Hello! And welcome to my latest build.
After running my r9 270x into the ground, I decided it was time for a substantial upgrade.
I passed my old B85 Vanguard, r9 270x, half my RAM, one of my SSD's and my SeaSonic PSU on to the girlfriend and set to work on researching a formidable upgrade for myself. As stated in my previous build, I don't need anything too fancy or powerful. My daily activities include web development and casual gaming, this is partly why I decided to keep the 4670k rather than upgrading for a 4690k or i7.
Asus GTX 970 Strix. Last month I ordered a 960 and was pretty impressed. However, thinking about the future and the likelihood of 1440p becoming the standard res I thought it best to go that little bit further for 4gb (3.5 + .5gb). It's fantastic; cool quiet and very stylish.
Asus Maximus VII Ranger. Overclocking is an option this time, whereas last time I wasn't too bothered. Nothing too crazy, but if I can make it to stable 4.0ghz I'll be happy. The board is SOLID, looks pretty and offers some great features such as the SupremeFX sound, the option for SLI/RAID should I choose to do this in the future and of course it has all the benefits that come with full size ATX over mATX.
Hyper 212 evo. Obvious choice. Liquid cooling seemed a bit OTT an expense I didn't need, the evo is well known for it reliability and price for performance. Relatively easy to fix and offers great temps both idle and load. I removed the stock CM 120mm fan and stuck two Fractal SP 120mm's on to match the case fans.
Fractal Design 2300. The is the only slight regret. I chose to compromise on the case with the rational that once it's put together, I won't see it (desk compartment thingy) and I won't be using it (I play to not upgrade for a while). The only drawbacks of choosing a cheaper case, for me at least, are the size/space and build quality/noise. I could have done with HDD mounts, proper ones. The 970 is BIG and it was a real squeeze getting everything in. The case is quite noisey, there's little to no noise suppression and it rattles when moving/not steady.
Corsair CX600M. I get it. They aren't great, I can immediately tell the difference between this and the SeaSonic I gave to the Mrs. However, I was tight on cash by this point and modular was quite important to me - having never done any real cable management before and sick of the sight of unnecessary cables sticking out everywhere. It's a risk, but so far so good. If it dies, and doesn't take anything with it, I'll just replace with another SeaSonic or an EVGA supanova or something.
So, thanks for viewing - I hope you can appreciate what a great upgrade this is for me coming from a 270x! Apologies for the potato pictures, low lighting and ****** mobile phone are to blame.
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As I mentioned above, the case became something of a regret and I just had to do something about it. My build is now sporting an NZXT s340 w/window with 3x Corsair AF 140mm and 1x 120mm with red rings, also installed some white LED's. I also decided to get rid of the exposed multicolored 24-pin plug and added a silverstone braided extension.
See latest pics ;)
I've now successfully overclocked my CPU to a stable 4.2ghz and reverted back to the default CM fan. I'm not seeing huge performance gains, and while the temps are still well within a comfortable threshold I'll probably set this back to stock.
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