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I'm happy with pretty much every element of this build except for the video card. It was advertised as a 4GB card, but it turns out that it only really has 3.5GB that function at a high level. It also idles quite hot, at around 60-63 degrees Celsius - this is partially by design, but also due to a flaw in the heat-sink EVGA used on the card. It has 3 copper pipes connected to heat dissipation system (fans in this case), but only 2 of those pipes are in direct contact with the card's heat-producing element. At least, that's as much as I understand. That said, I plan on purchasing an identical card for ~$150 on ebay so I can fully take advantage of my 144hz monitor.

Also, I could have gone with a primary monitor (the G2770PQU) with higher latency. I made the decision to purchase one with 1ms delay before I decided to migrate to wireless solutions in my mouse and keyboard. Now that I've made the transition... well, my input devices already produce latency - so I might as well have allowed more display lag and payed less, it makes little difference at this point.

You should also be aware that this case is amazing for cable-management dunces like myself. I've built three computers before this and never even thought to use the area behind the motherboard tray to channel wires. This case makes that process very easy, providing elegant grommets and a back-side organization system replete with velcro ties, a pre-arranged channel, and indents for more ties (of both the velcro and zip variety).

I primarily use this system (if I'm honest) to watch streaming video and surf the web at the same time. When I fancy a go with some videogames this rig performs admirably. Not modern games on all ultra settings @1080p with 60+fps admirably, but they run beautifully nonetheless. As mentioned above though, I'm doubling down on my defective video card (now that I'm writing this I'm wondering why, and considering not) so as to increase ingame performance.

If you read this far I both commend you and feel awful for imposing this ridiculous stream of consciousness on you. May your laughs be hearty and your pleasures plenty.

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Interesting build-- I don't see a lot of these components often. If you aren't satisfied with your video card, just return it. $400 is too much money on anything to not be completely satisfied with it. Jewelsmaster's comment about picking up a 1070 for a few bucks more makes sense, and especially with shopping season hitting you should get a great deal on an exchange.

How is that ASRock MoBo? I've not had good experiences with them. Of the 3 ASRock boards I've ordered over the years, 2 showed up DOA the first time around, and I've never been able to get their support to answer (phone or email). For me, if I'm ordering components I'm ready to build the day they come in.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

The ASRock MoBo has performed above expectation. When I went in for the 6-core, instead of 4-core, my MoBo options became relatively few - particularly at my price point. The only issue I've had with this MoBo was my fault entirely... I scraped the board while trying to unseat the motherboard from the tray (on account of forgetting to put in the I/O panel before screwing in the MoBo). This has rendered the bottom few SATA inputs inoperative, but the board came with about a dozen so it's not a big deal.

I haven't had to interact with customer service, though, and your experience gives me cause for thought. I don't know, let's see how this one performs in the coming years. Maybe I'll have a different opinion by then. For now, though, the Extreme4 MoBo perfectly fulfills my needs, and offers features I didn't even know existed.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

you should've just gotten a 1070, it has more GB's and is just in general more powerful. It's like twenty bucks more. And I have seen SSD's with 500 GB, with the same price as yours. (which is obviously only 120GB). I wouldn't recommend a wireless adapter if you could just find a way to plug it into your router, but i don't know the situation so. Wired controllers are just better because you don't have to worry about battery and it has a slightly better response time plugged in. That mouse is just really ugly too.

I have seen a lot worse tho, not bad.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

i agree with you all the way

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I actually built this computer a few months ago, but just got around to really optimizing cable management and organizing my thoughts on the system. So returning the video card is not an option.

I am kicking myself for buying a 970 mere weeks before the Pascal series came out. But such is life.

Also, I purchased that SSD for ~$50-60, not what this website quotes it as. It was still slightly more expensive than others with the same storage capacity, but it's got 3D vertical storage capacity (don't ask, I have no idea what it is, but pretty words dazzled me).

As far as the wireless goes, I'm not in a situation where access to a wired solution is feasible. I even purchased powerline adapters to plug into the electrical system, essentially transforming a plug into a hard-wire ethernet port. Problem is that the house I'm staying in is ancient and the electrical is a mess(!), so I barely get any signal no matter what plugs I make use of.

Also, I switched mouses to the MX Master, found here: http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/mx-master. It looks a bit odd in photos but looks great in person.

Hope that answered some questions!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Coolio dude, im going for an insane build myself. (not like i have money) but i love looking at the parts lol.