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My first build: i5-4670k and gtx770

by strattonj2014



Date Published

March 25, 2014

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

79.0° C


As the title says this is my first build like many who have been posting. I have wanted a gaming pc for the last several years and finally had the money to build one. I spent about two weeks doing research one all the parts and then spent about a month buying all the parts as they went on sale. All items were purchased from Newegg except for the mouse and SSD. The majority of the build was completed two weeks ago, however I was waiting to buy the HDD and for the GPU cover to arrive. This pc will be mainly used for gaming and basic word processing. I plan to overclock in the future once I have done some more research on how to best go about it. In the future I plan to upgrade to a mechanical keyboard, and possibly a better cooler. Thanks for reading, and feel free to leave any critiques or suggestions.

CPU: Purchased in combo with motherboard through Newegg for $369.99

Motherboard: see CPU; would have gone with a cheaper motherboard, but the bundle offered a really good deal.

CPU Cooler: Price includes mail-in rebate; chose due to high recommendations from others on here and r/buildapc, as well as future plans to overclock.

Memory: Choose due to good ratings and color matching well with motherboard.

Storage: SSD: went with the 840 pro due to it only being about $10 more then the 830 on Amazon, and due to having a ton of points built up the SSD ended up costing only cost me $33. HDD: Went with due to good ratings and recommendations from others; priced is so cheap due to having $50 off coupon on Newegg.

Video Card: I was originally going to go with 2 gtx 650ti boosts in sli, however after a bunch of research I was advised against this due to microstutter possibilities. So I decided to splurge a bit and pick up the 770. It has been working fantastically so far.

Case: Chose due to good price as well good cable management possibility. It is a bit bigger then expected, but is a great case nonetheless. Low price due to sale, plus $25 mail-in rebate

Power Supply: Had the hardest time choosing the PSU, settled on this one due to good reviews and being on sale and having a $20 mail-in rebate.

Optical Drive: Needed one for installation of OS and some things for school and work. Works well and was cheap.

Monitor: Choose this one due to a sale, works well so far. Chose IPS due vibrancy of color. I wish I had gone with a 24''.

Keyboard: Won the K95 from a giveaway at makeuseof.com, I love this keyboard.

Mouse: I am more comfortable using a mouse left-handed and this is pretty much the only gaming mouse that is for lefties, works really well and is very comfortable for me.

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RyneSmith 7 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Overclock guide here :)

Nice build

strattonj2014 submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Thanks, I'll definitely take a look at that guide.

iiLeGiT101 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

That cable management is beautiful! Omg :o Great build dude, all nicely chosen parts. Although, if I were you, I would've gotten a 144hz monitor because you'll definitely hit over 60 with the GTX 770 but still, this is awesome :)

MrImnotMLG 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

No offense but you do realize how much more expensive a 144hz monitor is. About $125-$255. He might've wanted to save some money.

iiLeGiT101 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Obviously I know that because I'm getting one. The ASUS VG248QE is a 250$ 144hz 3d monitor which is such a great deal and I'd rather not have people miss out on that because honestly that's worth 350$ or more. I was just recommending an idea anyways.

IamApropos 3 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

The ASUS 144Hz 24" monitor at $250-$260 is a great future upgrade option since it is cheaper compared to most 120Hz monitors. because as it stands in a system with a GTX 770+ / HD 7950+ the bottle neck in limiting the frame rate is typically the monitor at 60Hz.

strattonj2014 submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Thank you, it took me about 2 hours on the cable management to get it that nice. I went with that monitor to save some money I would have loved to have gone with a 144Hz monitor.

saw1833 1 Build -3 points 50 months ago

Personal preference. I'd say first off, a 120hz monitor. Second off, a 770 will on some games, but most newer AAA titles with all the settings cranked a 1080p WILL NOT.

I'm running a GTX 780 boosted on an overclocked 3770k and Far Cry 3 with maxed settings at 1080p still avgs out at a nice stable 60fps on my 120hz monitor with v-sync off.

iiLeGiT101 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

I personally think AA is useless unless you're just playing a game to look around and with that off you can definitely get 120fps+ on good looking games. It's what I'm doing and I'm just saying that it's an idea.

PickItApart 1 point 50 months ago

I couldn't have done better. Excellent build. And you made a great choice in PSU. Also, the prices are awesome too.

h4r15 1 point 50 months ago

Neat looking powerful build. Amazing.

bkherring 2 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Nice work man:)10 bucks on some cheap black sleeving and you would be looking pretty BA. If you look at my build I pretty much did the same thing. After seeing other builds I had to clean up my wires more. Now we just need some numbers bro!

xinfinityy 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Cable Management gets +1

henryhf17 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Great build, love the parts, cable management, etc. I was thinking in the future if/when I build my system of using that ssd, so how is it treating you? It is a bit pricey but I've hear its the fastest you'll get. Thanks and enjoy!

strattonj2014 submitter 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

Its been great so far, I was running it as my only hard drive for two weeks. The boot speed with it is really fast, so much so that I always shut my computer down now instead of putting it to sleep.

henryhf17 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Wow thats awesome. I feel like after my entire life on hard drives that an ssd is going to be nuts.

stnz 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Good parts, also you might to look at the MX-4 rather than the AS-5 now. Concerning the rest, nothing excessive, good picks, nothing to say except congrats, excellent cable management and nice pictures too !

rack121rack 1 point 49 months ago

I built something very similar to this about a week ago. Only difference is I have a 250gb SSD, no HDD, a 760, and gigabyte mobo.

alamo7501 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

how'd you get a seagate 1tb drive for $20?

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