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This is my first ever pc build, and yes, those are chopsticks holding up my 7970. No I don't think they'll catch on fire. Yet. Anyway, this build went pretty smooth, no close calls really, though I managed to break a cougar fan trying to route it some crazy way. 7970 was massively long, so a support was a must. Anyway, here's the part list and a link to my 3dmark score. http://www.3dmark.com/is/407955. I'll try to answer questions you have.

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  • 79 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you for posting a balanced build, I was starting to think today was crazy parts list day. Curious did someone at tomshardware give advice on your build or another site?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Got most my advice from /r/buildapc and a friend of mine. I know what you mean, I've seen some strange ones too lately.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I only ask because i'm trying to locate where so many people are being recommended the Adata ssd's.. recently it seems there have been a flood of new builds with these drives. Most of these builders have no clue of the quality, not to be mistaken or confused with performance of these drives. AData is not known for being high quality though it can perform well, for nearly the same price or slightly more a higher quality and faster drives are available.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I heard the adata was a good buy from Logan of Tek Syndicate and from my friend who also builds PC's. Whether or not they were right I guess I'll learn later, but it's been doing well for about 3 months.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope it lasts a long time. There is the common area, another person on here uses the teksyndicate video on that drive as the reason to recommend them, though it seems to me like comparing a brand name pair of shoes versus walmatt knock offs. Sure the knocks are still shoes and decently and will probably do the job, they still aren't the high quality name brand. If you get what I'm saying, it isnt that this drive is bad, it is just not top oh the line which like I said before there are some that are near this price that are.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Incase you might be interested in educating yourself on your drive here is a link to a well done un bias review. http://m.hardocp.com/article/2013/04/30/adata_xpg_sx900_128gb_ssd_review_redux/9#.UZ36yn1Olcs

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I remember reading this a bit ago, not sure if said issues were fixed. But yeah, I see what you are getting at; not the best choice for an ssd.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the obsession with balanced builds? Doesn't a balanced build leave less room for upgrading? Obviously unintentional bottlenecking is bad since it's wasted money, but if you are using a machine for a variety of purposes doesn't it make more sense to have the always utilized pieces higher quality then the sometimes used pieces?(These are genuine questions not snarkisms.)

EDIT: Specific examples would be having the fastest processors and storage systems than your GPU can make use of because it makes the overall experience of the computer better.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

The obsession goes hand and hand wih seeing someone give another buildr bad advice in parts selection and most of the unbalanced builds youll see here are from people who either have no clue what they chose or were misguided and wasted money. For the most part I agree with what you said. Agreed, though to me I consider a balanced build one that also includes upgrade paths that not only not sacrafice performance now but don't add to extra expense later.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build. Loving those chopsticks though xD

  • 79 months ago
  • 0 points

Good idea with the chopstick.(might give that a try for my 660ti)

Build is great. How's the monitor?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Monitor is a generic HP monitor, one of the earlier thin models. Gets the job done

  • 79 months ago
  • 0 points

The difference between a generic monitor and a good quality vibrant monitor is huge. For a 7970 you should consider a 24" or 27" monitor. Maybe even a 2560x1440.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm aware of this, and I plan on 1440p later on, if performance doesn't drop too badly.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the LEDs come with the Hue?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

The hue has all the leds seen here, though my motherboard lights up too.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Thinking about getting the Hue. Absolute awesome build. Favorite to date.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Very cool looking build. That video card is just a monster. The cooler is so thick. How much does it weigh? Also, I'm curious as to why you needed the 256GB SSD. What are you going to put on there that will have something to gain from it besides your OS?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Video card box weighed about 2 pounds, so the card is a bit less than that. Got the 256 planning on having my OS, as well as many steam games. The ssd was added 2 months later, so I could afford it.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Loving the chopsticks! Seriously though, is it common for these cards to sag? Does it depend on how strong the motherboard is? Surely a ton of other people must experience this (anyone got any input?) but few people seem to need/want to correct it - did you see it being a problem or purely something that annoyed you visually?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

My card is about 12 inches long, so I saw the sag as a potential problem. Many others have sag issues, but this was pretty bad IMO. It was less of a visual distraction than my paranoia.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a Sapphire 7950 and it sagged at first. I routed my PCI cables up and pulled them tight in order to support my card. That mostly solved the sagging problem.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Does that damage a card? Or just look awkward?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it doesn't damage the card. I don't think it looks awkward either. Check out my build if you want to see a pic

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :), just was wondering why some people place makeshift stands under cards sometimes so took the opportunity. To ask.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sorry, I'm confused, were you asking if the sagging could damage the card? If so then yes, it is possible. Warping of the PCB can cause things to break or cause the connection to the PCI lane to snap, however, this is not common. Also, depending on the quality of your motherboard, it is possible that the weight of the GPU could cause the PCI lane to rip off and detach from the motherboard. I've seen it happen but again it is unlikely especially if you bought a quality motherboard. Supporting the GPU will minimize the risk of damage to the card or motherboard and looks cleaner to boot.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

What is your Windows Experience rating with this setup?

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

7.6. Limiting factor is the CPU.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. Only critique I have is that I would have went for a better SSD, a Samsung 840 Pro would have been best. Also, I don't like CM cases. They are too ostentatious and are pretty ugly to me but obviously that part is completely subjective. Overall, great part choices and good cable management. You get an upvote from me.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I would probably go fractal r4 in retrospect, but I like all my features in the cm. Plus case swaps are a pain. Yeah, seems my ssd choice wasn't ideal, but I'm happy; unless some issues arise, I'll keep it.

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

I think we all have small regrets with our builds. Just the nature of PC building. So many choices and we all want a perfect build. Your build is solid though.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, there's always something. And thanks, your build is really nice too.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

The lighting outshines the awesomeness of the rest of the build

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Very powerful pc! do you think this keyboard is better than the Blakwidow Ultimate 2013?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends on your switch preference. I dislike the blues the widow has, but I enjoy the blacks I got on this one, as they are more quiet. Quality wise, both seem pretty nice, but the trigger I've got is very heavy, and it's been doing well or 4-5 months.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi

I was putting the parts of the first PC im going to build and its almost identical to this one. Does this pc run all modern games that you have played at 1080p ultra or very high setting at about 60fps?

Cheers

-plectro

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, this rig plays everything very well on 1080. I play on 1440p now, and it still does what I like.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build +1! Love the LEDs, mind telling which ones they are? Planning on doing an LED job on my rig as well and was wondering on much length you needed and if there are any preferred brands.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

The leds came in the NZXT hue. Comes with a long strip (can't change length without cutting) about 2 meters long. I enjoy it simply because I can get creative with the colors, and can control it easily. Powering it is easy enough, and the adhesive is alright. If you want multiple colors, this is a good option. Cold cathodes are another option, but are much brighter from what I hear.

  • 79 months ago
  • 0 points

Handled case for lan parties?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, but I feel that it won't be moving much. I never got into LAN parties before all that much because of the cable disasters. With headphones I suppose it isn't so bad though.

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

I could see them coming back. Everything is wireless now. Wireless mice and keyboards, WiDI for wireless monitors, wireless networking, wireless headphones and speakers. Hey, you just need a power cord!

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