what i built in january.
had to trash my old ram sticks no good in this build. went for two 4GB sticks of DDR3 at first. have since doubled up on the ram and now running 4x4gb sticks of kingston hyperx fury cl10 1600 mhz ddr3. 8 gb barely cut it for gta 5, so i guess i just want to be a little more ready for the future, and what ever console ported unoptimized trash might have in store for me. barely enough ram clearance without having to raise the cooler to squeeze my last ram stick in there. that really would have boiled my carrot if i had to
everything else went down without a hitch.
beasts all my games at 1080p 60fps, which is great as i play on a 50 inch hdtv and thats all i care for right now anyways.
overclocked my cpu cores and found the sweet spot 4.5 ghz cores @ 1.225 vcore with some other minor tweaking and its ran completely cool and stable for me. im staying there. idling low 20s, peaking in the high 50s during long game sessions of witcher 3 but other than using intel burn test and prime 95 thats the highest ive been able to get it to on my watch
the strix 970 runs extremely cool and silent. boosted it to go over 1463 mhz in game with a 7700 mhz memory clock. silent. fans dont even kick on on its factory fan curve until it hits 60 degrees. idles at 32 degrees, on my fan curve the highest ive got it to in game is 65. it was either this or the r9 390. i would be happy with either.
psu is a little overkill, im happy with it though. completely silent, hybrid mode, never hear the fan kick on. does what its supposed to
network speed seems kind of low. i have it connected to my laptop for media streaming and extra storage and whatnot, and it only transfers at 11-12 MB/sec. i think its because my laptop has an older NIC. transferrring between local drives, reading/writing data seems normal. nothing special but no issues. windows 8.1 boots very fast on the ssd. not even considering the windows 10 "upgrade" at this point. have a 2 tb seagate external hooked up to my xbox one but might consider using down the road or purchasing another pretty soon, as my drives are quickly filling up with games and movies and whatnot. thrown an old junker in there too.
motherboard i might have overpaid a bit for too. its a decent board and gave me enough space and ram clearance for my cooler. gets the job done. only came with 2 sata cables though. decent vrms. idles at 29-30 degrees, northbridge at 14-15. under heavy load the highest ive got it to was 45c and 70 degrees on the northbridge. no complaints. no worries. also like having 2 different BIOS's in case one screws up i dont have to pull the battery and short the pins to reset it. also creating multiple profile switching is great as i can run stock speed for regular everyday use and switch to my OC with full speed and voltage, or my OC with my offset voltage and smartstepping/c state power saving modes as need be whenever i need the extra boost
really liking the value of the hyper 212 evo. thing is huge and a royal pain in the *** to install, but probably the best budget cooler ive ever seen.
case is nice. cable management wasnt that hard and i had extra holes built in and that was nice. lots of extra mounting slots for fans but im running cool enough even under overclock that i dont care for more. at least not until the summer weather arrives. maybe one to blow at the gpu but thats it. the power light indicators at the front are EXTREMELY bright and annoying. i have long sinced macguyvered a fix for this issue with a couple layers of masking tape. if only the rest of my build was this cheap in cost. only came with two 120mm fans though. 3 would have been more welcomed.
wishing i could turn off the led's on the sickleflows, as they are also rather bright. and without my laptop opened in front of me, this becomes a distraction depending on where i am sitting and what i am focusing on. its not bothersome enough to actually dig those things out of there or cut a wire or anything. also these things can be audible. not that loud, but definately noticeable when my televisions or some of my game consoles are not on or i dont have music or a game going in the background. they do a great job of exhausting the air out though for the price i paid.
my pvr is old and crap IMO but it does a pretty good job of recording my tv shows and the quality for that is good but anything re-encoded onto youtube looks like trash. im not a streamer or a youtube person though. as long as i can record and watch my shows in pretty much the same quality ill get from the box im happy. it does that. but barely.
really digging the mouse and keyboard. set up the led to display all kinds of temps and speeds and stuff through aida64, but its more of a distraction than anything. being able to lock the windows key is nice too as i usually play in full screen and they will freeze up or not load up again if i tab out. having lots of configurable on the go macro buttons and tonnes of mouse buttons is quite a convenience. mouse battery isnt so great. runs good wired too. works on my couch armrest even without a pad. feels nice and doesnt hurt my wrists. very fast and responsive. dont really have much else to say other than sometimes i might press the wrong side button, and it takes a bit more pressure to activate the right scroll wheel button than the left one. other than that theyre a great combo.
other than that theres really nothing else to say. it does what i want it to do and im happy with this build. i might have done a few things differently, but thats just an afterthought.