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Hey everyone! It's been a long time since I built another computer. I have a new job and live back home in Dallas now! (Newegg NO TAX!!! woot) For the last year or so, I've been running a Sager notebook, but with new demanding titles likes Crysis 3 and M:LL, she's showing her age. First, I had to decide if I was going to buy another notebook or build a new desktop. It was an easy choice since 90% of my notebook's life was spent relaxing next to my computer desk.

Let's get on to what I've purchased for this build.
Total Cost: $2201.83
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Impact
Processor: Intel Core i7-4770K
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB 1866MHz
Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H100i
Power Supply: Corsair AX760 Full Modular Platinum Cert.
SSD: Corsair Force GS 360GB
Case: CaseLabs Mercury S3 - Gave case to my brother and bought a Fractal Define R4
GPU: EVGA ACX GTX 780 SC (Evga's ACX Cooler > Other 780s.) - Returned due to loud fans. Replaced with an Asus DCUII 780
Lighting: NZXT Hue

Impact motherboard USB ports died. Gave to my brother and bought the MSI Z87M Gaming. I was torn between that and the Asus Maximus VI Gene, but I decided to give another brand a try and I am pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Not only does it OC much better, but the sound quality is improved as well which is odd, since the Maximus Impact came with a sound card.

I am kind of done with my build for now.

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Edited by Kold - 1/21/14 at 5:54pm
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(Evga's ACX Cooler > Other 780s.)

Dat personal opinion. Haha, looking forward to seeing it come together smile.gif
    
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[quote name="Kold" url="/t/1423997/build-log-thomas-the-tank-t3-parts-here#post_20734641"](Evga's ACX Cooler > Other 780s.) [/quote]Dat personal opinion. Haha, looking forward to seeing it come together :)

Lol, no I think you are right. I've read more reviews about the 780s available lately and a lot of people complain that the fans are too loud. Can't go lower than 43% fan speed. And I'd prefer the FTW edition or the Asus
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Lol, no I think you are right. I've read more reviews about the 780s available lately and a lot of people complain that the fans are too loud. Can't go lower than 43% fan speed. And I'd prefer the FTW edition or the Asus
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From my reading on 780 reference and non-reference cooler designs, the Asus DC-II offers a good balance between cooling, performance and price.

All the best,
    
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Yup I wanted that one but could not find it in stock at a reasonable price. It looks absolutely beautiful, though. And I'm not sure, but I think when paired with a asus rog motherboard, you get some cool voltage features.
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Subbed and ready for Impact on Mercury.
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Well, I managed to get everything but the Corsair H100i hooked up and running. No codes at all, either. This is unheard of with my luck. Oh and I even installed Home Premium and tested out the Asus Impact's built in Wireless AC module and the SupremeFX card.



The wireless AC module is top notch. Was even connecting just fine without the antennas connected. I compared the speeds against my external Lynksys AE3000-NP wireless adapter. Both were maxing out at 18mbps. This tells me my AT&T U-Verse was limiting the test. Oh well!


The Supreme FX sound card is amazing. I usually use my DreamBass usb plug in, but while it sounds good, the volume gets distorted really quickly if I turn it up too much. The Asus Supreme FX had no such issue and the bass representation was a lot more punchy. I love it.

The G.Skill memory(1866MHz) booted right up at 1600MHz before setting the XMP profile. Tested both sticks separately, and 0 issues. I would HIGHLY recommend these bad boys to anyone. Especially when they're less than $70 for 8GB.


The 4770K.. hmm.. We'll see.


As for the AX760 I used to power everything. I'll be watching it like a hawk. First, I noticed a small rattle noise. Barely noticeable, however I kept putting my ear to the fan to listen. If it's not audible in my S3 case, then I won't care. However, there was another issue. As I was picking it up to put it back in its box to store while I wait for my case(sigh) I heard what sounds like a loose piece of metal or plastic. This is a big red flag for me. Once again.. I will keep a very close eye on it and RMA is need be.


See that mouse right there? It's the Logitech MX310. One of the most durable and best mice ever, in my opinion. Going strong now for over 10 years when I first bought it. If anyone here has owned it, they know what I'm talking about!


Lastly.. the GTX 780 ACX SC!!! Okay, so people have been complaining a lot on here about the fan not going lower than 43% and sometimes making weird noises. I compared both fans and they are really nice and quiet. The sound they do make is not an annoying type of sound. It's almost like a constant cool breeze sound. However, one of the fans does make a very very small hum pitch while the other is dead silent except for the fan breeze. Also, the ACX cooler is so sexy looking! I had been contemplating trading it in for the Asus Direct CU2 780, but not anymore. I like the industrial yet subtle look of it and I feel it will match my squarish case much better than the Asus DC2 which is a lot more angular.
Edited by Kold - 9/4/13 at 2:22am
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subbed for the Kold Impact S3 build ;-)
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I have been trying to think of a better name for her and you hit the nail on the head. Thank you!

For now, check out this new system Dell makes. Comes with a 750 and externally mounted PSU! Only $9,999.



Here's the best benchmark I could get with Heaven without upping the card's voltage. I don't think that's too bad at all, considering all the other parts of the computer are pretty old.


Edited by Kold - 9/6/13 at 2:15am
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