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HotHardware’s Summer Gaming System Giveaway Winner!It took a lot longer than I had originally planned, but I was finally able to assemble and ship off the rig we gave away during our Summer Gaming System Giveaway. If you recall, we teamed up with the good folks at EVGA, Kingston, Thermaltake, and Intel to build a powerful gaming PC featuring an Intel Core i7-4960X processor, an EVGA X79 Dark motherboard, 16GB of RAM, a GeForce GTX 770, fast SSD, a 1000 watt PSU, and much more. The complete parts list and breakdown for the rig was as follows:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4960X
  • GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 770
  • Motherboard: EVGA X79 Dark
  • PSU: EVGA 1000W
  • Case: Thermaltake Core V71
  • Cooler: Thermaltake Water 3.0
  • Memory: 16GB Kingston HyperX Fury
  • Storage: 240GB Kingston HyperX 3K SSD

There was some killer hardware in this one, that’s for sure! And since we love to show off killer hardware around here, we thought we’d capture the parts on video and document the assembly process.

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the results. The Thermaltake Core V71 is really roomy, and a pleasure to work with. There were plenty of nooks and crannies to snake and hide wires. And there was a ton of space (relatively speaking) behind the motherboard tray too. The Core V71 also complemented the Water 3.0 cooling system very well. The top-mounted case fan was positioned directly over the Water 3.0’s cooler, and as a result, when fully assembled the radiator’s fans and the top case fan worked in a push-pull configuration, so CPU temps were nice and low at all times. The EVGA and Kingston parts looked great together as well. I dig the black the red on the EVGA X79 Dark and think EVGA’s ACX cooler looks (and works) great too.

You don’t have to take my word for it, though. Check out the video above and see for yourself. This machine turned out really well—big, beautiful, and beastly.
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What a sweet rig!!! Can I borrow it for a day? ;)


Loved watching this.Hated not winning it.


He did a NICE job didn't he? Ben is going to love this thing. :)


I think you have the wrong address.. let me re-send it


lol - that is a sweet build. Awesome job!



Such sweetness...would've been awesome to win it, but someone got a great build.


My friend has a case like that only difference is it's red lighting instead of blue


I really want to build another PC, I got another year before i build one. I'm waiting for the next gen stuff to come out.


Dave_HH wrote:

He did a NICE job didn't he? Ben is going to love this thing. :)

He always does a great job on his builds.

That is a sweet build, and that case looks a lot like my Blackhawk does.


RiCo, what "next gen" stuff? In the past two months we got DDR4 & X99 chipsets, NVIDIA GTX 900 series GPU's, AMD's new end of year cycle, Intel's new Core i7 5960x... What did I miss? You'll always be waiting for next gen if this isn't "next gen" enough for you : )


Never get tired of seeing these build videos. Marco always does a great job!


can't wait for black friday to get more parts. motherboard and cpu recommendations anyone?

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