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I've been picking parts for this build for an awful long time. I have finally finalized it and I built this last month.

The goal for this PC was to just simply build something powerful that is able to deal with any sort of tasks as well as not be power hungry. I used to do a long of After Effects freelance work in the past and I obviously do a fair amount of gaming. I am very happy with the results. I was planning to learn more about OC-ing as I don't have experience with it, but the current performance is good for me, I decided to hold off on that for now. When I do, I might just invest on a 240mm AIO liquid cooler for the better surface are.

Red was my favorite color, but now I'm feeling orange is now...considering the PC world has bastardized red/black.

--Parts Explanation and Rationale--

CPU - I didn't want to shell out more money for the X99 platform because I feel it for a bit too pricey for me. So i7, 8 threads. It's great for everything. Done deal.

Motherboard - People have told me I could of gone with the SOC Force z97 variety because it's orange, but I decided not to because I am not trading features I like on the UD5H for the sake of color OCD. Love this board, but my Intel Gigabit isn't as reliable for me, but all well. I really wanted to go Gigabyte on this.

RAM - With a black PCB and heat spreader, these DIMMs look pretty stealthy, yet aggressive. I didn't want anything gaudy. Honestly went 4x4 only because because I am physically getting more than 8x2. Stupid, yes, but I am a stupid person.

Storage - I got the OCZ off Black Friday last year from my old PC and picked up the V300 on sale because I need another SSD for my games, especially GTA V. I do have the old HDD from my old PC for mass storage. It can make a bit of noise considering it's an old drive. My next upgrade will be a 500gb SSD when they come down in price and/or on sale.

GPU - Decided to go with the Green Team after years of sticking with the red. I didn't want a r9 290x because of it gobbling up power. I chose this Zotac variety because I love the aesthetics. Its got a back plate and a very tasteful shroud. The Base and Boost clock seemed nice to me as well. The drawback is that this card as a 2 year warranty compared to the competition with 3 years. That's something to consider.

People will tell you to go with Nvidia for After Effects because of CUDA, but the real reason is for AE's feature called Ray-tracing. That is the ONLY feature that uses CUDA. If I'm not mistaken.

Case - This case was beautiful to build in. The only issue was the lack of loops to zip tie cables to. I love the clean angles and lines. I didn't want something with a window. It does a good job of keeping it quiet. I still hear subtle fan noise, but that's because it's a foot away from me. It was on sale for $80 at the time, so it was a steal.

PSU - The orange accent was a mere accident. I bought this and the case at the same time because they were on sale. For a future upgrade, I'd might swap it out for a 80+ gold PSU and black cables.

Fans - Linus convinced me.

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Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, turned out great.

I don't think you could fit a hair between the cpu and the front fan, perfect fit!

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build and clean cable management. Love it!

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for linus, another +1 for orange XD

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, it's a shame that there is no side panel window though :(

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

This case is badass, i can just see a powerful workstation being put in this, it doesnt have a window but it looks great. awesome build bro!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build!!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

It's so nice to see someone do something other than red/black or all white. The noctua brown fans actually look quite good with the black and orange. Plus you used quality parts. Love it.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you updated the BIOS in the Zotac? http://www.silentpcreview.com/Zotac_GTX_970_Extreme_Core It will reduce the fan speed when GPU is idle

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, good job! I like how your PSU accidentally matched the rest of the scheme! I just picked up the same GPU today for my new build, can't wait to try it but I am still about a month off until I have everything. How are you finding the card?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! The card is very satisfying. I'm able to play all my games maxxed at 1440p. However, much like most long cards, it probably will sag a little. In my opinion, it is the best looking 970 out there

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build - I am considering something similar, so could you please tell me:

Do you have Windows 10 and if so are you able to manually set the Zotac fan speed?

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