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Achievement Hunter PC'sSince everyone seems to be wondering -- The Achievement Hunter PC's have the following base parts.

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922

Processor: Intel Core i7-4770K

Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer

Memory: G. Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2x8GB)

Graphics: PNY GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card

Hard Drive: Western Digital BLACK 1TB.

PCPartPicker link. (Use PC Part Picker to find the best deals on the parts, then use that to PriceMatch at your local PC store.)

Frequently Asked Questions / Comments.

Are they overclocked?
Not currently.

Did they come pre-built?
No, we built them ourselves. (@Gilby did most of it.)

Are they used for editing as well?
Ray & Ryan use theirs for editing. Otherwise no.

You do know those parts are overkill?
Absolutely. It's supposed to be.

Why No SSD's
Load times are easily edited out. We can upgrade if it becomes a problem.

You realise [insert-AH-crew] will break it in a year?
They probably already have.
5 months ago  |  Comments (41)
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ragingterror Forum Mod
Hm... Not too far from my own loadout. That's a pretty solid set of components.
#1  Posted 5 months ago
Tribesman Chaddius
Thanks for the info Adam! Sorry if I was the proverbial "straw" that broke your back

... That is not meant to be me calling you a camel...
#2  Posted 5 months ago
Murph Beardmin
I just ordered the Cooler Master HAF 912 and that same processor for my rebuild I'm doing tomorrow. New mobo too, gonna give the ASUS Z97-A a shot.

Gonna stick with my EVGA GTX 670 til later in the summer and up it to the 700 series, hopefully cheapish because the 800 series will release... hopefully.
#3  Posted 5 months ago
Murph Beardmin
Scalability, I subscribe to the school of thought that you go big cause you might need it. Multithreading is only going to become more important with how heavily networked applications are getting.
#6  Posted 5 months ago
I actually doubt that, at least where hyperthreading is concerned. It's exclusive to i7s so any program that does take advantage of parallel processing isn't going to know how to take advantage of it unless very specially designed (basically some audio/visual stuff).

The whole thing boils do...
#7  Posted 5 months ago
WTF_Gibson Sponsor
Man I need to upgrade my GPU, still rocking a GTX570. I'ts gonna be sweating trying to play Watchdogs!
#4  Posted 5 months ago
I'm still on a 480, same weakness. Hoping to get one of the 6GB 780Tis when they come out.
#1  Posted 5 months ago
thekaidis Sponsor
Skip the 6GB unless you're going 3x1080p Surround or higher resolution. Money better spent on an improved board design (Classified, Matrix, HOF if there is one, etc) that allows for better OC; faster core trumps more VRAM in this case.
#2  Posted 5 months ago
Snapshot19 SnapshotSam
If you could improve any component of that build, what would you replace?
#5  Posted 5 months ago
for those using their machines as day-to-day machines, i'd add an SSD.
#1  Posted 5 months ago
Blakeyy UTexas
Do they use any particular PSU?
#6  Posted 5 months ago
It's the System Builder 650w. Works well enough.
#1  Posted 5 months ago
JayJustice Time Lord
That's a sick graphics card. I'm thinking of going with a(n) R7 265 for my gameplay. Worth the cheaper price?
#7  Posted 5 months ago
JayJustice Time Lord
Oh, this is perfect. Thanks!
#2  Posted 5 months ago
Reaperof1000 DarkFox501
Any chance of you doing a breakdown of the computer(s) that Monty uses?
#8  Posted 5 months ago
Reaperof1000 DarkFox501
Cool! Thanks!
#2  Posted 5 months ago
Uri
"Laptop: quad core 2.4ghz, 8gb memory, intel graphics. Pretty standard.
Desktop is 4.3ghz quad core, 16gb memory. 560ti graphics with a quaddro for more monitors and render firepower."
#3  Posted 5 months ago
JetixGuy Rampant
That's a nice bunch of rigs you guys got running there! I have an FX 6300 and 7950 with custom water cooling in a Fractal Define R4. Plays everything I have perfectly and silently. How long did it take you guys to build them all?
#9  Posted 5 months ago
Elyessi GlitchFeed
I enjoy your response to that final comment :)
#10  Posted 5 months ago
Foxykeep Sponsor
Sounds like a really good config. Similar to what I would build. SSD included of course though ;)
#11  Posted 5 months ago
Squeeber
Do the editors like Lindsay have a different setup?
#12  Posted 5 months ago
Lindsay edits in Mac/OSX.
#1  Posted 5 months ago
Noram54
OSX?
#13  Posted 5 months ago
These are windows gaming machines, not editing.
#1  Posted 5 months ago
The joke being that all the games available for Macs come pre-installed.
#2  Posted 5 months ago
JakeHCoker Anime Addict
Legitimately awesome post Adam!
#14  Posted 5 months ago
dcresistance Rikka 4ever
If you wanted overkill, you should've bought 6 GTX Titan Blacks.
#15  Posted 5 months ago
Each. Show PCGamer whose really on top :P
#1  Posted 5 months ago
Fishygamer
So did you go for style points when picking the parts...?
#16  Posted 5 months ago
MrApple
Is that all the parts also will you guys show how you build it?
#17  Posted 5 months ago
MarcusGreen Sponsor
That's a nice build and probably what I should have gotten had I waited longer. Thanks for the information.
#18  Posted 5 months ago
Devon Sponsor
What kind of heatsinks/coolers do you have on the 4770's? Usually need something pretty substantial since they goofed on the chip thermal solution... Unless you're de-lidding but that's probably too big of a pain in the ass for you guys.
Even stock you should be able to easy OC to 4.2 or 4.4 though.
#19  Posted 5 months ago
thekaidis Sponsor
The stock cooler can definitely hold an 84W 4770k at stock clocks with no problem, although it's a bit loud for my tastes. The TIM problem doesn't really become relevant until you start pushing the voltage.
#1  Posted 5 months ago
Nakatomi RodentMaster
Bah! Anybody that calls that "overkill" doesn't build their own PCs!

Overkill? Not even CLOSE. Good? Yes. Solid? Yes. Overkill? No.

By the way, I know *I* tweeted you about it, but it appears others have as well. Exactly how inundated have you been about this topic?
#20  Posted 5 months ago
Nakatomi RodentMaster
You keep typing Xenon, which is the Xbox 360 core, do you mean Xeon, the Intel chip?

Part of my point was that the Xeons often have oddball socket types and motherboards that accomodate them don't offer the slots to run multiple GPUs or tons of PCI add-ons. Usually the motherboards that can run ...
#8  Posted 5 months ago
Sorry, mean Xeon and it keeps getting autocorrected. But the most expensive CPU out there is the Xeon E5-2697 V2 at about $2.5 K a pop, and it has the same socket as a i7 (LGA2011). A lot of the high end gaming mobos that can handle that socket also can take 8 RAM sticks and 4 GPUs. It wouldn't...
#9  Posted 5 months ago
Moreyjp Sponsor
What kind of capture card are they using?
#21  Posted 5 months ago
Nice thing about PC is you don't need a capture card. In fact, a lot of GPUs have capture tools built in. I know my GTX 770 does.
#1  Posted 5 months ago
Airborne786 Sponsor
Same as Radius, my 770 has a nifty shadowplay feature
#2  Posted 5 months ago
thekaidis Sponsor
Why not go smaller form factor?
#22  Posted 5 months ago
upgradability. These allow SLI, should we need them.
#1  Posted 5 months ago
thekaidis Sponsor
Fair enough. I kind of expected ITX builds in RVZ01's though, just to keep the console form factor.
#2  Posted 5 months ago
Radius55 Site Admin
Any spares I might *ahem* acquire? Especially in the Video card of processor departments?

Otherwise very similar to the rig I just built. Very nice.
#23  Posted 5 months ago
Nakatomi RodentMaster
Shit, why didn't I think to ask that?
#1  Posted 5 months ago
atchi Sponsor
Nice rigs.
I was thinking about upgrading/replacing my machine recently, but looking at benchmarks current stuff doesn't outperform my overclocked Sandy Bridge i7 and dual 6970s by that much. Bonus for me. :)
#24  Posted 5 months ago
atchi Sponsor
I've got that - bought a nice 27" 2560x1440 Dell a few months ago. Love it. :)
#2  Posted 5 months ago
thekaidis Sponsor
Sweeeet. I cheaped out and went with the Korean imports for ~200 less. Stand is garbage but the panel's the same.

Wait for Nvidia's Maxwell to hit the market in large-die form. Probably high 800 series, 870 or 880, if (hopefully) they come in under $500. If you're notbothered by heat o...
#3  Posted 5 months ago
EricHVela Gone
What is overkill today will be underpowered in 5... 4... 3... 2...
#25  Posted 5 months ago
benwa hashtag
Do they capture straight to the machine, or offload to their respective Macs?
#26  Posted 5 months ago
Mickusey Teddybear
Nice rig!
#27  Posted 5 months ago
OniExpress Sponsor
Being an IT guy myself (oh god, do I ever love working procurement. shopping with other people's money), I've got a few questions/comments:

First off, the graphics card seems like an odd choice. It's a good card, but it's not great and it's not cheap. Any particular reason?

Maybe I just think redundancy too much (a few of my clients have redundant servers worth over £20k each, not including the licensing), but seeing 1 drive in an array makes me nervous. I suppose if they aren't using the drive for video capture it's ok, but if they ARE is there a backup plan in place?

Finally, what flavor of Windows? Service packs? Updates? With Windows 7, no SP, no updates (there's too much of a hit on a gaming rig), but I'm seriously going with 8.1 the xbox synergy.
#28  Posted 5 months ago
Neptunium The Wolf
Aside from the great graphics card (which I need to get my hands on at some point) that's a pretty similar layout to what I have on my PC
#29  Posted 5 months ago
pineappleeat er2
#30  Posted 5 months ago
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