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WHen I made this rig originally it was intended to house a gtx 970 HOF from KFA2 (Europe) or GALAX (If you're not from Europe) however after using it for 3 months one of the fans dided, so I contacted OC UK to ask what they could do about it and they gave me a full refund after I sent it to them, that same week I saw the Asus Strix 980ti on sale for £359.99 at overclockers so it made sense to buy it. The Asus card wouldn't have been my first choice and paired up with the 4460... It makes me cringe! I plan to buy a 4790k as I don't see the point of getting rid of my ram and mobo to upgrade to skylake.

When building the system originally I was very familiar with a lot of things, I had already built a PC for a friend that week with a S340 (black and blue though). I really love the S340 but they still have the issue with the cable management on the back and you're very lucky if you manage to route your cables in such a fashion that they don't make the right hand panel budge out a little bit. The only other issue I had with making the system is the daisy chained sata cables, paired with the H100i makes it almost impossible to mount the drives so I just have one drive loose and hanging from the sata cables ( I plan to change the PSU to a superflower 800estt white PSU). I have three gripes with the Asus Strix card though; 1. It pulses irregularly and there's no way to turn this pulsing light (on the side of the graphics card facing the window of the case) off or change it so it doesn't even pulse. 2. The card sags, badly, it has a backplate but this card is so long that it just sags and you don't have to look hard at it to realise this. I hear people saying that some brands are excused from using thin PCB because they have backplates NO! if this card sags I would expect other brands to as well! 3. The cooler doesn't even try to get close to cool the VRMs. However this card has dilevered in performance, I get 60 fps in Minecraft now! Okay seriously I can play Farcry 4 at 92fps maxed out, ROTR @69fps avg and GTA-V at my own custom settings at 93fps.

Gaming isn't the only thing I do though, I use a lot of Premier, Vegas and After Effects and I was debating i7 5820k instead of said 4790k, but the 4790k wins because x99 is still a lot of money. I also Need to do a lot of CAD (PTC if you know the software) which would benifit from the more cores, but the main two uses for my rig is gaming and video editing.

If any of you have any feedback or critiscism to give me please do, I am passionate about PC's. Also, shameless plug here, I'm a moderator on the PC Gaming community on G+ (plz no kill for Google+).

Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

My name is Ken Block, and welcome to Dirt 2.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point
  1. The card sags, badly, it has a backplate but this card is so long that it just sags and you don't have to look hard at it to realise this.

Yes, sadly this was the first thing I noticed. It's unfortunate but I won't discredit you for such a lovely looking build either. When you get your i7-4790K down the road, you will be happy for certain on what you do. Plus one and thank you for sharing.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah the 4790k will be a healthy upgrade. thanks for the positive feedback, I spent only 2 and a half hours with this build I think...

edit: Thanks for not telling me to get a 1070 instead, like everyone on other forum sites.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

No worries and you are most welcome!

edit: Thanks for not telling me to get a 1070 instead, like everyone on other forum sites.

Oh it happens here too. Though I think the phase of "should have bought so-so" died down a notch. I seen it happen before when the GTX 900 series were released and whelp... it repeats itself with the new generations of GPUs. I try my best to not lecture people's decisions by a "should have" or "I would have done this" too much.

The GTX 900 series are good in my experiences and even than I am very aware about the GTX 1000 series are quite pricey too. Plus I don't assume everyone is in the United States because prices around the world may be a lot at the moment. So whatever is said here, I think you made the right decisions and will be upgrading when you need to or able to afford it. :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I seen it happen before when the GTX 900 series were released

When I bought a HOF 970 everyone told me to get a 390 instead... it was just like... I did 3 months of research into it and decided a HOF card was better value (I had the core clock at 1700mhz which made it almost 980 performance), I also had cuda cores for rendering in premier which is another reason why I bought it over the AMD card. I really wanted a Fury X instead (just for the HBM memory) but they were too much.

the GTX 1000 series are quite pricey too.

Yeah they really are, Reference cards being at £399 over here and you can get some dodgy and sketchy cards from KFA2 with a "reference blower cooler" which I would never dream of buying. After market coolers coming in at around £390 cheapest and £430 for brands like MSI, Gigabyte and Asus (Zotac are just under that price bracket).

I think you made the right decisions and will be upgrading when you need to or able to afford it

Thanks, and I will do as soon as I get a different monitor :D A lot of the time I don't need stuff, just want it.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

When I bought a HOF 970 everyone told me to get a 390 instead... it was just like... I did 3 months of research into it and decided a HOF card was better value (I had the core clock at 1700mhz which made it almost 980 performance), I also had cuda cores for rendering in premier which is another reason why I bought it over the AMD card. I really wanted a Fury X instead (just for the HBM memory) but they were too much.

Oh my goodness, yes this was true.

Yeah they really are, Reference cards being at £399 over here and you can get some dodgy and sketchy cards from KFA2 with a "reference blower cooler" which I would never dream of buying. After market coolers coming in at around £390 cheapest and £430 for brands like MSI, Gigabyte and Asus (Zotac are just under that price bracket).

Right. Good grief, it's like $430-$500 for most of the GTX 1070s. Someone has to time it to get a GTX 1060 for under $300 otherwise most are over $300~. GTX 1080s are $650-$800. "Reference" is quite expensive at the moment though I never preferred them either. I rather get the other versions versus the reference.

Thanks, and I will do as soon as I get a different monitor :D A lot of the time I don't need stuff, just want it.

No worries. :)

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

There is really no need for them at all.

Most circumstances I would agree with that statement however, a couple of the decisions people have made before have been dodgy, like buying a 380 instead of a 480 for the same price.

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your support Geekazoid, it means a lot to me.

Those "You should have got so and so." type of comments annoy me like you wouldn't believe.

I know how you feel there. It gets redundant since it's easy to say but especially when there are no explanations as to why they should nor reassure the builder for making their build in the first place.

People are entitled to buy what they want without being made to feel like they made the wrong decision. I would surely like to see those type of comments come to a complete stop because they don't do anyone any good. There is really no need for them at all.

Yes, I agree. People have preferences and that's why I try my best to understand the builder versus being over-critical. It's OK to give constructive criticism or politely disagreeing but it's not OK to make someone feel like their efforts were in vain. I know we all made mistakes. I have my fair share of them because I did not understand about the product or what exactly does it do for the computer. As long someone can direct me to an understandable perspective than I will listen (read text). If it's a degrade than it's not worth my time though emotions have to be in check to not confuse actual constructive criticism with negative feedback.

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe this could help with the gpu sag

http://mnpctech.com/gpu-support-bracket/

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I was planning on getting that actually xD

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Aren't there support brackets you can get for the GPU? I thought I saw other builds with them. Very well done otherwise.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I have seen some places that sell some but I might just do what randomfrankp did and cut a pencil to the right length and spray it a colour like white or black.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

nice house

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

It's getting along nicely, still got a way to go though.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Tell me where u got the two white cables also very beautiful pictures and pc +1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I got mine from here: https://www.overclockers.co.uk/bitfenix-alchemy-8pin-pcie-extension-45cm-sleeved-white-white-cm-177-bx.html But I'm pretty sure that you can buy them from amazon and other places like that, I strongly suggest you get cable combs as well though.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Do u use ethernet or wireless?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I use ethernet.

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Where do you hide the hard drive and sata cables?

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I could possibly mod the case in a simialr style of the hoonicorn and then name it something like a mythical beasts name after hoon. Thanks for the suggestion though!

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Here is the community: https://plus.google.com/communities/101776938390053976305 thanks for the positive feedback, not sure about the S340 for future builds though :3

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you create it or did someone else

someone else did, however they're no longer active, they have their own website now, which I am told is like the drama alert of PC gaming.

how come?

too small for custom loop :3

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah okay. Is that the only reason? I might add though, I believe I've seen "custom loops" done in even smaller cases than the S340. I wouldn't rule it out completely. But, of course, if you personally would find it too small, that's understandable.

it's manly the radiator support and possibly getting a wall mountable PC would just be pretty cool... but idk, I know how a custom loop could fit (it wouldn't be too much of a struggle) but the radiator support is not there. There's about 2" between the end of my graphics card and the front radiator so if I had the radiator any thicker, I couldn't do a push pull config. But yeah it's my only reason, it's a fantastic case though, greatly loved by the community too!

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