Description

I will be using this rig mainly to keep my *** out of the bars for a while. And also gaming. Probably a lot of gaming. Maybe some other stuff. Ok definitely some other stuff. Anyway on to the parts.

CPU: I7-4770k. It's an I7. It's new. It was on sale for $250. Can't beat that price.

MOBO: Asus Z87 Sabertooth. Have you seen this board? It's sexy as hell. The only board that rivals it's looks is the Maximus VI Formula. Aside from that the thermal armor back plate makes this board solid. The armor on top is as functional as it is beautiful. It has fans to cool the VRMs and dust shields for every, I mean every socket. It's big, black, and badass.

CPU COOLER: H100i. Solid AIO closed loop cooler. Besides the case I picked for this build has a cpu cooler max height of 155mm. Not many good air solutions out there at that size. And the case was designed to support it.

RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) Vengeance @ 1600 MHz. Trusted and reliable memory. 8 gigs is plenty for now too.

STORAGE: 120GB Crucial M500 SSD. Got it for under $70. More than big enough to be a boot drive. WD 1TB HDD. Plenty of space to be a mass storage drive. For now at least.

GPU: Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition. Has a factory overclock the puts its performance between 5 - 10 percent under the reference GTX 780ti for $200 less. Yep. I'm gonna get another one.

CASE: Thermaltake Urban T31. This case is amazing. It's sleek and classy. Comes with a windowed side panel and the other side panel is pushed out to help with cable management. The black anodized brushed aluminum door on the front is icing on the cake. Like the box said; simple and elegant. Oh yeah, it has a hot swap bay on top which will be getting plenty of use in the not too distant future.

POWER SUPPLY: XFX 850w Pro series Black Edition. Rated a tier 1 for its Seasonic MK3 core. Fully modular. Got the 850 so I can run another GTX 780 in the future.

The rest of the stuff is pretty basic. DVD burner, couple of extra case fans, Windows 8.1, some LEDs, but those are coming from China so it'll take like a month to get them here.

I'm gonna try my hand at overclocking the CPU, GPU and RAM. I'll update this with some final numbers as soon as I get around to it.

One last thing. This is my first build so my cable management is a bit sloppy.

UPDATE!!! 3/25/14

More pics!

The lights have arrived. Wasn't too hard to get them all wired up and I am thoroughly pleased with the end result. I did my best with the camera on my phone to capture the awesomeness that sits in front of me. Enjoy.

UPDATE!!! 4/6/2014

Got the temps in check, finally. Slapped some Arctic 5 Silver under the water block to start and moved the fans around a bit. Now my idle temp is a chilly 26C and my max temp after a 6 hour gaming session is 59C. I can live with that.

Downloaded 3DMark 11 and found out the free version is gimped to hell. My Performance Preset score is posted. I would like to see what my other scores would be but I am not paying a penny for benchmarking.

So that's it. I might update this again in the future. Perhaps when a get another GTX 780 GHz Edition. Who am I kidding. I will most definitely post more pics when I go SLI in this beast.

Thanks everyone for the up votes and the comments. And thank you PC Part Picker for helping plan this build with this kick *** site.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Why is everything so cheap in MURICA?!?

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Cuz nobody has a job here. Lol.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good man! Wish I would have the cash to afford the Sabertooth. I love that thermal armor. Looks pretty clean! +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sir. The Sabertooth was a bit pricey but Microcenter gave me the $30 off bundle deal when I went to buy the 4770k. It was hard to pass up. It just looks to damn good. Yeah it was worth it.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty well balanced PC , pretty much. You took all that was needed and absolutely justified that price by choosing the right components ! I think you shouldve even put some lightning in that case as it has a open side panel window , would look good !

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Lights. Check. Just finished posting the pics. Take a look and tell me what you think.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Yo ! now the case looks even better ! btw which are these lights ? can you give me the link ?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I got 16 feet of 'em off eBay for $5.50 with free shipping. I don't have a link but this is exactly what they are; Cool White Non-waterproof 5M 5050 SMD 150 Leds Flexible LED Strips Light 30led/m. They came from China so they took a few weeks to get here but well worth the wait.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Great mobo that will be my first one great choice components

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

You will love the Sabertooth. When you pick it up out of the box you will know that every dollar (or whatever your native currency may be) was well spent.

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

unless you ever have to RMA and then you will find out first hand the famous saying "asus makes great products, but you better hope to god you never have a problem with one"

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Very well balanced and thoroughly thought out parts list. Cable management is great, too. That case looks slick, though. Man...

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

It is slick. Aside from it lacking a bit in airflow, I am very pleased with this case. It was easy to work with and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for something simple and classy.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks awesome, don't understand why so few people use it.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

I believe this case was just released in November of 2013 so it's relatively new and hasn't got the exposure it deserves. Also I believe it's Thermaltake's answer to the wildly popular Fractal Design R4. The R4 was a case I considered till I stumbled onto this one. There are certain aesthetic details about this case that made me decide to go with it. The R4 is simple in its design but too simple in my opinion. It's too squared. This case has slight tapers that are polished around the top and bottom edges of the windowed side. That polished tapering extends to the front around the anodized brushed aluminum door. It's the meshing of gloss and matte black that is the subtle theme of my build. It can be seen on the motherboard in the thermal armor, the H100i in the polished waterblock and matte finishes of the hoses and radiator, the power supply unit and semi gloss cables, the semi gloss of the heat spreaders on the RAM against the thermal armor, and the gloss accents of the black Jetflo fans. Finally the white lettering of the GPU bridges the white Corsair logo to the white accents of the XFX power supply. As they say, the devil's in the details. :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU should not be running that hot... Only bad thing I have to say.

I'm running an 8320 at 4.83ghz and my temps don't exceed ~42 degrees with a h100i.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed. The case is aesthetically pleasing but airflow is a bit lacking. I'm still playing with the fan configurations so hopefully I can get the idle temp down to 29C.