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First Build; i5-4670k GTX 770
by Princessefl
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Description

Finally got around to posting pics of the finished build. Upgrading from a pre-built from 2009 so some of my part choices had to do with being butthurt about having a lame computer for so long. I know I don't need 16gb of ram for gaming. It's just a cuddly security blanket.

I haven't overclocked yet; have a lot more reading and research to do before I try my hand at it.

Cable management, I will admit, is not the best, but I am not all together certain I will keep this power supply. I mostly chose it because it had decent reviews and went with the color scheme but I really don't like the cables it came with. I read beforehand that flat ribbon cables are terrible and now I am certain.

Very happy with the rest of the components. I kind of regret not getting a motherboard that supports SLI, but that was something I flip flopped on when selecting parts.

More build pics @ the link https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.639537249404001.1073741826.100000431967227&type=1&l=e8b8342b90

Looking to replace the monitors, if you have any suggestions on 24-27inch IPS monitors, feel free to leave a link

Part List
Details
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load59.0° C
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.14Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle34.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load68.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Extreme Preset ScoreX6949
Performance Preset ScoreP17568
Entry Preset ScoreE158735
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Morgan314 [1 Build] 4 points 8 months ago

I know WEI is not exactly accurate but I can't help but think that your scores are a little on the low side? My (quite inferior) build scores better in graphics and yet has a 760.. no idea why that is? Otherwise I love this build, nice parts and almost exactly what I'd do if I had the budget. :) +1

 
 
skemble [10 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

I noticed that too. My 8350 at 4.7 is an 8.2 with a 7950 at 8.1. I don't feel that that "benchmark" is very accurate..

 
 
Princessefl [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Maybe if I overclock or fiddle with some of the BIOS settings? I'm going to wait until I can find a really nice review/walkthrough of overclocking with this board before I mess around with it though.

 
 
skemble [10 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

You can overclock in the BIOS or inside the system itself. Asus for example has overclocking features that come with the drivers after you install them.

 
 
DylanSLC [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Do some overclocking. Make sure there is no other programs running when you do the score. That can help a lot.

 
 
Princessefl [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks for the tip!

 
 
Princessefl [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

I was surprised @ the WEI score too. I had windows xp before, (cue laugh track) I have no idea what contributes to it or why. I was kinda afraid to get the latest drivers from NVIDIA, as they have been buggy as of late. I wonder if that has to do with it?

 
 
Morgan314 [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

I'd suggest running it with the latest stable drivers, unless you've heard something I haven't about them being bad! I'm running 320.49 which is the latest with no issues. Maybe 770 specific, I don't know. You could try running it with only one monitor to see if it makes any difference. Let me know how it goes. If not it doesn't matter, Windows Experience Index isn't great and your setup will excel in real world gaming and benchmarks :)

 
 
Princessefl [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks :)

 
 
joe1134206 [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

If you're really worried, I would look at real game benchmarks and how they compare to yours with the same settings and resolution. Along with that, check some synthetic benchmarks too. The last thing to worry about is WEI's score.

 
 
Princessefl [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 8 months ago

In picture no.6 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811992011

I thought about putting a hard drive in the 5.25 bay and then mounting the ssd on the back of the motherboard tray so that I'd have a really clean look inside but then I saw this lighting kit. Form over function ;p

 
 
DCXSystems 1 point 8 months ago

k thanks

 
 
Spirafall [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

This is a really nice and tidy build. That is my favorite set of ram. Very good selection of parts and conscious of the theme.

Assuming you may want something sleek to match your computer, I was thinking a Dell or Asus with a frameless design would be nice.

 
 
Princessefl [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you :)

 
 
iiLeGiT101 [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Y U NO TELL ME U COPY MEH BUILD?

Lol jk, this build is awesome! Pretty similar to mines, and even the same case! Different colors tho. The cable management is actually really well done. I myself had to just knot up the cables in the back as best as possible so it doesnt look too nice there but in the front it looks just about like yours. Minimal cords sticking out so its good

If you're looking to switch your PSU, look at the one that I got. Cables are a bit stiff but I was still able to get good cable management done with it, and it's very reliable! That's all I need to say, nonetheless, good build!

 
 
Princessefl [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks, I'm going to check out that power supply suggestion :)

 
 
Skonth [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

This build is almost identical to mine.(http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Skonth/saved/25az)

So how is it? Do you get +60fps ultra settings on most games? Do like the build in general?

 
 
Princessefl [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

I extremely happy with it. So far in World of Warcraft I'm getting 58-65 fps in a raid environment during boss phases on High Settings (AA and shadows on) while running a bunch of other programs and watching Netflix. 92-99 fps in the world. Compared to the rig before, it's as though I'm not playing the same game. Going to order Crysis 3 soon, we'll see how that goes.

I went back and forth A LOT on which parts to select. For the motherboard The MSI G-45 and 65s appealed to me for a red and black theme and the seemingly easy one-button overclock BIOS that was advertised. I also toyed with the idea of the Gigabyte UD3H and UD5H if I decided to SLI. But on the day that I finally ordered parts, I realized that I play (primarily) World of Warcraft and it doesn't have the best track record with crossfire/SLI and if the day comes that I need a better card I'll just get one and I moved the extra money to the 4g version of the 770 for when I get a desk big enough for 3 monitors.

The only other thing I may/may not regret getting is the Pro version of the SSD; I didn't know a whole lot about SSDs; just that in this price range it'd be stupid not to get one and it would dramatically change the efficiency of loading times, etc. I'm not yet sophisticated enough to know the differences but windows 8 installed in less than 15 minutes. Loading screens in wow used to take 20 seconds, now they are less than 5. Suffice it to say I'm very happy with the non-pro version but I do wish I'd gotten more than 120gb. I definitely plan on getting a bigger one for additional games.

 
 
Broadsky 2 points 8 months ago

Here's a 23 Inch Monitor also comes in a 27 inch version, probably the sexiest monitors I've ever seen. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-mx239h

 
 
Princessefl [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you :)

 
 
Broadsky 2 points 8 months ago

NP! IM getting the 23Inch version soon.

 
 
Papajenkinz 2 points 8 months ago

very nice

 
 
Princessefl [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you!

 
 
Papajenkinz 2 points 8 months ago

How's the 770 for ya?

 
 
Princessefl [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

I'm really enjoying it so far.

 
 
Papajenkinz 2 points 8 months ago

Great - I'm thinking of getting one.

 
 
stnz [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

24-27 inch IPS Monitors : U2713HM from Dell if you really want something good, just switched and it's great just great, except that, you've some good 27 IPS monitors at Asus or LG. Concerning the powersupply, the Hale90 v1 from NZXT would've gone well as well, the Hale82 v2 or the Hale90 v2 (more expensive) would've been good buys as well. Check my build to see what it looks like. Aside from that, great build, great parts !

 
 
Princessefl [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks. The power supply I have now takes up too much room to use a bottom intake fan so I definitely want to switch it out. Just checked out your build...SUPER jealous of the cabling. Fantastic job :)

 
 
stnz [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Thanks a lot. PSU wise check out the deals they're having : http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/132-hale-82-v2-power-supplies

 
 
Xxmg98xX [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

I like that CPU cooler. How is it?

 
 
Princessefl [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

From my limited experience, I am happy with it. It looks great in the case and comes in a few different colors. You can use it with ram that has tall heatsinks, even if you use the closest slot. There is a larger version that's $20-30 more, but plan on a very mild overclock, if at all.

Assembly: Frustrating, but probably because it was my first time. It was very annoying to get the little black plastic fan clip holders (great description, I know) into the right hole. And I wanted to set it up as push-pull but the fan clip holders were SO annoying that I just let it be.

I can't really say how great it is until I overclock but it's dead silent. Thermal paste it came with is clumpy, dunno if I would recommend it. I ran Prime 95 for 5 hours after I installed windows and the temps never climbed above 59c

 
 
Xxmg98xX [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Well that's good to know because it looks pretty nice. Get some IC-Diamond or Arctic Silver (if you haven't already) and it could lower your temps even more. It would also help for a better overclock when you overclock.

 
 
Princessefl [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks for the tip :)

 
 
skemble [10 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

What resolution are you looking into for a monitor?

 
 
Princessefl [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

For now I'd like one 1440p for gaming and one 1080p version as an additional monitor. 27" would be best, but 24 would be okay.

 
 
skemble [10 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

I'm also looking for a 1440p for gaming and multitasking lots of windows. There is a 27" Asus at 1440p that looks great, but I'm drawn to the cheaper Korean models. Have you looked at any of those?

 
 
Princessefl [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

I came across reviews for yamakasi catleap. It's seemingly a big deal. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/64239-3-yamakasi-catleap http://www.overclock.net/products/yamakasi-catleap-q270-se-27-led-2560x1440-wqhd-dvi-d-dual-computer-monitor

I dunno if I'm willing to do the several hundred dollar dance with an unknown brand/non-reliable warranty. Then ebay into the mix which I'm naturally distrustful of because I'm an old lady in my heart.

If I can't buy it from newegg or amazon...ncix, I probably don't want it.

 
 
Princessefl [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

425 for used...not a bad deal. I've bought a few tv's from Amazon Warehouse. Had good experiences with it.

 
 
skemble [10 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

I'm just extremely tired of using a 720p tv for a computer monitor. It's silly to have a solid gaming system and only play on lower resolutions!

 
 
LeMonarque [2 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

I'm not sure if I believe those 3DMark 11 scores >_>

 
 
Princessefl [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Added a screenshot. I'm not that familiar with the program, maybe I put the wrong scores in the wrong place? :p

 
 
Sirhcits [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

I actually have a question. I have the same case, Fractal Design Define R4. I want to add white LEDs on it. My options are the "Premium" BitFenix Alchemy LED Strips that will set me 40-50 dollars or get the NZXT Hue for 35.

My question is whether or not there is enough clearing for the knobs of the HUE with the R4's door.

Does it make the door not close properly? Or does it fit just fine?

 
 
Princessefl [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

It fits perfectly, as the knobs are recessed. So they have no chance of preventing the door from closing.

 
 
DCXSystems -2 points 8 months ago

I wouldn't recommend going with 24-27 inch monitors, kinda too big for a pc, but if it's what you want, here are two 24" monitors:

HDMI: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs24ahp

Display Port: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-monitor-24eb23pyb

What's that under the optical drive in picture no.6? A fan controller? Good Build overall.

 
 
istealunderwear [5 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

Why's that, I love my Asus 120 hertz, 27 inch monitor it's a rather joy to play games on.

 
 
ageedb [1 Build] 5 points 8 months ago

27 is a bit too big for 1080p in my opinion

 
 
istealunderwear [5 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Well, depens on what you're playing i guess, maybe too big for games like FPS games, but for Starcraft and MMO's, 27" is pretty nice, But i play Battlefield on it, and yeah it's not really what bothers me how large my monitor is, also depends on how far away you sit from the monitor.

 
 
polykow [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Got my son a 27" on Craigslist for a bargain and yes it is big but so much fun!

 
 
Goku671 [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

he is talking about too big for 1080p , you can see all them pixels at that size, 1440p is the way to go for 27 inch+

 
 
istealunderwear [5 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

I can't see any pixels on mine, guess it's a good quality monitor then, payed good for it also.

 
 
Goku671 [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

the quality of the monitor doesnt affect if you can see pixels or not. It's how close you are sitting. And 1440p is far superior.

 
 
istealunderwear [5 Builds] 0 points 8 months ago

It does, because i have a crappy 25" 1080p monitor where i can see pixels, but i can't see them on my 27" or atleast i don't notice them since the color balance is great on it.

 
 
Goku671 [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

well tn panels are not quality panels, they are just more fluid and responsive.

 
 
ageedb [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

I have never gamed on an IPS panel. I'm not sure I want to since I may fall in love with the image quality. But I have gamed on a 144hz monitor and its amazing how fluid every motion is. For quick action gaming, high hz is definitely the way to go unless you really dont care about getting that "extra edge."

 
 
Goku671 [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

agreed, you are the only one here who is making any sense. I never gamed on a 144hz panel and i dont plan to so i can avoid falling in love with fluidity and response. I think whichever you pick is fine. I just think if you are getting a 27 inch monitor it 1440p will be more suitable.

 
 
istealunderwear [5 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Doesn't matter to me, I'm 100% satisfied with my 27" 120hz monitor, And my image quality is as good as i can demand from a monitor

 
 
ageedb [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Very true, distance does have a big part in it. I'm curious how long its going to take for big name manufactures to come out with mainstream 1440p 120hz monitors.

 
 
istealunderwear [5 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Right now that's nearly impossible, tho you can overclock your monitor if it's 1440p to like 80-90hz, but i would rather play on a 120 hz 1080p then a 60hz 1440p. BUt you'll need like 2 7970 ghz or 2 770/780 in order to utialize 120hz fully on 1440p so maybe that's also why there is noone yet, there not really a market for the Casual gamer.

 
 
ageedb [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

but but what about MYY needs?

 
 
istealunderwear [5 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Do you have a Crossfire/SLI setup up of the top of the line cards? if you do, go get a 1440p monitor and OC it as much as you can!

 
 
DCXSystems 0 points 8 months ago

well yeah but thats just one monitor, or is it two? ;)

 
 
istealunderwear [5 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

It's a single monitor.