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After having to put up with a HP laptop for a year or two and a Samsung laptop for a previous 4 years before that, this is a big jump. I'm using this PC for gaming and editing and so far it's amazing. It can handle anything I throw at it and although having some OS conflicts with hardware drivers at first it's awesome now that it's up and running. There were some things that I would have preferred, but you can't have everything the way you want, and unfortunately my ideal build was over my budget. But I'm perfectly happy with this. I have a timelapse video here on me and my friend building the PC together if you have 15 minutes to spare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHjNkpSykp8

CPU: The CPU is working great and I really like it, I would have preferred and i7 4790K, as I'm sure I would put it's features to good use with the editing I'm doing on the machine, but for the time being I'm going to keep it as it is, and will probably upgrade to an i7 later.

CPU Cooler: The CPU Cooler is amazing for only £25. I managed to reach an overclock of 4GHz and it's running fine with temps ranging from 40C to 85C. I plan to watercool it later but I don't know if I will stay true to that promise as I can use this one just fine.

Motherboard: The Motherboard is what I expected really, I was initially going to get a Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 which is Gigabyte's equivalent of this board, but they were out of stock literally everywhere at the time of ordering. This board is convenient for me though with all it's USB ports and the like on the back and Audio Boost 2 is amazing in my opinion being an occasional music producer and editor.

Memory: The Memory is fine, it's much the same as any other I would say. It's been working fine for me so far and has a relatively good base clock.

Storage (250GB SSD): This SSD is great so far, I've installed my OS and some games onto it and the loading times are really fast.

Storage (Seagate 2TB HDD): The HDD is what I expected to be honest, I've stored files and some less important programs onto it.

Video Card: This was where I went a bit overkill. I had futureproofing in mind whilst getting it. The GTX 980Ti is a really good card and I'm happy with the purchase.

Case: The case is really spacious and the cooling is great. It's dead silent with it's three fans. The other thing I loved about this case is the two compartments. Giving I'm not really one for cable management it was convenient being able to shove all my cables into one compartment whilst keeping the other side looking clean. I also really like the big side window on the side of the case. Although I am quite annoyed at the fact that I couldn't install my network adapter drivers and had to download them on my laptop and transfer them over due to the smaller disc falling out of the vertical disc drive whenever I tried to put it in...

Power Supply: The power supply was good for it's price with its 80+ gold efficiency and it's 750W max output.

Optical Drive: There isn't much to say here, I could install Windows and I don't think I'll use it for much more.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I think you need to put the cpu cooler fan on the other side so its blowing air through the radiator and out the case

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I am shocked that you're getting to 85C while overclocking only to 4.0. I have mine OC'd to 4.4 and I never pass 80, with the same cooler. Check your thermal paste.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I refitted it and now get 45 idle and around 60-65 (max) under load.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have any cool whine or noise from PSU in any way?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

No, only noise I can hear is the fans.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait, why did you comment this twice? haha

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

any noise from PSU or graphics card, like a coil whine?

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Nope, all quiet.