Description

I built this simply to learn how to build a PC and to use it to play games on. I want to say nothing else, but unfortunately I have already done work on it..... Guess you never can reverse adulthood.

I am extremely happy with the outcome and have had (and still am having) a truly great time with learning what every part does and why one would buy one manufacturer over another. I started with a completely different built to what I ended up with, however that was to be expected. I did have substantial assistance from very pleasant people on this website, their comments and opinions have made the process very simple and straight forward. Thanks

Things I learned:

*Never buying a pre-made computer again. Next: How do you build a laptop?

*There are a plethora of options but really only one choice. Your personal preference.

*I fully understand the complaints of paying $60+ dollars for a game now. Steam (sales) is (are) truly impressive.

*Origin is not.

*I need a 144hz monitor.

*Apparently going from a controller to a mouse and keyboard fuses your fingers together to have one fat digit on each hand. Not very useful.

Reasons behind specific parts (keep in mind I do not have any experience for comparison):

CPU - 6 cores, newer Intel chip and at $299 at Microcenter it was a really good deal. (That deal started this whole build).

MOBO - Got it as a combo deal with the CPU. Wanted the ASRock Extreme 6 board. Not sure what I missed out on. This board has been very stable. (Touch Wood)

RAM - Computer was built for games, so feel free to correct me but for that purpose RAM is RAM is RAM.

SSD - Built it with just the SSD at the beginning, added the WD Blue later on. Nice little SSD.

GPU - Great build quality. It is very heavy and does sag. I am using the little PCI slot coverings of the case hooked on to a empty 3.5" storage tray to prop it up and keep it level. Performance wise it gives me 1080p on highest settings all above 60 fps. (On the games that I have so far)

Case - Personal preference for clean white lines. Love it.

PSU - Wanted something substantial for when I want to upgrade to one of those special monstrous new GPUs that have just become available. (We all know which one)

KB - I dont like the clicking of a mechanical keyboard, however I have not tried one for extended periods of time.

Mouse - Amazing. Seriously impressed.

Installation was really enjoyable. No issues to speak of. Was patient and took my time and enjoyed the moment.

Comments

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

Warning about the 144hz monitors...they will ruin you! :D

I bought a ROG Swift, and honestly cannot stand to play on anything else anymore. Nice build!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Really? Ah man. I keep hearing these amazing things about it. Looks like I am going to have to do some order button clicking online.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I almost passed...read a LOT of reviews where people were on their 3rd or 4th panel...either I got lucky, my eyes suck, or they just had bad luck...but I cannot find a single flaw with mine. And I'm VERY happy I did not let the negative reviews scare me away. Other than actually building my first machine in 10 years...the best two choices I made was getting an SSD boot drive, and that monitor. It's worth every penny to me.

Just noticed the Astros as well... LOVE my A50s!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. Please let me know how much space the gpu takes. Do you think you could take pictures of under the gpu and show me the clearance of the mobo. Please I am planning on making this exact same build, but I just need to confirm this.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure, I will take a photo when I get home tonight. Are you thinking to SLI? It will be very tough to 2-way SLI using the first two PCI x 16 slots. I know on the official MSI website they make it seems like you can 2-way SLI using those first two slots but it's going to be literally 1mm maybe 2mm of space with the Strix. You will be better off doing slot 1 and 3. But then you are getting close to the PSU cover of the NZXT H440 case.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I am planning to sli two 970 strix. Using lane 1 and 3.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you gotten home yet?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, apologies. Just got home, been a busy few work days. As you can see the space for an additional graphics card is very limited in the PCI x16 slot #2. And even if you go for slot 3 the graphics card might be touching the usb 2.0 headers. I have some additional information on "Multiragga's" question.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks a lot. Seriousally this helped a lot! Atleast now I know that the mobo can actually support 3 way sli. And yes I am considering just buying one beast gpu. Btw I fully understand being busy at work, I'm just greatful that you replied and took the time to take the picture. Thanks a lot.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Can this Mobo hold three of those strixs?

  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

It will be a tight fit. Check the last photo I uploaded. Honestly for the price of three graphics cards just buy the Titan X. It will do everything you need and you wont have optimization issues as it is a registered single GPU. This is what I will do and am going to do in the future. Just buy a single powerful graphics card. This is my opinion of course.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a quick question what are the dimensions on the desk? I have the same case and I want it on a desk with my monitor , keyboard etc. my build is not complete yet but the rest of my parts are coming in today! :) Awesome build as well!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Length x Width = 49,5" x 24,5"

It is an Ikea desk/table. I like the width. I don't need a wrist support, my whole forearm rest on the table while playing. Very comfortable.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thinking about building something similar, does that motherboard do its job for games

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it does. It overclocks the CPU very well and stable. Even using the default OC Genie button. You have a really nice UI if you want to tinker manually. It does strongly suggest that this is a simplistic motherboard, meaning the individual parts, if kept simple create a powerful combination of parts. I would not suggest or promote this mobo as a setup for multi gpu setups. This is one where you go for the powerful individual parts and this motherboard will support and facilitate communication between the parts very well.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man, finally decided to go withg a gtx 770 sli and an i7 4790, since im not an overclocker and I found 2 gtx 770's for the price of a 970, but thnk you anyways

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

This is pretty much the EXACT build I had in mind... even down to the PSU lol. But I think I'm going to go with a 600w max PSU as even if I wanted to add another 970, it'd still be more than enough.

Quick question-- How does the whole system sound? Is it noticeable under heavy load?

Thanks for sharing!!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

It is quite quiet for normal 1080p 60fps gaming (Skyrim w/mods, Dragon Age Inquisition, etc). I bought the ASUS VG248QE a couple of months back and when I play battlefield and you push the graphics card to the maximum (temperatures around 70C and fan on full it does get noisy but then I play with a headset. It is a substantial difference between normal 60fps and going all out for the maximum FPS. However that's with every card and combination. My opinion with the silent cases and silent cards are when they are doing regular work it's really quiet and that is what you are looking for. If you want the performance you have to put up with the ambient fan sound. It is what it is.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I have a PS4 sitting to the right of that desk now.....Not sure what to do with it now