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High-End Build - Intel Core i7-4770K / 2-Way SLI GTX Titan / NZXT Source 530

philip Oct. 8, 2013

NZXT graciously provided us the opportunity to build with the newly released Source 530 full tower case. We took the opportunity to put together a Haswell-based system.

The part list and price at the time of this post:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $327.98 @ Outlet PC
CPU Cooler Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler $74.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $365.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $96.76 @ NCIX US
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $96.76 @ NCIX US
Storage Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $429.99 @ Newegg
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) $999.99 @ Best Buy
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) $999.99 @ Best Buy
Case NZXT Source 530 ATX Full Tower Case -
Case Fan NZXT FZ-200mm NONLED 103.0 CFM 200mm Fan $18.88 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic Platinum 1000W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $208.98 @ SuperBiiz
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $3620.31
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-08 11:38 EDT-0400

 

NZXT Source 530 Build

The part selection may seem a bit out of balance - that's largely because we reused components from our benchmarking setups. We had most of the components on hand already, including the motherboard, CPU, and dual Titans (recycled from the 3-Way SLI Titan H630 build). Had the AMD R9 series GPUs been available at the time of filming, we would have considered using one of those instead.

Overall the NZXT Source 530 is well designed and easy to work with. I like the versatility that it offers, with highly configurable drive bay options and a multitude of fan and radiator mounts.

Phanteks CPU Cooler

The Phanteks cooler is enormous, but surprisingly it was actually easier to install than slightly smaller air coolers like the popular Cooler Master Hyper 212.

Cable Management

The Source 530 provided plenty of room for cable management behind the motherboard tray. It certainly isn't the prettiest job in the world, but should serve well enough until the parts are returned to the benchmarking pool.

In the near future we will be replacing the stock coolers on the GTX Titans with aftermarket ACX coolers from EVGA. Keep an eye out for future video content that documents that process, along with before and after temperature data.

Headphones And Headsets Added

philip Aug. 26, 2013

src="//cdn.pcpartpicker.com/static/forever/images/product/3f6bd36810887580cf63d64b4f4d73e9.med.jpg" style="width:184px;height:185px;margin-right:20px;margin-bottom:20px;float:left;"> I'm pleased to announce that we have added support for headphones and headsets to PCPartPicker! You can now easily browse through the listings either in the detailed list view or in the thumbnail view, with filters for functionality such as headphone type, number of channels, noise cancellation, wireless support, and built-in microphone availability.

As with other part types, you can set both standard and parametric price alerts, check for the lowest prices, view price history, and add them to your part lists and completed builds.

Gaming PC Build - AMD FX-8350 / GTX 780 / Fractal Design R4

philip Aug. 8, 2013

When Ryan joined PCPartPicker, one of the first things I wanted him to do was put together a build for the site. With an AMD build being long overdue, I tasked him with creating a part list utilizing an AMD FX-8350.

The part list and prices at the time of this post:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor $179.99 @ Microcenter
CPU Cooler Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $150.98 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI 990FXA-GD80V2 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $170.97 @ Outlet PC
Memory Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ~$60
Storage Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $439.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card $659.99 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $89.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply NZXT HALE90 V2 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX Power Supply $185.98 @ SuperBiiz
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $1937.89
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-08 10:28 EDT-0400

 

The build went reasonably well, though we did run into a few snags - some our fault, others outside our control.

RAM clearance issue

Ryan was set on using Avexir RAM with white LEDs, but in the end it just didn't fit. The Swiftech H220 cooler obstructed the first of the RAM slots - which was unfortunate as the motherboard manual states that is one that must be populated even if you run with only two sticks of RAM.

Instead we used some low profile Crucial RAM that conveniently came bundled for free when we were purchasing parts. However, it turns out that that specific model of RAM has issues with some systems, including this build. The system wouldn't boot, so we swapped it out for low profile Samsung RAM which booted without an issue.

GTX 780

We also planned on using a Sapphire Vapor-X 6GB 7970, but switched out to an EVGA GTX 780 at the last minute. At the time we originally planned the build, the 780 had not been released yet. Because we had custom sleeved cables made specifically for the 8-pin/8-pin PCI-E power connectors on the 7970, they didn't fit the 6-pin/8-pin PCI-E power connector set on the GTX 780. Our cable sleever Jappetto sent us a new cable, but by that point we had already finished filming.

R4

R4

Overall the Fractal Design R4 is an attractive case, but you can see the amount of flex it exhibits at various points in the video. I wish that it had more space up top for a radiator and fans, as the H220 was completely touching the motherboard VRM heatsinks - something I'm not particularly fond of. We would have loved to put the radiator on the front, but there wasn't enough depth to fit it there either.

R4

We'll be running benchmarks and doing performance and thermal analysis soon, so keep an eye out for follow-up posts on this build!

High End Gaming Build - Intel Core i7-3960X / 3-Way SLI GTX Titans / NZXT H630

philip July 1, 2013

For our latest build video, we wanted to go a tad higher end. An Intel Core i7-3960X paired with 3-way SLI GTX Titans provide an absurd amount of power for gaming. For the case, NZXT kindly provided the new H630, which I can honestly say was a joy to work with. The build is mostly complete, but we're still waiting on one more sleeved power supply cable and an NZXT Sentry 2 fan controller to arrive. Once everything is finished, we'll post a more in-depth review of the system. In the meantime, check out the build video:

The part list, as well as the pricing at the time of this post is:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor $949.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $107.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard $233.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory $309.99 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory $309.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $224.99 @ Mac Mall
Storage Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $224.99 @ Mac Mall
Storage Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $134.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $134.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) $1034.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) $1034.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) $1034.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT H630 ATX Full Tower Case $169.98 @ Newegg
Case Fan Cougar Vortex PWM 70.5 CFM 120mm Fan $11.98 @ Outlet PC
Case Fan Cougar Vortex PWM 70.5 CFM 120mm Fan $11.98 @ Outlet PC
Case Fan Cougar Vortex PWM 70.5 CFM 120mm Fan $11.98 @ Outlet PC
Case Fan Cougar Vortex PWM 70.5 CFM 120mm Fan $11.98 @ Outlet PC
Case Fan Cougar Vortex PWM 119.8 CFM 140mm Fan $18.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Cougar Vortex PWM 119.8 CFM 140mm Fan $18.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Cougar Vortex PWM 119.8 CFM 140mm Fan $18.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic X Series 1250W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $239.98 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) $88.00 @ Amazon
Monitor Dell U3011 60Hz 30.0" Monitor $1141.99 @ Amazon
Monitor Dell U3011 60Hz 30.0" Monitor $1141.99 @ Amazon
Monitor Dell U3011 60Hz 30.0" Monitor $1141.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $9765.70
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-01 10:59 EDT-0400

PCPartPicker Network Attached Storage Giveaway!

philip June 28, 2013

Courtesy of Newegg and Seagate, we're giving away a Seagate Business Storage 2-Bay Diskless NAS and a Seagate 4TB NAS hard drive! Check out Newegg for more information on the new Seagate NAS products.

Seagate Business Storage 2-Bay Diskless NAS Seagate NAS HDD ST4000VN000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive

For details, rules, and how to enter, head on over to our giveaway page.

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