Description

I named this build "The Monolith", because the 750D case reminds me of the giant black monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey, which is one of my favorite movies of all time. I originally wanted to do a green and black color scheme, but most of the parts I ended up wanting were black and red so that’s what I ended up going with.

All in all, I'm very happy with this build. Some of you may wonder why I chose to go with a 1000W PSU; the reason is because I plan on doing multiple monitor setup in the future, as well as adding another 770 and also a capture card and possibly even a sound card in the future, so I wanted to make sure I didn't have to rip all the cables out and buy a new PSU.

PARTS BREAKDOWN

CPU: I was originally going to go with the i5-4670K, but after thinking about it I decided to go with the i7-4770K because of the hyperthreading. Not much of use in games of course, but I do render a lot of videos as well as music recording, and Photoshopping. It was a substantial increase in price, but I wanted the extra threads if need be so I went for it. I managed to overclock the CPU to a stable 4.5GHz and get respectable (for Haswell) temperatures; idle average = 30C, load average = 55C.

Cooler: The H100i...seems to be what everyone is putting in their rigs these days. It was between this and a Prolimatech Megahalems, but I decided to go with this for two reasons; A) I've never had a closed loop cooler before and wanted to try it, and heard mostly positive things about it and B) Some of the high end air coolers today are massive and I wanted to keep a lower profile inside the case. I'm happy I went with the H100i. It looks great, is super quiet, even with the "bad" stock fans that come with it, and keeps the CPU nice and cool.

Motherboard: It was a tossup between the Maximus VI Hero and the Sabertooth, but in the end I ended up going with this because it fit the red and black color scheme, and because I generally just really liked the look of the board. The onboard soundcard seems to work well, and there's plenty of ports in the back for connectivity.

Memory: I think in my initial parts list before I bought everything I had Ripjaws RAM, but after I saw this I knew this was the one to get. Fits with the color scheme and wasn't much more expensive than the other stuff I was going to get originally.

Storage: The SSD I got mainly for Windows. From a cold start to browsing the web, it takes 17 seconds. Games, music, pictures, and most programs are on my 1TB Seagate drive.

Video Card: This was a real toss up, probably one of the things I spent the most time on. When I first priced this build out, I was originally going to go with a 760, but then I opted for the 770 2GB. Eventually, when I thought about the future and the fact that I'll be going to 1440p monitors eventually, I went with the 4GB version just to be safe (want to say it was about +$50 at the time I bought it). From there, it was a toss-up between the Gigabyte card and the EVGA Classified card, but I went with the Windforce for pricing reasons even though I really like the look of the EVGA card.

Case: One of my favorite things about this build. It was my first time working with a full tower case, and I will say it was nothing but a pleasure. This case is very well designed, from the build quality down to the ease of installation of parts. Plenty of room for upgrades, lots of open space for good airflow, plus it looks amazing (I like simple, straightforward designs).

Power: Probably the only thing I would change about the build. The black/yellow stickers on the power supply don’t match the color scheme. "Maybe" would have gone with an HX-860i if I had to do it over, but this one will work just fine. Also, the reason for the 1000W PSU; I plan on doing a multiple monitor setup in the future, as well as adding another 770 and also a capture card and possibly even a sound card in the future, so I wanted to make sure I didn't have to rip all the cables out and buy a new PSU.

Mouse: I've had an MX-518 for years and years now, and it's been the best mouse I ever used. My only complaint with it was the rubber material started to wear off and it looks really grimy because when it peels it looks like old glue. So I went ahead and got the G400s and am very happy with it. Basically the exact same mouse except without the rubber feel and with a higher DPI. Having the adjustable sensitivity really helps me out when I have to get into the fine details when Photoshopping a picture.

Miscellaneous: Picked up a cheap external DVD writer and WiFi adapter to get me through for now. I didn't want to ruin the look of the build with an internal drive, so I opted for the external and am happy with it. I was afraid the WiFi adapter might suck, but it actually works really well and I haven't had any issues with it at all. The Ducky mechanical keyboard I've had for a few years now, so that's why I didn't include the price of it, but it is an amazing keyboard and I really enjoy the MX Red switches. The BitFenix cables look great in the case and made cable management a lot easier. The only thing about them is that they're expensive. The light strip was probably the best addition to the case I'd say. For around $21, you get the whole kit, complete with 44-key remote and power adapter (some don't come with the power adapter). It has 20 or so preset colors, and then you can also go in and mix them to make your own custom colors.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 7 points

That cable-management... it's so beautiful...

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! It was definitely a chore to get them situated behind the door in the back and have them hidden, but well worth the effort. There are "loopholes" per say on the back of the 750D where you can ziptie the cables to that make management much easier.

  • 70 months ago
  • 5 points

Lol the side case picture , I thought your hair was the corded cables and was wondering why you had half of your hair bright pink :3

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

No sir, just brown :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 5 points

Look Dave, I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over.

;)

Nice build. I'm exceptionally jealous.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :) Love the quote. A great classic for sure.

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

yum

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

That yellow and black PSU though....

Nice build! +1 and good luck on your overclocking adventures

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Just the side sticker, but yes it would have been nice to have a red and white one like the 860i has. Oh well, with the lights on you can't really tell, and it doesn't bother me enough. Thank you for the upvote :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Great job, super clean cable management and I love that case. the Red and Black color scheme is fantastic. it really pops :) +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :) I was thinking green and black, but most of the parts I wanted were red, so it ended up just kind of falling into my lap this way.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build +1. On another note how are those led's, and how did you get power to them? In advance thanks.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! The LED's are great; they're actually waterproof and have adhesive on the back so they were a breeze to install. The kit I bought actually comes with a 12v power adapter that plugs right into the wall, and also an infrared control box that allows you to use a remote control to change the lighting and make it fade in and out, jump from color to color, strobe, etc. You can also custom make your own colors by blending the presets. Well worth the $25 bucks I spent on it.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Very, very nice build. Well put together and beautiful.

Why would you get the 4GB version of the GTX 770 when it appears that you only have one normal monitor?

That's my only question. Great build! +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you for the compliment :) Yes, the 4GB card is a bit overkill for one 1080p monitor, you're right. But it was only marginally more expensive than the 2GB version, and I plan on getting a 1440p monitor in the future, possibly more than one, so I want to make sure I have enough VRAM to handle it.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build +1 I love all the lighting. Blue was my favorite.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :) All the colors look great really. The LED strip was a great addon. I think the blue would look exceptionally well in a white case.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

That build... Is gorgeous.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It wasn't without its issues but it was well worth the wait and effort :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I too bought the BitFenix sleeved cables but when I try to power my PC I get nothing. Any ideas?

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :) Not too sure why your PC isn't powering up. Is the 24 Pin ATX cable secured on the motherboard and locked in? Also, make sure the switch on the back of your PSU is flipped to on...sometimes it's just the simple things that we miss.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I'll double check later today just to make sure it isn't anything on my part, otherwise I may have gotten some faulty cables =(

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Can you drop more information about led light strip? Bought it on internet or local store? Look nice for the price..

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Sure, no problem. Picked up the kit from Amazon. Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BJHGUCU/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Those are similar, but mine have more features (44 key remote)...I got them on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BJHGUCU/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the info! So you just run a wire out of your case and into the wall, right?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

For the most part, yes. If you look at the pictures, you'll see a white cable going out of an empty expansion slot in the back...that's the control box wire hooked, which is hooked up to the actual LED strip on the inside. On the outside, the control box plugs into the 12v power brick, which then plugs into the wall.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

I see. Thanks. In my case I have holes with rubber grommets around them I guess I could put it through there. Thanks for your info.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem. Good luck.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm jelly of all your extra top mount room... could have gone with an 140mm rad! I can barely fit my h60 on one of the top mounts

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm jelly of all your extra top mount room... could have gone with an 140mm rad! I can barely fit my h60 on one of the top mounts

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Maybe some day in the future if I feel up to the challenge I'll try adding a custom loop and I'll get something like that :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 0 points

Am I the only one that thinks a 1000w PSU is way overkill for this setup?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Check out the details and you'll see why it's not.

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Would have rather had a color matching PSU sticker, but you can't tell too much.

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