Description

Been planning and buying parts for 3 months. Got great deals on most of the parts and everything arrived safely without any DOA parts. I'll use it mainly for gaming but also for programming and some minor video editing.

Wanted top of the line parts and to stay under a $2000 budget.

Got a great deal on the motherboard from Microcenter. Originally for $115, then a $40 discount because I bought it with the CPU and then $70 worth of rebates that I had accumulated from buying other parts.

Extremely satisfied with the GTX-770. Runs all games without much trouble, although Crysis 3 on ultra does face some FPS drops.

Didn't take many pictures during the actual build process because I was too excited... Cable management was pretty difficult on the Rosewill Blackhawk case because there isn't much room between the motherboard tray and back case panel to tie down cables.

LEDs look gorgeous and I am overall satisfied with the build.

I'll upload more pictures of my battlestation once that is set up with the monitor mount and at my college apartment.

Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

awesome! can't beat 3 dollars for a motherboard.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you overclocked that thing? Those CPU temps are pretty damn high, especially with that cooler, although I would have found a way to fit an H100i in there, or used a different case, since (from what I've seen, at least) the H80i isn't much more beneficial than standard air-cooling.

Also, never understood how people can stand dual-monitor setups. Having that line down the middle of my display would drive me nuts.

Overall, pretty nice build though.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't overclocked it yet. What is the range for normal idle / load temperatures supposed to be?

And I'm doing a dual monitor setup mainly to have extra screen real estate and not for gaming.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Should be less than that. Most OC 4770k's are around 70-80C on load for that to be at 70C at load for base clock thats allot.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmmm... I guess I can change some fan settings on my H80i to compensate for an increase in temperature/load. I used Prime95 to put the CPU under load and then checked the temperature through the Corsair temperature.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Prime is TERRIBLE for Haswell CPUs because it operates them at a higher voltage than they should! DON'T USE PRIME ON HASWELL!!! Use AIDA64 or OCCT instead! Now that that is done, nice build! :)

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

AFAIK, the normal operating range for a stock non-OC i7 are generally between 25-50*C (idle-load). I don't know how much a dual monitor setup will raise that however.