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This is my first built, I really love it.

I bought most of the parts while during the week of for Black Friday.

Processor: I got one of the best best processor deal during the holiday sale, $199 +tx for i7-4770K !!!

CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 plus is very good, very impressed with the cooling performance, even at 4.5GHz the temp never crossed 41.

Motherboard: Asus Z87I-DELUXE is feature packed card no doubt. Only minor concern is I have is USB 3.0 header is bit towards back, hence USB3.0 case cable of 304, bit short for a proper routing.

RAM: Got a decent deal on this, low profile. I got advice from other in pcpartpicker to stick with DDR3-1600.

Case: I love the case, payed bit higher than the holiday deals. As I have to get this for for weekend to get the system up and running.

PSU: Corsair CX600M, got rebate discount on this, good enough for mITX. Mounted fan facing down as designed. Another good thing is the all cable connection are in the end, hence I could install larger GC without any problem.,

GC: ???, I don't have it yet. Considering to get one in a month. I open the box every day just to clean the cables (will update with new images soon with cables arranged), the main reason I am preparing for GC. Thinking of getting Asus GTX670-DCMOC-2GD5. Now as I have made the cables arranged properly seriously thinking of Asus GTX670-DC2OG-2GD5, which can make use of long case ventilation.

Inspired by: http://www.overclock.net/t/1434580/node-304-with-maximus-vi-impact-build-minilith

Any recommendation on GC under $300 is appreciated (I am an old gamer 1992-1999 :) Digger, PacMan, NFS 2 etc... trying coming back to fold after long time).

Overclock details: I am new to OC. Need help for further OC. I have attempted Auto Tuning once which gave me CPU rate of 43. But I don't have 4-Way Optimization in my suite, Not supported by z87i-deluxe board??

I have used AI Suite III software and updated the Rate to 45, it just worked without any problem. The system revs up the fan automatically and stabilized the temperature to 84.0 during 1hr stress run (100% CPU utilization).

At the rate @46 my system getting restarted once in a while (after say 5 min of stress), @47 is not stable. FYI, I haven't updated any parameters other than CPU frequency rate.

Since the CPU temperature is well controlled (thanks to Hyper 212), Can I reach above this level? What is the next step you advice?

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  • 75 months ago
  • 4 points

If you want a card for $300ish, the GTX 760 is within that budget and performs the same as the 670. It's a newer chipset, that's all. There's also the r9 280x and if you're willing to go over the $300 budget by around $15, there's the GTX 770. Those are your options, and all of them will perform well for what you want to do.

Also, provide more pictures, please.

  • 75 months ago
  • -1 points

Gtx 670 performs better than a 760 at the same price

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe, but gpu boost 2.0 is worth it. The 700 series also scale better in sli due to increased frame buffer.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Go for the 280X, imo. Mantle looks extremely promising. More so than G-Sync where you need a $400 monitor before you can use it. Plus it's only $50 more than a 760(basically a new 670) and performs on par with/sometimes better than the 770 and vice versa. It's up to the buyer :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

With DX12 coming out soon, which is almost the same thing as Mantle, I don't think it will matter which he/she gets.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

DX12 wasn't really a thing 4 months ago lol

  • 75 months ago
  • 3 points

I would go with a Radeon 7950 for the GPU, it's not overpriced and it's a really good card. I'd say that or the GTX 760.

  • 75 months ago
  • 3 points

I would get the 7950 or the r9 280x if your gonna play bf4 or star citizen (mantle). Otherwise get the gtx 760 or 770.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I am considering 670 (like the card, stay well inside budget 200+, 300 max). I have played crysis in the past like it, probably start with crysis 3. I heard it is demanding game, I hope 670 can pull the weight,

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points
  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you for the recommendation. In general I like Asus parts.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

It got a 10.0 on it's review. But yes Asus does make good prodcuts

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

For a GPU, I'd recommend the GTX 760.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated with some OC data. Will get more pictures in few hours.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated with new images (old image deleted - as I have updated the cable management). Images are bit dark, I will update with better images in few days.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice cabling, used some of your pics for my node 304 cabling job. I'm amazed at that load temp, anything special you did with thermal paste application/hyper 212 mount?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice to know that my build helped you.

That was result of a wrong evaluation of temp (Used Asus utility earlier), now updated with new temp (data from coretemp).

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know if you got your graphics card yet, but I made a build with the i7 4770k cpu, Asus gtx 760 2gb, 120gb SSD, 1tb HDD, and blueray player... I got the Lepa G600M psu and it will shut off if I have the graphics card installed and it does any gpu intensive tasks. I know its the PSU because I took the card out, overclocked my CPU and it would shut off until the EUFI set default settings due to the error.

I recommend you upgrading to a bigger PSU, especially if you want to overclock.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Corsair 600W M, giving my enough to overclock 4770k (4.5GHz) and Gtx 760 (default factory OC) with no buzzing sound.

I am not planning to overclock any further as 4770k is not stable above this level.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey,

Nice clean build!

Does the Hyper 212 touch any part of the board (caps, daughter board, etc)?

How do you like that Dell IPS display? I've been looking at that model of Dell for awhile.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Hyper 212 stand independent, it can even take additional fan without touching any parts. Dell IPS is good, but I wish I had a touch screen display.