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I've been scouting PC Part Picker for what seems an eternity, adjusting my part list countless times after seeing all your awesome and often outrageous builds. I finally made up my mind and ordered all the necessary parts (needless to say I felt like a kid at Christmas waiting for them to arrive and open!)
I previously had a i7 3770K with a GTX 670 rig (that was pre built) that has lasted me 4 years. The CPU was actually very good and was running at 4.4GHz. I tested it out with my 1070 and it showed no signs of bottlenecking whatsoever. This time around I was looking forward to getting stuck in myself and with the aid of my younger bro who not long ago built his own similar rig (Strix 1070) so feedback from him was pivotal also. I've now sold my previous PC to a friend so I know its in good hands. It served me very well and gave me some additional funds that as you can tell, didn't last long..
Anyhow, I wanted to make the swift jump up to 1440p and in doing so leaving the door half open for a 4K rig in the not so distant future. I did think first off of just upgrading parts from my previous build but with the socket compatibility (no chance), it made more sense to start again. The only parts I did keep from my previous build was the Sound Blaster Z Sound Card (OEM) and the monitor (Asus MX239H which is a fantastic IPS 1080p screen by the way). You may be thinking 1440p with this monitor!?. Well after much deliberation I have purchased the Dell U2515H though there's currently a 1/3 week lead time so I'm still awaiting its arrival. I will probably ending keeping the MX239H for the Xbox One, we shall see.
Swiftly moving on and 4 and a half hours later and the build was complete. On the whole we didn't encounter any real issues, more so with the software (CAM & MSI Gaming App ARGHH!)
The radiator was a little tricky positioning in line with the fans and case but with an extra set of hands it didn't prove too troublesome in the end.
The 570X is known for its difficulty when cable management arises so we were both prepared for the worst however it wasn't actually too bad. Thankfully, due to the positioning of the case, I wasn't all that fussed with the off side as I can't see it so we were able to spread the cables out (rather than cable tying which we did initially). At first we couldn't place the glass panel on, but after spreading the cables out a little we were able to relatively straight forward.
Everything else was a joy, though the single pin connectors for the cases power led/buttons are extremely fragile and kept unplugging with the tiniest movement so something to be careful/wary of.
Moving onto software which is proving to be a continuous problem and very frustrating.
MSI Gaming App, where to even begin. When it works, the layout is straight forward enough but boy is it sluggish. I have it to run on start up, however when attempting to open to view it simply doesn't want to play ball. End processes, uninstall.. the usual, still the same old story. Its lost my GPU LED config on several occasions to the point where I don't even want to use it. I am aware this a common issue. Its just a real shame because the GPU is fantastic, let down by poor software.
CAM (Kraken monitoring tool) doesn't bode much better. Its also loses my fan/pump profile on several occasions and the LED setup. Its actually a really well thought out monitoring tool when its open and accessible but more often or not I'll have to close it and reopen to view.
Anyway thanks for reading and I hope you've found this remotely useful. Its been a joy looking at all your builds so I hope I've given something back. Happy gaming!
My 3770k was a beast and this is no different. Boosts itself to 4.5GHz when it wants to stretch it legs. I don't feel I really need to overclock though I can Game Boost to 4.8GHz.
A well thought out and highly attractive CPU cooler that does it job without any fuss (and very quietly even on performance mode). The RGB setups are endless and though excellent when functioning, the CAM software is temperamental which is the only drawback. Nothing against the actual cooler, it looks stunning.
A nice, tidy MB that has everything I need. I feel the M2 slot will come in handy down the line. Bios is excellent, whilst RGB lighting setups are nice for those who like a party.
As expected from Corsair. XMP profile for 3000MHz and a nice blinking white LED pattern (though not customisable as far as I'm aware). Not too chunky either which'll suit those with differing MB layouts.
I see these in almost every build so knew I couldn't go wrong. Excellent load times. I use one for Windows OS & Programs, whilst the secondary SSD is for games and docs.
I'm currently awaiting my 1440p monitor in order to make my GPU break a sweat and its currently overkill for my 1080p monitor. Fans rarely if ever turn on (Twin Frozr) and idle temperatures are really good (30-35C). I will report back once I've tackled The Witcher at 1440p for performance feedback. Aesthetically its bad *** when blinking red, though only the MSI logo is colour customisable. MSI Gaming App is awful.. really really awful. It just never works..
A truly beautiful case, one of the best looking I've seen. Cooling is superb with the 3x SP120's on the front (these are included with the case), whilst I've added a ML120 on the rear as an exhaust. The case is heavy with the components and tempered glass, but this isn't a bad thing as it feels high quality. Ease of access is simple by hand removing 4 screws per glass panel and in the dark with the components running, you can't even see the glass!. Cable management can be a little tedious, but that's expected with such a case.
Silent but violent, a sleeping monster. High quality and comes complete with a shed load of spare cables and a nice case for them. Also has a Eco mode whereby the fan isn't used until required but I haven't used this feature.
I had this on my previous build and it never let me down so didn't feel the need to replace at all. Use regularly with the DT 770's and the sound is the best I've heard. Software is simple, easy to use and functions without any fuss. Highly recommend.
Boy do these shift a lot of air. I did initially try out in my old build and was chuffed at how powerful it is whilst being quiet (quieter than the SP120's). I did contemplate running 3x of these at the front of my 570x but they are expensive! - so its currently used as an exhaust.
Great fans that come pre assembled in the 570x case. Shift a lot of air whilst not making a great deal of noise. Lots of cool RGB setups and rhythms allowing you to never get bored of your build.
Again this has served me superbly for 4 years without any faults what so ever. Colours are fantastic (AH-IPS panel) and I've never really noticed any serious response issues though I don't game competitively enough for this to be a concern. I will be said to see this go, though are contemplating whether to keep for the Xbox One solely as it is being replaced by the Dell U2515H in a weeks time. Hello 1440p..
I've had this keyboard for approx. 3 years and after a year a couple of the LED's died which is a pain. Thankfully I only have selected keys highlighted (as the white seems to make my eyes go crazy when they are all lit up) - so doesn't really bother me too much but I guess that isn't the point when forking out a lot for the keyboard at the time. Design wise it's as expected, whilst keys are responsive (again what you expect from a fully mechanical). Often have trouble when trying to update firmware, so have given up. If this was to pack up, I would probably avoid another Corsair keyboard..
I've only just recently purchased this after my original DeathAdder (2013) gave up on me after 4 years of service. Simple yet effective design that fits the hand well. Software is simple to use, and allows the customisation of buttons and colours.