Description

I built this computer to be my main workstation for everything I do - work, photography, Photoshop, and to be finally able to watch HD video, something I couldn't do with my aging single-core laptop. The i7-4770k's hyper-threading is really useful when you are working in Photoshop and browser multitasking at the same time.

The Intel HD 4600 graphics can run 4k content on YouTube without any interference. It's amazing how much processors have evolved over the years that you don't need a dedicated video card to play video at such a high resolution. Overclocked this CPU to 4.6GHz today with auto voltage set at 1.28V. The RAM I chose is not only low profile but also low voltage which means I can overclock it to 1866MHz while keeping a stable voltage. It's currently running 1600MHz at 1.35V.

This is my first time using a solid state drive and it's blazing fast, nothing like I've ever seen before. My new Samsung 840 Pro has average read speeds of 527 MB/s and average write speeds of 467 MB/s. Start and shutdown times are very fast, 15-20 seconds for a cold boot and 6-8 seconds for a warm restart. The 4TB WD drive is now my main storage for all my files without the need for an external hard drive. I ran an error scan with HD Tune Pro after installing the WD drive and it is absolutely clean with no errors or bad sectors. The scan took 8 hours to do but was necessary with such an expensive hard drive.

The H100i and 300r case compatibility worked fine for me because the Z87-A motherboard has short VRM heatsinks. For case cooling, there are two 140mm front intake fans and one 120mm exhaust fan in the back. The 660W power supply is for a future GTX 780.

Let me know what you think of my very first PC build. I'm loving it so far!

Comments

  • 67 months ago
  • 4 points

those pics look so nice, so professional +1. would like to +++++ more.

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you so much, I can definitely take some more pictures later!

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

You are welcome, its nice to see some good pics that arent blurry and upside down.

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

Hey man did the H100i and 300r give you any issues? Did you have to improvise at all?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Quality parts, excellent pics, good price +1

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, this colour combo looks amazing. Nice and clean build. Should've gotten a windowed case to show it off. Should've bought an XFX 850 pro Black which is also a tier 1 psu and is made by seasonic for the same price. +1

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  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice non-gaming build, and with a 780 added this will be great for that too!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

1st build and water cooling! very nice.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

You could of gotten a Corsair 860W platinum certified PSU for the price you spent on that one.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Put a graphics card in there! Those PCIe slots are begging to be used! Nice build tho

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

It is quite a nice build, I love the build, especially that cpu cooler, I dislike the home premium windows tho, I love seasonic psu's for being really quiet but I still prefer corsair, BUT! HOWEVER! I absolutely, HATE ballistix ram for some reason :/ Good job on overclocking that beast of CPU, and also good job on picking GREAT storage. I love the WD Black HDD's and I also like samsung SSD's but its me so I prefer corsair. Good job anyways! +1 from me

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

is there a reason you put an optical drive on the bottom 3.5 drive slot

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  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

With my i5-4670k i'm getting 4.6Ghz @ 1.2v :)

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