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First Build - gaming/work/editing

by jazzymouse


My first built!

First off, in no way do I consider myself to be an expert in PC components. Just an extreme enthusiast.

I'll start by explaining why I picked all the parts I did.

The case. ALOT of people seemed quite upset that I picked such an expensive case. The reason I got this case was for the space and the fact that I'll be water cooling in the near future. The reason I haven't watercooled just yet is because I'm waiting untill I can afford another Sapphire 7970 (I'll explain why I'm getting another one below) :). I'll be sending the panal off to the moders to get a window put in some point soon. (payday lol)

The motherboard. I won't go on to much about this as I don't know much about motherboards, however after ALOT of research, I tried my best to pick out a motherboard that would fit my budget and specs I needed as much as possible. Build for watercooling and overclocking the CPU. Couldn't be happier with it. Also, it fit's the color scheme.

The CPU. Probably the one component I did the most research on. I chose this for the Hyper-Threading. I couldn't be happier! Seeing as this build isn't just for gaming but work and an enthusiastic amount of video editing, Photoshop and messing about with Ableton Live, I thought I'd get the best CPU I could with my budget.

The memory. Not much to say. 16GB Corsair Vengeance at 1600. I'll be overclocking at some point in the future along with other components. Also fits the color scheme.

The GPU. Like the CPU I spent a lot of time researching what was right for me. Even though I have a 144Hz 3d monitor and knew 3D wouldn't be the best with Radeon, price to performance wise I believe it to be better than some 670, 680's. I know I'll probably get hounded for saying that, but that's how I feel. Also because BF4 will favour Radeon. I also got this GPU because I don't care about 3D in the slightest while gaming. I'm an FPS freak and the more FPS with the highest graphics enabled the better. I'll be getting a second with crossfire very soon.

The PSU. Wanted a modular, semi-modular PSU that I knew would be reliable.

So as I said, this build will be used for gaming, work and an enthusiastic amount of editing and rendering! I couldn't be happier with it even though It took me 8 hours from start to finish lol but hey, it was my first build. As I said, nothings overclocked yet. But that'll soon change!

I have got a slight problem with sound however. There seems to be a moderately load hissing/whining sound that comes every 30 seconds or so for about 5-10 seconds. It's really bugging me. Initially I thought It was a fan but after inspecting a little closer I realised it wasn't.

Will update accordingly.

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IamApropos 3 Builds 5 points 72 months ago

Jazzymouse... Great Build! Every part seems well logically and reasonably thought out. You are correct in thinking that the 7970 is more powerful overall compared to the Nvidia GTX 670s / 680s. And the fact that you have a 144Hz monitor and plan on going Crossfire - (hopefully they fix the crossfire issue with a single monitor) but they are working on it so it should be fixed soon. You will have the ability to maximize the cards power output along with the monitors potential. If they know what they are talking about nobody should be hounding you about your logical choice in GPU.

If I was to offer a very small critique it would have been to have gone with a Samsung 840 Pro instead of the Crucial M4. Crucial M4 is tried and tested. It is a great SSD solid and high quality. But it is old and slow compared to Samsungs new best which is arguably the fastest SSD on the market to date. Other than that Great system. Could have found you a fully modular PSU from XFX for the same price but that isn't a big thing. the HX 850 is a great semi modular psu.

I love how you didn't go unreasonably overboard on RAM and speeds, you didn't get a cheap case and complain about airflow and temperatures and then wonder why people are telling you that you need a new case... As well you didn't spend a ton of money on the components just to cheap out on the GPU. The one other thing I really like that you didn't do, is think you needed 1,000w PSU to power 2 cards. Just glancing at your build I knew right away that you well planned and well thought out each component. This build could very well be used as an example build, that's how much I like it.

(Edit) The build is overkill, but its a balanced overkill which is what I like (Edit)

I really enjoyed looking at your build and photos, thank you for sharing. Happy Gaming!

jazzymouse submitter 1 Build 4 points 72 months ago

That's just the response I've been looking for. I was slightly unsure about a few things but you've put me at ease. Thank you!

With regards to the SSD, I'll be honest, I didn't do any research into what to go for. All i thought about was price to size and that was it. Though I'm sure I'll be getting a couple more in the near future as this one is already pretty full. I'll probably end up switching my OS to the better SSD's. Thanks for that advise.

In all, Thank you for the response! +1 to you good Sir

As for the PSU, I've seen quite a few builds and couldn't understand why they have such a high wattage when they didn't need them. Good to see I'm not alone on this point!

IamApropos 3 Builds 1 point 72 months ago

The hissing could be your power supply.. If it is coil whine you'll want to look into getting it replaced. Corsair has amazing customer service and tech support. But if you end up having to contact someone for replacement or trouble shooting, do not email just call them directly.

The reason I suspect its the PSU is because it has been a known problem since Corsair switched their HX series from being made by Seasonic to CWT a less reputable and less costly solution for them to make better profits.... Since this switch the HX series has been plagued with this issue. Hopefully not yours but just good to know just incase.

jazzymouse submitter 1 Build 1 point 72 months ago

Placed my ear against the power supply and you're absolutely right. It's the power supply. I'll be giving them a call today to sort this out.

Thanks for the feedback and help. I would've assumed it was the H100 and just had trapped air otherwise.

IamApropos 3 Builds -1 points 72 months ago

My pleasure, glad we could pin point it quickly for you. If you'd like to talk shop or what not feel free to hit me up on Skype: IaAmpropos the instant messenger service it has is great ;) or you could message me on my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/IamApropos

jazzymouse submitter 1 Build 1 point 72 months ago

Well I'll defiantly take you up on that. I'm not one to turn down great advice! I'll drop you a line when start planning out my water loop and possibly if I run into trouble with crossfire.

Also, liked the FB page. I'm sure that will come in useful.


Stigs 2 points 72 months ago

I really like this build. It has solid components all around and seems to be just perfect for what you need. Enjoy your build!

jazzymouse submitter 1 Build 2 points 72 months ago

Thank you :)

on_droid 1 Build 2 points 72 months ago

If you're looking for a great water cooling case I would have went for the NZXT Switch. It is huge and great for water cooling. Also, it's a beautiful case. Also would have saved you $160 and you would be that much closer to getting another 7970. Just my opinion. The case is the most subjective component when it comes to PC building. You should go with one YOU love. That you did so I have no room to complain. As they say, to each their own.

Bartmanicus 1 Build 2 points 71 months ago

You could probably fit a mid tower in that case!

Roboto 1 Build 1 point 72 months ago

Looks like a pretty nice build, I think that hissing sound you are hearing is your cooler, I have read about them making weird noises so it is something to look into I suppose.

jazzymouse submitter 1 Build 1 point 72 months ago

Yeah, I've just read something on the H100 actually. Thank you!

Will have to see what I can do.

Apach3 3 Builds 1 point 72 months ago

i like what you did here. why would you be afraid of people complaining about the case? if i had a similar need to yours, i would definitely go for a Cosmos II.

the 3930K should serve you well in your workload, and is undeniably the best for what it was intended to do. make sure to also grab the Catalyst drivers that fix the frame time issues in CrossFire.

don't feel bad about getting a Crucial M4. they're among the most reliable brands, even if they're a tad bit slow. they're also very inexpensive compared to the competition; recently, one of my friends bought a 512GB Crucial M4 for his Sony Vaio laptop for less than $400.

can't wait to see this thing be water-cooled! :D

jazzymouse submitter 1 Build 1 point 72 months ago

Cheers :) will update for with pictures. won't be long now!

Oliver 5 Builds 1 point 72 months ago

Nicely balanced builds, some people know me to be critical of part choices, but the only thing that nobody has brought up yet that I could question is the CPU. I personally think that the 3770K would have been a great choice for this build that saved money, kept hyper threading, and was cheap enough to allow you to maybe get another 7970 in the nearer future. Also, by going 1155 socket, motherboard options in general would have remained slightly cheaper. I'm sure through the many hours of research you did, you have a great reason to get the 3930K, but what's the reason? Thanks!

Ggadget 1 point 72 months ago

I loooove the cosmos 2. It's nice to see some builds with it!

randomjester 1 point 72 months ago

Awesome freaking build. You did an excellent job selecting your components. Cool case, I never saw a case set up like that with the HDD cages sectioned off at the bottom, but I also never checked out a $300 case before, heh. Really great detailed description. Nice desk setup, awesome freaking mouse pad, lol.

coryjamesking 2 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Hi there. What kind of FPS are your getting in BF4? I have a 7970 ghz with 3570k wundering if it will be worth it to get this 144hz monitor since I have to give up the 1440p monitor i've been using. Thanks

jazzymouse submitter 1 Build 1 point 67 months ago

Well, it's hard to say exactly what FPS you or anyone will get from BF4. Right now obviously it's still in beta stages and is going to change drastically. To give you a small idea though, I'm currently getting around 40-60 FPS. That's a big fluctuation, I know but as I said it's a beta. With the 7970 GHz edition card I'd estimate around 70 perhaps, but somebody should correct me if I'm wrong.

kirbyloveszoe 0 points 72 months ago

Would love to see some more pics, both inside and out! Otherwise, a really great build.

BiGUNMAN 1 Build -1 points 72 months ago

I would probably go with a Nvidia 670 4Gb instead of 7970 and for 2700$ you could get a much better build I think :3

houkama 1 Build 2 points 72 months ago

Prove it. I think this build looks very solid for what the OP wanted.

jazzymouse submitter 1 Build 1 point 72 months ago

Thank you!

jazzymouse submitter 1 Build 1 point 72 months ago

Remember, for that 2700, I spent a lot on the monitors and case etc.

BiGUNMAN 1 Build 1 point 72 months ago

oh I didn't notice that 3d monitors price :3

Echo -2 points 72 months ago

I think it is funny how out of all this amazing stuff you got a SILVER CERTIFIED Power Supply.

jazzymouse submitter 1 Build 1 point 72 months ago

As I said, I really don't consider myself an expert. Though I did try and research and get the best of what I could with performance with the budget. This power supply is actually being replaced or I might even get my money back. I'll be swapping with an XFX at some point very soon. :)

IamApropos 3 Builds 1 point 72 months ago

It is actually a GOLD Certified power supply. Check Newegg

Enlyten 1 Build 1 point 72 months ago

What IamApropos said, but also there is only a 2% efficiency difference from silver to gold certification. Here is a mostly-accurate representation.