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Client Build 1 - Ditch the Laptop

This chassis deserves more attention from the community! Before I get into that, lets start from the top.

Objective - My brother in law needed a killer rig (within a reasonable budget) to replace his Alienware laptop. As expected, upgrade potential in that once powerful system is difficult to achieve. Damn you DirectX! NEVER AGAIN, we say! A budget was set and not long after, we ate, drank, slept and dreamt of PC parts as we scoured the daily deals while barely paying any attention to our significant others.

CPU - Poster child for gaming on a budget, but you already knew that.

MOBO - This sweet motherboard has everything we need and nothing we don't. How can you beat the price point? Plus the color scheme just looks too good!

RAM - Purchased a single 8GB to reduce the upgrade cost down the road. We did run into an issue when attempting to drop it in as it took a few attempts to get a solid click. Could it be the body, or perhaps the mobo/ram combination? Either way, we're locked in.

SSD - Best SSD ever! Samsung 850 evo? I like having some cash in my pocket.

HDD - Great build quality with expected reliability. Long live WD.

GPU - MSI has a winner on their hands. Purchase one for yourself and you will understand. We wired this build with a second set of power pins so all we have to do is drop in another card. What is FPS? Is that important? ;)

CHASSIS - Ahhhh, the real star of the show. This chassis blew us away after getting our hands on experience at Fry's. To sweeten the deal, we got it on sale for even less. I'm honestly surprised that no one else has a completed build with the V31. It's a cute little case that's designed with the builder in mind. We had a great time building in it and when it came time to tie down all the cables in the back, we flew through it with ease. Notable features: extended back panel, plentiful tie down sections, permanently attached thumb screws, dust filters for every intake/exhaust and a sturdy frame with great craftsmanship. Would have liked to see: removable front dust filter and a better scratch resistant window.

PSU - Silent as (insert noun here).

CD/DVD - It gets the job done just fine.

OS - Some people hate it, but I love it.

NZXT Sentry 2 - I prefer this model over the Sentry 3. I own both but can barely tell what my temps are from the side view when looking at the Sentry 3. The Sentry 2 is visible via almost any angle.

MONITOR - We struggled to find a 27in monitor with a 1-2ms response time and 144mhz refresh rate that fit within our budget. We did it though!

KEYBOARD - The keyboard is on it's way. Thank god for Pedram Afshar.

MOUSE - This mouse has a great feel to it. I love the weight and "sniper button".

It's all about the experience. We had a ton of fun when building and we're happy to share our experiences with you if you have any questions. Thanks for reading.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Silent as (a jet engine)? haha just kidding. Did you consider getting the XFX 290x instead? You have a powerful enough psu for it. Nice build by the way. +1 for looks and generally being a good build.

  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

It looks like a jet engine with that fat heat pipe!

We weren't against AMD but we just simply like Nvidia. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the GTX 970 out performs 290x in benchmarks.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha. Yeah the GTX 970 outperforms it in just about every benchmark but it's not always by a lot and sometimes negligible. I thought you could use a 290x so you wouldn't run across the 970's 3.5 GB associated problems.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the 970's are unfortunately plagued with that issue. The 3.5 is enough for what he will be using it for, however he is planning to go SLI in the near future.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I have this case and can't believe it's not recommended more too, for a first time builder it was so easy to work with, love it. We have very similar builds so it's good to see someone else happy with theirs.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

We were both in love with this case. I would recommend to anyone looking in that price point. I'm glad you think the same as it should be looked at more.

Thanks!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Just persuaded me to go forthe V31!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

psu silent as cheesecake

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

Now that you mention it, the GPU does make a sound when....

I forgot where I was going with this. Mmmmm, cheesecake.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

jk. Nice build

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

what LED strip was that?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Logisys LED sunlight stick in the color white. I have one in my other build and it works out nicely. Powered by molex.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

sweet, i might have to look into that

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty sick build! Nice job bro!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't like straying away from your build's beauty and accomplishment but did you remove those plastic coverings from your GPU yet? From photos #27-32 shows that you still had plastic coverings on the GPU and I would recommend to remove them. IF you already have, then my bad because I can only see on what I see from the photos. Edited: Like is photo 1 really the official result correct? Do correct me from what I am unable to see since my eyes aren't that great at times, sorry.

Your brother in law must be very happy and is enjoying his new gaming rig. Love the parts and thank you for sharing your lovely build! +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

From my understanding, the plastic caps have a very high melting point and are perfectly safe to leave on during use. If you do come across an article that advises against this for good reason, please forward me the link so that I can take the necessary precautions if necessary. Otherwise, I've heard that it just comes down to preference.

Thanks for the +1!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Trust me I have no article claiming that they are a fire hazard. I probably should have re-phrased it to "prefer" and not recommend so my apologizes. I like color schemes or themes too much but yes you are correct, it's just preferences. Either way, it's a beautiful build so great work!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

how good is that GPu? what are your average benchmarks on FPS?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The GTX 970 can max out any game you throw at it on a solid 60-100+ FPS on High-Ultra settings. Even playable on 1440p with this GPU.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Whoa whoa whoa buddy. Not gta 5. Only game i can think of right now that doesn't get 60 fps on a 970 card right now.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I can confirm TerraHD's comment. We could not be happier.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

does it run minecraft at 27 fps?

  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

I think you forgot a few 0's. Let me help: 2,700 FPS. There we go!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for using an ESD strap!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha! Thank you. I use it in all my builds, no matter how many people laugh or swear up and down that it doesn't matter.

Linus told me to. ;)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

This is super awesome!! Great part choices and it looks fantastic. Love the white with the little bit of red. Definitely a +1 from me :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the kind words and the +1!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome. enough said.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

this case is sweet :) next case for my next build props on your rigg

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks my friend! I don't think you will be disappointed.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

honestly I should have gone with your case and saved 100$ such a beauty ;)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the nice comment. There is always the next build!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build dude ! Love this case! I am looking to get the same one...would you know if I could fit the corsair H100i on the top while using the asus X99-a thks

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I cannot honestly say that I know it will fit for sure BUT, there is plenty of clearance so I'm guessing you will be just fine with that setup. I think it will fit perfectly.

Also, I added the x99/h100i/v31 on the system build page and there were no "compatibility issues" coming up. Take that info with a grain of salt though as it may not be the most accurate information.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your input :-)

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Just bought this case and same LED fans.....so beautiful :')

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

The K70 is still en route so we have yet to get our hands on it. I have, however, played around with another friends K70 RGB (MX Brown) and it is top notch. I personally prefer MX blue. If you don't need all the macros that K95 offers, the K70 is near perfect in terms of build quality and size.

I own the Razer Blackwidow Chroma and while the LED's are cleaner and brighter than the K70 RGB, the switches just aren't as nice and the plastic body just doesn't hold up to standards. I believe Razer's green and orange switches aren't technically cherry and are instead manufactured by a different company.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. We were very pleased with it.