This PC is an evolutionary build that I use for gaming (BF4) & business (Office & Web/SQL VM). The build process was fun and educational. This is my first time over clocking and learning about it was great. The following describes my components and the rationale behind them.
I named it Interfectorem because it kills almost anything I throw at it.
CPU – This is my first LGA2011 build so I chose the Intel Core i7 4930K because I game fairly heavily, run a web/SQL VM, and I plan to get into amateur video recording and editing. I got the CPU on sale for $500CDN cash. I was able to over clock it to 4.1GHz at 1.32v. I cannot get to 4.2+ without a vcore of 1.4v+. This PC in on 24/7 so I didn’t want to risk it.
CPU Cooler- For this build I wanted to go with a closed loop water cooler to support the over clock. The H100i was on my radar and I paired it with two Corsair static pressure fans. I also liked the look of it and Corsair link is pretty cool too. I used the stock H100i thermal paste and temps are ~29C idle and max ~70C under load
Motherboard- I kind of skimped on the motherboard here. I researched for quite some time and didn’t see very good reviews on any of the LGA2011 boards, including the more expensive ones. I have always liked Gigabyte and was trying to decide between the UP4 and the UD3. I really wanted the UP4 for the better VRM, but when the UD3 went on sale for $160 I went for it. I like that it’s black too and matched my color scheme. I’m a little disappointed in the position of the USB3 header which is right next to the 24 pin power and would make my cabling look like poop.
RAM- G.Skill has a great reputation for high quality RAM. I have 32GB of 1600mhz mainly because the SQL VM takes up a huge chunk. If this was just a gaming rig, I’d drop down to 16GB of 2133mhz RAM. I purchased the RAM in 2012 and it will most likely be the next upgrade to this rig. One dimm arrived DOA but G.Skill RMA’d it fairly painlessly although it cost me $25 to ship.
Video Card- The EVGA GTX780 FTW. What can I say other than it’s awesome. I have three 24” monitors and game at 5760x1080. I can run BF4 on high @ ~40-50FPS or medium at a fairly constant 60FPS. Love this card and look forward to getting a second one to SLI. Thinking that they might come down in price a bit when the GTX 800s series comes out later this year. I purchased the back plate to help protect the circuits and because it looks nice.
SSD- The Samsung EVO is fast. This is my first SSD and I couldn’t be happier with the speedy boot times (~10-15 seconds) and great gaming performance. I only took the 250GB due to price. My OS and games reside on the SSD.
HDD- Have a large storage drive for pictures, videos, torrents, etc. Nothing to talk about here.. I also have two 300GB 10000RPM WD Velociraptors mirrored in RAID1 which houses my web/SQL vm, and other programs such as MS Office, etc. The HDDs were purchased in 2012. When SSD prices come down I’ll probably upgrade to 500GB or 1TB for my OS and productivity software.
PSU- I purchased the Corsair HX850 before I realized what the AX series was all about. I was in a pinch too at the time of the purchase as my other PSU died. I’d rather have fully modular for the cabling, however it’s a gold series, performs very well, and adequately powers my rig. The PSU is hidden behind the H440 PSU shroud and I have cable extensions to compensate for the ugly multi-coloured stands that come attached to this unit.
Case- This was a hard one. I actually didn’t want a red/black theme. I wanted a red/white theme and when I ordered the white/black H440 I was told it wouldn’t arrive in time for me to get the mail in rebate which was $20. They had a red/black one in stock so I caved and went with that for the MIR. I was very keen on the Corsair Air540 (white) but didn’t want to spend the extra $70 on it. I’m very happy with the H440. Looks great, it’s fairly quiet and cable management was a breeze. I also changed out the 140mm rear exhaust fan with a Corsair quiet fan.
Custom Sleeved Extensions- I didn’t want the standard red cables or just black cables. I wanted something unique that I came up with. So I came up with this design and had the cable extensions made by Ensourced in the US. Very happy with his work and he makes 3D printed wire wraps which worked well to keep them nice and straight.
Monitors- I use three Asus VG248QE monitors. These are 24”, 144Hz with a 1ms response time. I use three of them in landscape at 5760x1080 @ 60Hz. I play BF4 mostly and the performance has been amazing. What’s REALLY amazing is when you use one of these at its full capacity on BF4 ultra settings, but I’d prefer to play with three on medium/high settings.
O/S – I use Windows 7 Ultimate and I’m waiting for Windows 9. Not a fan of 8 at all and don’t care to debate it.
KB/Mouse/Headphones- All Thermaltake mostly for the colour scheme.. The Meka G1 is mechanical and feels nice although it doesn’t have a windows key which my brain is programmed to hit. The cherry red looks nice and there are various key back light configurations to choose from. The mouse is nice too. I like the look, the colours can change and there is a DPI switcher for sniper mode although I haven’t figured out how to use this. I usually play BF4 support or assault anyway so not a pressing issue for me to figure this out. The headphones suck. They hurt my head and after only a few months the cord movement somewhat crackles the sound.
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Comments and questions are welcomed.