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So here it is, the "EXPERIMENT" as I have called it. Took a few months but finally finished. I'll put a briefish description. Some of the comments here are before I added this description. Any questions just comment.

CPU- simply the best for what I need. I don't need hyper threading so i5 over i7. Overclocked easily to 4.5 @1.2v. I know I will get 4.6 stable @1.25v so maybe at a later date. Temps are fine, the temps I quoted here are highest temp cores as recorded by Aida64, I'm guessing thats what you meant to put there, rather than the Vcore. Got £30 cashback because I got the Ranger Mobo at the same time. If you are in Europe and bought a haswell and mobo in the last two months there is a cashback scheme on through toptechcashback.

Mobo- ROG Ranger has a load of great features, chose this over the Hero because I don't need the extras on the Hero. Comes with loads of free software including RAMdisk ehich I might use in the future with my spare RAM. The Overclocking utility is great for a sighting of the final clock and then just dial back the volts to the minimal stable (with manual volts during stress testing).

CPU cooler- H105 works great but as I will explain later very thick. Not much else to say really.

RAM- some have already questioned my single purchases but just to state. I had 4GB for a while, when the system was first built, added another 4GB for gaming and will add more to fill the RAM slots/ colour coordinate with the mobo.

Storage- SSD because it's fast for booting and will hold Battlefield and map packs for it. Might get an M.2 just for giggles at some point but I am getting 480 write speed so not to bothered. The Samsung is money well spent in my opinion. HDD is the noisiest part of the build because its a low frequency I can hear/feel it with headphones. It's not loud by any means just in comparison to the rest of the build.

GPU - Big card and has pretty lights (which I can't control). stock benchmarks - Firestrike - 9797

current OC (stock volts but stable core clock) - Firestrike 10250 Unigine valley 2515

I will put a bit more of a review when I have benchmarked at stock and OC.

Case- Huge warning to people, the PC partpicker compatibility check does not work with cases and CPU coolers because neither publish either the room required to install a top rad water cooler or the clearance between the top of the mobo and the case roof. Hence, I had to buy some aviation snips and cut a hole in the roof of the case. I actually don't mind the rad on the outside but on close inspection its a bit messy around the edges (showing my poor cutting skills).

PSU- loving the power unit. No fan spin at low temps and it lights up! I might need the 850 or 1000 if I SLi but at the mo it works well.

So yeah I will come back with GPU benchmarks and tidy my cables a bit. I might struggle to manage them though because the case has no more room. Wish me luck! Comments and suggestions welcome. Oh and thanks for reading.

The case mod was so the H105 radiator would fit externally.

Any questions about the zodiac extreme 970 put in the comments.

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Comments

  • 66 months ago
  • 7 points

You know it would be cheaper if you bought 8GB RAM sets instead of buying 4 different RAM sets.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

There's like pence in the difference and I ran with only 4 GB for a few weeks, when I first built the barebones system.

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

but why buy 4GB sticks,they are just a waste if you upgrade

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

They are only a waste if I go for DDR4 in my next build. I will have 16GB total and that is far more than enough. I can't see 32GB being needed for years.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I myself couldn't use less than 32 but I do sculpting and animation, I just don't like forcing myself to buy more cards

  • 66 months ago
  • 3 points

OMG THAT GPU IS SEXY

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

AND ITS CHEAP TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

I would love to see some pics of the Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB AMP! Extreme Edition with the LED's on. I am still wondering if I should get the 970 or 780TI? You can get TI's here for $368.00 USD atm and the Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB AMP! Extreme Edition is going for $400.00 USD

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Im the same, dont know whether to get the 780ti or 970, its too hard to choose!

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

From what I been told by a EVGA representative that the 970 is a better deal. Here was there reasons in a nut shell.The major software driver updates/improvements for the 780TI have reached its end life and there is not going to be any more major improvements in this area. So now ATM the 780TI may run a tad faster its only in the 4K areas where it achieves this because of the cuda but it uses a lot more power to do so.The 970 GTX just begins its life with the software and drivers and they know there is going to be huge improvements. Its the same speed at 1080p and I guess even faster in some areas with the new way MFAA is broken down on the card. It uses way less power doing everything. So basically they told me unless you are doing a full 4K system and want the fastest right now you get the 780TI. If you want a chip that runs on less power and you are going to run at 1080p your best bet maybe the 970GTX and I have read that the 4K is not too bad but not the most extreme 4K speeds.

It is hard to choose but I am leaning towards the 970 GTX. I am going to wait another month or two until the production gets streamed lined and all the kinks are worked out and see where the prices are from there.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

If the price is the same go for the 780TI, it preforms a bit better and has auto balancing power rails (a useful feature when overclocking).

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

780ti is going to be discontinued as well so for future upgrades maybe sli, there won't be really 780ti sli available.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a bit of a gamble but I wanted to run the most up to date card. I think Ti are still a bit more expensive here and if I choose to SLi next year there might be no stock left because they stopped production. I'll get other pics up soon, just trying to figure out if I can set my own LED rules (just solid red or green)

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

now with LED pics added

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

780 ti is older & worse performance & less VRAM for 4k and such, you can always increase power with SLI,but not VRAM

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

No complaints, Maybe a better PSU. +1

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Too much RAM like previously said...... but other than that, pretty solid build

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah you are probably right. I am running 8GB for the moment, I just don't like empty RAM slots. Lol.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a bad build but the four separate purchases of RAM? What?

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

A money thing but also want to colour coordinate the RAM slots, which actually messed up because I thought red was the first RAM slot.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

hows h105 treating you? big step up from h100i? or is it barely noticeable?

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Never had a H100i, all I can say is that the loudest part of the build is the HDD and those temps are quite low even when I went for 4.6 OC.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I still don't get the external rad mod... makes no sense. Also, clean up your cables.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

litterally wouldn't fit in the case. I only just have the room for the fan. This is despite PC partpicker saying the H105 and source 220 were compatible (maybe they thought I would put the rad at the front of the case). Cabling is a real mess because I need a lot more cable ties to deal with the lack of space. Essentially I have learnt I prob need a larger case. Lol.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

As long as you learn something :) Every single time I do a new build or a rebuild, I attempt something I've never done before--whether adding a custom water cooling loop for the first time or many builds later replacing the soft tubing with rigid acrylic. Always strive to learn something new :P

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not just get a better case, rather than modding it into an external mount that, no offense, looks kinda naff? Great build otherwise.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, I think this is going to be the topic of the build. I don't really want a big case if I can help it and it will be fairly hidden away most of the time so it doesn't bother me much for now. Probably 6 months I will buy a premium full tower for some room inside the case. It could have looked a lot nicer if I had been more patient with the snips.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

That GPU really fit in that Mid tower case???... I have a mid tower case and scared it wont fit, but it looks like it fit right into the case... can I get more GPU pictures thats more out. Like the camera not close to the gpu, but inside the case.

So pictures that's away from the case but showing the gpu inside the case.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a pic of an SLi setup i think. Ill have a look. Its 300mm so just measure the space.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the thing is Im getting a different video card now so I dont need the picture but thanks for the advice and great build, the external cpu cooler is actually cool, alot of people didn't like it, I thought it was working with something tough to work with and innovation.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Well as long as your still getting a 970, its epic!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G :)

I wanted the one you have because of the best "Out the Box" performance and it stays cool I heard, like 30 degrees or something like that on full load lol and the overclocking abilities (even if its locked for now)

but I got a mid tower and the MSI is only like 20mm longer than my old card so I know for a fact it can fit so yeah, not risking it with the Zotac.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

To be honest, the zotacs erformance was ok but overpriced coz all the extra money was spent on the box it came in. Also no need for two 8 pins. Enjoy your card and get farcry 4 rather than the other two games!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry they are the best i have. I have a G1 now instead, the reason it fits in the case is because the width of HDD tray is reduced so you cant have a HDD parallel to graphics card, it has to be under it (as pictured).

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

is their coil whine and how loud is the card

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I returned the card because it had coil whine BUT I may have been a bit rash. It's not that loud and only came in when I had a clock of 1530mhz. I hear that coil whine goes away/fades over time anyway.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

is the psu length really 200mm ?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, i guess so. Not physically measured it. The 200 may include the bit of cable adapter that sticks out when you plug it in.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers :D

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  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

No, paid full price :(. Plus side, I'm hoping mine overclocks better than the one they had. lol.

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