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First off I just want to say thank you to everyone for all there help and ideas . This is a great community and I'm proud to be a part of it. I started this build way back in September but i have just been extremly busy with work and some family issues. It's still not done but getting close. I ordered a second G1 970 back in December. When I received it i noticed the metal framing at one end of the card was bent bad. I went back to examine the box but there was no damage so I have a feeling it was damaged at the factory. The fan on the outside right now makes a clacking noise due to it hitting the bent frame. I RMA'ed it without much of a hassle. So here is a parts break down for those interested.

CPU Intel i5 4690k Great CPU its an unlocked quad core that's great for gaming. I was able to push this CPU to 4.8 at 1.27v so I got a fairly good overclocker. Right now I have no need for that high of an OC so i brought the chip back down to 4.2 at 1.2v for longevity.

CPU Cooler Corsair H100i This is a fairly decent AIO closed loop cooler. It sports a 240mm radiator with a color changing led on the pump and thermal paste pre installed.'The 2 fans that it comes with are loud so I switched them out for some Corsairs SPs. It also allows you to download a copy of Corsair LiNK that allows you to control and monitor fan speeds temperatures colors etc. . This cooler was released in 2012 so although it is a great cooler and I would recommend it there are other coolers out now that offer more cooling power for less.

Motherboard Msi Z97 Gaming 5 I admit that I primarily bought this board for how it looks. It has a matte black PCB and some nice red and black heatsinks that just looks sexy. The fact that it has a very nice UEFI Bios,M.2, Realtek ALC1150, Excellent Overclocking Potential, SLI/Tri-Fire support, 6 month X split subscription and has never given me any problems is just a bonus and those are just the features I can remember off the top of my head. I would definitely recommend this board to a friend.

Ram GSkill Sniper Gaming Series Not much to say here i was able to pick these up on sale cheap. The ram looks and feels heavy and well made. The fact that it is mostly black with a small touch of red makes it fit in with just about any color scheme. 1600 Cas9 is fairly zippy and playing with the timing I was able to drop the latency to an 8-8-8-24. I probably could get better timings out of it as I only spent 20min messing around with it. I have never had any problems with GSkill and it comes with there standard lifetime warranty. I Would definetly recommend.

SSD Samsung 840 Evo 250GB I'm using this as my Boot Drive right now until I can migrate my OS over to my Samsung 840 Pro then the Evo will become solely for games and programs that I want to run quickly. Both drives are fast and stable but will probably be discontinued soon to due to the 850 Pro and 850 Evo being released. I would recommend both drives.

HDD Seagate Barracuda Standard Platter hard drive 64MB 7200rpm. It's a fairly fast for a spinner and I have had no problems. I would have bought an HGST Ultrastar or Deskstar if I could have found a halfway decent price for one at the time. Regardless I would still recommend.

GPU Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX970 Amazingly fast, cool and quiet. It is probably the best GPU I have ever owned. I was able to push this thing to almost 1500mhz and almast 8000 on memory with stock voltage!! I have dropped the OC to 1470 boost clock because at the moment there is no need to go any higher. Waiting on my 2nd 970 which should be getting shipped very soon back from newegg. Would definitely recommend this card.

Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro So first off I almost got the NZXT s340 but I changed my mind And went with the Enthoo Pro and I am sure glad I did (although I wish I would have went with the white). This case is freaking amazing. Just about anything and everything can be removed from the case , it has a PSU cover nicely,placed Grommets, Dust filters everywhere , large window, already placed mobo stand offs, room for radiators galore, comes with 200mm and 140mm fans, has a crap load of fan placement areas and that's just off the top of my head. I would recommend this Strongly to anyone looking for a full sized case.

PSU

Seasonic 760xp2 Platinum Another amazing component . This Psu is heavy and well made fully modular , platinum rated and has a hybrid fan less mode where the fan does not spin on low to medium loads. It comes with a 7 year warranty a cool nylon and Velcro pack for your extra cables and a velvet bag to carry the psu in. This psu is quiet like really quiet and I have had 0 problems with it. It has enough juice for my 970 sli and plenty to spare. I would definitely recommend this psu to a friend.

I have to head off to work and will finish the rest of this later on tonight I also will try and find a better camera to take pictures with as my iPad takes horrible pictures thanks again everyone and happy computing.

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  • 63 months ago
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" CPU Intel i5 4690k Great CPU its an unlocked quad core that's great for gaming. I was able to push this CPU to 4.8 at 1.27v so I got a fairly good overclocker. Right now I have no need for that high of an OC so i brought the chip back down to 4.2 at 1.2v for longevity. "

Anything under 1.3V on the Cores are perfectly Safe. YOu need to have that overclock at 4.8 24/7 for the free performance if is truly stable at that Speed with that low amount of voltage. Have you stress tested it?

  • 63 months ago
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Yes I only left it on Prime95 for 4-5 hours but I had to leave and it was stable up to that point . I heard you need to leave it on for 24 hours to know you have a super stable overclock. So I can't be sure if it was 100% stable.

  • 63 months ago
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Ah it's a theory of how long to run stress test. I personally would never go over a 6 hour mark. 100% load at 6 hours is excessive. Your volts used to get to 4.8Ghz are extremely low. I am just letting you know.

  • 63 months ago
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Also when I had it that high the temps were up in the high 60s low 70s at that point and I felt that was a little high.

  • 63 months ago
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High temps would be around the 80C mark. Not 70s. Normal Op temps of the processor are usually around 68C

  • 63 months ago
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Here is the Link for the Processor. You Will see the T Case temp listed

I5

Sorry this is the New One

  • 63 months ago
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I went back and ran some more stress tests last night. At 4.8 @ 1.27v it shut down a little over 2 hours in at 70.8c . I know the CPU is safe till 1.3v but I really didn't want to push the voltage any higher. I finally settled for 4.6 @ 1.25v still running now 4 hours in 66c.

  • 63 months ago
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I can't tell you what you should feel safe with you know? But I run my processor right now at 1.29CoreV for a 4.564Ghz Overclock. If I personally was at 1.275CoreV trying to be stable at 4.8Ghz I would bump the Core V to 1.325V and just make sure I have adequate cooling to keeps temps below 85C during stress test. 4.8Ghz Is amazing. Just my Two Cents.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

love that Entho Pro Did you use the front 200mm fan?

  • 63 months ago
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No.... I had it in at first but it wasn't enough intake for me. It created negative pressure which actually sucks dust into your case. So I replaced it with 2 aeorcool sharks 140mm and push 96 cfm each. They are a little too loud for me though. I might have to bite the bullet and just throw some noctua industrials in there.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy ****, I'm looking at a similar build. Same case, cpu and gpu (MSi Twin Frozr 100 me).

How's the UHD monitor?