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This is an update to my previous February 2015 build :)

Since then I have added a mechanical keyboard in the form of a Corsair Vengance K65 mechanical keyboard (which is absolutely lovely!)

I have also upgraded my graphics card and changed my aging monitor, which was around 11 years old, only supported 900p and only a VGA connection - old school stuff ;)

The new graphics card is a Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming - I had fancied a move to team green for a while. I did consider a GTX 980 my couldn't justify the premium - I plan on getting another 970 in a few months time and SLI them, which will blow a single 980 away.

Changing my monitor made me think that I should consider nailing my flag to the GSYNC or Freesync masts. In the end, I read around and decided that GSYNC was the slightly better technology, so I went with that.

I really wanted a 1440p, 144hz, GSYNC capable monitor - which left me very little choice apart from the ROG Swift. I don't think we are ready for 4k gaming and personally, I wanted to move away from 60hz, not get a 4k 60hz monitor. I'd rather game etc and a fantasticly smooth, with details maxed out 1440p than make sacrifices for 4k - I don't think cards and monitors are quite ready for mainstream 4k just yet, IMHO.

Before the upgrade I ran the Unigine Valley benchmark. The results in some respects are entirely fair - the updated build is constrained by the fact I am running it at 900p - the best resolution I could get from my old setup; but running both tests the same are at least fair. The tests were also performed with the NVidia drivers out of the box, so may improve even more!

Tests were run with ultra settings, x8 AA, ful screen 1600x900 and using DX 11. I was impressed by the result - the GTX 970 returns a score double that of the 980x, a card showing its age a bit:

R9 280x best scores: 1061, min FPS 16, max FPS 48.2. GTX 970 best scores: 2353, min FPS 30.8, max FPS 63.9.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Pics or it didn't happen...

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL :D

Pics added to the build pics :)

Not going to show off my bad cable management though - I need to tidy that up, preferably by getting some thinner cables :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice boxes.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Bloody expensive boxes! :D

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Think you should have gone with the Acer Predator monitor (XB270HU or something like that) 1440p 144hz and an ips panel for about the same price.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I did look at that one, but read a few reviews online about backlight bleed, so decided against it. Very happy with the ROG Swift though :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahhh, there it is! Very nice build. How are you digging the GPU? I have been eying it as well for my build.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I am definitely digging it - a giant leap from my R9 280X. Getting Witcher 3 and Batman Arkham Knight for free were the icing on the cake. When my bank balance has recovered, I am going to SLI 970s. :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm hoping to get a similiar build but with a i5 4690k , what games do you play to justify 144hz and 1440p? Do you get screen tearing if you arent getting near 144fps or can you still play if you are only getting 60-110 fps in a game? Is the 3.5 gb and slow .5 gb an issue on the 970 at 1440p?

Also I'm sure you know that this looks like an awesome build :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi - thanks, so far I am very pleased with the build. I am playing pretty much every single game at 1440p, with GSync on so never get any tearing at all.

So far, I've run benchmarks for all of the games I've been playing (currently playing Bioshock Infinite and Shadow Of Mordor) - both of the benchmarks were producing stable framerates. I can't remember exactly, but Bioshock was in the region of 90 fps maxed out and Shadow Of Mordor a little less.

I'll run the benchmarks again sometime and capture the input.

I am very pleased with the 970 for the price - I would rather two of them in SLI than a single 980, but I guess that's personal preference! I can't say I've noticed the .5 GB thing being an issue so far.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi Slloyd -

Benchmarked Shadow Of Mordor for you - let me know if you'd like to see how any other games do with the build and I'll see what I can do :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1MGOrNWrmQ

Needless to say that it will have been compressed etc by Youtube and my video software.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Were you able to get a nice overclock on the cpu using the 212 EVO?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Not actually tried yet mate, to be honest didn't think of doing it!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm pretty sure I've seen someone get to 4.7ghz with the 212 EVO!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan on getting the Asus ROG SWIFT, either PG278Q or new PG279Q. Is a single GTX 970 good enough or should I get a 980?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

The ROG Swift is a great monitor and I wouldn't want to go back to a monitor without GSYNC - but I think you'll struggle to hit 144fps at 1440p on most modern games with a single 970!

Just as a point of reference, I hit about 135fps with everything set to ultra and 2x 980Tis on Star Wars Battlefront.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I recently realized that. I just bought an MSI 980 since I don't have enough in my budget for a 780 or 2x970/980(TI).

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Added some pics to the build pics slideshow :)

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