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This is my first gaming build in around 15 or so years (I might be in denial, my last build used 2x Monster 3D II cards). I've used pre-build machines and gaming laptops in between now and then. I had the understanding going into this that a single GPU will not be ideal for 4K gaming, I'm happy to say that this machine can handle it just fine. I play most games in 4k resolution with details maxed. FPS range from 40's to 60's depending on game, obviously much higher in 1440p or 1080p. I didn't plan on the Red/Black color scheme but most parts fall in place that way and I think it turned out pretty good.

Parts break down:

CPU: I choose the I7 over the I5 because I simply for better performance with other applications such as video editing as well as future proofing. Added an Corsair H60 cooler because it seemed to offer plenty of cooling, may upgrade later if I end up overclocking the CPU more.

Motherboard: Second most difficult part to choose. I tried to balance between features and price. Finally settled on this because from all the reviews, made overclocking easier via the bios and I've always liked ASUS motherboards. Probably could have added a lower end Z-170 mobo, but I felt this was the one part where I would regret going cheap.

GPU: This particular GTX 980Ti from Asus comes overclocked and with an excellent cooling solution out of the box. Well worth the extra money.

Storage: Decided on the .M2 SSD from Samsung simply for the easier installation. I would have preferred to get a SSD that uses the PCIE lane on the MOBO but had to cut that due to Budget. Of course I also added a 1TB SATA HD for storage and less demanding games. Keep in mind that this configuration eats up 2x SATA slots even though it's an .M2 SSD.

Case: the NZXT H440 received excellent reviews on various hardware sites. I didn't need room for DVD/BD drives and wanted a case that is easy to work in and offers enough room for future upgrades. The case looks and performs great. I had to remove some drive bays to make room for the GPU though.

Power Supply: I felt 750W would be plenty and allowed room for SLI options on the future. Decided on the EVGA because they seemed very solid from everything I've read during my research.

RAM: Mostly picked this to fit with the color scheme of the build. XMP compatible and easy to overclock via bios.

Monitor: This was by far the most difficult item to decide on. I was torn between a 1440p and a 4k display. I finally found one that fit my budget. I've had ZERO issues with this display. It runs at 60Hz and has a 2ms response time. I play FPS games like Rainbow 6: Siege etc and have noticed no lag issues from the screen. The picture is crisp and the stock mount for this monitor is actually pretty good. There better monitors out there, but this one seemed like a good compromise.

Others: Keyboard and mouse are all personal preference. I didn't feel the need for some of the fancier gaming keyboards like the new Logitech because I never really use most of the features they come with. I've owned the Headset before I finished this build. Also had a TrackIR5 for some of the sim games I play.

Build: No issues. Took me about 4 hours from start to finish and with interruptions. The hardest part was the CPU cooler, I had to change the initial location to make it all fit the way I wanted it. I've also added some fans to pull air out of the case. Right now the case has 4 fans for intake, 1 fan for the CPU cooler and 2 exhaust fans.

Okay. So this was my first gaming build in 15 or so years. Let me know what you think or have any questions.

PS: That desk is temporary!!!!!!

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I know the Stix 980ti is a better value for money that the normal Strix 980, but how well does it handle 4k gaming? did you test it?

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

It really depends on the game. I've tried a variety of games such as GTAV, Rainbow 6: Siege etc. Rainbow will run at 60 FPS in 4k at MAX settings. GTA At around 40 FPS or more depending on settings. So in short, yes you can play games at 3840x2160 in high settings and it will be playable.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Srsly?! :o I knew the Strix 980ti was powerfull but not that powerfull... Im thinking in buying one for my build, but I was considering play at 1440p max... But this open some options

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I've been using a laptop to do all my gaming, so I'm used to lower FPS. As I said, certain games will run somewhat poorly on Ultra Settings in 4K, if you are simply looking at FPS. But so far, I haven't found a single game that isn't playable. I'll try to record some videos or get some benchmark scores posted when I get the chance.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

GTAV benchmark results with very high settings.

frames Per Second (Higher is better) Min, Max, Avg Pass 0, 4.061554, 61.869637, 33.896202 Pass 1, 12.967373, 62.469017, 34.944843 Pass 2, 24.210623, 60.432922, 33.753765 Pass 3, 10.940124, 61.452915, 36.442524 Pass 4, 24.495171, 62.254406, 37.492702

Time in milliseconds(ms). (Lower is better). Min, Max, Avg Pass 0, 16.163017, 246.211151, 29.501831 Pass 1, 16.007936, 77.116623, 28.616526 Pass 2, 16.547272, 41.304184, 29.626324 Pass 3, 16.272621, 91.406647, 27.440470 Pass 4, 16.063120, 40.824375, 26.671858

Frames under 16ms (for 60fps): Pass 0: 0/316 frames (0.00%) Pass 1: 0/325 frames (0.00%) Pass 2: 0/316 frames (0.00%) Pass 3: 0/340 frames (0.00%) Pass 4: 0/4306 frames (0.00%)

Frames under 33ms (for 30fps): Pass 0: 237/316 frames (75.00%) Pass 1: 302/325 frames (92.92%) Pass 2: 284/316 frames (89.87%) Pass 3: 323/340 frames (95.00%) Pass 4: 3968/4306 frames (92.15%)

Percentiles in ms for pass 0 50%, 29.00 75%, 32.00 80%, 33.00 85%, 34.00 90%, 34.00 91%, 34.00 92%, 35.00 93%, 35.00 94%, 35.00 95%, 35.00 96%, 35.00 97%, 36.00 98%, 36.00 99%, 36.00

Percentiles in ms for pass 1 50%, 28.00 75%, 30.00 80%, 30.00 85%, 30.00 90%, 31.00 91%, 31.00 92%, 32.00 93%, 32.00 94%, 34.00 95%, 34.00 96%, 39.00 97%, 39.00 98%, 39.00 99%, 39.00

Percentiles in ms for pass 2 50%, 29.00 75%, 31.00 80%, 31.00 85%, 31.00 90%, 32.00 91%, 33.00 92%, 33.00 93%, 33.00 94%, 34.00 95%, 34.00 96%, 34.00 97%, 34.00 98%, 38.00 99%, 39.00

Percentiles in ms for pass 3 50%, 27.00 75%, 29.00 80%, 29.00 85%, 30.00 90%, 31.00 91%, 31.00 92%, 32.00 93%, 32.00 94%, 32.00 95%, 32.00 96%, 33.00 97%, 33.00 98%, 34.00 99%, 35.00

Percentiles in ms for pass 4 50%, 26.00 75%, 27.00 80%, 28.00 85%, 29.00 90%, 31.00 91%, 31.00 92%, 32.00 93%, 33.00 94%, 34.00 95%, 34.00 96%, 35.00 97%, 35.00 98%, 36.00 99%, 37.00

=== SYSTEM === Windows 10 Home 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) DX Feature Level: 11.0 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6700K CPU @ 4.00GHz (8 CPUs), ~4.0GHz 16384MB RAM NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 6341MB, Driver Version 361.43

=== SETTINGS === Display: 3840x2160 (FullScreen) @ 59Hz VSync ON Tessellation: 2 LodScale: 1.000000 PedLodBias: 0.200000 VehicleLodBias: 0.000000 ShadowQuality: 2 ReflectionQuality: 2 ReflectionMSAA: 0 SSAO: 2 AnisotropicFiltering: 16 MSAA: 4 MSAAFragments: 0 MSAAQuality: 0 SamplingMode: 0 TextureQuality: 2 ParticleQuality: 2 WaterQuality: 1 GrassQuality: 1 ShaderQuality: 2 Shadow_SoftShadows: 2 UltraShadows_Enabled: true Shadow_ParticleShadows: true Shadow_Distance: 1.000000 Shadow_LongShadows: true Shadow_SplitZStart: 0.930000 Shadow_SplitZEnd: 0.890000 Shadow_aircraftExpWeight: 0.990000 Shadow_DisableScreenSizeCheck: false Reflection_MipBlur: true FXAA_Enabled: true TXAA_Enabled: true Lighting_FogVolumes: true Shader_SSA: true DX_Version: 2 CityDensity: 0.800000 PedVarietyMultiplier: 1.000000 VehicleVarietyMultiplier: 1.000000 PostFX: 2 DoF: true HdStreamingInFlight: true MaxLodScale: 0.000000 MotionBlurStrength: 0.000000

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

sweet build. BTW how's that motherboard working out for you, did you run into any issues? I'm looking into buying it but heard people saying they kept getting issues with it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It's been fantastic. The only problem I had was to get it to boot from a USB drive initially, took me about 1 minute of research to find out what the problem was and fix the setting in the BIOS.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

BTW, disable AA (anti aliasing) to gain 60 fps (Please correct me if I'm wrong)

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

You can do that. I simply prefer image quality over raw FPS. As long as it's stable, fluid and playable I'll take it. In most cases, 40 FPS is all of that. I know, people will disagree with me.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

Will a 980 ti manage 60 fps at 4k? ( no AA, for me, its not necessary)

What about a Fury X (same settings?

Can i overclock a monitor? What will I manage? How do I overclock one?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends on the game. In Rainbow Six for example, I'm running a consistent 60 FPS at 4k.

The FuryX is the less powerful card, it will be able to handle 4k resolution but with not as good as the GTX 980 Ti. Turning AA off should provide a boost.

Yes, you can overclock monitor. Google is your friend.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, thanks

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!