Now Updated with new PSU, RAM and GPU Cooler (see comments).

I run Davinci Resolve Studio, Photoshop, Premiere, DXO Optics and games, for quite a while I was stuck with using laptops (Mac and Win) then back in 2014 I built a PC with scavenged parts which included a Socket 1155 Z77 Gigabyte motherboard for which I picked up a cheap GBP 230 (USD 238) i7 3770K from Amazon.

The rig ran great for several years then the Gigabyte motherboard died and 1155 motherboards are very hard to find, so I downgraded to a H61 board, which was not fun but funds did not allow upgrading to Skylake or more recently Kaby Lake so need to keep the old rig going.

Now on to this build, my source for scavenged parts upgraded to Kaby Lake, so his Asrock Z77 OC Formula 1155 motherboard was available but it's E-ATX so need a new case.

CPU - i7- 3770K Ivy Bridge Overclocked to 4.5Ghz using motherboard preset, core voltage is 1.192v Running XTU max temp is 70 degrees C, Average of 60c with idle around 30c. Overclocked happily to 4.9Ghz with a max temp of 90c but have gone of quietness at 4.5Ghz.

GPU - Gigabyte GTX 1070 Founders Edition Works great in 1440p Traded in some old gear, so didn't spend any real money

Cooling - CPU Cooler Noctua ND-D15S Big quiet, easy to install comes with a one 140mm fan and I added second NF12 120mm fan, which keeps noise to a minimum under load at 4.5Ghz (dual fan 860rpm max under XTU against 1200rpm with single fan). Prior to the D15S I ran a Cooler Master 212x EVO with the NF12, really great cooler for the money (update added pics of D15s and 212x together for comparison).

Fans - all Noctua LNA (Low Noise Adapters fitted). Rear exhaust 140mm NF-14 PWM, 2 x Front intake NF-A14 FLX (3 pin) Whole system is whisper quiet.

Motherboard - Asrock Z77 OC Formula. Solid build quality.

Case -Thermaltake Suppressor F51 I wanted a big silent case that would take the E-ATX board and it was the right price. Everything fits easily and I wanted windowless.

Part Reviews


First released in 2012 and still going strong almost 5 years later. Overclocks easily with a 3rd party cooler .

CPU Cooler

The high compatibility upgrade to the NH-D15, changes are: Asymmetric (offset) base so no longer blocks first (top) PCIe slot; RAM cutouts on both sides for taller RAM. Single AF15 fan with clips supplied added second fan (NF12), which keeps noise level down on full load compared to single fan setup. Notes: It's very big like almost 3 x a Cooler Master 212x so check it will fit being so big it cools very quietly.


Solid reliable board for overclocking 1155 CPUs. Negatives E-ATX size limits case choice, very poor fan control utility.


Huge improvement over 1070 Founders Edition blower heat sink in noise and heat, far far quieter and never thermally throttles.

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  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

Takes a lickin' keeps on tickin'

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Also is that the waterproof edition?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thermal IR camera (FLIR One).

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

That processor just keeps on chugging doesn't it XD

And is that a FLIR? Nice idea for a build pic!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

FLIR One on an iPad Air 2

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Some recent upgrades:

PSU - EVGA SuperNOVA 650 P2, 80+ PLATINUM 650W

RAM - 4 x Corsair Vengeance Pro Series 4GB DDR3 2400Mhz CL11

GPU cooler - Accelero Xtreme III

CPU overclock to 4.7Ghz.

Biggest change was changing GPU cooler from 1070 Founders Edition blower to Accelero Xtreme III (3 x92mm fan). The III is more fiddly to install as you need to glue on heat sinks for VRAM etc. the newer IV version has a backside heat sink, with hindsight for a 1070 the IV would be fine as the 1070's TDP is half what the cooler is designed for. Result the 1070 is now far quieter, cooler and never thermally throttles.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

New pics added.