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So as most avid gamers, growing up I always wanted a bad ass gaming set up to be able to play any game I want maxed out and looking amazing. Throughout highschool I did sports so had no time for work to make any money. Now that I am older, have a good job I finally started putting together a set up. I have never actually built my own PC to this scale or, one at this scale for that matter. When I was training as a service tech I obviously took apart and built PC's just never to this extent. So this build will definitely have a few spots where I won't know what to do and have to think outside the box to get it to work. I already had encountered that, I never used a SSD before. I got it in the mail, didn't actually realize how small it was, bought a adapter for it to see that barely fits in the drive bay. I got it in so the struggle is over lol. But anyways, here goes to the specs.

Here is one more quick thing about the build. I had set up the design to power 2-way sli running 1080p triple monitors. Before I was set with that setup I was contemplating 1440p monitors which would cost almost 2x as much in monitors, require another graphics card, and a more pwoerful psu than I had selected. As well as a better mobo to have 3x PCI slots. So I changed it up and I am stuck on this list here, It is all ready to handle 3 graphics cards so down the road all I need is another graphics card and upgrade my monitors instead of half the PC.

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($280 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Extreme ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($385 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($325 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($140 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($144 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($380 @ Amzon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($380 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($122 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 1300W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($305 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG Blu Ray player ($50 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Asus CD/DVD read/write ($27 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: LG 27EC33V-B 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($240 @ Newegg)
Monitor: LG 27EC33V-B 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($240 @ Newegg)
Monitor: LG 27EC33V-B 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($240 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre Pro LED 148.7 CFM 200mm Fan ($21 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre Pro LED 148.7 CFM 200mm Fan ($21 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre Pro LED 148.7 CFM 200mm Fan ($21 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: BitFenix BFF-BLF-P12025R-RP 51.3 CFM 120mm Fan ($15 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: BitFenix BFF-BLF-P12025R-RP 51.3 CFM 120mm Fan ($15 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: BitFenix BFF-BLF-P12025R-RP 51.3 CFM 120mm Fan ($15 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre Pro BFF-LPRO-14025R-RP 140mm Fan ($20 @ Newegg)

Gran Total: $3376 (Final total including shipping and handling fees, even taxes)

Only thing I will have yet to do which is for the future, is upgrade to 1440p monitors, add a extra gfx card, and probably switch to water configuration for cooling.
Edited by RooTxBeeR - 5/13/14 at 1:42pm
post #2 of 36
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RooTxBeeR View Post

So as most avid gamers, growing up I always wanted a bad ass gaming set up to be able to play any game I want maxed out and looking amazing. Throughout highschool I did sports so had no time for work to make any money. Now that I am older, have a good job I finally started putting together a set up. I have never actually built my own PC to this scale or, one at this scale for that matter. When I was training as a service tech I obviously took apart and built PC's just never to this extent. So this build will definitely have a few spots where I won't know what to do and have to think outside the box to get it to work. I already had encountered that, I never used a SSD before. I got it in the mail, didn't actually realize how small it was, bought a adapter for it to see that barely fits in the drive bay. I got it in so the struggle is over lol. But anyways, here goes to the specs.

Here is one more quick thing about the build. I had set up the design to power 2-way sli running 1080p triple monitors. Before I was set with that setup I was contemplating 1440p monitors which would cost almost 2x as much in monitors, require another graphics card, and a more pwoerful psu than I had selected. As well as a better mobo to have 3x PCI slots. So I changed it up and I am stuck on this list here, It is all ready to handle 3 graphics cards so down the road all I need is another graphics card and upgrade my monitors instead of half the PC.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($269.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Extreme ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($349.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($325.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($148.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($489.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($489.99 @ B&H)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE90 V2 1200W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($243.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG BH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($100.58 @ Amazon)
Monitor: LG 27EC33V-B 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($261.07 @ Mwave)
Monitor: LG 27EC33V-B 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($261.07 @ Mwave)
Monitor: LG 27EC33V-B 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($261.07 @ Mwave)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre Pro LED 148.7 CFM 200mm Fan ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre Pro LED 148.7 CFM 200mm Fan ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre Pro LED 148.7 CFM 200mm Fan ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: BitFenix BFF-BLF-P12025R-RP 51.3 CFM 120mm Fan ($11.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case Fan: BitFenix BFF-BLF-P12025R-RP 51.3 CFM 120mm Fan ($11.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case Fan: BitFenix BFF-BLF-P12025R-RP 51.3 CFM 120mm Fan ($11.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case Fan: BitFenix BFF-BLF-P12025R-RP 51.3 CFM 120mm Fan ($11.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $3595.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-30 14:58 EDT-0400)

This is gonna be epic.

Only thing, why do you need that mobo for? lol There are a lot of other mobos much cheaper that are able to handle 3 gpus too

And 32 gigs of ram is way too overkill, with 16 gigs you'll have more than needed to be able to open 10 games at the same time (8 gigs will do it too) , but if you want to, go with 32 just for the lulz.

You could go for something better than a 212 EVO, something like an AIO wc kit
Edited by danilon62 - 3/30/14 at 12:21pm
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As I had said I have never done anything to this extent, I have never OCed anything before. So this will be my first thing. First off I will be using air cooling on the CPU and filling the case full of fans. I will start small and not exceed what my fans will be able to fight off. I will text out different fan directions and see how different air circulations work in the tower. I know eventually I will probably jump up to a full water cooling system, maybe even water cooling the GPU's too. That will come forth when I really want to push my stuff. But until then, classic fans will be used. Here are the pictures of everything I have so far.

First shipment


CD and Blu Ray drives

I really like the case, fan controls on top even esata. Only downside, is all black, on the ground, is hard to see inside the case.


Naked case, all the face controls.

Drives

Hard drives, right is the 2TB left is the SSD tray. It actually has room for 2 SSD's on the single tray. was $6 at micro center.


CPU marked at $370 paid $280

So sexay
post #4 of 36
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Quote:
Originally Posted by danilon62 View Post

This is gonna be epic.

Only thing, why do you need that mobo for? lol

And 32 gigs of ram is way too overkill, with 16 gigs you'll have more than needed to be able to open 10 games at the same time (8 gigs will do it too) , but if you want to, go with 32 just for the lulz.

You could go for something better than a 212 EVO, something like an AIO wc kit

Down the road I will be running 3 1440p monitors, will need room for a third graphics card, compared to the maximux hero VI I was going to get that only had 2 slots. Yeah 32GB is overkill a bit. But when did overkill every hurt? Lmao never that I have seen. And to, it's just a precausionary measure. I don't want to ever have to put anymore into this once it's complete. So this thing needs to last. I explained in the last post with the pics about the fan. It's just temporary for now until I get comfortable with OC and wanting to put a wc kit in it.
post #5 of 36
No such thing as overkill on OCN wink.gif
post #6 of 36
Jizzed my pants when I started reading OP..... thumb.gif
post #7 of 36
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BGKris View Post

No such thing as overkill on OCN wink.gif

Well I am also a basshead, and have a system in my car, so I know overkill lmao. And nothing is ever wrong with overkill hahahaha.
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Originally Posted by boot318 View Post

Jizzed my pants when I started reading OP..... thumb.gif

Thanks dude!
post #8 of 36
If you going big, do liquid cooling especially for those 290s, if not a least get better fans and or an aio for the cpu.


Do you plan on having any lighting?
post #9 of 36
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by smithydan View Post

If you going big, do liquid cooling especially for those 290s, if not a least get better fans and or an aio for the cpu.


Do you plan on having any lighting?
I will be getting water colling later once I am more comfortable with OCing and will actually need it. What do you mean lighting? I was going to be getting all new red LED fans if that's what your talking about.
post #10 of 36
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Originally Posted by RooTxBeeR View Post

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
So as most avid gamers, growing up I always wanted a bad ass gaming set up to be able to play any game I want maxed out and looking amazing. Throughout highschool I did sports so had no time for work to make any money. Now that I am older, have a good job I finally started putting together a set up. I have never actually built my own PC to this scale or, one at this scale for that matter. When I was training as a service tech I obviously took apart and built PC's just never to this extent. So this build will definitely have a few spots where I won't know what to do and have to think outside the box to get it to work. I already had encountered that, I never used a SSD before. I got it in the mail, didn't actually realize how small it was, bought a adapter for it to see that barely fits in the drive bay. I got it in so the struggle is over lol. But anyways, here goes to the specs.

Here is one more quick thing about the build. I had set up the design to power 2-way sli running 1080p triple monitors. Before I was set with that setup I was contemplating 1440p monitors which would cost almost 2x as much in monitors, require another graphics card, and a more pwoerful psu than I had selected. As well as a better mobo to have 3x PCI slots. So I changed it up and I am stuck on this list here, It is all ready to handle 3 graphics cards so down the road all I need is another graphics card and upgrade my monitors instead of half the PC.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($269.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Extreme ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($349.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($325.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($148.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($489.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($489.99 @ B&H)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE90 V2 1200W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($243.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG BH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($100.58 @ Amazon)
Monitor: LG 27EC33V-B 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($261.07 @ Mwave)
Monitor: LG 27EC33V-B 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($261.07 @ Mwave)
Monitor: LG 27EC33V-B 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($261.07 @ Mwave)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre Pro LED 148.7 CFM 200mm Fan ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre Pro LED 148.7 CFM 200mm Fan ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre Pro LED 148.7 CFM 200mm Fan ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: BitFenix BFF-BLF-P12025R-RP 51.3 CFM 120mm Fan ($11.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case Fan: BitFenix BFF-BLF-P12025R-RP 51.3 CFM 120mm Fan ($11.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case Fan: BitFenix BFF-BLF-P12025R-RP 51.3 CFM 120mm Fan ($11.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case Fan: BitFenix BFF-BLF-P12025R-RP 51.3 CFM 120mm Fan ($11.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $3595.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-30 14:58 EDT-0400)

One thing you should probably change in OP is that its Crossfire (Cfx) not SLI, SLI is Nvidia while AMD Cards like you are using is Crossfire. Minor difference but some people will get on you about it wink.gif
 
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