First build, coming from an old Dell laptop the difference is glorious :D

Its purposes include but are not limited to moderate gaming, moderate photo and light video editing.

I acquired all components apart from the GPU first as the GTX960 was about to be released, however I decided to go for a bit more performance with the 970 after looking at the comparative performance. I unfortunately had to return the first GPU I purchased as it died on me within about an hour of installation :( but the store quickly got me a replacement, which works fine :)

Windows install was a little interesting as we had a spare upgrade key, but since it required a previous installation of Windows I grabbed the OS HDD from an old tower we had that previously died and ran a custom install onto the SSD with the old HDD plugged into a spare SATA port. (as pictured)

Excess case fans are installed as I use only 2 120mm intakes and CPU fan all on low rpms during idle and light load, with rear exhaust and bottom intake only turning on when temperatures rise. I tried installing a 140mm on the back, however it made more noise, perhaps vibrating against the chassis so it was replaced with a stock Corsair 120mm. I can choose to open up the side and top vents if it gets stupidly hot in the summer (Australia) in which case the extra cooling will be more worthwhile.

I managed to bring the frame rate down to 30-50 fps in heavily modded minceraft (>100 mods including glsl shaders) but all other games I play tend to remain at ~60+ on max settings.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

throw a few zip ties around the power cables blocking your bottom fan. otherwise solid build!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 Just for making this run Minecraft at 30 FPS. Respect +2. Joking, nice build.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I think this is a very well planned out build, great work! A++