Description

Started up fast the first time. No smoke, no clicking, no problems... Well, other than the fact that I could not enter the BIOS because it started up too damn fast! I have been in the BIOS twice with over 50 restarts.

My only complaint is that the Zalman fan is loud at full speed. However, it IS moving a lot of air! I could not adjust the fan speed in the BIOS (yes, the fan was connected to the CPU fan pins on the MOBO). However, the fan came with its own potentiometer to adjust the RPM's manually. I ran it to the outside rear of the case for easy access.

I would highly recommend an SSD hard drive for the operating system and other programs for a first build or an upgrade. It is EXTREMELY fast at saving programs or files and booting up the computer. I have full functionality of windows 7 professional 64 bit in 15 seconds from the time I push the 1/O button.

This computer is for some gaming ,3D graphics rendering of modeling software (SolidWorks, ProE, etc.), personal home use, ...And because I can.

UPDATE 5/18/2013

Completed a stress test using Prime95. Updated the temps and added a screen shot of the temps during the test.

Comments

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow, you have very good max temperatures. Good job. Now the cable management :P

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

I highly doubt those are true...

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the reported CPU load temperature is about the same as my current room temperature. Maybe it is running in a data-center type of environment.

Nice overall system...

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I took a screen shot of the current temps while running with a few programs. The comp has been on for 20 mins. The temp jumps a few degrees while playing games and such.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

That isn't how you check the max load temperature.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Didn't say they were max. Just regular usage.

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

That's what (Under Load) is supposed to mean. Under Load temperatures are the temperatures your computer uses when at Max. You have them listed as near Idle temps, which is incorrect.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Ran a stress test. See the updated temps. OK or should I work on better cabling and cooling?

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

I both like and dislike this build, I like the fact that you have an SSD and a Z77 motherboard, I strongly dislike your choice of GPU and cable management. I like the SSD because it means the machine is fast, I like the Z77 because it provides the widest feature range of the LGA1155 socket.

I dislike the GPU because I think you could have been better off with a 7850 for just 10$ more, I dislike your cable management because your case has mobo tray cut outs and rubber grommets but you aren't running cables behind the tray - however this doesn't effect performance it's just aesthetics but with a window it's kind of a must.

  • 80 months ago
  • 5 points

Cable management isn't just for aesthetics. See those two front 120mm intake fans? That airflow is going to be restricted when it hits that bundle of wires. I'm not saying it's going to be a drastic temp increase but it can make a difference

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah but look at his reported temps (probably false) that's why I didn't mention temps, also the side of his case has a fan that is bringing in air directly towards the GPU's

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I have cables running through all the grommets, and through the slots in the hard drive tray. I could work on it some more but there are so many cables in this thing!!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

shoulda gone modular

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

It is modular

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

well my bad then! should have checked before commenting

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build!!!dou you play dayz??? if you do what frames do you get?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Planning to OC the CPU?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Eventually, yes

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

OC'd the CPU and GPU. Please see update

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build. I would just say try to work on your cable management a little better and remove out any unneeded HDD cages, since that case comes with 5 fans and has great air flow.

If you play any FPS games, how is that monitor for them?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I have been playing ARMA 3. This monitor is kick ***! Nice definition, not too big, not too small.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but my only complaint is that you didn't put that much money into the graphics card. For this build, I guess it's fine, but it kinda makes the build a little lopsided.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe a upgrade is in order.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

hmm.. then why even buy that?

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

A 650ti Boost in SLI is a MONSTER. Here is Techspot's bench showing nearly double or more increases in FPS in most of these games. http://www.techspot.com/review/661-nvidia-geforce-gtx-650-ti-boost-sli/

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Meh, it bridges the gap between a 660 and a 650 Ti

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

What does that have to do with its SLI performance? If OP is dissatisfied he can add another and double his fps.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

For what I am using it for, the graphics have not given me a single issue. If I want more power, I will go SLI.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

This is not a criticism, but rather a question to help me with my own build. Why did you go with the UD5H over, say, the UD3H?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

More cool stuff and I was going big or going home. I want to be able to do major upgrades eventually.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I think OP needs to figure out what 'load' means. Anyways, could use some serious cable management. That big bundle of cables plus the HDD cage is going to block most of the air from the front intakes...

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

There is enough air moving through for what I do. Please elaborate on "load"

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

From one of your other comments: "I took a screen shot of the current temps while running with a few programs. The comp has been on for 20 mins. The temp jumps a few degrees while playing games and such."

That's just normal usage. Load is when the CPU is under stress for extended periods of time - i.e. at 100% usage, like when stress testing (Prime95, IBT, OCCT, etc.) or performing other intensive tasks (file compression, video rendering, etc.)

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

So "Load" in computer terms only means high loads on the CPU and GPU for extended periods of time?

"Load" in terms of electrical equipment is any electrical load put onto a device such as an alternator. This could be 5% of capacity of the device and still be considered a load for example. Is this not true for computers?

The only intensive task I have done is play Arma III for 12 hours straight. I checked the temp during that time and none of the temps went above 40C.

As far as cable management, I have used every grommet and run as much through the back as possible. There are just too many cables.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

For computers, (at least in the DIY community) measurements under "load" (temperature under load, stability under load, etc.) are done at 100% capacity, referred to as stress testing.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey.

Do you OC your processor at all, and if so, how much and how are the temperatures?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

that case haves nice cable management options! make use of them

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan on getting the same CPU cooler; out of curiosity, what size fans are those? I'm going with a Red/Black build, and colored LED fans in the cpu cooler would make it look badass.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for awesome cable management.

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

that motherboard is an overkill

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

go big or go home! It allows for major upgrades

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  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I went for a lot of copper to keep temps low.

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