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(Actual hardware pictures coming soon)

Fun fact: When using modern Intel SATA ports, older SSDs like the Vertex 2 in this build will flat out fubar your system! On this Asrock Z97 motherboard, I had to move the Vertex2 to the Asrock SATA port. I hope that saved you the three days I lost.

The NZXT H440 case is absolutely beautiful, with great cable management.

This build needs a better mechanical drive than the 2.5" Hitachi I pulled from an old Macbook Pro.

The mouse is actually a 2008 original Logitech G5 and the keyboard is a first gen Logitech G15. I will take both to my grave.

I originally used a PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750w in the build. On game screens where the GPU was able to hit extremely high frame rates, the PSU would scream like a banshee. Moving to the EVGA G2 750w mostly eliminated that noise (though it's still there if you get your ear close to the PSU).

The Qnix 2710 will overclock up to about 100hz using Nvidia's control panel, but the games I'm playing support Nvidia's Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) which - as far as I can tell - is stuck at 60hz. So I think I'll make the trade off in quality for the smoothness of a higher refresh rate, for now. If anyone knows how to get DSR above 60hz, I'm all ears!

I'll be installing a Noctua NH-D15 as soon as the sticker shock from this build wears off, then a little OC'ing can begin.

I've always loved RGB ambient lighting, and just taped the listed LED strip around the bottom edge of my desk.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

How did the vertex jack up your system?

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm glad you asked! The Vertex 2 was made at a time when the Intel chipset (Z-whatever it was back then) was a lot more lenient for what it allowed "SATA" devices to be. To be considered SATA, there are some standards you have to adhere to, and Intel didn't really enforce those too strictly until the Z97 chipset.

Basically, the Vertex 2 uses a Sandforce 12xx/15xx controller which stopped being supported by Intel with the Z97 chipset. Luckily, the Asrock "Asmedia" SATA ports on this motherboard are a lot less strict and are compatible with the Sandforce 12xx/15xx controller in the Vertex 2.

This OCZ response sums it up nicely: http://oczforum.com/forum/discussion/comment/1935/#Comment_1935

So my days of frustration were fixed by just moving the Vertex 2 SATA cable over a couple of ports!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad it worked out. What are your thoughts on the performance of the non-Intel, in this case Asmedia, controllers versus the Intel controllers?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

So far, I'm using the Vertex as my Steam games directory. Load times have been incredible - but that could just be my bias of prior loading all Steam games off a mechanical.

The Sandisk SSD is currently on the Intel port and I can boot to Windows in about 11 seconds cold. Even though the Vertex is SATA II and the Sandisk is SATA III, I haven't been able to notice a difference in what I do!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice monitor stands!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, It's very pretty :D +1 I'd love to see the internals however :P

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Internal pics happening tonight!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

so beautiful

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

LOVE IT

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice colors but what about pics of the inside?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Uploading tonight! Wanted to get the specs and existing photos up today.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Your desk has LEDs. Nice.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Much closer images uploaded.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

a h100i would do you good.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I've seriously considered it, but I'm torn on the Noctua NH-D15. The Noctua is nearly silent, the Corsair H100i is much more aesthetic. The performance is about equal.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

True dat, but in the future, I guess it'll help somehow. The temps only really begin to show a difference when overclocking under stress testing, and even then it's less than 8 degrees.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of desk is that and where did you buy it?