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Pre description note: I apologize for the quality of the pictures. I took them with a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, so they're not the greatest...

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Since this is my first build, as well as my first time really posting anything here, I feel i should tell a bit about me. I'm 17 years old, and this build was mainly the product of me... well, wanting to do something productive. I saw an opportunity to create something I could be proud of and am extremely happy with how it turned out. It's nowhere near finished, of course, as my ASUS VG248QE monitors haven't even been purchased.

Now, on to what people actually care about. (lol)

CPU

This was more of an impulse buy, as I was looking for something that wouldn't go past my budget and performed to my liking. The AMD FX 8350 is still an excellent CPU, in my opinion. Levels below the top tier Intel options, but it is more than I expected. I managed to get a stable OC of 4.325GHz, yes I realize that's low. I don't feel like taking the time out of my day to OC it and stability test it anymore than I care to, so I guess it'll stay there for now. Not really much else to say about it, really. Everybody knows 8350s get hot and blah blah blah, ON TO THE NEXT ONE!

CPU Cooler

The CM Glacer 240L took a LOT of research and patience on my part. I watched vast amount of videos about various coolers, and the one that really pushed me to buy it was JayzTwoCents' 240L review. I jumped on some forums, read some more, and ordered it immediately along with 2FT of Primoflex 3/8 UV Green tubing. Under loads it performs very well, aside from the air bubble noises for the first few days. They seem to have worked themselves out. The pump is so silent I can't even believe it's on. I did have a small issue installing it, as my RAM DIMMs wouldn't have fit if I'd have had the pump/block in the vertical orientation. Also, I am running on distilled water.

Motherboard

The Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 is a great MoBo for the price, even if it is 2 years old now. Had a bit of trouble though, because while overclocking my CPU I couldn't find any XMP setting to regulate my RAM speeds/timings so I had to do it manually. I also had to leave my RAM speed at about... I think, 1466MHz, because they refused to be OC'd. I got blue screens every time I tried to boot up with every configuration I attempted. Oh well.

RAM

Well, these DIMMs are a bit outdated, especially for DDR3. 1600MHz downgraded to 1466 on 9-9-9-28 timings is still more than enough, though. Absolutely no problems with them in 4 DIMM config, aside from them not wanting to be overclocked... at all. At stock they do run at the advertised speeds.

SSD

120GB isn't enough, but it's fine until I purchase my HDDs. The boot time is faster than any PC I'd seen before building this. I timed it at 12 seconds with about 11GB of space left on it. Allows for easy access to security options and encryption if necessary. In fact it comes with it's own proprietary means of encryption if you'd like to try that out. 10/10 (no I'm not starting numerical ratings half way through)

GPU

The Gigabyte G1 Gaming 970 is great for now. runs semi-cool under load, and is great for anyone NOT expecting to play games like Far Cry 4 or Assassin's Creed Unity at 60FPS on Ultra settings. I'll just go ahead and blame Ubisoft for that, though. :) Didn't luck out with the OC capabilities of the card. Anything above my current settings of Core:1279 Mem:7215, and I just get driver crashes or grey screens. Very quiet, no coil whine and more than capable of running NORMAL games at very well on High-Very High. Even DayZ. Picture that. To give some perspective:

Ultra Preset:

Bioshock Infinite= 106fps Avg

Battlefield 4= 82fps Avg.

Assassin's Creed Unity= 32fps Avg.

Far Cry 4= 34fps Avg.

...See the problem? lol

Case

Everybody knows about the Define R4, and with the new iteration of the Fractal line-up being introduced this month, I may just move my build to the big, or little brother. Only time will tell. All in all, it's a very quiet, anti-vibration case with decent airflow. Also, It's black. That's a plus. As you may have seen from the above pictures, I had to remove a drive cage. Not for the GPU, but for air flow's sake. I would have had to anyway, because the GPU is a LONG card.

PSU

I haven't had any problems with the power supply. It does what it's supposed to do and does it well. Not a single instance of power dipping or loss in any way. The Supernova G2 series is a good choice for any build today.

Mouse

I feel as if I should speak (or type, rather) a bit about my mouse. The UTechSmart Venus is probably the best choice for anyone who plays MMOs, MOBAs (ew, just my opinion), or FPS games. It's a very responsive mouse, high DPI with no input lag noticeable, and if I'm correct it uses Topre switches. At least it feels that way. Correct me if I'm wrong. The software is user friendly and easy to get used to, and it comes with a little setup disk. Lighting options are in no way limited, as the mouse has "16 Million Color Backlighting". (ooooh shiny) You can very well match your build with the options on this mouse.

Thats about it. I'll most likely add more to this in the future, as well as building more PCs and upgrading this one. Feel free to give me any constructive criticism down below, as well as any tips you may have.

(EDIT)

Updated the pictures a bit and added screenshots. BF4 only, that's all I had time for. Also the lighting in my room is bad.

(EDIT 2)

I got My GPU to overclock @ 1578MHz Core. I'm dumb and didn't turn on KBoost in EVGA Precision X... lel

:)

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UPDATE

Would not recommend the Cooler Master Glacer 240L... It's been discontinued anyway. It started making a loud grinding/whining noise about 2 months after purchase. For fear of it completely failing and/or catching fire, I've purchased a Cooler Master Nepton 240M.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

Can you come back and post some good pics? I didn't finish looking at them due to the quality. Good Luck :)

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Was planning on it. I hate the quality of these. Thanks, and I appreciate the input :)

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

First comment!! >:D

On topic. Your selection of parts is quite nice, that case especially looks beast. +1 for the colour scheme.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks! Had to rock my favorite color :)

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

A GEFORCE tag on the card would have been PERFECT!!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, right? I could have gone with one of the ACX 2.0 cards, but I opted out and got a WINDFORCE instead. In hindsight, it was silly, but it works :) I'm eventually going to upgrade to 980(s) so maybe I'll make it happen ;)

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah...I personally would have gone with AMD instead of Intel and spend more money on the GPU since the only difference between those two would be somewhat three frames per second and $100. Anyways overheating shouldn't be a problem with that dual radiator compared to my stock cooler...+1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup :) My Intel "upgrade" will come sooner or later. Patience is a virtue. I think the only time I overheated was during an Aida64 stability test where my voltage was higher than it should have been. I got up to 71C because my mobo defaulted it to like 1.5V before I saved BIOS. That was a head scratcher.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome Looking Build!

Just a quick question - Why did you pick two 1tb Black Series Drives and a 2tb Green Series? Why not 3 Green Series or 3 Black Series?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Also, the two Black Series are mainly for quick access applications or games, because they're high performance HDDs. I'm sure it doesn't make an ACTUAL difference, but it makes me feel better, lol. The green is more for general storage. Recordings, Music, Photos, etc. :)

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool! I understand now.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Are the blacks in a RAID?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

sadly, no. I'm not very experienced with RAID arrays and configurations, but I could learn. It looks useful. This was my first build so, I'm a noob lol

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Looking Build! As a side note to using Black Editions in a RAID... don't! I learned the hard way after going through three of them in a row. Kept burning them out in less than a year, only to find out that they aren't designed for use in RAID configurations, so they don't last at all. Run the RED series HD's if you want to RAID them, or run SSD's. :-) Keep up the good work. Looking forward to my Monster in the coming months. Bought some parts already. http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/Vq3Z7P

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

nice selection of parts..great build!! +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, glad people like it :)

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

you can put some Scotch tape on the letters and use a green sharpie to adjust color slightly.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought about that and colored film. I'm not sure what I'd like to do yet, but for now I like the color

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

k

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

nice wouldn't change a thing +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'm so happy to be getting so much good feedback from people :) Glad you like it

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

you can turn off the light or mod it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDe344t0ebA. That would make the build look awesome.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

40 on idol seems rather hot for a 970, is your airflow in your case fine?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

$w4g build! +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

haha Thanks man!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you colorblind? from BF4 in colorblind mode.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

haha no, those are the colors Spectator mode gives you :)

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh I never spectate in BF4. My first memories of bf4 include shooting my team mates and being called a douche bag. Red and green look the same. :)

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

hahahahaha

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the build. Nice cable management.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate it :) glad I did well for my first build.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

how did u get the liquid cooling tubes to be green

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

They are Primoflex 3/8 inch UV Green tubing from performance-pcs.com :)

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

tnx

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Saw the 8350 and automaticly liked it. Nice build, tho! But arent 4 TB overkill?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

4TB for games, music, movies, recordings, programs, tools, etc. :) I'd say it's necessary.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know why all these people are not getting well over 60fps in FarCry4 with a 970? I am getting 65-90 fps with all options ultra. I think its FRAPS, you tried just using shadowplay as your FPS counter? If you are using FRAPS look at this... http://www.gamersnexus.net/game-bench/1561-shadowplay-vs-fraps-vs-gvr-recording-benchmark

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I was actually using the MSI Afturburner proprietary FPS counter. I forget what it's called. I got stuttering, and very low FPS. No idea why. :/

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you change the color for the powerbutton of the case? or did you buy stuff

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought a 3mm 24" 2-pin LED from performance-pcs.com

:)

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same CPU cooler... So can you buy clear liquid cooling tubes and put green liquid in it or can you make it turn green??

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

haha Thanks. He's a very intelligent and insightful person and he's very good at what he does. :)