Thanks Hellfire for the parts list.
Thanks for that, gaming is not an intended use. Just ArcGIS.
I am not sure if ArcGIS is heavy on the processing side, or what it's biggest demand is in terms of software.
I know at the University on the "computer lab" dell machines - ArcGIS is pretty slow.
And this is where I am now...heh.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
Thanks for the replies.
That is unfortunate. Any reason?
I really enjoyed the first video.
When is part 2 coming? I've been waiting for months.
I've looked around a bunch, and it seems the best bet is just to buy the individual extensions for the cables you want. A full replacement set from EVGA is pretty pricey. I am eyeing up the silverstone extensions linked above. I actually came here to ask for some feedback on those particular cables.
I looked at this too, it might be what you want.
For sure about the premium board. My RAM pretty much seated itself, and you can tell the board is well made and Durable.
Love my Pro-gamer and Strix! Nice build, and grats on your new Rig!
That is some nice vinyl decal work! Sorry to hear about thumb screw issue, my NZXT S340's thumb screws are no issue at all. Was a really nice case to build with. Anyway, nice build, enjoy your rig.
The ASUS progamer is a great board. You JUST missed a sale on it and could have got it for $140. It has the M.2 slot a pretty good audio chipset and a nice LAN Chipset.
Nice, thanks for that.
Thanks for that. You are right, while the 212 certainly does the job, its big, ugly, and well, ugly.
Nice build. Love the Strix, I am very pleased with mine, and am a big fan of the case too. I am thinking about "pimping" out my rig some in the next couple of months and will get a AiO CPU cooler and am thinking the Kraken. Can you tell me about your air flow configuration and how that is working out for you? I've just the standard 212 evo in my rig now, with exhaust in the back and intake in the front.
Sorry, I mistook you for the submitter of the build. I am curious his experience since we share the same case. Thanks for the info though.
Did you switch the two fans in the back (well, one in the back, one on top) to be intake fans?
Thanks for the response!
Can you tell me about your experience installing that Kraken in your case? Was it easy? Are your drawing cold air in to the radiator, or pushing air out? I am thinking of upgrading to that Kraken and I have the same case.
I've got the Pro Gamer, and it is great. The OCing is stupid easy with "EZ mode" literally just click one button and it does everything for you. But if you want, the BIOS allows for you to tweak just about every attribute. It's built well, looks nice, has a great audio chipset and LAN chipset.
Not only would I buy this MoBo again, but my buddy who builds comps for a living, liked it so much he just picked one up for his new rig he is building (good sale on the MoBo in the states right now).
Yeah, thanks for that. I had not heard of the Cablemod Company, so I appreciate the tip. I had heard of Silverstone before, but that is it. Do you know anything about the quality between those two companies?
That is likely helpful, I have the EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 220-G2-0750-XR 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular PSU.
Nice build. +1 for Strix!
+1 for Pro Gamer. I love my Pro Gamer mobo! Nice build!
Yeah, that's all the GTX 970s, not just the Strix. I've had zero issues, and at some point I will SLI it and even if 3.5 gigs were an issue, it wouldn't be then!
+1 for Strix! Love that card. Nice build
The S310 is a great case, and I love my Asus Z97 Pro Gamer.
Nice build. I love my S340 case was so nice for cables. +1 for salt rock lamp.
Yes, Strix ftw.
Also, I think that SSD should be swapped to http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz75e120bam
If it's just a gaming build, switch to an i5 4690k, more than enough for gaming. unless you want to stream while you game.
Also, if you aren't getting an optical drive, go for the NZXT S340 Black and Blue! A few extra $$$ but a sexy, sweet, easy to use case.
You might consider 1866 RAM, Rumor has it that is the sweet spot for gaming>
Here is all the ram that is listed as compatible and supported by your MoBo.
This Ram for example, 1866 Cas 9 latencey - http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl9d8gbsr
I've got the pro-gamer and I love it. First off, the board is top quality in terms of construction - durable and not flimsy. The BIOS are the best. They have this ez mode for over-clocking that auto over clocks with a click of the button, but the advance mode gives you options to change pretty much every single attribute of the board. The Ethernet and the audio chip set are of higher quality than the other boards in the price range. My latency in WoW went form about 90 ms with my old computer and now I am sitting around 30 ms. It's a really nice board, and I can't say enough good things about it. My only complaint is only 5 places to hook up fans. I have the NZXT S340 for a case that has 4 fans on the case and then 1 for the CPU cooler - so it works, but if I were to ever switch to a push-pull on my CPU cooler (which I likely wont) then I would like more control on the fans. But for now, it's great. The M.2 slot that comes with it will be nice when the M.2 SSDs come down in Price. Let me know if you have any other questions that I can answer for you.
+1 for the Strix. Nice Rig. But lets see some more pictures.
Steam tells me
+1 for that Strix. I love mine. Nice build.
Gonna be a brand new rig. He has about an 6-7 year old AMD machine.
Yeah, not worth the 10 bucks in savings. Edited the list above. I have that SSD and its been perfect so far.
Kerbal Space Program
I have 1,755 hours on Civ 5....wow, I have no life.
What made you chose that video card?
That would be nice. I could cruise down from Bellingham to visit a microcenter!
Sure thing. Let me know if you need anything else.
Nice video card! I am really happy with my Strix.
Okay, I added more pictures. I rearranged some of the pictures that I already had loaded, but I mixed in some close ups of the USB ports from the inside as well as a shot of the two screws that hold it in place. I also included some shots of the MoBo fully lit up. I must say, though, that the picture really intensifies the light from both the stripe around the audio and the LED in the lower right. My junk camera makes it look brighter than they are! Hopefully these pictures help, and let me know if I can answer any other questions.
I should add, the audio chip set on the card is separated from the rest of the PCB and the division glows slightly red. The LED's on the case are white (hint of blue).
Looking at the top of the case, there is no real i/o panel there, just openings in the top of the case. You can remove the USB and Power button and stuff, plain the top of the case, and slap the ports back into place - which is likely what you were asking anyway.
You can get the case in white: https://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-cas340ww1
So no painting needed! But yes, you can remove it - as far as I can tell - it looks to be secured with a couple of screws. As for the MoBo, the lights are hardly noticeable, just subtle. I will try and take a better picture of the LEDs.
The case is simply the best. It does not have any bays for an optical drive, so you will have to either use an external optical drive or a thumb drive to load up an OS. But the case is really big and spacious and easy to work in. It's sturdy and you can tell it is well built - it does not flex or even wiggle when I was trying to stress it to test it. The front panel pops right off and it reveals a fine mesh dust filter that is magnetically attached. Really easy to clean. There are 4 places for fans to go: 2 intake fans in the front and two exhaust fans one in the back and one on top at 90 degrees of each other situated where the CPU will be. The thumb screws are nice (I have a close of the thumb screw in one of my pictures) and have a little spring on them to keep them attached to the various panels. Both side panels slide on and off really easily. There are plenty of places to slide cables though and many more places to tie cables down to a which makes cable management about the easiest thing in the world. Again, this is simply the best case out there. My only complaint would be the stock fans. They are good, don't get me wrong, but they are not as good as the ones I bought to fill out my case. I wish I would have just bought 4 right out of the gate! The stock fans are pretty quiet and move a lot of air, but they are the ONLY thing I can hear when my computer is running at full throttle.
The PSU is fully modular and comes with a zillion cables so whatever your MoBo has in terms of connectors, this PSU is ready for it. There PSU is dead quiet and has an "Ecomode" that makes it run fanless at idle. The cables are fully sleeved, and the connectors are well built and tough. They snap right in without effort and you can tell they make good attachments. There are both flat SATA and 90 degree SATA cables to chose from, so flexible in terms of the types of drives you though at it. 750 watts is enough for pretty much anything you can throw at it and this PSU has a 10 year warranty! 10 years!
As for your MoBo and fan connectors, you can plug in your fan into the CPU fan connector . My MoBo was the same; 3 case fan connectors and 2 CPU fan connectors. I hooked up my Cooler Master to one of the CPU connectors and my top fan to the other. The other three fans I connected to the case fan connectors on the MoBo. My BIOS lets me control any of the fans, any way I want - so it was no issue at all. Even though it was labeled as a CPU fan, I still had total control on the fan settings. That is just a hallmark of the superior BIOS I would expect from ASUS.
Let me know if you have any other questions and I will do my best to answer them.
Added more pics!
If you are just gaming, the i5 is more than enough and can save you a 100 bucks or so. Also, you need to get some RAM!
I'll get some posted in the next day or so. Sorry, I took some they just all turned out crappy.
About 3 hours from opening the box to firing up windows 8 for the first time.