Description

This is my 2nd build and I think it came out pretty good. I found this site years after I built my first computer. I soon realized my PC didn't have to be an ugly object in the room. I got what I wanted when I wanted it.

Update 6/27/14: Added some more pics. Added the Corsair H75 and NZXT G10 to the 780 Classified and changed the color of the fans to white. I also took the computer off the top shelf and bought a shelf for it. Then put my old Philips 32" 1080p HDTV on the top shelf.

Use: I use this pc as a 2-3 hour a day gaming computer then it's used mostly for video editing, photo editing and internet browsing.

CPU: I chose the i7-4770K because I caught it on sale at Microcenter for the same price as the i5-4670K. Why wouldn't I buy it. I had it at 4.5GHz but it gave me better performance at 4.4GHz

MB: I got the MB in a combo deal with the i7 at Microcenter with $10.00 mir. And it's got a cool red dragon on it. It's also a good gaming MB LOL.

PSU: I originally planned on buying the ax760i but then I caught a deal for the ax860i with $20.00 mir. Wanted the platinum rating of course.

Memory: Well I bought those because they were popular and red. 16GB because I'm going to have this computer a long time.

Graphics: I got the 780 classy because you can get the cool back plate that has red letters on it and it has the ability to beat a stock titan in FPS war. Plus I overclocked it a little. With the H75 cooling it I can push the Classy to 1370 MHz for benchmarking, but 1201 MHz is plenty for gaming and during gaming GPU never goes above 56 C.

Case: Got it with a $20.00 mir. I love the case but it has little space behind motherboard and the usb 3.0 cable from front panel is not a 20 pin to the motherboard it's 2 regular male usb cables. You should see it in the photos that had to buy an extra adaptor for it.

SSD: I've never owned an SSD before and I am amazed how fast they boot Windows. Now I will be buying more SSD's in the future to handle my games and data.

Monitor: I went from a 32" Philips 1080p HDTV to this ASUS 1440p and the difference is amazing.

Cooler: Just went with the staple. The ole H100i

OS: I had a copy of home premium laying around with 1 last usage on it from years ago.

KB and Mouse: I love em both.

All in all the build was smooth except for the rear cabling issues which took 2 hours.

Thanks all, comments are welcomed and appreciated.

Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

You definitely overpaid for the PSU. The SSD is in-line with that brand, but there are other respectable brands that cost quite a bit less for the same GB. Love the rest of it, and your cable management looks stellar!

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks I Love it too. I think I got a good deal on the ax860i PSU. I wanted around that wattage, full modular, and platinum+. It's now $198 and at the time the regular ax860 was $179.99. I don't care really I got what I wanted when I wanted it.

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

That's still alot of overpayment for only an 860 watt. There are nice 1000 watt psu's for that price. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/silverstone-power-supply-st1000p http://pcpartpicker.com/part/ocz-power-supply-oczzx1000w http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-120g21000xr

Either way it is still a nice build.

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

The Silverstone you linked is only 80+ Silver.

The EVGA is only 80+ Gold.

The OCZ is a tier 3 PSU, and is only 80+ Gold.

For a fully modular, tier 1, 80+ Platinum supply, $190 is a pretty good price, especially since it comes from such a well known and reliable brand as Corsair.

  • 73 months ago
  • -3 points

Nobody needs 80+ Platinum. 190$ is absolute crap. All psu brands (except seasonic and xfx) have some PSU's which are not the best. Example: Corsair CX. 190$ for an 860 watt platinum and modular or not is ridiculous.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a tier 1 unit. It's Corsair's top end line. The AX line is made by SeaSonic and re-branded as is XFX.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Please tell us why nobody needs 80+ Platinum

  • 73 months ago
  • -2 points

that's still waaaaay overpaying. I know some full mod 850w PSUs are only ~100.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I got what I wanted when I wanted it.

  • 72 months ago
  • 0 points

that's as good as saying you do something stupid because "yolo". In other words you have no good reason for it because you know you screwed up and you're wrong :P

have a nice day.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

No it's not. That's a top of the line PSU. You can skimp on quality wherever you want but don't look down on the OP because he knows quality and wants quality.

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  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! Very high quality. Nice part selections. +1

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks I like it too.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

My part selection for my next build will be similar. how do you like the motherboard?

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

I love it. It's a great gaming mb with a mid range price.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

does it run well? over-clocking things good? etc. i heard that these boards dont run very well. And that we should get GD65 models instead. I was gonna use the G43 but now i am going back and forth

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I have no complaints about oc'ing it.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Brown PCB is FUGLY!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Alot of boards have brown PCB. FUGLY or not they are gonna stay around.

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah it looks more black with case closed and correct lighting on it

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you give us a link to your wallpaper?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point
  1. I know a lot of people have said this but you overpaid for the SSD.
  2. That PSU has gone on sale for 140 plenty of times. Plus, it's really overkill for a single card setup...
  3. The monitor choice at that price is... alright. I hope you're okay with PWM dimming though.
  4. The 780 GTX Classy is (imo) best paired with some water cooling loop as (iirc) it has unlocked voltage and a custom PCB to give you that overclocking capability.
  5. Your MB is... strangely kinda gimped for this. I mean it'll work fine and all, I just find it strange to see a G45 used in a high-spec build like this.
  6. Case is kind of overkill... in fact you've noted that you didn't like it yourself, so why didn't you do more research on it...? You could have gotten a Corsair Air for less.

  7. Please, please get that huge case off of that flimsy-looking top shelf area! If that thing comes down you're in for a world of mental and physical hurt. It might look cool now, but it won't look as cool crashing into your face and onto your 550$ monitor.

I mean this is alright build, it's just that I (my build) managed to fit a 1440p gaming build with more power than that into about a similar price (that's if you include the RAM and SSD and some stuff I took from my other computer into the price calc). I see some money used unwisely here and there.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

My only concern is the shelf you put the rig on. I don't know what is holding it up, but from the picture, it doesn't look very secure. Just generally not a good think for your case to fall on top of your monitor! :) The CM is beautiful.

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks, Yeah that shelf is pretty secure it's got an all metal support underneath it. I'll be buying a new desk soon to support 3 monitors.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I may have missed it, but you didn't list the sleeved cables. DIY job?

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

You over-payed for the SSD,other than that it is a nice build

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

yeah I was being picky and wanted a red one lol

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

How did you get a 4770K for 216.48? I saw it was on sale at two nearby Microcenters for $249.99... They also had a sale on the 3770K before the 4770K. I personally chose the Ivy Bridge over the Haswell because of the heat / OC ability... Haswell is nice and newer than Ivy Bridge but it seem geared more towards Apple's mobile market (ipads and stuff).

Nice build, good prices (that PSU is pricey though! why so expensive!?).

By the way - how do you like the 200mm fan? is it quiet? I was kicking myself when the CM HAF 912 went on sale and I had already bought a CM Storm Scout 2..

EDIT: Looking at your pictures... where did you get your single sleeved cables? did that come with the PSU? That might explain why it was more expensive... love the single sleeved cables... I want some :(

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

I know this is from a day ago, but no iPad in the history of iPads (or any of their mobile devices) has ever used an Intel Haswell chip; that's not even possible seeing as those are desktop/laptop chips. Apple designs their own chips for their mobile product line.

http://www.apple.com/ipad/compare/

Pray tell, where did you get that peice of information?

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks, In late Nov microcenter had the 4770k on sale for $199.99 for only 3 days. That's the PSU I wanted and that's how much it was when I needed to purchase it. I like the 200mm it puts out good air and its a lot quieter than I thought it would be I run it at full speed and you can barely hear it. The cable extensions are bitfenix brand from pcperformance.com.

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  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Are you serious? It's perfectly fine.

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