How to Build a Haswell/GTX 780 PC

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Ghost XFX

I flirted with the idea of building a similar rig as this, using the R290, the Corsair 750D and IVB-E, and it came out roughly the same amount of money to build (actually, it was cheaper). But I'm balking now, because Haswell-E will have the best of both worlds...I just wish I knew how much it's going to cost me, since it's going to be sporting 6-8 cores.

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handyman315

We all agree the Haswell proc rules, but show me an 1150 motherboard NOT turning in user reviews which confirm what most of us already know . . . we're beta testers for MB makers.

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Fruguy

I like to game, but had to build mine on a budget of around $1200 or less. My parts list looks like this:

Intel Corei5 4670
AsRock H87 Performance LGA 1150 mobo
16GB Kingston HyperX Black DDR3 1600
Gigabyte GTX660OC
Samsung 840 EVO 250GB
Corsair Carbide 200r
Antec Earthwatts EA-650 PSU
Hyper 212 EVO cooler
WD blue 1TB HD

With that setup, I can run Batman Arkham origins easily. I play Planetside 2 with setting all on high and manage 60fps most of the time, with heavy action dropping it to 40fps, and that's with almost 100ppl fighing with tanks, aircraft, and infantry.

when it was still hot in sept and oct, my temps could spike under heavy usage at 70C, but that also takes into consideration that my ac doesn't work that well. Now that it's colder, my temps rarely go above 55C. Oh, and I game at 1600x900, so that's no means an uber performance monitor. Gotta deal with what I have, and it's pretty good for me.

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Obsidian

This is the same balance I build all of my computers with, sound and performance. I went with a Fractal Design Arc Midi - and although it didn't have the acoustic foam on the side, it has been exceptionally quiet due to the huge, slow-moving case fans. The components are considerably cooler too because I was able to remove the middle drive cage to increase air flow over the graphics card.

I'm glad to see these considerations making it into the MPC builds.

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JimmyD1964

I wouldn't call 80C quiet and cool. You neglected to say what the 4.4 temp was?
Anyway, my FX8350 does 4.5ghz at 53C on a Phanteks Cooler. But, that's on 8 cores.
What causes Intel processors to run so hot?

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tom_m

The chip ran much cooler at 4.4GHz. Temps ramp up dramatically as you get close to the ceiling. A four-core Ivy Bridge CPU has 1.2 billion transistors on a 160mm die, using a 22nm process. The 8350 has 1.2B transistors on a 315mm die and uses a 32nm process. I don't have those specs for Haswell, but I know the die is a little bigger to accomodate some integrated voltage regulation. But the upshot is that the Intel chips are packed in much more densely. And I wouldn't compare processor speed apples-to-apples. You can say generally that 4.4GHz on a Haswell chip is equal to 4.5 or 4.6 on a comparable Ivy Bridge chip, and 4.6 or 4.7 on a comparable Sandy Bridge chip. But since the FX use modules where two integer cores share one floating point core, and the cache is distributed differently across the whole chip, you have to do benchmarks to figure out what a particular clock speed really means in practice.

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legionera

I have no problem building it, I have problem paying it. If MaxPC could help with tutorials how to make more money instead, I'd be pleased. :)

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John Pombrio

"work more smart"

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legionera

That kind of ideas could get me into prison :D

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rawrnomnom

Did you use stock fans for the build? If you did I bet this could be even quieter.

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tom_m

It actually comes with a 200mm front fan, and a rear fan rated at 16 decibels.

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rawrnomnom

Did you use stock fans for the build? If you did I bet this could be even quieter.

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emadgreek

I have the same case, and chip but went with these specs:

Asus Maximus VI Hero MoBo. Intel I7-4770K, EVGA 780 GTX Super Overclocked, Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB SSD, Win 8 Pro, Cool Master Hyper t4 CPU cooler, Cool Master 1000w Pro Gold PSU, 16gb (2x8) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series, Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA, Thermaltake USA New Soprano Mid Tower Black.

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legionera

Marry me!

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Led Weappelin

Nice rig. I like the idea of having a gaming PC that's not roaring next to my monitor. Quiet is good.

So will there be a contest to give this bad boy away to some lucky gamer?

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tom_m

We live to serve! However, the parts that we use for these builds are usually on loan from the vendor. The systems that we put up for contests are usually built beforehand by a third party, like AMD or Maingear, and they handle all the clearances and purchases on their end.

After this Build It PC has been written up for the magazine, it gets disassembled, and the parts either go back to the manufacturer, or they let us hang onto the parts for future builds. Aside from the parts that are store-bought, of course.

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Renegade Knight

That's got to both suck and be fun. Suck in that your hard work goes away and fun in that you get to see how various combinations work and get the occasional truly nice surprise when something works amazingly well.

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tom_m

I'm sometimes a little sad to break down a PC once we've finished the article, but the build is preserved in the magazine and on the website, at least. And there's almost always something interesting and new on the horizon, so we're usually going right into another build, instead of reminsicing about a previous one. And for me, the journey of the build is at least as interesting as the end result :)