Description

This build went fairly smooth except for the case. The original vendor took 18 days to get from the west coast to the east coast only to arrive with damaged wiring. I ordered a new one from Newegg and they got me a replacement in two days.

I purchased the parts over a four week period around mid December as they went on sale to reduce the cost as much as possible.

Build Notes

Case The case was really easy to work with especially cable management except for the back side panel. Cable management must be really good on the back of the case or the side panel will not close or bow out.

Motherboard The only thing I didn't like about the motherboard is the USB 3.0 connector is on the side right above the SATA ports. This made it impossible to route the cable through the cable management grommets provided by the case so I had to go around the outside which made it not look so tidy.

Motherboard Part 2 This is the first build I've had without a dedicated sound card so I was very skeptical of the reviews and you tube videos saying the on-board sound was adequate. My previous build had the Asus Xonar D1 which had really good sound for $99.00 and was much better than the on-board sound of my previous motherboard so I found it hard to believe. But I have to say the on-board sound of the MSI is just as good so unless you're a professional or audiophile I wouldn't think you would ever a separate sound card.

Liquid Cooler I went with the H105 as opposed to the very popular H100i. I wanted the newer model and didn't care about the corsair link software or the extra wire it required. So far it's working well and is really quiet. Looks like there's a H110i now :(

MSI Video Cards These cards are working well, very quiet and so far no coil whine. I know this setup is over kill for my monitors but I was pushing my budget as it is and I'd like to get more use out of my Dell's. Besides I want to wait until the monitor technology settles down. There isn't much too choose from as far as the 1440p / 144 hz go and 4K is probably going to be the future.

PSU Best power supply I've owned. It's well built and extremely quiet.

I didn't use one of the noctua's in the picture or the NZXT Hue (didn't like the looks of the lights). The LED's built into the case, pump, motherboard, and video cards gave a nice lighted accent, but not too much like the Hue would have done.

I would highly recommend the VELCRO brand one wrap thin ties from Amazon if you're doing a build. You get 100 for around $6.00 USD.

Credit to viperguy212 (Drogon Build) for the idea of putting the dragon decal on the front.

Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

That is how to balance max fan performance and aesthetics. This is clearly not your fist build.

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

I forgot to mention I got the decal from DrewsVinyl on Etsy in case anyone is interested.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! +1 for noctuas and awesome case

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/z7gLrH

did the red/black them myself. nice build, i like it!

also the klipsch....cant beat the sound unless you quadruple the price and get the audioengine

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

generally speaking i'm usually pretty meh when it comes to red and black themes but you knocked it out of the park the targaryen logo sealed it.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

get some custom cables

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, that is something I have on my future wish list.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Finally a nice build

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Those dell monitors are great. I'm running surround with 3 of them.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build. Nice theme.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang son !

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

honest to god i was going to build something very similar to that

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the need for 970 SLI? I'm guessing you are going to upgrade monitors soon.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

HOT! +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Lots of red. I like it.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats a crazy clean looking build

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 nice build. Im not sure to get the MSI 970 or the Windforce 970, what do you guys think?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

If I wasn't doing a theme build, I probably would have went with the Windforce considering it comes with a back plate and better output options.

You might want to hold off a little while on the 970's it's not official, but there is concern that there is a problem with the VRAM.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. Supposedly, the 970s are only capable of using just 3.5gb of the advertised 4gb. Those that do get above the 3.5gb figure are having problems. Just throwing that out there.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome build, i also have the same speakers as you and love them

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for going for well known brands

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Build! +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

hnnnng.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sorry, did you say USB?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I heard good things about the Noctuas, too bad they are just so ugly!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

heh, yeah, that's why I put them in the front. Some people go with the Noctua Industrial or the gray (forget the name).

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

true you think the corsair af/sps are better because they suit my build which is nearly the same but higher specs and and nice custom sleeved cables

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

From the test's I've seen on youtube the noctua industrials are a little noisier than the regular noctuas. The corsair's are really quiet, so if they suit your build go with them.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry but I am going to have to take this away from you its too AWESOME!!!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

corsair AF/SP fans or Noctua NF fans???

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Very tempted to make a last minute change in my case selection from a Fractal R5 to the NZXT 440 because of the dragon decal... Still not sure I'm not going to steal the idea... It looks amazing... Good job sir...

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Just dumb luck that the red decal matches the red in the 440 almost exactly.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

It scares me how you've picked almost the exact same parts as I planned for my next build. Even down to the Noctua's in front. The two 120mm's in the H105, and that one 140mm on the back. SLI 970's from MSI, the Motherboard...Everything.

Amazing. It's like a glimpse of my future in gaming.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad you like the build and good luck on yours. The two SSD's work out great, I have Windows 8.1 on the first one and Linux Mint on the other one.

Of all of my builds, this is my favorite by far.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Question in which slots are you using both cards?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

PCI_E1 - Closest to cpu or the uppermost slot.

PCI_E5- The next closest after the top slot.

PS - I'm now running Linux Mint 17.2 64 bit on this rig and runs nice. I'm using the nvidia 346.72 listed in Linux Mint's driver manager.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think putting the card on the lowest pcie slot would affect air flow?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Today is July 10th 2017 and I wanted to report this system is still going strong although a few weeks ago on restart I heard what sounded like throwing a screw into a fan. At first I thought it was the pump on the cooler but it turned out one of the fan blades on the GTX 970 became brittle and broke into pieces. Kudos to MSI for promptly replacing the GPU, not only did they replace it, I got upgraded to the GTX 1070 Gaming 8G.

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