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[First Build] Impulse(X79/7970) **UPDATED**
by TrentKama
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Description

This is indeed a gaming PC.

Actual Prices:

[CPU] Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core $269.99

[CPU Cooler] Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM $83.99

[Motherboard] Asus P9X79 LE ATX LGA2011 $234.99

  • Only issue with this one is that it doesn't have a Firewire header, which my case has. However, I don't own any Firewire devices. So it doesn't matter.

[Memory] Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $76.99

  • Great price compared to similar 8GB 4x2 products, low profile.

[Storage] Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $89.99

[Storage] Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" SSD $114.99

  • 840 Pro was too pricey, 830 wasn't available.

[Video Card] Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB OC w/Boost $419.99

[Video Card] Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB OC w/Boost $389.99

[Case] Corsair 600T (Black) ATX Mid Tower $99.99

[Power Supply] Corsair 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V $169.99

[Optical Drive] LG GH24NS95 $12.99

[Monitor] Asus PA238QR 23" LED IPS LCD Monitor $199.99 [Monitor] Asus PA238QR 23" LED IPS LCD Monitor $159.75

[Operating System] Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.99

  • Classic Shell, man.

[Keyboard] Logitech G710+ $159.99

[Network Adapter] Asus USB-N13 $19.99

[Fans] Corsair HF120 Quiet Edition x2

Bare Build Cost: $1963.89

Total Cost: $2622.59 to date

Part List
Details
Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.75Ghz
CPU Temperature While Idle35.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load70.0° C
Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.07Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.5GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle36.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load65.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP15546
Comments
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IamApropos [3 Builds] 8 points 22 months ago

Great looking build, I really loved the pictures. I'm curious how come you didn't go with a fully modular PSU? Unless you were planning on 3-4 way Crossfire 850w would have given pleanty of headroom for 2 cards plus max stable overclocks on everything. Though I will say seeing 1k PSU is kinda nice. Though there could have been some savings on certain choices I think you did a great job with your build and again I really enjoyed browsing your photos. ~IamApropos

 
 
TrentKama [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 22 months ago

Thanks for your input! I had thought the PSU was fully modular, but it was only semi. However, all the non-modular cables are in use(MB/CPU/PCIEx2), so it's not bothersome. It's also 80+ Gold, instead of Silver as advertised. Choosing the 1050 was a bit of a rushed choice, as there was an HX850 for about $20 less. It's definitely overkill for my current setup, but it'll give me enough headroom to play around with more GPUs and reliability to use it for future builds. My mindset for this build was reliability over cost, which hopefully pays for itself.

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 4 points 22 months ago

It gives you enough headroom to do 3-4 way sli and add a full waterloop to all of them + your CPU as well as overclock them all but your motherboard can't handle that :P Thank you for sharing your insight, I do enjoy seeing logical and reasonable decisions in a build :D

 
 
TrentKama [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 22 months ago

Reading your comments on others' builds has helped a lot. :)

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 2 points 22 months ago

You may get a kick out of my website, facebook, youtube and live computer build videos ;) - I'm extremely happy that I've helped thank you for sharing that with me. IamApropos

 
 
Hydro 2 points 22 months ago

Dude, your build is really sexy! I love the way you take your photos too! Your color scheme matches really nicely aswell!

 
 
MrWhiteMacaroon [1 Build] 2 points 22 months ago

awesome build, mind if i ask what camera you're using?

 
 
TrentKama [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 22 months ago
 
 
fatboytyler [1 Build] 2 points 22 months ago

Looks like a great performing build! And it is absolutely beautiful! Wouldn't have done Windows 8 but that is all my preference. I have the 7950 version of that GPU and love it! BTW, what camera are you using for those pics?

 
 
TrentKama [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 22 months ago

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150. Thanks! Windows 8 isn't so bad once you kill the touchscreen apps.

 
 
Domination468 [1 Build] 2 points 22 months ago

Always wondered how that keyboard is like, do you like it?

 
 
TrentKama [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 22 months ago

It's my first mechanical, coming from a laptop user. The overall feel is good, and it's much less obnoxious than say a Cherry MX Blue keyboard. It seems like Logitech has fixed the backlighting problems with this model as well, as I have no issues with mine. Overall, a great keyboard for gaming and typing.

 
 
resin34 2 points 22 months ago

Really nice build, Also great pics.

 
 
xmiidnight [1 Build] 2 points 22 months ago

Kinda an interesting choice on the heatsink, looks cool but how does it perform?

 
 
TrentKama [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 22 months ago

Very well so far! I still need to push the clocks up to more than 4.5GHz to really test it out.

 
 
Bseagull 2 points 22 months ago

Nice job on cable management and choices, especially for a first build!

 
 
TrentKama [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks! Cable management(for the front at least)is a breeze in the 600T. I just redid the back panel yesterday and added some zipties to make it easier to close up.

 
 
Bseagull 2 points 22 months ago

I also love the pictures :D

 
 
iiLeGiT101 [1 Build] 2 points 21 months ago

I'm going to be using two Radeon 7970s in my upcoming build. When you were building yours, did you put one GPU in, install all the drivers for it then put the other GPU in or did you just install both of them at once?

Also, that build is great and those photos are amazing!

 
 
TrentKama [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

I had only one GPU for the first month, so when I bought the second one, I just installed it, put on the bridge and activated it in Catalyst Control Center. No need for additional updates.

Thank you!

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Javanode [1 Build] 1 point 22 months ago

do you work as a photographer in the evening?

 
 
TrentKama [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 22 months ago

No, just casual point and shoot. The lighting is really bad in my apartment..

 
 
Javanode [1 Build] 1 point 22 months ago

the last picture looks so cool

 
 
babachicken 1 point 5 months ago

how good is that wireless adapter

 
 
darren97 -1 points 22 months ago

only thing i would have did is get an i5 and a asrock extreme 4 and put that $150 towards something else. other than that great build

 
 
TrentKama [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 22 months ago

I made a choice early on between X79 and Z77. Unfortunately there aren't any i5s on X79.

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 2 points 22 months ago

Good choices on parts TrentKama. The only time I'd ever recommend ASRock Extrem 3/4 boards is if there is budget requiring it otherwise the little extra it costs to get a full size ATX, non budget board is usually within $10. out of the last 30+ builds I've consulted the only 2 Asrock boards had massive issues, all the rest non what so ever.

 
 
Domination468 [1 Build] -2 points 22 months ago

Always wondered how that keyboard is like, do you like it?

 
 
Domination468 [1 Build] -2 points 22 months ago

Always wondered how that keyboard is like, do you like it?