Please manage your cables
I own the 980ti Matrix as well. Snagged for a good price during the release of the 1080.
Big, fast, and beautiful, but sags like a mother.
I also own a Silent Base 800. Yeah, I feel the pain of little to no tie down points
If you haven't already, you can change the front panel door to open from the other side, it's SO tedious however(aka removing all the panels and tiny screws to get to it etc)
Love the color scheme. ALL the colors
Purely for aesthetics. Do whatever you want, man.
Maybe you can put a cool lil figure on top of your 1080
I added it! The LG 34UC87C
Thanks! Unfortunately, no. The colors indicate the type of load the card is at.
The attachments were $12, but in hindsight, I could of spray painted the white ones provided.
Understandable, I was pretty hyped about my build. It was messy at first for me, too
Learn about cable management, my fellow builder. Those rubber grommets have a purpose.
Wrong, a 1080 is absolutely perfect for 1440 @ 144hz
The aftermarket Asus Strix or EVGA's SC/FTW will match your rig nicely. I lean more towards the Strix because it looks more stealth and you can make it have a blue underglow to match the Arc Reactor.
Thank you! The card is very satisfying. I'm able to play all my games maxxed at 1440p. However, much like most long cards, it probably will sag a little. In my opinion, it is the best looking 970 out there
I see a lone power cable from the window...I feel it isn't too pretty in there...
EVGA kinda missed the boat on those, so you need to buy them separately depending on the model
Thank you! Enjoy y our glorious PC
I will help reiterate the fact that the cable management is terrible, I hope we get a verification from you that you'll redo it. It's also ideal for the PSU to face downward if there is a filter underneath (I believe that case has that feature) as your PSU is currently sucking air that is supposed to flow into your GPU.
You should also install your drives on the bottom section of the drive cage because you can remove the top cage to increase the airflow in your case..but then again you're mess of cables is as obstructive as it is.
Also, (correct if I am not mistaken, anyone) that your fast download of Ps2 is determined by your download speed and a fast install is primarily from the speed of your ssd..not by your CPU. Your friend likely has a slower internet or a slower drive.
Lastly, one bottleneck most people overlook is burning money on a really strong graphics card to power a 1080p. a 980ti can handle 1440p and light 4k. You are pretty much not fully using your GPU. A 970 or 960 could do the job right at that res anyways. I believe your card only gets loud is because of asphyxiation.
It's better to put the LED strip in a location where you don't see it, but still give off the desired ambient light. I would of put in on the side panel or maybe on the floor of your system.
However, from your sitting position, its not a problem, but still lol
I would highly suggest getting better monitors. 1 large display (4k or 1440p for better work flow 144hz or IPS which ever you prefer) and a 2nd for auxiliary purposes.
A monitor is one of the most important parts of your computer because...it's what you're looking at. Most people build beast rigs and display it with..mediocre or crappy screens.
Very beautiful and clean build. I do hope your battlestation is as equally pristine
From reviewers online, it's a 2.5 slot card, it has a 2 slot bracket, but it has some extra height to it, so techincally 3.
G sync is severely expensive. They are not cheap. I personally do not care for that technology. You'll have to ask someone else that knows more about it than I
I am going to explain this.
1600x1200 is roughly 10% less pixels than a 1920x1080 monitor we are recommending you to aquire. A GTX 970 is more than enough for 1080p. It is concluded that a 970 can't be fully utilized because of your small resolution. You are missing out on performance that you purchased, thus wasting your money all because of the monitor.
It is only a small deal, but in the world of PC's that is a very big deal. I would also like to add that 1200p is 4:3 while 1080p is 16:9.
Not only are you missing out on a bigger resolution, but you are also missing out of a wider field of view for your games. You will have a much better gaming experience with a proper monitor.
If you are using that 1600x1200 monitor, I personally would've grabbed a 960 because you won't be taking advantage of your 970 by using an lower than average monitor, the average/common being 1080p. You shouldn't worry about that .5 gb fiasco because your resolution is too small to even matter.
To give you a scope of things I own a 970 and it runs all of my games well @ 1440p maxed
A new monitor will be your next upgrade!
Budget doesn't automatically mean low priced. Budget is any set amount of money you are willing to spend.
Good job and Game on
Great clean build. If you do consider something to make it even cleaner, try looking into cable combs that are used to make sleeved cables cleaner, you can get some online at performancepcs.
Future Proofing is a taboo because it's thrown around and there is no such way to "future proof" something. As well as it being idiotic. (not you, the term itself) The terminology you're looking for is "future compatibility."
That's some next level SATA cable managing.
Try to invest in a triple monitor stand, seeing as you lack desk real estate going with a stand that clamps at the back gives more room as it eliminates each monitor's stands as well as provide better viewing angle for your side screens
Spendid! I was just thinking about that because we obviously can agree on 970 SLI for 1080p is silly. Best of luck!
Nice first build. What resolution do you play your games on?
Thanks a bunch I'll go check that out!
What monitor stand are you using to mount your top screen? I've been looking for a stand tall enough
Great build, but for me, most people overbuild their rigs only because of the type of monitor they use
I hope you're planning on buying a 1440p, 21:9 or 4k monitor to use the 980's untapped power and experience the glorious world beyond 1080p because you definitely have this beast machine to muscle it
Upgrading should be treated as a necessity rather than a trend you throw yourself and your money into.
If your PC is doing everything you want it do such as running your games/apps well, then don't upgrade.
If there's something that is not satisfying to you, then change it. It can range from your average GPU upgrade if the games you want to play don't run well at your desired resolution and settings to new case fans to improve temps/noise levels.
Upgrades are always situational and it's up to you to decide what the issues are when they arrive
In his defense, the Cosmos II doesn't have management holes at the bottom of the motherboard.
However, there are work-around's...creatively routing the cables...or buying a better case that's half the price. Cosmos II is pretty dated, big case with little room.
I would also like to add that if you are using that single monitor for your games, then that is the "bottleneck" of your rig. a GTX 970 is PLENTY, even for the most demanding games. I get 90-100pfs high/ultra settings on GTA V @1080p. That's $650 untapped.
You aren't fully utilizing your "Maximum Power" and you aren't treating it right with poor cable management. Respect your baby.
Oh I didn't see the 2nd fan. I thought there was only one fan, my fault! Disregard what I said.
Your current config is fine as long as the air goes in 1 direction(AKA going out). However, I would like to change my suggestion to this:
There has been tests that show that 1 fan on a thin radiator such as that would yield the same performance as 2 fans strapped on both sides as a thin rad isn't that restrictive compared to a thicker one like an h80i.
Hella good job for being 14.
People already mentioned cables, so I won't reiterate.
For future reference, It's always best to look for a case with a lot of internal features that is a good home for your parts. Look into better brands that have low budget cases like Fractal Design, Corsair, or NZXT. I've never been a fan of brands such as Raidmax or Apevia.
Very well thought out, Bless your folks for helping you.
Also, there are a lot of buzzwords in the PC community such as "bottleneck" and "futureproof" that people do not understand. Yahoo Answers can only go so far and most people there are biased. If you want I suggest registering to a community. I recommended LinusTechTips as their forums are incredibly helpful. If you post your build there somewhere they can help you with future questions you have
Thank you VERY VERY much for clarifying your situation to us to prevent any sort of spam from users harassing you. Good luck with the build
You have done an incredible amount of things incorrectly in terms of picking parts that we all here feel a bit of sorrow from it.
You bought a motherboard you do not need. It has a lot of features, BUT an expensive motherboard does not give you more frames in games. The CPU you bought is locked, so you won't be able to use any of the boards overclocking features, thus wasting your money.
If you did buy a more appropriate board, you would have enough $ in your budget to add a ~256GB SSD as the hard drive alone will make your PC feel sluggish. An SSD in this budget is mandatory.
You should never skimp out and buy a cheapo power supply as they are unreliable and inefficient. A faulty power supply can severely damage your components. Always go with trusted and popular brands such as Corsair, EVGA, Sesonic, etc.
Cable management. A mess of cables will obstruct airflow to the fans on your graphics card and case. It could be the poor case you decided to purchase. Even though it aesthetically pleasing to you, it isn't a good home for your components.
I've always had a strong bias towards Apevia because their products are mediocre and their "youthful" designs is merely a sheep in wolf clothing.
Probably everyone in the PC world wants everyone else to have a good build. This is not a good build. It works, however it is the opposite of optimal.
It may be your first build, but there is so much information online to help you not screw it up such as /r/Buildapc, LinusTechTips, Tek Syndicate etc. Those communities WILL help you configure something.
Welcome to the PC world, for real!
I'd like to suggest put the radiator fan on the other side of the radiator, pull air instead of pushing, you'll get the same temps AND it'll be easier to clean dust build up, with a simple wipe on the fanless side.
Enjoy your baby
Haha, word, man. Have fun with your new baby!
All right, man. all good.
But damn, that's a shame with the fan controller. You can still look for fan cable extensions, but that's up to you if shelling out a tiny bit more for a cleaner look is worth it for you.
I hope you get some zip ties and spent a pleasant weekend afternoon tidying the cables up. A side window is supposed show off your components, not displaying a rat's nest of wires
Thank you for not going black/red
You really screwed up this build, man.
Model M or Die Muthafcka
From the looks of things, you case may have negative air pressure, but that's from observing the photos, Keep an eye on the dust buildup overtime.
You don't plan on OC'ing in the future and yet you build this beast? That is simply a diservice!