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Gaming PC and entertainment center.

Easily does 144 fps for GS:GO and Mirrors Edge. I replay Mirrors Edge every time I get a new computer; it's my own personal benchmarking tool. Metro: Last Light looks great as well.

Looks fantastic all put together. The Phanteks cooler in white is so pretty and matches the case fans and hard drive brackets, but it does cover up the gold memory sticks. I added RGB lights... so sexy.

System was a bit loud for a while, especially the fan on the GPU, but seems to be more quiet now. Is that normal?

The PNY 970 is so ******* ugly. Get a 970, but don't buy the PNY brick.

I should have gone for lower capacity mechanical hard drive and put that money into a bigger SSD. Oh well.

The Acer monitor does not come with DVI-D cables so I had to get those separately to play at 144 fps. Why in the world would you sell a 144hz monitor without DVI-D cables, Acer?

When I built everything and realized I had no internet connection I had to go get a network adapter. I didn't know there were drivers for the motherboard (first build, guys) and when I put in the adapter I got the BSOD. I felt like I was way in over my head so I took it to a tech support company. It was cheap and we got it running. Now I know for next time.

If anyone takes the time to read this far any advice on where to go next? I am looking to buy one part per year to keep up with technology. I would like to use the motherboard for as long as possible and the case for forever.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

hows the wireless adapter?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

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Adapter works fine. No issues for almost a year.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet glad to here it :D

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man! Cable management could be a tad better but overall I really like it. This build should last you for quite a few years honestly. Instead of spending money upgrading one item per year, just save that money and stash it away for a new build 4 or 5 years down the road. plus it can be difficult to just upgrade one item a year anyways. For instance, the next generation of i5 processors may use an entirely new socket which would require you to not only upgrade the cpu but also the mobo and most likely the ram since ddr4 is out. But to each his own.

Nice build!!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

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Thank you! I was thinking about going for SLI or 980ti and an Ultra-wide monitor which might require more power. Saving money in the mean time.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build! How do you like that Fractal Design case? I'm assuming you play with V Sync on hence the 144fps/144Hz monitor you have, should turn V Sync off and really see what the 970 is capable of, its great :D +1 though on a awesome build!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

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Love the case. Only problem is the fan cables connect to the case in a very inconvenient place. Other than that its great. Lots of room to grow.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Any issues with the cpu cooler on this mother board? Is it touching the RAM at all?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I jut logged in for the first time in 10 months...

No. Not at all.