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It was time for an upgrade. I've been using the same gaming laptop for the past 5 years and it finally decided to go on me. I don't need the mobility anymore so I decided to go with something beefy. Once I break the machine in and feel confident enough, I will OC. I'm surprised at how quiet this machine is so far. Even under heavy gaming, it's still acceptable. Hope you guys like. Any suggestions for improvement will be greatly appreciated.

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey how is that zotac cooler treating your card?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Remarkably well. Temps are well within safe ranges so far. But I haven't OCed anything yet.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

why a 980 ti and a 1080p monitor. are you planning on upgrading to a 1440p monitor because you could have gone with a 980 or 970 that would have saved you some money but nice build otherwise

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

I was looking primarily for a 144hz monitor. Prices are prohibitive for me right now for 1440p and 144hz. I'll upgrade in the future.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

So I've gotten my CPU to OC to 4.5 stable. I think that's good enough for me! Next is the GPU :)

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you overclock your cpu with an h97 board?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Some board manufacturers managed to get around the so called "restriction" that intel arbitrarily imposed on H97 boards. I did my research and this was one of those boards that did a middle finger to intel. Sure it isn't fully featured and doesn't have every setting you want. But it has what you need to OC i.e. voltage and multiplier settings. It's been rock solid so far.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

What PSU cables are you using? (the red ones)

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

All the cables I used came with the PSU.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like that cpu cooler? Could you give me somewhat of a review of it? Like would you recommend it?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

This is my first water cooler. I've been using stock coolers up until now. I was looking for a low cost water cooler that was quiet and had enough performance to handle some overclocking.

Out of the box the manual is really poor at describing how to attach the cooler to the MB. There was a lot of trial and error trying to get the cooler to fit. Once I figured out what I was doing everythng fit the way it should. In hindsight youtube has a lot of good tutorials for installation. I bought artic silver paste but didnt end up using because the cooler came with some already applied to the cooler. Having built computers before this was the hardest part since it was my first time.

Performance wise it works great. Temps never get over 60c while gaming. I got a 4.5ghz stable at 1.15v. Probably could go higher but I'm happy where I'm at now.

Would I recommend it? Sure. But only for those looking for a quiet solution with adequate performance. In this application I am very happy with it.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply! That helps alot!

  • 54 months ago
  • 0 points

for a case like that a reference cooler might have been better for your other components but as long as you have good airflow you'll be alright

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey Robin,

I'm planning out a build which, coincidentally, as currently configured would be remarkably similar to this one. It will also be the first time I'll have put together my own rig so it would be fair to say this is all pretty new to me.

That said, could you enlighten me as to why a reference card (I'm assuming you're speaking about the reference version of the 980ti) would be better for airflow with this case? It was my (very) rudimentary understanding that the aftermarket cooling on the 3rd part versions of the card were more efficient? Or does the reference version perhaps route the heat in a different way such to get it out of the case? Just curious in case it impacts the decision making on my end. Thanks!

And to the builder, I was going to pop in and comment on how similar your build is to the one I have picked out, but I'll just say good job here instead! I've already bought the case since it has a pretty steep discount at the moment. I was a bit worried about space and airflow but your build seems like it has quite a bit of room left in there.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

If you have a small case then the reference cooler is better because it exhausts heat out the back so it doesn't overheat all of the other compenents in your pc which could take some life out of them and small cases normally don't have a lot of fans which limits airflow, but you should be fine with aftermarket coolers in mid tower or full tower cases because they have more airflow and they are bigger so it spreads out the heat so it doesn't overheat any other components. Hopefully this helped you

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

First of all thanks! Secondly, reference design would be ideal for this case. Can you still go with the one I got? Absolutely. The temp difference would be negligible in this case. Out of the box it has great airflow. You can make it better if you want. The case isn't as small as you think. There is a lot of room to work with.

My temps on the MB dont ever go over 30c under full load according to HW monitor.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I also considered that as well. However, I pretty much went with the cheapest 980 ti I could find. For $595, I couldn't pass up the Zotac. My temps are below 72 C during Firestrike. Haven't tested furmark yet. The case itself has a HUGE intake fan and provides very good positive pressure.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get the 980 ti for $595 because I want one

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I got it from jet.com. However I'm not sure you'll able to find that price again. It's worth a shot though. Good luck!

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  • 54 months ago
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That's what I figured going into it but I'm not looking to break any records anyways. Just a mild to moderate OC seems doable.

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  • 54 months ago
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Yeah, I'll post back with numbers when I get a chance. But this case has a huge intake fan bringing in air and the 120mm fan for the water cooler. I might do another 120mm fan on the top for exhaust.

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, those are models. I like to make Gundam models as well. I ride a '12 Yamaha FZ6R :) Thanks for the +1 :)