Description

This build is for coding/gaming/image editing/etc.

I got most of the parts two weeks ago and built it without any problems.

Justification for my parts: CPU: I do multi-threaded coding and latency testing on caches, that's I needed a powerful CPU (i7 OCd to 4.2).

CPU Cooler: I doubted that the Kraken would fit without any case mods, but it did. (Got 3 additional fans. 2 to do push/pull, 1 for the front of the case). Cool and quiet.

Mobo: Needed the dualBIOS cause I usually mess up the BIOS. Also, it matches my theme color.

Memory: I was going to go with dominators initially, but went with the G.Skill for the look (also, 1600 Mhz is perfect).

SSD: Fast boot/read/writes. No complains. (I will be adding another one to run in RAID 0).

HDD: Backup drive.

GPU: Runs games at high FPS. Will be adding another one. (OCd)

Case: Enough space for my parts (window panel looks great + LEDs are brilliant).

DVD: no complains. (don't need bluray).

PSU: I left it to the end because I know you would say it's an OVERKILL. However, I'll be adding more parts and I like to OC my parts, so I'll get the best out if it. In addition, this PSU is the only PSU with individually sleeved cables (saved me some cash instead of buying extensions) and I got it for a great price!

UPDATE1: Fixed the CPU voltage (added pic).

UPDATE2: Fixed the GPU sag (grabbed a wooden BBQ skewer, colored it, mounted it, VOILA!) [temporary/quick DIY fix] (added pic).

Excuse any spelling/grammar mistakes, I posted this using my phone.

Any comments/suggestions are welcome!

Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 5 points

Maybe this is just me...but I think you need more fans.

Great build. +1

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I miss my 200mm fan that was on the side door! Btw, it has 11 fans (4 on the kraken, 1 on the back, 1 on the front, 2 on the side door, 2 on the GPU, and 1 on the PSU) and it is very quiet!! :)

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

It looks very, very clean.

Your component selection is also very balanced.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I appreciate it.

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

Great build, but you fix that GPU sag. It will wear on the GPU and PCIE contacts and the GPU PCB. Prop something underneath the GPU so that it is level.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the suggestion. I just did a temporary fix (check the last pic).

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

great build! good choice with the cooler!

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

I was going with the corsair h100i, but you can't go wrong with a bigger radiator.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Of course! I owned both the H110 and the X60, x60 performs a tad better, but I think its just the fans,

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

This is very, very nice! Looks good and the part choices are spot on!

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Your Rambo looks good too!

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! That's my baby :)

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn. So nice! Love the cooler, the fan setup, and some of the great deals you got! That PSU seems like a STEAL!

$40 for the memory? How did that happen?

Also, any plans to go higher than 4.2 ? I imagine your setup should allow for 4.5 at least?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I actually bought two PSUs and I'll try to make some profit out of the 2nd one!

The memory didn't cost me $40, however, I got it $100 off combo with the mobo but I listed the full price of the mobo and $100 off the RAM's price!

As for OCing, I got the CPU up to 4.7 but I had to speed up the radiator fans (which I don't prefer for the sake of silence)

I appreciate you comments/questions!! :)

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Extremely balanced build!

Great build. +1

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, nice and clean But I can't help but notice the voltage is rather high on the v-core, 1.33v seems really high to me for only a 4.2GHz overclock. See if you can get that down a bit, otherwise you may have landed yourself with a bit of a dud chip :/

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'll try that and let you know! Thanks for the suggestion.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot for the tip, I forgot it at that voltage when I pumped the CPU to 4.7! It's now running on 1.190v: http://oi42.tinypic.com/21nnuz5.jpg

Do you think that's good enough or should I lower it down more?

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Ahh! Thats much better, glad I caught that one, that seems like a nice value, just make sure its stable ;)

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Those are some sick pics! Fantastic build, man! Hope you enjoy it. +1

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! I spent some time taking them :)

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Does the LED color change inside the case come with it or did you install them yourself?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it doesn't come with the case. I installed it myself. It's called NZXT Hue (RGB LED) and I got it from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/NZXT-Technologies-5-25-Inch-Controller-8c-hue0000-00b/dp/B008RWT2IY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378593800&sr=8-1&keywords=nzxt+hue

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

I love everything about this build. That white case with red/black components.. so damn clean.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! And it's an honor to have your first comment on my build :)

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing work! I was wondering...on your third picture (where you show the front of the case at an angle on the carpet) it looks like there is a small gap at the top (where the side panel meets the top cover). Was this a result of the X60's bulkiness? I know you mentioned you didn't have to do any modifications, is this true before or after you configured the 4 fan push/pull assembly?.. Sorry for the 21 questions, Im glad i stumbled upon your rig, as I needed clear confirmation that the NZXT case is compatible with the X60...Again, stellar job!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

First of all, thanks! The gap at the top is just a result of not pressing the top part firmly (one of the clips wasn't mounted). FYI, the x60 is not bulky at all, however, i was concerned about the 2 140mm fans at the top and it got in without any mods.

To explain exactly how I mounted the x60, I only used two screw drivers to go through the case and top fans to mount the x60 (towards the outer side (the side panel side)). Then, I mounted the rest of the screws directly (fans to x60) without going through the case. I could've drilled two holes on the back side [The ° holes bellow] (to use the same technique that's being used with the corsair h100i) by hanging it from the middle four screws.

Right side of the case (mobo side)

•--------°°--------•
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•--------**--------•

Left side (side panel)

^ if this was a top view of the radiator, I only used the * holes to go through as (fan -> case -> radiator). And the ° ones are empty ones (no screws at all).

I hope that helps!

I had to use ASCII to explain it since I'm not home to take photos of the case and I'm using my phone, so excuse any grammatical or spelling mistakes! :)

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, kindly, for your quick reply. The visual aid will help a lot. Now I can comfortably order the parts I really want.Keep building great rigs! Can't wait to see the next one.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

picture overload

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Just showing my pride :p