Yo those pics bring potato to a whole other level - we're talking a 20lb sack of Idaho Russets. Nice budget build though.
PS - Jipster is right den cables look like a rats nest kinda. I suppose if there's no management grommets well, not much you can do with non-modular PSU besides organize and zip tie.
Well, she ain't pretty, but I'll bet she purrs like a walrus. I like your part choices - nice work.
Great build. If only the MSI 100ME edition came in a GTX 980 that really would have sealed the green look nicely.
Damn dogg, $1050 for 1.2TB of storage (albeit fast)??? That doesn't make much sense to me and I don't see how it's worth it - are you doing work that utilizes those read/write speeds all day long or something. Also, your pics show a reference GTX card, which conflicts with your parts list, as well as an air cooler which isn't on your list at all, and one monitor pictured instead of the 2 on your list...
All this leads me to say "internal pics or it didn't happen". :)
Damn, man, you killed it. Completely sick build and at a great price to boot. It's obvious you put a good amount of thought, time, and effort into this, and it shows.
Pics or it didn't happen :P
Wow. Very CPU box. So effort. Wow. Such build.
+1 Rock solid build man. Gotta say I'm a bit jealy of those GPU's!
Nice build with good parts, but seems a little strange to buy an expensive mobo built specifically for big overclocking, yet you've gone with a budget (yet reasonably capable) air cooler and haven't OC'd. Maybe plans in the future?
+1 Nice build, great parts. Only thing I'd recommend is removing the large drive bay and consolidating your drives to the smaller bay, and maybe even moving the small bay backwards (towards the PSU, I think that's possible with the R5 if not mistaken). That'll buy this build some improved airflow with little effort.
+1. Good build with some nice part choices. Nice to see that Seasonic PSU instead of some cheap junk. Also, good job on the GPU paint. I gotta say though, it's a shame Noctuas as so damn fugly ;) maybe you could plasti-dip the frames white or something if you wanted to get ambitious with aethetics? I just ordered 2 of the NF-A14's myself... Luckily they will in invisible as front intakes!
As an aside, how crazy would Noctua sales blow up if they started making their fans in some incarnation of black/white, amirite?! They couldn't produce them fast enough I think.
+1 Nice build. Great parts, ultra clean... Maybe too clean to the point of looking a bit bland though. This build is begging for some white individually sleeved cables and an SSD, and something about those LED fans looks kinda weird to me - like the black is absorbing the white LED light completely - probably just the pic though. Normally LED lighting in pics on here looks way too intense, but this is strangely the opposite.
Thanks for the kind words. I spent quite a bit of time researching parts and techniques, as this was my first build. I think it turned out well and I'm very pleased with it so far.
Also, there was a delicious Boston Lager in that glass! I don't care what anyone says about Sam Adams, Boston Lager is a damn fine beer.
Nice parts mostly, but there's some questionable stuff going on here: 32Gb ram likely mass overkill, GPU underpowered for 3x monitor surround @1080p, wrong PSU listed (RM750 pictured), $100+ spent on fans alone, expensive sound card purchased when onboard audio is already excellent thanks to top notch mobo... Definitely some budget allocation issues.
Also, I'd kick whoever built this for you in the groin - the cable management looks pretty sloppy.
Nice build considering what you had access too - I don't imagine it's real easy to acquire parts in Belarus. Still, the Define R5 has some really nice cable management features, and though it's hard to tell from your pictures, it looks like you aren't utilizing the grommets to route cables behind the mobo as well as you could, which will make things tidy and improve air flow. Also, if you aren't utilizing the upper HDD bay, you can remove it for even better airflow. Just a few suggestions.
Great looking build with some great parts buuuuut the Pentium with a GTX 970??? People tend to throw around the word "bottleneck" here more than is accurate, but in this case all research indicates it's true to varying extents (depending on your OC) - could be as little as 5%, but will probably be more. Truth is, with that Pentium your 970 will never reach its full potential. If it was me, I would have made every attempt to scrape together another 100 or 150 bones for an i5. Still... You'll be getting some good performance for very little cash.
Also, only 128GB total system storage? You'll need to be very, very frugal with your space indeed.
No, it has no optical drive bays, so puting one in will be impossible without extensive modding. I have no idea what those mods are, but I've heard of it being done. If I were you, I'd go for an external optical drive, of which there are many on Newegg and Amazon for instance. They use USB for connectivity and run from about $25-$30 for CD/DVD-RW and about $85-$100 for the Bluray models.
There is a couple PSU tier lists for you. If I had nice parts that I wanted to power, I'd stay in the top tier area as much as possible.
Cool build brotha, I just got done with a Luxe build myself (love it). It's a shame you got that SSD, as it is at the center of a bit of a scandal and its performance is very questionable - Google it. Did you research it before you bought it?
Anyway, about those video cards... If you haven't, try re-seating them. As you tighten the bracket screws, lift up (within reason) on the unsupported end of the card and keep it lifted as you tighten the screws down fairly aggressively. If that doesn't help, then it's on to propping them up somehow, and it looks like you've already been exploring that option.
+1 Nice build, great parts. I just got done with a fairly similar build myself, except it was in a Luxe, liquid cooled, and didn't have that beastly 980 Ti (which honestly I'm a bit jealous about).
Yeah, man, it definitely is. In fact, it will perform in games about as well as mine for a lot less money, if you're gaming-focused that is. My only suggestion would be to not go cheap on your power supply and get Tier 1, top quality unit. The PSU is the heart of your system - it's easy to cut corners with it, but that could come back to bite you down the road. The one you've selected isn't terrible though, just kind of "okay".
Actually the Luxe does come with a big black PSU shroud, but I wanted to utilize the extra included 140mm Phanteks fan to guarantee a positive pressure leaning and improve airflow (the shroud would completely cover the fan). Also, personally, I kinda like the look. To be fair, however, I could have organized the cables coming out of the PSU better so they look more attractive. Maybe another time.
Thanks for the kind words, I took a lot of time to plan and research parts!
I figured you'd ask about the GTX situation, since I see you pondering that question frequently. Reason: a 980 was a $220 difference from a 970 (now closer to a $185 difference after a price drop), yet only provides a ~10 FPS gain... That's a big chunk of change for a relatively small FPS gain. Also, I won't have to either truly need or just feel the need to upgrade CPU's for a looong time, and if I'd got an i5 I'm sure I'd get that itch in short order. It's only a $100 difference between those CPUs. Also, I kinda bought the 970 as a 'placeholder' of sorts until the GPU scene get a straightened out this summer between the 980 Ti and AMD's offerings, and from a bit of experience, graphics cards are hot sellers compared to CPUs on Craiglist. What I really want is something that can crush any game on ultra @1080, and I realize the 970 ain't it (and neither is the 980 honestly). So, that's my reasoning anyway.
You, sir, are correct about the CableMod cables. Also, the egg-shaped glowing thing is a salt lamp - basically a huge Himalayan pink-red salt crystal chunk with a dimmable bulb inside.
Damn, man, your efforts really paid off: your build looks fantastic. +1 Great build.
It's no surprise that your PSU almost exploded: Raidmax is junk. Shopping for PSU's is a bit sketchy, since the brand doesn't really matter at all, but the OEM (manufacturer) definitely does. Alas, it's difficult to tell who manufactures what - a fairly reputable brand can put out some junk PSUs, and a fairly obscure brand could have some great PSUs. That's why some upstanding citizens took it upon themselves to create a tiered list of PSU models to at least give people an idea of what they are actually buying. Here's a few good ones:
A bad PSU can cause serious problems, up to and including frying your other components. Thus, cheaping out on your PSU budget is always a bad idea.
How can we possibly ogle and pine for your Storm Trooper if we can't see it? :)
Nice little build mostly with some great parts, but I'll have to echo the other comments: that PSU is a time-bomb. I understand budgets and all, but you may want to strongly consider a higher quality PSU before you consider a new desk, monitor, mouse, and/or keyboard, especially since you'll be doing intense work. A new desk can't nuke your parts or potentially set your house on fire, but a cheap PSU can.
Here's another useful link to a tier list, this in jpeg format. http://i.imgur.com/tgrbCnr.jpg
Google "how to check GPU temperature" and go from there. You should be able to find a safe, useful program in short order. That's about all I can tell you - I don't use anything like that myself now and haven't for a long time, I just haven't needed to.
Do you know your GPU temps? Chances are it's a GPU issue one way or another... Maybe drivers, probably temps. Could be a lot of things actually, like a RAM problem or PSU problem. I doubt it though, I've owned a few GPU's that did the same thing as yours, and it ended up being due to overheating.
+1, real clean build, rock solid parts. Buuuut, only a 250G SSD for total system storage? That seems to be cutting your total storage pretty short: Windows will eat 20ish gigs straight away, and I believe the generally accepted rule of thumb is to leave 20%-25% free to avoid performance hits, which leaves you with just ~180G free.
Sick parts all around including a thousand dollar Titan X powered by a cheap *** PSU? The PSU is the heart of your system, man! I wouldn't trust that cut-rate PSU with my Titan X as far as I could throw it. I'd be feeding it clean, clean power through a Corsair AX series or EVGA G2 and maybe even read it whimsical stories before bedtime every night.
+1 Looks like you'll get some decent performance for the price. I probably would have budgeted for an SSD though, which will really improve the overall performance substantially. More pics would be nice.
Thanks for your insight!
Hmm, telling people to reinstall Windows, disable security features, and then begin downloading/installing a bunch of strange programs under the guise of eliminating "Trojans in your RAM" and managing heat, all with a nearly unintelligible wall of text??? That's not sketchy or anything. -1
Well, it's too late for me also, as the Luxe w/ 2 meter LED strip is already on the way as I type this. I'm in the exact same situation as you - the tower will be directly to my right on the same desk, like 2 feet away max. I thought about how distracting it might be if it was too bright, but went for it anyway because I've always wanted a blinged-out PC. I guess if the light scorches my retinas with the intensity of 1000 suns I'll just have to disconnect it.
Question for you, can the LED strip be turned off without actually disconnecting it on the interior while at the same time retaining control of the exterior LEDs?
+1 Nice build, great parts. I'd recommend popping out that top HDD cage for improved airflow if you don't plan on using it.
+1 Nice build. I'm about to put together a very, very similar build myself - just purchased all the parts a few days ago.
It's disappointing to hear the H220x is noisier than you expected. I bought one based on the fact it's an excellent performer and many tests show it's quieter than almost any other AIO cooler. Do you have the fans running 100% all the time? Man, I hope I won't be disappointed by it because my expectations are so high!
About the GPU sag - yours isn't sagging half as bad as many others I've seen. With a card that massive it's bound to happen. Still, there are a few things you can do: prop it up from the bottom with something, tie it to the top of the case with something, route the cables above the card for support, and/or reseat it in the slot, push it up a bit and tighten the screws down aggressively. Google is your friend here; you'll be able to see some crafty solutions.
Good cable management, but I must say, the LED strip kinda loosely hanging around the back fan is driving my OCD crazy. Was it just not possible to wedge it between the fan and case edge, or did you just kind of get lazy about it? I've also heard the adhesive on the strip sucks and doesn't hold worth a crap. What did you think of the adhesive?
Damn, man... +1 Just for the bitchin' game collection, let alone the nice build.
+1 more for the N64: maybe my favorite console of all time!
Not a gamer, but spent $310 on a GTX 970? That strikes me as somewhat strange. Maybe a contingency plan for the future? +1 though, nice build and great parts.
+1 Nice little budget build you got there. Looks like your cable management is pretty good too (in front anyway). This thing is begging for some upgrades though. If probably go in this order:
Just bored at work and thought I'd throw my 2 cents in :)
Odd part selection... Strong CPU/Mobo but "budget" everything else? No SSD? Cheap PSU? Cheap case? GTX 960? I feel like the price:performance doesn't quite hit the mark on this build.
That being said, I understand almost everyone has a budget to stick to. Lots of room to upgrade this one at least.
Wow, those "before" pics with dust and debris made my soul hurt a 'lil bit. But hey nothing a little Ballast Point (Sculpin?) and elbow grease can't fix. Nice work.
Real nice and clean looking build for the price. Just an aesthetics suggestion: the white individually sleeved cables are looking pretty disheveled, but a couple cable combs will tidy them up very nicely indeed.
+1 Really clean build, excellent cable management. How was building in the Luxe?
As a die-hard Seahawks fan, +1 for the leds in your first pic! Nice build.
PS thought - If that CPU cooler was even a millimeter larger I don't think it would fit!
+1 Great looks and performance for a reasonable price. I'm currently putting together parts for an Enthoo Luxe build myself - looks like a fantastic case. Even though red and black builds are the most typical, I think they always look good when done right. Besides, there's so much top notch red/black hardware out there it's hard to NOT do a red/black mid-level build for that kind of cash.
Hmm, I'm only seeing sources say 300W+ (EVGA superclocked), and Nvidia's site says 300W too (I wouldn't think that's an overclocked version though...). But hey if the box says 400W, I definitely wouldn't be trying my luck with anything less.
+1 Pretty dang good bang for the buck here. Throw in another stick of RAM and a GTX 750Ti (killer efficiency, you won't even need a new PSU) and you'll have a very solid budget gaming build.
Or if you're current setup suits your games well, the RAM stick and a little SSD for the OS would really liven up your OS experience. Just throwing some thoughts out there :)