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1440p Gaming Build (Upgraded) - ~£1,200 PC Alone

by xTobyMc


First of all I'd like to say that is is an upgrade to my old PC which I built in January 2013, but I've made such drastic changes that I felt like sharing it.

The purpose of this PC is for heavy gaming at 1440p resolution, with my main monitor also overclocked to 110Hz. I also use the PC for other general purposes like video editing and college work, etc. My main goal with this upgrade was to install liquid cooling and make a 'premium' PC feel at a somewhat reasonable budget. Personally I'm really pleased with it, especially the liquid cooling at its total price of ~£130 for both the CPU and GPU. The GPU is using a Corsair H55 closed loop cooler designed for CPU's, but using the Kraken G10 bracket for £25 I am able to water cool the GPU core, the VRAM is being cooled with small heatsinks.

Temperatures: CPU - 30c idle / 55c max (overclocked to 3.8GHz) GPU - 25c idle / 41c max / VRAM 60c max (not yet overclocked)

It may not be the greatest system in the world, but for the price I think it's really good, considering it handles 1440p very well. The purple LED's make it look pretty sexy at night too.

Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions :)

Edit: The photos make it look like the system is blue, with the naked eye it is clearly purple! (stupid camera). Here are some more photos too: http://imgur.com/a/xXxib

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deathfromup 6 Builds 5 points 55 months ago

upvote for the Korean IPS monitor. I have one as well, never going back.

xTobyMc submitter 3 Builds 3 points 55 months ago

Good to see someone else with one!

PolishXlion 2 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Hey what monitor is that? I see the LG but the other one?

xTobyMc submitter 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

It's called the QNIX QX2710. You can buy them on ebay for ~£200, full 1440p and they can be overclocked above 100Hz. Make sure you get a trusted seller though, some of them ship with dead pixels. It is a bit of a risk buying one.

jstar 3 points 55 months ago

Despite the budget, I think you could have done a bit better job with the power supply.

xTobyMc submitter 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Not too long ago I had an old OCZ 650W PSU which was extremely noisy, I basically bought the 600M as a quick replacement. I could have gone for something more, like a 750W, but I haven't needed more than 600.

BaSkA 3 points 55 months ago

You should post more pictures on the components, from a closer look...

xTobyMc submitter 3 Builds 3 points 55 months ago

Added a few more pictures, sorry for the low light

CoyoteUglyy 1 point 55 months ago

Seeing more of those kraken g10s on here hows your ram on the card all the comments ive seen are saying that they are high and or they had to put heatsinks on them.

xTobyMc submitter 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

The VRAM temperatures were something I was worried about too when buying the Kraken G10. Before I was getting 84c max as my VRAM temperature when gaming. Reviews said Nvidia GPU's suffer the worst with VRAM temps on the Kraken G10, but now I get a max of 60c whilst using mini heatsinks on the VRAM. It's not as bad as the reviews made it out to be :)

CoyoteUglyy 2 points 55 months ago

Can you throw up some links to the heatsinks? I have a 280x and im totally for the g10 if im able to keep the VRAM cool under load.

xTobyMc submitter 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

These are the ones I used: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00EZJEV0W/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

However, you can find the same product anywhere, it doesn't have to be those exact ones.

Great8Girl 1 point 55 months ago

+1 for the purple lighting! It's a refreshing change from the red or blue lighting most commonly seen. :)

xTobyMc submitter 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Thanks :)

That's the exact reason why I went for purple, there's too many red/blue/green builds, purple looks pretty badass!

Great8Girl 1 point 55 months ago

Heh, I have a green themed build myself. Though, I don't think green is as popular as either red or blue.

Bat_Man1_2_3 1 point 52 months ago

Are lights included with the case? Was considering picking it up for my own rig.

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xTobyMc submitter 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

The H60 is good, bit of a nightmare trying to install it but it keeps temperatures fairly low even when overclocked. Only problem is that the stock H60 fan is noisy and crap. I put the Corsair high pressure SP120's on it for push-pull airflow and temperature dropped even more.