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first computer build and finnished it about a couple weeks ago,. i've built this to handle any game i throw at it and to handle some c++, c#, UDK script and maybe video editing if i get back into it. i decided to build it myself because my local custom builder/repairer wanted £400+ more to build it, made a complete mess of it with my brothers computer and even told me he makes mistakes quite often due to cockiness and to top it off he tried to scare me out of doing it myself.

putting the computer together was actually incredibly easy, a lot easier then i was expecting and so was managing the cables, all in all about 2hrs spent putting the parts together and dealing with the cables and another 2hrs thinking about the cables. from what i could tell it doesn't seem possible to put a computer together wrong to the point where it actually damages components because each part only connects where it's supposed to go and won't fit in anywhere else, this is what i found made building a computer a complete breeze. i did find it a little amusing that the most nerve racking part of putting the CPU in the motherboard was also the easiest thing to even do. after building this thing i honestly can't see how anyone could mess up putting a computer together other then getting incompatible parts or just a poorly balanced build which makes me wonder how my local custom builder manages to mess things up..

so fare so good, everything has been running smooth with no hiccups, the only problem i did have was my ~4 year old windows 7 license being rejected so i had to get a whole new one. didn't get windows 8 because dealing with it on my laptop is really frustrating especially when trying to get to the bottom of a BSoD right at log in because of the lack of safe mode and to boot on minimal requires you to log in and choose an option to do so so. luckily the laptop has a button to boot directly into recovery options which was handy. i know i shouldn't let one bad experience put me off but i also hate dealing with metro and prefer the visuals of windows 7. hopefully windows 9 will be better.

at the moment i've only been playing CS:GO and hosting a pixelmon minecraft server for my brother and his friends. tested out UDK and that ran very smooth compared to my laptop and i still need to setup SDL to take another look at my c++ project.

i haven't overclocked the CPU yet though i've been meaning to, i'm just enjoying using it to much and it runs fine that i won't be seeing any benefits from the extra performance at the moment.

the pictures were taken with my sisters Nikon D300, though she didn't mention that the LCD display shows images brighter then they are so i had the settings a little off because i thought the images were going to be overly bright which is why they're a bit dark.

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  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

You planning on overclocking the cpu much? The ram will bottleneck that. Haswell does not like high ram speeds when overclocking.

Nice rig.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

not that much, when i do decide to OC it i'm thinking of just going for 4.3ghz

  • 77 months ago
  • 4 points

If you can't hit that, try lowering your ram to something like 1600mhz

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

will do, thanks for the advice

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Getting a 4770K to 4.3Ghz should be a snap, especially with an ASUS Z87 board.

For the record, I've got the same mobo and managed to get my 4670K to 4.5Ghz within 15 minutes (it had been over ten years since I had spent more than ten seconds in BIOS as well). If ASUS does one thing well, it's making their components easy to overclock (that, and great audio hardware, their customer support leaves something to be desired though).

If you need help, just check out their Youtube channel. Very helpful.

EDIT: One thing to remember though; ASUS boards with Haswell chips don't like synthetic benchmarks at all (if you have the board set to adaptive voltage). They explain it in their tutorials, but just keep it in mind.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

yea, i've already looked at tutorials and such and they recommend to do static voltage to find the highest stable using synthetic benchmarks programs like prime95 to test stability then set it to adaptive once you're done.

i need to look into CPU PC'ing more before i do it though because i don't want to fry anything.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

IIRC, the Z87 Sabertooth will automatically set the RAM frequency for you if it's too high. It set my 2133Mhz to 1600 until I OC'd the CPU.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Might just be the pics but it looks like the GPU is sagging quite a bit. You can try using one of the cable management holes just above the ones it's currently wired through and use the cables to help hold the GPU up maybe? How do you like the ASUS version of the card? Nice build. :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

yea it's sagging but only by 0.5cm at most if that's a lot, when i first connected the power cables i did use the higher up routing whole but it didn't do anything to help the sag and looked really stupid.

i'm very happy with the GPU expect that AMD have now released there new cards that beat it at a lower price. the GPU performs much better then i was expecting and has good headroom for overclocking. it's also very quiet even when overclocked some more.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

ASUS' cards seem to be notorious for their sag. My 770 was drooping by about a 1/2". Although there are more elegant solutions out there, I just painted a piece of 1/4" dowel and used that, problem solved (I'll probably upgrade to some high-tensile fishing line a little down the road, as it's better for the aesthetics).

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

i do have fishing equipment, can't remember where i put it though.. if i find it i'll see what i can do with some fishing line then.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

For the record, GPU droop isn't really detrimental to your rig, it's pretty much only aesthetic. Gotta say though, the speed of your response gave me a smile... It doesn't really matter what you use though, as long as it's non-conductive and non-flammable (years back, a buddy of mine burnt his rig to a crisp when the STRING he was using for the same purpose started a fire in his case. I should have felt bad, but I could only laugh...).

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

well, i've read that GPU droop can damage the PCI slot so if this is true its better i try and avoid that.

the speedy responses is just because i don't have a life and i'm sitting here OC'ing my CPU, just got a BSOD on 1.2v @ 4.5ghz ..

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

great build but, why did you put stickers on the outside of the case? thats like putting a bumper sticker on a rolls royce.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

so i can look at them....

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

with a bit of experimenting with OC'ing the CPU it looks like i can only get 4.3ghz @ 1.2v at an average of 65-70c so i might have seated the cooler akwardly unevenly spreading the TIM, or i just have one of the more bad CPUs and needs de-lidding. 4.3hz was my goal so i'm happy and i don't seem to be having any problems with the ram at 1866 either.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wanted to drop a line in because I wanted to check the space you had in your case (Case shopping) :) I like the build. On terms of overclocking I have been diving in a little myself. The 16gb of ram I do drop down to 1600 when pushing the envelope. Yesterday I was able to achieve 4.2ghz, 4.3ghz with only 1.15v core (Pushing bf3 online as the test) When I jumped to 4.4ghz with 1.15v I was able to boot successfully but crashed halfway into an online match (NO BSOD, just flat black and hard reboot) Soooo I bumped it up to 1.175v left it at 4.4ghz and it was successful. Try increments of .25 if need be.. you want as low Voltage because of the heat. :) Good luck. I am almost decided on the 810 switch (I currently rock the 410 phantom) Love Nzxt.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I was just looking over each part saying in my head "beautiful, beautiful, beautiful." Great choice of parts.