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I love the S340, I was going to go with the S440 or the H440 but the minimalism of the S340 was something I couldn't pass up ( I really enjoy minimalism ) and I needed the best bang for my buck, however, with the recent announcement of the 1070 on the horizon, I'm going to eat my $360 that I had just spent on that 970 and buy a 1070 at launch, can't return it either, but maybe i'll use it for my girlfriend or my friend's builds.

Everything BARELY fit, the Hyper 212 EVO cooler is just a hair away from hitting the glass on the side panel, which also is a couple of hairs from the first RAM slot. The graphics card just barely sat in the PCI-E slot due to 2 factors, one being the SATA ports for port 0 and 1 being situated parallel with the first PCI-E x16 slot and on the same line, so the card had to press down the SATA cables; and two, the cable management bridge that the S340 limited the ease of getting it into the slot. Overall easy build but a pain in the management department. Also installing the cooler fan with where the CPU Fan connector is located on the MB made it a pain to install.

I went with the 6600K because I wanted to try my hand at overclocking, and so far I have it sitting comfortably at 4.2 GHz core clock with a 3.8 core cache, I can most likely get it to 4.5 GHz with a 4.0 core cache, but at the moment I don't have a real reason to push it further, none of the games i've played so far haven't been very CPU intensive and the current clock speeds I have are more than sufficient for the time being.

The ASRock board is a budget board that really did well for it's pricing, it has a easy to use UEFI bios to adjust settings, granted I don't have much settings in the Bios i'm adjusting. I haven't had any issues thus far.

The memory was an easy buy, I wanted at the very least 16GB of RAM, and DDR4 - 3000 was plenty of speed for me, I however am having issues getting the MB to recognize it at the full 3000 and rather it's capping at 2400, I know the motherboard supports up to 3200, so I'll have to dig into that particular issue soon.

The XTreme Gaming 970 is silly quiet, the fans don't turn on unless a game is running, and even then they make almost no noise, however, the bundled software to adjust clock speeds and configure the RGB is garbage, it doesn't properly save any configurations, especially for the RGB, sometimes i'll turn on the computer and the color will be different or the LED's will just flat out turn off, and the settings will have adjusted themselves in the software, needing me to restart the computer to get them back, mess with the software once during startup and don't touch it unless you restart if using this card, because it has a heart attack if anything is done an hour or two into standard use.

600 Watt 80+ bronze certified power supply from Corsair is good, it does what it needs to do, I probably should have opted for at least a silver certified rating, but i'll stick with what I currently have.

The Rosewill adapter is one of the few, cheap, efficient dual band PCI-E 1x adapters available, and it works really well. I needed this since my router is around the corner from my computer and I am not running CAT45 around the inside of my house, I get perfectly competent speeds using this WiFi card.

I'm very happy with the build, it came out to a very affordable price for me, and the pricing on this site was inaccurate to the price I actually paid, I spend $981 total, so to me less than 1000 for this build was a steal, and honestly it helps me justify spending another $450 next month for the 1070 :P

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 6 points

Nice build, but I notice a few problems:
It looks like your ram isn't running in dual channel. See if you can't leave one dimm slot in between your ram sticks. That's gonna let your ram run in dual channel and give a you a little speed boost. Check your motherboard manual to make sure your running the ram in the right slots. Upgrading that psu might be something needed in the future. They aren't exactly the most stable. If you plan to overclock, get it out of your system ASAP.

NOTICE: I'm not trying to hate here. You've got a pretty solid build. Just trying to offer some constructive criticism.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

You were right they weren't running in dual channel :D, I went ahead and corrected that issue. For the PSU, what would you recommend, or what certification is safe enough would you feel?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

i suggest you can go with the EVGA GQ 650w power supply it has a gold rating and 4 6+2 pins

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

GQ is probably the best I can recommend on a budget. If any more money becomes available, go for the Nova G2 Series. They're newer, hihger quality, and I think they have a 5 year warranty

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like quite a nice build. Powerline adapters also work really well if you have trouble with the distance from the router (I get a much better connection with a cheap Powerline than I do with a much more expensive wireless adapter).

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build hope you enjoy!! Bet your bummed about Pascal I also recently bought a 970...

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same GPU and the software works perfectly fine for me... (RGB part of it havn't attempted to use the overclock tool it has)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

i love it but what made you hold off from pascal ?

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

That's what I unfortunately am going to do, I bought this card for myself in the meantime, I have two other people in my home that can make use of the 970 once I upgrade to pascal. I built this thinking that the pascal card were gonna come out later in the year but I get to eat my $360 now and buy another card haha, but it won't be a complete loss since I can pawn off the card to my roommate.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

haha that's what my father said too. he's like, why you buying another gpu? and then he said, well if you do go get a gtx 1080, i'll take your 970s LOL

solid looking build. I love the s340s. good job! +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate that thank you :) , and on a side note, I convinced Newegg to refund fully my 970 at the beginning of June so that right when I get the refund Ill have enough for the 1070 at launch, i'm wondering how many OEM's will be available at launch though? Hmmmm

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I would say none, at launch. Nvidia will be releasing their versions. The OEMs have it ready but I'd imagine it will take them at most a month.

Gigabyte have teased the GTX 1080 Extreme Version with "Something Extreme is Coming" "June 2016"

http://videocardz.com/59778/gigabyte-teases-geforce-gtx-1080-xtreme-gaming

So I'd imagine OEM versions will be coming in June with Nvidia's own Ref/Founders ready in May.

Personally I'm waiting on the Gigabyte 1080 Gaming G1, if they make one :D

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a fantastic build man I love this so cost efficient holly smiz. +1

How's your gaming performance so far?

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Gaming performance is incredible, i'm getting a steady 60+ FPS with ultra settings at 1080P in the Division, 60 FPS 1080P Ultra Assassin's Creed Syndicate. In fact almost all games i've been playing that have come out recently i'm hitting 60FPS on either high or ultra. Once I upgrade to a 1070 (keep in mind if you wait and buy this build with a 1070 it'll be the same price for more performance ) it's gonna be a powerhouse. It's a quality, clean, minimalistic build, I can't imagine building it another way (other than pascal haha).

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

That is great to hear man honestly. I've been set back about 3 weeks on purchasing parts for a build and everyday I'm on here looking at builds all day. Yours struck me I guess due to you having a lot of parts I've been contemplating, especially the GTX 970. Always see constant bickering between the 4GB of VRAM, you're probably the 4th person to confirm that your GTX 970 is still a great purchase. This build is also incredibly lower than my initial budget so this is a win win by all means.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you ever manage to get the RAM running at 3000?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, but i had to change some settings in the bios of my PRO4S mobo, it's working great now

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I have actually since these pictures switched the fans direction, I adjusted the arrangement of my RAM to the proper DIMM slots and now I have the fan properly orientated.