I use this build for gaming mostly. Nicely enough I didn't run into any issues building it and had no DOA parts either.
I think you should of gotten a non-reference 970. Such as the Strix o windforce
I actually built this last November and there weren't a ton of options available yet. I'm not sure when those cards came out or what pricing looked like for them at the time, but I actually managed to get Best buy to price match the listed price on Newegg (before they removed it) so I actually saved about $30 per card. The big I went with this is because of the led logo on the top that lights up. The picture doesn't do much justice but you can actually see the logos pretty well through the top even with the fan. I still may opt to get the windowed top rather than the mesh just for better aesthetics and so I can appreciate the interior more.
what makes windforce better than the reference version?
They are cheaper, as the guy said, he did not have a ton of option to get any other brands of 970 because the gpu just came out and was sold out.
you should have gone with a external dac instead of the sound card but thats just me
I've actually thought about this and am considering doing this for another project I hope to do this year, but the one thing I don't like about it is I prefer to have my machine be self-contained. I don't like the idea of having to transport extra peripherals when I move my machine around. I'm considering the Sound Blaster Omni though.
More Pictures, please!! So far great build.
I'll get more up soon. I'm so buried in school right now it's hard to have any fun. Appreciate the compliments though. Thanks!
Stock 970s! Wow nice! Plus I have that motherboard and too be honest it is a real pain. I have usb legacy devices enabled and I still have to go grab a ps2 keyboard to enter the bios. Plus, every time I try and oc past 110mhz on the bus clock, even with the voltage turns up, it just takes it back down to 4.4ghz. Plus The mobo came with BENT usb3.0 pins and I bought mobo new. Any similar problems with yours? I will not be buying another MSI mobo ever again lol.
The stock 970s can only be bought through Best Buy strangely enough. I think there are places to buy them overseas as well but I'm not positive.
I can't say that I've had a single issue with my MSI board so far although I haven't tried to OC at all really. Man, if it came with bent pins, I would've gotten an RMA. No way am I going without USB 3.0. I have seen people say that MSI has rather questionable quality control, so it sounds like you may have just suffered luck of the draw man. It sucks, but it happens. My ASUS 560Ti had to be RMA'd twice before they sent me a new one when I built my last computer, so for what it's worth, even the more reputable companies aren't flawless.
I appreciate you taking the time to check out my rig though. Cheers!
Hey I know this is a bit late, but how does this case do for 280mm radiators like the h110i gt or the Nepton 280L in terms of compatibility on the front ? I've read that people have difficulties mounting the rad or something along those lines, and there isn't any builds online that properly debunk this or mention potential difficulties with such an arrangement.
I had no issues mounting the H110 in either the Cooler Master XB EVO or the Corsair 500R. However, the only way to mount it in the 500R is to have rad attached to the top inside and the fans attached under the grill on exterior in a pull configuration. I had a similar issue with the EVO where the fans could only be mounted to pull the air in through the front of the case blowing the hot air from the rad over the motherboard and other components. Hope this helps.
Alright thanks so much! You have no idea how big a help you've been, you should try going online and checking out just how little info there is with regards to this particular issue.
It did take me quite a bit or searching before I found anywhere that addressed this question, but in general, if you can fit 2 140mm fans, then you can mount a 280mm radiator there too. Just be aware that in the CoolerMaster Evo, the radiator has to be on the inside of the chassis with the air being pushed into the case unless you don't mind having the front as an exhaust. I didn't see any temperature issues with the air being pushed into the case though since I also had a 200mm exhaust on top and a 120mm rear exhaust. If you look at my build pictures, you can see the way I mounted my radiator in the CoolerMaster case. I should upload the pictures of the 500R as well. Don't hesitate to ask if you have any other questions.
Best of luck to you.
Is there enough space to do push/pull with the H110 in there?
I want to say yes, but I actually sold off this case and my 970s and bought a 980Ti so I could convert this build to an mITX PC inside a Corsair 250D. I can't say for certain but based on my pictures, it looks like you could do it pretty easily.