PCPartPicker

  • Log In
  • Register

Build

Project Taco

by PhantomTaco

233
162 Comments

Details

Date Published

April 4, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.02Ghz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.0GHz

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.

Comments Sorted by:

DaytimeSolo 29 points 17 months ago

does one get a cat with the case?

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 42 points 17 months ago

Ultra limited edition

nehemiahawesome1 1 Build 4 points 14 months ago

wow a lot of people have cats when building computers.

Zedzer 2 Builds 5 points 13 months ago

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

700mAdOg700 9 points 11 months ago

You'll learn when you get older

nehemiahawesome1 1 Build 3 points 13 months ago

especially the cats

seikoshadow 1 Build 3 points 10 months 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...

Dustworks 4 points 9 months ago

I think a lot of people would get that joke, bad joke -_-

MicahL 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I think a lot of people just have pets in general

St0zzer 16 points 17 months ago

CAT!!!! +1

cooperred 2 Builds 12 points 17 months ago

+1 just for the cable management....

deathfromup 6 Builds 11 points 17 months ago

Let me have your cable babies.

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 6 points 17 months ago

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

[comment deleted]
PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

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

[comment deleted]
bbakker09 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Amazing cable management! Well worth the effort. +1

skemble 23 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Homina, homina, homina!

harrybear44 2 points 17 months ago

great build. 6tb of memory wow just wow

TheWickedTaco 2 points 17 months ago

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

bigapplepietart 2 points 17 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...

Eggman772 2 points 17 months ago

lol Amazing name... +1

farm_on_fire 1 Build 1 point 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 months ago

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

manuel9827 1 point 16 months ago

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

nada190 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Looks great! Love the sleeving.

TheUnknownPC 1 point 17 months ago

So EATX Can Fit !! :D

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

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

harrison123445 1 point 17 months ago

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

Fox_ 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Colour scheme and cable management mmmm I love it

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Fingers are still recovering from the cable management :P

LukePRTR 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

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

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 2 points 17 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 17 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 17 months ago

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

Gregfx 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

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

+1 +1 +1 +1

theforgeking 2 points 17 months ago

you forgot cat lol

milesknight 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Love the color scheme.

XIHackInABoxIX 8 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

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

HeyDan83 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

At what resolutions are you gaming?

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

1440p

HeyDan83 4 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

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

Pencil465b 1 point 17 months ago

so sexy +1

Infixite 1 Build 1 point 17 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 -1 points 17 months ago

770s? :P I have 780 TI Classifieds

Attacker3 2 points 17 months ago

he said "and up"

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 0 points 17 months ago

My bad, misread that :P

Attacker3 2 points 17 months ago

WELL READ BETTER jk. Nice build though

UntamedShadow 1 Build 1 point 17 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 17 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 17 months ago

What LED did you use?

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 0 points 17 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 17 months ago

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

dATSeXyHenTZeL 1 point 17 months ago

good build like the name also the color skeem is epic

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 0 points 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 months ago

Good to hear!

zngga 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

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

PacificNic 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

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

ArrKayCee 2 Builds 1 point 17 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 17 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 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Ahh that's awesome.

diazalon 1 point 17 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 17 months ago

Noiseblockers definitely outclass the noctuas. They are very quiet.

diazalon 1 point 17 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 17 months ago

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

MattP123 1 point 17 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 17 months ago

stock is hotter and louder.

Junki3011 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

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

[comment deleted by staff]
CarterBond 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

You stole my cat, I know it.

theforgeking 1 point 17 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 17 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 17 months ago

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

zachochavillo 1 point 16 months ago

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

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 0 points 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 months ago

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

chcknbrst1tst 1 point 16 months ago

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

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 0 points 16 months ago

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

chcknbrst1tst 1 point 16 months ago

so the pc utilizes both video cards for one monitor.

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 0 points 16 months ago

When gaming, yes.

1star2014 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

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

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 0 points 15 months ago

Thanks! I used cathodes

1star2014 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Ok thank you man!

GamerDeso 1 point 15 months ago

Awesome setup you have there.

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 0 points 15 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 14 months ago

Dat cat doe. :P

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 0 points 14 months ago

:P he's chillin

Seghasivk 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Have you seen Linus's cats?

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 0 points 14 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 14 months ago

Ah the unboxings never get old :P

He has these Bengal cats that are so friggin cute.

bsr387 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

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

Richness 1 point 14 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 14 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 14 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 14 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 14 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 14 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.

lukethedonkey 1 Build 1 point 14 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 14 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 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Ok, thanks :-)

renigadecrew 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

+1 for the epic Cable Management and the epic cat

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

thanks haha. His name is Shadow.

renigadecrew 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

OMG Thats my cats name to lol

r101710 1 point 13 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 13 months ago

thanks :P

j.pabst 1 point 13 months ago

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

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 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 13 months ago

Awesome build!

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

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

BrutalJones 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

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

Zedzer 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

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

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

S\/\/@G edition :P

Richness 1 point 13 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 13 months ago

either or would be good.

Richness 1 point 13 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 13 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 13 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 13 months ago

if you want that higher speed i guess :P

StarkLax 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I jizzed a bit

Robotmutt 1 Build 1 point 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 months ago

From the inverter it goes to molex from the psu yeah

trevgav101 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

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

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

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

ImYourChrist 1 point 10 months ago

I love the colours and very nice cabling! +1 Could you tell me about the case fans? I've just discovered them and would love feedback from someone. Is this pc yours or you've built it for someone? Either way, good job!

Just spotted the "H440 Cable Management Challenge" paper. Where else did you upload this build?

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

It's also somewhere on Reddit BuildaPC and /r/Cablemanagement I believe. The fans are fantastic, I'm going to be keeping them for the next few builds at least, and yes it is my own computer :P.

ImYourChrist 1 point 10 months ago

I was hoping a little bit more detailed description about your experience with these case fans (that you have spent nearly £110 on, lol!) Thanks for your time to reply!

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Sorry I wasn't sure what kind of detailed info you want. They're not very loud even on full settings (you just hear the woosh of air), they keep things relatively cool (although because the case's front panel is pretty restrictive they can't pull much air through). The mounting mechanism is really clever.

ImYourChrist 1 point 10 months ago

I was mostly curious if there is something what would justify their price tag. If they excel in anything, if you like. Thanks for your response!

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

They are among the best rated fans in terms of noise to performance, outperforming noctuas and just about everything else (the only fans that I know perform better are the scythe gentle typhoons). So they perform incredibly well.

Major_ADHD 1 point 9 months ago

Dat cable management doh (: +1

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you sir

MLGbumps 1 point 8 months ago

You probably have gotten this asked a few times but how easily did that G1.Sniper 5 fit in the case? Did you just remove the grommets? Also, what else did you need to do? Generally, I am wondering if it will be worth it to put the G1.Sniper 5 in. That's a godly built too! Thanks you!

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks for the compliments and sorryf or the late reply, I've been out of town. The motherboard fits snugly. I didn't have to remove the grommets or anything but it was a slightly tight fit. What's more, the grommets are more or less blocked so I had to route the cables from around the side panel instead of through the grommets.

MLGbumps 1 point 2 months ago

Awesome! Thank you for the reply! I never got the reply until today because I was logged out and never got an email, I think I win on the late reply :/ Unfortunately, I waited too long to buy a G1.Sniper 5 and I can't find it in many places unless it is is crazy expensive or out of stock. On the other hand, I am thinking about getting a G1.Sniper B6, which is much cheaper. Its also ATX for a perfect fit but doesn't have as many features as the 5. Since you seem to know a thing or two about PCs, do you think that would be an alright alternative or do you know of a better one that is only black, silver, or green? Thank you!

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

As long as you weren't planning to overclock the cpu or do sli/crossfire the b6 should be fine.

MLGbumps 1 point 2 months ago

Alright thank you! After more research I decided to pick an Asus Z97-AR because it will look nice and has the features I need for a good price. Thanks for the help!

revolverlover 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

nice

MatteusRawdata 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

finally a decent cable tie effort

still not seen one with sticky tie wrap bases tho :) +1

henryamaze 1 point 7 months ago

cable management is sexy in this one

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks :P.

henryamaze 1 point 7 months ago

why nb fan?

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

they are great performers and look amazing.

pepoxx 1 point 7 months ago

cat: can i haz motherzboardz?

PhantomTaco submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Cat was far more interested in the little bits of wiring and stuff

Hameck 1 point 3 months ago

+1 for teh kitteh

PolarBruski 1 point 20 days ago

Love the kitty. :D

philphaser 1 Build 1 point 16 days ago

I'm in looove with the TaCo! sings =D