Description

Here is my build. Alot of you may have seen this alot before but this is my last change. I am finally satisfied with the way my computer performs.

The story of this computer is i built the main computer April 28 2013 which consisted of HAF 912 Case, Asrock Z77 Extreme4 MB, Intel core i5 3570k, Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus, PowerColor Myst HD 7870 XT, Western Digital 500GB Hard Drive, Windows 8, Acer 23" monitor, Seasonic M12II 750 watt power supply. I assembly the computer the day i got it but shortly after i assembled it the 7870 XT Graphics Fried so i sent in a replacment from Amazon. I got the replacement and was not satisfied with the Heat, Perfoance and noise of the Graphics Card. The story goes i was just got Crysis 3 when it come out. I so i need to run the game on Very High settings. Then i bought the Samsung 840 120GB on 5/1/2013. This was still in the HAF 912 Case. I bought a pair a Sapphire Vapor-X 7950 to run ins crossfire to max out Crysis 3. Then on 5/14/2013 i bought the Fractal Design Define R4. Change all the equipment to case. Then i decided was tired of the trouble of crossfire of the two cards and bought a PNY GTX 680 not long after i bought it the GTX 780 and 770 come out. So i wanted something new so i bought a Gigabyte GTX 770 2GB i was then satisfied with perfomance of that card. I then decided to get a pair of MSI Lightning GTX 770 to run Crysis 3 on Very High @ 1080P. That work well for a while. Then i decided i wanted a pair of PNY GTX 780 the seems way overkill for my cheap 1080P monitor. I hate PNY Graphics cards too. So i found a pair of Gigabyte GTX 670 2GB for $450 the pair on Craiglist. I had them for a couple months decided i wanted a Better monitor so i bought a Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor which i started having problem flickering so i thought i was either monitor or Graphics Card i bought a second Asus VE247H Monitor and sold two 670 and got a Pair of Gigabyte GTX 760 4GB. I then decided i wanted to run Nvidia 2D Surround so i bought a 3rd Asus VE247H and 3 monitor stand. This was around October when Battlefield come out. I was obessed with trying to run Battlefield 4 on Ultra @ 5760x1080P. To gain the performance i needed i bought the Asus P8Z77 WS Motherboard and the Corsair HX 850 Watt Power Supply and a third Gigabyte GTX 760 4GB. That Gave performance i needed but barely. I ran this setup until Tax time in February. I decided i was tired of the Montior setup and heat issues of 3 760 pressed up together. so i sold all monitor and graphics card. I them return to the original Acer Monitor and bought the current Asus GTX 780 i have now. I decided also i wanted a quieter PC and bought the NZXT Kraken X40 Cpu cooler. The last thing i bought a couple days ago was Coolermaster Devastor Keyboard and Mouse combo.

So basically the Case, Motherboard, Power Supply, Graphics Cards, and Monitors Have changed throughout the process in 10 month period.

Component Brakedown

Intel Core i5 3570K @ 4.6 Ghz @1.3 volts I have like way the processor performs. i Bought it on sale at tigerdirect for 199.99 plus shipping. I have had thoughts to upgrade to the Intel Core i5 4670K to become more modern chip but i think i wont see any performance improvements for more money.

Asus P8Z77 WS: This motherboard bought to run a trio of GTX 760 4GB in Tri Sli. You need a PLX chip based motherboard on the Socket 1155 Systems because of lack of PCIE Lanes that comes from CPU. I like the heatsinks and VRM assembly on this motherboard. This board should last alot than Asrock board i had.

NZXT Kraken X40. I bought because i dont like the quality of the Corsair Hydro Seies AIO. and this would fit my case with no problem. I currently have in a Push/PULL config and works great to keep the processor cool especially with all the voltage i running to keep the CPU Stable @ 4.6 Ghz. I think it cools about as good as a NH-D14 and h100i.

Corsair Vengeance 8GB: This was cheapest kit i could find at the time i bought it. It come from my original AMD FX 6300 build.

Samsung 840 120GB: I wanted a SSD the second i got my computer built. This for going around $110 at the time. It Fast. boot up in 13 seconds.

Western Digital 500GB: This was my main drive when i built my computer in April. That why it small i dont i need a 1TB or bigger drive, It currently holds my DOCS and Steam Games.

Asus GTX 780: This is what i decided to run with until Maxwell comes out later this year. it might last me a couple years before i upgrade again. I have had alot of cards in this machine. It runs cool and quite

Asus Xonar DSX: I bought this from NCIX so my computer just so my computer sounds better, I have a pair Logitech 2.1 Speakers set that a couple years old.

Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window: I really like this case. it is easy to works with. I bought it because of sound damping and window.

Fan: Was added sometime during the process.

Corsair HX 850: This was also bought to run the trio of GTX 760. I like the 7 Year warranty and it 80 Plus Gold Certification

Asus DVD i bought this to install my operating system and games.

Microsoft Windows 8: I don't have a problem with this since i have downloaded the free upgrade to 8.1. I currently still using StartisBack to return the start menu and not just a button.

Acer 23": Yes it is 5ms monitor and viewing angle problems but the price you can go wrong.

CoolerMaster CM Storm Devastor: It is a membrane keyboard but i like that it black light . the mouse is a good mouse you just have to get use to it.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 6 points

could do a bit better in cable management

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

that was a rollercoaster ride from start to finish!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe consider removing the top HDD cage for better airflow.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Wires...wires everywhere!

But seriously, nice build you got going there. Some more management and you will be golden!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow a lot of "upgrades" to cards that perform extremely similar... 2 7950s, 2 670s, and 2 760s are all very close in performance. At least you finally got a decent single card haha.

Also I agree with the others, remove that drive cage and clean those wires up.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

How is that monitor? Looking for something cheap like it and was wondering if you would recommend it! Nice build, too. +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

it a nice monitor