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Project Trinity

by gomez201



Date Published

Jan. 31, 2015

Date Built

Jan. 10, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.165 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


So I finally was able to build my first PC after over a year of researching. Of course I ran into some problems as I was putting everything together but I learned many lessons along the way. I did try to keep my cable management as clean as possible. In the coming months, I do plan to slowly upgrade the parts to handle more demanding loads. Most likely it will to help with editing in videos and sound along with some artwork and gaming, of course. Overall, I am very happy with the build.

CPU: I knew I would want to overclock my CPU, whichever one I had gotten, and came to the conclusion that an Intel CPU would be easier with that job, especially with all the renderings and editing work I am doing. But, I couldn't flesh out for the i7 with hyperthreading, so I am disappointed in that, but that will definitely be a new upgrade soon enough.

CPU Cooler: The Hyper 212 was a no brainer as the constant reviews gave it a high rating and the low price for this performance couldn't of been overlooked.

Motherboard: Now, as before, I did want to overclock, but SLI wasn't that much an idea for me because of the cost of another GPU would of been too expensive. Plus, with the blue and black color scheme, it worked well with the case and memory. So a Z97 was perfect.

Memory: This is a part I wish I could of gone with a higher clock speed, but at the time, to go to a 2133 would of been at least another $50, so that was out of the question. 8 gb is more than enough for gaming but with large projects, I could use another set, but at higher speeds. Although that is a ways away as this set is doing well for now.

Storage: The SSD was a must for the OS and the 1TB would be used for all other storage use. Luckily, HDD prices are dropping fast and will definitely get a 2TB in the next month. The prices for these couldn't be matched either, so picked these up for a good steal.

GPU: Now here is where I feel I made the best decision. With lost wattage needs, higher clock speeds, and quieter fans than that 780, and at this price, I couldn't say no. Now I have been aware of the recent events with the GDDR5 memory issue of "not being true 4gb", but honestly, it performed excellent before I knew about it, and will continue to perform well for as long as I use it. So I don't regret my decision at all.

PSU: Since I knew I was going to only have one GPU for a while and not a very demanding CPU, even at overclocked speeds, I went for the Seasonic Bronze. There was no need for a larger power supply, at least not for another half a year, so I'm happy with it.

Case: So, at first, this case was not my first choice. My first choice was the Phanteks Enthoo Pro, but it was sold out everywhere I looked at the time. So I found this Inwin, and with my previous knowledge of the high quality of Inwin cases, I decided with this one. The sharp edges and angled features were something I really like to see in a case. Some others might not like it, but I do, so there's that. I did custom paint the vents on the front and side and with my logo on the side. The only discrepancy is the blue tinted window, wish it was white, but again, it matches the color scheme well, so I can't complain.

OS: Here is where some people might not like what I have chosen, but Windows 8 and 8.1 are just what Im used to so decided to go with the 8.1. And I also knew Windows 10 was coming out this year, so wanted a version closest to the new one coming out. But now, I can get the 10 version for free, which is a huge plus, even though it will be in "beta" mode.

Monitors: With the 24" 144hz, 1ms response time in 1080p, at this price, I couldn't say no! And with my multimedia work, I had to get two.

Peripherals: I went for the compact board as I don't use the side number keys very often. And they are cherry MX blues, not reds. Very quiet for a mechanical keyboard. Plus, the brushed metal exterior looks amazing. The mouse was honestly in my color scheme and not too complicated with many buttons. Laser vs optical wasn't really a big deal to me either, so just went with Logitech as I have had a great experience in the past with their products. The headphones, I just must say, for under $100, I don't think I could find any better. The bass and range of tones and vocals is just magnificent. Plus the mic gives me clear voice and no echo from the room at all.

So that is all of my parts. I know it is a long list and a lot of reading but just wanted to go into full detail about the parts. I did forget to mention that I can play most games at Ultra with over 100 fps, so that's a huge plus. And if you were wondering, the Trinity name is my youtube channel, with Only_Trinity being my Twitch name. You are more than welcome to watch my videos. But also I will try to continually update the post as I upgrade my PC and put a plus for the Nutella! Thanks for reading this very long post. Oh, and sorry about the bad picture quality, only had a crappy camcorder on hand..

Comments Sorted by:

rikku 2 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b74MYv8ldXc 970 has, and uses the whole 4 gigabytes when needed. But - the memory has been divided to two parts; one 3.5GB and the other, 0.5GB. The controller on the card will have access to both, but when needed, accessing the second part is "slower". The video I linked explains this. Otherwise, cool build. I like the little mod you did on the side panel. :-) +1

wetsoup 2 points 50 months ago

were you just eating straight nutella???

gomez201 submitter 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

Don't judge, thats the best way to eat it

Smk54 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Really nice build. For your needs you will want to add more RAM as you point out. 1866 or 2133 would make a difference, but is a lot more. Windows 8.1 is very fast and you can change setting to boot directly to desktop if you like. Once you get used to it it actually is a nice system.

MRE_Teck 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Does the cooler master hyper 212 evo come with thermal compound?!?,?,?,

gomez201 submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

No it doesn't, I actually didn't put that in the description, my bad :p but I used Arctic Silver 2.5 g, I think it was less than $5

MRE_Teck 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Dang it!

gomez201 submitter 1 Build 3 points 50 months ago

Oh wait, I am so forgetful, it does..I actually didn't use it until I installed it then I found the thermal compound in the box -_-

coolguy562 2 Builds 1 point 50 months ago


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thunderdan602 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Good job on the custom paint work. I am too lazy to do that kind of think.

Lachlantula 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

The Enthoo Pro is awesome. I have it, but that Inwin is probably good too! Nice build overall, +1!

(btw, did you look at the Quickfire Rapid-i (and the original Rapid)? Might have been a better keyboard: backlight, more switches, etc)

andrefoster 1 point 50 months ago

How is the motherboard as I'm thinking of getting the same one nice build! +1

gomez201 submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

The mobo is excellent for the price, but it does not support SLI, only crossfire, so be careful with that. And the UEFI that came installed was very user friendly and made overclocking a breeze

TrollMadden 1 point 50 months ago

I have a question, someone help me please. Does Windows 8 have superior performance in games compared to Windows 7? Also, does Windows 8 have compatibility issues with any games? I read somewhere that it has many compatibility issues, sorry if I'm asking stupid questions.

gomez201 submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

To answer, I myself don't have the most variety in size or type of games, but every one I have gotten, I have seen no compatibility issues whatsoever. If I were you, I would go with 8.1. About the same price and I think that is why Im not having any problems, plus games being developed today are being made to utilize windows 8 and 8.1, and most likely windows 10 as well

Blackeagle3 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

this build is so similar to mine its not even funny, only difference is in peripherals

SRW 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Nice build, gomez201

andrefoster 1 point 43 months ago

Pc noob question Did you have to upgrade the BIOS for your PC to work (boot up) because I am going to buy the asrock z97 pro4 and a i5-4690k but on the asrock website it says I need to update the bios of the i5-4690k to 1.30 bios.