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I got this up and running last week. It runs great and handles everything I throw at it. This is a mid range build but it is beautiful and I love it. Enjoy!

The CPU is overclocked to 4.6Ghz right now. Haven't had time to push it higher since it was unstable at 4.7Ghz with just using the multiplier. The GPU overclocked nicely and i'm sure I could push it more but 1380 was a nice overclock, great card. The case is amazing as well. It has sound dampening foam on all the panels, a fan hub on the back inside panel, and a nice cover for the power supply and to hide the cables. The back I/O panel is also lit with an LED that can be turned on and off with a switch as well. Great airflow and comes with 3 x 120mm fans in front and 1 x 140mm in back. Bought a monitor and wifi dongle that are not shown in build but you get the idea.

As for temps it is hot here right now and A/C is expensive, still great temps for the ambient temp being around 26 - 28 C (80-83 F)

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  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

have you stress tested it at 4.6 yet? it may still be unstable even at desired temps.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya, stress for multiple hours. So far no issues. At 4.7 it crashed after about 3 minutes, but it is only a 200 Mhz overclock but will hopefully be pushing it more later.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Such a pretty build. Very clean looking and the LEDs are so pretty. Drooling over that i7 4790k :-) Awesome.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya got it at an amazing price at micro center. It is normally about $330 and microcenter sells it for $280 which is why I got that and not the i5 4690k, worth the 45 minute drive lol.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd love to see the internal lights set to white :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I will have to add a pic with the lights on white when I get home tonight for you. :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Posted a white pic :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

IMO, looks nicer, great build

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. +1 for Strix!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Similar build to my own, + for the B&W build ;-)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Link to the LEDs or LED Fan?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Here it is, I think they could do some of the colors better but for the price they work great.

http://m.newegg.com/Product?itemNumber=N82E16811980001

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much! Beast build btw. +1

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Stunning build!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you find the cpu power cable really tight fit near top of mobo with the x61 fans? Mine seems to be bending the mobo cpu pins

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya it is a tight fit, but I folded it over and it hovers just under the top fan. The way I have it it isn't bending the pins, at least I don't feel it is. I posted a pic of how it is.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome looking build! I love the color scheme, How does it perform?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Great, no big games that I could test yet. What I have run is nothing all that intense except maybe kerbal space program, one of my ships made it a slideshow but I think it was a CPU issue because of the amount of physics. I was trying to kill it lol. O and 350-500 FPs on league...lol

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! I was planning for the exact same build. Just as I like the H440 Case, I was worried about the ventilation since it's got small spaces for air intake. It's particularly important since the fans of the Asus Strix GTX 970 don't kick in until the temp is about 68 degrees Celsius.

So have you had any problems so far?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

No problems so far, It actually has great airflow. Great review I found here: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2014/03/27/nzxt_h440_midtower_case_review/#.VYd34vlVhBc

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah okay. On another note, what's the average room temperature at your place? Also, are you using dust filters for the top?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

The temps i posted is what I got with it being about 80 F for the room so a little high because it's hot right now. Also not top filter because that is exhausting out. But the case has a front filter and a filter for the power supply.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Btw I was considering an option. Since the top fans can be set as exhaust and we've restricted air flow from the front, we not set the rear fan as intake? Worth a test?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It is generally good practice to have the back fan and the top fans as exhaust as those will remove the most heat. Heat rises. Also the front of the case has 3 120mm fans so it has plenty of airflow in this case, the front panel seems like it shouldn't have great airflow but it does.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Can I just have this? I'm in love with it!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice looking build. The white case is a perfect canvas for different light color configurations.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Yep, that was the plan.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Btw any particular reason why you chose the Strix GTX 970 over that of MSI and Gigabyte?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Good reviews, OC well and heard a few bad things about the coolers on the MSI models. I also liked the look.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I too was skeptical about the MSI because of missing backplate. The Gigabyte G1 Gaming was my favorite with triple fans and highest OC Headroom but it may get bent and some units have loud coil whine.

Btw could you kindly gimme the exact settings for the Strix OC. Did you use Asus GPU Tweak?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I can say the card is very quiet, and most of the games I play don't tax it 100%, so the fans only turn on at a low speed a small part of the time and I don't hear them at all(I did max them with software and they are still fairly quiet but audible). (this can be different for different cases with different airflow, etc.) I get great airflow in my case and the card I feel is cooled well just form the case fans.

The GPU is clocked to 1400 MHz with no voltage changes and the RAM I have at 7600MHz although when I was overclocking I ran it up to 7900 MHz. I brought it back because it seemed to be diminishing returns, or maybe I need more on the GPU for it to benefit more. Most reviews that I read pushed it easily to 1400 for GPU and 7800 for RAM without voltage changes. The 970 seems to overclock well. At 1400 I wasn't seeing any artifacts(can still be pushed higher i'm sure, I hear of OCs in the 1500MHz range on some cards) but I wasn't interested in pushing the boundaries anymore because I game at 1080p60hz. Also I used MSi afterburner to overclock, you get more control. The Asus software's sliders were maxed out before the 1400MHz and 8000MHz mark so I used MSi afterburner to push it more, I wouldn't bother with the ASUS software afterburner is better. I can get you the exact settings tonight if you want, but it is a very basic overclock.

It is overclocked in this review and they talk about the settings: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2014/11/03/asus_gtx_970_strix_directcu_ii_video_card_review/10#.VZru7vlVhBc

If the other GPUs are better i'm not sure, this worked for my needs and seemed like a good OCer. The backplate didn't seem to help to much with droop, not sure if it is worse or not on cards without one. The card was drooping after about 2 weeks and I have it tied up to let off the weight, this could be the motherboard being an issue but it does seem to be a common problem either way.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot for the detailed reply. Would appreciate very much if you could give me the exact settings for the OC, if possible with screenshots, at your free time. I'm planning to build my rig with pretty much the same components as you, hence it'd be very helpful. Cheers! :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I am adding a screenshot to the build pictures. Also here is a good guide on overclocking a graphics card. You shouldn't just copy my settings because every card is different. Also it is clocked to 1400MHz but my monitor will report 1476 so I feel a really nice overclock and great card.

http://www.pcgamer.com/how-to-overclock-your-graphics-card/

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any problems with your RAM? I know there is somewhat of a compatibility issue with the RAM and the CPU. "The Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory operating voltage of 1.65V exceeds the Intel Haswell Refresh CPU recommended maximum of 1.5V+5% (1.575V). This memory module may run at a reduced clock rate to meet the 1.5V voltage recommendation, or may require running at a voltage greater than the Intel recommended maximum."

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the 2133 it runs at the 1.5V so I don't have any issues.