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After many years of being away from the PC building/overclocking universe, I finally found my way back and just in time for Haswell and the new 1150 mobos!

Took me around 2 months from initial research to boot up for this build. Most of that time was spent researching and waiting. Mainly for the new generation of Intel CPU's, socket 1150 mobos, and Nvidia 700 series of graphics cards. My initial budget was 1500$ and I went a little over in the end but I think it was well worth it. My main uses are gaming, overclocking, and photo editing. All said and done, I haven't regretted a single purchase so far and I'm very excited to share this build.

The only caveat I have to add is that, like everyone is saying, Haswell runs HOT, HOT, HOT! In the end, I decided on delidding with the vise and wood block method. Not gonna lie, I drenched my T-shirt in nervous sweat while doing it but it was the best decision I made. I obtained close to a 20C drop in temperature differences while stress testing. I am now completely stable at 4.6Ghz, whereas before delidding, I was easily stuck at 4.5. Also, my temps are no where near the max, just need a few more tweaks and tests and I think 4.8 isn't out of the question. And according to some guides out there, my CPU falls in the lower tier of the "silicon lottery".

Hope this helps someone build an awesome gaming/overclocking/editing machine. Peace!

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Comments

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

Any reason you went with single channel memory?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

It was a good deal for low voltage, low profile RAM. Don't really see the need for 16 GB right now, however, I wanted the option to upgrade later on. So thus one dimm for now.

Besides, I haven't really heard of dual channel giving any sort of really significant speed increase.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

True, true. Just wondering.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Get a mousepad dude.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

hows the thermal liquid? i just looked at it and itlooks like it works pretty well

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya it's easily one of the best out there. There are couple of roundup reviews out there that put it near the top and after my initial foray, I would be inclined to agree. What I can say is that I'm definitely not using anything else. Just remember, No Aluminum!!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you spread it on with a small brush like they did in the example videos and what do you mean no aluminum

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually I just used the included Q-tips it comes with. The substance itself is quite strange, as it doesn't appear to be spreading at first but with a little patience, just a small drop goes a long way.

The stuff eats aluminum. Here's a video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHHI2Lk79cY

With any decent heatsink and as long you aren't sloppy with it, you should be fine though.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Didn't see it came with the q tip. And thanks for the heads up

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice clean build. Good cable management, just why the single channel memory?

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

I would have preferred a 2x4 setup but while I was shopping around, none of the kits really came into my price point. I'll upgrade to 16GB someday.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think it makes THAT much of a difference anyways.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Think that that's more than a little over....

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Delidding is insanely scary. If the parts weren't so expensive I'd try it, but that's not the case. Kudos to you for accomplishing something I'm too scared to ever attempt.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build but delidding... for me that's a nope.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm with most of the guys here. I'm too scared to delid. But kudos to you for doing it! Nice, clean build.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Dat Dat Dat first picture. Mind if I use that as a wallpaper possibly? looks great

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Most definitely! Thanks for the kudos my good sir.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, great cable management, good prices. And, important, good pics ! The PSU is a bit overkill though :). If you want an even cleaner look btw you can unscrew the rail that uses the extra HDD bays at top and bottom. Congrats on the delid, awaiting on mine to see if it's perform well without.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Would give you more thumbs if I could for: 1) surviving delid 2) 4.6 Haswell on air 3) cable management 4) Asus 770 5) making that Phantek cooler look good.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Monitor: Good choice going with a IPS one. For editing and gaming, IPS is better.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Grab the other 1x8 stick, and this thing will be DIALED.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, I love how the GPU has a backplate for that extra bit of support and cooling, also look into getting a mouse mat, possibly something like the Steelseries QcK or QcK Mini if you like cloth mouse mats or maybe a Steelseries 4HD or 9HD if you like hard mouse mats. Enjoy you build. c:

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

This is such a mean build. Everything is really well thought out and the cable management is awesome.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking into delidding my 3570K but I've had it under my Corsair Hydro Series H60 for close to 6 months and I've heard that can make it hard. Would you recommend I still try delidding, and if so, how?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

How would having it under an H60 hard?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Well the CPU's heatsink has to be removed but with the cooler on for so long there would be increased pressure on the heatsink which could make it harder to remove.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the PH-TC14PE? do you like it? recommend it or maybe i can get the single fan version PH-TC12DX?

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