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CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate



This is my new gaming machine. I ordered the parts while I was in Afghanistan and had them sent to the house. When I got home I put the system together with my kids. So far ive had it running for 3 days and I've been very happy with the results. BF3 runs at a consistent 60FPS on Ultra with a few dips to 55 and spikes to 90.

Now, I know I have a Z77 motherboard and a non K CPU. The 3470 is a stock 3.2, but ive got it running at 4.0 which is not possible with a H77 board. I'm aware that if I really wanted to overclock I should have gotten a K CPU, however this was much cheaper at the time and allowed me to divert funds to the video card. Also, I don't over clock much, so, really this is about all the extra I would squeeze out of a CPU anyway.

The Kingston ram was throwing a minor incompatibility on part picker about voltage. I've had no issues with it and it is running at 1600.

I absolutely love this video card. I've been gaming on a 360M on an ASUS laptop since 2010 so it's kind of a big deal.

I did what I could with the cables, if you see something I could have done better let me know. I ran out of zip ties. I can take a picture of the back if you want and show you what i did back there, but i figured the main focus is on this side of the case.

I didn't get an optical drive because I have an external drive.

I'm using a AOC 21.5" 1080p IPS monitor. I couldn't find the exact model on here.

This case is great, it's a bit bigger than I thought it would be, but still within the size i wanted. Next time ill go micro I think. Eventually I may go for SLI with a new motherboard so I guess it's good to have this case if i go that route.

Putting this together with the kids was a ton of fun, and it was very satisfying to teach them things about the inner workings of a computer. My oldest son has decided that he no longer wants an Xbox One and instead wants to build a gaming PC...never been more proud. Hope you guys like the system.

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godshawk 23 points 50 months ago

I ordered the parts while I was in Afghanistan

You're a soldier? If you are, God bless you!

MadMac submitter 1 Build 23 points 50 months ago

Roger that. Thanks for the support. Ive been lurking on this site for the last couple of months waiting to get home to build this thing hehe. Making sure i paid attention to how other people managed their cables etc. Last couple of weeks were torture knowing all these parts were sitting here waiting for me.

Enlyten 1 Build 14 points 50 months ago

+1 for a Veteran. I could respect no one more.

xSachira 7 points 50 months ago

Great build for a great price. It is also good to involve kids on DIY projects and their benefit. +1 Thank you for your service to our country.

YourLocalPCNoob 1 Build 5 points 50 months ago

I'm a little confused- if you didn't have a CPU with the designated K (meaning to OC right?), how were you able to OC it?

I thought cpus w/o a K weren't overclockable..... anyways nice build

Bones 6 Builds 7 points 50 months ago

They aren't how ever sandybridge and ivybridge processors can be boosted a bit. Like my i7 2600 is stock at 3.2ghz but i have it set up to run at 3.5ghz. You can boost them a little bit if the motherboard supports it.

Also nice build, any thoughts to future upgrades? Like any SSD?

MadMac submitter 1 Build 3 points 50 months ago

Eventually I would like to get an SSD, it just wasnt in the budget this time around. A second monitor would be nice, but its not a must have for me.

MadMac submitter 1 Build 5 points 50 months ago

You cant overclock them as high as a K CPU, but you can still increase the CPU ratio to x40. http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=373371 explains it a little better than me.

TheShadow 5 points 50 months ago

intel cpu's with a "k" in them have unlocked multipliers.With none k you at most can only go up 400mhz unless you mess with the blk settings. Before someone ask's 3.2+400mhz 3.6 so either there is room for turbo boost still or other things have been touched while overclocking

ReDnAx1991 7 Builds 3 points 50 months ago

Instead of increasing the CPU multiplier you could also increase the BCLK frequeny on the motherboard to increase your CPU frequency. Only do this when you know what you are doing.

@OP Great build, enjoy +1

Kashper 1 Build 5 points 50 months ago

Hey, lots of respect to you, not only for being a soldier but for being a awesome dad. I only wish you the best, please stay safe and thank you, thank you alot. We never say thank you enough to soldiers, so i say once again thank you and much respect.

794 1 Build 5 points 50 months ago

Nice build! Welcome home and enjoy it =D

SHaMRaHK 1 Build 5 points 48 months ago

I like the Homestar Runner reference in the build name. Solid build too!

MadMac submitter 1 Build 3 points 47 months ago

Glad some one caught that.

sketch24 9 Builds 4 points 50 months ago

Nice build except for the power supply. The power supply is a cheaper, budget power supply that would be better in a budget build. Your important components cost about $600. Your power supply is $60. It would make a lot more sense to invest in a better power supply especially if you are overclocking (no matter how limited on a locked CPU). The corsair cx power supplies use cheaper chinese caps in them that don't tolerate higher temps well. Units by seasonic any of its OEMs (xfx, some better corsairs) would have been a better choice.

MadMac submitter 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

I agree. I would have liked to have gone with one of the better units, but I had to trim from certain components to get the better video card. Going forward I'm going to replace this PSU with a better one and use this one in a 400 budget build I have in mind soon. If I hadn't had to buy the OS I could have gotten better PSU up front but I didn't have a copy of windows anything laying around.

cyanghost109 4 Builds 4 points 50 months ago

Thanks a lot for your service! I'm not for the wars, but I do appreciate your bravery and service! That said, this is a really nice build!

Perhaps the hard drive was a little overkill and you should have gotten a Intel Haswell based CPU, but those are the only minor things I would change, personally.

It seems your kids had fun. This reminds me of when my dad and I would play around with computers. 'Twas a fun time. :)

polykow 1 Build 4 points 50 months ago

Yay You are back and you did it! Awesome! 1+ ~!

madcracked 2 Builds 3 points 50 months ago

its nice to see you involved other people in your build. nice job!

MadMac submitter 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

Thanks! The kids had a blast, my nerves on the other hand were a bit on edge. Kinda scary giving a 5 year old a screw driver and letting him loose on a motherboard, but it was worth it in the end. They learned something new and no one broke anything.

fnapoli 1 Build 3 points 50 months ago

Great build, greater family project!

Hatupatu 3 points 50 months ago

Nice build. Its great to see the kids involved!

Short_Circuit 2 Builds 3 points 50 months ago

Awesome build, and what a way to connect with your kids once you got back from duty. Thank you for what you do to keep us safe!

probey3 3 points 50 months ago

Nice build bro im ordering pretty much the exact same build in a couple of month.and btw thanks for your service.

sincere_spite 3 points 50 months ago

Look great, but where did you find those miniature people to assemble your build for you?

MadMac submitter 1 Build 3 points 50 months ago

I co-created them years ago, knowing that one day, I would need tiny hands to put the risers in my new case.

onekoolguy 3 points 48 months ago

nice build

BWO_Kilroy 1 Build 3 points 48 months ago

wow, I have looked at a lot of builds on here, but that is actually in the top 5 of cable management I have seen, very clean looking.

MadMac submitter 1 Build 2 points 47 months ago

Thanks! I spent some time getting right.

JohnTsams 1 Build 3 points 46 months ago

I have nearly the exact same build. Nice!

XDestroyer 3 points 46 months ago

This is THE BEST cable management I've seen with a non-modular PSU... It.. it looks beautiful... :O And thank you for your service, and serving your country! :)

MadMac submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Thanks! I spent a lot of time trying to get those cables to go just where I wanted them.

jcynavarro 3 points 45 months ago

I just have to give my hats off to you sir.. having your kids help in this is something I hope to one day do with my kinds when I have them. Even if they were not to pursue a career in computers... they at least will have important knowledge that they can use to repair their own PC's if need be and save them money. Awesome build too...

ITneto 3 points 42 months ago

Awesome! +1

Skinnyjeans21 1 Build 3 points 42 months ago

First of all, thank you for your service, I'm sure it's greatly appreciated by all of us here :)

Second, thats a pretty nice build, I'm thinking of getting a case like that for my younger brother's rig. He needs a new case already.

TheOfficialSkora 1 Build 3 points 40 months ago

Thank you for your service. +1

RishiCHD 3 points 40 months ago

Huge respect , soldier to soldier,

Tealslayer 3 points 31 months ago

Hey man Great build! (i know this comment is like a year and a half in the future but i just want to remind you next time you build a PC to not put the motherboard on the antistatic bag, because the inside is anti but the outside id really conductive so next time a great choice for where to put it would be on the box it came in! Other than that great build and thank you for protecting our country!

NutterButterzXL 2 points 49 months ago

How much FPS do you get on usual games?

MadMac submitter 1 Build 2 points 47 months ago

BF4 with ultra settings is running 55-70. On high settings 90-120

CNEPeddlar 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

I know what monitor you got because i got the same one it's this i can guarentee it http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CLZ047Q/?tag=pcpapi-20 I love it too

Ctiua 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

You crazy man with that crazy fan.

Anyways, nice build dude. Nice getting your kids into PCs!

potatomanflavor 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Does the CPU cooler have thermal paste put on it when you got it or did you need to apply any?

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Just found this build. Good job.

ilexious 0 points 47 months ago

1stly are you Mac Macallister (spelled wrong) from minecraft server back in day and 2 I like your setup but would recommend getting better Cpu something like 3.4GHz or an alternative from intel.

AMD 0 points 33 months ago

That antistatic bag is only antistatic on the inside the outside is still highly conductive and it still has some static on it.

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