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This machine works like a dream. I build custom modded PCs as a hobby and since I have a family I need to buy the best bang for my buck $$$. While I splurged on a few items, I ended up choosing the i5 6600k due to its awesome overclocking ability. Coupled with my "go-to" awesome Noctua nh-d14 cooler, I'm getting an easy 4.11GHz out of this chip while staying cool! The MSI motherboard is awesome - it comes with a massive amount of features geared towards gaming both experts and noobs will appreciate.

The nVidia gtx 970 SSC ACX 2.0+ is a dream. It tears through any game I've thrown at it at the highest settings. Coupled with the new Acer 27" 1140p 144MHz IPS panel with g-sync, every experience is silky smooth with no lag, no tearing, and the most vibrate color palette available!

The 512gb Mushkin SSD paired with a 1TB Western Digital Black hard drive keeps everything running lighting fast while ensuring I have enough storage for whatever I need. I also added an external 3TB Seagate drive for household backups, etc.

I don't like to scrimp on the peripherals, after all why cut off your machine at the legs by using sub-par peripherals that make your experience misery? The Corsair Strafe RGB keyboard is not only an explosion of color to the eye but features revolutionary silent Cherry mechanical switches for unparalleled response and durability. My wireless Cyborg R.A.T. 9 gaming gives me the precision to dominate and no cords to get in the way. The Logitech G930 headset offers great voice input while gaming and awesome simulated 7.1 surround sound. I also recently picked up an awesome set of Klipsch 2.1 Promedia THX Certified speakers which will knock your socks off. These speakers are crystal clear and have plenty of power... they shake the whole house at less than half volume!

Finally I add my own elements to bring my Voltron theme to life. From the custom lighting to the custom window appliques, this system is as exciting to look at as it is to play on! I also added a custom hardware sound mod which plays the original Voltron cartoon intro at the press of a button - independent of the machine's power-state. Two 12" ultra-bright full RGB LED light strips (controled by remote) provide color combinations and animations that bring Voltron to life!

I am extremely happy with my latest build and satisfied with all the components. I can tear through any game with visuals that bring a tear to the eye. This incredible machine has also made me virtually irresistible to my wife as she stands in awe and wonder at this incredible machine and finds herself undeniably drawn to its creator! I highly recommend this build to anyone who is looking for a most incredible gaming machine but doesn't want to break the bank. Also recommended for anyone who wants to save a marriage. With this machine under my control I can honestly say the rest of my life has magically fallen into place with happiness and good fortune... and I owe it all to the Voltron "Defender of the Universe" build!

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  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

I have the strangest feeling that you like Voltron. Also, pretty good build.

Also, you should move the GTX 970 to the PCIe 16x slot closest to the CPU socket. It's wired for full 16x electrical connectivity, and while it might not make much of a difference, I feel it looks a little better with it higher up.

Oh, also you might want to work on the cable management. Run as many cables as you can behind the mobo tray, and stash any excess in unused bay areas. Zip ties and twist ties help, but my personal favorite are Velcro straps.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for the good advice! I had tried to run as many cables behind the motherboard as I could but with that combination of the case and the length of cables from the power supply I was somewhat limited. The system seems to be cooling well so I didn't put much more thought or effort into it at that point. I must admit I didn't put a ton of time into the cable management yet as I just finished it yesterday.

As for the video card, I would definitely be willing to consider that upper slot if it means performance gains. To tell you the truth you cant really see the card at all with the side fans mounted in the plexi-glass so it didn't bother me too much.

Thanks again for the comments! Voltron brings back a lot of awesome memories!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I really do hate to be a negative nancy and I do really really like the way that build turned out (Also love your gaming cave)

There are a few things that made no sense... also take this as constructive criticism and not me trying to bash in any way:

Why buy a thousand dollar monitor when you are using a 970? There is no way it can properly utilize that resolution and refresh rate at the same time unless you plan on playing very very unintensive games where aliasing wouldn't matter anyway. I would have cut down to a GN246HL from acer and a 980 or even a XG270HU and a 980ti. I own both of those monitors and the 980ti (If you want proof just ask and I will timestamp a photo of my pc and monitor) and the 980ti cant even hit 144fps on any really really intensive games unless i drop settings way low.

Also the monitor in your pics is not the predator xb271, I would ask if you didnt get it yet but in the review you said it was buttery smooth... Mind if you throw an image up somewhere of it on your desk, my desk seems to have similar dimensions and I want to order that monitor for my primary and retire my TV as monitor 3. Just wondering what it looks like on that size of desk.

Anyway, just to reestate, this was not meant as flame. I am just trying to give my .02 on where I would have put my money and am also trying to get some info. But definitely gtatz on the PC hope she runs for a decade at least!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comments! Your question regarding the monitor is definitely valid. I really wanted a new monitor with G-sync. Since I didn't want to have to upgrade my monitor again soon, I went with the 1440p model and the new IPS panel. Then, a year down the road when the 980's are cheaper, I'll probably pop one in. I couldn't afford the 980ti at this time but I definitely wanted an awesome monitor with G-sync and a high refresh rate that will last me for a couple years. I usually don't buy the best of the best when it comes to graphics cards since I have 3 kids to feed and a wife to keep happy. I've always found that if I wait 6 months or so, I can get the same card for much cheaper. I saw that my eVGA gtx 970 SSC ACX 2.0+ edition is somewhat comparable or at least holds it own against the first-gen 980 since its overclocked. Regardless, I am happy with it so far.

Thanks for catching my upload mistake! That is my older monitor in that picture. I will definitely take an updated picture in re-post. The Predator arrived after I had finished most of the build.

Thanks again for your comments - great feed back!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Update Currently running The Witcher 3 @ 1440p, all setting on ULTRA (w/ g-sync) and it hasn't dipped below 40fps. Since this version of the gtx 970 is overclocked to the max it's handling 1440p fine in my book with no stutter or lag that I've noticed yet. I think this card is the best bang for your buck right night for those that don't want to spend $500+ for a 980 that will be coming down in price in the next 3-6 months. I couldn't be happier with the price-to-performance of this card and I've had my share of video cards in my lifetime.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a bunch for the response, I just got confused. Also that monitor looks sweet on your desk hope you have a great time with that monitor and I would love to hear a review from you if/when you have some more gaming time under your belt with it!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome rig, I love that keyboard. don't forget, you'll form the body and I'll form the head.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for memories of Voltron. Now I feel like looking for some Star Blazers.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Not to nitpick or anything, but is your ram in the right slots? Shouldn't you be using dimm slots 2 and 4 instead?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

That heatsink/cooler (Noctua) is so large there was no way I could put RAM in slots 1 & 2 .... my RAM is also super tall.. so I had to use the outer slots. Everything is working fine. It boots to a usable state in less than 10 sec and the gaming is awesome - so regardless, I'm a happy camper.

Thanks for the comment!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the story on the PCI power cable sleeving? Kinda expected better cable management since you said you build as a hobby, tbh.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow - I didn't know my reputation for cable management was that widely known - ha! :) I usually try to keep expectations low... hehe.

I honestly haven't spent a ton of time on cable management yet but "most" of the cords are hidden behind the divider behind the mobo. Cable management is somewhat challenging in that case since not all the cords provided with the power supply are long enough to snake through and back again to hide. Since cooling seems great, it didn't really bother me that much. The sleeves are light re-active a bit and I thought they played nicely with my lighting (which is animated and cycles through the color spectrum). It looks like they are "glowing" which I thought was cool. I will try and post some videos of the lights as well as the animate sound I added to the switch in the front.

Thanks for taking the time to comment - have an awesome day!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok all - just uploaded this video to Vimeo so you can see the animated lights and custom modded Voltron theme music that is activated with the press of a button!

https://vimeo.com/151849073

I hope you enjoy - brings back some good memories of Saturday morning cartoons!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

that THEME thoow... lovely setup.. +1!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!