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Just before you read/comment/rate please note that I started getting parts in July 2014, Thanks.

Hi everyone, this is my recently built gaming rig. It was my first attempt at building a PC from scratch. I chose parts based on aesthetics and quality. The colour scheme I decided to go with was black and blue because I just think it looks great. There were a few bumps and hurdles throughout the course of the build (warranties and returns) but I finally got there. It took a lot of research, time and effort to get this build how I had envisioned. Especially because I’m such a perfectionist and was overly concerned about the looks of the build, hence buying the expensive braided cables and case fans.

In the section below I will answer some questions you might have:

Q. “You spent over $2000 on parts and only got an i5?”

A. The reason I chose an ‘i5’ is because gaming performance is my top priority, I don’t really need hyper-threading at this point, also this build went slightly over original budget.

Q. “Only 8gb RAM?”

A. Much like the answer above, gaming is what this PC was built for. Later on I plan to replace the i5 with an i7 and add more RAM.

Q. “Your prices seem high, did you get ripped off?”

A. I live in Australia, the prices for almost everything are higher but I did get the CPU on sale.

Q. “Why two SSDs?”

A. Even for storing games, an SSD has lots of advantages; silent operation, low heat output, lightning fast speed and being able to put it on the nice 2.5” drive bay featured on the NZXT H440.

Q. “Does your GTX970 have coil whine?”

Short answer: Yes, the more the card is under stress the more noticeable it is.

Long answer: If you didn’t know already there have been a large number of posts and complaints online by people who bought the GTX970. All brands seem to have a problem with coil whine. EVGA, MSI, ASUS, GIGABYTE etc. It might change in the future, but as of right now you are lucky to get a GTX970 without coil whine. A real shame seeing as though it’s SO popular. I too couldn’t resist the combination of great performance, low power consumption and relatively low price, so I bought it on day one.

Please feel free to leave any comments or other questions.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey man I'm from Perth :) What desk is that and what are those monitors? Mint build man ! :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I don't know exactly what desk it is, just something I got from a local office furniture place. The monitors are ASUS vx239h.

  • 62 months ago
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Could I switch out the 500gb SSD and place a 2TB hard drive In? Might go down to Ikea and buy a desk similar

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

I will answer the first part myself: You could change the SSDs but that would decrease performance. If that's what you meant...

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I will keep the 120gb to place the OS on and other programs, and the 1tb hardrive will be my hub for games

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

You should realize this SSD set-up is quite expensive, two high capacity SSDs, the common set-up is 120 gb SSD (Or 240) and a large HDD.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great man. Good to see a fellow Aussie on here.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers mate.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Fantastic colour matching, just a quick question, didn't the h105 come with a blue ring?

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Sexy.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

absolutely beautiful my man!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

How bad is the coil whine? Does it get very loud?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I have all fans running on a low rpm so it is quite noticeable when under heavy load. Here is a video I found with many GTX 970 cards to explain the problem. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12amU2ovGdQ&feature=youtu.be (It's a buzzing/ticking noise not a high pitched noise)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thank you

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Where'd you get the i5 from? -An Australian

  • 62 months ago
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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the i5 from Centrecom a few months back. Its been replaced with the i5 4690k since then.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

was about to ask you why didn't you get the 4690k, update your parts... BTW very nice and clean build!!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I dunno if its true, but I seen posts that the 970 coil whine are somewhat related to corsair PSUs and it has something to do with the power delivery from the PSU to the GPU. There were cases where swapping out corsair PSU for others brands such as EVGA leads to reduced coil whine or no whining at all. Not sure if its true but just a thought

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know if that's true but with the case I have, it will take some effort to replace it (not that I have a spare PSU).

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, interesting theory there. I have a Seasonic PSU and do have some coil whine. However, Seasonic manufactures a lot of Corsair PSUs so their internal design is probably very similar.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Me gusta. But seriosuly, a very nice build, quality pictures. Really digging this build, I also understand the pricing issues, I have the same issue here. I would love some benchmarks for gaming and non-gaming. That would be top.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed , I would love that.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

You did better then me for that budget, I got a similar system with a 280 for 2100, probably was shipping cost to W.A from eastern states.

  • 62 months ago
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I am taking a survey and asking everyone what their serial number begins with I am looking for trends as to which boards serial number are BAD I have found that some boards start with a 46 47 48 are BAD My serial number starts with a 48 PLEASE HELP ME thank you info found on reddit post here http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/2jrt1b/psarequest_possible_reoccurring_problem_with_the/

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Just out of curiosity why do you feel the GTX 970 only rates 3 stars? I just figured on a regular most would consider it like say a 4 star. Does it seem that mediocre to you? Still love the build though! +1

  • 62 months ago
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I rated three stars because of coil whine. For the price I feel it should not have any problems.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

ah ok makes sense

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

looking great everything is matching and everything is clean even the desk! great job With the cable management

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Need to put the blue ring on the h105 rather then the white !

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought about that but I quite like the look of the silver.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

nice, the gigabyte gtx 970 would've completed the black n blue! great build still!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Just me, but If you wanted to do a "one drive for OS and one drive games" setup, I would've gotten a 1tb hdd in place of the 120gb ssd other than that +1

  • 62 months ago
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HDDs are old technology, this was built to last several years.

  • 61 months ago
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I built my system 6 months ago and I have 1 tb hdd and a 250gb ssd. Theyre not old tech.mant people still use them in their builds

  • 62 months ago
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Are you having problems with the H105? Is it somewhat loud? I heard its a pretty loud cooler.. Also will I be safe if I place the h105 in mine? Will It leak or something and destroy everything aha ? I'm paranoid

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

The h105 is my first liquid cpu cooler so I don't know how it compares to others, I can say that the pump is a bit loud and definitely audible. The main advantage to having one is aesthetics I think. As for leaking it really shouldn't, it has a 5 year warranty and I have seen no complaints of leaks. Hope this helped.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, but is their an alternative you may know of ? Like a fan which will be fine with your setup without having to move everything around ?

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you mean an 'air CPU cooler'? If so the CM 212 EVO is always a good cheap option. Or a Be Quiet CPU cooleler, as long as it will not cover any RAM slots.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like the board? Is there anything about the board that would make you recommend a different one or bumping up the the extreme6? Also I'm kinda concerned about the AsRock bios. I've only heard bad things about it.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, so far the Motherboard has done everything I need it to. I don't have any experience with other boards as this is my only PC build. I don't know what your planning to do in the bios, but the bios has every option that I needed including custom fan speeds for individual fans (except for CPU fans which can only spin at the same speed). One thing worth mentioning is that I accidentally bent one of the USB 3.0 header pins, so they are not the strongest, however I think every modern board has fairly weak pins. I hope this answer helps.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 62 months ago
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Thanks, pleased that you like it.