The first thing you need to do is to look at WHEN I built this computer. I don't know if you guys were building then, but the prices were pretty reasonable for that point in time on all of the components I bought then. I have just gotten around to posting this. inb4 I get told how expensive this is.

ALSO. This is not a solely gaming PC. I'll explain that later.

This is a mash up of one of my older machines and some older components that I've been consistently upgrading with newer and newer stuff.

The CPU (From old computer) Why not a 4790k? I don't plan to overclock this one bit. I wanted as many logical cores as I could get for a decent price, because I wanted decent performance while simulating a compute cluster on my processor. Because of this I wanted rock solid stability as well, so overclocking just wasn't necessary.

CPU Cooler (This is relatively new) This was a little bit of a splurge, but it makes sure everything runs cool and safe while I'm doing computations/ simulations and looks darn good while doing it.

The Motherboard (This is relatively new) It's black and white, and has enough/ high quality expansion. Not much to it, in my opinion. Definitely a lot better than the cheap mITX motherboard I was using before.

The Memory (From old computer) Man, this stuff used to be REALLY expensive. Like when I bought it. Christ. Mistakes were made. I opted for as cheap as I could find, and this is what I got. 16 GB so that I could have a decent amount per node, which I may upgrade in the future.

The Hybrid Drive (From old computer) I like this a lot. It is very responsive, but that's in hard drive, not ssd terms. I considered using M.2, but it was way too expensive for what little space I would get, and I like having way too much space.

The Video Card (From old computer) Got a decent deal on this down from msrp around the time it launched, and it's really just here for me to game with. I don't really need CUDA or anything fancy like that for calculations, just something that can do 1080p+ pretty well. It fits the bill, and responds to water cooling like a dream. The GPU has a base OC of 1160, but boosts to around 1360 MHz.

The Water Cooling Stuff (Very new) I would really highly recommend an hg10 from corsair, as it acts like a vrm heatsink, and is also specifically designed for whatever card you're using it with, unlike the Kraken equivalent, which I hear has some major issues with vrm cooling, especially on short cards. I didn't have enough money to do a custom loop like I wanted, but I managed to get this, and I like to think it holds its own.

The Case (This is relatively new) Really, I shouldn't have to justify this with you. It's a great case. We all know it. I love the aesthetics, but I get where some people can find it boring. Don't worry- it isn't your PC, so it doesn't matter as long as it isn't dangerous.

The PSU (From old computer) Got it as a great deal, was rated well by JonnyGuru, and all around is a solid performer. I don't plan on any extreme overclocking, just a bit on my GPU, and it gives me what I need at an excellent price.

Optical drive and OS (OLD) Had these laying around from... Something. Not sure what. I have no idea what model my optical drive actually is, and don't care too much, so I just put a random one into the list.

Peripherals/ Monitor Lightning Round (Varies) A little eclectic, but I like them. Ultrawide is definitely glorious, if not somewhat taxing on my 760. I could not recommend my mouse more. Get one. The keyboard has a little light activation pressure, but that's fine with me, honestly. Headphones sound great, but I'm also not an audiophile. Grain of salt, people. ModMic is an amazing invention. I love having gaming headphones that don't sound like cans with string between them. Speakers are... speakers. I can't really listen to music on them as loud as I'd like, but they sound pretty clear and nice. I don't have much to compare them to, and again, not an audiophile. SD card reader reads SD cards, but the base station it's in is sorta flaky. I wouldn't recommend getting one. Used to mount images for the cluster of Raspberry Pi's I have, and port photos in for me to edit.

So what do you actually use this for, Aeglos? Well, I use it for statistical computations, some amateur photo editing, cluster simulation, programming in c++ both normally and with WPILib, a little bit of AutoCAD and Inventor (not enough to justify a nice, meaty, expensive GPU), browsing for Dank Memes, as well as a little bit of light gaming.

I like to think I did a pretty decent job, and am really proud of this build's aesthetics.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, feel free to comment, PM, or smoke signal me.


  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the HG10 bracket, got one just like yours paired with corsair h90. Gives alot of room to overclock! you should try it. I was able to raise my core clock by 130 and mem 775 it definitely boost the fps :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds great! I just need to step down what I'm trying enough so I don't bluescreen in furmark. Do you have a power limit/ overvolt you could recommend?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

overclocking without increasing the voltage is the safest way. Increasing the voltages = blown vram. Just find the highest core clock boost you can achieve without bluescreen, then find the highest memory boost you can without bluescreen and apply them together. I would suggest doing them seperately! A better looking benchmark that has 18 stages and once you've done the 18 stages without crashes then you're definately stable. "unigine valley benchmark 1.0" set the preset "Extreme HD" and you dont have to click anything else in the program then run, it will load and click benchmark at the top left side. If you want to screenshot click F12 or manually take a photo with your phone.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

PS. The CPU cooler blowing the hot air into the radiator will result in a hotter temp in the gpu. This is from experience, thats why my hyper 212x CPU cooler is blowing up(not to the radiator). The explanation is this, as you use the gpu the water in the liquid cooler gets hot and it goes through the radiator to cool itself. Having the CPU cooler blowing into the radiator doesnt allow the water in the liquid cooler to be cooled hence you would get a higher temp. the highest temp i've gotten 62 degrees where the cpu cooler blowing upward

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the help! When I get home I'll take another crack at it.