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Windows 7: Monstrosity-i7 (New Build)

15 Mar 2014   #1

 
Monstrosity-i7 (New Build)

Well hi SF, long time no see...

I don't see many new PC build logs around here (...and OC.net has way too many), so I thought I'd be daring and try break tradition for a change..

This here is my dream machine in the making. No skimping this time round. Period.

Some of the parts may seem overkill, but each one plays a vital role in the end result of this beast. However, as in any good PC build, I am still leaving space for other options later when the need arrises...

...and thus computers are built.

The Parts List

Finishing Touches

The side panel will have the PC name embossed into the perspex, I'm aiming for a "sandblasted" look that will glow when the interior lights up in a nice cool blue. Essentially, I'm going for a black/white colour scheme, enhanced with ice blue lights. It would be nice to mod the green lights on the 780's as well, but I'm still somewhat undecided on this point.

Interior lights will be on a separate switch, not included in the fans.. Nothing worse than a bright glowing box next to the monitor when you're trying to watch movies or play games in the dark. (: I'm thinking two LED strips or cold cathode tubes, but I'm not sure yet which will give me the effect I want.

I'll be getting a custom curved handle milled out of aluminium, anodized and dyed to match the black of the case.

I will also need to get an extra 120mm fan is for a GPU wind tunnel; running front to back with an "intake" fan near the front of the tunnel. The tunnel itself will be folded out of clear perspex.

This gives me another idea for the case branding... Perhaps the name would work better on the side of the GPU tunnel rather than the side panel. O.o Hmmm...

Photos

Just to keep things simple for sharing pics in different places, I'm using a Dropbox gallery to keep photos of this build as it goes along.

Bandwidth-friendly | Hi-res

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15 Mar 2014   #2

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ZaLith,
Good luck with this dream machine. May I toss out another excellent choice and some of the if not the best value going in Ram. I used this in my mini-ITX i5 build and I'm freaking over the moon. Don't limit yourself with 1600-1866 Mhz ram when Haswell and the Z87 mobo will take extreme speeds.

Team Xtreme 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model TXD316G2400HC10QDC01 - Newegg.com

Also get 2666 Mhz same price.

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15 Mar 2014   #3

 

Thanks for the link, I'm not familiar with Team Xtreme so I completely missed those.. I was basing my memory options on the kits used in this comparison, which also go up to 2400MHz.

I'll see if I can find some comparisons.
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15 Mar 2014   #4

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The processor says it only supports up to 1866.

For about half the price, you could go with a i7-4930K. You'd loose only 100Mhz of processor speed and 3MB of cache. The difference between 12MB and 15MB of cache probably isn't noticeable on a gaming machine.
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15 Mar 2014   #5

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15 Mar 2014   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
The processor says it only supports up to 1866.

For about half the price, you could go with a i7-4930K. You'd loose only 100Mhz of processor speed and 3MB of cache. The difference between 12MB and 15MB of cache probably isn't noticeable on a gaming machine.
Good catch I was assuming this was Haswell and Z87....my bad.
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16 Mar 2014   #7

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
The processor says it only supports up to 1866.
To the best of my knowledge, that only applies to the system "standard" speeds. Selecting an XMP profile for RAM is effectively a form of overclock.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
For about half the price, you could go with a i7-4930K. You'd loose only 100Mhz of processor speed and 3MB of cache. The difference between 12MB and 15MB of cache probably isn't noticeable on a gaming machine.
Hmmm... Wouldn't you consider that "skimping" on the build? To be honest, I'm not entirely against the idea of going with a i7-K instead of an i7-X. But at the same time, this build doesn't really have a fixed budget, so the cost doesn't really matter all that much..
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16 Mar 2014   #8

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Hi ZaLiTH,

I have the i7 4930K in my rig, I must say it is an excellent CPU and mine runs at a daily OC of 4.6GHz @ 1.25V. If you really must have the absolute best then yeah go for the 4960X, at near to double the price of the 4930K personally I don't think it is worth the money. It certainly does not have double the performance or even near for the extra money but that's your choice.

Motherboad wise, the Rampage IV Extreme Black edition seems to be the most popular choice at the moment, I believe it is an excellent board.

Regarding RAM, I have 2400MHz stuff in mine and although it will run it at full speed after vigorous testing I notice the RAM performance drops with anything over around 2200MHz speed so I have mine running at 2133MHz with tighter timings instead.

GPU wise, I would always go with the newest available at the time so I would recommend the 780TI, however depending on how quick you plan on building it may be worth waiting for the 800 series as I believe they will be released in the next couple of months.

Paul.
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16 Mar 2014   #9

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ZaLiTH View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
The processor says it only supports up to 1866.
To the best of my knowledge, that only applies to the system "standard" speeds. Selecting an XMP profile for RAM is effectively a form of overclock.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
For about half the price, you could go with a i7-4930K. You'd loose only 100Mhz of processor speed and 3MB of cache. The difference between 12MB and 15MB of cache probably isn't noticeable on a gaming machine.
Hmmm... Wouldn't you consider that "skimping" on the build? To be honest, I'm not entirely against the idea of going with a i7-K instead of an i7-X. But at the same time, this build doesn't really have a fixed budget, so the cost doesn't really matter all that much..
Hey, you're the one that started out skimping. If there's no budget then why fool around with a single processor MB?

Package this MB w/8 Quad channel slots: Motherboards - Z9PE-D8 WS

With TWO of these 8/16 Xeons and be done: Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 Product Family

And quit messing with that cheap stuff.
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16 Mar 2014   #10

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulpicks21 View Post
[snip]...at near to double the price of the 4930K personally I don't think it is worth the money. It certainly does not have double the performance or even near for the extra money but that's your choice.
I do get that, but to be honest this build is a bit of an odd one. For reasons I won't publicly disclose, this is the first time in my life that I literally don't have to worry about the cost.. I'm comparing individual specs of the K and the X at the moment, so I might review my decision before I actually buy one.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulpicks21 View Post
Regarding RAM, I have 2400MHz stuff in mine and although it will run it at full speed after vigorous testing I notice the RAM performance drops with anything over around 2200MHz speed so I have mine running at 2133MHz with tighter timings instead.
I was somewhat concerned about the very high speeds, much like any "newer" tech I imagine there are a few quirks that later chipsets may iron out. I've done similar things with a couple older RAM kits, although it could just as easily depend on the combination of components.. Half the fun of a new build, right?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulpicks21 View Post
GPU wise, I would always go with the newest available at the time so I would recommend the 780TI...
The GTX 690 caught my eye thanks to the comparison page I linked, my first idea was actually the 780TI. Seeing the normal vs TI difference with the 7xx range seems to be a vast improvement over what the 6xx range did for us. Bonus points to the green monster there.

Between the two, I'm leaning towards the 780TI's wider bus here anyway.. I might very well be wrong, but I'm convinced this plays a vital role in how a card handle future demands than those with a narrower bus width. My current machine still handles virtually anything at 1920x1080 with only a 448-bit GTX 275, which I put down to nothing more than finding specific component characteristics that complement each other. I could even go as far back as the Riva TNT2 (such fond memories), but that's a story for another time.
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