Ni hao! Earlier I told you about my Tunderclap PC. The difference between the first revision and this one is in PSU, CPU and GPU. I also added an SSD. I built this RockMachine to play games in 1440p resolution.
Attention! I'm sorry if my English is bad, I'm from Russia and I don't this language perfectly. Would be good if you help me fix language mistakes in this article.
So now let me describe the parts:
CPU: i7 3770K
I bought that from my mate in middle Russia for 240 US dollars or 14.000 rubles. As any other of 115x i7s this one was very popular between consumers in 2012. If we compare this one with 6700K, I think that Skylake CPU will be 15-25% faster on the same clockspeed at computing and up to 60% faster in video rendering (ofc I mean CPU-only rendering). But if we move to "core power independent" games you won't see any difference more than 10%, usually 5%.
This sample is very good. It keeps 4.5 GHz at 1.24V. There are not many 3770Ks which can do 4.3+ at 1.25V. I'm very sure that this CPU have potential for nearest 3-4 years.
CPU cooling: Zalman CNPS10X Optima
This one is the younger brother of Performa. The difference between them is 1 heatpipe, some different aluminum plates in the middle of Performa. But Optima performs as good as older brother. It keeps overclocked 3770K lower than 80 Celsium at full load. Pretty good result, what do you think? Be careful when you set this to motherboard because if you screw this too hard your PC would not boot.
Motherboard: msi Z77A-G45
Very good board that I bought for 69.99 a year ago. Motherboard has 6 power phases for CPU cooled by 2 large radiators, it also supports SLI. Once I bent CPU pins, fixed it and I still fear of once it will kill CPU. But fear comes down because I see how well does it keep 3770K overclocked. If you'd be looking for Z77 board and you find it used in good condition - buy it!
SSD: Plextor M7V 128Gb
One of the cheapest SSD on the market. The feature of this one is SLC cache size of 256 Mb. This cache works as a place where data compresses and decompresses. So TLC life cycles are longer than they are on usual SSD. Speeds of consequent r/w are 530/470 Mbs.
GPU: KFA2 (Galax in US) GTX 1070 EX
I wasn't impressed when I looked at the pictures of GPU. It was one of the cheapest non-reference 1070s in the shop where I bought it. But when I recieved a package icluding it.. Mother of God... It's so sexy. Shroud is aluminum (on picture it looks like a cheap plastic crap), backplate connected with MOSFETs by a silicon plate, 4 heatpipes (!) and two massive 100 mm cooling fans. It has 0 dB feature. Also stock software (Xtreme Tiner Plus) lets you change the lighting color, overclock your GPU. The memory was Micron. But one the website of KFA2 you can download the newest bios with fixed memory voltage During the FurMark heat test the highets core temperature was 73 Celsium. Fans were 1200 RPM. Stock clocks are the same as Founder's Edition. Under full load I recieved 2075 MHz stable overclock without additional voltage!.
In Demo version of 3DMark Timespy I got 6252 graphics score at 1440p resolution (demo version doesn't let change the resolution). Pretty good result of 5% boost from overclocking.
Case: Corsair Graphite 230T Grey This case has much space inside, but pretty low space for cable-magagment. It comes with 3 pre-installed 120 mm fans. For me it looks amazing. <3
PSU: Chieftec BPS-650C
As I know Chieftec doesn't sell it's products in NA. This is very good quality power supply with 80+ Bronze certificate and modular cables. You can connect up to 4 8-pin power for GPU, 2x8-pin for CPU (yeah, 16-pin!!) and many more SATA cables or MOLEX cables. It's quiet under load.
Monitor: QNIX QHD2410R
24" QHD monitor with PLS Samsung display. Very good colors, very bright. Maximum angles of view. QNIX called Atron Vision in US. The most well-know monitor is 24" 1080p 144 Hz monitor. It has DP, HDMI. DVI, VGA outputs. I use DisplayPort. Monitor can be overclocked. It overclocks worse than QX2710 with VA display but I got stable 75 Hz without frameskipping. I think it's the best 1400P for $200.
I'll later update this article by adding performance results. If you have any questions - please ask in comments blow!