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Thankfully, I was able to get most of these parts on sale with discount codes and combos, so my total was much lower than the pcpartpicker price.

I've been a Mac user my whole life, but I've always wanted a really nice gaming pc. Now I finally have one. I really enjoyed researching and picking out the parts, but actually building it was awesome. I just need to get an 8-pin cpu power cable extension to route that last cable behind the motherboard. I have moved some of the cables around since taking those pictures to clean up the area above the MB and to take some of the weight strain off the 7970. Eventually, I'll swap out the H100 fans as well, because although the case reminds me of a jet, I'd rather the sound it makes not to. Overall, I'm really happy with the build. However, I do regret getting the H100 because the stock fans are hilariously loud and there are cheaper and better cooling options, but at least it looks cool. Also, If I were to do this over, I would probably have gone with a Gigabyte motherboard since they work better for installing OSX if/when 7970s gain OSX support in the future. I'm not sure if it's possible with the Asus board I bought. Anyone know for sure?

I'll be overclocking and running more benchmarks over the next week or so, but here's my current 3DMark11 basic score at stock clocks: http://3dmark.com/3dm11/3834811?key=sxI0Z7ZEJhgrUJ_gkC-WkQ

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  • 94 months ago
  • 2 points

i was going for pretty much the same build . can you share the codes and combos "?

  • 93 months ago
  • 1 point

So, am I but my GPU is Cheaper but still can play Battlefield 3 on ulta it's the XFX HD 7850

  • 93 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a very good build im not sure if you can with an asus you should definatly overclock that Gpu

  • 93 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, now I've got my cpu at a comfortable 4.5 (1.27v with max temps around 75c on IBT) and the 7970 at around 1200/1800 at stock voltages. I can probably get the 7970 higher if I bump the voltages, but this is my first gaming build and I need to read up some more to feel safe doing too much more.

  • 93 months ago
  • 2 points

For awesome/quiet fans that move air THROUGH the radiator, go with Noctua's. 120mm non-PMW or 120mm PMW.

If not that, do a decent amount of research. Not just any case fan will provide you with excellent static pressure, and that is the value that is most important when dealing with radiators.

There is a cheaper model I am fond of made by Cougar. The Vortex series is pretty serious about moving air quietly. I cannot recommend the PWM version for a Horizontal application, but the 3 pin non-PWM version would serve you just fine. (PWM is Pulse Width Modulation). Cougar Vortex Newegg Search

H80 with stock fans is very quiet I think. So I got a couple of the 3 pin Cougar Vortex fans and I am using them as case fans to try and get to a positive pressure in the case.

  • 93 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the H100 fans are just too loud for my tastes. I'll be switching them out with either cougar vertexes or scythe gentle typhoons

  • 93 months ago
  • 1 point

I went through the same thing and went with 4 cougar vertexes. I chose black ones.

  • 93 months ago
  • 2 points

You eventually need to route that CPU power cable behind the motherboard ;)

  • 93 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, that has been done. Originally I felt like the cord was just a little too short, and I was going to have to buy an extension, but I tried a few different ways and eventually got it sorted out.

  • 91 months ago
  • 1 point

That cable management is fantastic... I'm going for something like this when I start building my PC. You'll never need the 850W though unless you Crossfire that HD7870. You can run thing with an Antec 520W But do as you like :)