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New PC Build
« on: July 12, 2014, 03:46:49 AM »
So I'm getting the opportunity to build myself a new computer. This rig is going to be amazing and so much better than my current one (though my current computer is a beast and has lasted me the last two years). Thankfully I have GAX to answer computer questions for me and I finally agreed on a final build. My dad is buying my current computer off of me for $1,000 so I only have to shell out about $500 to make this possible. I am taking a few parts from my current build to save myself some money. Dad's perfectly okay with it since he's also buying a couple of additional parts for it.


Case
NZXT Phantom 530$109.99
Motherboard
ASUS Z97-A ATX$143.99
CPU
Intel Core i7-4790k$339.99
Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX780$499.99
Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA 750G2 Modular$112.99
SSD
Kingston Digital 60GB$57.03
RAM
Kingston HyperX Beast 16 GB 2133Mhz$176.74
Cooling
NZXT 140mm Case Fan x2$13.70
ARCTIC Freezer i11 CPU Cooler$22.99
Storage
2TB HDD 7200 RPM$0 (From Current Build)
3TB HDD 7200 RPM$0 (From Current Build)
DVD Drive
ASUS 24x DVD-RW$0 (From Current Build)
Wireless Card
ASUS Dual-Band Wireless$0 (From Current Build)
Total Cost with Free 2-Day Shipping$1,477.14
Total Cost for 1-Day Shipping$1,531.31


Future Plans
  • Add Liquid Cooling
  • Get 2nd GTX 780 for SLI
  • Get more storage and hookup RAID
  • Add another 16GB RAM
  • Possibly More

I'll be updating this post when I order the parts. I'll also update it when I get the parts and actually post pictures on the building process this time. I never did do it for my last build.
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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2014, 01:02:33 PM »
I'm not too familiar with recent hardware specs, but does that i7 have 4 or 8 logical cores? I highly recommend to get an 8-core, even if it's weaker than a 4-core in GHz. My laptop has 8 cores and it's nuts. It compiles faster than my PC at work and everything runs smoothly. I even paid less than I would have for a 4-core if I remember right. An 8-core will last you for more than 2 years.

Also, now might not be the right time to get new hardware. Teo told me that this summer or fall DDR4 should become standard which means that next summer it will probably be very affordable and last for another couple of years.
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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2014, 01:09:54 PM »
It has 4 cores amd is listed as having 8 threads. This is one of Intels most recent and I was curious since it had a base clock of 4.0. Gax told me that the same thingabout ddr4 nbut my dad's buying my current build and I don't want to go without a computer for a year. I'll just have to upgrade again in two years.

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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2014, 06:16:40 PM »
If it's a newer CPU model, that's good. You'll only have to switch out the motherboard and get new RAM modules. I'm sure that newer motherboards will still support that CPU.
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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2014, 07:06:21 PM »
there are only 4 true 8 core processors on the market. all 4 of them are made by AMD. Intel only does 4 physical cores but simulates 8 logical ones.
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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2014, 09:04:17 PM »
but does that i7 have 4 or 8 logical cores?
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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2014, 10:52:49 PM »
there is only 4 true 8 core processors on the market. all 4 of them are made by AMD. Intel only does 4 physical cores but simulates 8 logical ones.

Except for the 4930k and 4960x. ;) They are 6 core i7 chips with 12 logical threads.

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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2014, 11:20:35 PM »
ah yes. I forgot that Intel's higher end chips were hexacores. I have an octacore though :P
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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2014, 11:47:46 PM »
I thinkit simulates 8 logical cores. I ccan't say for sure. I'm not very well knownwith iIntel this is my first cpu with one.

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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2014, 04:59:27 PM »
UPDATE: Guys, I came into an extra $500. I'm going to be updating the list of parts and I'm going to have a $2,000 budget for this build now.

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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2014, 10:28:56 PM »
ah yes. I forgot that Intel's higher end chips were hexacores. I have an octacore though :P

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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2014, 02:21:23 AM »
So I'm not sure if anyone was waiting for an update, but I'm still picking out which parts I want and I might do what Blizzard said and wait for DDR4 RAM to come out before I do get anything.

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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2014, 11:35:06 AM »
Maybe better don't. Teo told me it's probably gonna take another 2 years for it to become mainstream. We just talked about it yesterday.
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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2014, 04:36:33 PM »
.___________. Fine you have me sold. I'll gather my new computer parts list today.

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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2014, 06:28:41 PM »
Okay, so a few handful of decisions later, I ended finding a slightly quicker way to get the computer I wanted. I had a $1,500 budget, and then eventually turned into a $2,000 budget. Then I had car troubles and ended up having to get a new vehicle. After restoring my computer budget I bit, I ended up with $1,500 again.

Instead of building a computer I'll settle with, I decided to order a computer I want. I went through http://originpc.com and financed a computer for $2,700. With the $1,500 I have, I'll only owe $1,200. My payments would have originally been $113 for 36 months, but thanks to my down payment, I'll only have to pay $113 for 10 months, or you know, have it paid completely paid off in a few months because I know I can come up with that money pretty quickly.

As far as the stats go, I can't really remember exactly everything I got from their customization but here's a few parts.

Millenium Mid Size Case
Asus Z97 Deluxe Mobo
Origin 120 Liquid Cooling
Intel i7 4790K Quad Core 4.0Ghz
850watt EVGA Power Supply
Single GTX 980 4GB
16GB 1866Mhz HyperX RAM
120GB HyperX SSD
2TB Hybrid Drive

Can't really remember what else I picked out from customization but that's pretty much the important stuff anyways. I'll get my computer in about 12 days so I'll definitely post some pictures when it gets here.

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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2014, 06:42:41 PM »
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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2014, 11:00:35 PM »
Hey, I'm using the same case lol! If you get a red one, we'll be twinsies :P

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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #17 on: October 02, 2014, 01:12:37 AM »
Nyaahhh went with white case and white cable covers. Can't wait to get it!

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« Reply #18 on: October 02, 2014, 07:11:45 AM »
OMG, then your cases combined make up the colors of CP! :O
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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #19 on: October 03, 2014, 01:33:40 AM »
I've been using the blue theme for so long I forgot that it's not the official color for the logo o.o

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« Reply #20 on: October 03, 2014, 07:03:35 AM »
xD Me too! The dark blue is my favorite.

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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #21 on: October 21, 2014, 12:35:10 AM »
Okay, so I fucked up and accidentally closed my YouTube tab while trying to upload the unboxing video. In the meantime, while I start my upload all over, here's some pictures.

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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #22 on: October 21, 2014, 12:49:58 AM »
It looks awesome, G_G. :D Congratulations on the new PC.

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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #23 on: October 21, 2014, 01:59:34 AM »
Thanks! :3

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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #24 on: October 21, 2014, 02:21:09 AM »
Nice, should be great for programming/gaming.  How does your liquid cooling work?  Being a mechanical engineer, I'm familiar with heat exchangers, but I'm wondering if there is a supply or if it's a closed system, is there a phase change, what's the interface between the CPU/GPU and the fluid, etc.  Obviously I don't expect you to know everything about it though, especially since you just got the computer.

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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #25 on: October 21, 2014, 03:15:44 AM »
I have no idea how liquid cooling works but I only have it on the CPU. GPU is just the stock fan. As far as I can tell, it's a closed system. The tubes are connected directly to the fan which I assume also acts as the reservoir. I've never looked into liquid cooling a whole lot and I never personally wanted to set it up myself. But it came as a default option with the PC builds.

Running the computer for average use for the first couple of hours, computer kept at 23C (~73F) and after some benchmarking and running some games, it went up to 28C (~82F). Sorry I can't explain more but like I said, I'm new to liquid cooling. I did get a note saying the reservoir shouldn't have to be filled ever, but to check it every 6 months or so and top it off if needed.

EDIT: Here's some video footage of Bioshock Infinite on max settings. This is using nVidia's ShadowPlay instead of a conventional video recording tool.
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I uploaded the same test to Youtube but the quality was degraded a bit. Not to mention, Youtube doesn't do 60 FPS videos yet.
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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #26 on: October 21, 2014, 06:39:41 AM »
Awesome PC G_G, I'm in love with that case.

Dam it, now I feel like I need to show off my computer. I'm getting an H100i in a day or two (was supposed to arrive today but the truck broke down or something, least I assume thats what "A mechanical failure has delayed the delivery of your packages" in the ups tracking data means.) perhaps after I install it and clean up the cable management of all the fans I'll do a quick tour video.
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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #27 on: October 21, 2014, 06:40:58 AM »
My goodness the power.... THE POWER...

max settings, 60 FPS, what's not to love?

as for liquid cooling, yeah I've yet to experiment with it, but seeing how liquids never get that good with electronics
I'd say, watch out for leaks?
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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #28 on: October 21, 2014, 06:56:26 AM »
in truth the closed system liquid coolers on the market dont beat out the best air coolers, especially on a noise level. but they sure do put a lot of weight on your motherboard. as for leaks. you'd have to be pretty unlucky. it's really doesn't happen that often, infact corsair at least offers a warranty where they will pay you for parts broken by a leak resulting from a manufacturing defect.
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Re: New PC Build
« Reply #29 on: October 24, 2014, 08:56:05 AM »
So I've been trying out the DPS function with my GPU. Basically, it allows you to render the game in 4K resolution, then downscales it to your monitor's native resolution. The results are pretty nice.

1080p
http://puu.sh/cooQb/cf3c5faae1.png

4K
http://puu.sh/cooOI/4e79bdf680.png

4K Downscaled, this is what I see.
http://puu.sh/cooMh/790b3d0fd9.png

As you can see, running Crysis 2, max settings in a 4K resolution significantly dropped the framerate. Looking to get a 2nd GTX 980 eventually to help combat this. But running Borderlands Pre-Sequel (which is basically Borderlands 2 and doesn't push GPUs very hard), it did keep a solid 60FPS in 4K mode and still improved the quality a bit. You'll notice in the screens above the improvements it does to the trees and smoke. Compare 1080p and the downscaled to see the differences a bit easier.

EDIT: Here's some LED tests on the build.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HCJM7nDanY&feature=youtu.be
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