hailex 1 point 66 months ago

Why do you not have the second fan installed on the h100i?

chokaa submitter 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Sorry for the late reply, didn't see this one show up!

In that particular picture, its with the 690, before it ***-ploded. The second fan wouldn't fit on the inside, because of how long the 690 is. It is instaled on the outside though (it made for a very weird cooling, with the uneven flow) Now, with the 780's, I have the two inside the mobo area, and two behind the front screen (thingamajig with the MSI Dragon badge on the front)

a_slow_descent 0 points 68 months ago

do you plan on running like 8 games at once? 780 sli is insane. also, I hope you have a good job because that is one expensive computer.

dkevelx 3 points 68 months ago

I'm assuming he's gaming on his Apple display. If so, he will require more than one 780 to run some games at max at above 60 FPS.

And if you budget money well, you don't need a particularly fantastic job to buy something like this every once in a while.

chokaa submitter 1 Build 2 points 68 months ago

Exactly. It's not like next year when the 800 series or whatever come out I'm just going to throw this away and get a new one. I intend to keep it a good long while. Plus, when the wife gives you carte blanche to replace the machine that was stolen from you, you tend to go a little overboard....

chokaa submitter 1 Build 2 points 68 months ago

Gaming on the Apple Cinema is a bit heftier than your standard 1080 screen. 2560x1600 is twice the pixels. I still have to tone down Metro: Last Light, unless I drop the resolution to 1920x1200. Which sometimes you have to do. But the full res is just so pretty! Also wanted to add this article, where Digital Foundry built a tri-SLi Titan machine, and it STILL couldn't max Crysis 3 at 2560x1440 with 60fps :( Dat game.... might as well have just released it named "PC Melter 6000" lol - but damn is it gorgeous.

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chokaa submitter 1 Build 1 point 67 months ago

I'm a giant fan, it sounds so much better than the onboard. I'm also a fan of the Cinema-mode thing they have where it uses the optical link solely for movies. It's weird how it MUST take it over, but man does it make a difference with the speakers.