Description

I am happy with this system (£647.78 without peripherals) the aim was £600 and i went slightly over that. I moved from a 2013 macbook which was having a bad time trying to keep up with my renewed passion for gaming. The Tv's, Audio, external HDD and wireless adapter all came with the process of trying to upgrade my macbook while also building a desktop was in the back of my mind, for the best part of a year.

Pros:

Relatively cheap gaming computer: I chose the GTX960 4GB over a GTX970 4GB mainly because of the 0.5GB ram issue with the 970 and the price also helped.

Cool: With the amount of airflow the Fractal Core 1500 gives is amazing. I did have to upgrade the stock intel heatsink after about 6 months the cooling was adquate even when gaming but the noise wasn't, cant fault the Hyper 212 EVO. Plus the low thermal output of the New I5s.

Cons:

Storage space is low: I love the SSD but once you've used one you want more and 500GB is not alot.

TV's: Cheap and good for steaming and googling but i cant help but notice while playing fast pased games that thinks tend to 'stutter'. I wish i had the money to buy a few 32" 4K 144MHZ screens. But for the price they are alright.

Remotes: Having Tvs and audio equipment means instead of just powering on the computer you have to also turn on 2 tvs and a radio. An annoyance, but im just nit picking.

Dont buy cheap Chinese RBG LED strips of Ebay they will last a few months at best.

Pic1: Before; Macbook

Pic2: Build Day

Pic3: Build Night

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the 4GB 960 also has the 0,5gb issue, but it didn't get nearly as much attention as the 970's did because it would only be a problem for 1440p gaming for the most part and a 960 isn't meant to be used for 1440p gaming. Nice dual monitor setup

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

i did a quick google and theres alot of conflicting reports as to whether the 960 4GB versions have the same 0.5GB issue,it may differ between manufacturer. I may have to do some testing.

The reason i was looking at 4GB over 2GB was that i was aiming to use dual 1980*1080. I didnt want a game useing close to 2GB Vram only for the second screen pusing it over the threshold.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I had a look at your build how are you finding the M.2 SSD? Worth the money?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Umm well you pay a premium for convenience really. Being a B+M key 850 Evo makes it no faster or slower than a 2.5" 850 Evo but it sure was easy to install. I would say for small form factors its worth it but for a ATX mid tower case I wouldn't go for a B+M key.

That being said I've understood that M key M.2s are great and very fast. Since I use my computer mostly for games I don't think the extra cost of those is worth it right now.

Nifty? Yes. Worth the money? I'm still up in the air about that.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Samsung SM951 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive recently triggered my price alert (<£200) and like you said at the moment the price doesnt realy warrent any major benifits. Especially if i used it for OS since i boot in about 6 seconds ( it takes longet for the tvs to boot :) ). Use the M.2 for games and load times will disappear and thats what attracts me but then it will be like my HDD to SSD; i will want more space and that will become expensive. Maybe in a few years.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think that game load times will be affected linearly. Yes a SSD improves load times but I'm not sure that would scale up proportionally. I think you are right though, not right now.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Get a Logitech AIO remote for all of your audio stuff and tv, makes it super easy!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I would love a device that could sence the pc boot and send a signal to the tv and hi-fi to wake. i looked into CEC graphics cards and the like, you can buy CEC boxes but they are quiet expesive for what they are. Im sure with abit of time, effort and solder i could make these remotes detect the power on and press the relevent buttons.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice setup and parts choices. If you need more storage go for a HDD and keep your SDD for OS and programs.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Does your wallpaper change at night automatically? Anyway, great build.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. No it doesn't, the picture were taken at different time :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build. Also, I LOVE your desktop background in pic number 3.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice set up :)

Would you be kind enough to tell me if you are still able to mount a side fan in this case as well as the Evo 212? I've read that cooler is a tight fit in that particular case.

Thank you in advance.

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