Inspired by Portal... Wheatley was MY test subject, as I put him through countless trials, on this, my first build. Six months of R&D, six days of part procurement, and six hours of building, brought this demon baby of a machine to life. WEI rates it a 7.7 since I opted to hold off on overclocking my CPU and Memory (after all, cant have Wheatley finding out he's perfect).
Decided to go with the GTX 660 Ti since it came with a free copy of Borderlands 2 steam code, pretty much giving me a $60 discount, since I was going to buy it anyway.
Next update will be to install a Ceton InfiniTV ($199 from Newegg) to add HD DVR capabilities for whole home streaming via WMC and Xbox Extenders.
The build could not have gone any smoother, not one hiccup. My only concern is that one day Wheatley becomes self aware and turns the tables on the whole Tester / Test Subject dynamic.... but what are the odds of that?
***UPDATE: for those asking about my desktops adaptive background. go here:
you are welcome.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core||£256.00||Amazon UK|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing||£23.86||CCL Computers|
|Motherboard||Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155|
|Memory||Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333|
|Storage||OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" SSD|
|Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM|
|Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM||£55.14||Aria PC|
|Video Card||MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB|
|Case||NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower||£95.99||Scan.co.uk|
|Power Supply||Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V|
|Optical Drive||Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer||£79.99||Amazon UK|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||£69.99||Ebuyer|
|Monitor||LG EB2742V-BN 27.0"|
|Keyboard||Logitech K750||£59.21||Amazon UK|
|Mouse||Logitech M705 Wireless Laser||£35.63||Amazon UK|
|Speakers||Logitech Z313 25W 2.1ch||£56.99||Amazon UK|
|Custom||Ceton InfiniTV Quad-Tuner||$199.99 USD|
|Total (United States):||$199.99 USD|
|Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.5GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|