Description

I built this pc to mainly run 1080p games on ultra and also to be my new daily pc. However the build did not go to plan.

8/09/15- PC parts arrive and I begin to build. I then completed the whole build to find that the system would not turn on. I then removed the hardware out of the case and tried a simple post test using the GPU, motherboard, CPU, RAM and power supply. I shorted the power button pin on the motherboard and the system didn't respond or do anything. I then tested the power supply to find that it was fine, so my immediate reaction was that the motherboard was broken/ Not working. (The original motherboard was the Asrock z97x fata1ty). Unfortunately I got a h100i GTX standoff stuck in the motherboard so I have to wait till next week till they arrive, hence why there is that s*** stock heat sync in its place for now.

9/09/15- I buy a new motherboard (ASUS ROG maximus ranger VII) and do the same post test outside the case. This was then successful and I then began to build the pc once again. From first impressions the new motherboard seems much better quality and the start, reset and debug LED are a big bonus.

Ill be adding more images of the final build once the new water cooler mounts come which is at the end of the week. With some additions to the cable management.

12/06/15- new cpu mounting brackets arrive and the water cooler is mounted :)

my cpu idle temps are now around 28-31 degrees, compared with the stock sink which gave me around 39 degrees. I am yet to test the temps on full load.

I now have a nzxt led light kit installed so I will update with some more pictures soon.

Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

man, this pc must have been a love and hate relationship for you while building it. hopefully thing are much more better now! +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha yeah I was extremely frustrated when it didn't work, but as soon as it was built and functioning I love the thing :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Good ol 4690k/970 build..cant beat it for the price. And good thing is down the line we can throw in another 970 and be set for that much longer. Props on a good build +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I will probably get another graphics card at the end of the year to 'future proof' the build a bit more ( I know that word is overused).

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like your choice in parts. Sorry about the mishaps, once you get that all sorted it out you will hate it and hold a grudge for a few days, and then you'll love it a lot!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for noticing since I spend ages researching, and my attitude was to get the best out of a 970 build, rather than cheap out on some parts and get a 980. I love it now it is a 1080p beast, but I can't wait till the water cooler brackets come so the build can finally be complete, but in the meantime I can just game on it with the stock cooler.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry about the issues. I remember when i had a bit and my anxiety was terrible. Good job though! Looks very good : )

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank :) Yeah the first day of building was very stressful when the system refused to turn on but it's fine now.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Excellent part selection, almost perfect balance between value and performance.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks, I'm surprised with all these positive comments since this was my first ever build :).

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! I like the H440 Case a lot but was skeptical about the ventilation since there are small spaces for air intake which could choke the fans. Have you faced any problems so far?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

no is is fine, tbh the case temperatures are perfectly fine.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Was your computer quiet before you had the new cpu mounting brackets and water cooler? If so how quiet was it. Because im considering on getting this case from my corsair 200r case, without a water cooler or cpu mounting brackets. THanks!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

no, the watercooler is actually quiter than the stock one, but if I was you i would get a cm 212 evo.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

One question, how did you plug the H100i GTX in? Through the motherboard or from the PSU, because I have the same AIO and I am not sure where to plug it in.

Thanks

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

it plugs into the cpu fan header on the motherboard