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***Update 10/06/13. I purchased the GTX 770 4GB the other week after some more research. I will take a few pictures when I get a chance. At 1440p there are diminishing returns for the 780. I used benchmark comparisons (both EVGA superclocked) for 770 versus 780 and it showed the 780 had an average improvement of 18.5% in FPS at 1440p over the 770. This was for a cost increase of 43% ($660/$460), so not worth it unless you have the dough and need 8x MSAA on everything, which I don't. I am very happy with the card. I do not have the 1440p monitor yet but I am loving the visuals at 1200p TN panel. I am a console gamer convert so Far Cry 3 and Crysis 3 are blowing me away!

**Disclaimer 1: My PC is currently on the floor as I need to get a new desk (I have a double tiered one and it does not fit). However I have placed it on top of two boards and there is a large gap in the middle where the PSU can pull air through.

A few months back I moved to a larger apartment with my own office which immediately shot the "build a PC" bug in my veins. Since then I have been researching with the help of those on this site as well youtube and several others. I have been buying a few parts each payday, trying to catch good sales.

I plan to use this rig for gaming on my 1920 x 1200 monitor (HP w2408h) which I've had for 4 years. I would like to upgrade to a larger 2560 x 1440 or 2560 x 1600 next year. I also do a lot of multitasking with music, photos and word processing. I used photoshop a few years back and plan to get back into photo editing and possibly explore video-editing as well. For this reason I wanted to keep my options open with a hyperthreading processor and decent RAM. As for the overkill PSU I got it on a killer sale and who knows, maybe I will want to SLI eventually.

I have my CPU on an overclock of 4.4 ghz at 1.23 volts. Temps stay in the mid 30's from day to day use (can't game yet). Stress tests such as AIDA have it averaging in the early 70's under load with maxes in the mid 80s. This is probably a bit high but I am new to overclocking and still working on it. It has been rock solid stable so far. I will probably drop it 4.3 once I start gaming.

Finally, the biggest revelation: mechanical keyboard. This Corsair K70 is my first mechanical and I will NEVER go back to a membrane. I like it so much I bought one to use for the office.

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  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build. You definitely got these parts on some good prices.

  • 81 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you. And yeah, I bought most of the parts on amazon. I found out recently they will refund you the cost difference if a price drops within 7 days of purchase. I made use of that several times.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you very much for the heads up about the price drop refund from Amazon. I originally planned on buying my parts from Newegg or Amazon and so far i decided on going with Newegg. I may have to reconsider that now.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

You are welcome. I bought about 7 of my main parts on amazon, 3 on newegg and 1 at microcenter. If you have amazon prime that's the way to go, but it doesn't hurt to split it up to different stores if the deals/numbers are right.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Very tidy, wish noctua would make fans in black though, that way it would match your build!

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

They have shown some black case fans at computex, but as far as I know, they haven't started selling them yet. Would be nice though.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

have you considered 2 760 in SLI? I think that MSI has a 4gb one. They preform very well for the money. look it up :)

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

I thought about it briefly. From a performance standpoint it's probably the best option for $500. However I don't really want to "start off" in SLI. I'd like to start off with a more expensive single card and then maybe add one later down the road. Just a personal preference, I guess.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Not only is that a great personal preference it also is a known fact that a single higher performance card creates a smoother visual performance over 2 cards of lower performance in sli, so great choice in picking a higher performing card and giving yourself room for future upgrades.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Shoulda got a Corsair Force/Neutron SSD to complete the Corsair ensemble ;) Nice build!

  • 81 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you, and I would have but I just couldn't turn down the Samsung Pro reputation :)

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  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a VERY good build. Great job man! Haven't gotten the video card yet?

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much. And nope, getting it in the next month or month and a half.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

How about getting a 780 MSI Gaming to match it up :D

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe, that looks like a good one too.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build practicly the same I just built

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. You're right, nice one, upvoted it. I might get the fans you did as some point to match it up all black and red.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

You should the fans are great.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Cable management, great parts selection. All around awesome build, happy computing!

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, sir.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build! Good quality parts

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice man.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Bladedrummer.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. It's seems that the new MSI gaming motherboards are incredibly popular this month. I do have to say the features on them are great and its the same with the that case. Hopefully I will be using similar parts for my pc.

Anyway good job.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

All the parts are working out so far and coming from an older laptop this thing is screaming fast. I can play Bioshock on 720p with the integrated graphics, but I'm not bothering - will wait. As far as the MOBO itself I have no complaints and I like the MSI live bios update system - makes it so you don't need a thumb drive to update to the newest BIOS.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

love the build, but the interior color scheme is getting me down. :( that tan mixing with the red and black :P narsty.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, mines looking pretty similar.. curious as to why you went with 1866 ram instead of 1600? And how did that PSU workout as far as cable management, looks clean but did you get extensions or anything? Haha nice build though, wish mine would update some things to "purchased" haha.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

When I checked the 1866 was literally the same price as the 1600 and it matched my motherboard, so I figured why not. The PSU wiring you see is all stock, no extensions. I would highly recommend the PSU if you can find it on sale.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep would of done the same thing! Okay great, I have a very similar build going on as you, huge fan of Corsair and stumbled apon your build in Ahhhh :D thanks!

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Also I would recommend switching your front fan to be on the higher slot for maximum airflow and cooling for your graphics card when you install it.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

(Edit: just realized I really only have one free fan slot). Thanks for the suggestion. I will probably end up getting another fan for the free slot, but if not I will move the lower one up - good point.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I just wanted to make sure you get the best performance, especially when you put that GTX 770 in, it will quite a bit of air do it's good to focus some air on to it but not to much otherwise you might for too much on it and disrupt air movement around the fans.

Anyway it's not like many fans can put too much air on to anything (by the way you basically want some air to go through the front of the card not just around it) and hard drives don't need that much cooling, only if you will be using it lot for a long time.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to do anything to fit the corsair h100i?

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

No, it went in just fine. On the top of the R4 case there are options to use two different sets of holes depending on how far back you can push the radiator/fans. In the case of the h100i I found it fit better on the setting closest to the windowed side panel, rather than back further towards the motherboard. FYI: there is also a set of holes for the larger fans (140mmi?) but this does not apply to the h100i.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

If I sent you a part list would it be possible for you to tell me if it would work? I based it off of your build, only changed some things. Also is the difference between the corsair k70 and k95 only the macros and different key caps? Thanks

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

As far as the difference between the k70 and k95 I am not sure but the K70 has everything I would want. It does come with cap keys for wasd as well as the main number keys (apparently for FPS but I don't see myself using them).

Regarding your build questions go ahead and send me a parts list with questions and I will take a look. Thanks.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

The build list is http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Xiocious/saved/26ok

Ok so.. I want to play Minecraft and Cube World. Also do serious video editting also model editting and processing maybe BF3 thanks. The ok after URL I this is supposed to be there.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Also I will do video recording. (For YouTube)

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll preface this by saying despite a successful first build I am a relative amateur at this hardware stuff, so take my advice with a grain of salt.

That being said your build looks good for the budget. If you could afford any upgrades, especially considering your heavy video editing, I would recommend both the i7 4770k and 16gb of RAM. My understanding is that 8GB is generally enough but can be sucked up quickly if you are using serious editing programs. Regarding the 4770k it would add performance in programs that make use of hyperthreading, and in general with some editing software. Check out the benchmark comparison at anandtech (note: when you look be sure to notice which benchmarks state "lower is better" for accurate comparison) http://anandtech.com/bench/product/837?vs=836 .

This all being said you are talking about a more expensive rig the more of these parts you upgrade and I think the machine you assembled will still be adequate should you choose to go with that.

Regarding the mouse I have not used the one you selected by I can highly recommend the one I bought, the Anker 8000 DPI. It feels great in the hand, is precise and seems to be quality made for $40 on amazon.com. I have not programmed the buttons for gaming yet but they seem to be well positioned.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

. I might upgrade the 4670k to a 4770k I'll think about it when I'm closer to purchasing it. I will check out your mouse but may stay with my pick due to its high quality construction. But I will be sure to look at both. Thank you!

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

One last request do you think you could look at my build and edit it to make it better within a $2000 budget. Thanks for the help in advance and for earlier.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Jridgen/saved/#savedbuild_495129

"budget" is always tricky as some people don't include the peripherals, monitor or operating system in the budget and some do. It looks like you are in the latter camp. With the increase I upgraded you to 4770k, 16 gb of faster ram and a samsung pro ssd. If you were more worried about gaming than editing than for the same budget I would scrap those upgrades and get a 770 4gb instead of the 760. Hope that helps.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the build you made me :) Thanks I think I'll go with the 4770k and 16gb of ram!

(While posting this there was an Internet mess up so this might have been posted multiple times)

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

You are welcome. Good luck!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

What size is that fan in the bottom of your case?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

120mm

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Can it fit 140mm with that power supply?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, there are optional drill holes for the 140mm fans as well so that will fit fine.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks yet again!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much :) I used that build you made for me only the OS and HDD haven't arrived! Any name suggestions? Preferably that go along with my case? I came up with "White Mist" but there are betters! Thank you so much, once I get the OS and test it I'll post completed build :D

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Also with my monitor, it doesn't pick up a DVI signal I haven't tried others yet. Also if possible add me on Skype: EverLastingNight7 and I'll send you pics and tell me if I did something wrong. ;)

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

is the corsair cooler tube blocking the first ram slot? im planning on buying this mobo and cooler so i need to know if i will face any problems

nice build and +1 from me

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

No, the fit might be a BIT tight, but it should still go in no problem. The tube itself has quite a lot of flex anyway. Worse case scenario is the top of your RAM #1 will touch the tube slightly, but I don't think it's an issue. Or if you're really concerned about it you can always flip the cooler to the other side. And thanks.

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

I see that there is kind of a red and black theme here. Not sure if you were trying to do that, but some black fans with red LED's would look sick.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I agree. The color scheme is the one thing I didn't initially plan out. I bought the Noctua fans for being high performers but I might have to replace with some red and black corsair fans at some point. :)

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

Don't get a 2560x1440 monitor... Waste of money

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  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

The mobo is the one part I bought from microcenter and I got it within 2 weeks of it being released. The price seems to have shot up since then.

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  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! And we will see. It will be a battle of pocketbook and willpower, lol.