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My first PC build in over a decade was forced when my son got tired of me using his machine with my driving setup. I wanted to build something decent, but under £1K that would do a few years and allow another GFX card for SLI.

Having not built a machine in so long it's nice to see how things have progressed. Everything is so simple these days (the hardest thing was working out the CPU fan mounting bracket). The modular PSU is really nice and passing wiring along the back keeps everything neat and tidy.

The case isn't bad at the price I suppose, although it's pretty light weight and arrived with the internal PSU brace bent down. There are no grommets in the cable apertures either which seems a little mean. My nod to 'fashion' was limited to buying the version with the window, although the Lad thought I needed something more flashy and LED laden. But hey, I'm an old git looking for something fairly anonymous and it's fine.

I went for the i7 as it's already in the recommended spec for Project Cars, although from what I read most current games won't see any benefit between it and the i5. But for the sake of £75 I didn't want to be buying another CPU in a couple of years.

I considered the Samsung M.2 SSD (dayum that's fast) but decided to go for a cheaper life with the 840. I debated leaving out the optical drive but at £12 and with all that room in the case there was no reason not to add it.

The machine runs much quieter than my sons 2 year old system and Assetto Corsa and Project Cars run great with everything turned up to 11 on the 970. I had intended to go for a triple screen setup but have decided to hold off for the Oculus Rift CV1 instead after watching many sim racers review the DK2.

Thanks PC Part Picker for making the spec'ing part easy and fun.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

You should move the GPU to the top slot. Better for airflow for your fans and maybe faster in the first pcie slot.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Levahj .

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi Mate, Nice build. I too have recently built my own i7 racing sim with a asus r9 280x running three 24" monitors. Can you confirm the name of the app used with the G27 on your phone?

Thanks

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks adz127. The app is 'AC Dashboard' - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/ac-dashboard/id808283778?mt=8 Check out "Fast Dash" and "sin:speed" too.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks Otto-mate, I appreciate the response. Can you also confirm how you mounted the phone to the wheel? some form of adapter?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Here you go http://ebay.eu/1B6MFtj :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

you need to flip the PSU so the fan is facing down (the computer needs to be on a hard surface so the psu won't suffocate). That way it will intake cold air from the bottom and not fight for air with the GPU..... Just clean the filter on the bottom regularly. This way the PSU will last longer and the GPU will run at better temps.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks pegotico I'll give that a go.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

thats cool man, congrats on your own rig. I had the same splitting time with my son on his machine thing going on too. It gets old for both parties ; ) Nice powerful machine you got yourself there +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks bigg_critter , that's a bit of a monster you've built there yourself :) I like the cooling.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, sick set-up overall!

Question, what CPU temps do you get when gaming with the TX3?