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My Dream PC
by jchan94
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Description

When we first build our computers, we always wish that we could always build that dream PC. The PC that we could spend a couple thousand on, and still be prideful of what it looks like.

Finally, after saving up the money for a bunch of parts, I built this machine. I bet you're thinking damn, this guy must be a baller. Unfortunately that is not the case. I am a full time college student just saving up for my PC upgrade. On top of that, a lot of these parts are recycled.

I decided on the parts because of pure performance and aesthetic.

The GTX 770's in SLI are cooled by Corsair H55's with the NZXT G10 bracket, and keep the GPU's cool and quiet.

The RocketRaid card is used for 2 separate raid arrays for photo backup (I'm a photographer).

The way my SSD's are set up is like this: 128gb - OS / Boot Essential Programs 240gb - Programs / Games, etc. 240gb - Scratch for photo editing / Temp 500GB WD HDD - personal file storage 750gb Seagate HDD - Excess file storage (movies, etc).

Hope you all like the build!

Notes on the build: Why not Z97? I did not want to get Z97 because I would personally have to wait for the Haswell refresh. I did not get the parts in this build at the prices that the website says because I got them in deals (I'm just too lazy to edit it).

Why is it so expensive? Items marked as "purchased" were previously owned. A lot of these parts are recycled. SSD, HDDs, Monitors.

Why not custom watercooling? The reason for not getting a custom watercooling kit is because I did not want to throw extra money into the waterblocks, or opt for the 780ti's. In addition to that, I move a lot from college to home and having to drain my PC would be a pain in the butt. But the main reason for not getting custom watercooling was because i would probably lose my drive cage. Unfortunately, I cannot put a server (aka NAS PC, or HTPC combo) where I live in college as I would be the only one to utilize it, so I might as well put the drives in my PC.

Some parts not listed in this build are the Silverstone Tek white sleeved cables (EPS, 4x PCIe, 24PIN Mobo).

Part List
Details
Date PublishedJune 22, 2014
Date BuiltJune 21, 2014
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.0GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle35.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load60.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.11Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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ForLackOfABetterName 11 points 5 months ago

1+ for building a dream fig! and it looks amazing lol.

 
 
Thecautiousone [5 Builds] 28 points 5 months ago

I love figs!! They are good with sugar ;)

 
 
Jesso2k [4 Builds] 5 points 5 months ago

I thought I was the only one on the block with a G10 sli build and not even a day later another emerges! Cool to see and great build.

 
 
Kots1010 [1 Build] 3 points 5 months ago

Same here! (well crossfire in my case) Man they perform great.

 
 
Jesso2k [4 Builds] 2 points 5 months ago

Sexy build. You can update your build list to have the G10's show up on your main part list vs as a custom part. This way when others look up the Red brackets they'll see links to our builds. To do so click here, then on that page click the yellow 'add to partlist' button.

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 5 months ago

Checking out your build now!

 
 
Apach3 [2 Builds] 3 points 5 months ago
  • 32GB of Dominator RAM with light bars, check
  • two GTX 770s in SLI cooled by AIO loops, check
  • 9+TB of HDD space plus 600GB of SSD space, check
  • near-$200 case with a gorgeous side window, check

and somehow, a $70 SATA controller ends up in this...

well hey, who am i to complain? it's an incredibly good-looking system and i can tell you're proud of it. i like how you've divvied up the storage spaces and physically labelled the drives.

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks. I am very proud. I labeled the drives for the raid. Just a little easier to keep track of :).

Aha, the raid controller was simply for a Raid 1. Nothing else!

 
 
Apach3 [2 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

ah, i see. nothing wrong with a little bit of organization and extra security :)

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 2 points 5 months ago

Holy ****! Why are those 2TB drives so expensive?!?!?

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Er. That price is wrong. I got these for like $100 each.

 
 
mikedeeze924 [2 Builds] 2 points 5 months ago

Wow...hell of a rig, I LOVE that 760T. Congrats man!

 
 
masrawy_remix 2 points 5 months ago

How is the G930? any problems ? if so, did you find a solution? would yu recommend it ?

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

The G930 is amazing. I have been using it for the past 4 years. Sound is decent, but I'm not a crazy audiophile.

Logitech has decent support so I am on my 3rd headset. The plastic hinges broke on me once, and I think that the battery completely died but they replaced it. Also, the leather wears down eventually, but it's fine.

I would recommend it highly besides. Logitech's 1 year warranty is pretty solid.

 
 
masrawy_remix 1 point 5 months ago

you have been using it for 4 years ? wow, any tips to extend its lifecycle ? like beware of that plastic part or avoid bumping that weak hinge ?

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Yupp. I haven't used the same headset for 4 years but the same model. Logitech replaced them for me basically. I think its inevitable to break this set.

 
 
CallumShannan 1 point 5 months ago

WOW what i really nice build it really needs more votes but what an awsome pc looks very sexy too LOL tahst deffo 1+

 
 
zainathan [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

sexy build man holy cow

 
 
GilChris95 1 point 5 months ago

As soon as I read "Dream PC", I knew it was going to be good.

 
 
WombatRider [2 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

Damn that thing is sexy! And so is the parts list! +1

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 5 months ago

Thank you!

 
 
nytroman [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

winner!

 
 
TooGood [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

That is so NICE. I love it.

 
 
Cptkiller2010 [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Sniff, its beautiful

 
 
Thecautiousone [5 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

Your comment made me chuckle :) (the sniff part)

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Haha, thanks for checking out the build! My friend giggled at this comment as well.

 
 
Thecautiousone [5 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

Forgot to tell ya that this build ROCKS!!! I want to upgrade from the 410 phantom to this case so bad!!! Just don't know if I am ready to pay 185$ just yet for the case.. plus 90$ for the sleeved kit by EVGA ugh... Expenses huh?

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

The phantom is a case I highly considered when I was building but this one definitely takes aesthetics to a new level. Maybe look at the Silverstone tek sleeved cable extensions?

 
 
Thecautiousone [5 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

I see the silverstone sleeved cables but then I have to piece them together. I find myself drawn to the EVGA sleeved cables because you can buy the whole set as one you know?

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

The Silverstone ones are just extensions and that's why I liked em. In the future I plan to individually sleeve or buy a set. I believe ensourced is where I would go for sleeved cables.

 
 
Thecautiousone [5 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

AH!!! I got ya. I just went to EVGA website ;) super easy for the whole set http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=100-CW-1300-B9

 
 
vortex25565 [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Congrats for building your dream build! +1

 
 
tabascosauz [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Wouldn't the regular silver ring on the H105 fit the build better? Also how are your VRM temps? I hear that the tiny fan on the G10 doesn't really cool VRMs properly...

And one more thing, about Z97 you said that you didn't want to wait for Haswell Refresh. You can still use a 4770K on Z97 and all other Haswell v1 chips...it's never too late to take that board back and swap it for a Z97 board...it works exactly the same and you get the benefit of SATAe, M.2 (if implemented), improved SRT, and others.

Nice build, and nice choice on the Seasonic X.

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

I haven't had a chance to check VRMS yet, but I will ASAP and post it!

I was thinking that, but I will have to just see how I like it. I put the red one on because my mobo is the Hero (red). But yeah, I'll switch it up

 
 
RedstoneDJ 1 point 5 months ago

Good, but you kind of skimped out on the processor. With 32gbs of 2133MHz RAM, I would have gone with at least a 4930k, which, to be honest, wouldn't be much of a price difference with level of parts. 16gb of RAM would have been fine, but if you really need it (which you really probably won't) then thats ok.

 
 
LeOrange 2 points 5 months ago

lol the one time the 4770K is UNDERkill xD

 
 
mattias1172 [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

which is why i went for a 4930k in my build, you can never be to careful of the one time curse ;)

 
 
RedstoneDJ 1 point 5 months ago

Well, I would, by no means, say that the 4770k is underkill, but mixed with the other parts in your build, it does seem a bit "lower grade", if you will. It's a much better computer than I'm using, so it is definitely not a bad build.

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

I would have gone for that but it's an extra $200, and I just decided to overclock. I opted for 32gbs because I use the PC for various Video/Photo editing purposes.

On top of that, I just like keeping things open so I don't have to wait.

I would have loved the 4930K, but I was happy enough to get the 4770k since it can overclock & has 4 cores 8 threads @ 3.5, but I OC'd to 4.0 to match the 4990k. Still, I think I will is it a little more to 4.4ghz depending on my usage.

 
 
Rajenator 1 point 5 months ago

+1 great build!

 
 
DodecPCs [2 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

You would not have had to wait for the Haswell Refresh with the Z97? A 4770K is compatible with it and future proofs it even farther.

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Yeah the 1150 socket is compatible, but I wouldn't be able to take full advantage of other offerings with the Haswell Refresh.

I didn't see too much of an advantage in the board, and I got this board at a significantly cheaper price.

 
 
DodecPCs [2 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

Well if it was cheaper then that makes sense.

 
 
buckeyefan63 1 point 5 months ago

Your dream PC has a 4930k, don't lie. Lol. Just kidding, awesome build.

 
 
candy [2 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

Nice build, but if you truly wanted good aesthetics/overkill you should have gone with a custom loop. The case is perfect for it...

 
 
Philldog123 1 point 5 months ago

I would suggest getting some Corsair SP fans to put on your rads. You will get some better temps because those are designed to be put on rads. Overall nice build though. +1

 
 
ProEngPC [8 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

I'm loving that 760T more and more. Seems like a good alternative to the InWin 904 for full-window builds.

Great assembly BTW, this system looks good!

 
 
Josh_Grundon 1 point 5 months ago

100th upvote!

 
 
asura_ [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

I haven't seen NZXT video card coolers before. Is it a new trendy thing?

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

They're pretty cool! Kraken G10 brackets which allow you to mount CPU cooling units that use Asetek mounting systems to your GPUs for better cooling.

People used to do this homebrew with zip ties or community-created brackets. NZXT partnered with a guy named "Dwood" from OCN who actually designed such brackets in order to bring these to the market in an official product. And it just happens that NZXT's coolers all use the Asetek mounting system.

 
 
futures 1 point 5 months ago

Hey did you have no problem with the water cooling installation at the top? Some people say the top cover blocks the air flow to the radiator. Is that true?

 
 
WillrusWalrus 1 point 5 months ago

It is not a dream PC it is a reality PC +1

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Williams0907 1 point 5 months ago

How do you like the Logitech G930? I had so many interference problems with mine I had to return them. They would never stay connected for more than 30 seconds and I couldn't find a fix online.

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NaturalCarr 1 point 5 months ago

How dare you! HOW DARE YOU do such a thing! How DARE YOU call this majestic, artistic, heavenly creation a rig! This isn't a "Dream Rig", this beautiful creature is a "Dream", I dream of having a piece of functional art as beautiful as this one day.

 
 
LostNinJa 1 point 4 months ago

Its pretty cool but one question- Whats With all Thatch Hard Drive Storage???

 
 
xybermanxx [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

I am modifying my latest build with another 280x and was thinking about g10s with crossfire. How loud are your h55's? and are they in front while your cpu radiator is in back? i will essentially have three kraken x41s with two of them for gpu's if I want to pursue this. Two in the front and one in the rear, but the rear one already gets noisy...

 
 
MarkyThePurefectionist 1 point 1 month ago

*Tears of awesomeness

 
 
Christian_Bell6 1 point 20 days ago

I think you need more storage...

 
 
seraj89 1 point 20 days ago

The only thing I'm not liking about it is the case handle sticking out like a sore thumb. The window exposes too much ;A;

I actually love the case, but seeing that it exposes a lot inside, I'm sorta having second thoughts about it..........

 
 
Weak1ings 1 point 9 days ago

My Dream build would have that 14 core Xeon in it and 6 6TB HDDs in Raid 5 :D But all be Air cooled by a NH-D15 in a Rosewill Throne case with 3 ASUS 4K G-Sync 144Hz Panels 1ms lag, and 2 Titan Zs :) Dreams can be outrageous though... Great Job on the build!

 
 
ThatComputerEnthusiast 1 point 4 days ago

SO JEALOUS!!! :)

 
 
nehemiahawesome1 [1 Build] 0 points 5 months ago

that is like freaking the best computer ever. with a lot of useless stuff for the normal user. and maybe even for the dream pc. and sadly. it is still not the most expensive computer in pcpartpicker. but it is totally awesome. you could have saved some money by shopping around,

 
 
mattias1172 [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

thats basically what a dream pc is. All the flash and all the overkill.

anyways love the blue/white color scheme in that case. The huge glass side panel tops it off.

 
 
nehemiahawesome1 [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

yeah pretty much

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

A lot of these parts are recycled (mostly drives and monitors).

The prices in this do NOT reflect what I got the parts for, but I will try my best to edit them to reflect that.

& thanks for liking the build! :)

 
 
nehemiahawesome1 [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

oh thanks for clearing that up. okay thanks anyway and it is still cool.

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xshadowclaw 0 points 5 months ago

Oh.my.god why??? Why did you spend THAT much money on the Hard Drive's? You could have bought some good 80$ Hard Drives or maybe 120$ Hard Drive's and instead used the money on two better graphics cards... I don't even understand why you need that much space any way, just 3TB should be enough for many, many movies, programs and games.

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

In the past I have had a lot of drives crash and because of that I choose the raid array and my work flow cycle. I already filled one array of 2TB. While I could have opted for 780ti's, a lot of these drives were old ones that I owned so I am just excycling.

 
 
Tahab_1 [2 Builds] -3 points 5 months ago

Amazing build! But couldn't you have saved money and got a smaller ssd for the OS? Surely 120Gb is way too much?

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

The 128gb SSD was in my old system and that's why I recycled it.

 
 
nehemiahawesome1 [1 Build] -2 points 5 months ago

actually he had a couple of thousand of bucks and said i don't care. just spend all my money. yaya. and now i have the best computer my money can waster but bye

 
 
jchan94 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

A lot of these parts are recycled.

The new parts are the ram, case, PSU, mobo, raid controller, cpu, 2x240gb SSDs.