Description

Pretty much the same setup but with improved 1TB SSD (bought it when it was on sale for $360) and 16GB RAM. The 1TB SSD is simply beautiful.

CPU overclocked to 4.4 GHz (very low but stable and safe).

OS is Windows 7 Pro 64bits (bought it off eBay for $90).

Haven't been building rigs since 2006, and was having quite a struggle with cable management for some time. And kept placing SSD in the wrong direction on the bracket for FOUR TIMES.

Overall, it was a good experience. Everyone should be starting (and coming back) building their own rigs. It is almost always better than brand pre-built PC. (Better motherboard, power supply, GPU and more)

Good luck and thank you for viewing!

Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 6 points

Why the low ratings on all of the components?!!?

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Why 3 stars on the 970s? I have the same card but no SuperClocked and I would give it 5 stars!

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

Some people actually go in depth with their products, and find flaws they don't like.

It's OP's opinion though, so no one can really criticize him for it.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not criticizing, I just think if you are going give an opinion that differs from what most people think, you should explain why. Not saying his opinion is wrong at all

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

i agree everyone has their own opinions

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

I just replaced my 970 SSC for a 980 Strix. It's for a an m-itx build so airflow was limited, but it would get to hot almost immediately at load so I need to change it's fan profile which then made it loud as hell. It's plastic shroud was ugly compared to EVGA's FTW model and everyone else's, which bugged me more than it should.

The difference between the 2 cards is unbelievable. The Strix 10 phase power protection allows it to OC so much higher, it's quieter and runs cool enough in my setup to not need the fan profile adjusted to heat. Full metal shroud, backplate and packaging all give the impression of a higher quality product.

The 970 is still a damn fine card with the proper airflow, I just feel your money can be better spent elsewhere if they're going to keep using the cooler and pcb design from last gen's 760.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

why no msi gpu. It would match your color scheme of black and red

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Now please tell me you have a 1440p or higher monitor.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think the airflow generated by the Kraken is enough to give the case enough airflow to keep the build cooled? The only think that's preventing me from considering the S340 as my future case instead of the H440 is the fact that it doesn't include front fans.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the airflow of the S340 with Kraken X61 is decent. The case itself has one fan on the top and one on the back. The Kraken adds two more fans along with the radiator to the front.

So it has total of four fans pushing hot air out while cool air is being sucked in through the bottom of the case.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I would've personally gotten two separate drives. That and a separate, small capacity boot SSD or, an HDD for storage and an SSD for boot. Does having just one SSD for everything work out well? Wouldn't it slow down after a while as a result of clutter?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I think in the soon future, the 1TB SSD will become the new standard of PC setup, kind of like 1TB HD was the standard setup back in the days. But if the SSD storage gets filled up, I'll hook it to a HD and transfer files. HDs are quite cheap nowadays.

And from my understanding, SSD doesn't need to be de-fragged occasionally (and apparently you shouldn't even ever do it).

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad I could have my eyes opened, thanks. I have actually been watching videos on it since yesterday as well. I don't even need the 1TB HDD I have currently, and a 240+ GB SSD would actually have been a much better choice for me. They are definitely going to become a much more convenient and intelligent choice in the future, hats off to you

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it. I so wish nzxt would have made that case about 60 mm longer. The cable management bracket makes it impossible to do a push pull on that kraken x61. Look at how little clearance there is on that. Besides that fix up your cables and that's a bad *** little machine you got!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Well you could remove the bracket...but who wants that.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, really nice build...part choices are pretty balanced too considering you'll kick a lot of power out of that sucker. +1

P.S. What did you think of the motherboard...just asking because I have the same one...

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

How's that PSU holding up? I've heard a mixed bag of review from people and I just purchased one lol

  • 62 months ago
  • -3 points

Finally a modest user, good guy op the price is 1811 rounds it to 2k +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

Have you ever wondered if taxes, and shipping costs, would come to play?

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  • 62 months ago
  • 4 points

keep it polite.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! Philip! Long time no see! I wanted to ask you about some stickers I wanted to design including a little branding "pcpartpicker" logo on the middle, just to remember the incredible help your site is. Would that be an inconvenient for you? Just personal use of course.

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