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Project Phenom - Completed Build
by StaRn3ss
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Description

UPDATE 1/24/14

I have posted up the V2 of Project Phenom here - http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Lu8 Go ahead and check out the updated rig.

From those of you who have seen my last build, (http://pcpartpicker.com/b/DTn), this is my second build. This is much more powerful, smarter, and customized in a slightly bigger case.

Few interesting features:

  1. Everything is linked together with Corsair link. (For those of you who are unaware of what it is, it detects almost every component in your build, and lets you control most of them, while showcasing the temps.) This is provided by the Corsair AX760i PSU + H100i)

  2. I have remote controlled lighting installed.

  3. LCD Touch screen fan controller.

  4. Multi SD card slot, with front red LED strip control scroll switch.

  5. Sound dampening foam installed where ever possible.

  6. Custom side window on Corsair 300R.

  7. Custom laser etched name + signature.

  8. Custom designed braided cables.

11/25/13 UPDATE:

Heaven Benchmark - http://imgur.com/1YFKF0C

More benchmarks coming soon, 3DMark, Cinebench, GeekBench, PCMark.

Posted on reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/1r4nc9/build_complete_project_phenom_modded_corsair_300r/

Will be OC'ing CPU+ Crossfire GPU and posting benchmark scores in the next day or 2.

Part List
Details
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.12Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.43Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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LeMonarque [3 Builds] 22 points 12 months ago

Love how you decided to put as many Noctuas in as could be hidden from view - I did the same thing. And great job on weaving those LEDs around the frames! I wish Noctua would release their Redux fans already.

Also, those massive triple-slot DCU2's make the case look tiny :D

And those cat pictures...I imagine he speaks in a deep, heavy Spanish accent. You have one of the most badass looking cats I've ever seen.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 10 points 12 months ago

Haha thanks.

Noctuas, unfortunately are ugly. So yeah got dual 140's in front. GPU's are massive. Probably one of the top 7970's out there.

As for the cat, it's my friend's. And yeah, it's awesome.

 
 
OCedPug [2 Builds] 9 points 12 months ago

Watch out , that cat might be a popular meme someday :P

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 9 points 12 months ago

It's giving me pretty strong "I don't always X, but when I do, I Y" vibes. Especially in that shot where it's lying sideways.

 
 
Zeus [1 Build] 12 points 12 months ago

+1 for cat.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Thanks

 
 
Zeus [1 Build] 3 points 12 months ago

haha

nice build btw

 
 
Apach3 [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

you took the words right off my keyboard :P

 
 
SethMatrix 9 points 12 months ago

Named Project Phenom. Gets i7 lol. Great build though +1 Have you overclocked the gpus yet?/will you? Wow. I thought that case was the 350d/550d then i saw what it really was! Nice pimping it out with the accessories btw.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

haha I would see why people would think it's an AMD build. I never thought of it that way :?

Yes soon as I get some free time from work/class, I will be OC'ing the CPU and GPU's and then posting benchmark results. Stay tuned.

 
 
dschutt84 [3 Builds] 7 points 12 months ago

At least someone understands that you don't need a 1000 watt PSU to power this!!! Sick of seeing people with 850+ with a single gpu and paired with a SSD and HDD.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Exactly ;D

 
 
dcmabry [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

LMAO seriously. glad a few people on here at least understand you dont need a ******* 1000W PSU to power this ****

 
 
LukePRTR [1 Build] 6 points 12 months ago

+1 For The Cat!!! And also this amazing build!

 
 
Xaftz [1 Build] 4 points 12 months ago

Wow... This is one of the best and most elaborate builds I've seen yet. The pictures really helped.

This thing dwarfs anything I'll ever be able to afford in terms of parts, customization, and coordination.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Thanks!

As for the price, yeah ;(. I wish I hadn't spent so much, but the way I look at it, not only is it worth it, but I bought all the components at an epic price ;)

Planning is key, down to the last inch. I had to modify this case in several ways to accommodate everything. (drilling included)

 
 
keensight21 4 points 12 months ago

The cat looks like a good assistant :D

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 3 points 12 months ago

My 7970 is cat approved ;)

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 4 points 12 months ago

Very beautiful, +1 and many more if I could. Always loved the 300R

Where did you get the window done? or did you do this yourself? Same question on the cables

Do you have a link for your lighting/remote kit? I have the phoybia lighting kit so I just wanted to compare

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

If you have questions regarding custom cables/window, PM me and I can tell you there.

As for the lighting kit, I got it off ebay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/5M-5050-RGB-SMD-LED-Waterproof-Flexible-Strip-300-LEDs-44-Key-IR-Remote-/180992529478

Pretty cheap and works well

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks for the link on the lighting kit, I'm going to actually order one now just to have it as it's awesome and I will hold onto it for a future build haha

 
 
Painwithin [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

I got the 300R Windowed version but the holes for the fans "in the window" kinda bug me though i am using one atm for a 140mm fan lol but i'd rather a plain plexy glass window, was yours the windowed version? i'd like to change my window if its remotely possible.

 
 
paceman04 [1 Build] 3 points 12 months ago

fantastic work! looks like you really poured everything into this one! and lots of pics is always great too +1

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Thank you

 
 
Kbur215 3 points 12 months ago

Too bad your build isn't neat and tidy...Said no one ever. Also, I'm a little envious of those Sennheiser HD 598s -now those are a pair of cans. +1

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Haha they sure are. With an amp <3

 
 
xolot1 [1 Build] 3 points 12 months ago

asl;kdfhaskjgh; sorry i fainted after seeing this awesome pc!

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago
 
 
reece00567 [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

This build <3 but I hope you are using an amp for those head phones

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Yep I am ;). Just couldn't include it in PCpartpicker as it didn't show up.

 
 
Bseagull 2 points 12 months ago

Holy. ****.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago
 
 
MiKaVw [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Jesus ******* christ, this looks so awesome. One of the best builds I've seen in a while.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks

 
 
YourLocalPCNoob [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Did the cat manage to scratch the backplate of the 7970?

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Lol nope.

 
 
fdjo10 2 points 12 months ago

Cool Build

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks

 
 
Electrospeed 2 points 12 months ago

Sheds tear

So many pictures... It's beautiful... My purpose in life is fulfilled...

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago
 
 
cannon4747 [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

damn thats awesome... getting that first 7970 in looked tough though.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Wasn't that hard honestly.

 
 
DanniieBoiiy 2 points 12 months ago

That Cat is adorable and that computer is a beast :3 well played sir.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

thanks ;)

 
 
DanniieBoiiy 1 point 12 months ago

I didn't realize that you were the person that also had that completed build with the super cool water cooling and reference 7970 that I said deserved more +'s. :3 hai again.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Haha you saw my original build, nice ;D Thanks.

 
 
ThePCguy2013 2 points 12 months ago

dosent amd cfx have microstuttering? Nonetheless, nice build. +1!

 
 
Kragore [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Damn that's nice! quality build!

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

thanks

 
 
mcdonh 2 points 12 months ago

+respect for that cable management, and you cat wants your GPU, you will find it stuffed inside your case stroking that 7970

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

gpu is cat approved ;D

 
 
ImSooBored 2 points 12 months ago

Holy Crap 0.0 that looks so beautiful

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks ;)

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StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago
 
 
none1980 2 points 12 months ago

That cat... I love it! :P I used to have a cat that looked a lot like that. Brings back memories.

Great job on the build, too, it looks great!

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Thanks ;D

 
 
cjeffcoatjr [3 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

That is now my favorite build on this website. Epic. +1

 
 
game474 2 points 11 months ago

Brilliantly done for home made!

 
 
DeathClap 2 points 11 months ago

Really like this build, looks great! Cute cat by the way :).

 
 
jjwb22101 2 points 11 months ago

wow. that is one of the best looking computers I have ever seen. Impressed.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you


Copy & paste message To whom it my be of importance, I have updated my build (a decent amount). Will be posting up pics and new benchmarks soon.

 
 
DiscoMagician 2 points 11 months ago

How did you light it? Around the inside of the glass panel? I plan to get this case for my build, but I'm lost on how I would put the LEDs in

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Yes around the glass panel, and in a way that it is not visible


Copy & paste message To whom it my be of importance, I have updated my build (a decent amount). Will be posting up pics and new benchmarks soon.

 
 
thunderdan602 [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Beautiful build. How do you like that motherboard in the overclocking department?

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Completely hate the UD4H. **** motherboard, quite frankly. Failed on me twice. Basically bios failed twice while trying to do minor overclocking (correctly, I may add). That is why I have gotten a new mobo and changed a lot of stuff. Will be updating with new build if you want to keep a look out in the next week or 2.

 
 
thunderdan602 [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you for letting us know. I was seriously considering this motherboard for my upcoming build.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Motherboard looks great, but literally simple overclocking kills it. Absolutely terrible. Unless I somehow got a bad batch, twice several weeks apart, makes it very unlikely.

 
 
Stanbery [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

You're friend's cat has swagger, so +1. As much as I love my cat, his fur stays the hell away from my computers. lol

 
 
Sladez8 2 points 11 months ago

BEAST :)

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you

Copy & paste message To whom it my be of importance, I have updated my build (a decent amount). Will be posting up pics and new benchmarks soon.

 
 
Matty [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Hi, amazing build with the dual 7970's and the great cabling. i just want to know if the 300r, ud4h and h100i all fit fine without any modding to the case. obviously it worked really well in your build, but i just want to know if you had to mod the case at all. thanks matt

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

You will have to do minor modding on top of the case. Basically make your own holes, which takes no more than 10 minutes. You don't even need a drill, just some pliers. UD4H specifically don't fit without modding due to the large heatsink on the board. Also it is a terrible motherboard, It failed on me twice so I got it replaced with a different one.


Copy & paste message To whom it my be of importance, I have updated my build (a decent amount). Will be posting up pics and new benchmarks soon.

 
 
Matty [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Hi, thanks for the reply. I think i will use the ROG Hero mobo, seems a very good quality and solid mobo. Hoping to build in March. Matt

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

I wish I could have used that mobo, but a little expensive for me. The asrock is a great board, with more functionality than some of these higher end mobo's. Appeal isn't that great, but functionality is what ultimately matters.

Fun fact, this mobo has a dehumidifier, 2 usb 3.0 headers, 1 usb 3.0 port directly on the mobo. It is coated with water resisting material. + a lot more.

 
 
TheMohammadmo [2 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

Oh my god that thing looks so frikin raw

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Copy & paste message To whom it my be of importance, I have updated my build (a decent amount. Mobo/Cabling/GPU's/etc). Will be posting up pics and new benchmarks soon.

 
 
Jozmtr 2 points 9 months ago

Really nice build, although it's best to keep work space away from pets.. Although it was cute. Good build though, +1. =)

 
 
Eco212 [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Upvote just for the cat.

 
 
CheyTac [4 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Ive heard that two 7970's decreases in performance from one 7970? Correct me if im wrong.

 
 
Zeus [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

There are a lot more issues with xfire 7970s compared to a single 7970. Raw potential performance wise, no.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I've heard that with tri crossfire, not dual.

If you go and search crossfire 7970 benchmarks, you see significant FPS increases in various high end games. Dual GPU's also help with higher resolutions. I am pushing 3x 1080p monitors. In the future, if I ever decide to upgrade to 1440p, dual GPU's help tremendously.

Here is just one of the articles with several benchmarks. - http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/asus_radeon_hd_7970_crossfire_review,19.html

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

5760x1080 is higher resolution than 2560x1440 ;) Unless you mean 7680x1440...and that's just insane O_O

For the most part it's usually quadfire/quad-SLI that has negative gains. Triple cards just has much lower scaling compared to two.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I meant 7680x1440. I will never be going down from tri screens ;D, and it would be strange if I only upgraded only 1 of my monitors to 1440p.

And yeah, I meant tri/quad in above comment. This is my first time doing dual crossfire, so I will see when I actually do several benchmarks with GPU Cinebench and 3D Mark 11.

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

7680x1440...yikes, that's a wallet's nightmare! In my wildest dreams I'd go 7680x1600 so it wouldn't be so narrow though :P

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Actually 1440p monitors are becoming cheaper and cheaper as 4K TV's are coming down in price.

Speaking of which, Seiki is selling 39" 4K TV's for $520 and 55" TV's for $850 this Black friday. (Only 55" has massive price drop, whereas it seems they sell the 39" TV's at cheap prices year round)

 
 
Kbur215 2 points 12 months ago

I'm throwing this out there. Those Seiki Tv's don't have a DVI input so you are stuck using an HDMI, which only supports 30HZ frequency.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I wasn't actually considering them. I was just pointing out that 1440p monitors are now becoming very affordable due to the release of cheap 4k TV's

 
 
Kbur215 1 point 12 months ago

I hear you. It makes me wonder why they don't have DVI port over the VGA port on Seiki Tv's. However, I know what you mean with regards to the drop in 1440p monitors. The price drop on them in the last 6 months is rather impressive.

I personally have a 5760x1080 setup and not quite interest in moving up. Based on what it takes to go to 7680x1440, in terms of raw graphics card power its just not worth it at this point in time. I figure you, to play on max settings you need at least 2x top of line cards if not 3x. So the price for 2x or 3x cards is one thing, but then you need to factor in a motherboard that isn't going bottle-neck the cards combined with a high end processor probably with LGA 2011 socket. I digress, The price just starts to skyrocket at that point when moving to 7680x1440.

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Be really careful about high res TV's instead of monitors for the reason Kbur215 said! And I'm talking more about the GPU horsepower needed for that setup, not the actual monitors themselves. 3x1440p is higher resolution than a single 4K screen! It's a massive GPU tax...in more ways than one haha

 
 
PickItApart 1 point 12 months ago

Watch out for ***** hair in the fans.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Nono, not my cat, it's my friends. Trust me, fully cleaned.

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ImElkay [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

How are those two Sennheiser headphones compared to each other? It's to bad you can't fit a sound card in the rig (at least it doesn't look like you can) to make the cans sound even better. Also, are those fans the 140mm equivalent of the NF F12's?

One more thing, are those video cards triple slot?

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I have a pretty awesome amp, so no need for sound card. As for the Noctuas, yes the NF F12's are pretty similar. The biggest difference is the shape of both ;P

Yes, each GPU is triple slot.

 
 
ImElkay [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Ok I gotcha. What amp is it? To bad no surround sound though.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Dunno exact name, it's by NuForce though. Got it from Best buy Magnolia.

 
 
RLD123 1 point 12 months ago

what amp do you use?

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I don't know exactly which model, I think it is uDac Nuforce.

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RLD123 1 point 12 months ago

This Build Tho> Also How Did You Get The Project Phenom Logo?

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Got it custom etched while cutting out a side window panel for the 300R.

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StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

11/25/13 UPDATE:

Heaven Benchmark - http://imgur.com/1YFKF0C

More benchmarks coming soon, 3DMark, Cinebench, GeekBench, PCMark.

 
 
muellerdillon [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

CAT

 
 
Tundra 1 point 11 months ago

what is each fan doing? Front two as intake Back and top as exhaust? Also did you fully remove the H100i fans or did you just add the corsair air series on the otherside of the rad?

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Front two intake, top and rear exhaust. I replaced the stock fans with air series completely.

Copy & paste message To whom it my be of importance, I have updated my build (a decent amount). Will be posting up pics and new benchmarks soon.

 
 
MaxxEnergy 1 point 11 months ago

What are you using to monitor your overclocking?

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

MSI After burner.


Copy & paste message To whom it my be of importance, I have updated my build (a decent amount). Will be posting up pics and new benchmarks soon.

 
 
peterschultz41 1 point 10 months ago

How did you get that H100i cooling system in? Did you have any trouble?'

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

Depending on what motherboard you use. If it has a large heatsink, you will have to do minor modding on top of the case. Basically make your own holes, which takes no more than 10 minutes. You don't even need a drill, just some pliers. I wouldn't suggest UD4H, terrible motherboard. Got it replaced twice then just got a different board entirely.


Copy & paste message To whom it my be of importance, I have updated my build (a decent amount. Mobo/Cabling/GPU's/etc). Will be posting up pics and new benchmarks soon.

 
 
peterschultz41 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks. I actually ended up installing the cooling radiator on the inside, and then screwed the fans on top of the case so that they support the radiator. Works just fine.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

To whom it my be of importance, I have updated my build (a decent amount). Will be posting up pics and new benchmarks soon.

 
 
TaylrTownsnd 1 point 9 months ago

Where did you source that window from? It's a beautiful case other than the fact that the stock window is very ugly and I'm really looking forward to buying it myself!

 
 
harrisonwheeler 1 point 8 months ago

hey is it for gaming?

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 0 points 7 months ago

Gaming and editing. Check out my v2, link in description.

 
 
XilDubstepliX [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

well at least the cat was into those 3 slot monsters.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 7 months ago

Yep. Also check out my v2, link in description.

 
 
jimfed67 [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Dude, You cat looks SUPER ANNOYED! Great rig!

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 0 points 7 months ago

Thanks. Check out my v2, link in description.

 
 
wheelerj 1 point 7 months ago

Clean build! Looks great...........

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks! Check out my v2, link in description.

 
 
BlastXin 1 point 7 months ago

Whoa, never seen such huge video cards!! (even bigger than Titan o_o)

edit: I guess your cat really wants the Asus Card very badly for his own XD

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Haha, thanks. Check out my v2, link in description.

 
 
PyroFuzion 1 point 7 months ago

I like everything about your build. Nice job!

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks! Check out my v2, link in description.

 
 
thault 1 point 7 months ago

This is a true work of art!

 
 
junrocks 1 point 7 months ago

You might wanna step up the gpu's, but yah GREAT

Whispers cat

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Check out my V2 build.

 
 
Nadox97 1 point 7 months ago

Man that cat really wanted to help! Kittys make static though :p

 
 
nathanielrichards 1 point 6 months ago

than cats just like mine when i build my pc because if the cat don't like the parts it is time to get new parts

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andggg11 1 point 5 months ago

One of the cleanest builds i have ever seen

 
 
JnimsSS12 1 point 3 months ago

What camera do you have? Great pics!!

 
 
BaSkA 1 point 3 months ago

Nice!

 
 
BarbecueSus 1 point 3 months ago

Where did you get the window! I have been looking for one everywhere!

 
 
Elvyn 1 point 2 months ago

Where can I get Custom made letters like that?

 
 
nervozer4 [4 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

how are the cpu temps under a gaming load, for example bf4 64 player map? I am just curious because those dcii coolers dump quite a lot of heat inside the case.

 
 
Webster16 1 point 1 month ago

Hey Man, Terrific Build You Got There! +1 From Me! My Dad and I are getting a system, we're both paying $600 to go towards a gaming / video editing rig totaling $1300. Seeing as you have some experience with building the most amazing PC's, could you give us some advice on our current build and maybe make a few modifications of your own?

I want to play games like The Evil Within, ArmA 3, DayZ, Just Cause 2, and tons more. My dad wishes to do video editing on the build and create songs with this software he's getting when we have the PC. We also want to both be able to multitask very easily without lag.

We already have a 512GB HDD Blue, Average Optical Drive, and a $200 Computer Screen. Thanks for the Help!

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Webster16/saved/QjcBD3

P.S. Please Consider Shipping Costs

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 1 month ago

Thank you. Few suggestions I would have for you is don't scrimp on the PSU, try for a gold or platinum PSU, preferably semi if not fully modular (saves you the cable management trouble + frees up space for more airflow.) PSU is arguably the most important component in your computer because if something were to happen to it, it can literally kill every other component in your system. There was a deal a few days ago for a seasonic 660w platinum fully modular for $70 after rebate which was an amazing deal. I would highly look out for something like that.

As for the GPU, I HIGHLY suggest saving up for the GTX 970. It's an amazing card, which packs a lot of performance while being more more energy efficient. Recent benchmarks show that it's the best performance for the price. It's another $50 or so depending on where you get it, but it's going to be worth it. Nvidia has done a great job with the pricing this time around.

Now for the case, I know it's personal preference and all, and the corsair 300R is a great case, however, the corsair 450D is basically the revamped version of that case and it's literally what I wanted from the get go but unfortunately corsair announced it few months after I finished mine. Every additional mod I had to do no longer has to be done with this case (no ugly side window, provided grommets, much better airflow, ability for more fans inside, little bit more space, and ability to put top on case for quiet performance.) Ultimately you have to decide if all that is worth the additional money for such a case. Otherwise the 300R is just fine.

Additional mods you can try to do is adding lighting in the front or inside the case using LED strips or remote control LED strips.

Last piece of advice I can try to give is try to obtain windows for cheaper, there are many deals going around and paying $100 is a lot. Most people obtain it for free, albeit by non-legitimate means, however, windows 8 usually goes on sale quite often.

 
 
Webster16 1 point 1 month ago

Awesome, thanks for the feedback man! I updated my build but didn't add the GTX 970 because there weren't any in stock from what I saw and there weren't many reviews.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Webster16/saved/QjcBD3

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 1 month ago

You might be right, a lot of places the card is out of stock. However, reviews are everywhere. Just go to amazon and see the actual user reviews, there are literally like 8 gtx 970 cards, all of which are nearly 5/5 stars. OR you can check out actual benchmark review articles on google. But yes, I would wait for one of these cards. For some cards, you can get it in 1-3 weeks due to stock issues on amazon.

2 more things I would like to mention is, even though you have a very good Air cooler, I would check out water coolers as well. Corsair h100i has gotten very good reviews and keeps CPU cooler than almost any air cooler. It's gone on sale many times as well. Generally water coolers are better all around due to low maintenance, no dust to worry about and cooler temps. I don't remember if I already mentioned this in the first message or not.

Second thing, I know I mentioned this but yeah definitely try to get another PSU if possible. If it was a regular machine, then it would have been fine, but you have some really high end components and planning to use it for gaming, so it's recommended you get atleast a gold/platinum standard. I would highly recommend getting this one

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438026&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction--na--na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

 
 
BlastFenix 1 point 1 month ago

imagine the static from the cat lol. +1

 
 
mariothetec 1 point 5 days ago

between the hd 598 and 558, which one sounds better n terms of bass and in gaming?

 
 
Camzo 1 point 1 day ago

I'm curious, does that RAM run at the speed it should or is it underclocked to 1600MHz. Just curious as I'm planning on buying more RAM but I'm unsure if it is compatible

 
 
OCedPug [2 Builds] 0 points 12 months ago

I think you spent a tad bit on the wires though , they could have went cheaper. But thats just a poor guy's opinion. IDK how I'd have used that much of money. Perhaps in some bitcoins ? That brings me to this question , is that 7970 CF good for mining ? How many MH/S it gives ( that is if your mining ) Although I know ASIC devices exists , the're useless for anything else , wheares GPUs can even game and edit , etc.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Trust me, the price on these custom braided cables is really cheap. What other people offer is 2-3x more.

As for CF 7970's, yes it would be pretty decent for mining, problem is, you have a really high chance of burning out your GPU. Asic devices are much better for mining. And I understand your point, having a GPU to do multiple things, problem is, it's no way near as efficient at mining as ASIC devices. AT. ALL. Asic GPU's are being sold as well. I did some research on this, and my friend actually mines, GPU's are just not viable options.

 
 
OCedPug [2 Builds] -1 points 12 months ago

How it went cheaper ? I got a NZXT sleeved kit for 18$. second GPU would need 7-8$wires at best.

I doubt mining can "burn"GPUs. I'hv seen people mining wit dual REFERENCE 7970s for like 15 hrs a day. I have built one such system too. Efficiency might be a reason , but arent some ASIC devices consuming almost same power as of GPUs ? Also like I said before , GPUs are multipurpose. I plan on doing some editing and thus would prefer a GPU anyday. ASICs offer higher performances , but in remote countries including India where I live , its tough to get stuff like these and it comes in group buys which sucks + RMA issues. ASIC GPUs ? The're more expensive than the computer the're most likely to be a part of , although the're good.