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Console Killer

by cam313



Date Published

March 26, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.098 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

78.0° C


This is my first build, and I am very pleased with it. I built this almost exclusively for gaming.

I built this computer just under 1 year ago, decided to make updates to my part list.

TY for all the comments :)

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Foolerer 2 Builds 10 points 69 months ago

Just one of those Video Cards would outperform a console :D

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BeardCreep 7 points 69 months ago

Good build... except for the ram.

at that price you could have gotten 16gb of 1866.

2133 is overkill and the benefits are tiny.

but all esle is great. enjoy :D

Jimmy 8 points 69 months ago

Not to mention Haswell doesn't overclock very well the faster your ram is. Not many Haswell chips can run 4.5 Ghz and 2133, the majority of them that can hit 4.5 can only do so with up to 1866.

BeardCreep 1 point 69 months ago

this too

noob_for_life 1 point 69 months ago

why is that? i never understood why the faster ram would effect the cpu speed.

Jimmy 0 points 69 months ago

It only really acts that way on Haswell. I don't know why, it's just that the architecture only allows one or the other normally. Fast CPU speed or fast ram speed. Although there are exceptions that have very good IMCs and can handle both, but those chips are rare.

BeardCreep 1 point 68 months ago

ivy too

AustinL 1 Build -9 points 68 months ago

8GB is more than enough i rather have 8GB 2133 than 16 1866

RisingStorm 5 points 69 months ago

"Console Killer", better be for 2000$

hunter32tz 1 Build 4 points 69 months ago

You need to use corsair h100i link to make the cooler corsair LED glow red, insta bada$$

cam313 submitter 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

Thanks for the tip! I will definitely do that.

IamApropos 3 Builds 3 points 69 months ago

Beautiful build indeed. Decent work on the cables.. And as others have already mentioned the only two things that I would have suggested differently and would have saved you money yet not sacrificed performance. 1. 2x4 - 8GB 1600Mhz Memory $69.99 2. 1TB HDD Western Digital Caviar Blue $66.19 = $75 in your pocket

Either way your build is fantastic and the next logical upgrade would be a nice high refresh rate gaming monitor ;) Happy gaming!

SrgtMacfly 2 points 69 months ago

I feel like you overpayed for the ram, you could have gotten 2400Mhz for 80$, but corsair is a very trustable brand, so I think you did a good job! any reason you didnt get the 860Wi for the same price?

cam313 submitter 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

The power supply is an 860i.. It doesn't say that on the list, but you can see it in the picture where all the boxed parts are on display. I probably could have saved a few bucks here and there, but oh well :-/

SrgtMacfly 1 point 69 months ago

Oh sorry didnt notice! nice build!

Sabotage 2 points 69 months ago

Wow nice build. Dual 770's and all around boss parts!

sketch24 9 Builds 2 points 69 months ago

That would kill most desktops. Great job.

itzzjason 2 points 69 months ago

nice black and red theme. even your boxes match lol

AQUM 2 points 69 months ago

Awesome build i'm getting the G45 motherboard and same video card :D

rxzzyx 2 points 69 months ago

Lovin' the build!

Dave_6 2 Builds 2 points 69 months ago

Nice build! Love that monitor too. Going to be getting one of those for my build soon.

cam313 submitter 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

DO IT! It is an amazing monitor..

rockyer1820 1 point 66 months ago

whats the monitor's name and how much is it?

cam313 submitter 1 Build 1 point 66 months ago

ASUS VG248QE 24" 144Hz Gaming LED Monitor

It was 300 when I bought it, but I believe it is around 270 now.

xHiZoR 1 Build 2 points 69 months ago

jeez i just made a build i want to upgrade and its looking almost exactly like this lol. Awesome. how do you like it? i was planning same case same motherboard and sli the 2 770s from the same company.

cam313 submitter 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

I think you are going to love it! I recommend the i5, unless you plan on streaming/recording alot of gameplay then i would go for the i7. Some sort of aftermarket CPU cooler is a MUST as well.

The MSI MOBO and 770's are great! I think you are making a good call by going with the same company. I am not sure if there is really any proof behind this, but I just believe that conventional wisdom would assume that the two products work better together since they are manufactured by the same company. The performance I am getting on all of my games is outstanding. The case is nice too. It has plenty of space to work with the cables, and with a good fan setup it stays nice and cool. I personally am not a fan of the massive cases, simply for aesthetic reasons. Enjoy your new PC, can't wait to see it

xHiZoR 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

for now i will be using the msi 650 ti boost until i can get more money to buy a 770. lol i will be slowly upgrading well i guess forever :D and awesome i didnt want that big of a case haha

LibanPC 2 points 68 months ago

i love the way the gpus and mobo match great build enjoy youre games

Cees10 2 points 66 months ago

Console killer should be a 500 build... hehe

jmccarble 4 Builds 2 points 66 months ago

Im sure you're an Nvidia guy, but just so you can see the difference, I have crossfire Gigabyte 7970s with no overclock... the cards are $100 less than the MSI 770s, and 3d Mark 11 score was 2000 higher.

See my build here

I love the overall build, but I'm a price/performance stickler, and my only critique on the build is that you could've saved a few hundred bucks on different GPUs and resulted in higher performance!

cam313 submitter 1 Build 1 point 66 months ago

That is a very nice build! I appreciate the advice :)

Ceror 2 points 64 months ago

This isn't a console killer. It's a console slaughter fest.

kingknight 1 Build 2 points 64 months ago

Hey, awesome build the color scheme is awesome too! Well everything bout it is awesome! Anyways I was going to ask, even tho it's a little off topic, but how would a msi gtx 770 tf 2gd5/oc sli I5 4670k. Be with corsair cx750m? Is it away under power or just right or something else. Because I ordered my components and probly thinking of going sli later and how will my psu go with it. Pre-Thank you!

cam313 submitter 1 Build 1 point 64 months ago

thank you for the kind words!

To answer your question about your power supply, I think 750W would work just fine. That being said, the cx750m is a bronze certified rated power supply..which isn't necessarily bad, but if you are planning to sli 770's with a nice i5, I can only assume that you are going to be spending quite a bit of money on other parts (mobo, ram, storage, etc.). The last thing you want is your PSU to crap out on you and fry all those nice parts! So.. I think 750 Watts is enough, but I would recommend trying to find a higher rated PSU, like gold or platinum for example. Of course.. it will be slightly more expensive, but in the long run I think you will be better off. Hope this helps

kingknight 1 Build 1 point 63 months ago

Yeah, next time I'm gonna upgrade to go SLI I'm probly gonna get the ultimate 850w or more and bronze or more fully modular power supply XD

domzlol 9 Builds 1 point 69 months ago

Noice looks like something i would build! the i5s are really nice to oc and also the 770s are very quiet and OC friendly. i got my i5 to 5.0 stable

cam313 submitter 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

I am impressed with it so far! I have gotten it to 4.2 with just pressing that "OC Genie" button on my motherboard. It runs fantastic just by doing that. I am a bit cautious when it comes to OC-ing, simply because I would consider myself a novice. I will probably try to get it somewhere between 4.5 and 5... but in very small baby steps! haha

skemble 24 Builds 1 point 69 months ago

Oh my redness <3

MrsSmallCow 1 point 69 months ago

Why a 5400m drive?

cam313 submitter 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

No particular reason.. I wish I would have just scrapped the HDD and opted for a higher capacity SSD. I will likely upgrade with an additional SSD, and use the TB solely for backup purposes... Like I said, it is my first build so I am still learning.

MrsSmallCow 1 point 69 months ago

You should of gotten a 7200 rpm blue drive so it's faster or maybe caviar green

PickItApart 1 point 69 months ago

forget green, just get blue unless you want 4TB.

lt-smith 2 Builds 1 point 69 months ago

how many monitors are you going to be running? just wondering since you have SLI gtx 770

cam313 submitter 1 Build 2 points 69 months ago

1 Monitor

It is a 24" Asus LCD VG248QE.

144Hz refresh, 1ms response.

It is a great monitor!... I went with 2 cards, basically for the heck of it! haha, I liked the idea of having one card dedicated to PhysX.

MrsSmallCow 1 point 69 months ago

I have a monitor just like that, 2 ms response but idk the refresh. It's asus too, just LCD it's led

SymbiotAlpha 1 point 69 months ago

I love my g105 keyboard. got the lame MW3 edition but i loved the green backlight, blue is so common.

th3m4dh4tt3r 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

Not going to be killing any consoles with that price, lol. Sweet build though :D

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th3m4dh4tt3r 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

Well a console killer usual means it can compete with a console. The consoles today are $400 or so, and this is $2000. For $2000 this is a great computer, but it doesn't compete with consoles because they are so much cheaper. Not saying consoles are better (never owned a modern console).

xSWATxBadkid 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

Good parts, can't truly tell cable management because blur.

precrime3 1 point 69 months ago

how bout my 2 cents :P....... just my feedback

RyanRocksCanon 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

Spent too much on ram. Should've either got 16gb or 8gb with a higher CL

Mistermickey 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

Nice build, definitely won't need upgrading for a good while, although I feel as if 2 grand is a tad bit overkill. But hey, if you're not to concerned about the money...

cam313 submitter 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

I appreciate it. I realize i could have saved a few bucks here and there, or spent more wisely in areas. I gave my buddy a budget, and he picked out most of the parts for me. For the most part, I think he did a great job! I believe I got overcharged for my RAM because it came with a fan that fits over the RAM slots. I didn't use it, because it would block airflow to the radiator. I am trying to figure out a way to utilize it somewhere else. After gaming on this machine for about a week, I am completely blown away with its power. I run battlefield on Ultra settings at a constant 144 Fps, and even when the skirmishes get crazy my PC doesn't skip a beat.

Ventrus 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

Was that the MW3 G105 keyboard!? What did you do to take that logo off!?

cam313 submitter 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

It is a G105 but not the MW3 version.. that is what it looked like out of the box. I like my gear to match up, and the back of that keyboard is red like my mouse, motherboard, Graphics cards, RAM, fans, etc.

I also didn't want a mechanical keyboard. I have played on my brother's Mech. keyboard, and I just don't like them for some reason.

Ventrus 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

Oh, cool. Thanks!

Shazzy 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

I want to build this with a few changes, would 1 graphics card and just the western digital storage be alright ?

cam313 submitter 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

Yeah one graphics card would perform for you just fine. I would go with 7200 RPM HDD if you decide to go that route.. However, if there is any way you can manage to squeeze an SSD into your budget, I would strongly recommend it. You can really tell a difference when your OS is running on an SSD compared to an HDD.

dondada 1 point 61 months ago

Great build. How is the noise on this machine? Did you notice a difference in the sound since you switched from the quiet fans to the high performance fans? I'm working on a similar build and trying to determine which replacement fan types to go with.


cam313 submitter 1 Build 1 point 61 months ago

thank you!

There is a difference between the HP and Quiet fans. I would be lying if i told you the noise wasn't there. It doesn't sound like a jet engine or anything, but there is a constant hum.. That being said, I usually wear headphones, so the noise isn't really noticed while playing. the HP fans also really helped my temperature readings, which was the main reason i wanted to switched to them. Hope this helps. goodluck with your build, can't wait to see it

hitmaniac 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

dont you wish MSI made keyboards and mouse...

cam313 submitter 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

haha i suppose I would be obligated to consider switching to an MSI KB and mouse if they made them, just to keep up with the MSI consistency... I really like what I have tho. The mouse is perfectly made for my grip.

cam313 submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

The do make a mouse now, but I have heard that the mechanical keyboard they have on one of their laptops is amazing. Hopefully they will make a stand-alone keyboard in the future.

mynamexsh 1 point 60 months ago

Havent seen a $2500 console yet. :)

cam313 submitter 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

haha very true. Consoles couldn't hold this PC's jock strap tho.. I didn't actually pay quite $2500. But the actual price i paid wasn't much cheaper, so I didn't bother editing the price amounts.

andrefoster 1 point 50 months ago

How is the Monitor as I'm thinking of getting the same one nice build! +1

cam313 submitter 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

I recently upgraded the monitor, and now have a dual setup with 2 Asus ROG PG278Q 27" monitors. Obviously i like these a little better than my previous monitor, but the Asus VG248QE is still a fantastic monitor. No complaints about it at all.

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AwesomeBus 1 point 8 months ago

Um... a console killer is a pc that destroys a console for the same price. This build is not including a few item's prices and is WAY to overpriced for any household family that wants something to play games decently. Otherwise, awesome high-end build! :)

PickItApart -2 points 69 months ago

First build and you went big. For $2000 I would have gotten a mechanical keyboard. I had the Logitech G105 (loved the G keys n lighting) but wanted speed. I got a feeling you might do that down the road.

What is your monitor or monitors? If you want to go 3 monitors you should have gotten a GPU with 4GB, not 2GB.

cam313 submitter 1 Build 2 points 67 months ago

you were right.... i got a razer Blackwidow Ultimate a couple of weeks ago... i LOVE it! haha

PickItApart 1 point 67 months ago

did I call it? I can't go back to non-mechanical after using one. Totally agree and my comment got downvoted. ha.

cam313 submitter 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

1 Monitor It is a 24" Asus LCD VG248QE. 144Hz refresh, 1ms response.

precrime3 -5 points 69 months ago

Nice, IMO could have gone with a single 780 cheaper, less heat, and less wattage. I prefer single versus dual or triple gpu due to scaling, microstutterig, and heat. With the saved money, bought another ssd and super raided them, or you could have coughed up the Kennedy for a Titan and have a just truly gaming build..... My other questions are 1. Why did you go with a 5400 rpm hdd when a senate barracuda 7200 rpm is 10 bucks cheaper? 2. Could have gotten sp120 performance editions and down volted them with the included noise adapters, noise similar to quiet editions but higher cfm, and if the time comes for more rpm..... 3. Does that case support 280 rad in top? If so, a h110 isn't that much more. 4. AMd route could have saved you some money, a fx 83xx isn't too bad at gaming, and if you ever need 8 cores..... 5. That rams overkill, vengeance ram is fine, or a slower speed is fine too. 6. I don't like msi, prefer asus or gigabyte, but that's really personal preference. That's all I got, it's a nice build, but here's my constructive criticism, I think :P

quostazin 8 points 69 months ago

You've just suggested that they should have used a different GPU, HDD, Case fan, CPU cooler, CPU, RAM, and possibly Mobo if that's what you're referring to in point 6. That's not constructive criticism, you've just gone completely overboard with your "analysis" on a completed build with things that aren't going to change.

Honestly, the build looks fine. It's already been said but, the only real areas that could be improved upon are the RAM and HDD, the rest of that nonsense is just personal preference.

cam313 submitter 1 Build 5 points 69 months ago

I appreciate all comments! It is my first build, and I would still consider myself a noob in the PC gaming world. The whole reason I posted this was to see where I went right AND where I could make improvements.

Thanks to all!

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cam313 submitter 1 Build 2 points 69 months ago

HA! thanks!

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