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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 (w/ a 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 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 (or lack of), 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) which I highly rate and the monitor (Asus MX239H which is a fantastic IPS 1080p screen by the way and is now used for my Xbox One). After much deliberation and plenty of homework, I have purchased the Dell U2515H.
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!
(UPDATE OCTOBER 2017) - 6 months using the build
I can only say good things about the Dell U2515H. The colours are fantastic and really pop which I come to expect from such a great LG IPS panel and I've had no ghosting on any games. The 60Hz refresh rate may put off some competitive gamers but I've not had any concerns and would opt for a IPS panel over TN any day of the week. My only small niggle regarding the monitor is that the touch sensitive buttons on the monitor are a little temperamental but it isn't a major issue.
MSI Gaming App now works flawlessly which is a relief and I've been using the latest BETA versions of CAM and this is also more stable and shows all the information I need. They've also added new RGB colour features which is a nice touch.
I've had no issues with faulty parts at all therefore everything has been running beautiful. I've mainly been playing DOTA, GOW4 and most recently Forza 7, all of which look and run superb on ultra settings in 1440p.
Any questions regarding my build don't hesitate to ask. You are also welcome to add me on Xbox & Steam - Killisha
All the best!
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 It can 'Game Boost' to 4.8GHz. The X52 keeps it relatively cool under load and quietly.
A well thought out and highly attractive CPU cooler that does it job without any fuss (and very quietly even on performance mode which is 50% fan speed). The RGB setups are endless and the CAM software now behaves properly. One of the best looking coolers around.
A nice tidy MB that has everything I need. I feel the M2 slot will come in handy down the line for further storage. The bios are easy to navigate and the RGB colour configurations are good fun using the MSI Gaming App.
As expected from Corsair. XMP profile @3000MHz and a nice blinking white LED pattern (though not customisable which would have been a nice touch). Not too chunky either which'll suit those with differing MB layouts though with the X52 cooler I'd only manage use from 3 slots on the board.
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.
Its a beast. Huge, red and damn right angry, it eats through anything I throw at it in 1440p. Idle temps are around the 28C-34C depending on room temperature and under load around the high 60's. I use fan curves on Afterburner to keep the fans on and alternating at certain temps however it does have TwinFrozr (fans only come on when required). MSI Gaming App allows you to change some colour settings though main body can only be red. MSI logo colour can be changed.
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. It 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 my Beyerdynamic 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 this 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 configurations 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 ended up keeping this for the Xbox One. Too good to let it go..
Very happy with this monitor after extensive research and 6 months use. Colours are vivid and though only 60Hz I would take IPS over TN any day. Stand allows the monitor to move up and down which is easy to do. Buttons a little fiddly as they are touch sensitive but don't need to use them enough for it to bother me.
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 or at least this line of model.
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. Updates regularly and without any fuss. Worth the investment.