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/UPDATE: This build died early September. The motherboard failed. I will be rebuilding a V2 after I select an appropriate motherboard./
This is my first PC build, with no prior experience! So I am proud to join my fellow brethrens in superior computing.
I purchased most core components around July 2015! The GPU is what kept me from completing this build.
The reason it's an Nvidia 1070 and not a 1080 is because I will save the extra cash purchase a 1080ti upon release. I have my eyes set on the 1080ti by KFA2/Galax. White PCB is just lush.
[Q] What's the meaning of the name? [A] Zora's Domain. A level in the Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time. Google it and you will see why.
[Q] Is it truly complete? [A] Officially yes, but there's many things that need to be 'tweaked'. Such as incorrect GPU cables, a full set of PSU sleeved cables, and ofcourse, as mentioned in comments, cable management. Other small things like LED lighting, I have white LEDs that have yet to be added, aswell as ambiance of the whole setup.
[Q] Some pictures show different parts. Wiring has changed in some shots... [A] At the time of building I purchased some extra items (patience fail). Such as buying 16GB RAM initially, and a few months later, I got 16GB more, removed old GPU taken from a friend 650 GTX, removed HDD and bays, etc.
[Q] I think you paid too much? [A] I wasn't always looking for deals, sometimes I just purchased it because I got itchy fingers. There wasn't a budget for this build. I wanted a long lasting PC. For almost £3,500, it better be :@
[Q] You have a BenQ and an ASUS ROG, which do you prefer? [A] The ASUS is G-Sync and 1440p, whereas the BenQ is 1080p. Both have similar specs 144hz, 1ms. The ASUS is easily the better choice and better in every way. The BenQ has more features to play with, but the picture quality of the ASUS is good enough to not need much configuring anyway!
[Q] Where did you get your custom sleeved cables? I noticed you don't have it on your GPU? [A] I am in the UK, so I had to purhcase mine from eBay, a shop by the name of ShakMods. Quality is excellent. I ordered GPU cables but I selected 8-pin, these don't fit on my Palit 1070 (4+4pin) so I will need to get them exchanged/sold. I'm also looking at PexonPC cables for a full set.
[Q] How difficult was the build, what was the hardest part? [A] Anyone who has put together anything that requires assembling with some tools will find building a PC VERY EASY. And I'm not bragging, generally I'm not great with practical DIY stuff but assembling things is as easy as connecting dots. All you need is patience, because rushing things will have you breaking delicate things and I am very experienced is breaking things. The hardest part however? Reading the instructions. As tedious as it can be, if you aren't prepared to have your brain go insane over repetition, you shall not succeed.
[Q] Talk to me about your case fans? [A] I have Corsair case fans, a Pro ML (LED) fan for the rear exhaust, one AF120 fan on the bottom intake. 2 stock fans on the front intakes, I believe they are AF140 or SP140? And for the radiator on the H110i GTX I have 2 ML fans (non-led) set to exhaust. The ML series were release this July, they are improved over ball-bearing predecessors but at a cost of a higher price. They look fantastic.
[Q] How is the GPU? [A] It was an aesthetic choice but luckily, the Palit 1070 is a brilliant card, one of the best 1070's actually. Very quiet and top performance. The colours were brave (White and blue) and they happened to match my build colours, the RGB Led is a cool gimmick but the way it transitions in rainbow mode is pretty ugly (it just changes instantly) so I leave it set to one colour. I will upgrade to a special 1080ti if Galax/KFA2 can release one in time.
[Q] What's the overclocking like? [A] OC is reserved for when it's absolutely necessary. This PC runs stock. No overclocking whatsoever, but it's good to know I have some more 'oomph' should I ever need it.
[Q] Bruh... [A] Say no more fam.
[Q] How is the gaming? And that chair? [A] Excellent. It's all I ever imagined it to be. Super smooth, silky gameplay and detailed graphics. Games like GTA5 and Dark Souls 3 are stunning, Fallout 4 looks good after some graphical mods. Metal Gear Solid 5 is a masterpiece. The DXRacer KING Series chair is suited for taller people (6ft3) so it fits snug around the hips, back support is great although the armrests are a little tacky cheap. It's a great chair which also goes well with my whole build and desk :)
[Q] No speakers? I saw some cube shaped ones, what are those? [A] Nope. I have AKG K551 stereo headphones for viewing, and my Astro A50 7.1's for gaming (pretty mediocre). No one else will use this PC so a set of speakers isn't needed. In the future however, I will get a good sound system. I've been looking at Boston Acoustics 5.1 XS, Mission speakers and also Tannoy and obviously Wharfdale 9's, all are 10 out of 10 speakers.
Feedback and suggestions, more questions? All sincerely appreciated, thank you for viewing!
London, United Kingdom.
Fantastic CPU for all round task-intensive use.
Keeps CPU temperature in the low/ mid 20's on idle. Stock fans aren't that quite on normal mode.
Top spec motherboard, tons of features aswell as crazy overclocking options. Not to mention the sublime design.
Great looking RAM from Corsair. Superior performance on stock clocks!
Obligatory well performing SSD.
One of, if not the current best Nvidia 1070 available. Cool temps and top performance.
Huge case, perfect for future proofing.
Fully modular, that's what you need to have a good looking build!
Phenomenal performance. Anti-Glare is disappointing, looks like it's constantly half wet.
Great keyboard for gaming, love the mechanical architecture, MX Brown keys.
My favourite mouse ever owned.
Extremely comfortable, sound quality is good but nothing compared to proper audiophile headphones. Silly price.
Ridiculous sound stage, excellent lows, mids and highs. Best of the best.