Hello everyone. My first 'serious' build. I decided to upgrade my hardware to be able to play Elite:Dangerous at a good FPS. I also do some audio production and enjoy watching movies.
It has not been an easy task, I must admit. I am a total noob, although my first PC build is dated 1996. For years I haven't touched any PC components, relying on those overpriced machines with that rotten apple stuck on them... Anyway... It has been a winding, but rewarding path. The main issue was the CPU Water Cooling kit I bought on eBay second hand. It misses several bits and pieces and I was not able to assemble it. Unfortunately the seller did not agree on accepting a return, so I had to start a complaint via eBay. Fingers crossed. If I can get those £95 back I will spend them on a better keyboard and a 2TB HD.
This PC is a beast. I will stress it and let you know how it performs. CPU is very stable and cool at 4.5Ghz (Gigabyte SIV reports a temperature of 21°C idle and around 40°C under load, although I believe real temperatures are slightly higher). Few degrees more running @4.7Ghz. I do not think I am going to try anything higher than that.
Issues I had during while assembling the PC: - Noctua NH-D15 cannot be mounted with the radiators in horizontal position, as the Corsair Dominator Ram modules are not low profile and cause a hindrance; - the Noctua NH-D15 radiators in vertical position unfortunately block the PCI-E 16x slot. I had to mount the GTX 970 in the PCI-E 8x slot, which apparently is not a big issue (as you can read here: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GTX_980_PCI-Express_Scaling/)
The only problem I am having at the moment is with the Corsair DDR3-2133 which requires 1.65V to work, which exceeds the standards of the i7-4790K CPU. Also, Gigabyte System Viewer Information reports the RAM as if it were PC3-10700@667Mhz instead of PC3-17066
All components pics here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iuudvrxj667haih/AADyqkSK9pfq2HAof7LcYBSAa?dl=0 Stay tuned...
---UPDATE--- Good news: eBay sent me a notification today: the seller will have to give me back my money, after I will have returned his incomplete water cooling kit. On the OC side: CPU is stable and relatively cool under load (around 45° C) at 4.7Ghz. I did not overclock the RAM, it is running at 2133Mhz 1.60-1.65V (Gigabyte System Information Viewer shows the RAM as a PC3-10700 667Mhz, though. Strange). I am not planning to overclock the GPU, as it easily manages (the fans do not even start spinning!) to run Elite:Dangerous at 2560 x 1080 on Ultra at 60 fps. Very satisfied overall.