Intel i7-3770 & GeForce GTX 680 Gaming Machine

This build was used mainly as a gaming machine. The Gainward GTX 680 card is very long!
The Antec tower has a removable 3.5″ bay and taking this out leaves plenty of room for the graphics card (see images). I can then fit the hard drive in the 5.25″ bay with the Akasa adapter. I have used this adapter in the past for fitting SSDs, I prefer these kinds of adapters to the brackets as they are less fiddly. The only problem with this is that you don’t get as many spaces for hard drives. I like the Antec NSK4000 tower. It looks good and is robust. The customer did not specify a particularly quiet machine but the Zalman PSUs have proved very reliable and have all the right connectors for the motherboard and graphics card. Suppliers don’t always seem to list the connectors properly on PSUs so it is sometimes hard to work out if it will fit out of the box. I hate using any kind of adapters, though Gainward seem to anticipate this as they provide a power adapter in the box. The CPU is running with the standard Intel stock cooler. The system was set up running Windows 7 home premium 64 bit.
The build went well with no problems.

  • Antec NSK4000 B2 Tower
  • Zalman ZM600-GT 600W 80-PLUS Quiet Power Supply
  • Asus P8Z77-V PRO Desktop Motherboard – Intel Z77 – Socket H2 LGA-1155
  • Intel Core i7 i7-3770 3.40 GHz CPU – Socket H2 LGA-1155
  • Crucial 8GB Kit (4GBx2), Ballistix 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-12800 memory module
  • Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1 TB Internal Hard Drive
  • Optiarc AD-7241S-0B DVDRW SATA Black
  • Akasa SSD/HDD 2.5 & 3.5 Adapter AK-HDA-01
  • Gainward GeForce GTX 680 2048MB Graphics Card 426018336-2500 (PCIE 3.0 x16)