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Fantastic build! Loads of fun to make, and didn't hit too many snags. Spent about a month getting everything the way I wanted it. Went from 1 120gb Kingston SSD to 2 Samsung 840EVO 250gb Drives (One for OS and basic programs, the other for games and heavy editing programs n such). Then the 3tb for data music, movies, and other media. Boots in under 12 seconds, and opens Adobe AfterEffects in under 3 seconds.

I use it for Editing, Gaming, and music making

I had trouble overclocking at first.. Could only get to 4.2, now I can only get to 4.4 without crashing.. but oh well.

Same goes for overclocking my 760, it leaves it very unstable.

I bought all the parts from microcenter, saved me about $500, plus I already had to 760, which I plan to upgrade to a 780ti as soon as they drop in price (im hoping soon haha)

The z97 is fantastic. The Bios is amazing and very easy to navigate, no problems there.

Any questions or tips or advice is appreciated!

Thanks everyone :D

Pictures taken with a VG900, and 1 from a Nexus 5 :P http://minus.com/mc2hcutv63T4V

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  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Why didn't you get a 4790k?

Edit: and judging by the novation hardware, why not get a sound card? Do you have an external one?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

The motherboard has sound built in, so you don't need a sound card.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

You do realize that most built in audio in motherboards is just "ok" or half-decent, right? You can get much better quality and features via sound cards.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

In terms of overall quality... Not really. If you're just gaming and listening to music... Please dont buy a sound card.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

If you aren't an audiophile and aren't using expensive audio equipment sure, but it certainly doesn't hurt.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

It can hurt your wallet :P

Most audio cards infact reduce the punch in most cases. Such as dropping the low ends and not supplying enough power.

Most audio cards are scams, if you are making a living off of making music on your computer.. then I would consider buying one.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly, thank you.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, but I was presuming he does studio-grade audio editing/recording because of the Novation hardware he has. A dedicated sound card for an audio producer is significantly better than the motherboard's sound

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I do however have a "AudioBox USB" its a MIDI to USB converter/soundcard. Processes the keys on my keyboard into data that programs like Ableton Live and Reason can understand. Basically. I dont really use it as a soundcard though, but it can function as one IF I needed it

Plus the keyboard is from 1987 and all the pre loaded sounds are pretty horrible, so I have to run it through software to achieve the sound I want.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Why didn't you get a 4790k?

Because it's balls expensive and only slightly better, like most consumer grade hardware. Also the 4770k excels in single core performance, which is what I'm looking for. Again, only a very slight difference.

why not get a sound card?

Because to be honest, I have never been a sound card guy... Just more money to spend. The one board sound works fantastic... Plus this PC was an upgrade from a mid range computer from 2010, so this computer was already QUITE the upgrade.

And the built in sound card wast the seller for me with this motherboard, it was all the future CPU support, SATA Express, and the overclocking ability... even though overclocking is not my strong suite, I'm still working that one out.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

****, can't edit... I thought you said 4930K... Don't know why.. Honestly I should have gotten the 4790K, but i didnt know about it at the time.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Wonderful pictures.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :D

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

ima be da first commenter.

yayayay good build :D

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :D

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice work....I'm going to be getting the same mobo. I like to know how does the Crystal Sound 2 audio sound? Is it as good as JJ from Asus claims?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, I cant tell a difference in sound quality from my old 2010 PC with "poor quality" than my new pc with "higher quality".. In my experience they are both the same. But hell, If I'll give em thi.. it sounds great.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for letting me know...I'm going to try it without one first. I can always add one later.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of things do your use your computer for? If its just gaming, video editing, or listening to music then don't buy one. It wont change your experience in the slightest. I have studio monitors (speakers) that are pretty much build to hear differences in audio.. And coming from me, there is practically no difference.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build my friend. Love the case too, I have one just like that but with a little bit redesigned :) +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get that lighting?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

did you have problems with placing the h100i? what are the fans you added for?

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