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My 8th PC - First Intel build in 14 years. Small, blue, watercooled and all that jazz.
by ErWarSuperstar
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Description

Mainly used for gaming. Runs beyond quiet even under load. Stays extremely cool. Intel has won me over. First PC I ever built had an Intel processor and I've finally come back around after 6 AMD builds. Definitely money well spent.

GPU OCed through maxed-out CCC. Doesn't break a sweat at 1125/1575. Hasn't gone above 54C while playing Crysis 3 with everything maxed out (just to force the system to work for it).

CPU will be overclocked shortly, currently running stock under load @ 44C on core 0 and 48C on cores 1, 2 and 3.

Mountain Mods makes great cases, however this one will test your patience. Literal blood, sweat and tears went into this case.

Part List
Details
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle29.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load48.0° C
Diamond Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.12Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.57Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle39.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load54.0° C
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Scaroza [2 Builds] 2 points 20 months ago

Did you braid the cables yourself or are they extensions/replacement cables? :) Nice build all round and the colour coordination is nicely done!

 
 
ErWarSuperstar [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Nah. I actually sleeved the SATA cables, but it was beyond hard to work in the lower half of the case with the sleeving eventually coming off, so i scrapped that idea. The power cables are just extensions that I got from frozencpu. I did sleeve the pump's PWM line though.

 
 
Scaroza [2 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

Nice, I love the look of sleeved cables, they really add that finishing touch to a pc. Also, great choice on the SSD, it really is a superb piece of kit. Is that the Fractal Adjust 108? Are you finding you're using it a lot or is it more of a bit of showy kit?

 
 
ErWarSuperstar [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Yea that's the Adjust 108. I've been on and off using it. If I'm playing nothing intense I've just been leaving all of them at the lowest voltage. For Crysis 3 I just bumped up the voltage as high as it could go on the fans (these Corsair AF/SP 120s arent that loud even at max speed) and it adds like a 7 - 10 degree difference to the GPU.

Good fan controller, I wanted something simple looking. One of the extension cables was broken though. Didn't really need it since 3 of the fans are right there so they're connected directly.

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ErWarSuperstar [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks!

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Divdor [1 Build] 2 points 20 months ago

Truly a thing of beauty. Oh to have an unlimited budget and the ability to craft art such as this. Outstanding job.

 
 
ErWarSuperstar [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 20 months ago

Tax return. :D

 
 
Divdor [1 Build] 4 points 20 months ago

Funny thing you should mention that. I am a tax accountant.

 
 
Stigs 2 points 20 months ago

There are two things I love in PC builds: Custom water-cooling and individually sleeved cables, and you my friend have both. Awesome Build!

 
 
ErWarSuperstar [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Thank you!

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ErWarSuperstar [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

There's an HDD in there.

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ErWarSuperstar [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

6.5 feet of tubing went into this case. I'd get a 10 foot roll, but if you're only doing the CPU you won't need that much. You need 2 fittings for every component. Depends on if you're getting a pump/res that's combined or 2 separate parts (a res and a pump). You need 2 for the rad, 2 for the waterblock, 2 for the pump (and an additional 2 if you're getting a separate reservoir).

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ErWarSuperstar [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Yep.

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AlexanderPM [2 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

This is a masterpiece!

 
 
Itroitnyah [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

Intel is great, and I don't have any opinions over which is better, I just know that the high end intel processors such as the i7 3770k would easily beat out the 8350 (although the 8350 would put up quite a fight in a battle between the two). AMD is mostly great because you can get more horsepower for less money and they can overclock like a *****.

But overall, very nice build. I'm going with an 8350 on my current build (which I have all the parts for except for the processor and harddrive, lol), and just saving up $5000-6000 and doing an overpowered intel build after I move out for college, since I can't exactly fly a computer from the USA to Germany, where I plan to study.

 
 
amichael428 1 point 19 months ago

Hows it game or is it not made for thatXD

 
 
rhandyrhoads [5 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

It's a Gamecube!

 
 
lolstab 1 point 17 months ago

Bit of a necrobump, but ais there any real difference in the performance of the AF120's to the SP120 fans?

 
 
jakethemp [2 Builds] -1 points 20 months ago

love the build but hate the case.. you have all that sweet ass water cooling and I just don't think that case shows it off very well case looks like its been spray painted with high gloss paint.. just my opinion. like all the work and parts you have in this

 
 
ErWarSuperstar [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

It looks a lot better in person, the case has a mirror finish so when you take photos of it, the flash makes it look like it's glass, but it's actually sort of matte, maybe a little shinier than the original CM Storm Scout paint. I think it shows the water cooling off pretty well since you can see straight down and from the side, but you can't win everybody over. :D

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ErWarSuperstar [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Probably around $1,400 - 1,600 in total, mostly cause the water cooling stuff really adds up if you don't have it laying around. That built looks pretty good to me.

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ErWarSuperstar [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

I hear good things about that keyboard. The mouse, I'm a logitech guy, I don't care much for keyboards either, I use a G500 mouse (it's worked better than most mice I've ever had) and a G13 gamepad. Some people are sticklers for peripherals, it doesn't matter to me much.

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Norm101 [2 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

The water cooling only cost that much? I've priced out a similar water cooling setup and it was like $700. How did you pull this beauty off for that?

 
 
ErWarSuperstar [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Had some components from older builds. It depends on the parts you want to buy. Don't buy them all from the same place. Some websites sell the same fittings for $7 while others sell them for $4. It's the small things that add up.

 
 
jakethemp [2 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

yeah guess im just not a big fan of cases like that how much did the case run ya?? and why was it so hard to work with???

 
 
ErWarSuperstar [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Around ~240.00. This isn't your typical PC case. It lacks a lot of the conveniences that modern cases have, the drive bays are manually assembled, there's a specific order in which you have to put everything together. A mistake in this case down the line could cause you to have to disassemble the entire thing just to fix it. I wanted a challenging build and this was definitely put it up there as one of the toughest builds I've done. There was a lot of troubleshooting.

 
 
jakethemp [2 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

lol you totally did not sell this case for me ha ha. sounds like more of a pain than its worth lol

 
 
jakethemp [2 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

http://www.digitalstormonline.com/comploadsyndicate.asp?id=676399&price=%243%2C128

as far as cases like yours. i love this model. a buddy of mine bought one 2 years ago. thing is a beast.

 
 
ErWarSuperstar [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Yea, that's also a Mountain Mods case (the U2-UFO). I used to have that case back in 2007 when it first came out. It's a monster, but not the biggest case they make.

It takes just as much work, you just have more room for error because of all the space.

 
 
ErWarSuperstar [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Not my job to sell it. It's one of those things that you go into knowing that it's not going to be easy.

 
 
jakethemp [2 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

well I do applaud you ive come to find not as many really enjoy building enthusiast pc's you sir are one of the elite.

 
 
ErWarSuperstar [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Thank you!