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The UberBoxen

by ZLoth



Date Published

Sept. 10, 2014

Date Built

Sept. 6, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

51.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.228 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz


The UberBoxen replaces a 7 year old system, and the planned use is for gaming, virtualization, and video editing. The following components were pulled from my previous build thus the price is much higher than if I purchased it today:

  • m4 256GB SSD (Purchased in 2012)
  • 2TB Hard Drive (Purchased in 2009) - used for data storage
  • Seasonic Power Supply (Purchased in 2013)
  • Plextor PX-880SA-26 (Purchased in 2009)
  • Acer Acer H276HLbmid monitor (Purchased in 2014)

Since the initial completion of the build, the following was changed:

  • The m4 drive that I was using as a boot drive has since been replaced with the 840EVO. The M4 is now a work drive.
  • The 2TB drive is a data storage drive.
  • The video card was initially an old nVidia 460card , then replaced with the 980 card.
  • I initially had 8GB of memory, but that has been replaced with 32GB of memory. While 8GB is plenty for gaming (for now), virtualization via Virtualbox and video editing can use as much memory as possible. Unfortunately, Windows 7 Home Premium only supports 16GB.

Future upgrades:

  • Migration to Windows 10 when available. (Fall, 2015?)
  • Upgrading to a 1 TB SSD drive. (Black Friday, 2015)
  • Upgrading to a G-Sync monitor (2016)

2018 Update:

  • Windows 10 was installed as an upgrade in August, 2015.
  • No more hard drives. In 2016, I built a FreeNAS server for storage and backups (24 TB effective storage). I have two SSDs now: a 1TB for programs and data, and a 256GB "scratch" drive.
  • The monitor is now a 2K G-Sync Monitor.
  • The 980 video card was swapped out with a 1080 card in July, 2018.
  • I'm now using Edifier R2000DB Speakers

Comments Sorted by:

xx116xx 3 Builds 2 points 55 months ago

You will be waiting a while for the 900-series cards...

Pr3castDragon 3 points 55 months ago

Not really, there have been many rumors about an 980/970 coming soon. I know it seems a bit far fetched since no 8xx cards have come out yet, but that's what nVidia seems to be doing.

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

I find this hard to believe.

Hazarded 1 point 55 months ago

They come out around january.

F1zzzy90908 1 point 55 months ago

January? They are supposed to be released this month or early October.

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago


Madd_Larkin 1 point 55 months ago

You're right. Nvidia is completely skipping 800 series for desktops and is supposed to release info by the end of the month

silverteeth 1 point 55 months ago

Yea, I think it has to do with confusion over the 800M series having some Kepler in it. Nvidia wants to go with Maxwell so I can only assume this is the reason.

LemingSweaty 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

They are out today

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

I know :)

the_masater_jt 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Cable management isn't very good. But the rest is pretty good.

ZLoth submitter 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Remember, I don't have a video card (yet) and the video power isn't detachable from the power supply, thus it looks a little more cluttered at the bottom than it really is. Most of the cables are run in the back of the case.