Description

I mainly built this rig for gaming, but also use it for photo editing, video encoding, watching movies and web surfing. The Tt Chaser MK-I is a fantastic and fun case, but I couldn't help but make a couple small modifications to it. Because of the Antec Kuhler, I didn't need the rear exhaust fan, so I drilled new holes in the bottom of the case (it only had holes for 120mm and the rear fan was 140mm) and mounted it as an intake fan to blow air up to the vid cards. That 140mm fan just barely fits in front of the Corsair PSU, and I was afraid the cables would become a dust trap, but so far there isn't much buildup of dust at all thanks to the filter on the bottom of the case. I also moved the included colorshift fan from the front up to the top and installed 2 CM Megaflow 200mm red LED fans in the front and side panel. I wish I had a good pic of the lighting effect that the fans give, because it's pretty sweet in the dark with all red in the bottom of the case and red/blue/green in the top. All of the hardware worked out really well and fired up on the 1st attempt. With almost no effort I was able to OC to the number you see in the pic. I managed to get it up to 4.7GHz later, and it would do everything stable...except for encode video with handbrake. Right now I have it dropped back to 4.58GHz rock stable for almost 2 months. The Win7 WEI score is 7.8, with the CPU being the 'limiting' factor at that 7.8 and everything else at 7.9. Last pic is my desk and the blue and silver machine is my old gaming rig, now running linux.

I'll just add this here since so many commented about the vid card. It's a 570 because the 660Ti wasn't out yet when I built this.

Log in to rate comments or to post a comment.

Comments

  • 89 months ago
  • 4 points

awesome cable management... overall nice build but the gtx 570? why not get a 660ti instead?

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Or you know, a 7850

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Or, hell just get a 680.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build, why not a more recent GPU?

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think the 660ti was out when he got this. Also, I'm glad you didn't go above 1866 mhz on the RAM, because according to Anandtech's benchmarks, there is only a significant increase between 1333 mhz and 1866 mhz, but anything higher is unnoticeable.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

You are correct, the 660Ti was not out yet. No biggie, everything in the realm of custom PCs is obsolete as soon as you click the order button anyway. I read that same article about the RAM. :)

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm PHYSCHIC!

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Should have gotten a different cpu cooler and video card, and 8gb of ram would probably have been enough, but good build overall

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

16GB to run virtual machines for playing around and for work. That's also the reason it's an i7 and not an i5. What's the reasoning on the CPU cooler? It has been well reviewed and is a very solid unit. The one weakness so far is just the crappy Chill Control V software.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not a very cost efficient cooler, a hyper 212 would cool just as well for $20, and a nh-d14 would work much better for the same price. For liquid cooling, the corsair h100 is really the only one I would recommend, as it has the same cooling power as a nh-d14, though it is a bit more costly.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

You are absolutely right and I did actually look at both of those and several other large air coolers. I even had the nh-d14 in my amazon cart at one point. Then I decided that I didn't want the noise. The kuhler is all but silent, even with the fans ramping up a little when under full CPU load (only happens when encoding video). Not to mention, IMHO, the antec looks much better than those giant stacks of aluminum fins. And as far as cost efficiency goes; since when is fun cost efficient? :) If I were building one to re-sell, it'd be the hyper 212, but this was for me.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

as others have stated great cable management. I just cried alittle inside when I saw this system sporting a brand new, wait... GTX 570... shame. If the GPU is reused, understandable. But over priced MB, others offer the same or even sometimes better features/quality for far cheaper.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Uh huh. I actually built this in July. The GTX 570 was still pretty good 'back then'.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, no. The GPU is overpriced. I have one. I know. Cable management is amazing though.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

It may have been a little high, but I paid it for the warranty. The 660Ti wasn't out yet either. And it really is a good card. Crushes everything I throw at it without getting too hot. (Unlike the MSI GTX 560Ti I also have.)

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

NNOOOOOOOOOOO 570!!!!!!!!!! T.T

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

I have that case as well, great case and great build.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Best case I've ever used. Thanks

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Have a very similar build & just built it recently too. Love the cable management with the case. You'll have a lot of fun w/ your computer! Enjoy it! :)

  • 89 months ago
  • 2 points

Enjoying it immensely!

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

i want Motherboard shield on mine :D lol Can yuo buy those separate or is it specifically with that motherboard??

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Job. Im sure the case looks crazy with the lights off. How was managing the cables... especially for the colorshifter fans? I just ordered the same case motherboard and CPU. Maybe you can show me how to OC? Im new to this stuff. Usually buy off the shelve units. First time I'm building.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good build +1 for you man (I wish I could +2 though)

[comment deleted by staff]
  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Aww, shucks... :)