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Black and Yellow....and Red....and White...etc

by CasualDansGamer

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Date Published

Oct. 7, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.10GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

Description

I was never a hardcore gamer so when I first built this system, I didn't really want to spend a whole lot in a few pictures you can see how this computer started it's life but eventually my urge for more power got the best of me and decided to do a overhaul on a short-lived build.

My goal was not to spend insane amounts of money but to get the best price/performance ratio out of the parts I chose. I wanted to build a super clean machine that I could share with the enthusiast community and builders alike.

The only thing missing from my setup is the Asus ROG monitor - I just missed a sale a few weeks back where it was around 550. The only thing that's holding me back from enjoying the 980 TI in all its glory. I'm hoping it comes around in the next few weeks (0_0)

Part Reviews

CPU

Even though skylake is out........you can't go wrong with the 4690k, pretty much a standard across the boards

CPU Cooler

I took a gamble on the cheapest 240mm AIO and I'm glad I did cause it does as well as the mid level >100$ 240 mm AIOs out there. You might not get the fancy features like you would on the corsair and the design might seem basic...but if you want something cheap and effective, you can't beat the value.

Motherboard

I wanted a no-frills super functional board......might not look as lavish as the other gaming boards out there but take in mind that you have the ability to overclock AND SLI at this price range, I'll take one please

Memory

To me the extra price for the OC ram was not worth the .5-1 FPS boost, I just wanted a set of low profile ram with a decent heatshield, ram is ram

Storage

Old model but still works like a charm

Storage

Your standard SSD / HD combo

Video Card

I was never a power user and you could get by with a 960 but when I saw the 980 TI......I simply said take my money. This version isn't as powerful as the other partner cards but the clock speed as it is, was more than enough juice to run the most taxing games. I was also in the predicament because my psu was a 550 and nvidia recommends at least 600 so I wanted the most efficient version. If the Palit version was available, I would have picked one up but those are impossible to find so I ended up with this one.

Case

Just to make some people jealous - I decided to go to my local Microcenter and pick up their exclusive Black and Yellow version. This case is not crazy expensive and just screams class. You can't go wrong with a full steel chassis either.

Power Supply

Main rule when building a pc - always get a high quality psu. Did some research and this unit was highly rated all over the internet.

Case Fan

Just wanted a quiet PWM for my case - does its job and its pretty quiet

Case Fan

Just wanted a quiet PWM for my case - does its job and its pretty quiet

Comments Sorted by:

amila_banks 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD7 would have been great for your theme ..nice build btw ...!

noap7 1 point 17 months ago

Noice build! So how do you like that gpu? How well does it perform? Would you recommend it?

CasualDansGamer submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks! I just got the card this week so I haven't had much time with it yet. I've tried BF4 @1080p on ultra and it hovers from 115-130 FPS. I also tried GTA 5 @ 1080p with the game cranked up on max and you get 50-70ish FPS. If you're a power user, I would go with the G1 version. I choose the EVGA version because I wanted the more efficient card. Either way, everything they said about the 980 TI is true, it definitely lives up to its hype.

noap7 1 point 17 months ago

I'm buyin it for sure thnx

Iceman320 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

That is a nice PSU but will it really handle an overclocked 980 Ti and 4690k? I think it should be fine? (Tiny_voices help me)

All up lovely build and that yellow is really nice +1

CasualDansGamer submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

That's a good question, I have been trying to fine a solid answer to that question but forums everywhere are on a 50/50 stance. Nvidia suggests the minimum to be 600 but those who are running the same setup as mine have said that on stock OC, a very good 550W unit can handle it. I had to do alot of research on the cards before I selected this one. I went on the conservative and chose the lesser of the bunch but I don't plan on tweaking the factory OC. Based on my own calculations, I don't think my setup even goes over 400W on typical load. Nvidia rated the card to pull 250W on their reference model, with the factory OC, this card pulls about 277W on max. To put that into perspective, the G1 version I think pulls 359W on max but these are only if you oc the card to its max.

So to answer your question, I think 550W is fine and even on factory OC, I believe it should be ok as long as you have a good psu. If you plan on oc'ing the card to its max potential, I would probably get at least a 600W unit just for peace of mind.

Iceman320 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Wow that's a huge difference in wattage from the G1 version kinda surprising.

Im sure the PSU can handle more than it's rated for anyway haha :P

And yeah I have the 750w G2 in my build and all I have is a 4690k and soon to be r9 390, but that's just for extra extra peace of mind

I_LOYK_PIGZ 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Why not just get another 960..... Wait, hold on..... I forgot this is a random build.

(P.S. +1)

jobewan2327 0 points 15 months ago

i'm not sure what the prices of psus were when you bought yours, but now you can get a lot better for a lot less.

jobewan2327 1 point 15 months ago

well maybe that is still an alright price because of efficiency rating

Vergere 6 Builds -1 points 17 months ago

not the best pictures, but that upgrade was really needed! can't wait to see the whole setup.

Arkwoman1990 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Not the best pictures....are you blind?

Vergere 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

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