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I built this PC in September of 2011, and except for the addition of the Crucial M4 a few months ago it really hasn't changed much.

It's an incredible gaming PC. I love it. I can literally max out any game on the market right now. Crysis 2 with DX11 Pack and Hi-Res Textures runs at over 60FPS. Battlefield 3, Skyrim (tons of graphics mods), Crysis (also lots of graphics mods), GTA IV, Metro 2033, and Far Cry 3 are smooth as butter (60FPS+) I will be upgrading Q2 2013 to Radeon HD 8970's, just to keep the hardware moving forward.

The monitor I purchased is actually a 1920x1200 resolution monitor. It is actually an awesome monitor for gaming and I definitely prefer 16:10 quite a bit more.

I also actually do need the i7 over the i5. I run virtual machines, and use Vegas, Lightroom, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver quite a bit. Same goes for the 16GB of RAM (I just don't wanna hear everyone jump down my throat about how I don't need the i7 or RAM)

Overall the build went smooth and I am in love with this PC. I am cleaning out the dust tomorrow and will post better pictures of a nice clean rig. Oh and it's actually the Sabertooth P67, not Z77. PCPartPicker didn't have the P67 though...

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  • 87 months ago
  • 7 points

First I'd say great build!!

Its funny how so many people say "I don't want to hear people say something about the i7 or 16GB of RAM" and yet like you have use for those things. Most people only say something bout those two things when they are in a build that wont use them ever and just waste money just for the sake of wasting money and then skimping out on other parts yet putting in MASSIVE amounts of RAM and an i7 for a "gaming" rig and yet not essentials like good GPU. You however, with what you do, utilize your system and know what you built it for and have every right to be in love with it :D Great job I especially love the little work you did with the GPU power cables weaved together.

I can't wait to see more pictures after you clean it out and show case it. Thank you for sharing this.

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! Your comments on this site are almost universally helpful! Your approval means a lot. I am kind of a perfectionist when it comes to my PC's. This is however easily the most PC I have ever built and I have never enjoyed a PC nearly this much. It's insane how fun it is to do things on this PC.

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

Just a wonderful build. This is probably the best pc I've ever seen that is under 2000$ In my opinion with peripherals and a montior. Just awesome. I just can't wait to get my pc build :)

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely awesome! How do you like the Blackwidow?

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it so much. It's easily the most enjoyable typing experience I've had. It is a little loud though...

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinkning of getting it, I just heard there are some driver problems, guess not!

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean, Razor Synapsis is a pain, but it does work. Also, the keyboard can be used just plug and play.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

I totally agree that Synapsis is a pain, up to the point that when i bought my own blackwidow while at uni, the program wouldn't even download any updates on the uni internet and refused to start, so i had to go searching for the drivers from before synapsis ( i can probably dig them up again if anyone wants them)

My only question is those xfire bridges, did it really need 2? i was under the impression that 2way xfire only needed one, unless they are actually just one bridge

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

It is two bridges. I asked around on Toms Hardware and the general consensus was if you have two, use two.

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build, your computer is like a Nissan GTR and i have Volkswagen beetle in comparison. Man.. I hate macs...

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Man... I know the mac hate... I have a MacBook Air. Why? I have no idea.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

When i play minecraft on lowest settings ill get 20 fps. when I play tf2 ill get around 10 fps.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it's time to invest in a decent little gaming PC. You'd be surprised at where even $550 will get you (FX-6300 and Radeon HD 7850).

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty strong OC going there. Did you overclock your GPUs too?

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

I've actually pushed it to 5.1GHz on the H80 before and it was pretty stable, but the temps and vcore were uncomfortably high for long term usage. I think I just got a really good chip.

Yeah, the GPU's are pushed from 880MHz to 1000Mhz using MSI Afterburner. I also set a custom fan profile that's a little more agressive to keep temps down. Thankfully with the airflow and additional fans I added to the Antec 1100 makes it so the GPU's don't get that loud. Still new coolers are on the agenda.

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, all I can say is that's impressive. Stable 5.1 GHz is quite an accomplishment, and normally at 4.8. You're really maximizing that processor's potential.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

what cooler that you have i want to get one for my GPU

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Great, but if you were editing, I would have went with the NVidia Alternative for CUDA. Awesome.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

I had strongly considered it, but at the time I got a killer deal on the 6970's so I just pulled the trigger. I'm pretty happy with the choice still.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

whats the pad thing i need a big one like that

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a Razer Goliathus Speed Edition. It's only $30...

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey i need some help with my CPU choice... Should i get a 4 core 3.6 GHz or a 6 core 3.5? And keep in mind money is not a object...

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends on what you plan on using the PC for.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

It is going to be a gaming, rendering, and home theater system...

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're doing an high amount of rendering you will see a difference between a 6 core and 4 core system. For gaming and home theater not so much. Might I ask what CPU's you had in mind?

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

What is your budget and what is your planned build so far?

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build. quick question though, what sides are your intake and outake coming from? can u exhust through the back even the with cpu cooler?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Look at that mouse pad without the keyboard on it holy ****

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

i would of went with 2 GTX 770

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