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My second build after recycling most of the parts from my first build into a friend's machine. It's simple and quiet and hits a nice 4.0GHz OC.

The 16 GB of RAM is a bit excessive but necessary for games running a lot of mods (e.g. Cities: Skylines) and helps with rendering speeds on photo and video work I do freelance from time-to-time.

While I'm not a huge fan of the Pandora case, its selection arose from my desire to have my PC up off of the floor but only having about 6 horizontal inches between my right speaker and the edge of my desk. The Pandora is quite literally the width of an ATX power-supply plus two side panels, so it fit nicely. The only oddity I encountered was having to run the 8-pin CPU up between the mosfet heatsinks and the top exhaust fan instead of behind the motherboard tray. It simply wouldn't fit back there. The SSD bracket in front of the PSU in a godsend for hiding the extra lengths of cable in this case. Custom-length cable work would definitely be a bonus to have here.

My only regret is the EVGA power supply. It was a B-stock and I didn't realize it would have a big metal bar sticking out of the back. Its limiting when selecting some mATX cases that require a front-mounted PSU where the exhaust sits on a bracket, as the metal bar interferes with that. The PSU's fan also made a lot of noise under load, which I'm pretty sure came from the bearings. I flipped it from an intake to an exhaust and that seemed to relieve the compression on the bearings enough to silence it again.

The 970 holds up pretty well at 2560x1440. There's some minor stuttering/frame drops if I turn everything up to max on really demanding games (AC4, Far Cry, etc.) but I'm pretty happy with the card. I managed to get it B-stock from EVGA for $250.

The Bitfenix Alchemy LED's in the case are much more white in person, but any camera I take pictures on saturates them almost to being a light blue. My goal was for a mostly black with white highlights build (thanks for ruining that again with only red PCIe cables EVGA).

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  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

That CPU isn't overclockable. Did you mean to put the i5-4690K in the parts list? Besides that, it's a pretty nice build, man. Good job.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh man, I focused so much on the write-up I glossed over the parts list. Good catch!

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah... the good ol' day...

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

You did an awesome job with this build! I like the lighting

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the two sets of ram work alright? I have been having trouble with my ddr4.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The dual channel works well! I haven't had any problems with it (they are DDR3 though). A BIOS update is the only thing I can imagine would fix your DDR4 problems.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent build, I actually like the red GPU cable and the white LEDs.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

Grammar on point.