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The pictures suck because I'm not a photographer and all I wanted to do is take basic pictures and show everyone. :]

Critique it as you wish, everyone has their own opinions and this was mine. If you have any questions, let me know. I did a lot of research and tried to get everything "top-notch" without killing my bank. I do plan to overclock, but as you can tell I do not have the H100 on (I will take pictures as soon as I buy four high CFM fans for push/pull) so I can't overclock the CPU. I also plan to get another 670 FTW when they drop in price for SLI (hence the 750W PSU).

Some decisions I made: I opted for the Extreme4 instead of the Extreme6 because they had the same basic features, and it was cheaper. I don't like how the far right side is so short that I can't put any screws in it, but it's not that hard to support the motherboard with a piece of cardboard or my finger to plug cables in.

I opted for the Crucial M4 over the Samsung 830 because it was cheaper at the time I bought it. I believe the 830 is on sale now for about the same price, but that's electronics for you. It loads my OS really fast though, so going from using just HDD's in the past to an SSD is a dream, even if it's not the "omg fastest on the market w1n!!!11one" drive.

I don't need 16GB's of RAM, so I chose 8. However, if that set of RAM drops in the future, I might buy a second set just for cosmetic reasons. (The empty slots look funny to me...)

Update

I added photo's of my H100 installed. I apologize it took this long, but I got side-tracked by school and work. As you can tell, I had to move the H100 off the regular set of holes on the top of the case because with the added length of the second set of fans, I was unable to install the 8-pin motherboard connection. Also, I was unable to wire it from behind the motherboard for the same reason.

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Comments

  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, really balanced too. And the cable management looks good.

  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I actually got frustrated with the back of the case and how all the cables managed to become bundled, so I said screw it and just put the back cover on to cover it up. xD

  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

Can't blame you there! :) I'll probably be doing the same thing when I build this winter.

  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

I love you so much, this is the most balanced build I have seen on PCPartpicker.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol. Thanks. I tried to keep it balanced and not go overboard, but I think once I throw in the second GPU it might tip the balance, not sure though.

  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

Ya I went with my system from being balanced with my one GTX 670 and then went and got another ;) cause it was just pure AWESOME!!

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol. I hope it'll be pure awesome. I've heard different things about SLI. Like the gain from SLI really isn't that much, but then I heard the other side of the story too. We'll see, I have to take some measurements anyways to make sure that the top fan will still get considerable amounts of air-flow with my motherboard before I spend that kind of money again.

  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

Well I did my research and reassured the findings when I tested it myself. I roughly gained an additional %50 increase all over. so where I was getting 60FPS I now get roughly 85-90. But since I'm not using a monitor with 120Hz I notice what everyone talks about with SLI the stuttering because my cards are trying to over push the Frames that my monitor can't handle. So that is my next big thing 120Hz monitor well that and the Water Cooling.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Hopefully I won't have to upgrade to a 120Hz monitor. I just bought the nice 23" monitor on my list and that'd just be a waste of money otherwise. Lol

  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

TheBlahMasta, FINALLY!! Someone put a very well balanced build, well researched, and well educated computer together. I was reading your description before I looked at the parts list and was a bit afraid to look down.. SOOOO many people recently have blinders on or some odd bias for mid range SLI or some crazy HIGH END CPU with mid range or low graphics card for a gaming machine then they go and throw 16GB of ram...

YOU built a great system. I saw someone mention something about the PSU being over priced and they'd take an OCZ, piece of garbage with bad quality control and horrible history over a Seasonic.. HELL NO!!! Your PSU is something that determines the quality of power that goes into your system, you definitely don't want to risk it with a toss of the dice hope my OCZ doesn't burn my parts if / when it dies...

Great system - though I'd probably have gone with a non reference GPU, especially since you plan on SLI but aside from that, and even that is extremely minor and subjective.

I can't wait to see the pictures once you get the H100 in with the push pull.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

I should have pictures up by next week, still need to find high CFM fans for the push/pull. I plan to create positive air-flow inside of my case to minimize dust (also going to get a dust filter for the top of the case to help reduce the dust), which is why I chose the blower-type GPU. I think the reference GPU had a blower also, but I don't remember if I even considered it...

  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

Greatly balanced build, and I expect that cooler should keep the CPU below 0 degrees XD

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish! I did actually install the H100 last night in interest of overclocking my CPU to 4.4GHz. (For some reason I can't get 4.5 or higher without BSOD'ing every time I try to do anything.) It does it's job quite well, even the fans are pretty quiet, except when you first turn on the computer they sound like a jet.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Pictures don't show the H100 installed. :[

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah crap. D: I got so distracted with school and work that I completely forgot. Thanks for reminding me! I'll make sure to get the pictures uploaded tonight.

  • 88 months ago
  • -2 points

$150 for a psu? I'll take my $60 ocz with the same watts and put that money in the bank. Besides the redonk overpriced PSU A+.

  • 88 months ago
  • 3 points

yaaa no way in hell!! sorry but with the track record OCZ has I will not recommend anyone to risk their system on a HOPE. Your entire computer runs on the PSU and the quality of the PSU can determine the life of your parts. It definitely is not the part you want to save money on, because more then likely that OCZ is going to make you put more money out later on if it fries more then itself when it dies. Atleast with the Seasonic he won't have to worry as much about it.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

It was a little pricey, I'll admit that, but it was Gold Plus rated, so there's that (and fully modular.) I actually got mad at electronic prices because about a week after I had opened it and started putting the basic parts together, it dropped down to $99.

  • 88 months ago
  • 4 points

I am convinced OCZ makes things to break.

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