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28-08-2013, 11:47 AM
Unholy PCs (Share Your Custom PC Builds)
So you may have noticed that I've been mostly MIA the past few days. This is because I have been working on this monstrosity...

The Borg Cube - Gaming and Development Productivity PC

Going to Dual boot Linux/Win8.

Quote:PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.20 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($205.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($212.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair Air 540 ATX Desktop Case ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre Pro LED 86.7 CFM 140mm Fan ($15.80 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: BitFenix Spectre Pro LED 86.7 CFM 140mm Fan ($15.80 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($228.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-07 DVD/CD Writer ($23.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($85.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($250.52 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($250.52 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Razer BlackWindow Ultimate Mac Edition Wired Gaming Keyboard (Purchased For $0.00)
Mouse: Razer Naga Wired Laser Mouse (Purchased For $0.00)
Total: $2450.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-28 13:45 EDT-0400)

I figure this thread would be a good place to share/discuss gaming rigs, discuss PC gaming.

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28-08-2013, 12:05 PM
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Man,thats some cash you put in there...

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It's too damn "peopley" out there....
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28-08-2013, 12:22 PM
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(28-08-2013 12:05 PM)Lightvader Wrote:  Man,thats some cash you put in there...

Yeah...

I had it at about $2200 but then the little things (slightly faster RAM, slightly faster SSD, Case Fans, Bigger PSU) brought be to where I am.

Good thing about being a web dev. "No honey the glowing monstrosity on my desk is for work, I swear!"

I'm so disappointed in the new console specs, I'm just going to ignore them and drop back into PC gaming with a vengeance.

Totally going to stuff this guy into the corner of the case somewhere to:

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28-08-2013, 12:27 PM
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(28-08-2013 12:05 PM)Lightvader Wrote:  Man,thats some cash you put in there...

It's actually pretty reasonable. It's 100% new (listing the fans and optical drive?) - and the dual monitors are a hefty chunk of that.

The MB's excessive, but not significantly so; ditto the VC (well, and the CPU heatsink). It's the processor that's the real lump (i7's vanity, unless you're doing a lot of, I dunno, parallel video encoding).

Of course that really just means it's more money than I could justify dropping. If you can, then, why the hell wouldn't you? Tongue

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28-08-2013, 12:33 PM (This post was last modified: 28-08-2013 12:43 PM by ridethespiral.)
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(28-08-2013 12:27 PM)cjlr Wrote:  
(28-08-2013 12:05 PM)Lightvader Wrote:  Man,thats some cash you put in there...

It's actually pretty reasonable. It's 100% new (listing the fans and optical drive?) - and the dual monitors are a hefty chunk of that.

The MB's excessive, but not significantly so; ditto the VC (well, and the CPU heatsink). It's the processor that's the real lump (i7's vanity, unless you're doing a lot of, I dunno, parallel video encoding).

Of course that really just means it's more money than I could justify dropping. If you can, then, why the hell wouldn't you? Tongue

Yeah the monitors, vanity fans, arctic silver, win8 and all that are included in the build price. without that stuff it would be an $1800 machine (same price as my old iMac).

Yeah I could probably get away with a Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell and save like $70ish. I could drop down to 1866 speed RAM and save another $30, slower SSD and save $50, skip the extra 2 green LED fans and save $40, get a barebones case and save $50... But it would be like buying a Merc or a Beamer and then opting out of the heated seats, sun roof, Bose system, climate zones, leather...all the things that make a luxury car a luxury car. What is $200 on a $2K - 2.5K machine?

The 16gb of RAM is for photoshop (PS loves RAM like a fat kid loves cake).

The cooler is just too cool to loose (+ I spent so much time checking component measurements/RAM clearance that I would never back down from that).

Can't cut the PSU if I want to be able to run SLI down the road.

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28-08-2013, 12:37 PM
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Too expensive for me anyways Drinking Beverage

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28-08-2013, 12:39 PM
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(28-08-2013 12:33 PM)ridethespiral Wrote:  Yeah I could probably get away with a Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell and save like $70ish. I could drop down to 1866 RAM and save another $30, slower SSD and save $50... The 16gb of RAM is for photoshop (PS loves RAM like a fat kid loves cake). The cooler is just too cool to loose (+ I spent so much time checking component measurements/RAM clearance that I would never back down from that).

Right, and any one of those things is a piddling percentage of the eventual overall cost anyway.

RAM clock speed has approximately jack and squat effect outside meaninglessly abstracted benchmarks - but this one goes to eleven!

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28-08-2013, 12:57 PM
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(28-08-2013 12:37 PM)Lightvader Wrote:  Too expensive for me anyways Drinking Beverage

Lol yeah but I'm almost twice as old as you are and I work in the pixel mine all day. I covered most of this rigs cost 3 weeks ago with some high rate last minute freelance work I did for a big NYC agency.

...Of course I also shelled out $3500 for a new AC unit and I'm supposed to be saving for a wedding (Lady RTSs younger sister is bankrupting the inlaws on her wedding) so there is some residual Catholic guilt. Weeping Ain't gonna stop me though.

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11-09-2013, 01:43 AM
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very nice rig. i have a fairly nice one myself with an i7 2600k, 8gb ddr 2133 gskill ram, gigabyte ati 7970 ghz edition, 850 wt corsair psu, and 2 1 tb drives. oh and you were also talking about sli down the road. id sugget just having one very powerful card as sli is faster but not as smooth. i used to have 2 560ti's and on average they were 10 or so fps faster than my 7970 but felt 30 fps slower.
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11-09-2013, 09:57 AM
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(11-09-2013 01:43 AM)Donel Wrote:  very nice rig. i have a fairly nice one myself with an i7 2600k, 8gb ddr 2133 gskill ram, gigabyte ati 7970 ghz edition, 850 wt corsair psu, and 2 1 tb drives. oh and you were also talking about sli down the road. id sugget just having one very powerful card as sli is faster but not as smooth. i used to have 2 560ti's and on average they were 10 or so fps faster than my 7970 but felt 30 fps slower.

Yeah it's a very nice pile of parts waiting to be RMAed

Something went wrong when I plugged in my last fan, I took it all apart to debug and accidentally bent some socket pins...Ordered a brand new Mobo....still broken.

Now I'm going to RMA pretty much the whole shebang (new Mobo, GPU, CPU, RAM) and see what comes of it.

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