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UPDATE 4/23/2016 - Did a little bit of aesthetic tinkering since I first posted my build, so I decided to post an update! Also changed the name of the build, for reasons you can see in the pics. + NZXT Sleeved White LED Strip + 140 Cougar LED 140MM Fan + Back plate for second GTX 970 + House Stark Direwolf Vinyl for the case + Razer Naga 2014 Mouse + Futuremark 2011 Benchmark screenshot (which I don't think is too bad considering nothing is OC'd)

Here's what I've got right now and a brief explanation of why I used the part in question:

CPU - Intel Core i5 4690K: Since this is simply a gaming/surfing computer, this CPU just made sense. Haven't done any overclocking on it yet, but I believe I am in a good position to do so now.

CPU Cooler - Corsair H100i GTX - A few months back, I was using the Cryorig H5, but I was just using that as a temporary Cooler until I was able to get one of these. A friend recommended it and the price was right, so I pulled the trigger. Considering how large this part is, it was really simple to install.

MOBO - Asrock Z97 Extreme4 - I purchased this about 6 months ago because it fit my price range at the time and I read good reviews on it for the price. So far so good. Some reviews claimed that the board would not turn back on after the PSU was turned off/unplugged, then plugged back in, but I have not ran into this issue.

RAM - Corsair Vengeance 1866 16GB (4x4GB) - These were on sale on Newegg for $40/8GB (2x4GB) when I started buying parts, so it seemed like a good move. After a while, I simply decided to buy another set of sticks to get to 16GB.

GPU(s) - 2 x EVGA GTX 970s (SLI) - Started off with 1 of these cards, which has been great, so as a Christmas present to myself, I picked up a second one!

PSU - EVGA 750 G2 - This came recommended from a friend. I had a 600W PSU which was working fine, but when I decided move up to 2 GPUs, I needed more power. Works great. No complaints.

HDD - WD Caviar - In time, I will get an SSD or two, but for the time being, this works just fine.

CASE - NZXT H440 White - This is the newest addition to my build. Previously, I was using an Azza Solano, which was a hand-me-down from a friend who didn't need it, but the wire management and noise were atrocious, so I decided to upgrade and (slightly) downsize to this case. Night-and-day difference between the 2 cases. Installation on everything was a breeze and it is extremely quiet, especially in comparison to what I was using before. Might add HUE+ to this next, or I may just get a normal LED string to light up all my pretty components :).

MONITOR - ACER GN246HL - Bought this off my friend for $150 about 4 months ago. He barely used this monitor and needed some cash, I wanted 144hz and 1MS Response time, so here we are.

KEYBOARD/MOUSE - Cooler Master CM Storm Bundle - This was cheap and it all works just fine for now.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

(unless you're just being a ****, then you can piss off :D ).

:D

I wouldn't have done sli on 970's. Badass loking build though.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

TY! Ideally, I would have held off an bought a single 980TI, but I couldn't justify spending another $650-$700 on one when I had already spent $300+ on one 970. Might look in to selling them both, cutting the loss and floating another $100 or so into getting a TI.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

two 970's is sli is actually better than one 980ti, (ive heard that 2 960s are around the same power os a 980ti.)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 game on

That's right f'em. Buy what you like. This joker looks great. Let the haters hate.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the Extreme6 mobo, MSI 970 and I also want the H440 (in blue/black) so I'm loving the look!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to buy the sli bridge, or did it come with the gpus or mb?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I cannot say about the GPUs (I don't think they do) but I know that they do not come with the motherboards.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Each of the EVGA's I've purchased have come with the basic sli bridge.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

that's interesting because i have seen some builds where they have to buy an sli bridge

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm I was absolutely positive my video card purchases came with sli bridges. So I pulled out the last packaging I have for an evga gtx 770... no damn sli bridge. Ok I go to my parts bin. I find two basic looking sli bridges. They have Asus on them. Well I'm wrong. These could only have come with the z77 Asus sabertooth motherboard or z87 pro motherboard. That kind of sucks. So to sum up, I'm wrong and looks like if your motherboard didn't include one you have to buy them.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The SLI Bridge came with my MOBO (which luckily I noticed before I dropped $40 on buying one). It's not the coolest looking bridge, but it works.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

(unless you're just being a ****, then you can piss off :D ).

I've never actually noticed anyone being a **** on PCPartPicker, which is suprising, but I would've said the same thing.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude some folks have been major butt holes to builders on here before.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Check out the NZXT Noctis 450! Similar style but has blue LED's. Debating whether getting the H440 you got or this :/

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually considered the Noctis case along with this one. I landed on the h440 based on a recommendation from a reputable nerd who owned both and preferred the h440. I also personally like the clean look of the case (just my opinion). End of the day though, they are both good mid towers from a solid company, so you can't really go wrong. If money is tight, I'd suggest going with the h440 and using the extra $20-$30 to upgrade something else.