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College Build ft. R4/Asus/Corsair/780
by redrumurder
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Description

I built this PC this past Christmas mainly to be a gaming rig. Even though I built it on Christmas, I ordered most of my parts over Black Friday weekend. I tried to be patient and get the best deals possible. The gold ram matches perfectly with the motherboard and the H80i (refurbished) looks very nice in my opinion. I'm glad I bought the Noctua fan to replace the stock H80i fans. It is very quiet and high quality. Also the gtx780 handles nearly everything I throw at it. If I could do it all again I would build it all smaller and use a smaller case. The components with a price of $0 I bought with my accumulated credit card points so they really didn't cost me anything. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment.

Part List
Details
Date PublishedMay 5, 2014
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle35.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB DirectCU II Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate889MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 6 points 5 months ago

Very clean design. Excellent cable management. +1

Also, loving the Portal gun. :)

 
 
ITneto 3 points 5 months ago

I love XFX psus. Very nice job! +1

 
 
iiLeGiT101 [1 Build] 2 points 5 months ago

That's a beautiful desk and a great build :) Enjoy man, college will be fun with that bad boy

 
 
Jwood013 [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

That is VERY clean. The part choices are great as well. You'll have lots of fun with this.

+100 if I could.

 
 
MertArm 1 point 5 months ago

Damn, that's one clean build! Nice job on the cable management. I also love your color scheme of the gold and the black.

 
 
marvinudy [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Clean, streamlined cable management. Color coordination is excellent. You might consider 'clipping' the ends of the white cable ties if cable routing is done. +1 for a super clean look.

 
 
xolot1 [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Awesome color combinations! Sweet-looking build you go yourself there! +1

 
 
Painwithin [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

love the build and the cable management, only question i got is.. how come you didn't stick with push and pull on the H80i?

 
 
redrumurder [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

That was mainly for looks. I didn't want the fan to be visible in the window. Also with only one fan in pull it would be easier to clean. The noctua fan does a great job by itself and doesn't make me need another.

 
 
Painwithin [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

ah ok, never used Noctua fans yet myself, was just curious.

 
 
pegotico 1 point 5 months ago

the best fans!!! Some ppl don't like the looks though.. +1 for such a great build

 
 
Painwithin [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

i dont really care about the looks of the fans aslong as they work as there suppose too, fans can be hidden most of the time... lol but if they work good or better then most fans, its worth it.

 
 
pegotico 1 point 5 months ago

well I do like how they look and the way they perform!!

 
 
Kabammm13 [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

What a beefy video card. Must run like a dream! Almost the same build as me, other than my $10 mouse and keyboard. Never had a need for gaming peripherals. But nice build!

 
 
joeh4384 [4 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

It is always nice to see someone else who appreciates cable management, even behind the tray. Excellent job.

 
 
MichaeL925280 1 point 5 months ago

Super clean build man. Great parts selection.Your PC is hands down better than ur fellow college students computers. +1

 
 
Zenco [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Loving the gpu i have the same and its great, also were did you find that portal gun it looks so cool!

 
 
redrumurder [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks! I got the portal gun off thinkgeek.com

 
 
TooGood [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Nice and clean. Great job. How is that monitor BTW? I hear 1080p at 27" is pixelated. What are your ( or anyone else's for that matter) thoughts?

 
 
redrumurder [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

I like the size of the monitor and I think 27" was the perfect size for my desk. I don't think 1080p is much of an issue for me because I've never had a display higher than 1080p but what I do wish I got instead was an IPS monitor. When I look at the text under programs on the desktop it does look a slightly pixelated but when I'm gaming I don't notice at all.

 
 
TooGood [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Alright, thanks for the reply, I'll probably go for 25" then.

 
 
arrwhieayen 1 point 9 days ago

Hows the H80i working out for you? Just got a refurb myself, my first refurb water cooler purchase.

Also, the hoses seem really short, not giving you a lot of mounting options. Thoughts?

 
 
redrumurder [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 days ago

I actually had a small issue with the h80i. About 1 in 5 times when I'd start my pc it would make a grinding noise for about a minute but then it would go away. I found out it's a software issue where the pump would sometimes start at a low rpm and take awhile to crank up to full speed. Personally, I don't find the hoses short because I'm able to mount the h80i everywhere except the front of my case. I was a little nervous buying a refurb water cooler but it turned out great so hopefully that will be reassuring for you.

 
 
arrwhieayen 1 point 7 days ago

Cool. Thanks for the head up and reply.

Did they fix the software issue with an update?

 
 
redrumurder [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 days ago

Sadly no but then again only a few people have this issue with their pump.

 
 
Ahash [1 Build] 0 points 5 months ago

College Build! More like gaming rig! A++++ on cable management. Look at HP's "Student" desktops. They are crazy under powered.

 
 
18hockey [1 Build] -1 points 5 months ago

get a better mechanical keyboard but other than that, it's a great build