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Hey, this was my first pc build and let me just say it was a process. I watched youtube videos to figure out how to do everything and finally, in the end, it all finally came together how I wanted.

To start off, I use the pc mainly for gaming so I didn't think an i7 was necessary as I would not be rendering or editing videos and the i5 would not be a bottleneck for gaming. It's overclocked currently using AI suite 3 and is running a 21% performance boost.

When I first started browsing motherboards, my first thought was "These all look ugly af". That is until I came across the asus sabertooth z97 mark 1. Beautful and functional board. The bios is easy to navigate and is very easy to work with.

When I first started this build, I had assumed liquid cpu coolers were super expensive so I didnt even look at them. However, I came across one halfway through and realized it was only around 50 bucks more than the air cooler I was going to install. Best. decision. ever. The cooler runs very cool and looks extremely smooth in the build.

For storage I have the standard 250 GB ssd as a boot device and 1TB hard drive. Not much to say there.

For graphics cards I wanted to have something powerful but also didn't want to pay the current gen premium. I am in love with the Strix so far. It is so quiet and barely even needs to turn on its fans when gaming with how efficient it is. Very pleased with it.

The case was a no brainer for me. While I had read reviews of poor airflow, I figured optimization would mitigate that. I bought 4 Corsair AF120 Quiet editions to help get some air moving as well. I currently have 3 fans pulling cool air in through the front and have the radiator and exhaust fan pulling air out through the top. Seems to be working so far as tempurature at idle of the cpu is 32 C and under 50 at all times under load. The gpu idles around 45C and gets to around 60 C at load. The fans on the Strix don't turn on until 50 C so it varies.

I didn't want ethernet running around my room or to wire it in so i went for a wireless adapter. With the AC configuration, it gives me the same speed, nearly, as ethernet. Very pleased with this part as well.

Both monitors are some of the best on the market in terms of value for 1080p gaming, I believe. They are both so crisp and are beautiful frameless designs.

I'm having some custom vinyl stickers made as well as contemplating painting the thermal armour on the motherboard so stay tuned for updates!

-- edit -- So today I replaced the SP120 Case Fans with AF120 fans because I was dumb and didn't know they were designed for different things. Also I moved the graphics card into the PCI e 3.0 slot from the 2.0 slot at the bottom of the case. It doesnt seem too saggy but I will proabably build a lego support for it soon :). Also I added a microphone for skype.

Also switched out the ram to Avexir Core Series 2400 mhz ram. Bios is using XMP profile 1 to run it.

The second 3d mark picture is after adding the ram and overclocking.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

Sweet looking build! Love the remote for the LEDS I was thinking about that!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

It's about 20 bucks on amazon and installation and setup was super easy

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you really get 32 GB of Ram or is that a duplicate?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Oops duplicate, good catch :) that would be overkill for sure

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Really love the look of it +1.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I wanted it to look as sleek as possible!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Also, check page 1-11:

http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA1150/SABERTOOTH_Z97_MARK1/E9389_Sabertooth_Z97_Mark1_V2.pdf

Your RAM appears to be in the wrong slots. You should be using A2 and B2, not A1 and B1.

Have fun with the gaming rig!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, does that affect speed at all? I'll try it out today!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

You might not get the rated speed of your RAM if you aren't using optimum slots. It may be running 1600 instead of 1866.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, gotcha, I'll update this during the week as well and then post some updated pictures.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I switched the ram slots as well as the ram. It's not using avexir core series 2400mhz using the bios xmp profile. Thanks!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

What table is that? And nice build by the way! :D

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

It's an IKEA desk I built for about $40 bucks I think. It's great tho, its about 5 feet wide and is really sturdy and sleek looking

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't want gpu sag so that's why it's in the bottom slot for now as well as aesthetics. When I get a brace I'll probably move it up, for now, the temps are in a very acceptable range imo.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

You will have to live with the GPU sag because jipster is correct in his observation. The reason you should be using the top most PCIE slot is because it is rated at 3.0 with a bandwidth of x16. The slot you have your GPU in is 2.0 with a bandwidth of x16. The 3.0 makes a huge difference in terms of available bandwidth however I'm not sure if you are experiencing any bottleneck with the 970.

Check this video out. It really helped me on my first build: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSSHuMHbCWo

To play it safe without going into too much benchmarking, I would move it to the top slot ASAP. Just purchase a backplate sooner or live with the sag. There is no reason to risk slowing down your $330 card just for aesthetics.

On top of this, you want it as close to the top as possible to reduce overall heat by allowing the fans to exhaust it much easier.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, thats intersesting, i really never knew they had different bandwidths. I'll be swapping out a fan in the next couple days so ill move it up then. I bought some black legos or I think I can use the VGA cables to help support the card. I think I can come up with a fix. I'll update you guys during this week.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

GPU has been moved to the proper slot and other improvements made today :D