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Update: Wife & kiddos surprised me with a solid update for this PC. I know there was a lot of concern with the fact I skimped on the GPU at the time of build - so after a year or so, we're not rocking a solid NVIDIA GTX 1080 - Founders Edition. Amazing performance boost from the 970 turbo, to this. Thanks guys.

5-6 years ago, built an AMD Phenom II, ATI HD 6950, on a gigabyte ga-870a. With BF 1 and future games coming on the horizon, and the price of parts are incredible, I decided it was time.

Should run most games pretty solid, and then in 5-6 years, we'll do it all over again :)

Feed back welcomed :)

Notes:

Enjoyed the 212 Evo cpu cooler - that was a first for me - had to revert back to an old case due to the size of this thing... Glad it came with the higher riser stands so it would clear the DDR4's.

The OEM modular cables for the power supply were a little challenging to will into place, but I overcame.

Pro-tip for those installing windows 10 - create a USB flash drive. 3.1 USB transfers were amazing.

ASUS fanboy, I admit. This motherboard has more tweaks than your average drug-head....seriously, every aspect of this board has an option to overclock. I considered SLI'ing due to the cost, but the performance bump wasn't worthy in my opinion. I splurged on the 24" LED 144hz panel :) Technology is cool.

Comments

  • 42 months ago
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Great build man! I have the same graphics card and I am loving it runs games great (although it is being bottled necked by my fx 6300) I hope it brings you the same enjoyment mine has to me! +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I definitely recommend a GTX 1060 or 1070 over the 970. Other than that great build!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Why do you have 32gb's of ram? Curious, considering you could've gone with just 16 and put the extra cash torwards a 1070.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate that. It was probably due to the old way of thinking....old habits die hard right? In years past, the bottle neck was always ram, and in order to help performance of GPU's and framerates, and even boot and file seeking on common hard drive tasks, I always loaded up ram. I used the analogy of ..."more librarians working the shelves, cataloging the book"... guess at the end of the day, it was just a preference thing. And in terms of the video card, I was actually considering the 1060, but due to the popularity, and unproven results - I went with something I can push a little and get decent. I was really stoked about the price I found on amazon for the card. Thanks for the question though.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Great answer. And nice build. Thanks for posting.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build although I would've stretched my budget $20 more to get a 1070

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, can you edit your parts prices to show your pre shipping and pretax total? Thanks.

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