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I've played PC Games for about 11 years, roughly the amount of time I've been in the USA. Prior to that I've only ever played some games occasionally. Never having built a PC and always getting Dells and occasionally asking a friend to make me one; I've decided to tackle and experience how it is to build first hand.

Anyways, I went ahead with this project due to some friends gifting me some stuff!

4770K was gifted from Christmas of 2014

EVGA GTX 780 that was broken and still had warranty was gifted to me for Christmas 2015 and RMA'd for a EVGA GTX 970.

The monitors we're bought from a Pawnshop together.

I've got to say that, it was tons of fun. Ordered all my parts through Amazon for the ones I did not have yet and with Prime shipping I had it built in a day! (Cable management too! or atleast what I could do with my experience, or lack thereof)

Build was completed on 02/01/16.

As far as gaming, I only ever play League of Legends and CSGO and both run on Max easy peasy. I do plan on streaming on Twitch with friends so part of the reason for this was my old PC couldn't do it without dropping crazy FPS...

Idle Temperatures run from 32c~ Game load (League,CSGO) 57-60c~

Heaven Benchmark 97FPS; 2450 Score; Ultra w/ Tessellations off.

Everything is stock though I plan on Overclocking the GPU/CPU.

The BIOS has been updated to latest version so for whatever reason they decided to remove Non Z Overclock... So have to find a way.

Tried my best with the Cable Management so I'm looking to get some criticisms and some tips too! :)

Anyways, it's been a fun build and if you've any questions let me know!

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome looking setup, lovin all the plush toy decorations. Sick DX Racer chair +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, nice case !@

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Same motherboard, same problem, but Easy fix is to rollback the BIOS version to the last release before the microcode update. You can get this directly from the Asrock website.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you rollback the BIOS?

I'm afraid I might brick it. I can't seem to find a guide on how to roll back the BIOS to one with NonZ OC.

Thanks!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Whether you're rolling back or updating to a new version of BIOS the result is the same, so don't let that intimidate you. Like most motherboards, there are a few ways to actually do this:

1) Easiest -> Windows installer run exe install file downloaded on manufacturer website in windows and it does everything for you, just like you would install any other software, it restarts your computer when finished, you never have to actually go into BIOS / UEFI]. This is what i did - couldn't have been easier, took 2 mins and i was ready to overclock UNFORTUNATELY, it looks like Asrock took this method down from their page, but they left up the traditional BIOS file if you want to do it the old fashioned way (see #2).

2) Requires some Effort, seems scary, but works fine - > BIOS flash Download BIOS file from manufacturer website, restart computer and enter UEFI, navigate to Instant Flash option and select the file you downloaded (usually on USB drive). Here are detailed instructions on Asrock's website.

http://www.asrock.com/support/BIOSUI.asp?cat=BIOS8

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/B85M-ITX/?cat=Download&os=BIOS

I'm not at home now, but i can check my PC i did this on later and see if i still have the exe installer file. Please let me know if you have any questions. I know its frustrating, because i couldn't find a guide as well when i tried to do this.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate your help man!

If you happen to have the exe that would be awesome otherwise I'll see about flashing the BIOS down.

I wasn't aware that you can flash down the BIOS once you've set it to the most current iteration but I'm glad to hear you can.

Would like to see if I can get this puppy to atleast 4ghz

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

cute plushies! definitely convinced me to stick with this case! will order soon!