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   Named her that for the upcoming new COD game Ghost and that its a secret build between me and my son that the wife didn't know till the day we decided to build it. It took me about 2 months of research plus a month and a half to acquire all the components then stashed it in my sons closet until it was time to actually build it. 
   The Wife had a fit when she saw the XM case saying " what are you guys gonna do with another computer? we've already got 2 laptops and a pre-built desktop? and where did you get the money for that?" told her I sold my 3 high-end paintball markers to get this. but actually, I had the money saved up!.
   Its gonna be used mainly for gaming, my son is into WOW and RIFT while im into BF3 and ARMA, yup, a bit of an overkill but its better than just aiming for the minimum requirements.
   I was originally going for just the ASUS z87-PLUS mobo but decided ill go with the Hero. The Corsair cooler is not the H80i but the earlier version, the H80, and is a re-manufactured copy that's why its cheap but with full manufacturers warranty. I was disappointed that the PSU was just a semi-modular one, thought it was fully modular. 
   The first hang up of the system was that after 3 days of tweaking, I had a legacy code error and it turns out I made changes to the BIOS to boot from a windows UEFI and not from the HDD. After that fiasco, the video card was crooked when I installed it onto the motherboard and found out that the PCI-E power cables were pushing the end of the card down, so I made changes on the cable management to remedy that.

    Thanks for looking and Happy gaming!

Updates: 10/21/13. ran P95 for an hour and 56 min, no errors at 4.4ghz OC at 25C ambient temp. 10/26/13. switched to aftermarket TIM between CPU and H80 water block, better temps even at full load ( temps were at 26C ambient temp ). Im still at 4.4ghz OC but stable. still BSOD at 4.5ghz.
10/27/13. hit 4.5ghz at 1.280 Vcore OC but temps were a bit toasty, maybe ill settle with 4.4ghz at 1.25 Vcore OC 24/7

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Build looks very nice +1 :) All the parts are very nice.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

lol i bet your wife was hella mad! XD (congrats on getting a Corsair H80i for $40, btw)

you've got equipment built for overclocking, so why not take advantage of it? see if you can push the 4670K to the 4GHz range.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

not too much, she's trying to be nice so that when the new ipad comes out ill be in good spirits... oh, that is not an h80i... the one i got was the older version, the h80.

OC? i need to research more, first try was BSOD! lol!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

i got my FX-8350 to a comfortable 4.4GHz on a Hyper 212 EVO through a guide i found online - particularly one that catered to my motherboard (GA-990FXA-UD3). it certainly doesn't hurt to search the web.

that's still quite a steal to get an H80 for only $40. where'd you get it?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I got it from my local fry's store, i was a bit turned off coz its a refurbished unit but when i went to frys to check them out, every unit was still with shrinkwrap and not opened so i took the plunge...

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

ah, yes, 'refurbished' parts. it's like winning the lottery; you have no idea what condition it's in - as in, you could get something that's just been opened and returned to the store, or you could get something that's missing some critical parts.

one of my friends bought two Nvidia GPUs (GTX460 and GTX570) that i eventually obtained through trade-ins. even though they both came with just the card, both units worked fine. i currently employ the GTX570 and have been using it for over a year.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome. I'm doing a build for my sister whose birthday is in eight days. She'll flip **** when she sees it. It should be up later today or in the next few days.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

You might want to route the SATA cord and the power connector through the space behind the 5.5" drive bay to clean up the cables. Other than that not much to hate. Great job. Well done!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

hah. I knew it was a good idea to use wire ties first, in case I make any brain farts like what you mentioned... but ill do what you said and post updated pics. Thanks. but right now im in the middle of running Prime95.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Magbe I need to use the selling my high end markers one, since she knows I have many.