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Update 10Jun2013:

Got the EVGA backplate for the GTX 770 and it is nice looking. I added the light inside and I look a purple blue and I think it looks pretty good. I am looking for more feedback from the site to see what you guys think.

Update 04Jun2013:

Added photos of the GTX 770

Added the GTX 770 and because I had the HDMI plugged into the motherboard on the extreme6 I had some issues with the installation, but thanks to the EVGA FAQ site I was able to figure it out. I removed the HDMI cable plugged in the DVI cable and magically the monitor started to work. I was able to see the login screen in Windows using the GTX 770 but after entering in the password the screen would go black.

The cabling behind the mobo is just brutal. I don't know how you pros get it done so cleanly.

Update 03Jun2013:

Added some more production photos. Still working on cabling but I did install the water cooler. I am already concerned with the Core temp per the Corsair Link software. Can someone lead me into what software I need to cross check the temperatures of my CPU?


Original Post

I have not built in 15 years and I am going to try it again.

I will still have an iMac in my house but I am always wanting a windows environment usually for gaming. While I mostly play WoW, Diablo III, and SC2, there are some other games on the way that I know will require the later tech. In addition I do minor video editing of AVHCD content but because I have an iMac I will rarely do it on the Windows machine. I will have BD-R burner to transfer my back up video footage and will most likely rip DvDs and BD using Handbrake.

The current Dell XPS 630i pissed me off with false promises for continued upgradability, but replacing the Mobo in that chassis, which I like, will not offer what I am looking for because of how the case is Dellified, so i am going to sell it and take the plunge. The XPS 630i has an Nvidia 630 stock motherboard with a Dellified (nerfed) x8 max PCI 2.0 slot. It has 4GB of Ram and a Q9450 @ 2.66Hz Processor. No Sata 6.0 Gb/sec speed which is one of my major reasons to upgrade. I saw the release of the GTX 770 so since I am coming from a GTX 280 I figure I will see improvement.

Thank goodness for Micro Center, they are just really easy to work with and will match any price you can find from a large internet retailer. I would highly recommend them if you have the luxury of them being near you. I did use Frys Electronics along with NewEgg but I will always go to Micro Center first. The prices you see above are real and took 30 days to make happen included a $40.00 price drop on the Extreme 6 from AsRock at Micro Center.

I hope the Mobo will last me at least 3 years as the previous Dell XPS 630i lasted me 5 years and is still working today. No warranty services on it, which I know will be the death of me when I build this new unit out. I thought I was done building machines but it just looks to damn fun.

If I hear from you guys I will be happy to provide photos of the build as I do it with my 4 year old son to show him the inside of a computer and how things work. More updates to come.

-Stav

Comments

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Welcome back, builder! :)

Solid looking build sheet. Some pretty beefy stuff lined up. And I really dig the R4 case & will use it in some future build.

Looking forward to the updates. And you know we're a visual group - so bring on the progress pics! :)

And, of course, props for involving your son :)

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

seeing that processor without a heatsink on it made me a little uneasy. lol Awesome build though! :D

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

LOL, just making sure it POSTed before I transferred into the chassis, I saw it in a video somewhere.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Any issues installing the cooler in the case? I want to use it. Very similar build to what I'm planning. An i5 and an Extreme4 instead.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

It is definitely tight in the case but I am getting expected performance in my benchmark testing.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the 770?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Jury is still out there... Had a minor problem getting it installed, but I am now downloading games to see what the outcome is.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

So what do you think of it now??

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

It runs like a champ. I play mostly blizz games and I have never had in game frame rates like I have with this card at max settings or any settings. In WoW I see the number go as high as 250 fps, with no addons. Now that I have my addons installed I see about 150fps in LFR and in 5-mans, what a different experience for me.

As for intensive FPS games, I can't comment. I don't own a full copy of 3D Mark but the performance test showed over 10k which I don't know if it is even good.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

So just wondering what anyone else thinks... I do feel at idle I see some temps at 35 - 36C, My ambient is fairly high in Texas, but the AC is running just fine. Hope you guys have some feedback...

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I have to say I expected more feedback from the site. I have seen many comparable systems on the site with way more discussion. Is my post too long and you guys fall asleep when you read it?

Whatever I can do to get more feedback I am all ears and eyes.

-Stav

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  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't disagree.

I planned to SLI when I bought the PSU which was my first purchase along with the CPU.

Then since I waited so long to purchase my video card, as my intent was initially to spend money on two GTX 660s, I bought the single 770 for the same price $400, and will upgrade to dual SLI when the time is right.