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The Drunken Canuck (WIP)

by ESPM400



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C


I'll start by saying that this is my first build since the Pentium II was a big deal. Also, I'm very disappointed with the fit and finish on the CM Storm Stryker tower, and I'm going to attempt an exchange tomorrow (the front drive mounts are crooked as hell, and it's just put together in an overall poor manner). Hence, the cable management isn't exactly optimal. I'll update the pics as I go.

The name is due to the fact that over the course of the entire build, I was at some stage of plastered (to no detriment of the build...)

With that out of the way, I can move on to the build. Now, I didn't buy any of the parts here or on NewEgg.com, as I have a very good computer store in town here (BCom Computers in Edmonton, Alberta), however I did use it to research and help with the build.

This build is meant with gaming and updatability as the top priority, and has a big future ahead of it. Originally, I was planning on going with the ASUS Maximus VI Hero for the Mobo, but decided to go with the Sabertooth because the Hero doesn't have solid caps in its sound card. I got a good deal on the GTX770, and also heard it was good for SLI. Went with the 4670K because with the exception of a bit of Blender, I only plan to use this for gaming. Admittedly the Corsair H100i looks better than the Seidon, but since they were out of stock, and I plan on doing a full-on custom liquid job in the foreseeable future, I wasn't too concerned. The 500GB SSD ended up being the most expensive part of the whole build, and I could have probably got a better deal, but I'm not regretting it one bit. I also have about 10 TB of externals (4 TB w/USB 3.0) from my laptop, so Finally, the PSU is a tad over-powered, but it's silent, efficient, and as I plan on adding another GTX770 in a couple months, seemed appropriate.


  1. Exchange case and re-build (better cable management, especially in the rear), also adding a couple more case fans, as the stock ones are too loud.
  2. Internal aesthetics along the lines of some red and white themed LEDs. Mild over-clock to the CPU and GPU
  3. Some significant airbrushing to the case and possibly the thermal armour on the Mobo, providing I get the okay from ASUS (nothing's set in stone, but it will be some variation of a Canadian flag on both along with my signature and the build name somewhere small).
  4. Custom water cooling setup (again in red/white. I'm a pipefitter by trade, so I'll probably be going with industrial grade fittings :) ). Also, over-clock as much as possible.
  5. A second GTX 770 and another small SSD.
  6. ????
  7. Profit

Side note: I'm loving that new mouse as well.

Side note 2: As I said, it's been a long time, so any advice would be appreciated.

EDIT: I just turned off the AC in my apartment, and yeah, those stock CM case fans have to go.

EDIT 2:Tossed a complete build pic with my minimag flashlight to add some light to the case... Also, any suggestions on how to deal with that GPU droop? It isn't anything major, but it's pretty aesthetically annoying... I'll toss some benchmarks in a bit later today.

EDIT 3: Did some benchmarking today; Unigine Heaven (1080 max settings) and 3DMark 11 (performance). Got a score of 1133 and 9510 respectively. This means little to nothing to me, as I've not BMed (*chuckle) a system in some time.

EDIT 4: Apparently, I may have a crappy CPU... Unstable at 4.6 and 1.2V during benchmarking. Updated 3DMark scores at 4.5. Haven't gotten the temp ranges yet though.

EDIT 5: Finished with my mild OC. Updated 3DMark and temps posted. Also fixed the GPU droop with a small piece of dowel that I scrounged up from some dank corner of my apartment... Can't find any black Tremclad for it though... Also, the lack of front fans has been fixed by two *cough, envelopes diverting the intake air from the HDD cooler fans (since there are no HDDs) into the case, instead of right through it.

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PickItApart 4 points 51 months ago

For $2400..might as well get a i7.

I like the idea of one day we will have 500GB SSDs instead of HDDs. Great build.

ShadowPhax 4 points 50 months ago

There's really no benefit to an i7 in this case, an i5 4670k is basically the same thing

PickItApart 2 points 50 months ago

Well..once you add 2 or 3 GPUs then a i5 will bottleneck the system. Especially with 3 GPUs. And since ESPM500 chose 1000W and a Sabertooth I think he/she is thinking about adding another GPU or 2.

ESPM400 submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I plan on adding another GTX 770, probably about six months down the line. According to my research, for a gaming rig an i7 with multi-threading is more of a hindrance then a help. Since I'm only using this thing for gaming , random internet use, and a very small amount of Blender (trying to make a mod for Kerbal Space Program), I'm fairly certain my choice is justified. If I'm wrong, provide me with some documentation and I'll gladly retract my statement.

For the record, the i7 was $500 over the i5 at $250, not +$500 over the i5, like I mentioned earlier. Sorry, typo. and I just didn't see the benefit.

PickItApart 0 points 50 months ago

Excuse me, but I've never heard a i7 is a hindrance in SLI. If you're happy and things run smooth, then all is good.

ESPM400 submitter 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

Sorry, I guess I didn't phrase that well... I wasn't referring to the i7 being a hindrance in SLI, I was just confirming that I planned on adding a second GPU in the future.

What I was referring to was that a few articles that I read while researching the build said that since games don't generally utilize multi-threading, the i7 processors aren't going to help you out to any significant degree. Furthermore, they can actually impede gaming performance.

LeMonarque 3 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Hey I know this is a bit old, but FYI the Sabertooth Z87 only runs two cards in SLI at most.

ESPM400 submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

I know. Since this is primarily a gaming rig I never planned on adding more than one more. However, things have changed slightly since this build was uploaded. Chances are likely that I'll be swapping out the 770 for either a non-reference 290x or GTX 800 series whenever they come out. The 770 will probably be used in the USFF gaming build I'll be making out of my old ASUS G73 this summer. I still need to work out how I'm going to do the cooling in that thing, but at least I know that all the parts will fit (with the aid of a PCIe ribbon adapter).

ESPM400 submitter 1 Build 3 points 51 months ago

To address some of the comments; I went with the i5 over the i7 for two reasons: 1. it's a gaming rig, so I don't need multi-threading (it's even detrimental to performance in some cases), and 2. the equivalent i7 was $500 more.

As for the RAM; the 2133 Mhz was such a deal over the 1600, so why not? Looking at the difference, it's 2% of the total build.

Smily 1 point 51 months ago

The 4770K is $800?

ESPM400 submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Apologies. Think I meant to say the i7 was $500, not $500 more...

voodoomike69 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

Love the Buck knife in the first pic. Looks really clean so far, pisser you gonna tear it apart and rebuild it. +1 Curious to see how it looks/runs with a second 770. Why so much RAM?

ESPM400 submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Whether you're referring to the amount or the frequency, the answer is the same: it was a damn good deal. I heard that 2133Mhz was the highest you would want to get with an i5, and technically I need to OC just for the CPU to keep up with it stock, but since I plan on doing a heavy OC in the future, I figured it fit well. I also tend to do a bit of rendering in Blender (I'm just learning), so 16GB seemed to be the right number.

Marcus_CA 2 points 51 months ago

i7 (although better cooling is needed), platinums are over rated and why not gtx 780 3gb?

istealunderwear 9 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

If you wanna go with a custom water loop, you should also sleeve your own cables, you can learn that online go check it out, I'll tell you, It's really worth it in the long wrong

Don't buy extentions, better to sleeve them yourself.

awesome build +1

ESPM400 submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Thanks. Was intending on sleeving them myself, now that you mention it.

Goku671 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

awesome build +1, i just posted my build right before yours check it out

Goku671 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

nice ram by the way

FaPooCcino 1 point 51 months ago

Good build but I think you overspent on the RAM but overall very nice and neat build

Goku671 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

this board makes everything looks so clean :)

Guingix 1 point 51 months ago

You waste too much on the ram. I mean platinum is to expensive, you can get a vengeance pro around 150$

skemble 24 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

I had a bit of droop on my 7950. I just routed my PCI-E cables above the card and after I hooked it up I took out the slack and ziptied them to the back so that the cables took a little weight off the PCI-E slot.

ESPM400 submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

That was my first thought. Unfortunately, the card is quite heavy and it requires a couple pounds of force to straighten it. Right now my current options are either Ninja Wire or a piece of dowel painted black.

skemble 24 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Those would work. I've also heard that big stiff SLI bridges help with that some too. When you have 2 cards anyways.

Papajenkinz 1 point 51 months ago

very nicccccccccccceeeeeeeee

flipins 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Nice build, some things could be made cheaper, but it does not look like a budget build.

DazzaG40 2 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Looks very nice! What is you're thinking on the 770?

Cool you're from Edmonton too, i'm moving there from Ireland in November.

ESPM400 submitter 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

Haven't done any benchmarking yet, and I'm still installing my Steam library, so no tests on games yet, but I'll update as I go.

You wouldn't happen to be coming to work for a company called STATS Group?

DazzaG40 2 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

No sir. I'm a welder. Coming over on the IEC (international experience canada) and hope to find accomodation and work when I land (stress defined). Seems like there is a lot of work in the area, and also i'm told it's a great place to live.

Defo keep an eye on the results, those 770's seem like a great buy.

brian1115 1 point 51 months ago

You wasted $$$ on the Memory and PSU unless you went for looks.

ESPM400 submitter 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

As was mentioned above, this wasn't exactly a 'budget build.' It's more of something that can be upgraded used to stay current for the next 5-10 years by adding/swapping parts here and there.

The PSU, as I said in the description, is overkill, admittedly, but since I needed some extra watts for when I add the second GTX 770, and the fact that it's an efficient piece of equipment made it worth it.

The RAM, as also stated before, is meant to keep up with the rest of the system when I inevitably overclock the crap out of it...

Yes, I could have probably saved upwards of $200-300 by swapping out parts that match the current state of the build and buying online, however, with the aforementioned tower issues and the future of the system in mind, I'm glad I did it this way.

butch10x 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

A very nice build indeed. Very similar to the one I just setup too. I'm a Sharks fan btw. Go Sharks!

ESPM400 submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Thanks, mate. No idea where the Sharks comment came from... Sad, sad, Leafs fan here (wonder how many downvotes I'll get for that one). At least you're not a Montreal or Ottawa fan...

EDIT: If you're referring to the 'Canuck' in the name, it's just my heritage. Frankly, I hate the Canucks (more downvotes). Edmonton is the only western team I ever root for, and that's just 'cause I live here now.

butch10x 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

oh woops...haha.

Destoryer96 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

WOW that looks nice :)Great job!!

ESPM400 submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Thanks mate. I'm going to re-upload this in a week or two, since it's seen some significant changes in the last couple months. I also screwed up a couple of the parts and prices as I was basing them off the invoice from B-Com (for example, the invoice said my SSD was an 840, not an 840 Pro as it is).

Destoryer96 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

lol XD, I look forward to the re-upload.

EdwardChop 1 point 48 months ago

How does the CM Seidon 240M performs?

ESPM400 submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Overall, pretty good. I've been satisfied with it, and it provides great cooling with my moderate CPU overclock (The temps and clocks are posted on my build). I did have an issue with one of the stock fans, that when they were tightened properly, one of the blades would contact the side of the housing, making a lot of noise. I remedied this by removing one of the inside screws on the offending fan. Since I have plans to replace them with four SP fans as soon as I'm back in Edmonton, this is a non-issue for me.

Just for the record, I was originally planning on going with the Corsair H100i for purely aesthetic reasons, but the PC shop I get my parts from was out of stock and I got this instead (the Corsair definitely does look better).

tyabbott 1 point 48 months ago

Nice build you should look into the define r4 if you can return the stryker. I've heard it's one of the best cases.

ESPM400 submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Thanks mate. The R4 is one of my most recommended, but frankly everything Fractal Design makes is pretty good. I'm doing a very small form factor build next year and before I decided to build my own case, I was planning on using their Node 304.

Cryllic 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Great looking build, love your part selection. I have no idea where all the criticism is coming from though. I don't believe that 3 or 4 cards will be bottlenecked by your cpu. I personally think the statement is ridiculous and would love to see a reliable link to back that statement up.

Fantastic overclocks and your cables look very clean. Also +1 for your composure with the criticism you've received.

ESPM400 submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks, mate. Although most of the criticism is justified (the PSU and RAM are definitely very much overkill), there were reasons behind my choices. Mainly that the RAM and PSU are pretty much the only parts that I'll end up using in the next build I do when I upgrade.

As for the 3-4 GPUs, I wouldn't worry about it, as I won't be adding more than one more to the build. 3-way and 4-way SLI/CrossFire is actually more trouble than it's worth in a gaming rig. A lot of games actually perform significantly worse (or not at all) when you have more than two cards.

domsap 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

With the the ram did you just enable xmp in the bios or was there more to it? Given that ASUS states the sabertooth can only handle 1866 MHz ram and I'm thinking about upgrading to this board and i have the same ram as you

ESPM400 submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Frankly, I've only set mine to 1866MHz. However, yes, all I did was enable XMP and click a drop menu to set it.

ITneto 1 point 42 months ago

You could have gone better with that money

ESPM400 submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Perhaps, but with my wariness and impatience towards online purchases coupled with my loyalty towards my local PC shop, I'm content with my build. Keep in mind that I intend to partially cannibalize this when I make my m-ITX build this summer (whilst upgrading this rig). The video card, cooler (if it fits), and SSD will be going into the new build as I intend to upgrade to a custom loop with a 1GB SSD. Still waiting to see what new cards come out with the next gen though...

Artimaeus 1 point 42 months ago

How do you like your power supply? Does it run quietly and cool? Any issues?

ESPM400 submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

It's hugely overkill, but it's cool, silent, and I know it'll handle whatever I can throw at it. So far it's been fantastic, despite the incredibly dusty environment (I have to take my PC out on my balcony and blow it out every two months).

spencerharden 0 points 48 months ago

i beat up this caniidinin at shcool

ESPM400 submitter 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

I'm not even sure how to respond to this...

spencerharden 1 point 48 months ago

were good friends he gives me money all the time i dont beat him up so do u want to give money usd plz

ESPM400 submitter 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago
spencerharden 1 point 48 months ago


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