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After struggling to play any relevant games (think any new games from 2013+) on my old machine (HP Pavilion Elite e9270t from 2008) or anything that required DirectX 10 or better, I decided to finally spring for a new video card and PSU. Suffice it to say they wouldn't fit in my old computer case as the HP wasn't made for these components and I ended up trashing my old PC and building a new one from scratch.

I use my new PC for a balance of work (word processing) and casual gaming. I'm not a huge gamer hence trying to stay around the $2,000 budget and re-using some of my components from the HP. I'm currently running with an HP 2709m monitor that's only capable of 1920x1080 - making the EVGA GeForce GTX 980Ti overkill, however, I plan on eventually getting a 4k monitor to take advantage of the power I have.

Steam sales are the bane of my existence as I literally have 30 games I purchased over the last two years on sale that I couldn't really play until now. I have a lot of gaming to catch up on ;).

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  • 48 months ago
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oohhh pretty :DD

  • 48 months ago
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1TB SSD budget lol!! Nice sleek build man, GJ!

  • 48 months ago
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Dope and clean build mate! But, uhh... are you sure that is 750D and not 760T? Oh, and what are you leaning to; 16:9 4K or 21:9 3440:1440? Because I think unless you add another 980TI, 4K is not that playable at highest-end setting.

Still nice build overall! +1

  • 48 months ago
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Who says gaming needs to be played at the highest settings? This is a misconception everyone seems to have.

  • 48 months ago
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I cant really tell what is the priority... either resolution (of course not under 1366x768) or graphic setting. Or maybe balace?

Although I lean to maxed out graph first, on largest res possible...

Or so I want to say, but the point is I just get my heart stolen (connotation) by Ultrawide and kinda spread it around, so.... yeah...

  • 48 months ago
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Max settings means max AA which is not necessary on high resolution screens.

  • 48 months ago
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Thanks! Not sure yet what monitor and resolution I'll run for 4K. If I had a cool $700 laying around then sure I would buy another 980Ti and SLI them :).

I consider this my 'entry level' machine that I will bolt on to over time.

Right now the 980Ti runs everything on high/ultra usually 60-150 fps depending on the game at 1920x1080. I'm sure if I go 4K not everything will be maxed like reflections particles and AA.

  • 48 months ago
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Well nice 'entry level' kind of machine you've got there mate! XD

BTW, if you're playing in 4K isnt AA makes (almost) no difference? Or so I've heard from certain Youtube Vid. But, WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU PLAYING THAT ONLY GOT 60 FPS ON 1080P ON A FREAKIN 980TI!?!?!?!? forget it.

cough sorry, got a bit MAD over here so just forget it

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Just an FYI, in your parts list you have a 750D listed, better change that to a 760T before more comments noticing the mistake start flowing in lol.

  • 48 months ago
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It already started mate... XD

  • 48 months ago
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Yeah made that mistake after I published the build, thought correcting it in the parts list would change it in this build post - nope.

  • 48 months ago
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IS 850 Watts sufficient for this rig? I am looking into something similar to this build, and am worried that the 980 Ti will take up too much of the power supply current

  • 48 months ago
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PCPP included overall power draw in the system builder. Click on the "View full price breakdown" to check total power draw of this build if you want to know.

  • 48 months ago
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^ Has hit the nail on the head! You would be surprised how little draw some components really have these days!

  • 48 months ago
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Yes current draw is under 500w I believe

  • 48 months ago
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Lovely build, well done! If you are like most people these days and don't use the CD writer much, you could remove the bay for a cleaner look :) And then just connect it for when you you need it :D

  • 48 months ago
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Looks great! Was the 1 TB SSD necessary though? It's cheaper to get a 1 TB HDD plus a 500 GB SSD.

  • 48 months ago
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+1, but are there any exhaust fans on this bad boy?

  • 48 months ago
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yes, he has one in the upper rear of the case.

  • 48 months ago
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Pic 2 shows the back side of the fan, meaning its an intake. I'm not noticing any exhaust fans here.

  • 48 months ago
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oh yeah you are correct, I just noticed that. Then yes I am not seeing any exhaust either

  • 48 months ago
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FTW is a great card, ive got it as well, you might want to change the fan profiles to bump the fans speed up to run cooler if needed as the card at default runs silent but warm. Mine was originally at 40deg idle and 75 under load, now its at 36 and 67.

  • 48 months ago
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Thanks for the tip!

  • 46 months ago
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are you able to run xmp an get the memory to 3000mhz or are you keeping it to 2133? i have the 3200 mgz and i can't run xmp on the maxims hero.

  • 43 months ago
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Haven't tried yet

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

"Budget"

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

No, his budget was $2000. He is not saying that this is a 'budget build'. People on this site are extremely quick to pick fault.

  • 48 months ago
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Hah yes thanks for clarifying this Furrior. My budget was $2,000 and wanted to be even closer to $1,500 but the 980Ti was too good to pass up.

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  • 48 months ago
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"only"

haha no offense mate XD

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  • 48 months ago
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nevermind if you dont feel anything... XD

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  • 48 months ago
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Actually he is using a 760T case, that isnt a 750D, but it is still a nice case

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  • 48 months ago
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I think you have misunderstood his meaning. He had a budget of $2,000 to spend, he's not saying $2000 constitutes a 'budget build'.

  • 48 months ago
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I don't know why that guy comments, he is always saying something wrong.

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  • 48 months ago
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Is a good 1tb SSD

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  • 48 months ago
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I think 1 TB of SSD is a good choice for overall performance per capacity rather than 950 Pro. Not to mention it is the "already good price to performance" 850 EVO.

  • 48 months ago
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Yeah, I'm a fan of a 1TB SSD. Especially if that's all the space you will need. I personally prefer to only have 1 drive in my system and 1TB is about perfect for me so far.

  • 48 months ago
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Thanks

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