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FRESH PICTURES!!!!!!! WHOOOHOOO

Update Stress Tests: FurMark: GPU 15 minutes 1920x1080 FurMark 8xMSAA --> 75°C max GPUZ readout Prime95 8 Torture tests blend: core#0=54, core#1=54, core#2=51, core#3=50 (package=54) max temps @ 3.7GHz, 1.116V, 55W package HWMonitor readout

Build for gaming and photo editing like panorama's! Only i've NEVER build a rig myself before. Since the PC is placed in the living room I opted for something pretty yet not too big. Bitfenix Prodigy was decided in minutes, it is pretty yet spacious enough for a newbie to build without problems.

More pics will follow and although I am not into benchmarking I will post some later. Also plan to do some modest OC on CPU to 4.1 maybe.

Bought everything online (tweakers.nl website used for finding the best deals). Do see that NL is expensive! Might recommend others to shop around in Germany or UK and bring some stuff cheaper.

CPU: i7 3770K to be good for years. Also like to do some heavy photoshop renders sometimes.

MoBo: Asus P8Z77-i because this thing accepts Noctua U14S. Other ITX MoBo's don't always.

Memory: 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport, because of photo editing and low profile (U14S can handle taller sticks though).

GPU: GTX770 because of price drop the Gigabyte Windforce came in the pciture. I planned on getting GTX760 Twin Frozr MSI.

SSD: 250GB SSD for OS and games

PSU: Seasonic 550W Gold, no need for >600W PSU and this one only just fits but has good reputation.

HDD: 2TB Seagate Barracuda, storage but if this drive has any problems I will replace it with WD Blue drive(s). Supplier promised me a 2x1TB platter version of the ST2000DM001 but it weighs 623g, serial W340xxx, this is likely a 3x666GB version. Benchmarks will determine if I send it back or keep it.

Assembled in 4 hours and runs smooth. But I had to reroute HD Audio cable around the PSU since placing it behind the CPU cooler blocked placing GPU properly. This is a tight fit and the HD audio cable is just long enough.

Upgrades: Get second SSD for hackintosh install. Smaller 64GB or something. Replace casefan, it is a bit noisy... 2TB Seagate might be replaced if it is no good. Get Bitfenix Prodigy Front Mesh for better airflow with 230mm Spectre Pro.

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  • 76 months ago
  • 7 points

We want more!

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, man. Now kick some graphical ***!

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! More pics please!

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

as nice as this build's list is, it would be nice if we had more pictures of the inside. we want to see this machine's purpose made worthwhile!

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

The one pic looks awesome.

NEED MOAR! :D

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

PICS!

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Be sure to upload some more pics!

I'd also like to see some stress tests temps on the 3770k, I have a U14S as-well and it performs great.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx,

I'm new to stress testing. Buddy of mine has more experience and I'll do some testing when he comes over.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Should have gotten the Galaxay GTX 770! It's all white! However your build is nice :D

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

True indeed. I did not know about the white galaxy version. For a few extra bucks this might have been sweet!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! I'm thinking of building a very similar pc myself. However I'm concerned about the PSU, did u get any issues with it so far?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx,

I'm very pleased with the system. Some minor OC to 4.1 works well too. PSU has no issues so far. Bit of a tight fit, runs cool though. What are your concerns? Seasonic is very reliable. Also check out Cooler Master VS-Series 550W or Corsair CS-M 550, both interesting options!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build.

I am planning to do something similar with the same motherboard and CPU cooler, but I need to know how much clearance is there between the video card and the CPU cooler.

Could you please let me know or maybe even post a picture. The video card I have is a VisionTek 280x, which has a thick metal backplate that seems slightly spaced out from the back of the PCB in order for it not to touch anything.

Thanks

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Update on System,

I've experienced problems with the PSU I found out. I initially thought the MoBo got fried. Turns out the Seasonic 550W in the Prodigy ITX is too tight a fit and this caused a PSU cable fracture. System runs only when I let the PSU hang out the back to relieve the stress on the cables going to the MoBo (24ATX)

Replaced the PSU with a CoolerMaster 550V this is a bit shorter and fits perfect!