Computing

The Promiscuous Beast

January 16, 2014 – 12:46 am

My first computer build, dubbed “The Modest Beast”, has served me well. Now its successor, “The Promiscuous Beast”, has risen to life!

Here are some pictures of the completed build:

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Update:

After many BSODs, I’ve finally reached a stable overclock of 4.5GHz, up from the 3.5GHz stock speed. I probably could have reached 4.6GHz, but it would have required upping the voltage to 1.3, which was giving me temperatures around 90° Celsius under load, which I wasn’t crazy about. Under my current configuration, I’m getting temperatures under 80° Celsius while running AIDA64, and around 25° Celsius idle. I’ve read that with Haswell, it’s pretty much luck of the draw, and while my chip isn’t the greatest overclocker, I’m happy with the results.

Click here to view the parts list

CPU – Intel i7 4770k Quad-Core 3.5 GHz Haswell

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CPU Cooling – Corsair H100i Liquid Cooler

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Motherboard – ASUS Maximus VI Hero

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Graphics Card – XFX Double D Radeon R9 280X

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RAM – G.Skill Sniper 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600

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SSD – Samsung 840 EVO 120GB

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HDD – Western Digital Black 1TB (x2)

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Power Supply – NZXT HALE82 v2 700W Modular

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DVD Drive – ASUS 24x DVD-RW

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Media Card Reader – Rowewill 5.25″ USB 3.0/USB 2.0/eSata Hub & Multi-in-1 Card Reader

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Wireless Card – TP-LINK TL-WN881ND Wireless N 2.4GHz 300Mbps PCIe Card

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Firewire Card – Vantec 3-Port Firewire 400 PCIe Card

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Side Fan – NZXT FZ-140mm (Red)

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Front Fans – NZXT FZ-120mm (Red) (x2)

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Case – NZXT Phantom 410 (White)

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Mouse – Logitech G600 (White)

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Keyboard – Rosewill Mechanical Keyboard w/ Cherry MX Brown Switches (White)

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Keycaps – Rosewill RIKA-12001

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Monitor – Monoprice 27″ IPS-ZERO-G 2560×1440

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