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Project Taco
by PhantomTaco
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Description

Last PC I'll probably make for a little while, very happy with it. This system is mainly for gaming and work (Excel and research mostly lol). Had a bit of difficulty with getting the cable management done right, but overall nothing too terrible.

Part List
Details
Date PublishedApril 2, 2014
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Dual Classified ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.02Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.0GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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DaytimeSolo 20 points 6 months ago

does one get a cat with the case?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 31 points 6 months ago

Ultra limited edition

 
 
nehemiahawesome1 [1 Build] 3 points 3 months ago

wow a lot of people have cats when building computers.

 
 
Zedzer 2 points 3 months ago

And dogs...and babies... really great deals I must say, you may just wonder where they come from.

 
 
nehemiahawesome1 [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

especially the cats

 
 
700mAdOg700 1 point 25 days ago

You'll learn when you get older

 
 
seikoshadow [1 Build] 1 point 8 days ago

I'd like to get a picture of my girlfriend curled around my computer, alas I don't think most would get the joke...

 
 
MicahL [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

I think a lot of people just have pets in general

 
 
St0zzer 10 points 6 months ago

CAT!!!! +1

 
 
cooperred [2 Builds] 8 points 6 months ago

+1 just for the cable management....

 
 
deathfromup [6 Builds] 7 points 6 months ago

Let me have your cable babies.

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 5 points 6 months ago

lol, the sleeving was done by Jappetto, the same guy that did the sleeving for PCPPs Tri Titan build IIRC

 
 
AlexVsGaming 2 points 6 months ago

How did you get the cable sleeving?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Get the cable sleeving? A good friend of mine helped me with sleeving my PSU (aka he did the sleeving lol).

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farm_on_fire [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Love the black/white/green. Very clean lookin. Wish I had chose a window case and theme for mine. +1

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks, I try to stay away from typical color schemes like black and red, and lately my choice has been using black white and green. If and when I build again I'd like to do a yellow build with an msi mpower board

 
 
farm_on_fire [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

If I include a theme in my next build I cant see myself doing the basic black/red or black/blue either. Im thinking either black/orange or black/yellow.

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

gigabyte oc force mobo for orange or msi mpower for yellow huh? That's awesome. You could use the Tri X sapphire cooler for orange or the lightning cooler for yellow

 
 
farm_on_fire [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

True. Im really leaning towards yellow now.. But who am I kidding. I just finished a build. My next build is a ways a way from now haha.

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Yeah that's what I'm thinking I'd do next at some point.

 
 
farm_on_fire [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Just viewed your other build. I was this close || to choosing that corsair case. how do/did you like it?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

The Air 540 is easily the nicest case I've ever built in.

 
 
farm_on_fire [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Looks like it cleans up real nice. Instead of the 540 I went with Fractals Node 605. I love it but, cable management is pretty much not existent with that case.

 
 
manuel9827 1 point 5 months ago

The mpower motherboard is amazing I have a build with the z87 version mpower max

 
 
nada190 [3 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Looks great! Love the sleeving.

 
 
bbakker09 [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Amazing cable management! Well worth the effort. +1

 
 
TheUnknownPC 1 point 6 months ago

So EATX Can Fit !! :D

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Yeah you can make it work in some scenarios, but you lose access to the grommets

 
 
skemble [17 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Homina, homina, homina!

 
 
harrison123445 1 point 6 months ago

love that case im getting the red and black one soon +1

 
 
Fox_ 1 point 6 months ago

Colour scheme and cable management mmmm I love it

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Fingers are still recovering from the cable management :P

 
 
LukePRTR [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Is this RAM made For THIS motherboard? Do you think?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Yeah it is actually. If you go to the product page (http://www.corsair.com/en-us/vengeance-low-profile-8gb-dual-channel-ddr3-memory-kit-cml8gx3m2a1600c9g) You can see they show it off on an older G1 board.

 
 
desync408 [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Ballin outta control with those fans. Also I was a bit disappoint to see a cat rather than a taco.... with that said I your choicr of components!

 
 
YosefK 1 point 6 months ago

Excel. O_O You got this awesomeness for excel. O_O +1

 
 
Gregfx [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

project taco.. h440.. nicely sleeved cables..

+1 +1 +1 +1

 
 
theforgeking 1 point 6 months ago

you forgot cat lol

 
 
milesknight [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Love the color scheme.

 
 
harrybear44 1 point 6 months ago

great build. 6tb of memory wow just wow

 
 
XIHackInABoxIX [7 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Awesome build. Love the color scheme. Very clean. +1

 
 
HeyDan83 [3 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

At what resolutions are you gaming?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

1440p

 
 
HeyDan83 [3 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Great build, maybe a sorround system would fit better for those GPUs +1

 
 
TheWickedTaco 1 point 6 months ago

+1 for a nice build and for TACOS! let the tacos assemble

 
 
Pencil465b 1 point 6 months ago

so sexy +1

 
 
bigapplepietart 1 point 6 months ago

Sooo nice! All these H440 builds are making me jealous, still running an HP core 2 duo @ 1,8ghz. Hopefully this summer I'll get the money...

 
 
Infixite [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Man, this build dude. I love it! EVGA GTX 770s and up with the ACX Cooler are absolutely beautiful in SLI.

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 0 points 6 months ago

770s? :P I have 780 TI Classifieds

 
 
Attacker3 1 point 6 months ago

he said "and up"

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

My bad, misread that :P

 
 
Attacker3 1 point 6 months ago

WELL READ BETTER jk. Nice build though

 
 
Eggman772 1 point 6 months ago

lol Amazing name... +1

 
 
UntamedShadow [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

What a build, Nice job. What did you do with your other build though as that was a piece of work as well.

Great Job, Love both cases in both of your builds.

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 0 points 6 months ago

Thanks! The other build was broken down and a lot of it was reused in this build. I'm putting up that case and the midplate that I made for it up for sale though

 
 
rakenrol14 1 point 6 months ago

What LED did you use?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 0 points 6 months ago

To light the case? I didn't use LEDs, I used a cathode kit similar to this but 12" http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811994047

 
 
icecoldcombo [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Wanted to make a build like this great cables good job Phantom!!

 
 
dATSeXyHenTZeL 1 point 6 months ago

good build like the name also the color skeem is epic

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 0 points 6 months ago

Thanks, I like the green color scheme a lot, my last build was also a similar color scheme but with more black.

 
 
mikennamorato [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

How are those NoiseBlockers making out for you? - CLEAN build, H440 is now one of my favorite case. It seems great to work with.

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

I LOVE my noiseblockers. I know that the gentle typhoons are slightly better fans, but they just don't compare in the looks department :P

 
 
mikennamorato [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Good to hear!

 
 
zngga [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

I have never seen someone pull off a green theme in this case before! Very nice! +1

 
 
PacificNic [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

How much did it cost to get your cables all made up?

 
 
ArrKayCee [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

It looks amazing! The only thing I would have done is get the stock 780ti's just for that pretty green glowing logo, but I guess that would sacrifice some performance, oh well...+1!!

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 0 points 6 months ago

Yeah I had Titans before and the green logo was nice, but between performance loss, temperature increase, and noise increase, I wouldn't keep stock coolers.

 
 
ArrKayCee [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Ahh that's awesome.

 
 
diazalon 1 point 6 months ago

Saw you on reddit the other day!

Would you prefer the noiseblockers too NF-F12's? And how silent are they?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 0 points 6 months ago

Noiseblockers definitely outclass the noctuas. They are very quiet.

 
 
diazalon 1 point 6 months ago

So you would recommend them for me instead? Worth me returning my un used un opened NF-F12's

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 0 points 6 months ago

personally I would. Make sure to get the PWM version of the eloops though.

 
 
MattP123 1 point 6 months ago

Why did you not get the stock design for the 780 ti's? I personally think they would have looked better with the green led

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 0 points 6 months ago

stock is hotter and louder.

 
 
Junki3011 [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

It's sooo F*#!n Pretty! (>_<)

 
 
inpestilence 1 point 6 months ago

+1 For Cat!! also for the nice build... but mostly kitty

 
 
CarterBond [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

You stole my cat, I know it.

 
 
theforgeking 1 point 6 months ago

Taco so i see you went with 8gb lol i was thinking of going with 16gb just because i can lol but can you play games on highest settings without any lag? im new to building lol im more of a external type of guy like programs , but im getting into building and learning what everything is thanks to youtube especially linustechtips lol

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 0 points 6 months ago

I actually got two 8gb kits, so I have 16gb :P. You'll have no problems playing games on 8gb of ram.

 
 
theforgeking 1 point 6 months ago

lol ohh and im just going with 16gb lol but thanks anyway

 
 
zachochavillo 1 point 6 months ago

Is that the 3-way EVGA SLI-bridge or only the 2-way SLI-bridge?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 0 points 6 months ago

It's the 3 way bridge. I bought a motherboard intentionally that let me use this layout without pushing the bottom card down too far.

 
 
zachochavillo 1 point 6 months ago

So if your using the 3-way SLI bridge... how much slot spacing is it between the 2 cards?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 0 points 6 months ago

from PCB to PCB (ignoring the coolers) there's there's 4 empty spaces, if you include the cooler on the top GPU as being filled, 3 spaces.

 
 
zachochavillo 1 point 6 months ago

Oh, ok thanks. Also planning to do an SLI build with the EVGA bridge. Nice build though :D +1

 
 
chcknbrst1tst 1 point 6 months ago

i know this is a noob question why do you need 2 evga boards

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 0 points 6 months ago

As in GPUs? Getting close to 120fps average at 1440p isn't easy :P

 
 
chcknbrst1tst 1 point 6 months ago

so the pc utilizes both video cards for one monitor.

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 0 points 6 months ago

When gaming, yes.

 
 
1star2014 [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

I like your lighting. What kind of lighting did u use?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 0 points 5 months ago

Thanks! I used cathodes

 
 
1star2014 [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Ok thank you man!

 
 
GamerDeso [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Awesome setup you have there.

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 0 points 4 months ago

Thanks! There's some changes incoming, keep your eyes open, I have to ask manirelli if I can make a new build or just update this one.

 
 
Seghasivk [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Dat cat doe. :P

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 0 points 4 months ago

:P he's chillin

 
 
Seghasivk [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Have you seen Linus's cats?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 0 points 4 months ago

Don't pay much attention to linus tbh. The only thing I check his videos out for are case unboxings.

 
 
Seghasivk [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Ah the unboxings never get old :P

He has these Bengal cats that are so friggin cute.

 
 
bsr387 [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

best build I saw so far, excellent design and cable management dude!

 
 
Richness 1 point 3 months ago

I'm thinking about going with 2-way sli in the future and I also have this case, should I be worried about airflow if I go with the 780ti acx cooler as opposed to the reference design? Also what are your temps, very clean build by the way +1

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

Well at this point in time my opinion is I would not get an H440, the air flow in the case is really constricted by the front panel. Removing the front panel drops my CPU temps several degrees load. As for GPUs, I haven't done the testing yet to see what difference it makes. Reference blower coolers are only worthwhile in small spaces where you have little space for cards. They can also be good in low airflow scenarios, but I don't think they would perform better than ACX coolers in an H440. As for temps, I'm running at 1175mhz and hit around 77-78C load for both cards.

 
 
Richness 1 point 3 months ago

77-78C equates to about 170 degrees Fahrenheit? Are the differences between the reference and acx huge enough that I should favor one over the other, I'm getting a ATX mobo, so the spacing issue might be a problem with the axc cooler. Do you think higher airflow fans would remedy this situation? or am I better off with reference

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

Spacing shouldn't be fine so long as you have a slot between them. Simply put the reason why reference coolers can be useful is because they use a single fan and heatsink design that encases the airflow and pushes it to the back of the case (out the pci bracket). The ACX on the other hand uses dual fans (more airflow and cooling capacity as a result) and a shroud/fin design that just pushes the air out the sides of the card, dispersing warm air up and down. So long as you have fans in the front pushing that air towards the rear i/o panel, exhaust fan, and top fans to pull that heat out, it will perform better. While the airflow in the h440 is weak, it's not nonexistent. It will push the warm air out the top and back, but some of it will circulate in the case before it's removed.

 
 
Richness 1 point 3 months ago

so what you're saying is combined with 780 ti classified and fans around the case I should be fine?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 3 months ago

Basically yes, you should be fine. Like I said before though, if you can find another case you like, I would reconsider, or at least re-evaluate your options.

 
 
Richness 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks for the help, and I guess I should have re-evaluated my case option as it bought it the day before seeing your build. oh well at least it's a nice looking case

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

Don't get me wrong, the case isn't terrible by any means, it's just that airflow is a bit stifled compared to the competition.

 
 
lukethedonkey 1 point 3 months ago

Do you have eLoops connected to the H100i's pump header thing? Are they good with the H100i?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

I did have them connected to the h100i. And yes you could control them via the pump header on it. They work very well, unfortunately the airflow was a bit weak from the front end of the case due to the front panel design, so I switched the rear exhaust fan to an intake. I'm using an h105 now and switching the rear to intake dropped the hottest cores 4C load.

 
 
lukethedonkey 1 point 3 months ago

Ok, thanks :-)

 
 
renigadecrew [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

+1 for the epic Cable Management and the epic cat

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

thanks haha. His name is Shadow.

 
 
renigadecrew [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

OMG Thats my cats name to lol

 
 
r101710 1 point 3 months ago

DAT CABLE MANAGEMENT,DAT BUILD,DAT CAT,SOOO MUCH AWESOME, IM SURPRISED YOU CAN FIT MOST OF IT IN THE CASE. Good job man, solid build. ;)

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

thanks :P

 
 
j.pabst 1 point 3 months ago

Where exactly did you place the cathodes? In what orientation? Also, how are they powered?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

Two vertically on either side of the sidepanel window, with the inverter placed up top beside the radiator. They're powered via molex

 
 
BrutalJones [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

Awesome build!

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 3 months ago

Thanks bud :P, things might be changing in the coming months

 
 
BrutalJones [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

Cool, I'll keep an eye on your page for anything new.

 
 
Zedzer 1 point 3 months ago

NO FAIR!!! you gotta a cat combo??? WHY DIDNT YOU MENTION IT ON THE LIST!!! :(

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

S\/\/@G edition :P

 
 
Richness 1 point 3 months ago

Would you recommend those noiseblocker eloops as an exhaust fan on the h440. I've heard great things about them but I'm not sure if I should get those or the blacksilentpro which are 140mm.

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

either or would be good.

 
 
Richness 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks I'll be getting the eloops, well worth it at $40. I see two versions of the pwm fan, the B-12P and B-12PS which is better?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

the B-12P is a higher rpm version up to 1900 rpms, problem with eloops though is that beyond about 1700ish rpms the noise quality suffers.

 
 
Richness 1 point 3 months ago

Oh alright. I thinking the B-12PS is a better choice then, unless there's a reason to go higher than 1500rpm?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

if you want that higher speed i guess :P

 
 
StarkLax 1 point 2 months ago

I jizzed a bit

 
 
Robotmutt [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Hey greate build! Super neat! I was wondering what lighting you used in the first pic I see there is white light coming from your side panel, is a LED strip or cold cathode? Cheers.

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

Cathodes, I'm not a fan of leds unless you use something to disperse the light from them.

 
 
Robotmutt [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Ah ok awesome, I wanted to know because I'm buying the same case and wanted to know whether cold cathodes were good inside and they sure do look good. How have you set it up with the wiring?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

It's a little awkward to be honest. The inverter is on the top stuck beside the radiator, and the cathodes are on either side of the side panel window with the wires facing upwards.

 
 
Robotmutt [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Not too bad, at least they aren't visible and it gives a nice effect. So from there the inverter plugs into the psu correct? Sorry, I've only bought a LED strip and I haven't tried cold cathodes but want to, they're way cheaper!

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

From the inverter it goes to molex from the psu yeah

 
 
trevgav101 1 point 1 day ago

hi i was wondering if i need a wireless networking adapter or not

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 14 hours ago

Depends on whether or not you want to connect over wifi.