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by shirefolk


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Date Published

March 26, 2014

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate



This is my first build. Mid-range gaming, yada yada... Anyway, big shout out to the help and knowledge across pcpartpicker, tom's hardware, anand, reddit, etc. etc... The learning process was just as much fun as the building! Spent about 2-3 months researching everything (hopefully that reflects in the part selection XD).

Total build time was probably 5 hours. Greyjoy because it's grey and they're probably the coolest house in ASOIAF.

CPU - Was between this and 3570k. Ivy is "tried and true" and Haswell has it's "heat" issues but I decided to go with newer since prices were nearly identical.

CPU cooler - I said mid-range. So I didn't want the typical EVO 212 for ~$30 but didn't want to shell out for the H100i either. Looked up some reviews on this one. What sold me was the color options; I was trying to be conscious of a blue color scheme. Really liked what I saw for noise levels and cooling ability in benchmarks too.

MOBO: The other brands went away from the blue scheme for whatever reason (on z87s) so I chose gigabyte.

RAM: Blue. Picked it up when I saw an agreeable deal. Tangent: what gets me is when people ask "is this a good deal?" I don't know, are you willing to spend the money?? If you're not then it isn't...

Storage: Pretty vanilla, 120gb SSD & 1TB HDD.

Video Card: I missed the damn sale on that 1ghz 7970 for $240. When this one came up for $260 I pulled the trigger quick. Was initially looking at a GTX 760 but then I discovered the 7970/280x with 3GB VRAM for $300? I'm all about $/performance and these recent deals on the 7970s made it that much easier.

Case: I wanted a window that wasn't the entire side panel. Something discrete, enough for a peep show ;)

PSU: First item I bought, pulled the trigger on a 620w early on. Ended up returning it, the extra room is for crossfiring later on.

Opt. Drive: "past-proof" as I saw someone saw on here once XD

Comments Sorted by:

Zeus 1 Build 5 points 47 months ago

The 280x is actually equivalent to a 7970 GHz edition, hence the price premium. Awesome build! you researched well, everything is well balanced and ready for the future. The 7970 scales really well in most games when xfired. +1

shirefolk submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago


xIMcCloud29Ix 3 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

Makes me glad I got a 410 seeing all of the other great builds on here. Ironically I just sold that same card on eBay a couple of weeks ago for about $225. Really clean and good part choice.

shirefolk submitter 1 Build 2 points 47 months ago

Thanks! Man, my only gripe is that every video and picture I saw of the 410 showed that it came with blue LED light but mine came with white... v__v

deathfromup 6 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

great price for what you have there. You should be able to crank that overclock up, with the nice cooler and mobo you have.

st3 5 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

+1 for the Walter Sobchak figure! Good part selection too.

shirefolk submitter 1 Build 3 points 47 months ago

You'd be entering a world of pain if you didn't +1....

stnz 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Quite a cute kid you got there ;). Did he help ? :p

shirefolk submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Thanks, that's my nephew. I had him on flashlight duty; just like my dad had me do on his cars lol. I made it a point to build around him. I wanted to pique his curiosity and he did seem amazed by the whole process.

stnz 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

That's cool ;). I was just wondering since I didn't see him in the part list :p

Mediciu5 3 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Dude! There's a small child in your computer! I always thought that case was a medium sized one, but I guess looks are deceiving.

Back to reality, I think you have a nice range of parts and kept the price point realistic. Good job.

shirefolk submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Lol, thanks, I appreciate it : )

Baron-Praxis 1 point 44 months ago

how are you liking the CPU Cooler? I was thinking of getting the same just but in white. Non of my friends have any so I am curious

Ntress 1 point 32 months ago

how is this cooler compares to the Phanteks PH-TC14PE?

which one do you recommend?

jaredt 1 Build -1 points 47 months ago

very good except you spent a little to much on that PSU. An equivalent antec is $50 cheaper.

Electrospeed 4 points 47 months ago

...not a blue colored 80+ Gold one

shirefolk submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago