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[Build Log] [600T] The Modest Monster [SLI 680] [Aircool'd]

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Thanks to iwalkwithedead for totally randomly surprising me with a cool cover image biggrin.gif
Check his stuff out: http://www.overclock.net/t/1395825/build-log-cover-photos

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This is my first venture back into building a tower PC, my last build was an 800$ budget D0 920/4890... 4 years ago. Ahh memories, back in the day when overclocking required deep knowledge of what every little voltage value did to things XD. Needless to say I'm pretty excited and wanted to share with a community so here I am to present and log my adventures building my new modest aircooled rig!

Overview:
After resisting urges to build a new tower for quite a while now, I've finally caved and decided to build a new rig... influenced by the fact that I'll be home and able to use it for the foreseeable future.
The objective is to build a PC that will last a while and replace my desktop replacement(irony, replacing the desktop replacement biggrin.gif) as my main rig. As a result this build be the whole package, monitor and all. The build was envisioned to last at least 2 years and should be able to do games @1080 with completely maxed driver level forced settings for that duration. The next time I upgrade will be on the next tock.
I feel a little bit crazy, I'm not an early adopter type but this probably cost me as much as early-adopting the mid tier of the next generation would have just because the high tier stuff.

The specs are as follows:

Build:
CPU: i7 3770k $200
CPU HSF: Noctua NH-D14 $78
MOBO: Asus Sabertooth z77 $240
GPU1: MSI GTX680 reference $410
GPU2: EVGA GTX680 SC $330
Memory: Mushkin Redline 2x8GB1600 8-8-8-24 $100
SSD: Corsair Neutron 256GB $200
HDD: 2x 3TB Hitachi 7200RPM $240
PSU: Corsair HX750 $115
ODD: Who needs one of these anymore rolleyes.gif
NIC: Asus PCE-AC66 $94
Case: Corsair 600T White $162

Parts subtotal: $2169

Miscellaneous:
Monitor 1: HannsG 27" TN LCD $200
Monitor 2: Acer 23" TN LCD $0 (already have)
Router: RT-AC66U $193

Misc subtotal: $393

Grand Total: $2562

Comments:
  • Mid tower because I have already had my fun with a full tower case(HAF932 4 years ago), the 600T is no cheaper than the best full towers with the only difference being it's actually a reasonable size.
  • I've already ordered all the parts, got the EVGA for only $330, really happy about that.
  • I plan on using a 20 pin to 2xUSB3.0 adapter internally for the onboard usb, it kinda confuses me why corsair would use a male usb plug versus the usual 20 pin mobo plug.
  • This build also caused me to take the dive for the draft wireless AC standard as my wireless N range is not cutting it with my current DIR655 router about 100ft away on the other side of the house. Would be great if I had pre-wired CAT6 but old house is old.
  • Quite excited for whats to come... from what I've collected the 3770 pretty comfortably sits at 4.6+ghz and the redlines should be able to do 2ghz+ with loosened timings and 1.65v
  • I'm especially excited about the 27" monitor... it's so unnecessarily big tongue.gif

Log:
5/25:
Picked up the i7 3770k + Sabertooth bundle at Microcenter... its shocking how cheap it was in comparison to online, I originally was going to build a 3550k and this bundle cost the same as what the 3550k + sabertooth did on newegg. All parts are ordered and packaging now.

5/27:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1395035/build-log-600t-the-modest-monster-sli-680-aircoold#post_20056464

5/28:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1395035/build-log-600t-the-modest-monster-sli-680-aircoold#post_20065676

5/30:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1395035/build-log-600t-the-modest-monster-sli-680-aircoold#post_20082856

5/31:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1395035/build-log-600t-the-modest-monster-sli-680-aircoold/10#post_20089623

6/2:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1395035/build-log-600t-the-modest-monster-sli-680-aircoold/10#post_20100581
Edited by rpg711 - 6/2/13 at 12:28pm
   
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Ahh, looking forward to this build. Although the specs aren't exactly of a "modest" build lol. I think white sleeving will look really good in a white case with a black interior. A fully black interior doesn't look that awesome in my opinion.

As for lighting, I haven't noticed a difference between LED lighting and cold cathode, but maybe that's just me tongue.gif
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Ahh, looking forward to this build. Although the specs aren't exactly of a "modest" build lol. I think white sleeving will look really good in a white case with a black interior. A fully black interior doesn't look that awesome in my opinion.

As for lighting, I haven't noticed a difference between LED lighting and cold cathode, but maybe that's just me tongue.gif
tbh I just dont like how it bleeds through the grills, you can obviously see where the LEDs are from outside. I've had enough experiences with overly obnoxious LED lights from my last build with the flashlight hard drive activity LED on the HAF932 tongue.gif

and it's totally modest now with the gtx780 + gtx titan out, and the next intel architecture right around the corner biggrin.gif. I'm also comparing with the stellar builds on this site that I've seen wink.gif

Edit:
Small update... done with talks for the second GTX680 SC... feeling really lucky to have caught the wave of people selling their 680s for 780s biggrin.gif. Only paid $330 for the card... I'm real happy.

Hell I could turn around and sell the thing on ebay for $400 if I wanted to, silly ebay-ers.

Edit 2:
Modest Monster, that's a name that I haven't seen in while so I claim that to be my official computer's name! biggrin.gif
The MSI GTX680 has been discontinued by Newegg, no doubt because the $410 price was so compelling everybody bought the thing. Good thing I got my hands on it before it went out!
Edited by rpg711 - 5/27/13 at 5:29pm
   
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Well a small update for today, all the parts are shipped and due for delivery tomorrow and on Thursday.

I've got a 3236B863 3770k... I hope it clocks well, batches a little earlier than this one manage to clock in at 4.4 on 1.2v so I'm hopeful. I seriously want to delid and take it to the max if it shows to be a good chip. I probably have the mechanical skill needed... but I'm still damned afraid of doing it, I hope to hit atleast 4.6 on this, if not, the lid may just have to come off wink.gif

Quick pic of my new baby on top of the laptop thatll soon be obsolete biggrin.gif


Edited by rpg711 - 5/28/13 at 4:27pm
   
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UPDATE!!!

Ahhhh I love the smell of computer parts in the afternoon. biggrin.gif

Still waiting on my PSU, HSF and 2x 680s, so cant assemble yet.



Nom Nom...



...and holy crap is that a big freakin box biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif



Only unpacked the monitor and hooked it to my laptop to check for dead pixels. there were two specks of dust on it and I freaked out, only to find out that they were specks of dust tongue.gif
I cant get over how goddamn big this thing is. That small looking plastic thing behind it is my 23" acer.

Today was just router setup day, limited time afterall... got ddwrt installed and clocked a full 30/22mbps where I used to not get anything on this rt66u.. and this is on my laptop with just a 2x2 wireless n adapter

Tomorrow is going to be a good day.
Edited by rpg711 - 5/29/13 at 9:13pm
   
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Mother of all updates as I install drivers and download all sorts of stuff at non-bottlenecked fios speeds biggrin.gif
I actually was going to get on my ultrabook(ux32vd, no slouch with a 256gb vertex 4), but by the time it was done updating and stuff(has been a while since I've used it) this computer was done installing lmao biggrin.gif






This thing is ENORMOUS, they had to package it pandora's box style to keep it nice and safe o.o


Help I've been scammed by ASUS!!! I ordered a motherboard, not a heatsink with a board attachment tongue.gif


Somehow feels unnecessary to have all these nice cloth pouches for a power supply but its clearly premium.




Removable cages makes it so easy to work on things.


Quite the cozy squeeze for those modular cables but I got it to work, not looking forward to taking them out for sleeving though :3








Found a Bluetooth 3.0 minidongle lying around, plugged it in because nothing else is gonna plug into this 20 pin internal usb adapter biggrin.gif


This is going to be my cleanest build ever, I LOVE THIS CASE!!!




Dont care what people say about the 780, these things are sexy to me! biggrin.gif


My cleanest build ever.










And the cherry on top... a stock run of WEI, stupid processor and memory too slow... will have to fix that hehe.
   
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Nice build man. As others have said, there's nothing modest about your setup. You don't have to spend $2k on graphics cards and another grand on fancy watercooling to have a clean, attractive setup with excellent performance thumb.gif
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Nice build man. As others have said, there's nothing modest about your setup. You don't have to spend $2k on graphics cards and another grand on fancy watercooling to have a clean, attractive setup with excellent performance thumb.gif
Thanks a lot!
Just wait till I get to some light modding... Gonna look so sexy :-D.
I can probably afford to oc these cards quite far, my air conditioning is 10x louder than this pc. All I hear is the whoosh of air if I turn the ac off biggrin.gif
   
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Looking forward to seeing the results! I think it looks great the way it is, only things I'd do if it were mine were throw in some sleeved cables and maybe swap the Noctua with the Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 2.


And yeah, you should be able to pull off some nice numbers with the stock coolers biggrin.gif
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Quick crystaldiskmark ssd bench before I leave for work...



Not bad, on par and better than my vertex 4.
   
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