Hello there PCPP forum, Istealunderwear here again with another customer build. So the reason why I show off this perticular build is mostly because of it's amazing GPU, the Gigabyte X3 Windforce G1 Gaming, that simply is the best 970 out there.
The customer wanted a power gaming rig where he could multitask and stream his gaming. Maybe do some youtubing and such. He'll be playing at 1440p for now and might upgrade to 4k eventually, and that's the exact reason for some of the choices made in this build. But he also wanted to choose the exact case he wanted, and that kinda got my head spinning a bit. I'll explain further later.
- Please keep reading for explanations
Anyway here's a part by part breakdown of the build:
The i7 4790k: So he's into some beginner overclocking he said, so i got him an unlocked processor first of all. He wanted to do the overclocking himself, but i played with it a bit before delivering it. I got it to 4.6ghz at 1.295 volt at decent tempertures. The reason to get the i7 and not the i5, is simply that he wanted to stream his games, maybe possibly do some youtubing. So the Hyper Threading will come in very handy in these situations since he'll have to do quite a bit of rendering..
The H80i: So it's a pretty standard i use for many of builds, reason behind this is that, it fits in most cases, so i have shitton of them laying around, I also get them really cheap when i buy. This combined with it's decent preformance It's a nobrainer. Though i really consider the option of a aircooler and discussed this with him - But he also wanted a build that looked cool and a giant fat aircooler would've ruined that. - one let down of this cooler is for sure that it's pretty noisy under loud. This can be fixed by pairing it with some other fans. Since the pump isn't that main concern for the noise.
ASrock Z97 Extreme6: So i have no tried ASrock in a long time, good board to build, good lay out the connectors, great features for the price. It comes with a lot handy accessories that he might use one day. It support SLI, and that's a given in this situation, since he might go 4k later and need the extra preformance of another GPU.
Kingston Beast 16gb 2400mhz: Pretty decent ram, stable, looks cool. What is there more to say it's ram. - could've saved some bucks and went with a lower speed kit.
Samsung 840 EVO 500GB: Probably the most used SSD on the market right now, it's a good ssd, nice speeds, pretty good reliability. Very good gb/$ ratio.
Seagate Barracuda: Pretty good drive aswell. I have used them myself for years and only one old one has failed yet. The speed is nothing fancy but it'll work for a steam library and such. media storage aswell. They're not in Raid 1 or 0.
THE KING - Gigabyte Gefore GTX 970 G.1 GAMING: BAAAAAAAAAAD ASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS card. really. It's ******* amazing, it's so quiet and cool it's pretty damn extreme, this card could easily go to 1500 on the core. Some people complain about the looks of the Gigabyte cards, but this one is clean, and nothing too fancy, while yet still being extremly sexy in my opinion. Also that backplate though, it's gorgeous.
The case........ (Rant incoming - Readers beware)Cooler master COSMOS SE: This was a disapointment... So first of all. Probably the worst of them all: When i was taking the drive cages out. The handles or pinchers.. Whatever they're called, they snapped... And I am not any kind of big strong superman dude. This Drives cages were so flimsy.. Ok so when i FINALLY got the drives in the cages. The screwless things that pop into the 3.5 inch drives fell out. This was really aggravating, because i took so much time to just get one drive into the cage.
Also when you mount a full size ATX board in the case, it covers half of all the cable groments, this seems senseless and badly desgined. So forcing the 24pin through these smaller than intended grouments were a real pain in the ***. As you can see in some of the pictures.
Also when you have mounted a DVD drive you can't mount a fan in the top, besides where ofcourse the H80i i blocking. So you couldn't technically have a 240mm rad and a dvd drive. Ehh? This seems like a design flaw. You could ofcourse move the DVD drive down, but i always felt like that looked a bit weird.
Only good thing about this case is the handles, they're for sure done right and the case derserves some credits for it good metal work for sure.
Corsair RM850 Watt: Not my favourite power supply. But it's ok i guess. Would much rather use Seasonic(XFX, Antec and other OEM partners.), Superflower(EVGA), even some of the cooler master PSUs, not all though. Oh well this will be enough power for a SLI and a HEFTY overclock for sure. 750watt would've been fine too.
Hope you liked browsing through the photos and reading the rants. - have a nice day, I'll have more upcoming customer builds.