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This is my first rig since 2001. Built for gaming first of all and secondly for video/photo processing, work etc. Monitor hasn't been purchased yet as my budget which was around 1500$ originally was exceeded. Plan to buy a G-SYNC monitor, not sure yet whether IPS is worth additional several hundred bucks as I don't have strong plans to professionally deal with color, will see. Also 2nd 970 planned for a later future when 1 won't be enough anymore.

I like what I did, it's pretty much silent and fast and looking not bad at all as for me. Hope you will like my rig too, your comments and suggestions are more than welcome.

Some more info on the parts:

  1. CPU - stock frequency so far tried to overclock to 4.7 but getting immediate 100C, didn't mess with that too much, I guess manual voltage setting might do the trick.
  2. GPU - stock frequencies as well, once shifted all to the maximum via Precision x16, didn't see any gain in FurMark, not sure that's reasonable as this card already has been factory overclocked. Backplate added.
  3. Memory, under 2133 XMP profile. Doesn't fit my cooler in height a little, if you decide to use the same Phanteks model search for a lower profile sticks, at least 2mm less.
  4. CPU cooler connected with PWM adapter, definitely worth that, you can set your custom curve and noise significantly reduces. I saw some review saying that those fans are already barely noticeable and no need for PWM. Don't believe, the difference is huge. Fan frames painted in black, sleeving done.
  5. Exhaust fans connected via undervolting adapters, that improves silence, really. Temps are not affected too much.
  6. SSDs are in RAID 0.
  7. HDDs are in RAID 5.
  8. Stock case fans are really silent, they are great. A+. Corsairs are MUCH louder.
  9. The case is good looking and offers great cable management capabilities. I have enough space for all my parts so I glad I didn't go for a Full-ATX option, that would be just enormous. BTW, one of two front USB ports doesn't work :(
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  • 58 months ago
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Nice build.

  • 58 months ago
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Thanks!

  • 58 months ago
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How are you liking those samsung SSDs?

  • 58 months ago
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And how do they compare to a 250 w/o RAID? Have you benchmarked?

  • 58 months ago
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They give about 1000/950 speed. If you need all the tests let me know, I 'll add the screesnhots. Actually I planned to add those but I still have my HDD array initializing.

  • 58 months ago
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Why I went for 2xSSDs is firstly I wanted both caddies to be occupied for the symmetry purpose ))

  • 58 months ago
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See the benchmark snapshot added

  • 58 months ago
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Thanks! I would also be willing to get 2 for symmetry. I'm like that too ;).

  • 58 months ago
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See the benchmark snapshot added

  • 58 months ago
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Nice build and cable management!

  • 58 months ago
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Thank you!

  • 58 months ago
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How's the GTX 970 holding up for you mate? Thinking of getting the same 970, but not sure about its future-proofness compared to the GTX 980. Gonna be playing at 1440p. What games are you running, and what fps are you getting?

  • 58 months ago
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BF4 at ultra was not less than 60 as I remember at 1080p, I still don't have a monitor. Can't tell about 1440.

  • 58 months ago
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Thanks man.

  • 58 months ago
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I have the same card, Far Cry 4 is rough at max settings on 1080p(including hella shadows etc.) BF4 DSR scaled to 1440p is fine. Far Cry 4 would not do well at 1440p, nor would most other games that are not as well optimized as BF4.

  • 58 months ago
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Just a heads-up, I showed all prices with taxes added.

  • 58 months ago
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Such puns much wow.

  • 58 months ago
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Sorry, what you mean saying so?

  • 58 months ago
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Fifty Shades of Red. Its punny.

  • 58 months ago
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What cables?

  • 58 months ago
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ModRight

  • 58 months ago
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thanks man

  • 58 months ago
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What kind of camera did you use those pics are beautiful!

  • 58 months ago
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Thank you. Sony SLT-A77, indeed they are done on the fly and don't really reflect what that camera is capable of

  • 58 months ago
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Is that Lutro cable combs or??

  • 58 months ago
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E22

  • 58 months ago
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Perfect execution! The cable extensions look like full on custom modular ones. The RAID 0 throughput makes me want to buy another 850 EVO 250gb for my system and try it out too. +1

  • 58 months ago
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Thank man. I believe you will get more throughput with 250Gb EVOs as bigger SSDs are faster.

  • 54 months ago
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How's that gpu working for you man? Great build btw ;)

  • 54 months ago
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Thanks! No issues noticed with that GPU at all. I get High to Ultra settings in all games without OC. I still believe 970 is the best bang for the buck unlike the higher models.

  • 30 months ago
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If you have not gotten a second 970 yet, I would not recommend it due to SLI decreasing performance in many games, if they do not have SLI support.

  • 58 months ago
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With that budget I probably would've downgraded just a little on the other parts just a smidge and splurge for a 980

  • 58 months ago
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Didn't see a reason to do so, I don't consider it worth additional cost.

  • 58 months ago
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Ti

  • 58 months ago
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It's wasn't announced that time yet.

  • 58 months ago
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Oh ok, would you have went for it if it was ? I mean I can really understand going with a 970, its price is so much lower than a 980 Ti

  • 58 months ago
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Probably not, that would be too costly

  • 58 months ago
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That makes perfect sense, don't blame you

  • 58 months ago
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Don't use auto OCs, especially with stress tests. They will run ANY voltage. And they will actually increase the voltage to match the demand. A stress test will demand as much as it can. So yeah, manual OC is strongly recommended.

This will sound like I'm taking you for an idiot - but if I remember correct a wasted a lot of time on this myself. You have to click apply on Precision. Right hand side. On my 970 SC, I just slide the power to %110, leave the voltage stock and the card lets me push it to around 1490-1500. I've passed Firestrike with more, but 1496-1501 seems to be where it is for everyday use.

Awesome build though. Mine is something similar, or at least hoping to be, if I get a lottery ticket or a good job.

Real smart and elegant system. Unlike most red builds that just scream I'm a 17-y-old virgin and wanna look aggressive for the chicks :D

Corsair's rubbish. Big time in their fans.

Would you have a picture of the whole case with the system in it? Like on your desk or s.th. Just wanna look at it for some inspiration. Still debating whether to go red or green on mine (:

Nice cable management at the back!

  • 58 months ago
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Thanks buddy, don't think you'll have a lot of green parts to works with. Will add the photo you're asking for.

  • 58 months ago
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Its a hard debate... Noctua fans with their appearence or corsair with their performance...

  • 58 months ago
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I can't tell, but do you mean to say Corsair fans are better than Noctua fans? And that Noctua fans look better? =_='?

  • 58 months ago
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Yes definitely, why ?

  • 58 months ago
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I always wonder why Noctua makes so ugly fans of deaf-aid color, probably they don't want their sales to skyrocket for some masochistic reason

  • 58 months ago
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Yes definitely lol no I'm saying the oppisite

  • 58 months ago
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What about those case NZXT fans which turned out to be just great? They are quieter than undervolted Corsairs SILENT EDITION! Corsair is probably a good manufacturer but not that great as many people think.

  • 58 months ago
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Corsair is an overpriced sub-mediocre manufacturer. Talking about their fans and coolers, when it comes to cases they are a bit better, but still overpriced. It's not just Noctua that's better. Lately pretty much anyone's new fan model is better than Corsair's. And because their fans are so bad, their coolers can't be great, and they're not even good anyway. Link sucks. Cooling is just average, and noise is above average.

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  • 58 months ago
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Thanks! Definitely will try later, don't have time and enough wish for that alchemy now.

  • 58 months ago
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How is this build if I change the casing to your NZXT 340 case? Is it 71C Overclocked when I hope? How loud is it? https://pcpartpicker.com/user/childprotectorofthenight24/saved/#view=kpY7YJ

  • 58 months ago
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No the frequency is stock, see my comments on that.

  • 58 months ago
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With CPU fan PWMed and Corsairs undervolted it's really silent

  • 58 months ago
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As I remember your cooler preforms worse than mine, it's 120mm at least. Better opt for some other one. As for the case it has enough space for air circulation, just make sure you have good SP intake fans. As you see stock fans work well when relocated to the front.

  • 58 months ago
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The reviews are pretty good for it so are you sure I should get a different one? Got it thanks! How many extra fans can I add? I've already bought the 120mm and the 140mm and they were recommended by tons of people :)

  • 58 months ago
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My cooler produces 20 more CFMs than yours and frankly it's not the best one in terms of cooling efficiency. I've chosen it for it's appearance first of all. I'd still recommend choosing something else, I just didn't have too much choice as I only wanted an updraft model. Look at bequiet or scythe shadow, I considered them first. Front and back fans are 120mm only in S340, top one 120/140. I can't say it's loud but I play in headphones and also don't have what to compare with. What I can say that I'm not the one who would tolerate too much noise.

  • 58 months ago
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To be more precise about noise level, as per "DB Meter" app on my phone, when idle it's 32db, with CPU/GPU 100% load - 34-35db from 3ft distance, if that says something to you