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custom gaming machine (first system)

by shamus20



Date Published

Aug. 21, 2014

Date Built

May 12, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

56.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.15 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

42.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C


still some work left so that i can get it working better but this is it so far. it has been almost 2 years since i started building this system. but i think i might have finished it, the only things i might change now is adding liquid cooling on the gpu adding a second gpu. buying 2 more stick of blue hyper x ram and upgrading my power supply to a modular corsair hx or rm psu.

soo lets post some benchmarks..... (must be re done) the demo (performance test) was run twice to see if there was a change, i ran both 3d mark and 3d mark 11 (as for heavens bench i dont have that installed atm) but let me know what kind of information you want to know and i will see what i can come up with. now down to the benchmarks

base clocks on all components no oc since this is my first build.

3d mark 11 max gpu temp: 60 C max cpu temp: 56 C 3d mark 11 score: p9152 gfx score: 11741 physics score: 5470 combined: 5569

3d mark 2014 max gpu temp: 65 C max cpu temp: 56 C 3d mark score: 6927 ice storm: 123122 cloud gate: 14710 skydiver: 17518 firestorm: 6927

why did i pick the asus gryphon motherboard (not a oc motherboard), but it was inexpensive thanks to a gift card i had. plus i needed the extra fan slots since the old motherboard (asus b85m-e) had issues running more than 4 fans at a time (including cpu). there might be more pictures of the system, but they are all low res phone photos.

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ProEngPC 8 Builds 2 points 56 months ago

Not a bad choice of parts, but that motherboard is way overkill for that CPU.

dschutt84 3 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

not to mention the cooler.

shamus20 submitter 1 point 56 months ago

ok so the motheboard i bought because i had a $200 gift card from work. it actully cost me $12.84

jimski53 2 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

what cpu is right that motherboard if not the i7 4790k

Veni.1 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Nice cable management! +1

canders 7 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

I'll second that.

shamus20 submitter 1 point 56 months ago

thank you, took a few tries tho -_-

WingThing 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Umm you ram. Didn't see in your pics if you are running both sets together?

ProEngPC 8 Builds 2 points 56 months ago

The picture seems to show only the Value series. I'd just use the HyperX and remove the slower Value series RAM.

shamus20 submitter 1 point 56 months ago

the picture i have of the ram was before the cpu cooler was installed.

Veni.1 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Some more information about the computer would be more interesting. But anyways, nice work.

shamus20 submitter 1 point 56 months ago

more to come when i get benchmarks downloaded on my computer...

Killeneminem 3 Builds 1 point 56 months ago
  1. The CPU is locked and you don't need a high end Noctua cooler and overclocking motherboard.
  2. I don't understand what you are doing with two different sets of ram, but nonetheless $120 for 8gb of 1333mHz is overpriced.
  3. You really don't need all those premium fans for a non overlocked build with a single GPU.

Individual part choices are pretty good, but the combination of them is a little awkward.

BaSkA 1 point 56 months ago

You have 1600MHz RAM but they're operating at 1333MHz. If I were you, use only the 1600MHz 8GB, sell the 1333MHz and try to buy another 1600MHz RAM(same model).

I would also switch the fans, switch the 2 Noctuas in the rad for the 2 in the front. The CPU will be slightly hotter but the case airflow and noise (front fans are more noticeable than top pull rad fans) will probably be better!

Great build.

shamus20 submitter 1 point 56 months ago

i am trying to sell the ram, but no buyers locally.

as for the setup with the two pwm fans on the d14, it didn't work. the issue was that the fans would only spin at under 500rpm, i had issues trying to force the computer to boot. which in the grand scheme of things doesn't help me. i did try to set the fans to max settings, but i was not able to get them to spin any faster. according to the setting the fans wouldn't even spin until they were at least 80/100%.

BaSkA 1 point 56 months ago

That's too bad!

I'm sure that if you try to sell your RAM online, for a lower price, you'll be able to find somebody!

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shamus20 submitter 1 point 56 months ago

the cooler is because it gets really hot during the summer, but i will be upgrading to a i7 4790k by christmas. but during the summer my apt runs at about 40+ and anything that creates heat just makes it even more unbearable. i paid 120 (2x 60) for the 1333 ram when i first built the system (bought both sticks separately), and added more ram later when i found hyper x on sale.