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So already preparing for the hate.

The PC- The origins of this PC come from an old (not so old, but old to PC building standards) dell xps 8700. The only remaining components are the hard drive, CPU, and sadly it's stock cooler. Everything else has been bought and put into place. The Intel i7 4790 runs on the Asus Pro Gamer Z97 motherboard (already saving up for a K skew processor) with 16 Gigabytes of Corsair Vengence Pro RAM running at 1866mhz. Pushing the pixels is a (please don't kill me) reference 780 that has been water cooled with the Corsair HG10 780 bracket and the Corsair 80i v2. I did this because however much I knew putting an aio on a non-K skew was useless I also didn't wanna have an aio laying around. All of this being powered by a simple yet effective Corsair Builder 500w power supply.

The Gameplay- Specs on this build are amazing for easy 1080p high to ultra gaming at either 60 fps on titles such as DOOM and easy cracking the 144 fps counter on titles like CIV 5 and CS-GO. By all means I honestly don't even play the games, my new video game is trying to squeeze out fps. I will have out proper benchmarks soon.

The Benchmarks- While ironically I don't have any benchmarks yet, I will be getting around to them. For now we can talk about temps. At idle the CPU stands true at the 32 to 36 Celsius mark, while on water the GPU stays chilly at a solid 26-28 degree mark. While on load the CPU never reaches over 60 C and at worst moments the GPU will scrape the bottom of the 70 C mark.

The Building- Well I need to say this first, as this being my first official build I never really thought it would be so easy yet difficult at the same time. With the early stages looking like a frankenpc with wires everywhere over time I began to refine it. The biggest difficulty and the biggest thing that I was upset with had to,be the case itself. Being an immature builder at the time I went for form not factor and the Corsair Spec-03 case while looking stunning and having useful features, personally I would not recommend it for a future proof builder. It simply isn't expandable and truly keeps you confined. Other challenges was at my fault this time, I'm not even sure how I did it, but the radiator cooling the GPU is placed at the bottom of the case exhausting air (at first it was intaking and hot air was blowing directly on the card, trust me I felt so stupid). Not only is this case not built for this kind of rad support if the PSU was any longer I wouldn't be able to fit it period. Another problem that occurred after a few months was a failure of the Asus Pro Gamer motherboard, I was truly devastated after only having this build for some time something like this came as a shock, contacting Asus was a breeze and Dean from motherboard support was amazing.

The Upgrades- First thing for me after all that building that has to go is the case, and since RGB is the new thing I'm looking to the new Corsar 460x for its proper rad support and sleekness of the build, not to mention its longevity for future upgrades. Besides that popping some new fans and either a custom 240 loop at the top or a custom 360 loop at the front I haven't decided yet. Along with that I want the loops solidly to take care of any CPU for the rest of my PC building endeavor that's why I'm putting a little heavy into cooling so I can keep the same cooling loop and just change sockets with some adjustments here and there while I can keep slapping new GPU's in. Speaking of GPU's the upgrade I'm looking to get would be the Asus Strix 1050 it or the 1060 6 gig. I know the 1050ti won't make that much of a difference; however, I'm insane and I wanna collect nvidia's 10 series so that just might be a card I buy and never use. In addition to that I am looking into new peripherals here and there as well as a second monitor. All of this being in the very hopeful future.

Thanks for sticking around this far (if you even have lol), and I look forward to keeping you guys updated on the build. Meet you in the comment section.

Edit: Now that I actually took the pictures I realized how much the ketchup and mustard cables just ruin this setup, dang that upsets me.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Doesn't even look like a prebuilt now!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Like I said the only two parts left ae CPU and the Hard Drive lol, thanks for the complement!

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Touché

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

This is actually pretty good for prebuilt guts in a decent custom build. The only thing I would honestly suggest is to find some way to get it up off the carpet since the GPU radiator / fans are intake from the bottom of the case and are probably in need of some clearance to get a little more fresh air. Guessing it would probably cause the GPU temps to drop at least by a little bit. +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Already got that in the garage thanks for reminding me lol!!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

"No sweat Jack, I got your back like a buttcrack!"

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I am guessing by the CPU that you were on Windows 8.1 with the pre-built unit. Did you upgrade to Windows 10? Did you have to re-install windows after changing so much?

Maybe you can elaborate a little bit on that since I didn't read in your description. Would like to know if you were able to retain your windows os/files etc with all these changes.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I'm gonna be super straight forward. It was, and has been, a giant b!¥€h.

With the files that were on the hard drive everything is safe and sound no issues there. The biggest two issues were installing the new motherboard, in that case I was able to keep my copy of windows just through a license transfer from motherboard to motherboard. Although it was a extremely tedious and difficult process due to my luck that windows had an update the day I changed.

The second difficulty happened with the transfer of windows to the ssd from the hard drive this almost required me to purchase a new version of windows due to some unknown reason (I think when it changed motherboards and then to an ssd windows just wouldn't take it from me anymore); however an understanding rep at windows was kindly able to help me out.

I can guarantee you, this was a mix of extremely bad luck and poor timing on my part and this will not happen to you.

Hope that answered your question, if you have any more just ask.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

If I could show my cousin this, he would be happy. He started a build like this (Prebuilt based) , and is pushing pixels on an FX 4100 and a GTX 650ti boost.

You have done well for the Master Race.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted a comment like this so bad.

All Hail Gaben

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

wow what a neat little build. cool amount of attention to detail. I find it funny how the rad fans are pulling the air through the gpu rad and then pushing it into the gpu fan.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Trust me. You don't know how stupid I felt when I first put it together; however, thankfully that's already fixed. And thanks for the complement really appreciate it.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

idk if that even affects cooling, i just found that humorus.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't keep it like that for too long, i changed it when i saw it. Maybe ill do a test?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

it would be interesting to see the results, but if youve got anything better to do then by all means

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

dude 500 dollars for that gtx 780 that's so over priced...

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Granted it was a hand me down but it was flagship at its time. Im not complaining lol. And the resale value is terrible so i could at best get a 1060 6gig so all in due time.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

the gtx 780 is a very good card don't get me wrong, i know plenty of people who still have it now and are very satisfied with it, but in the future i woudl get maybe like a gtx 1060 or rx 480,

ps. sorry for the super late reply i haven't visited pc part picker in a while

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang my dude you went way back XD. I apreciate you looking at my build and the next step is currently in the works.

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/EpikMark0123/saved/BvsCJx

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx bb!!!!!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely not a bad build, especially when it's one that has evolved from a pre-built +1 from me. But, before you replace or add a hard drive and replace your CPU I would make your PSU a higher priority. Right now you have less than 100 watts room between what it's Max estimated running load and what your max PSU can run, that's not a lot of room especially since that total does not include anything else you would potentially have plugged into the computer, like speakers, mouse, keyboard, etcetera.. also referencing the comment you made about the wires being a problem I would recommend looking into a modular power supply so you won't have any excess wires hanging around that you don't need.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Not even kidding, I have already started having problems with overclocking the GPU. And I actually think I am just over with all peripherals so I need to do that. Thanks for the feedback. This is probably the next upgrade I'm gonna do.

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/EpikMark0123/saved/tPDnQ7

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a problem! You should look into EVGA, they're the same quality as corsair but tend to be a little cheaper, like this one I'm getting for my future build. https://pcpartpicker.com/product/jBZ2FT/evga-power-supply-220p20750x1 It's fully modular and platinum rating.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Dang, will do.

Thanks for all the help!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Anytime!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

This wasn't a Dell XPS 8700, was it? +1 :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It really was, emphasis on "was."

Only peices left are the cpu and hard drive.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly I'm expecting to upgrade the GPU in the near future so just putting the Corsair H80i on it after I take the 780 out was my plan. But you are right I might just get it either way. Thanks for the +1!!

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

As long as I can keep the shroud. You got a deal.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya I'm not joking

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the complement, and it was one heck of a long road.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

So I went into the bios for you to check it out. At 100% fan speed, it said 4000 rpm, and let me tell you... I thought a airplane was taking off in my PC. At 50% fan speed, about 1500 rpm, it is a easily managable noise level that is taken over by other fans in the system. Only at about 60-70% does it start getting noticeable. But honestly just don't get it, the tested and true Hyper 212 evo and the Cryorig H7 like Nicholasgreatone said above and those two are the ones to go for. They preform better and look a hell of a lot nicer.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow XD

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Btw its upside down.

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