Sorry, for late reply. Haven't check this site in a while.
Noise level is really not that bad. Top fan does add some additional noise but I usually keep the fan setting on low so it doesn't bother me much. I bought the LED strip from ebay.
thanks! I've had no problems with it so far. Its a pretty solid budget friendly mobo and read it got pretty good reviews so I went with it.
Super clean build!
sweet build. enjoy seeing more blue themes.
Appreciate it! I could use some more space with the desk but it gets the job done.
Pics could have been better honestly. I was a bit too lazy to get better lighting. And I wanted to be somewhat detailed with I'm description but not too long. I saw one build with literally 1 word for the description. Just 1 word. Told myself, yeh not gonna be that guy.
That actually makes sense. Shame on me for not realizing that. Yeh, when it comes to something like a PC, I would prefer function over form but I couldn't help myself with my build lol. Got a little mod happy and now I'm just like ehh.
holy crap thats quite a difference! Granted, you are running SLI so I bet that's why those temps were quite high. If I ever overclock or SLI, looks like I may go with your route.
yeh good choice on the cpu cooler. Noctua is like the best when it comes to air cooling. I don't understand why they chose brown as their only color scheme though lol.
Yeh, in my opinion I think all other fan orientations are fine except that top back one. I would prob turn that into another intake or just block it off. I think if you had an air cooler, then MAYBE that could work as 1 side is sucking cool air and other side exhausting warm air.
Idle temp differences prob wont be drastic between orientations but I'd be curious to see the differences under load. Speedfan, cpu-z, msi afterburner all good apps to monitor those stuff.
Thanks! Forget the name but I think its suppose to be like an executive chair. I do not recommend it. It gets pretty uncomfortable after sitting in it for long duration. I ordered it off of amazon. If I could do it over again, I would visit office depot or staples, test out some chairs I like, then buy it online.
looks like it packs quite a punch! nice build.
Gotcha. From what I read, at least with the R4, I heard more intakes over exhaust prove to be advantageous b/c you're bringing in more cooler air. Just a thought.
How do you like the h100? How big of a temp difference is there on load between the h100 and the CM?
Are you running that top back fan as exhaust and top front as intake? If so, seem like that would just recirculate air.
nice build. Wish that MSI geforce came in blue but red still looks good. Really digging that case too. Sucks that the mobo crapped out. I was kinda afraid of that too after hearing a lot of folks complaining about it but luckily mine checked out.
For real. It doesn't matter what he does or how long it took him to save up. Heck you can even use credit cards, take out a loan, etc if your financially responsible. That aside, it's an impressive build although the cable management kinda was a buzz kill.
Build is clean but gonna have to agree with some of the other comments. Seems a bit overkill for just gaming unless you do some other content demanding stuff. Otherwise, looks good!
nice build. did the same what you did with the cm evo. looks much better!
No worries. Actually, the funny thing about the ram, I decided that I don't want the corsair anymore so I went ahead and bought the g.skill ram. I'm actually only doing a 16gb setup. I'm trying to sell the corsair right now. I didn't like how the corsair's heatsink block some of the CPU fans path. Its just too tall. Plus, I wanted a different color. Shoulda bought the g.skill initially but oh well.
what kind of stapler did you use for your photos?
nice build. my build is gonna be very similar to yours. check it out: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/wiredin321/saved/6WsMnQ
how close of a clearance was that fan with that ram? i'm hoping i don't run into any issues with the corsair vengeance.
Nice pic! wat kind of toaster did you use?
Can this run Photoshop?
he should, although another GPU wouldn't hurt.
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Nice solid build. The exact same CPU is the last part I need for my build. Super jelly you were able to get it at that price! Ah, the benefits of employee discounts.
flip it over and not put it on rug?
i kinda like that color scheme better. Looks pretty solid too. I would get that instead of the first msi you listed if you go MSI route. just imo
I went with the asrock z97 extreme4 cause i found a good deal and like the blue scheme. Got decent reviews too. The asus z97-a is a pretty popular one and also pretty solid. Others, Asus SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK2, Asus Z97-AR, Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150. But it really depends on what your needs are. I wanted something with at least the SATA express/M.2 storage ports and several usb ports without breaking the bank so I chose the asrock.
yeh after reading a bunch of reviews, people are going nuts over the 970. I initially was gonna settle for a GTX 760 for my first build but got talked into the 970. I literally just bought 1 a minute ago. I went with the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 G1. If your on a budget, look at the MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G.
Nice link. I was actually looking for something exactly like that. I went ahead and bookmarked it. I dunno why its saying preorder instead of out of stock for the gigabyte windforce (GIGABYTE GV-N970G1) at amazon. Regardless, I submitted an offer on ebay for one at $350. If I don't get it, I'm just gonna order from amazon since I know a way to get at least 5% off.
I like your style. Very impressive! I'm in the process of building my first too. Don't know 100% what I'm doing but I'm just gonna wing it. Should be fun.
I checked out the mark2, they're nice mobo. I thought about what you said though about not needing to spend much on the mobo especially now since I'm considering the GTX 970 so I just dropped down to the asrock z97 extreme4 since there's a good deal right now. Actually ends today looks like it. I went ahead and just bought it off of newegg, didn't feel like waiting till black friday and I think this itself is a decent deal.
$143.79 - 10% off promo - $20 rebate - 2% off through chase ultimate rewards mall = $106.83
Also bought the WD HDD you had pointed out for $40. I think I'm just gonna start picking up parts up until black friday if I see a good deal. You def helped me out a lot so far!
ok got it. I also went back and looked at the mobo you suggested. I been seeing a lot of people mentioning DOA issues and issues with boot up. I'm kinda worried about this. Maybe I'm just over worrying. I'm going to look into alternatives as well but if you have any other mobo suggestions, please let me know.
Ok, after doing some reading, I want the GTX 970. I'm actually leaning towards the Gigabyte GTX 970 Gaming G1 now. Thoughts on this? That should fit the R4 though right? Apparently, both the gigabyte and MSI's have been selling like hot cakes. I'm gonna start keeping a look out.
Thanks for your input! I'm going to try and play around with your first build suggestion. And I'll take your word about the PSU. I'll probably just go with the 650W and I don't think I'll SLI anytime soon.
One of the main applications I use is a bit of a memory hog. Right now, I have 4GB allocated to it (laptop has 16gb ram) and at times it can still be laggy. I dunno how heavily threaded it is and who knows, it could also just be my laptop overall.
While interesting, I'd rather just stick with the consumer oriented i7's instead of the Xeons. If I was doing like a bunch of automated trading, I think the Xeon could make sense but then again, I'm sure they're are arguments to this.
Nah, I wasn't going to plan on SLI. I'm hoping the 760 alone would be able to handle the things I need but I really don't know. I mean if I feel I need to bump up, I guess I can just upgrade to the 970 later.
Are there added complexity and maintenance going from an air to liquid coolers?
I guess in other words, how much more is involved installing this over the one I selected?
For the motherboard, I ended up getting overwhelmed with all the choices and all the technical specs that went over my head so just decided with the asrock after reading several reviews and cause the blue appeals to me. Other choices were the Asus sabertooth z97 mark 2 or Asus Z97-A.
The GTX 970 looks great but dang its getting expensive. I really should have lowered my price range prob to like $1200-$1300 max cause I forgot to factor in a monitor. I have 2 monitors right now and using my laptop as a third screen but rather want another monitor.
Are the performance differences between the 970 and 760 that great? I figured since I don't game much, I'd go with the 760 but I'll look into this.
Thanks for pointing this out. Didn't know cas made a difference. Another one of those technicals that I didn't realize. I went and edited my parts list.
I have 2 portable external HDD's, one 700gb and other 1.5Tb and was just gonna use those and only store essential stuff on the SSD.
I don't mind huge :D The R4 is one of the only ones that caught my eye cause of its clean design/quality/cable management.
I'm still not sure if I'm going to mess with overclocking as I have never attempted it before. I don't know much about PSU and all the tiers so I'll def look into this and probably reevaluate.
I don't mind if you modify. I'm open to different opinions!
Oh ok. I don't really know much about running 2 or more video cards anyways. I think I'm just gonna try the 1 out then.
Really? I mean, can't I just run 2 screens to the HDMI ports then the rest off of HDMI to DVI adapters?