Well to be fair the Intel stock cooler does work. It's not very pretty looking but it works.
It appears in the article he isn't changing the latency so of course 4000MHz at 15 CL (or whatever the CL is at that speed) is going to be faster than 2133MHz at 15 CL when in reality the latency scales with the speed.
http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/memory-performance-speed-latency explains true latency well.
In my last build when I was using DDR3 2133 memory I tested using the Intel XMP at 2133 and then stock speed at 1600 and there was less than 1 FPS difference in gaming benchmarks.
Depends on what OP does of course, but that SSD is more than enough for just games.
2K can refer to several resolutions but typically 2560 x 1440.
Are those custom cables from Ensourced?
Ark - Survival Evolved came out and this game WAS amazing.
Ark - Survival Evolved came out and this game WAS amazing.
Yes! I love Ark too. Awesome game.
I have that monitor too! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
I used to have that monitor. Very nice!
Nvidia site recommends 400W system power. (http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-960/specifications). As long as OP doesn't plan on upgrading to like a 980 or above he should be good. This system will run at about 200W at gaming load and using too high capacity PSU will result in less efficiency depending on the efficiency curve of this PSU.
I havent't really gamed on it since I gave it to my brother but looking at benchmarks for the GTX 960 it should be able to play most AAA games at 50 - 60 fps @ 1080p on high settings. It is a decently priced GPU for 1080p gaming.
No it was pretty easy. Plenty of room in the case and this case, like most these days, has a pre-installed standoff peg to help you align the bug while you screw in the other MD screws.
I agree it does stand out too much against the white. I should have put it on top above the I/O because it has a black color finish up there. Oh well. Next time I suppose!
Haha. It may be off a little because we were so frustrated after about an hour of messing with it. I didn't really do a real Pro job with it but it was fun to try.
I haven't heard any fan noise from the PSU. I can hear the case fans more than anything in the build.
To be honest I'm not in love with the Controller being on the front the way it is. I originally planned on stamping out 3 clean holes to stick the dials through for a cleaner look, but I ended up scratching the hell out of the paint around the holes (people say the paint scratches easily on S340, oh yes it does!). So I just secured the faceplate around the dials to cover the scratches.
I didn't have an issues with the slots, no. Not sure why that would happen.
I know right! I hate the stock fan but it does the job keeping a locked processor cool enough.
Brother is an NC State University student and can get Windows 10 (and other software) for free. Most universities will offer free software to students you just gotta look for it.
Thanks! The motherboard is straight I think it's just how the heat sink assembly is secured to the board. It isn't reinforced very well but it's also a light card so it should be fine.
Storage has never really been an issue for me and and I confirmed with brother (the build is for him) about the storage. I see a lot of builds on PCPP.com that have the 120GB SSD + 1TB HDD combo which is fine for most people but I will never need that much storage. I store all photos, videos, etc. in Google Drive and all copies of important files on external HDD. SSDs are just nice for fast boot times, snappy OS performance, and faster game loading times. I only ever play like 2 games at a time and backup the others on external HDDs if I want to switch in Steam.
It does not. It is the NZXT Hue RBG Controller. It was a part I had lying around for about a year.
I had a bad experience with the R9 290X a while back and have always looked down upon AMD for that which I shouldn't do. I have a 970 in my system and I love the ease of Geforce Experience and Shadowplay. I'll wait to see what AMD does next generation to hopefully give Nvidia a run for their money.
And you're right about the motherboard. There are a couple parts in this build I could have gone cheaper but I love the color scheme of the motherboard and have always enjoyed MSI's boards and included software.
Yea i thought about that. The parts are all pretty low power so temps shouldn't be too much of an issue. I'll keep an eye on them and consider throwing some in the front. Thanks!
NZXT Hue RGB Controller
You can see in picture #3 that the water cooler is mounted off center. There isn't a lot of space between the top of case and top of motherboard so the heat sink gets in the way when mounting a water cooler up there. So i couldn't use the intended fan screw holes on top but since the fan grill is metal and perfect fit for screws I mounted cooler with just 2 screws on top and its pretty sturdy. The H100i is a 240mm cooler and barely fits so I don't think a 280mm would fit.
you can buy an adapter for wireless xbox 360 controllers
I bought one off eBay for $10
4670K same price as the 4770K? where?
Looks kinda bad too... :( I'll fix them up soon because it looks sloppy.
This case is so cool! I like the black or white color schemes I've seen here with other builds but I was attracted to the grey/red theme. The case uses SECC material so it feels and looks better than plastic cases. Fingerprint resistant which is nice. The side window panel is VERY dark so you can only see the components with lights on them. I will get some lights in there later to illuminate the inside.
I'm on fall break now and I'll be back at my apartment on Monday so I'll flip the PSU and work on the cable management. Thanks
Windows 8 Pro was only $70 for students on Microsoft.com and I heard its a little faster than Windows 7. As far as the RAM most people said 1600 was good enough for gaming but I also read that faster is better (like you said though it probably doesn't help at all). It was going for a decent price so I snatched them. Thanks for letting me know about the 4770K. I guess its a little too much and I spent a little more than I needed. I'll keep that in mind for my next build down the road. Thanks for the feedback.
That would be so nice! 1080p is pretty sweet for now. Over time, I will add parts and peripherals.
I'm going to work on the cables and post some pics later. I just got excited and ignored the cable management I suppose.