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Hello PCPP!

This is my 6th personal build to date (I'm 23). I'm extremely happy with this setup. I tried my best to theme everything to be red/black, even spent a little extra on the 2nd set of RAM so it would be red. I think I did a pretty decent job, won't you say?

Typically used for ~120 games, Steam and retail. I have yet to see a game that this can't handle at 1080p and full details. Batman AC runs flawlessly, DiRT3 although not the most demanding is beautiful, Far Cry 3 max (w/o 8x AF), Skyrim with about 6GB of mods running and every setting on max never dips below 60fps. The ONLY game that still brings this beast down is Metro 2033 with MSAA enabled. It still gets around 45 fps with that option ticked, but still, not bad!

Idle/load temps are crazy low on air. Max GPU temp is ~60-62C (with EVGA Precision) and max CPU is ~48-50C (Arctic Silver 5 on).

Boot up time with the SSD is around 14-16 seconds after post beep and shut down time is close to 3 seconds.

The hard drive setup is as follows: SSD = primary boot drive, small applications like Adobe, CCleaner, Java, EVGA software, etc. HDD1 = secondary program drive, where my steamapps folder is as well as any other major games go HDD2 = ISO's only, I have about 350GB worth HDD3 = data, documents, pictures, music, etc. -- really anything that would normally be in my User folder

The case has been a wonder to work with, and I have purchased quite a few Cooler Master cases from the HAF series for my friends and family because of the experience I had. It is extremely roomy and everything is tool-less. Aesthetically it's awesome and I get compliments and questions (what the hell is that?) all the time.

The Bluray burner is phenomenal at what I need it to do. There's never any stuttering, and I paired it with PowerDVD Ultra 12 for playing movies. The only thing I would want different is the bezel to not be glossy, as it takes away from the style of the exterior of the case.

I bought Noctua fans for cooling (1 for CPU, 1 for exhaust) and the difference in dB is crazy. Before, my CPU was pushing 65 dB during load with the sound measured 4 in. away. Now, with the same load, the noise 4 in. from the cooler is 54 dB. It's not a whole lot in the numbers, but it's MUCH quieter.

All in all, this build has been my best yet. Cabling was a breeze, the components are fantastic, and the style is top notch.

------------------------------ EVGA & CORSAIR FTW!!! ------------------------------

EDIT: I just recently got a USB 3.0 Y-cable so my blue USB cables aren't protruding out the back through the water cooling holes. Just routed them behind the motherboard, attached the Y-cable, and now my front USB 3.0 ports are plugged into the motherboard header! Yay for efficiency!

I figured out why my motherboard has 2 splash screens. I disabled Launch PXE OpROM and the other PXE option in the BIOS and it no longer attempts to boot over LAN.

Comments

  • 89 months ago
  • 3 points

The GTX 570 in one of the pictures is no longer being used. It is now the GTX 670.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

shhhweet build. i like the wiring pass through holes, makes it look really nice. no pics from the other side to see wiring. good job!

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Why the 2500K instead of a 3570K?

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

@gen3benz I'll be taking more pics of the final build with everything in and wiring on the other side later today.

@TheHiguty The price didn't justify it for me. I only play games, and the upgrade to an IB cpu was only a few frames in games. Also, the Z68 FTW doesn't have the BIOS for Ivy Bridge yet.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a sexy looking CPU cooler, will have to keep that in mind for my next build

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

@xmiidnight - It's pretty loud at stock (if you don't modify the SmartFan settings in the BIOS), but once I set my temperature/fan scale, it's not so bad. What else can I ask for when my temps get no hotter than 50C?

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build!!!

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

I uploaded some more pictures so now it's complete.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. Imma copy this and change some stuff to make it cheaper and have SLi setup.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower?

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

No, accidentally overwrote the build with a basic one. Have to fix this, lol

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

Fixed =)

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

EDIT: Updated prices with actual purchase prices, added 3TB drive, Noctua fans, Windows 8, and 670 backplate to list.

2 WD drives were carried over from previous build as well as DVD burner, and Windows 8 Pro was free due to Technet.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

why no EVGA PSU :(