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Xena (For my wonderful (EX) girlfriend)

by DexterW

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170 Comments

Details

Date Published

July 7, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.3GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.23GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

Description

EDIT: I'm a single man now, but regardless of moving on, I had a great girl and hope her the best and really hope she will continue to enjoy this computer I built for her.

This is the computer that I built for my (EX)girlfriend. Not as a present or anything but before we were together she always wanted a computer because she hated gaming on her laptop. Honestly I hated playing with her on her laptop due to bad connections and I couldn't stand how crappy the graphics were on her computer cause it made me feel bad that I can play at such ultra settings while shes back in the low settings MAYBE if that. So I decided to help her since I've been building mine at the time for over 2 years, she buys the parts, I put it together all nice and neat. She agreed and started saving.

Now this is different from what it was originally gonna be but I talked her into getting less expensive stuff that would play hers games just fine. Even talked her down a whole form factor! None the less this computer came out gorgeously. Now I cant really do any reviews on the parts cause I don't use the thing myself but from what I see her play, it can max any game out easy.

What I'm gonna do is talk about my experience building it and what I thought was good and what I thought was bad. Lets begin.

  1. Deepcool Steam Castle: Now this is a tough one. I want to love the case so bad but it just came up short in a lot of places. For one, the USB ports, power button, audio jacks, etc. are all ATTACHED to the side panel. This makes taking it off and working extremely difficult. Very bad design in my opinion. Second, they made the case just the right size to not fit full length PSU's. Literally if they would have extended the case an extra couple inches it would work, but since this is a small form factor its expected. Even though there is more stuff wrong with this case, I'm gonna cut it short with one last con, the top ports are LED's ONLY, no individual fans for each of the 4 holes on top. Kinda sad but understandable cause of the size. Now moving on.

  2. ASRock X99M Micro: Great micro motherboard to work with, very easy installation and guide like I expect from ASRock in the past. It looks pretty good too. Maybe not as nice as some boards but good for what is. RAM installed no problem and had no booting errors or anything. Recommended of course!

  3. GALAX GeForce GTX 970 HOF Edition: What can I say that you're not already thinking, this card is unbelievable. Granted its a tad more expensive then others, its well worth the money. The heat-sink and cooler look immaculate on this humongous tri-cooler card. Out of the box it performed nearly as well as my MSI 980 Gaming on valley benchmark. (and yes I know her parts are a little more newer then mine but still, its impressive). On a side note, card barely fit after plugging in the two 4 pin connectors. Still, its awesome and well worth the wait because she wouldn't budge from wanting this card!

  4. Corsair GS700w: This isn't a very popular PSU mind you but we picked it up at a sale at our local Microcenter and it matched the build perfectly. And it works great too! no fan noise or any problems as of yet but only time will tell.

That's it for my review on the big parts that were the main install. Hope you guys enjoy this build of mine as much as my(EX) girlfriend! As always feel free to leave a comment and up vote, Id love to comment back to fellow PCpickers.

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AceBalthazar 2 Builds 21 points 29 months ago

and the award for best boyfriend goes to: DexterW!

seriously this is probably the most awesome gift you could give a gaming girlfriend. +1 my good man, from another gaming bro who wishes he had a girlfriend.....

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 6 points 29 months ago

Hey thanks man that means a lot, but trust me, it was hard to find a girl that likes to game and is good looking too. Turns out she was a friend from school that I never thought I woulda been with today! You'll find somebody man it just takes time to get the right person, and trust me, the wait is worth it!

Alyna 1 Build 7 points 29 months ago

It works both ways, you'd think being a female gamer you would be spoilt for choice but the majority of guys out there are overweight basement dwellers who don't know how to socialise away from their keyboards.

Really like the build, good work!

wkper 11 points 29 months ago

What's wrong with being overweight and stuck in a basement?

dumbtube 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

you can't get out cause your to fat to fit through the door

Zenoaxs 4 points 29 months ago

Then you won't be able to stock up to Twinkies and Mount Franklin :o.

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 0 points 29 months ago

omg hahahah XD

yahya_elgayar 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

np at all. i know this feeling.

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

That's true, and thank god I'm not one of them !

XxD34THxX 1 point 29 months ago

Make sure she doesn't leave you, Especially with the PC!!

+1 good build. Rare to see a small form factor LGA 2011-3

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 0 points 29 months ago

Im actually trying to get her to get a Mini-ITX and swap out her 970 for a 980ti and a better monitor, Im a sucker for small form size XD

AceBalthazar 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

haha yea i understand it man. right now it's more stress than i want ( school probs overrule everything) but i also want someone to just chill with and enjoy life for a while

and it's a sick build! i actually have some tiny fans that would probably fit in those top vents actually. they're my stereo cooling system though and it's super handy to have them. i wish i had strived for a more aesthetically pleasing case, but i do like what i got

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I completely understand the stress thing with school, I'll be honest it's hard to have a GF and do school without being a little crabby at times. But she was thinking of getting small fans too! The only problem is that tiny fans are loud aren't they? Or so I've heard that 80mm and smaller get loud.

AceBalthazar 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

The ones I have are near-silent. I run them strait on 9 volts from a USB wall plug with a cable I rigged up. They're quieter than anything in my computer and move a lot of air actually. They keep my stereo (which gets hot since I push the watts) very cool, like lower temp than my PC running idle after just turning on. The brand is NMB or MNB I can remember which order the letters are in lol.

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

That's sweet, what was the size? 80mm? or smaller? its a lot to mod those opening on this case though but if I took my time it would come out quite nice. Surprised too to hear that they're so quiet for you.

Shashwat 1 point 29 months ago

the relationship forums on this site are real :D

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 0 points 29 months ago

O ha ha. Very funny lol just being truthful to others that don't have a gaming girlfriend, sometimes it's be easier (and cheaper!) to have a normal girlfriend XD but in all honesty just be with someone that makes you happy is all I can say to anyone !

AFoDMoThug 1 Build 0 points 29 months ago

Yeah my gf became my wife about 4 years ago, we also were dating for about 7 years. She really didn't game till i got her a DS(i know not a comp or laptop) for Christmas one year. Working on getting her to a Laptop or a comp for puzzle style games like Professor Layton she likes.

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 0 points 29 months ago

That's sweet man congrats. I know my GF still wants a DS to play Pokemon and stuff on and to have something a little more mobile too!

deguus 4 points 29 months ago

you coulden't just buy her a ring ??

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 3 points 29 months ago

O God no, it's only be a year and a half, she has a nice necklace from Valentine's Day that will do the job in the Jewelry department

Growliff1234 7 points 29 months ago

A year and a half, you guys are still happy and she plays video games... Teach me your ways..

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

We have our ups and downs don't get me wrong lol but not much to teach brother, just be yourself and you'll find the right person. That's the best advice I can give!

deguus 2 points 29 months ago

i like you were is your house so i can steal you skills while you are a sleep

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Nowhereville , USA XD

DreadfulOne 6 Builds 3 points 29 months ago

So as you were building this computer, is this what your girlfriend had on her mind?

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I literally just laughed so hard, but when I had my first computer ZEUS, she wanted a cool name too

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

AYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYA!

DreadfulOne 6 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Hahaha, trust me, it's an awesome name! I used to love watching this show when I was younger, and Hercules (with Kevin Sorbo), where Xena originated. They were one of the most fun and cheesetastic shows in the 90s!

Going back watching, I laughed every time Xena did her war cry, but Lucy Lawless had a solid build during that time, even I was afraid of her. :)

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Ive never even seen the Xena bit that you showed me, Hercules I do remember though. Not very well but I do remember it. That seems so long ago honestly XD. But too bad I didnt name my original computer Hercules instead of Zeus hahah that woulda been hilarious with your reference

Zveir 9 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

I question why you went X99 for a gaming rig, considering you coulda got a 4790k or 4690k and squeezed in a 980Ti. But, I'm also running X99 with a GTX 970, so who am I to speak. Great build!

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Hey, its what she wanted! haha but this was built before the ti was even announced to come out, im just now getting around to posting it!

Zveir 9 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Makes sense! It's a good build, and may have been the better move in the long run. Lately when people have been asking me to build $1000+ systems for them I've been squeezing in X99 as much as I can, since GPU upgrades are more frequent and cheaper than platform upgrades. I figure it'd be better to get a stronger CPU platform before a better GPU if you were going for the long run. I know plenty of people who get a GTX x70 GPU every single year. One of my friends is still rocking a 2500k @4.6Ghz with a GTX 970.

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

That's true; I made the mistake of doing 2011 right before 2011-V3 came out. Lol but I can still get the 4930k six core of I ever upgrade I guess. I wanted to solider on the x99 but couldn't afford so just stuck with my cpu and got a different board. But you're absolutely right that people upgrade graphics cards way more then the platform.

Zveir 9 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

If I were you I'd ride on that 4820k till whatever is after X99. Assuming that you're only gaming. I'm actually using a system with a 4930k @4Ghz and a R9 290 right now, and when gaming I can only tell minor differences in comparison to my 5820k @4.3 and GTX 970. In memory at least.

By the way, Skylake - E is supposedly coming soon, so that is half of X99s life span right there. Extreme edition platforms only last for 2 of the consumer editions platforms before they get replaced. I'd upgrade the CPU then. I looked at your build, it's actually really nice and those stickers are legendary lol. Just OC that CPU and you'll get additional performance.

My personal rig with a 5820k should last me for 5 years as a CPU platform, though I know the GPUs will be changed at least two to three times. Which is how it should be for most people imo.

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Hey thanks for checking out my rig, I checked all yours out after your first comment lol, but that's actually good advice, I'll probably just keep that cpu then and not think about upgrading the processor. Is like to see the performance gains of Skylake though, see how much better they are.

KowBoii 2 points 29 months ago

Can I be you Boyfr....never mind

Great build though! But I have one question, why did you go with a Logitech mouse and headset but you went with a corsair keyboard?

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Funny story, I got here the Logitech 710+ or whatever for her graduation and she didn't exactly like it, she loved my K70 I had so she got one too. It bothers too that it doesn't match. I'm just as bad though on my personal build, sporting a special edition K70, Corsair 2100 headset, AND TO THROW IT OFF: A Mad Catz RAT mouse hahaha

Ksongs 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Awesome build! I absolutely love the hall of fame cards and I've always wanted to do a build with that case just for the looks, I've heard people mention the problems you stated though. +1

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Hey thanks a lot! It means a ton, Honestly other then those few problems the case is pretty fun to build in. A little tough but fun. The big thing for me was trying to find room for cable management but once you fiddle with it it's not a big problem.

Brodzster 2 points 29 months ago

I wonder how many people can't put the "for" in their title like you did

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

That's awesome hahahahahahahhaahah at first I didn't get it till I re read my title XD

Dasher5000 2 points 29 months ago

Nice build. ;D

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks! Hard work pays off it seems!

Jäßßäwöçkëë 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Love the build bro. Maybe you can point me in the right direction as I'm going for a White out build. Only problem is getting my hands on one of those 970 HOF cards. Damn things are near impossible to find. I'm seriously debating possibly pissing my wife off by buying the 980ti HOF when it comes out. I'm aiming for 1440p gaming primarily for GTA5 and GTA6 next year.

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I HIGHLY recommend the 980 or even better the 989ti because she's gonna upgrade to the HOF 980ti also. The 980ti in 1440p will give you outstanding performance compared to any other setup at 1440, the 970 could do it but with cranked settings and 1440 the 970 would bog down. I say if you honestly want 1440 at 60fps or higher with cranked settings for a couple years then the 989ti is the only way to go my man

Jäßßäwöçkëë 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks for the advice bro

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

eh no problem, its my pleasure!

TheMultiRugga 2 points 29 months ago

Yeah may I ask what is with the 6 core? Does she do some type of editing or something?

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

She games and browses Google and instagram. Honestly I told her she didn't even need to go X99 but she insisted and since she was buying I wasn't about to argue. But it's way overkill for anything she will ever do I'm sure me and you can agree on that.

TheMultiRugga 2 points 29 months ago

YEp XD, Nice buildanyway. Wat type of gaming does she do, not many girl gamers out there, is there.

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Borderlands 2 with me, Sims 4 by herself and I just got her obsessed with Fallout 3 and New Vegas especially since I mod her game for her lol. She plays a little bit of skyrim too but 90% of her time is Fallout 3. She also plays a lot of killing floor 2 with me too

GanzHD 2 points 29 months ago

Awesome build man!!! I wish I had my own custom computer but my dad wont let me build one :( This will be a very nice gift to her too! All the best! +1

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Someday you'll be able to build one, does he just not want you to spend the money or what?

GanzHD 1 point 29 months ago

He doesn't want me to spend the money because (I hate saying this) he is the stereotypical Indian dad. He wants me to become a doctor and will stop at nothing to do so. I've always wanted to become a computer engineer because computer have always interested me. When I was ten, my dad got me a Lenovo T410 laptop (I'm using it to send you this message lol) but my sister took it because she was going to college and I got it back 4 years later. But ever since she took it, I started to research about computers and then I stumbled upon a site was all about PC building! That is how the dream started. Then the dream evolved into a very close reality when I had acquired enough money to build a PC (5 Years man! I'm 15 btw). It hurts me everyday to when I go on to PCPartPicker because I see all these people with beastly machines! But that hurt turns into hope as a keep making better and better PC part lists! Sorry if this sounded like a life story but hey- we all come from somewhere!

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

No it's fine I'm happy you shared that. Later in life once you're on your own and can do what you want then you'll have the best computer built exactly like you want. I didn't finish my personal rig till I was 20 (three years of building it) so don't get your hopes down. You'll get a computer one day and I look forward to seeing it on here some day friend :)

GanzHD 2 points 29 months ago

Thanks man! I'll see you then too!

dj_optic 2 points 29 months ago

Very nice PC!!!! Wish I had a gaming girlfriend :'(

Anyway very sexy PC hope she enjoys playing her game!!! +1

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks a lot! And she does enjoy and it and you will find somebody just keep strong brother

robpederson4 2 points 29 months ago

ill be your girlfriend if you make me this lmfaoooooooooooo jk

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

You and everyone else XD

Juanathon 2 points 29 months ago

someone's gettin laid tonight :)

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

All night every night. Lol jk but I don't need to build her a computer to do that. XD

Juanathon 2 points 29 months ago

ayy lmao i c

drumbum47 2 points 29 months ago

That's nice you built it for her, but you made her pay for a i7 and gtx 970?? She could have gotten by just fine with an i5 and a gpu with half that power.

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

I don't make her choose anything lol she did all the choosing I jut built it, she wanted it so she got it that's all, she coulda got by with a lot less but she didn't want to haha

Tlow1991 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

i wish my girl would understand gaming :(

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Haha not all do that's for sure !

Moop1337 1 point 29 months ago

Now this is different from what it was originally gonna be but I talked her into getting less expensive stuff that would play hers games just fine. What parts was she originally looking at? O.o

Fantastic looking build! Just one thing to note, is that your reviews aren't attached to the parts, so people won't be able to read them from the part's page. =)

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Yea I don't really mind my review not being attached. I don't think my reviews are very in depth either so I don't want to mis inform someone haha but she originally wanted my old NZXT Switch 810 with Asus x99 Deluxe with a 980 HOF care and 16gb of Corsair Dominator ddr4 among other expensive things that she ended up decide woulda been overkill after I explained things XD

ankousmachine 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

interesting looking video card lol but what can i say, its better then integrated graphics

1+ for alien looking build

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks man! The graphics card is a sight to behold in person. It's gigantic though hence why it barely fit in this build! But over all it's a great card to match a white build.

stax 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I know the pain of trying to play games with someone on a slow laptop! For the longest time it was me with the bad rig, now it's the bf. Siiigh. Pretty awesome of you to build a rig for your sweetie, nice work too. Happy gaming +1

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Yea I used to play on an Asus laptop before I had my personal rig so I know exactly what you went through. but thanks a lot for the comment! We have a blast playing games!

Alessio749600 1 point 29 months ago

I have the same mouse :D Very good build. Boyfriend of the year. Well done mate!

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

She loves it! Too heavy for my tastes though. Thanks for the compliment!

HardMaster70 1 point 29 months ago

CAN I BE YOUR GIRLFRIEND ??

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Join the club XD

WindeezKC 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Well damn One thing is for sure Someone Got laid

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Well duh but not because of the computer!

build.a.pc 1 point 29 months ago

This is an excellent build! Good job for building a PC for your significant other, I build and fix them for my girlfriend's parents. Just one question, where is the ssd mounted?

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Thanks for taking a looking ! But the SSD is mounted in a hot swap tray I pulled out of my old ZEUS case and put it where the 5.25 drive would go. There was no where else to mount it ! lol

thekasafist 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks for the heads up on the case! I want to buy this case for my living room build. I will most likely use most of my old parts on it and then add a couple new parts it might need. For the PSU though do you think a Seasonic Platinum series would fit? Just want to make sure I make the clearance less of a problem. Also as for cable management if it decent or horrendous to manage? I really like how it came out very nice build and great parts! +1 Oh if possible can you let me know if the LED area on the top can hold fans on the inside? Or are those LED vents just there for show?

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks for looking at one of my builds! The PSU has to be about the size of the corasir cx 500w or 430w to have optimal clearance. If you look up the specs on this GS 700 this length is pushing it to have "ok" cable management. But even for the GS 700 managing the cables is a chore in this thing. Especially since the USB, Power, Reset, Audio jacks are all built INTO the side panel. So you cant even take the back side panel completely off. HUGE design flaw in my opinion. And for the LEDs on top they're just for show but im sure you could mod in a few small fans! Hope that info helps

thekasafist 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Ok perfect! Thanks for answering all my questions. I got a manual self tapping kit I can use to make some fan holes for say some 80mm fan I believe that's the size those vents were according to the site. If not I can just double check on my own time. Yea I wanted to make sure though because air flow is always important of course as we all know. Also because I really like the design still despite a those small issues. Kind of stinks you can't take off the back panel completely but at least I know what to expect if I go forward with the build.

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Yea if it wasn't for those few little things it'd be a fantastic case instead of just a good one. But true, I had no idea about the panel thing till I got it so I was pretty surprised to say the least

PureFetus 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

The case aesthetic is unique. It reminds me of something that would come out of a sci-fi RPG. That or it looks like a really futuristic fridge.

+1 on the build good sir.

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Something like o say.... Fallout! lol but Yea the fridge thing is exactly what I thought of when we got the case!

diztractedjt 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

First off, awesome build! I'm sure she will love it! That case looks amazing but from what you mentioned, came with some disappointments. Has there been any instances where the 970 struggles with high resolution gaming due to its 3.5GB (from what most people say it has)?

This build definitely influences me into making one for my girlfriend of 4 years although she isn't a gamer.

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

It doesn't struggle from what I've seen but then again she doesn't run many games that would push close to 4gb yet, maybe after I mod her Skyrim we will find out. But that's a cool idea man, i'm sure even if its something small your girl would love it!

Karatedude55 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Fantastic build. Although I personally think the case isn't that great looking

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks man and no worries, Some dont. I like the looks but cant stand working with it. Its a love hate relationship lol

violetrainxx 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Amazing build and gift to your girlfriend! I did the same this past February, built a PC for my boyfriend for our four year anniversary together. Lovin' your build though. :)

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Thanks a ton! And that's awesome you built him a computer, I checked it out and it looks pretty sweet for a start up computer, nicely done on your part!

CptMold 1 point 29 months ago

That's one good-looking... um, processor, yes, very good!

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks I suppose ! Lol

CptMold 2 points 29 months ago

In all seriousness, great build. I don't exactly think the i7 was necessary, but there are very few games out there that this build won't max out entirely at 1080p60. Even then, the games it can't max out are simply because GTX 970 is a mid-range card rather than a full-blown enthusiast card.

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Yea it wasnt but its very hard to argue over what she NEEDS to what she WANTS. Thats women I suppose! but at least she will be able to use the MB and CPU combo for awhile.

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

So first off, jealous that you're dating Lucy Lawless. You're like the luckiest man since Kevin Sorbo to be seeing her every day. Next, I was just curious if that monitor has Gsync (if i remember correctly, Gsync/Freesync monitors price at like $200-300ish so it probably doesn't). I'm more or less curious because you got such a beefy video card for a 60hz monitor. A fabulous monitor nonetheless. Was the mindset more of a "eh, we don't see above 60fps, so no big, at least we got a video card that'll last a couple of generations"? Some people are nitpicky about how others pair their monitor with their video card.

Also I saw you were talking about small fans with other people. I might be willing to suggest noctua's 80mm fans, but I don't know how loud or strong they are, but I would figure since Noctua is the king of silent static pressure, you could check them out? eh? maybe mod the case with fan brackets and call it good? No shiny lights though.

How does Lucy like the case?

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

hahahah I am pretty lucky if I do say so myself! Thanks for the compliment on the build, means a ton. To start off that monitor doesn't have Gsync. It was my old one I had lying around till she gets a different 144hz monitor. Since my personal rig has the Asus 144hz monitor there's no way I could ever go back to 60fps capped anymore XD. She will be getting a better monitor soon though, its just a place holder.

The fans on top are gonna be something we decided to try if she ends up getting a different case. Right now the two 120mm fans under those for LED holes work fine. I would love to try and mod it though one day.

And actually she loves it. I talked her into it because I thought the case was so different looking. She originally wanted my NZXT Switch 810 from my ZEUS build but I got her to do a micro like my rig is now!

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Awesome. Great story there! I didn't think it had Gsync but wasn't sure because panel technology is starting to gain steam again. Hey if you're looking at that ~$240-ish Asus monitor, the Acer with the same specs (Acer GN246HL) share the exact same panel, the two monitors just have different aesthetics, so I would suggest whichever is cheaper or looks better.

I have the Acer one and the stand is solid and looks sharp. I had originally had an HDMI plugged up to it and was like, "what the heck is this sh-" and then read up online that the HDMI cord supports 60hz, so I tried out the DVI cable and OHHHH THE GLORY OF 100FPS+! I stared at my mouse movement for the first probably 3 hours because it just looked and felt sooo smooth (whether windows OS uses native refresh rate or locks at a lower frame rate is beyond me).

The games that are actually optimized look absolutely amazing.

That case does look pretty crazy. Is it very solid? It kind of reminds me of the Bitfenix box thing with the flimsy handle like structures.

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

OMG I stared at my mouse too when I first got my 144hz too !!! XD It was literally the most amazing thing every and in game looks so much better at 100+ like you said XD

The case inst bad, a little too much plastic in my opinion, only the inside and side panels are metal, everything else is hard plastic hence the price of $70ish dollars.

RubyJunk 1 point 29 months ago

Now this is different from what it was originally gonna be but I talked her into getting less expensive stuff that would play hers games just fine.

i7-5820K. X99.

Lol.

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

She wanted the Asus Deluxe MB which was about another $100 and a 5930K with a HOF GTX 980, so yea, theyre less expensive parts lol

RubyJunk 1 point 29 months ago

You shoulda talked her into a 4790K and gotten her a 980 Ti =P

BigAll 5 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I had to talk my buddy down to an i5 4790k from an i7, that let me put in dual 970s (which outperform a 980ti or fury x). I would have tried to talk her down more, probably done something similer in an atx build and bump up to a 2k monitor (1440p) and an sli rig and knock down the processor and motherboard.

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Yea I tried but her eyes are bigger then her needs by far! The monitor is just a place holder till she gets something nicer, it was just a spare I had.

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

When I put this together the 980ti wasn't even annouced, I'm just now getting around to posting this!

RubyJunk 1 point 29 months ago

A 970 SLI than =P

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

you mean 980ti SLI...... ;p lmao

samplayz 1 point 29 months ago

Sick build, but its making me sad that most girls obviously don't like guys who game

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks a lot! But yea I understand, it's like finding a needle in a haystack! Lol

piemancoder 1 point 29 months ago

Wow, I saw this amazing build right before it was featured, and I was about to comment and say they it should be featured, but then I had to go! Awesome build. :)

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Hey thanks , that means a ton! But I can't believe I got featured honestly!!

Araraura 1 point 29 months ago

put windows 8 instead of 7

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Windows 8 is trash to get to work with games that we do. Plus traversing 8 is a pain. The performance gain between the 2 aren't enough to get me to move.

Araraura 1 point 29 months ago

windows 8 performance is way better then windows 7. also, you cant use directx 12 on windows 7 when i will come out. windows 8 and 10 are better for gamers.

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Then I'll get ten at some point, no use in getting 8 lol

Araraura 1 point 29 months ago

8 is better then 7 toh

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

to you sure, not to me.

lilmikethefuture 1 point 29 months ago

WOW nice build!!!

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks!, thats means a lot, really! Makes it all the much better when I see comments like this!

lilmikethefuture 1 point 29 months ago

np

acedaliz 1 point 29 months ago

Sick build mate, and badass graphics card too, haven't seen a 970 like that. Nice gift as well XD

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks for looking! I could not get her to budge on what kind of graphics card she wanted. That one was $70 more then any other 970!

acedaliz 1 point 29 months ago

Dang! that's alot of love mate XD

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Don't I know it !XD

Chokai 1 point 29 months ago

Great build dude. I am using the same MOB and SSD than you . However I cannot install windows 7 home SP1 on my SSD because the SSD is not detected. I would greatly appreciate any help. How did you manage to get your SSD detected by your MOB plz ? thks so much

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

You have to enable some kind of legacy type thing in bios to recognize it. It was a hassle I struggled with for 3 days but after reading a thousand forums and videos I got it down to that. I can think of what it was called exactly but I know it's some setting you have to enable on the bios screen for the drives.

Znait 1 point 28 months ago

Beautiful case honestly. The design issues you mentioned seem to be rather bad, but the aesthetic is just indescribable. How the fans mount at that angle makes my eyes tear up and I feel butterflies, well maybe not that far but its beautiful and the GPU really ties in with the color theme and takes up a good amount of space also adding to the looks. I think if they made the changes to the case that you mentioned it would sell even better. However, how much does it cost? The price is missing from the listing.

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

Hey thanks for the comment! The case really is special when it comes to the looks for sure,the case costs around 80-90 I think for the windowed version. It also depends what color you get too. But your absolutely right, those few issues were hard to get past and if they addressed them that case would fly off the shelves in my opinion.

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Got the same case, however, I can't add any more 3.5" bays as I'm missing one of the bays, RIP my WD Blue.

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Yea the case is a little cramped for sure

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I can't see much of the cable management, but how did you do it?

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

It was kinda a pain actually, little to no room in the under carriage and with that GS700 the non modular cables were a pain to fit. but it worked out. The ssd is mounted where the 5.25 drive is so the cables running to it look a little weird if anyone pulls the panel off.

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Do you have any idea where you could mount a pump/res combo in here?

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

I'm guessing your have to take out the HDD cages and most it under the MB try and use the cable cut outs for the tubing. You'll have to do some drilling though since there are no pre drilled spots for a pump and resivoir of course.

soccerninja_21 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

+1 for the build! Im actually gonna build one very similar to this, this week! http://pcpartpicker.com/user/soccerninja_21/saved/sbVV3C Can't wait!

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Sweet! I'm checking it out now. Cant wait to see it done. Be warned cable management is a pain but I'm sure you'll get it done.

onejackgold 1 point 18 months ago

why did you go with the asrock over something like the gigabyte gaming 5 x99m motherbourd

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Price/features. I also enjoy AsRock products as they work fantastically and it also matched her color schem. I realize there are better boards but regardless it wasn't what she wanted.

16TTek 1 point 17 months ago

Good build! Sorry about the girlfriend thing!!!

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks, and no worries. I'll be alright in time!

16TTek 1 point 17 months ago

Oh no probs

enpitsu 1 point 17 months ago

Great build, looks really awesome. I'm sure you'll find someone much butter and I can't wait to see a new PC from you in here.

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I'm looking forward to getting another PC on here soon, but thank you !

ImDreDre 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

bruh get that computer back

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Hahahaha I wish but when I made it I was very happy for her to have it, so she can keep it. I know it meant a lot to her. Besides my computer is waayyy batter

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DexterW submitter 11 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Trust me, She only use to play Minecraft and Sims but now I dragged her into the lovely world of Fallout with me so im even more lucky in my opinion!

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DexterW submitter 11 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

They're not even fans! They're just holes with 2 , 120mm fans under them, I wish they were individual fans though .

Thanks a lot! I'm geeking out! I didn't even know I was featured build XD

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DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

My bad, I always thought it looked like a 1950's fridge from the front!

And I hope I'm doing something right, these computers I've built are just the beginning, I have bother to pay in the next week or two that's a LAN box for my other friend, and after that 2 more for his GF and his buddy too!

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DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

That would be so sweet to have a mini fridge in this case XD but on the LAN box I'm just waiting for the r9 290 to come in then it'll be done! All of them are good people and I'm sure they won't be able to stop thanking me for the killer computers I do

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DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks! took some work but it all squeezed in there.

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DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Pretty sweet huh? its one you have to get through the GALAX store!

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DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Yea Its definitely unique!

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DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

True but it would still leave very little room, and not much other area to put HDDs after removing the cage but it would be possible

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drumbum47 3 points 29 months ago

Remember he didn't buy any of this! haha

DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

That's what I was about to say! Lol

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DexterW submitter 11 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I laughed hard enough I about spit out my drink on be comment hahah but thank you, just back in the dating game!