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This build started in January of 2013 and has evolved over the past couple of years. In the beginning the case was a Corsair 500R and I was using a Galaxy GTX 680 HOF, which was a beast of a card for its time. After a year or so I decided to trade the 680 in for SLI GTX 770s, which worked great for awhile until I noticed that my setup was VRAM constrained in a few games (i.e. Skryim). So last fall I decided to trade the SLI 770s in for an EVGA GTX 970 FTW. The temps were great with the stock air cooler, but I had seen the NZXT Kraken G10 around the interwebs and thought it would be fun to try it out.

The Corsair H105 is probably overkill, but what the heck why not. I removed the stock air cooler, cleaned the stock TIM off of the GPU and the H105, threw a few heat sinks on the VRMs, applied some arctic silver 5 to the GPU, fitted the H105 into place with the G10 bracket, and I was good to go. The installation was relatively painless and took about an hour or so to complete with minimal jury-rigging.

The results so far have been great. I run the GPU with a +110/+500MHz overclock on the core/memory, which results in a boost clock of just over 1500MHz and 8000MHz effective memory. While gaming, the temps stay around 45 C +/- a few degrees (with all fans on their lowest setting using the NZXT Sentry Mix 2 fan controller), and everything is virtually silent.

Besides the GPU, the only other notable change I've made over the years is installing the two Crucial M550 256GB SSDs in a 512GB RAID 0 configuration, which nets me read/write speeds right around 1GB/s. The i7-3770k, Xigmatek SD1283, ASRock Z77 Extreme6, G.Skill Ripjaws Z, and the Seasonic X-750 have been constants throughout the evolution of my PC. All rock-solid, quality stuff, never had any problems with any of it.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

overclocking the GPU like a boss

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build! +1

Only concern, do you have a dust filter for your GPU? Or is it exhaust?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The H105 fans are exhaust.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

All that negative case pressure from all the exhaust fans...

Otherwise, looks sweet!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I do have two 140mm intakes fans in the front but it's still definitely a negative pressure setup. It seems to be working fine though, haven't really had any issues with excessive dust build up and GPU/CPU temps are great.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

You'll probably never have a bad dust problem, but after a while everything will likely have a thin coat of the stuff. Still, if you have dust filters on the bottom, it wouldn't hurt to flip those H105 fans around. Very nice build regardless :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Man I think for $1940 you could have done alot better. This thing should have a 980 ti!! Any plans to sli the 970 though? And what kind of monitor you using?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it looks like a lot but this build started about 2.5 years ago. The prices reflect what I payed at the time which would probably be a bit less today. Also, just realized I had Win 8.1 in the parts list, but I got that for free through my college so that's minus $130. And the PSU and the H105 were both gifts, so the real out of pocket cost for me to build this rig was much less.

No plans to go SLI right now, monitor is a Dell Ultrasharp U2412M (1920x1200) so I'm not really feeling the need. If I ever get around to moving up to QHD I'll probably go with a 980 Ti, though.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there a reason why you went with that chipset + cpu?

Sick build though, this is the first H105 GPU cooler I've come across and its better looking than i imagined.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, this build actually started back in 2013 which is why I have an older CPU paired up with a newer GPU. Originally, I had the 3770k paired up with a Galaxy GTX 680 HOF, then traded that in for SLI GTX 770s, and now I'm on the 970 and loving it.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahhh fair play. Its still a pretty beast CPU! I have two 970s, and love them.. great cards! Enjoy.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build!!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet on the whole deal. The aio water cooled gpu is neat. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

jesus how high did you overclock that 970 damn