Description

This was my first build and was initially made around Christmas time 2014 however its gone through a few upgrades (GPU, MOBO & PSU) but I've arrived at a configuration I'm more than satisfied with. I've over ridden prices for a few items, they're likely to be a bit higher now here in Canada now that our currency sucks.

I wanted a build that could play any game at 1080p maxed out with at least 60fps now and in the near future. A 970 probably would have sufficed and been better value but games nowadays can be quite demanding so I spent the extra money on it. I got it on sale right when the 980 TI was announced.

The 980 G1 fits in the Air 240 case with no problems despite exceeding the maximum length on paper. Height-wise it does come close to the glass panel but it closes fine without any tension. I prefer to leave my panel off but that's just my preference.

The CPU at the time of purchase was $266 bucks and more than enough for gaming. It does lack hyper-threading so its not ideal for video editing and that's where a i7 would shine but for purely gaming this CPU is a beast and I'd definitely recommend it. Currently running at 4.2GHz with max temps under stress testing only reaching 58 Celsius!

My previous motherboard was a ASUS H97M-plus. Made the noob mistake of not purchasing a Z97 however it does offer overclocking. My problem was that it had no adaptive mode for the core voltage so I switched to the MSI. Doesn't match the black and blue theme however is a great motherboard with excellent build quality.

Any questions/comments just ask!

Part Reviews

CPU

Excellent gaming performance, great temps and over-clocks extremely well.

CPU Cooler

Very quiet, cools extremely well and allows for great overclocking potential.

Thermal Compound

Reduced my CPU idle temp by 3-5 degrees vs preapplied paste.

Motherboard

Excellent dark black finish on the PCB and great build quality. Great packaging and quality all around. Nice padded I/O shield and accessories in box. Pretty good software however ASUS offers a easier to navigate, cleaner layout.

Memory

Excellent ram, nice aesthetics and cooling design. Perfect for gaming.

Storage

Very fast SSD, great for installing OS and software on. Speeds up boot/load times significantly

Storage

Fast and reliable mass storage. No issues yet and pretty quiet as well.

Video Card

Stays very cool, pretty good build quality and nice backplate. Tends to flex a tiny bit as it is a long GPU but never had any issues with it. Overclocks better than most. A monster at 1080p and comfortable at higher resolutions as well though I haven't tested this personally yet.

Power Supply

Great price for any 750W 80+ Gold certified PSU. Great packaging, includes a nice pouch for your cables and extras. Cables are decent quality. Fully modular. Quiet although a tiny bit louder than Corsairs offerings.

Monitor

Excellent value if you can find it. Got it for $120 on boxing day. Great viewing angles and colors. Cons: Limited adjustability, touch buttons can be very unresponsive

Keyboard

Bought for 50% off at staples. Mostly wanted an illuminated keyboard and didn't care much for a mechanical one as I use a controller to game mostly. Lighting could be brighter but functionality is perfect. Software is very good. An excellent option in this price range.

Mouse

Amazing mouse with tons of customization and an excellent sensor. Good for smaller to medium size hands. Adjustable weight, great thumb rest. Best mouse at this price. Look for sales on it at around $60 these days.

Speakers

Powerful and crisp sound. Frequently on sale at staples for around 30-40 bucks. Amazing sound for the price.

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Comments

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Your GPU looks bent...?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

i've noticed too. it makes me feel uncomfortable

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I noticed the same. Those pics were right after I unboxed and installed it. It's not as bad in person. It's probably cause I tried to balance out the weight of it drooping down with some tension from the power cables to it... Oh well

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I currently have a $700 build. I am needing to upgrade my gpu. How is the 980 at 1080p on games such as Witcher 3 Ultra with Hairworks? I am thinking about the 970, 980, or the 980ti for 1080p meaning it can last longer the more I put into just the card.

And your set up is freaking beautiful. Such a sleek and elegant build, not too flashy. Tis why I personally chose the 450D

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Unfortunately I don't have the game installed on my PC right now however I have tested it out before. I can't remember whether I had hairworks enabled or not (I believe I did) but I would get a minimum of 44fps and probably an average of mid to high 50's crossing over 60 at times. I think it's best to just turn off hairworks and go with a 970 or 980 but if you can afford the 980 TI then why not? :p It would probably be a waste of money to just play the Witcher 3 though and game at 1080p only imo. Hopefully some others can chime in.

Oh and thanks for the kind words :D

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright thanks. Well, I forget the reviewer's name I saw for SLI 980tis at 4k, but his words are what I believe, and did even before him. Why go 4k with a beast of a card just to have to crank down the settings for it to be at a stable 60FPS? ULTRA IS ULTRA, no matter what! There are no exceptions! IF there were, then it isn't maxed out settings!!

Here think I found him. He cracks me up, and makes me want to save for the 980ti, but idk how realistic it would be. Although, I did save up last Christmas and Birthday and built my current Obsidian build. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCLMNJDPOcQ

So I personally, no matter the resolution, would prefer to have things cranked up.

And no problem, thanks for the pics :D

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build in the 240 looks amazing dude ! I wish I could get my cables to look like that ! Haha ! I think it's my motherboard's layout that is hurting me, but, I don't know...

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate that! I'm sure if you rerouted your cables a bit you could tidy things up. Just route them through the nearest cutouts to the port you're connecting it to then reduce some slack into the cable/psu chamber. Either way nice build

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks :D

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet Build, just amazing work.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build, near identical to mine. +1

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

How much is this in US dollars?

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sir