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by colepepper
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Description

This build has been quite the journey. Only six months ago I didn't even know what thermal paste was, and here I am with the battlestation of my dreams. The build process was a long one filled with many mistakes and learning experiences. Everything has turned out perfectly (in my opinion) and I couldn't be happier! The rig is mostly used for web browsing and Netflix but I stretch its legs with gaming frequently. The mechanical keyboards are one of my favorite parts of the whole setup and I highly recommend investing in one if you haven't already done so! I also would recommend all of the parts on this list as I have had great experiences with all of them! Feel free to ask any questions! Thanks for looking!

Part List
Details
Date PublishedMay 28, 2014
Date BuiltMay 6, 2014
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load60.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate967MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle35.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load65.0° C
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babachicken 24 points 3 months ago

HE MADE NOCTUA FANS LOOK GOOD.

PRAISE THE LORD.

 
 
Zylos 6 points 3 months ago

OH LORDY LORD, REWARD THIS MAN WITH VERY HIGH FPS AND A 780TI. (780ti I realize was out of the $3000 budget so don't worry about it. Possible upgrade though? :D)

 
 
spongebob123 18 points 3 months ago

+1 IBM model M

 
 
colepepper [Submitter] [1 Build] 5 points 3 months ago

It's the best!

 
 
ThePCguy2013 1 point 3 months ago

i used to have one, but I replaced it with a mx green keyboard.

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

Why? Too bulky?

 
 
ThePCguy2013 0 points 3 months ago

Too old.

 
 
CosmicUnlimited 4 points 3 months ago

Best cable management I have ever seen. This is perfect. +1 What are you using to strap those cables under your desk?

 
 
colepepper [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

Thanks! I'm flattered! The cable clips are these: http://www.gardnerbender.com/en/gkk-1575

I was able to find them at my local ACE Hardware.

 
 
Catalyzer [1 Build] 3 points 3 months ago

Clean , nice , Amazing ! Loved how many keyboards you have right from IBM Model M (this is a classy one) Almost upto that amazing beyerdynamic headset ! Everything is perfect.

 
 
colepepper [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

Thanks man! The Model M is my favorite out of the bunch and the DT880s are a dream!

 
 
Catalyzer [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks. I have heard a lot about the company beyerdynamic , they make amazing headsets for audiophiles , would you recommend it for gaming ?

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

I think that the DT880s are fantastic all-rounders Everything I hear through them sounds fantastic! However, if you are looking for something soley for gaming you might want to condsider a pair of fully open headphones to allow for a more expansive sound stage which is beneficial for gaming (these are semi-open which means that they have a mid-sized sound stage in my opinion). I hear AKGs make great gaming headphones as well; very large sound stage!

 
 
Catalyzer [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks a lot. I wanted one for my gaming needs and other one for my music needs , the genres i listen to are : Trance , Progressive , house , Dance , Dubstep (Sometimes). So was on a hunt for a headset that has the best of both worlds.

 
 
frisktoad 2 points 1 month ago

I dunno if I am late, but for these genres you will need punchy and good bass. Not too much though(See Beats by Dre). I would suggest (if your budget allows it) to get an open pair of 'phones (DT990, Sennheisers, AKG) for your gaming needs and get a closed for music. At least this is what I would do.

 
 
Catalyzer [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks for making some good points. Yes i have heard about beats by dr.dre , but really correct me if i m wrong , arent they more for ppl who listen to hiphop , R&B and not trance especially. A friend of mine recommneded me Audio technica mth 50 for music and razer kraken or steelseries siberia v2/7h or logitech g430 for gaming.

Sadly i cant have both. So just to let you know , that i need a headset with at least a good bass which is suitable for music and games. Let me tell you that i also dont play any MP games like wow , dota , BF , COD. Im more of an RPG lover :)

What do you think about razer kraken ? Can you recommend me that now ?

 
 
frisktoad 2 points 29 days ago

Well bad recomendation from your friend :P. Dont bother buying "gaming" headsets. Just get set your budget and buy the headphones you like. Because you don't play online games and especially FPSs then you won't need an open headphone unless its your personal preference. What is your budget?

Also the beats are just bad. Never never, never buy them. I know, people say theyre good for hiphop, but no. The bass is too much and it destroys the music. What music you listen to?

Also go to reddit.com/r/headphones and reddit.com/r/audiophile to ask for help.

 
 
Catalyzer [1 Build] 1 point 28 days ago

Thanks for replying. I dont have quite a lot to spend on a headphone. ( As Fall 2014 Approaches :) ) But i have a meager budget of 60$ at the max , its actually 80$ but my country's taxation system puts an additional markup on that. For.eg The razer kraken 7.1 retails on amazon at 85$ smth , and i can purchase the same online at 155$ in my country. That's something that really saddens me deeply. Forget gaming for the time being , can you think you can find a good headset for 60$. All i could see at that price was turtle beach and razer thats it.

Coming back to you other question , i primarily listen to Trance and some other sub-genres or similar genres like Dance , house , techno , and above all i love music where there are deep vocals and crystal clear bass.

So yeah can you find something similar at that budget ? If you can please link it. If you cant , leave it , i'm happy with my Creative SBS a235 2.1 at least that still rocks my room with ease :)

 
 
frisktoad 2 points 28 days ago

http://www.head-fi.org/products/koss-prodj100 -> Closed headphones(better isolation, privacy, less good soundstage)

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDRMA300-Over-the-Head-Headphones/dp/B007BY3PCI -> open headphones(better soundstage), people can listen what you listen too when theyre close, not good isolation.

Pick the one that suits you the most.

 
 
Catalyzer [1 Build] 1 point 28 days ago

Thanks a ton for suggesting me. i'm reading about Sony mdrma300 and yes it really doesnt have good reviews. many are complaining in reviews that it severely lacks bass :( If you dont know , i also have another pair of headset from sony they are sony mdr zx100 and believe me they are horrible , they have no bass , sound is flat ! Coming back the first option from koss looks comparatively better than sony without a thought. I think i'll settle for those. Thanks again for your valuable time and suggestions.

 
 
frisktoad 1 point 28 days ago

I have the Sony MDR-ZX100. For the money I payed the sound is great. Can't complain, believe me.

 
 
Catalyzer [1 Build] 1 point 25 days ago

Well , thats strange ! I'll be honest the bass/drop from these speakers was flat and not that punchy like i want. Its like i never even used to feel the drop. Dont know if you use a mic with these headsets ? i dont even know if it applies here. btw i just saw the other one you mentioned back : KOSS pro dj 100. It retails at amzn on 43 $ and its available here at 150$ , thats a lot O.o Really. At that price i get an ATH m50 here. So yeah no way i can get that. And i really cant put 150$ :(

 
 
frisktoad 1 point 25 days ago

Well, the best thing to do would be save up money (300-500$). Yeah, I know it's a lot of money and it will take time. BUT, with that money you can get a really good pair of 'phones along with a AMP+DAC combo.

 
 
ZehnoComputers [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

great build, can tell all the effort you put into the build! I'd like to see the backside of the case where the cable management is though. +1

 
 
colepepper [Submitter] [1 Build] 5 points 3 months ago

Thanks man! A lot of blood sweat and tears went into it! And as you wish: http://i.imgur.com/ZZlCVWf.jpg

 
 
MylesRawr [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

That is by far some of the best cable management I've ever seen, especially on the underside of the desk. +10 sir.

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

Thank you! I'm honored!

 
 
DeltasEcho 1 point 2 months ago

Great cable managment +1

 
 
JrdPlayer1 2 points 3 months ago

This might be a little late but, what lighting strips did you use

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

The lighting is an NZXT Hue. I would recommend it since it is RGB and has multiple lighting modes. However, be ready to get some nice double backed tape because the stuff they put on the led strips out of the box only lasted me about a month before it started falling off.

 
 
Miraux 2 points 3 months ago

That cable management is beautiful. Might have to take inspiration from that!

 
 
parishl31 2 points 3 months ago

Very nice and clean! I was looking at a very similar build in the near future, hows the noise levels on your setup?

 
 
colepepper [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

Thanks! The PC is very quiet, near silent. I can hear it but only barely. I think though, that the vast majority of the noise comes from my GPU fans so if my GPU were under water the rig would most likely be silent.

 
 
NovicePCBuild 2 points 3 days ago

nice cable management in and outside of the case

 
 
AddictedBuilder [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

+1 for the audi rs7 and the beyerdynamic's :)

 
 
Daz_96 1 point 3 months ago

This is an awesome build really like the clean look! And that cable management is beautiful. +1 from me.

 
 
colepepper [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

Thanks man!

 
 
weredawg [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Seriously beautiful. Very clean computer. Love the sleeving. Absolutely love those keyboards (I miss my Model M) and I really, really love the wire management on the desk.

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

Thanks! All of the cable management probably took longer than the build itself! The keyboards are amazing. They each have their own distinct personality (my family and friends think I'm crazy haha). You should get another Model M, they're pretty cheap on eBay. I have an SSK on the way so I can have the same feel with less massiveness!

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

Thank you! The vertical screen is just an old Dell 1200p I got off of craigslist but any monitor should do the trick!

 
 
ShammysPC [4 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

First person I see that sleeves his cables to match Noctua fans... Wonderful build!

 
 
xx116xx [3 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

I applaud you for making a color schemed build with Noctuas...

 
 
colepepper [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 3 months ago

I wanted to try going with a color scheme that everyone says the hate and see if I could change their mind!

 
 
xx116xx [3 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

It's legendary.

 
 
rishabhchugh13 [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Really neat and tidy build. +1. Are you planning on overclocking soon since you have a Z87 MoBo and a K processor?

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

Thanks! I've played around with it but my CPU really doesn't like to be overclocked much unfortunately. I struggle to get 4.0GHz out of it. This might be my fault but I've followed a bunch of different guides with similar results.

 
 
rishabhchugh13 [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

It's probably not your fault. With CPUs, some are really good at OCing and some are awful at it, its all about your luck and which one you get.

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

Yeah, I think that I just lost the silicone lottery with this one.

 
 
bloodroses75 [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Yeah, the silicone lottery is rather finicky on Haswell. For overclocking attempts, did you try it manually, or used software to automatically try it? I'm not sure how well Asus's software is for it, but I know Gigabyte did a horrid job on mine. I ended up adjusting it by hand, but still only got 4.2ghz out of it at .0625 volts over (as opposed to .2v+ by the Gigabyte software). BTW, love the Model M. Makes me miss the days programming back in college. :)

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

I tried manually multiple times with blue screens of prime95 every time @4.0Ghz. I tried upping the voltage but once I hit 100C during prime95 I put it back to stock.

 
 
ACVoong [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

+1 for clean build and cable management.

 
 
projekt84 1 point 3 months ago

Great job, I want to do the same with 1440p main screen and 1200p vertical screen. How are you liking that combo?

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

Thank you! I really like the combo. The vertical monitor is really useful for long lists and webpages. As always a second screen is worth its weight in gold!

 
 
Spbach [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

+1 For the Beyers, the cable management, the noctua fans, and colour scheme.

 
 
polarbehr [4 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

clean

 
 
HungryFatCats 1 point 3 months ago

Absolutely Beautiful.

 
 
mcnuggeeett 1 point 3 months ago

Bookmarking for the clean ass cable management, sexy. Good work man! +1

 
 
candy [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

Dat cable management tho +1

 
 
Moiz36 1 point 3 months ago

Down right sexy.

 
 
xNightCaster [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Loving those sleeved cables, really compliments those amazing Noctuas! +1

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

Thanks! I'm definitely a fan of these fans (heh).

 
 
Caleb10E [5 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

Love the builds that go with the Noctua color scheme. Excellent & beautiful machine.

 
 
jacobs4525 [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

the first time I have ever actually enjoyed the look of Noctua fans. Great job and +1!

 
 
coolflame57 [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

+1 for name!

 
 
fps3003 1 point 3 months ago

Very nice build....

 
 
cooperred [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

If someone stole this... I guess you could say you lost control!

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

Haha, I have nightmares of someone stealing this all the time. I would be so sad...

 
 
jonathan_b [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

I really like your unique colour scheme!

 
 
th3bearsfan [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

was this on r/battlestations a while back? I'm pretty sure i've seen this somewhere before. Awesome build by the way :D

 
 
MrWhiteMacaroon [1 Build] 0 points 3 months ago
 
 
colepepper [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

Haha that's me! I was playing around on this site and figured I might as well share it here.

 
 
MrWhiteMacaroon [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Still a very pretty build in general, trade?

 
 
deVIZtation [4 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

Cable management for all the monitors/keyboard/mouse, etc is totally epic!!!!

 
 
mcdonh 1 point 3 months ago

why do you have so many noctua's...must be a freezer in there

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

I wanted to full up all the fan mounts since I like the look. And yes the temps are pretty good!

 
 
mcdonh 1 point 3 months ago

I admit it does look good, but these things are computers not refrigerators :S

 
 
mcdonh 1 point 3 months ago

btw, we have the same desk, high five

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

Haha if you think I have a lot of Noctuas you should see this guy's build: http://imgur.com/a/PkwDT

Also, it's a very nice desk! Very comfy.

 
 
tyabbott 1 point 3 months ago

This is a really awesome build. I like how you built the build around the Noctua fan colors.

 
 
pegotico 1 point 3 months ago

+1 on the best fans (noctua)!

 
 
UmiLarry 1 point 3 months ago

Whoa, $100+ just for fans, and very good deal on the DT880s! Anyways, great build and nice cable management.

 
 
bchurch 1 point 3 months ago

OP: I game once in a while Gets 780

Me: All I do is game Gets 770

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

Haha yeah I know it's overkill but it helps for the once in a while gaming at 1440p.

 
 
TheTekJake [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

The rig is mostly used for web browsing and Netflix but I stretch its legs with gaming frequently.

I sure hope so with that GTX 780 Superclocked! I too have that card. Plenty of gaming power to spare! Love the build! Amazing job!

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

Thanks! It's a beast, no doubt about it!

 
 
MLPortal 1 point 3 months ago

Hey, you're the noctua dude from /r/pcsleeving!

Love the whole thing, inside and out.

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

Thank you! That I am!

 
 
Antoine3990 [3 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

You clearly are a geekhack member x). I have the same problem as you do.

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

I do lurk there from time to time! I spend time there, deskthority, and /r/mechanicalkeyboards. I have an SSK on the way (another $235 :0 ). It's quite the addictive hobby, that's for sure!

 
 
Antoine3990 [3 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

Yea... and then you go Korean custom and Topre, and you're just... poor.

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

I think an 87u or HHKB is going to be my next step in the distant future. A Korean custom is close to end-game stuff. Really want some ergo-clears! (I might convert my Poker II to ergo-clears at some point. I just can't seem to get used to the reds.)

 
 
Antoine3990 [3 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

Me neither, I've tried reds and they're just too light. Also, I have both, ergo-clear and topre, they are kind of similar but it's always nice to change once in a while :)

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

Yeah, I just don't think linears are for me. I have pretty fat fingers so without the tactile feedback I tend to hit things willy-nilly. I got the red because I needed a quieter keyboard, I just really wish the Poker II came with clears; they feel so good! Which do you prefer, clears or Topre?

 
 
Antoine3990 [3 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

I think topre has a slight advantage in term of feeling (IMO, there seems to be less friction; it is a bit smoother), but you can't customize your keycaps, which I like with the ergo-clears.

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

You must be pretty excited for the Novatouch then.

 
 
Antoine3990 [3 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

haha, nah, I spent too much on keyboards already. I have to build another computer before buying anything else...

 
 
RustyCali [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Where did you get all the sleeving supplies? I am looking to add Noctua Fans to my Yoda Build and sleeve the cords with tan, brown and green? Is it hard as I am still learning myself.

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

The paracord I bought on eBay (chocolate brown, beige, and black are the colors I used. I got the other tools, connectors, heatshrink, etc. from Lutro0Customs. Check out /r/PCSleeving over in reddit. It's a great resource and it's where I learned how to sleeve. This was my first ever sleeving project so don't be discouraged if you are going in blind; I did too! It's more tedious than it is difficult.

 
 
liqgranite [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

Nice.... VERY nice and tastefully done. Good to see someone else appreciates those Beyer headphones.

Those sleeved cables are incredible! Great Job +++++.

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

Thanks man! The Beyers are fantastic headphones indeed!

 
 
WC-Craft 1 point 3 months ago

Dude, you need to use your money better. Your pc is only worth $1500. You spent and extra $1500 on **** you dont need. You should have took some of that money and got an I7 4770. Why did you get a K I5 when you didnt even over clock it. Why did you get a Overclocking motherboard if your not over clocking. You could have got an I7 4770 with that money there. Whats with all the fans??? It only puts out about 400 watts, also if it only puts out that much watts, why did u get that huge PSU...

 
 
colepepper [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

These are all valid points. I planned to overclock but the processor I got is not a good overclocker by any means so it will take a bit of fiddling to get anything out of it and I do not have the time right now. The fans were the basis of my entire color scheme so they were high on my wishlist (as much overkill as they are). In fact, a lot of the parts I bought were for asthetic purposes (like the motherboard for example). The 850W PSU is serious overkill because I had originally planned on SLI 780s but other priorities came up. If you look at the part list I included every part of the setup in there which drives up the end total. The majority of the extra cost is the monitors, headphones and keyboards (which are a hobby of mine and I collect them). If I were going for all out performance without aesthetics or luxuries I would have ended up with something that would demolish games but that I wouldn't be as proud of or enjoy to use as much as what you see here. Different stroke for different folks as they say...

 
 
BR4714 1 point 1 month ago

Noctuas are awesome fans to invest your money into. There is nothing wrong putting your money into something that is or will be a future investment for you (specially Haswell CPU was known for it's temperatures). Your 850W is not an overkill. An article from PC World stated "Most power supplies hit their peak efficiency levels with loads in the range of 40 to 80 percent. Building to about 50 to 60 percent of a PSU's capacity is advisable to achieve maximum efficiency and yet leave room for future expansion": http://www.pcworld.com/article/2025425/how-to-pick-the-best-pc-power-supply.html. Your system is unique from everyone else. It's an awesome rig in my humble opinion and you did an outstanding job putting it together! =)

 
 
colepepper [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 29 days ago

Thank you for the kind words! I know that this my system isn't for everyone but it's not supposed to be! I'm very proud of it!

 
 
BR4714 1 point 1 month ago

I forgot to ask, where did you bought your sleeving from and how long are they... If you don't mind me asking. Thanks in advance =)

 
 
colepepper [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 29 days ago

I got all of my paracord off of ebay. I got 100ft of each color and that was more than enough. Check out reddit.com/r/pcsleeving for more tips and where to buy supplies!

 
 
JrdPlayer1 1 point 3 months ago

You should put a backplate on your gpu it makes it look even more awesome

 
 
paulo098765 1 point 2 months ago

hows the fio

 
 
colepepper [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 2 months ago

It's great! Drives the DT880s no problem.

 
 
paulo098765 1 point 2 months ago

Should I go the step up verison or ur fiio is good enough

 
 
Kurama_the_Crimson_Foix 1 point 2 months ago

so many useless annoying pictures, but nice build

 
 
colepepper [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Yeah I know. These pictures are complied from previous posts on other websites and used to have descriptions for each. When I put them on here they all got jumbled up and lost their cohesiveness.

 
 
DeltasEcho 1 point 2 months ago

Is that really a Model M that's tricked out

 
 
colepepper [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

The Model M is all stock. I have a few other keyboards that are "tricked out".

 
 
plgdg [1 Build] 0 points 3 months ago

I'm plgdg, and I approve this build.

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colepepper [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 3 months ago

Why did I chose these colors? Noctua makes fantastic products and I happen to really like the way the fans look, unlike most people.

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miniclipgamer [2 Builds] 0 points 3 months ago

Such hate.

Much disappoint.

Noctua: Such quality. Much airflow. Wow.