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This is my first build and it went painstakingly smooth. I was afraid of not putting an optical drive in because the only other computer I have is my MacBook which would have made installing Windows a problem. I did it anyway and a friend let me use his PC to format my flash drive and my computer booted on the first try. Honestly, if i can do this anyone can.

This rig will be used primarily for gaming and watching tv (it replaces my HD cable box that costs 12 bucks a month to rent).

I went with AMD because I'm not going to be doing any content creation and the price at Microcenter for the processor and motherboard was ridiculous. I went with the 970 because it's an animal at 1080p and that's what I'll be playing and watching at. I purchased everything at Microcenter except for the ram and SSD, I purchased those from Amazon.

The parts went together seamlessly and even though pcpartpicker says the S340 and H80i are incompatible, the cooler fit fine without any issues.

I plan on adding another SSD as soon as I save up for it and going with a 39" tv for a monitor works out great for me. I can now lay in my bed and watch movies or sit up and play games.

Thanks for reading.

Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 9 points

i can't get over that white ram tho it gorgous

  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

yeah i have the same ram its amazing xD !

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I thought the same thing, I fell in love with it lol. Right now I have it running at 2133 but I think I can get a tad more from it.

  • 57 months ago
  • 5 points

please people stop putting S340 in your titles...it makes me think that you built a $340 beast computer...other than that great build.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks and I apologize for the confusion lol. I just replaced some lyrics from a Rick Ross song.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

i know right

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

i didnt realise the title stated s340 instead of $340 until you pointed it out to me at first i thought its a $340 build

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

I think the fan on your rad is backwards... but great build!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I will def double check that thanks a lot man.

  • 57 months ago
  • -2 points

I think I have the same fan in my 250D, and I'm pretty sure they've got it correct.

  • 57 months ago
  • 5 points

nope its backwards lol .... need to flip it around. if you are using the stock fans that came with the cooler they have arrows telling you which way the air flow is going.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

No, the 4 black support things that run from the center to the frame of the fan should be on the outside. That goes for any fan that has them.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I have the fans for the cooler setup as an intake so they're in the correct orientation. Don't want the cooler sucking in the hot air from the case, that would kind of defeat the purpose of having a rad in the first place.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

No... You want them blowing that air out. The rad is creating a lot of heat, so all that fan would be doing is pulling the air into the case. You shouldn't have much hot air in the case because you've got a CPU cooler. The idea is the front fans are pulling in cooler air, and that's moving through the case and being exhausted out the back. Right now you're just pulling a ton of air into the case and not exhausting any of it properly.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not too sure if you realize how a radiator works, a radiator doesn't create heat it dissipates it. If I used it as an exhaust it would be using the hot air from the case to try and cool itself. Look at it this way, a cars radiator pulls fresh air from outside as you drive to cool itself, it doesn't pull air from the hot *** engine bay and push it out. I have an intake in the front, the bottom, and the back of the case and an exhaust at the top. If you know anything about thermodynamics you know heat rises hence the exhaust at the top of the case. You want your rad to be pulling in fresh air that way it can cool itself optimally. You can't cool something properly if the air you're using is already preheated.

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

JEZUS CHRIST!...Nice build.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol thanks Harvey I appreciate it.

  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

Hey you should really spell Jesus right or not even say it at all that might offended someone. that might be the reason you were down voted.

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

Jesus is Jezus in Dutch. People get offended for everything, it's a trend these days.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Good parts and pricing. Also looks really sweet and clean

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot man. I've been planning this since march, the only thing I'm disappointed with is how much RAM has gone up since them. The same kit was like 68 bucks back in march and now it's 83. If you have a Microcenter within driving distance I highly recommend checking them out, their prices ate fantastic and the service is awesome. Thanks for commenting!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

There are no microcenter in canada:(Rip

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn that's brutal

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

i like the piece of paper mouse mat

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a glass top so I tried putting the paper underneath and it didn't work out lol. Bit of an oversight on my part but it'll do for now haha

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

LOL how to take a screen shot on windows 8 xP great build bro

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL it's my first Windows PC since I had a Sony Vaio running XP so I had no idea how to take a screen shot. I'm happy I built this though I've learned so much during the research. And thanks bro.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem dude have fun gaming

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. When are you gonna get around to building something or posting something, any future plans?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes saving up for a HUGE upgrade watch out for that in a couple of months

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

we have same build concept just dif gpus .. but im getting a 970 soon xD

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy crap almost identical! Great minds think alike my friend :P

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

With the processor you got you can do some really good editing and you can stream really good.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah so far it's kicked some butt streaming Netflix and HBO! Oh and it doesn't do too shabby running Far Cry 4 either lol

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

i mean live streaming on twitch lol

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol my bad, that's definitely an option I haven't really considered it but I might in the future. Thanks

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

welcome

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. You have put in a little bit more to get the Asus X99 Deluxe or the 79 sabertooth and paint the armor kit white. then get the PNY 780TI white edition and NZXT Hale 90 as a power supply with white cables. Just my 2 cents for WHITE BUILD.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah quite a little bit.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I could have but I wasn't trying to drop like 1100 bucks on just the processor, motherboard, and the GPU. I thought about going with Intel but I couldn't pass up the deal on the motherboard and CPU. I don't do any content creation so AMD is perfectly fine for my situation. Thanks for the input.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

PC building is an investment you know. Go hard or go home. but good build.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I see your point, but what's the point of buying a Ferrari if I'm never going to use it as it was intended. I'm not going to buy an X99 setup because I'm not doing anything other than watching Netflix and playing games.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

My eyes hurt just from seeing the first picture... that's a big *** monitor

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a 30 inch monitor at work, you'd be surprised how fast you grow into it. At first I really didn't like it, but I came around, it's awesome.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish someday I'll have a 30 inch monitor at my desk....

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I was gonna go with a 32" Vizio but they had the 39" for 10 bucks more so I pulled the trigger. I sit like 3 feet away when I'm gaming and then when I'm in bed streaming shows it's perfect.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!!!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I see that you got Windows 8.1 (OEM) instead of the full Windows 8.1. The question I want to ask is why did you choose that operating system? What are the drawbacks of having the OEM version when compared to the full version? I wanted to ask because right now the OEM version is extremely cheap, but I don't want to buy something that will cost me down the road.

For my build, take a look at my list:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7Kd3dC

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

So my selection of OS is actually a mistake, the copy I have is full Windows 8.1, but I did some research for you. An OEM version may be cheaper now but the pc you install it on first is the pc the OS is stuck on forever, and you may not be able to upgrade your motherboard without buying a new copy of Windows. The full version on the other hand can be installed on any number of computers but only one at a time, and any parts can be upgraded at any time. I think you'd be better off buying the full version of Windows

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/z8BvvK

This build comes in a few dollars cheaper and will be suited better for gaming. The cpu is better and there's no point in getting an apu because the graphics card you selected won't crossfire with it. This build will allow you to be a lot more versatile and all for around the same price

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

What are the stats on the TV? A monitor would've been your best bet as there will be less of a delay and it would make gaming a lot smoother. The 970 is an animal even at 1440p xD Great choices, great time of year to build a PC, great job c:

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

It's 1080p, 60Hz refresh rate, and has a full array backlighting scheme. Actually believe it or not this tv has a 30ms input lag response so a monitor really wouldn't be any smoother. But thanks for the compliments

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

30ms is quite a while, but if you aren't doing any sort of competitive/multiplayer gaming where every second counts, you will be absolutely fine. Otherwise, if you can cope, then there's nothing wrong with it, it's just not necessarily desirable. The monitor I plan on getting has 6ms input lag I believe. To say a monitor wouldn't be any smoother would be a stretch though

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

The fastest monitor or tv input lag wise is 9ms. The Vizio I have has 26ms input lag, we're talking about milliseconds here. That's 17 milliseconds which is literally less than a blink of an eye

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Many things in most games that are crucial happen in less than the blink of an eye. I wasn't really paying attention to the word input lag much, so I could be the one at fault, but isn't it the same stat as response time? The amount of time it is delayed for the image to be fully delivered to the screen? If this is the same stat and I'm not just being dumb, there is literally a sea of monitors with down to even 1ms response time.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Input lag and response time are completely different. Input lag is the amount of time it takes from say moving your mouse to register the movement on the monitor. Whereas response time is the time a monitor takes to go from gray to another color and back to gray again also known as gtg. A good monitor's response time should be under 15ms and a good input lag number should be under 40ms. The input lag of this tv is 28th and the gtg response time is 8ms.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't you just love the s340, it's so easy to manage cables and looks absolutely fantastic

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, I loved it the moment I spotted it on Newegg and then when I saw it in person at Microcenter. I was like I definitely need this case, my favorite thing is that it doesn't have any 5" bays, as far as my needs go I don't need an optical drive so I find the drive bays ugly. And yeah, the cable management is a joke with this case.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you get any benchmarks with the build?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of benchmarks are you looking for?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Firestrike?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going to run Firestrike tomorrow and I'll let you know

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

i have a question how do u install windows on this build? i downloaded the ISO on a usb but i dont have a product key...