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Since my last post, I've replaced: Radiator fans (2x 120mm) and front intake fans (2x 140mm) with Noctua fans (believe the hype, they're amazing). I left the AF140 Quiet Edition on the exhaust slot because it's indeed quiet, looks good and gets the job done.

I also replaced my CS750M power supply with the more dependable HX850i. This PSU features fan-less operation up to near max load.

My PC is now of the "quiet" category!

Future Updates: Not really sure where to take it from here. I considered upgrading to an i7 4790K but that would do me no good since this is a gaming build and the performance gain would be negligible from my i5 4690K (OC'ed 4.4Ghz @ 1.150V). I game at 1080p, 60hz so replacing my GTX770 is unnecessary at this time.

I guess the next thing may be upgrading my gaming monitor to a 2k or 4k but that would be an expensive investment that would need to be followed by a GTX 980 or 980ti, so easily $1K to make that move.

I do plan to upgrade my storage to 2x 2TB HDD, I wanted 2x 3TB but I hear nothing but horror stories about 3TB drives.

That's all folks!

UPDATE: I ended up upgrading to an i7 4790K which is in my current build.

UPDATE: I've swapped out the 2TB WD Green in favor of a 3TB Seagate.

UPDATE: Swapped the Asus 770 for a Ghz Edition 780ti

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  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you have any game benchmarks you could share to us? I'm in a decision of getting either of a 280X or a 770.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the same gpu/cpu and scored 7.5k on the firestrike test. Id say the 770 is better but I got it for an unbelievable price so im biased

Great build link!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks dude!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Between a 770 and a 280x, the 770 is the better GPU everywhere you look, especially at 1080p resolution. This is the reason why I've upgraded everything on my PC but the GPU to this point, my 770 gives me ultra/high settings @60fps+ on all games I've thrown at it, most recently: Shadow of Mordor and NBA 2K15. If you're able to find a good deal, get the 770.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I looked at Anandtech bench and saw that 280x pulls a bit better than a 770. Also what about the vram usages on games? 3GB VS 2GB? Would I ever exceed 3GB VRAM on a 1080P gaming?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Like your setup. Regarding the 3TB drive situation, I personally have a 3TB Seagate Barracuda for mass storage and it's been nothing but good to me. In y experience, as long as you're using your drives in the way they were intended and they're secured firmly to your case's mounting mechanism you'll be golden. On another note, how do you like the MSI board?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

That's great, thank you for the feedback on the drives, I am most likely going to get x2 of the 3TBs in the near future thanks to feedback like yours.

The board is good, it's loaded with features, utilities and compatibility at a moderate price. It is ranked as a Tier 1 motherboard here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2383187/motherboard-tier-list-z97-chipset.html And mainly, I read nothing but good things about it before purchasing. Finally, it looks and feels great. The on-board power, reset and OC buttons, as well as the on-board display for codes/CPU temps are features that appeared to be reserved for the more expensive boards and I was very happy to find on there.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Neato!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for fellow air 540 :)

Btw is that noctua good? I'm debating between 3 120mm or 2 140mm. Also do you put dust filter for the bottom and PSU?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The Noctua fans are great, they in fact live up to the hype. I really like the build quality, which you can tell from just holding a fan.

I had the same debate, ended up going for 2x 140mm because the case has a clear path for air flow and I know the Noctua's excel at pulling air through front cage/filter. I found 3 120mm's may look like a bit much, less clean if that makes sense. And finally but not least, 2x 140mm is about 33% cheaper than 3x 120mm.

I didn't add any filters to bottom or PSU. I havent noticed much of a dust build up over the months. I do go back in once every 2 months or so with a light feather duster and refresh the guts, which is easy to do due to the size of the case. In doing so, dust is not a concern.