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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.
1 year 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 1 year ago
Chaddius RTX Guardian
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 1 year ago
Murph BeardedMurph
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 1 year ago
Murph BeardedMurph
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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
SharkBaitDLS Sponsor
I'm still on a 480, same weakness. Hoping to get one of the 6GB 780Tis when they come out.
#1  Posted 1 year 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 1 year ago
Snapshot19 SnapshotSam
If you could improve any component of that build, what would you replace?
#5  Posted 1 year ago
for those using their machines as day-to-day machines, i'd add an SSD.
#1  Posted 1 year ago
Blakeyy UTexas
Do they use any particular PSU?
#6  Posted 1 year ago
It's the System Builder 650w. Works well enough.
#1  Posted 1 year 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 1 year ago
JayJustice Time Lord
Oh, this is perfect. Thanks!
#2  Posted 1 year ago
Reaperof1000 DarkFox501
Any chance of you doing a breakdown of the computer(s) that Monty uses?
#8  Posted 1 year ago
Reaperof1000 DarkFox501
Cool! Thanks!
#2  Posted 1 year ago
"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 1 year 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 1 year ago
Elyessi RTX Press
I enjoy your response to that final comment :)
#10  Posted 1 year ago
Foxykeep Sponsor
Sounds like a really good config. Similar to what I would build. SSD included of course though ;)
#11  Posted 1 year ago
Squeeber Sponsor
Do the editors like Lindsay have a different setup?
#12  Posted 1 year ago
Lindsay edits in Mac/OSX.
#1  Posted 1 year ago
#13  Posted 1 year ago
These are windows gaming machines, not editing.
#1  Posted 1 year ago
The joke being that all the games available for Macs come pre-installed.
#2  Posted 1 year ago
JakeHCoker KingoHeroes
Legitimately awesome post Adam!
#14  Posted 1 year ago
If you wanted overkill, you should've bought 6 GTX Titan Blacks.
#15  Posted 1 year ago
Each. Show PCGamer whose really on top :P
#1  Posted 1 year ago
So did you go for style points when picking the parts...?
#16  Posted 1 year ago
Is that all the parts also will you guys show how you build it?
#17  Posted 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
Moreyjp Sponsor
What kind of capture card are they using?
#21  Posted 1 year 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 1 year ago
Same as Radius, my 770 has a nifty shadowplay feature
#2  Posted 1 year ago
thekaidis Sponsor
Why not go smaller form factor?
#22  Posted 1 year ago
upgradability. These allow SLI, should we need them.
#1  Posted 1 year ago
thekaidis Sponsor
Fair enough. I kind of expected ITX builds in RVZ01's though, just to keep the console form factor.
#2  Posted 1 year 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 1 year ago
Nakatomi RodentMaster
Shit, why didn't I think to ask that?
#1  Posted 1 year 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 1 year ago
atchi Sponsor
I've got that - bought a nice 27" 2560x1440 Dell a few months ago. Love it. :)
#2  Posted 1 year 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 1 year ago
What is overkill today will be underpowered in 5... 4... 3... 2...
#25  Posted 1 year ago
benwa hashtag
Do they capture straight to the machine, or offload to their respective Macs?
#26  Posted 1 year ago
Mickusey Teddybear
Nice rig!
#27  Posted 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
pineappleeat er2
#30  Posted 1 year ago
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