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//Introduction\ I finally have a chance to list my personal build after dropping in a second GTX 970 a couple days ago. I've had the CPU, Motherboard and Ram for almost two years now. I also added the other parts last year including the case and and SSD's. Upgraded a couple peripherals; the headset, mouse and keyboard 7 months ago. I named this build after Kaine from the Spider-man comics since the colors matched perfectly. Built this rig for the purposes of mainly graphic design, gaming and a little bit of audio production.

//Gaming\ Even when I was just on one GTX 970 it handle many games on 1080p with no issues. I recently purchased a 4K TV capable of doing 60HZ on 4K when connected to my rig. The SLI setup lets me play most games smoothly on 4K with shadows and AA turn down or off to stay at 60FPS with everything else maxed out. The overclock on the GPU's also helps whenever I go 4K.

//Overclocking\ I pushed the CPU to 4.2ghz and gave the GPU's a slight push also. Wanted to keep the temps cool.

//Conclusion\ Im happy with this build and plan on using it for another year or more while I build my next rig. I might purchase in the future NZXT's LED+, Corsair Mechanical Keyboard, fan controller and custom GPU back plates for the GTX 970's.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 the 3770k + Z77 Sabertooth = awesome! I have the same cpu/board combo.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanx! I've always loved that combination.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

980ti > 970 SLI

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice, and 1 question. The 2nd 970, is that the one with that black bar part thing by the SLI connectors? My 970 doesn't have that part because it was purchased at the start of last year before they remade the cooling parts :(

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I would assume so, he also left all the dust caps on as well.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I did word that wrong, so I guess that a joke was made at that part :P

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The 970 with the black metal part is to support it from sagging which was added in new versions of the MSI 970. The one without the black metal is my first 970 and got it when they first came out. The 970 without the black metal saggs really bad on my board im trying to get a RMA as we speak from MSI. Using a plastic thing to hold it up for now.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I didn't know it was for the sagging, but I do notice that it does sag a lot. I would RMA mine (if possible) but I lost the screws when I added a custom backplate, so I only have the screws that are needed for the backplate and not the original card :(

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I would try and see what they say. I don't know for sure if backplates void the warrenty but you never know.

Looking to picking up a custom backplate and bridge for the build. http://www.v1tech.com/shop/sli/msidragonslibridge/ http://www.v1tech.com/shop/backplates/msi-dragon-backplates/#reviews

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Well,The BP I have is placed over the 4 main screws that go over the GPU and hold on the cooler: http://www.coldzero.eu/msi-gtx-970-gaming-pcb-13/1955-msi-gtx-970-gaming-pcb-v13-layout-1-1.html

So I should be fine if I can find my other screws

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

great looking build, I was going to get the same case for my PC build but I did not know how to download windows onto the computer as it did not fit an optical drive how did you do it?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

You can create a USB Windows installation drive very easily. Failing that, if you have an optical drive laying around the house and a Windows disk. Just plug the drive in out the back of the case with the panel off, then then unplug, and put it away (cause no one ever uses them anymore anyways) after the installation. Lastly you could use an external disk drive if you can borrow/buy one.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

A USB thumb stick will work fine. I recommend a 8GB stick and download ISO image of Windows 10. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

As xAzelf mention no one uses disk drives anymore better off with a usb drive.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

As someone who still rocks an i5 2500k, I really wish I could find a reasonably priced z77 Sabertooth T_T

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Great board to have. Looked online at Sabertooth Z77 they just don't really carry it anymore. For those that do it seems really overpriced. Keep your eye open for a refurbished one at a good price.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

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