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So this is my first build on here so forgive me if this isn’t up to the standard of other builds on this site. This PC is my 16th birthday present which I got early because of my laptop dying on me. Before this PC I had been using laptops which lasted about 2 years then melted due to the fact the cooling was terrible (probably not helped by my gaming needs).

When I first decided to build a PC I was scared and had no idea where to start but with the help of this site and the internet it has given me a good understanding of how computers work and the reality that it really isn’t difficult to build a PC. Just a shame that everyone doesn't know that it is. I will mainly be using this PC for school work and gaming and some future music production and video editing. I haven't fully configured my computer yet so I haven't run any benchmarks yet and the temps are based on the highest I have seen them and not under load. I did have help with this build from a good friend and he did give me some advice which I didn't agree with so I will change things such as the fan setup and turning the PSU the other way around but that is pretty simple.

CPU- I was stuck between the 4690k and 4790k purely for the fact of hyper threading and in the end I went for the i7. This was because I do plan on doing some video work and music production so it will come in handy and is nice for when lots of programmes are open

CPU Cooler- Highly rated on here as well as the sites so I figured that I couldn't go wrong. The Led is a nice touch which can be changed to any colour and keeps my CPU cool

Motherboard- I admit I did choose this board partly because of the looks but I did check some reviews and it did pretty well so I thought I would go for it and it works well. I don’t really require any of the higher grade motherboards since the features aren’t that useful to me. I only plan on SLI and some overclocking. And I have to point out that it really does look freaking awesome

RAM- Went for 16GB because of the video work and specifically went for this RAM kit because of the looks

SSD- Nothing too special about this SSD than the fact it’s highly rated. I put my OS on there along with some of my main programmes

HDD- Would of gone with 1TB but for an extra £10 you get double the space so I thought why the hell not.

GPU- I was originally going to get a GTX 780 but with Maxwell just round the corner I thought it would be better to wait. So when it was released I went for the 970. The 980 was tempting but the price difference just wasn’t worth it. I was thinking on getting an EVGA card but the cooling has been reported to not be as good so I went with ASUS. Hopefully in the future I will be able to change the temp range in which the fans starts to spin up. Also it's dead quiet with the fans on

Case- This case is massive and I love it. I know not many people are keen on curves or plastic on their cases but it’s actually not that bad. 1 thing to notes is that at the time of buying this case the windowed edition wasn't available in the UK so I had to buy it separately.

PSU- Was going to get a RM series from corsair but I was put off due to some reviews mentioning subpar capacitors. I’m sure they would be fine but I decided to go with an EVGA PSU. It was actually cheaper and had a 10 year warranty which means they must have great confidence in it. I know 850w is overkill and probably should have gone with a 750w but we all make mistakes and I guess it means I won’t have to buy another PSU if I need more wattage

Disc Drive- always handy to have and I can use it for playing films or TV shows

Wireless card- No I can’t get wired internet unfortunately and this card is ok it serves its purpose. There is also little to no benefit of me having wired since my internet is so bad and the card itself did take some setting up but once it was done it works well

Fans- Perform well and I like the changeable rings as you can use them to match your colour scheme

NZXT Hue- Great way to brighten up your case and isn’t the cheap LED’s you get on cheap pre-built ‘gaming’ pc’s. The included tape could be better and in reality the leds just sit on the bottom of my case right now :( if anyone knows any good ways to stick it better please let me know

OS- I went with windows 7 purely for the fact I know if and I have heard horror stories with windows 8 so I thought I should stay clear of it. I’m sure it’s fine but I have no reason to change to it either as I’m perfectly happy with windows 7

Overall I think the build went well and with a few bits of tweaking I think I will be set up well : ) and I can't thank my parents enough for the money they put in and in the end I paid for half and they paid for the other half with lots of hard saving for over a year. Also sorry for the picture quality I know it isn't the greatest : (

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Comments

  • 68 months ago
  • 3 points

I like the build. You definitely won't need all 850w of the PSU but I imagine you chose that and the CPU (and GPU) for future-proofing. Future-proofing is always a good idea, in my opinion. Good work on the build and game on! haha

  • 68 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah I agree that I don't need 850w but it means I won't have to upgrade to a new PSU anytime soon and the difference in price between 750w and 850w was so small i thought what the heck and got the 850w. Also since it will be drawing less power the PSU will run quieter

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

true true

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build... I like the colors and LEDs!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I'm really proud of it. I think the blue colour scheme has worked well

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

It sure has.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

DUH I SEVUN BOTTLENEXS Da GEETEE-EX970 Lol JK

Good Build

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the 970 strix treating you?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah pretty well so far, I haven't much chance to push it to the limits yet but hopefully once I get BF4 I can provide you with more info

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

How is it now ? Did you change to MSI already :D ?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Still holding up strong, with the new release of GTA V on PC its being doing a solid 60fps on nearly maxed out settings which is good and the temps on this card are great as well with it not hitting the 70s at all

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build, great selection of parts.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I did spend a lot of time choosing parts so it good that it paid off :)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

wow very pretty +1

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I know isn't she a cute one

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want to change the temp at which the GPU fans run, grab MSI afterburner and set up a custom curve. You could overclock your card a bit while you're at it.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool I will take a look at that. I just prefer to have the fans running at a lower temp so that it keeps cooler which will help the lifespan

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I totally agree. Plus if you keep the fans at ~%30 at idle they will still be silent.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Walter White approves of this build (y)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha nice one, funny enough I'm a big fan of breaking bad

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

That 3.5mm audio cable can be plugged into the back of the mother board, it should be a green hole, otherwise, good build!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Love that freaking case. Same one I bought for my up and coming build. Same card I am looking at too with the exception of going with Gigabytes version to stick with my blue theme.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

how are you liking the motherboard? I have the same one and I'm loving it!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the motherboard as I'm thinking of getting the same one

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Personally for me it has been great so far but ....

I read on reddit the other day is that this motherbooard has some kind of issue with the motherboard not powering on. Now I'm not sure if its just a bad set of motherboards from Asrock or if it's all the motherboards. For me so far i haven't had any issues and its been running fine for a good 2 months and no issues at all and from the posts on reddit the issue seems to occur within 6 weeks or so.

Just be aware of this as I don't want you to have the issue that other people are having.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

OK thank you

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I am taking a survey and asking everyone what their serials number begins with I am looking for trends as to which boards serial number are BAD I have found that some boards start with a 46 47 48 are BAD My serial number starts with a 48 PLEASE HELP ME thank you

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Mines starts with 46 but it could be based on where you buy from at what time rather than the serial number but I may be wrong of course

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

OK thank you

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Fifa 15 +60 fps

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

It's been 19 months since you built this PC. How are you feeling about the 120GB SSD?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it's still holding up well. Obviously now you can buy a 250GB 850 Evo for an extra £20 but I'm still happy with the purchase I made

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, I am thinking about purchasing this motherboard. I was wondering whether or not you have had any power issues with it. Thanks!

  • 68 months ago
  • 0 points

isint 850W too much for this build? or are you overclocking? +1

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

850 watts is way more than what he needed but he is future proofing it so it is needed. Another advantage is that when you have the overkill psu the fan doesnt ramp up to insanely high RPMs

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

now he has room for sliing with maxwells low power usage.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

like reoper6 said 850w was more than enough but I wanted to future proof my PSU and since it will not be under load much of the time the PSU will be quieter and it will provide plenty of room for SLI and OC

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  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I kind of wish the same thing about the Vapor-X cards since they are so pretty but I felt the 970 was the way to go for performance and the Strix actually looks very nice