Description

Build Date: 25APR2016

Request was for a gaming machine using a current gen i5 and a GTX 970. The customer also requested water-cooling and a purple and green theme to match his RGB peripherals that he had already programmed. I informed the customer that I had used the purple LED fans he picked out in a previous build and they weren't very bright. On the first turn on, he agreed and is going to order a Deep-Cool RGB strip (will try to get an updated photo once he gets it installed). I had to mount the radiator in the front of the case because it wouldn't fit on the back with the top fans installed which is pretty annoying since it is a Corsair AIO inside of a Corsair case. Keep this in mind if you are wanting to do something similar. Additionally, in some of the photos, you will notice the red LED on the top right of the motherboard. One of the sticks of RAM ended up being bad and is on the way back to Newegg for a replacement.

Pros:

  • So much air-flow
  • 120GB SSD/1TB Combo
  • GTX 970
  • I5
  • Water-cooling
  • Tier 2 PSU

Cons:

  • Purple fans aren't as bright as customer hoped for
  • No SLI capability
  • No CPU overclocking

Notes: While this build wasn't necessarily a budget build, the customer had very clear cut guidelines on what he wanted and for it to be done for as cheap as possible without cutting corners and using cheap parts. I think the final product was very close to what he envisioned and once he installs the RGB strip, it will be perfect. Even still the customer was incredibly happy and looked like a little kid on Christmas morning when I turned the power button on. As always, ask any questions you guys might have about the build and I will be happy to answer them.

Thanks for reading!

PS: Sorry once again for the crappy photos.. I have yet to get a decent camera..

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice looking build. Also nice listening to the customer, I've read other comments about "you would have been better off with this."

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate it. I direct my customers as much as I can without stepping on their toes.. They do their research and even if it's not what I would do with the same money, at the end of the day it is THEIR build. Most of the time I have free reign over the budget and that's where some of my best price/performance builds happen.

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice, customers always will appreciate that.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build, the exact same processor, graphics card and motherboard, as one of my builds

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. The 6500/970 is a sweet spot for gaming right now. It's a popular combination at this price point.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

No SLI capability

The motherboard is capable of running SLI. Most likely not well, but it will run.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It supports Crossfire, but not SLI... Even if it did though, that "con" was two parted. It was partially directed at the PSU as well.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah, you're right. Good pointing that out.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Turned out great!

Seeing your builds all the time makes me wanna offer a build service.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

And you definitely should. It can be a lot of fun if you do it right.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Read the description.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea, I definitely considered it. But aesthetically, it looks better on the front, and since the 6500 runs so cool and can't be overclocked, the performance difference would be minor and irrelevant. So in this case, aesthetics > performance.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Camera's have a really hard time picking up purple light.. At least my cell phone does.. lol