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There were a few hiccups along the way, just as you'd expect with any build, with plans made in advance not always quite turning out as expected, however I somehow managed to get everything set up the way I wanted more or less. I don't think it could have gone any better! Only a few niggles along the way however it's all turned out OK in the end, and boy does it run like a dream. Cool, quiet, and I'm finally able for the first time in my life to max out any game, the GTX 780 Ti more or less just laughs in the face of any game, it's fantastic!

CPU - Intel Core i7 4770; Mainly due to the fact I don't see any need to overclock, and Haswell have a 20% increase in performance over Ivy Bridge even before the fact. General speed of the CPU is extremely fast anyway - I don't need it to be even more overkill than it needs to be.

Cooler - Corsair H100i; People have asked me a lot about the H100i, I have swapped out the fans for SP120 Quiet Editions, which give lower performance but less noise, this means that my liquid cooling loop isn't as overkill as many people have thought, it gives excellent cooling while still maintaining very low noise even at full load. I bought Noctua thermal paste but didn't end up using it as the pre-applied paste works a treat. Now I have some spare.

Asus Maximus VI Hero; Fantastic board, can't fault it, although it was more of a struggle than it needed to be to get this to line up with the I/O plate in the case...

EVGA GTX 780 Ti Superclocked; This already beastly card has just been ramped up by EVGA. I just had to get it, I want this machine to last for a long time. I have also fitted out the case with an AX860i PSU to accommodate a second card later on.

Samsung 840 EVO 500GB SSD; Why? Because mechanical hard drives are slow, noisy, and the cages block airflow to my graphics card and take up lots of room and add too much weight to my case; that's why.

I treated myself to an insanely good racing wheel as I am a hardcore advocate of racing games. I would much rather spend money on an authentic driving experience at home and spend no money on fuel, than be on the road street racing and putting others at risk!

Thanks for checking out my build!

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

h100i was not needed, water cooling wasnt needed tbh. but its a nice looking build anyways.

  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks for the comment, I deliberately chose an over-kill CPU cooler because I knew the quiet fans I was going to install on it would reduce it's performance - so much so that it would no longer be as overkill as original intended use. I'm also finding it's a bit tidier and more roomy with a smaller more compact liquid loop than a conventional bulky air cooler :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi great build but what do you think about the monitor? would you recommend it to heavy gamers? is the 5ms response time a big deal thanks and again amazing build:)

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

The monitor is fantastic, it has a matte finish which means it doesn't attract as much glare as other screens. The 5ms response time is phenomenal for a screen of this size, it's very responsive indeed and although capped at 60Hz, gameplay is still silky smooth since my graphics card has sufficient horsepower to maintain a constant capped 60fps. Heavy gamers may opt for a 120hz monitor with a 1ms response time but they sacrifice the IPS panel (which gives great viewing angles) and they also surrender image quality and colour saturation. This monitors only downside is that blacks aren't as deep black as I would like however I have used the cinematic mode which gives them a richer colour. Hope this helps :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks alot man i might actually get it and once again love your build

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

OVER KILL lol but nice

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow this is pretty much the exact build I want :). Same parts color and everything. With the 860i in can you fit a 140mm fan in the bottom?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi thanks for your post, yes I can indeed fit a 140mm at the bottom of my case even with the AX860i. It would be advisable to install this fan before any cable management takes place, installing after would be extremely difficult.