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[UPDATE!! I am now SLI two 970 cards. The second card is actually a SC version.] I've been looking forward to building a gaming rig for a long time now and I finally put it together. Let me know what you all think. It has been up and running for a week now and everything is running great, there were a few problems along the way but were my fault entirely. Had to repast the CPU cooler 3 times lol and crashed the windows install twice on my ssd... trial and error I guess. I bought 90% in store at fry's so I payed a little more but it worked out cause I had to exchange a few things and wanted to be able to do everything at the same time. I also got a Returned GTX 970 which I was very worried about but couldn't find one anywhere! The EVGA GPU was not my first choice but I couldn't be happier with it.... No coil Wine and the thing is a beast! Just wish it didn't have the blue on it but that's not a big deal. And yes its a wire mess. lol I'm moving soon so I'm waiting to really Clean it up when it's in its proper place. :) Thanks for looking, and any input (positive or negative) is appreciated. I did a lot of research before building but for every one thing you learn there are two more. Happy Gaming!

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  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

What do you think of the headset? Does it drop out regularly or is it fine?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

So far it is good. It sometimes has trouble connecting when I first plug it in but once it does it stays connected.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Solid build. Only 1 thing I noticed: you're running on a Z87 chipset. Could be just you built it awhile ago but still seems weird. Not a big deal though since it still works

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Date Published Nov. 5, 2014 Date Built Oct. 23, 2014

Wasen't built that long ago, probably just opted for a Z87 for other reasons than the chipset.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Opps lol it is a Z97 chipset. I must have clicked the wrong one.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Solid build, similar to my upcoming one. Only improvements I would suggest is a Z97 mobo and maybe a PSU from the corsair RM series (this is my personal opinion as I think the all black fully modular cables look sexy as hell and it's 80+ gold). These are minor tweaks, though. +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

The Corsair RM's don't get the best reviews for their price -- there are better options out there.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

550W/650W are actually good quality units that can take overclocking. It's the 750W/850W with the cheap capacitors. I looked this up after someone commented on my PSU (1st build.) PSU Tier List overclock.net review Tech Powerup Conclusion on RM series

I hope this helps! For a non-overclocking build the 750W+ units are just fine, but way over priced Tier 3 units.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It does help, the first upgrade I think I will do is get a more reliable PSU :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya looking at it now, the amount I get for the price I payed is not that good at all.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, I rushed a little on the PSU cause Fry's didn't have the modular one I wanted. I just might do that when I move :) Thanks!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Positives

The GTX 970 is a great card.

8 GB of RAM is more than enough.

An i5 won't bottleneck you for a long time. "Moar cores!!1!" people don't understand how multitasking and threading work.

Areas for Improvement

You spent too much on secondary components, like the motherboard, CPU, and CPU cooling. This GTX 980 build that costs $5 more than yours and uses a more reliable PSU:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $179.98 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $80.66 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.99
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $79.99
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $60.00
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 4GB Video Card $549.98 @ NCIX US
Case NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $34.22 @ Mwave
Power Supply SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $74.99 @ Amazon
Optical Drive LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer $12.99
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) $120.00
Case Fan Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition 62.7 CFM 120mm Fan $12.00
Keyboard Logitech 920-000914 Wired Slim Keyboard $0.00
Mouse Logitech G400s Wired Optical Mouse $29.99
Headphones Logitech G930 7.1 Channel Headset $129.99
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1444.78
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-05 20:48 EST-0500

Case: Cheap and had decent ratings. Cases are very personal, but after a few weeks the luster of a cool case wears off for many people.

CPU: Doesn't come close to bottlenecking a GTX 980, won't bottleneck two or three graphics cards upgrades down the line.

Motherboard: Made by a reliable, name brand company. Nothing special, it has quality parts, so ferrite choke, all solid capacitors, etc.

PSU: Made by SeaSonic, so it's very reliable. Corsair CPU's are all over the place, yours could be fine but I couldn't find your PSU's OEM.

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

CWT makes the CX series from corsair... he probably shouldn't be overclocking his system with it

http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page447.htm

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

The problem I see with the parts list you have here though, is that you have a non-oc processor with an b85 chipset. The reason for the sacrificed price in other parts is for the sake of a z97 chipset and overclockable processor.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

That was intentional: The OC'd processor won't help gaming performance. At least not nearly as much as a better graphics card.

If it were a video editing/gaming hybrid, I would have recommended an OC'd i7.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Yup, that's why I didn't get a water cooler or an i7. So far it runs the games I play easily on ultra settings and its just for gaming, browsing and sometimes work.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

There are other benefits to a Z97 motherboard other than overclocking support. Better audio, I/O and connectivity, other misc features etc.

As for an overclocked processor, it's more of a case of "I might as well get one to round it off" than getting the extra FPS from the overclock, however for some people they want the extra FPS so your mileage may vary. Everyone's build is personal to them, if they want to spend a little extra for a little extra performance I won't tell em not to aha

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! lol ya I am a big music listener and the FPS was only about 5 off from scores I could find were like for a PC like mine so it doesn't make much difference for me. Having a good paying job makes all the difference when it comes to building a PC.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

What about adding another GTX 970 down the line instead of the 980? I agree on the motherboard being more then I should have spent, there were way to many options out there... I almost got a Z97 Gaming 7 which would have been super overkill. My big worry was the CPU bottlenecking the GPU and future ones but I just didn't know enough when I got the I5 and I didn't have a crunched budget so I just went with it cause it was the newest one out. I like that set up though, I am definitely learning as I go.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Dual card setups are not always well supported by games and add to the cost of your power supply. But if you start being unable to play games at the graphics settings you want, then consider it assuming your PSU is still putting out enough Watts to handle two cards.

The CPU doesn't come close to bottlenecking your current GPU and won't bottleneck future GPU's for the life of the computer. Back in the day, bottlenecking was a lot more common and had an impact on performance.

Battlefield 4, various CPU's, 1080p

If you pay close attention, most of the benchmarks that show a CPU bottleneck use 720p or lower resolutions and/or medium or lower quality settings. Since the GPU isn't working as hard, the CPU can be the bottleneck there, but you won't play games at medium settings for years with a 970 or a 980 anyway.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya the PSU will be the first thing I upgrade so I wont have power supply problems. Thanks for all the great info!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I love your build, super clean! Should serve you well for years!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It has been great so far. Only upgrade was the PSU twice for more power haha.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

How are your temps with the 212 EVO cooler?

I have the 212 EVO with one 970 and will add a second 970 soon. Just wondering if I need to upgrade the cooler.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

They have been excellent. Still using it today even with some video editing the temps never go above 50.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Fixed the motherboard mistake. Thanks for catching it!

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