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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.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

Dangerous. Like a fire in a nursing home.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

Awesome build, I like the you've gone with. Have you measured the CPU temperatures while under load? If so, how does the CPU cooler perform, quiet or loud? +1

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  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, mate! Really quiet, indeed! I haven't really stressed the system so far I will run some benchmarks tomorrow. The only one I ran so far is Catzilla, but I could only run the 720p test.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

How are you finding the ultra wide monitor for gaming? Would you recommend it over the standard 16:9?

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

It takes some time to get used to it, but it is definitely a more immersive experience in gaming. I played Elite:Dangerous only so far.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the Noctua nh-d15? Do you regret getting it? And is it THAT ugly like everybody says?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a smash! It performs outstandingly! And, IMHO, it looks good. The packaging was really impressive, too. I believe it's the best value money can buy when it comes to air cooling. And customer service is great, too. Go for it!

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Signal ID: Jorge Icarus. Fly safe, CMDR.