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Blackdragon (part-3)

by xbit



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

69.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

43.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C


As we enter into Q2 of 2015 I've updated the system with a EVGA 780 TI and two more SSD's in a RAID-0 configuration.

All parts have been running w/ out issue, perfectly in fact. The only cosmetic problem would be the h100i LED's are burning out but the Corsair forum says a fix is on the way. So once it's available I'll RMA my cpu cooler just so I can play w/ the LEDs again. Just green is working now.

I use this system as any computer enthusiast would: gaming, benchmarking, tweaking system settings, education and overall fun. I Also run quite a few VM's on the system, and that's the main reason why you see 16gig's of ram.

Over the last few months I've asked a lot of questions and I've answered a few. Here is an FAQ on the build and my parts:

CPU: Q: why an i7 3770k, the i5 3570k is a better deal. A: I run quite a few VM's at the same time for testing, and it seems to use all cores. I also got a really really good deal on my i7.

MB: Q: why the MSI? A: I picked the MSI just due to many of the reviews. And after running it for a few months, I'll never pick another MB other than an MSI. It's VERY stable and it's easy to OC the CPU and RAM. I had my i5 OC's to 4.9 stable and cool and I have my i7 at 4.5 stable and cool. For some reason I can't reach past 4.5 with my I7 but that's another topic I guess. It also looks great, imho.

Memory: Q: Dood, you don't need more than 8gig ram. A: RAM is cheep and again I run quite a few VM's and game at the same time. I Also like to play around w/ ramdrive. I have a 2gig ram drive that I've moved all my system temp files to as well as my browser cache. Also the Corsair Vengeance is awesome. As long as your CPU cooler can support it (its TALL!!). I have mine OC to 2000 Mhz at the moment and it runs great.

Storage: Q: Your WD raptors are a waste of money. A: IMHO, having a fast SSD as your main OS w/ your primary apps and a fast RAID-0 for your data drive ='s storage bliss. In short, I may have wasted a little $$ here but I've always wanted raptors and I've always wanted to play around w/ raid-0. And for mechanical HDD drives, this is freakin' fast in RAID-0. I also place my VM's on the raptors, and they seem to enjoy it. Lastly, I preform full backups on the Toshiba 2tb drive. I got it for under $100 and it's working perfectly.

GPU: Q: Why? A: Great reviews on newegg and other reviewers. I wanted a GTX 670 [edit] so it was just tracking down the vendor. I've had zero issues w/ the Galaxy and I'm happy I went with it. Update for 2015: I gave my gtx 670 to my son to make room for my 780 ti :) i'm still happy.

PSU: Q: It's overkill. A: I may SLI before the end of the year so I wanted it to be overkill. I got it at a great price.

CASE: Q: ? A: I love my 650D. To me a case is personal so whatever works and looks good to the eye of the beholder.

CPU Cooler: Q: ? A: The h100i has been working great and it looks awesome. I personally hate the looks of air coolers that take up 3/4's of your motherboard.

Parts: Q: Where you get all the parts? A: I used newegg for everything. it all arrived on time, zero issues and i've yet to have one RMA (knock-knock > wood).

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Smily 3 points 53 months ago

You wanted a GTX 470 or a 670?

xbit submitter 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

ha! thank you for finding that type-o. fixed.

PacificNic 4 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Apart from the use of a Crucial SSD (they're old) and a Toshiba HDD (bad rep.), this is a beast build. Good job. :)

EDIT: You should include a link for the external to internal adapter you've got installed for others who want/need one.

xbit submitter 2 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

Thank you. And your right, SSD's are receiving updates at a fast rate, but I'm not going to chase my tail on this as the M4 is plenty fast. Also, they are reliable. We've upgrade all laptops @ work with this model (over 25) and have yet to have any issues. I was concerned when i got my backup 2tb drive, but i guess I got lucky as its working as expected.

Good call on the cable. I'll look into adding it as a custom part. This is needed on my corsair 650d due to the fact the USB 3 standard was still being decided on when the case was released. The cable can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007PODI1W/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

PacificNic 4 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

I was going to buy the 650D so I knew about the passthrough and when I noticed the adapter in there, I thought that some people might be interested in looking at that.

Great build, man. Enjoy it!


jdupton 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Wow! Just wow... I like it.

lenoz 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Brilliant description and photos, and build!

candy 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Are the 10000RPM HDDs doing the trick? I understand that they don't quite match up to SSDs but they seem to be a good option.

SrgtMacfly 1 point 53 months ago

They are very fast, however it is up to you to see if the price is worth it. I suggest a Seagate Momentus XT (I prefer WD) which has a built in SSD, they are hybrid drives, the closest thing to a SSD!

Mincading 12 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

so many meters! i got the same ones

andy129 1 point 50 months ago

nice cable management

xbit submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Updated my parts list. The system is a few years old now, so thats why you'll find some older parts. Funny how time flies. Added two more SSD's in raid zero and my evga 780 ti round the start of last year. Have yet to have any issues with any of the hardware (knock-knock).