Description

I've built multiple PC's, this being my 4th. Until this build i was an avid gamer with the issue of mobility constantly besetting me. Thus after a long hard summer of work I purchased a 1500 dollar gaming laptop and used it with great satisfaction as it was capable of handling itself at medium to ultra settings on AAA games at 30-60 fps. less then 6 months later i found myself no longer needing it and my gaming time drastically reduced. I began looking into building my own gaming PC and thus this project was born. I say project because its undergone some transformations since i bought most of the hardware near the end of 2014.

The original PC used the Phantom 530 NZXT case, had 8gb of ram, and a Corsair CX750w PSU, no samsung SSD and a Gigabyte Windforce G1 GTX 970. these components all eventually swapped out for different parts or were added at separate times. I also had more LED's and fans then the current build.

While the Phantom 530 proved a excellent case with amazing cable management and ample room for my long windforce video card with great airflow, i ran into the issue of dust. as a very open case with over 6 intake fans (including the H100i) it seemed to push almost as much air as my rooms air filter/purifier. originally i added dust filters to all the intake fans but due to the case design were far from convenient to clean. with or without the dust filters, the dust levels were to high for my satisfaction. Another issue i had with the case were internal aesthetics. originally i had not cared but after completing it it bugged me quite a bit how the case appeared with its components in place. it also proved a little big for my taste. i originally had my eyes on the NZXT 440 but the NZXT s340 proved to be my choice due to size and aesthetics.

With the notion of aesthetics, i began to notice with to much care how ugly the non modular PSU was and found myself hating the excess wires. Thus i purchased and fully modular EVGAS 850w G2 PSU along with individually sleeved red cables. while 850w is far more than i needed, i plan on using it again in the future and had extra cash to spend.

Somewhere between my initial build time and now, my roommate owed me roughly 100 dollars. i told him to just buy me more ram. so i got a extra 8Gb to throw in to my machine.

The 500Gb SSD came from my laptop. When i bought the laptop i initially upgraded the HDD to the samsung. Upon selling it i swapped hardrives and added the extra memory to my desktop. I left the OS on the crucial mostly because i had no desire to migrate the data to the Samsung. boot times are satisfactory.

As for the Windforce, i hated the blue led in my red and black themed machine. i had it turned off and then purchased Red LED's and performed a LED swap. I was having a blonde moment and hap-hazzardly broke the wire prongs attaching the logo plate to the PCB board. As a result i sold it to a friend of mine and used it as an excuse to get a 980. With that said the 970 was perfect for my needs and i had OC'd it to out perform my 980 on stock speeds. I wanted the best single card performance so i got the 980 (granted other aftermarket coolers might have been better for performance but i liked the reference design). but OF COURSE nivida had to release the TITAN X right after. either way i've oc'd the 980 with great results and performance with no complaints.

I used a wireless card due to where my room is in my apartment...away from any Ethernet port or my router. performs well and no complaints. personally i think it adds a flair to the case with weird prongs.

My only complaint to the build is my choice of MOBO. while i have no FUNCTIONAL issues with it, i was unaware of its obnoxiously blue LEDS on the mobo, throwing my aesthetics off. i fixed it by putting a tiny piece of electrical tape over them. perhaps i'll add a dab of non conductive paint if i get around to it. Originally i was going to go with the maximus hero 7 but the MSI was on sale at the time of my purchase. i also on hindsight should have gone with the kraken x61 but that is a small issue.

as mentioned earlier, unlisted in this build are several fans, filters, and leds that where tossed outa the build due to case specifications. i've included a picture of my old case with everything but the 980 for your reference.

As for the i7 it is OC'd moderately to 4.4 GHz. stable speeds on my 980 are around 1539MHz on the core clock with an effect memory clock of 8000Mhz. I rarely use the OC profile for my 980 because quite frankly on my 1080 PLS monitor i dont need it. This brings the idea that my machine is overpowered for the monitor, which is a true fact. i plan on getting a tri or 2-4k screen in the near distant future.

Unlisted in the part list:

W8 OS Corsair RGB K65 mechanical keyboard cherry mx Corsair Sabre RGB Gaming mouse Corsair Standard Mouse Pad

Couple this with my 2k worth of sound equipment i have some pretty decent sound.

Comments

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build! Don't worry about the Titan X, you wouldn't want it as a gamer anyways. Save the money for another 980!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! actually my business partner might get his hands on some titan x's and might be able to grab for me. it actually attains better performance in games as well as shear computing power. its just so massively huge the 980 falls a little bit behind. not by much though :D

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree. at 1K apiece, I'd rather save up another 200 and get a 2nd 980 as well.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

or the r9 295x2 at $700 and 40%faster than titan x and 8% faster than titan z

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Niice, send me your extra LED fans :P

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

This is gorgeous build! Very good components selection! Have you thought about lacing the sleeved cables or putting combs on them? Here are the results after several hours of lacing - Senna S

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

thought about it! if i get around to it i'll definitely give it a go

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

You're in a fortunate position if you can possibly get a Titan X. How do you like that reference design on your graphics card? I've been considering getting a 970 and was looking at that cooler design. I really like it and how it works is appealing. However far as pure cooling performance people recommend the after-market designs.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

it runs much hotter than my windforce g1 gtx970 did. if your case can handle the length its one of the strongest designs out there for shear perfomance esp on OC. The reference runs with my oc settings and custom fan settings at arouind 70 c but its apparently designed to handle up to 80. any hotter you start seeing artifacts appear.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

is the reference much louder then your windforce? That's another consideration for me.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

only when it passes 60 c. which it does often. i often dont notice it since my system is not the quietest out there. i've yet to change my case fans from running at the high RPMs they are at now. with that said even when i play a game i can sometimes here the coolers fans kick on after a few hours of gameplay depending on the game and settings. since i crank mine to the sheer highest they will go on 1080 and make liberal use of DSR it doesnt really suprise me how much the fans have to work.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

titan x still sucks for the price the r9 295x2 is 40% faster and up to $400 cheaper in some cases

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

you just didnt need 16gb ram if your 4k gaming with video streaming your not going to use 16gb ram so what now? you could of threw the 16gb off and got a little faster single gpu card or a r9 295x2

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

i got it for free essentially after everything had been purchased so i thought "might as well" haha otherwise i woulda thrown the 80 into a larger ssd

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

oh ok :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I would of gotten the 290x 8gb version just for the 8 GB just because I like to play with HD Textures and shaders. Overall good build!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the 128gb mx100? I heard that some people have been disappointed with its performance due to it being 70% slower than the 256gb mx100. Have you had any problems with it?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

works great for what i paid for it! i personally would of preferred intel but i just wanted something for a bootdrive. i just keep the OS and system related apps on it and it performs.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

How good is that wi fi adaptor inwant to buy it +1 for build