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Aperture Labs | Wheatley
by kelsyntsubaki
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Description

Inspired by Portal... Wheatley was MY test subject, as I put him through countless trials, on this, my first build. Six months of R&D, six days of part procurement, and six hours of building, brought this demon baby of a machine to life. WEI rates it a 7.7 since I opted to hold off on overclocking my CPU and Memory (after all, cant have Wheatley finding out he's perfect).

Decided to go with the GTX 660 Ti since it came with a free copy of Borderlands 2 steam code, pretty much giving me a $60 discount, since I was going to buy it anyway.

Next update will be to install a Ceton InfiniTV ($199 from Newegg) to add HD DVR capabilities for whole home streaming via WMC and Xbox Extenders.

The build could not have gone any smoother, not one hiccup. My only concern is that one day Wheatley becomes self aware and turns the tables on the whole Tester / Test Subject dynamic.... but what are the odds of that?

***UPDATE: for those asking about my desktops adaptive background. go here:

http://browse.deviantart.com/art/The-Portal-2-Desktop-Theme-for-Rainmeter-245722598

you are welcome.

Details
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.02Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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kelsyntsubaki [Submitter] [1 Build] 25 points 19 months ago

AFV = Aperature's Funniest Villain

 
 
Smily 4 points 19 months ago

Hahaha, very good one

 
 
bobokiller 1 point 7 months ago

wow just wow

 
 
PacificNic [2 Builds] 7 points 19 months ago

Where can you get those (I'm guessing they are) adaptive backgrounds? I love Portal and those look really nice... I want it.

 
 
th3m4dh4tt3r [1 Build] 4 points 19 months ago

I think he is probably using rainmeter.

 
 
PacificNic [2 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

I really want that skin though.... So badly....

 
 
 
 
PacificNic [2 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

Thank you :)

 
 
th3m4dh4tt3r [1 Build] 4 points 19 months ago

Lol, no problem. I love having an excuse to use lmgtfy

 
 
kelsyntsubaki [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 19 months ago

rainmeter. skin made by an artist from deviantArt here you go:

http://browse.deviantart.com/art/The-Portal-2-Desktop-Theme-for-Rainmeter-245722598

 
 
PacificNic [2 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks :)

 
 
RazzyFrazz 3 points 19 months ago

Very nice, well thought out build. RAM is lagging a bit behind for today's standards, but still good and viable.

Sidenote: Inside is too clean for that to be Wheatley.

 
 
kelsyntsubaki [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 19 months ago

thanks! sidenote noted. wont be clean for too long tho, he's got a bad habit of adopting dust bunnies... and those little punks poop EVERYWHERE!

 
 
missingcow [1 Build] 3 points 19 months ago

This is so sweet. I love the case, it's very reminiscent of Portal. Awesome build!

I just hope it doesn't spring machine guns and start shooting at you while whispering sweet nothings about acquiring targets and wondering where you are.

 
 
slykrysis [3 Builds] 2 points 19 months ago

Did you use the NZXT white extensions for the power supply? Thinking of getting some nice looking red ones for my HX750

 
 
kelsyntsubaki [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 19 months ago

yep. it was only a $35 hit for a $36 increase in aesthetic value!

 
 
slykrysis [3 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

Can you link me the site where you got them?

 
 
kelsyntsubaki [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago
 
 
tehfreeeman 2 points 19 months ago

I love Wheatley, even after he turns evil

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Divdor [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

Everything looks good. Very nice cable work.

I would have went with a little faster RAM,but that is the only thing I see that stands out.

 
 
flash93933 [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

nice

 
 
jakethemp [2 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

love it.. yeah ram is about the only thing... I do like this build tho

 
 
Sal_L [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

Pretty nice overall. I would have pinched some pennies and dumped it into better graphics considering the processor you went with.

 
 
kelsyntsubaki [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 19 months ago

i was thinking of doubling up on a GTX 660Ti if i needed any more juice outta my GPU when prices deflate a little more. The most i put Wheatley through is a wee bit HEAVY gaming, and some photo editing.

 
 
Kevdo [3 Builds] 2 points 19 months ago

When the 700 series comes out, I'm thinking the prices for the 600 series might go down a tiny bit, but Nvidia is stingy with their products so who knows.

Very nice build though, excellent case - I named mine FF7FF0, though I don't know if anyone will get why...

 
 
kelsyntsubaki [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 19 months ago

thanks!

also, FF7FF0. tellmetellmetellmetellmetellme.magenta?idontget.tellme

 
 
Kevdo [3 Builds] 2 points 19 months ago

Haha. It's a secret!

No, actually it's the hex code for my favorite shade of orange. Which, I just realized I typo'd in the name of my build AND in the comment prior. I feel silly now.

The actual hex code is FF7F00. Whoops.

 
 
kelsyntsubaki [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 19 months ago

hahaha yes, i knew it was HEX. twas, magenta. you are welcome

 
 
Kevdo [3 Builds] 3 points 19 months ago

Haha, yes you were right. I thought the magenta was just a random guess, but now I realize I'm the one who goofed. You win a cookie, cg, gg.

 
 
Hydro 1 point 19 months ago

This thing is beautiful... Tell Wheatly I told him that

 
 
NUclearD3 [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

Very nice build. And Portal 2 is one of the best games of the past few years.

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kelsyntsubaki [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 19 months ago

really? but does the 7970 have soldering points in the shape of LIGHTNING BOLTS? because my 660Ti does, and that makes it go like twice as fast.. thats just science.

it was an easy call for me to buy an i7, especially when i only paid half the price for it. but yes, you're right, i would've gone i5-3570k otherwise.

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none1980 4 points 19 months ago

I think he's just trying to be funny. Not everything has to be trolling. I laughed...

 
 
kelsyntsubaki [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 19 months ago

totally serious, facetiousness doesn't translate in text. i7 too pricey otherwise.

 
 
TestBuilds 2 points 19 months ago

Crysis 3 likes i7s though, so maybe it'll be worth it now.

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TestBuilds 1 point 19 months ago

I've heard the same about the Visheras.

 
 
TestBuilds 1 point 19 months ago

That's a sexy build, although I say that about every build with a Phantom

 
 
kelsyntsubaki [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

hah, dunno about sexy, but geek chic for sure

 
 
JForce522 [2 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

Where did you get that background/wallpaper? It looks AWESOME.

 
 
kelsyntsubaki [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

rainmeter. skin made by an artist from deviantArt

here you go:

http://browse.deviantart.com/art/The-Portal-2-Desktop-Theme-for-Rainmeter-245722598

 
 
Ituckerz 1 point 19 months ago

Amazing build well done i only have one question where do you get the back ground is it on rainmeter? or a different program

 
 
kelsyntsubaki [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

indeed, rainmeter. skin made by an artist from deviantArt

 
 
Ituckerz 1 point 19 months ago

could you give me a link it would be much appreciated

 
 
th3m4dh4tt3r [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

Looks good, though put the PCIe Power cables through the cable mgmt opening closest to them, not through the one above them.

 
 
kelsyntsubaki [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 19 months ago

agreed. i just wanted to draw the eye away from the non white cables at the bottom.

 
 
th3m4dh4tt3r [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

Ah, I see. Well it worked XD

 
 
Oliver [4 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

I think the 3570K, and the 670 would have been a better balance. Very nicely assembled, and good cable management!

 
 
zyvox100 [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

Awesome cable management bro!

 
 
drouiine 1 point 19 months ago

I'm using the same case as you for my build and I'm wondering if getting an Asus GTX570 is a good idea. I've heard that because of its size it sags in the case. Also, would liquid cooling be a good idea or does a standard CPU cooler do the job? I'd like my machine to run quietly. My build is strictly for high end gaming. Thanks :)

 
 
kelsyntsubaki [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

I ended up buying a CM Hyper 212 EVO Sleeve Bearing. its rate at 9 - 36 dBa but i cant hear it run. Even while i am gaming i can barely hear my 4 fans going. I dont know too much about the GTX570 but go here: http://pcpartpicker.com/builds/#g=7

this is all of the PCpartpicker users build with the GTX570. .you should be able to see how their GPU's sit on their motherboards.

hope this helps

 
 
drouiine 1 point 19 months ago

Which fans do you use?

 
 
kelsyntsubaki [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

stock nzxt case fans, and NZXT Air Flow Series 83.6 CFM 140mm

 
 
GoldenScythe 1 point 18 months ago

I feel like an idiot but, i've never done this before. i saw that this didnt have a wireless network connector. do you need one of those to connect to wifi? and if you do, I'm getting google fiber soon so I'd like to have one that supports at least 800 mbps. Thanks to anyone who is willing to help.

 
 
rjc34 1 point 18 months ago

Yes, you'd need to add either a USB or PCIe wifi adapter, unless you specifically buy one of the few motherboards with it built in.

To handle that kind of speed though, your ideal option would be gigabit ethernet, as that will deliver ideal speeds at a reasonable price.

If you must go wireless, the fastest solution is going to be 802.11ac wireless, but the cost of a wireless router supporting it, and a proper PCIe card capable of delivering that speed is going to be ~$250.

 
 
Jpug22932 1 point 18 months ago

I'm thinking of getting the same mobo.... Your thoughts on it?

 
 
kelsyntsubaki [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

its an amazing board. i especially like that it is WiFi ready and has a really sleek bios. haven't overclocked yet, but this board is supposed make it a pretty easy process. just a really well rounded mobo

 
 
OutspaceLeo 1 point 16 months ago

Amazing! Love the Portal references.

 
 
Mattyice47 [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Was the CPU Cooler hard to install?

 
 
kelsyntsubaki [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 16 months ago

it was cake

 
 
FireflyNerd [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

THE CAKE IS A...

Come on, I'm amazed nobody said this in five months.

 
 
12allanon1 1 point 10 months ago

good catch ;)

 
 
mickeyoneball 1 point 16 months ago

Hi, Great looking build!! im attempting my first and am choosing your optical drive, how do you find it? some problems on some forums about reading & burning blu-rays??

 
 
DeusAres 1 point 16 months ago

Should have went with this power supply to help match the color scheme...

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/pc-power--cooling-power-supply-ppcmk3s750

Beautiful build though. Portal 2 was awesome.

 
 
PacificNic [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

What front intake fan did you end up using?

 
 
coolman 1 point 15 months ago

Wheatly is running on Windows 7 Home Premium? mind blown

 
 
theSovietWombat 1 point 15 months ago

Do those blue lights around the buttons and in the fan areas come with the case?

 
 
kelsyntsubaki [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

yes. yes they do.

 
 
DanJZ0404 1 point 15 months ago

I love this build. I actually have the same exact RAM in my current rig. Which sucks, compared to this. I would have probably opted for 1600 or 1866 RAM, but as Kevdo said, you could simply overclock it. I would have gone for a CPU a little bit cheaper, maybe an i5 or something. You can't beat the prices for that hard drive, although there is a Seagate Barracuda for around $70. That SSD was a nice choice although it seems to me OCZ SSDs cost a lot more than others. 3TB of storage can't be beat for gaming. I would have gone for probably a 670 or a 680. Maybe even a 690. Great choice of your case, although I always love the Corsair Obsidian Series 800D. Although an 800D would be overkill for this build. For a PSU I would have gone for a SeaSonic, but a Corsair is great anyway. I don't know what you are using that rig for, so I can't say anything about your DVD drive. I would have gone for a BenQ XL2420T. It's 120Hz and costs $30 more. Your keyboard and mouse choices are great, and I don't know much about tuners, so I can't judge you on that one.

 
 
7em 1 point 15 months ago

Nice pics

 
 
Arrowdodger 1 point 14 months ago

First, Wheatley would be awe inspired by how you made him. Second, your case, video card, memory and SSD. How do you like the case? Is it quite enough space for it's purpose? Why did you pick the 660 Ti, as in how is it doing for you? (because I was making one with a 660 2GB and was wondering how you chose between the 2). How is the crucial ballistex working for you compared to, lets say, a corsair brand memory? Compared to Samsung how much would you say your OCZ SSD is for performance? Great build for just over 2K

 
 
bradfuller99 1 point 14 months ago

TL;DR: Wheatley is a bad-ass gaming rig.

 
 
Cube_of_Rubik 1 point 12 months ago

I have a noob question. You might say I should've researched on it, but I'm just too lazy. How does the blue lighting on the top work? Is it part of the case or did you buy external hardware? Thanks.

 
 
kelsyntsubaki [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

the lights are included in the NZXT case

 
 
DerpRNBWDash 1 point 12 months ago

Hey I know its a little late but what is the height demension on this sexy beast of a case?

 
 
iceman343447 1 point 12 months ago

While I realize this is an old post, how many fans can fit in this case? In your pictures I only see one. Thanks in advance!

 
 
StUfAnDsTuFs 1 point 11 months ago

Im getting this same case. hope its a good one

 
 
DrunkenAlchemist 1 point 10 months ago

This is a pretty sexy build.

 
 
rcarroll98 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks for ruining Portal 2 for me with the description :'(

 
 
morgueman 1 point 7 months ago

does outlet pc ship? like if your getting the windows from them?

 
 
Robyra 1 point 7 months ago

It's very pretty and fast but there are cheaper solutions for RAM and other specs.

 
 
Zvonfeng [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Hey, I heard NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower has fan control problem. Does it happen on u yet?

 
 
linuxfanatic 1 point 5 months ago

Whats a wheatly?

 
 
DonutDefector [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

NICE! +1

 
 
minimon2000 [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

this was a triumph...

 
 
ghostroaster5 1 point 3 months ago

Where did you get the wallpaper? Not the rainmeter skin, the wallpaper?

 
 
zcp17 1 point 2 months ago

How did you not buy NZXT's Aperture M for this build!? It would have been perfect!

 
 
you741 1 point 1 month ago

Does the CPU cooler come with thermal paste? And do you find that it keeps it cool after a long time of heavy gaming?

 
 
apresser 1 point 1 month ago

Out of all the things that you could cut money off of you chose the ram. Why DDR 1333?! Build looks good though.

 
 
Darin2000 1 point 26 days ago

Does the CPU get over 60C?

 
 
Variable.variables 1 point 7 days ago

How does this run Portal 2... Why did you buy 1TB of 7200RPM storage for over 255 dollars? When I build my computer, should I call it GLADOS?

 
 
DonutDefector [1 Build] 0 points 4 months ago

BUT YOU CAN GET A AMD FOR LESS BUT SLIGTLY WOURCE BUT +1

 
 
DonutDefector [1 Build] 0 points 4 months ago

I HAVE A Seagate Barracuda 1tb FOR ONE

 
 
on_droid [1 Build] -1 points 19 months ago

One suggestion would be to move the 8 cpu cable. There is a cutout right above it so that you can route the cable behind the motherboard. You should never have to route a cable across the motherboard, especially with this case.

 
 
kelsyntsubaki [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 19 months ago

agreed. i just wanted to draw the eye away from the unsightly non white cables at the bottom. just my attempt at jedi-ing your brain away from the inconsistencies. "these arent the cables your looking for!"