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My first build, and really my first gaming PC. I've used budget prebuilt's from Best-Buy in the past for gaming and they were always fine, but never really let me max those graphics settings and maintain even smooth framerates (let alone keep it pined to 60 fps in any game I play). So this time around I spent as much on my GPU as I normally would on an entire computer!...

... and it was so worth it.

I'm loving this machine. I don't even use my Xbox One anymore. all my games looks so amazing, so fluent, its awesome. Not only that, but I had a hell of a time researching and building this computer. I've caught enthusiast fever pretty hard. It was (and is) as much fun to learn about hardware and build my computer as it is to actually play my games on the computer! haha

My only regret was not researching FUTURE components... I built this computer in early April, had I noticed pascal was coming out in but a few short months I DEFINITELY would have waited.... oh well.

My only complaint with this build: The Case - My case (whilst water cooling compatible) isn't really designed well for it. it supports a 240 in the top, but the amount of air flow it allows through there is pretty choked, you combine that with the radiator right underneath it and you have a TON of resistance, and there is no room for a push/pull option to help me out here. As such I've turned my CPU down to 4.0 GHz instead of overclocking it like I wanted because the temps are too high, and fans are too loud to compensate. Since I'm primarily gaming anyway, overclocking doesn't make a huge difference in most games, so I figured I would save the heat and noise and just settle for stock operation. Also the cable management is miserable. while it does have a fair amount of cutouts and tie downs, there is almost no space to work in. the side panel DOES have a beveled out area, so you get a little bit of leeway from that, but even with the HX1000i's low profile and modular cables, i had a harder time than I would have liked getting it closed (although it really wasn't THAT bad)

The case looks pretty sweet though, and it was REALLY cheap, so that considered, I still consider this case a good investment, but if i had to do it again, I may have thrown a bit more money at my case selection.

Cant wait to build another PC. I'm already laying plans for "Project: Zyndoria" although it will likely be at least a year before I can afford to make it... Its gonna be one of those extreme setups. Custom loop, SLI, M.2 in Raid 0, the works.

P.S. The blue LED fans are not so vibrant in reality. They are more subtle, and look much better in person.

Love to hear your comments or questions

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks really good! You'll get really good performance out of the 980TI, don't get down on not being able to get a 1080, that's a really sweet card you got.

Yeah that case doesn't look like it would be great for a rad up top the way its designed.

One quick question, why the 1000W PSU? Could have easily gotten away with 850 for sure, are you planning on SLI in the future?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the 1000W was deliberately for SLI and custom water loop in the future. I could have very easily gotten away with the right 600w with no issues. I figure spend the money now on this machine even though I know it wont be needed.. It has a 10 year warranty, so i figured I would spend the extra now, for something that would last me a good decade haha.

And I'm not that upset about not having a 1080. I'm very happy with my computer, it handily does everything I wanted it to do. Its just a small irritant know i COULD have done a bit better ;)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I'm on the lower end for spending and can't justify $600 or more on a GPU right now, so I just picked up a 970 for a new build. I can always reaplce it in the future with a pascal.

Yeah 600W would definitely be close to the edge for your system. Need to have a bit of room to keep all the components happy under load.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Under heaving game loads this thing really doesn't pull that much 350-400ish total watts under max load. Modern components are extremely power efficient =)

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

right? I went from a GTX 260 (no that's not a typo) to this thing. Holy crap what a difference

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