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Burta... the not $1100 build

by BlackwaterReject



Date Published

Dec. 9, 2015

Date Built

Nov. 28, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

57.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.114 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


This is a graduation present to myself. I heart it... because it is awesome... and I built it (though it really did feel like playing with grown up legos). I originally had a budget of 1.1k, but I picked up a few shifts at the Olive Garden to finish paying for everything I could have wanted. I game, but lately I have been entering film festivals and I wanted a machine for video editing. So I came up with this... I call her Burta.

While this build isn't an OC dream. It still flexes enough muscle to keep me happy. I am definitely going to add a large SSD project drive as soon as I can. Other than the MB fans and the Disk drive, I am loving this (You can tell because I keep saying so). I just wanted to throw up another Sabertooth build because I hadn't seen much of them on this site.

PS... Next time I am going with an open case and fun lighting

PPS. any thoughts on a new keyboard? I was thinking the 910 spark

Part Reviews


I-7 - haven't been able to put it through its paces, but I like it. Was able to get to 4.4ghz with only a bump in increased power. It handled Arma III (my stress test at the moment) and it didn't crash, so I am happy.

CPU Cooler

H-90- The only annoying this was figuring out what sockets the i7 fit into, but eventually eyeballed it. When my friend looked it up it turned out I placed it right. All I would recommend is replacing the fan on it. $20 bucks can get you a much better air per sound fan.


This thing is a Beast. I mean, it felt heavy and my gorilla fingers never felt like I would break it. 5 year guarantee is super nice. I really liked the built in fans in theory, but those things are loud. They are the only thing I can hear in my case. My roommate asked me what that noise was when I booted up for the first time. He was in a different room at the time....


quick and cheap.... just like me....


Western Digital- thing is pretty quiet and quick for a HD

Video Card

I get to play fallout at max... So I am loving it


I really like this case. Big, Heavy, and tons of tinkering options

Power Supply

EVGA 750- 10 year warranty... So 2 weeks in and it is still running strong.

Optical Drive

My least favorite part of this build. It's loud... really loud. I might take it out after I finish typing this.

Operating System

Eh... it works. It does weird things I don't want it to, but it has some useful features too.

Wireless Network Adapter

I probably could have saved money on a wireless card, but I totally bought this because it looked awesome and reviews were mostly positive... I like to pretend that it was the reviews that influenced me.

Comments Sorted by:

Darkseiders 2 points 40 months ago

Cable management needs some work. I like your part selection, even if I have no idea how you managed a $220 970. The g910 Orion Spark has a very different feel to it, so you will have to try it yourself. My best comparison would be an mx brown that feels kinda like a red, in that it feels extremely responsive, yet has a nice tactile bump.

vekspec 3 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

probably discounts/gift cards lol. that's how I got my 2nd 970 for $189 :D

BlackwaterReject submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Nice man!

BlackwaterReject submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Dat cable management though..... It's like.... what real computer builders do. But I am going to clean it up in a few weeks when I get another ssd drive. Also my theory on the 970 is that an intern put it up on amazon on accident and they didn't take it down in time. It popped on amazon and I spent 3 minutes wondering if it was real or how badly I was going to get scammed on it. But it came and was sealed. My other theory is that it is hot. Both makes sense.

AdamTheMan26 3 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

I really like your part selection. A few questions...

Is your case exhausting through the top or just complete positive air pressure? Any particular reason for running positive air pressure if so?

You have nice components but because of the limited air flow in your case I think some tidying up on your cable management might do some good. Also for aesthetics. Seems like the mustard wire going to your fan is being stretched or something as well.


BlackwaterReject submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Heh, so... my friend who advised me talked me into doing a pull on the radiator on the h90. I was really against this at first, but I tried it and it really seems to be doing the job well. So I have 2 fans pulling and just one fan exhausting. It is still slightly positive in hopes of keeping dust from settling too much.

And yea... cable management.... when I took out the upper drive holder it left a gap for the cables in the back to peek through. They are mostly out of the way. But yea, I will fix this when I buy a large ssd drive for projects and the like.

Persicuta 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Great selection on parts mate! looks pretty sweet from my end. Well done on your build :D

BlackwaterReject submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago


vekspec 3 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

looks good!! cables could use a little tidying up but it's not that bad imo.

new keyboard? I go to my default: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Chroma :) but 2nd would be the Corsair Raptr, love it too. it's not mechanical but it feels solid.

BlackwaterReject submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Doing "internet research" now on the Chroma and Raptr. Thanks for the heads up.

Khas 2 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

The 910 Orion Spark is Epic. Get that or:

Ducky Shine (i have Ducky Shine 3.. and it is awesome. everything is programmable and customizable and Extremely well made and durable)

or get a Razer BlackWidow Ultimate (stealth option too)

Jhobbster 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

This could be so much cleaner if you just cleaned up all the little cables.

KingOfHeartsAlive 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

I need that liquid cooling for overclocking!

lanec1227 1 point 30 months ago

How good it that ASUS wifi card, need one that works well just don't know which one to get

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BlackwaterReject submitter 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

I goof around on a few different games, but I do play CS GO (which this game is terrible, I don't understand why this game is so popular. My theory is that everyone just tries to pretend it is source). I would like mechanical, but really I am looking for something that lasts.

multitasker451 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Cherry MX Brown switches are good for those who both game and work; they sort of fall in between.

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