Description

Built as primary gaming system to drive a 1440p iMac as its monitor.

Target display mode working without a hitch and all games are 60fps or above as expected including Far Cry 4 on ultra....of course most well above that.

Brother works at Intel and got me the CPU at that nice price.

Also happened to be my first build.

Everything working nicely! What sounds like some mild coil whine on certain games like WoW but it's also very much overkill for that game so maybe that's why....and its mild. Sort of a humming that kicks in ... Deciding whether to RMA with EVGA - have spoken with them and they're very helpful and willing to swap out if need be.

What do people think about a mild coil whine that you cannot hear with headphones on? Enough to RMA? Both cards do it which made me wonder.

Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

How? 180 dollars for the 4790k??

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

"Brother works at Intel and got me the CPU at that nice price."

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

HOLY SHIIT!!! I wish i had a brother like yours...

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I've heard coil whine on EVGA GTX 970s is a common problem.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

It always seems to be only the EVGA and Zotac cards with bad coil whine. I've heard quite a few bad reviews for those 2 brands o: Luckily the performance is still fantastic for EVGA

Coil whine tends to get quieter or even go away completely the longer you use your card/s (: I hope it gets better for you! Maybe try to put some more game time on your cards before going with RMA. VSYNC can sometimes help as well

In regards to the rest of your build - Quite an amazing job on it! Can't beat getting a 4790k for less than an i5 either! I love the look of your case. The blue LEDs with the white exterior really looks good. +1!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Tbh the Asus Strix cards are way worse than both. It's really apparent.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't know that o:

When I built my PC about a month ago the 2 cards I was looking at were the MSI Gaming 970 and the Asus Strix. Hearing that, I'm glad I went with MSI! It's a bit faster than the Strix too (: but right before I ordered I saw that MSI came out with a limited golden edition for $50 more. I got the gold one as an impulse buy xD

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I thought blue would go with the white and this case comes with white led in front which for me didn't stand out enough.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Its all a lie until you post picture of the inside.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I do need to do that - will do so shortly!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

What direction is the cpu fan pointing?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Funny you mention that - the wrong direction, noticed recently need to fix that. Good exhaust on top of case right above cpu which is helping.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

fixed...moved fan to other side

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Also added a couple of blue led fans along top which I had always intended to do just hadn't gotten to. Added a couple of pics.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it looks good. I am considering getting another 970 myself when i upgrade to 1440p.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

MOTHER OF TEMPS! 4.7ghz underload at 45c?! Nice build +1 :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

That's probably gaming load, not synthetic load like Occt or prime.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I have almost exactly the same setup but using windows 8.1 - I can't get windows to recognise the iMac (late 2009 27") as a display (command F2 works, but just shows black screen). I'm using a DP to MiniDP cable, in theory nothing is wrong, I'm starting to think windows 8.1 might be the root cause.

Anyone tried this kind of setup?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the imac monitor show your boot screen then it doesn't work when the OS loads? Or it doesn't event show boot screen? If latter its likely not an OS issue but could be mobo, bios, etc otherwise could be OS - never had any issues w this setup.

Incidentally I read all about this command f2 thing for TDM but never needed to do that, it justs switches over automatically when I power up my gaming system.

It won't rcognize my monitor if I don't let the Mac power up then wait about 10 seconds before powering on system - if I power up system immediately after waking Mac TDM doesn't seem to register.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I only just built the gaming rig so I don't think the hardware is at fault, Windows8.1 is kinda awful so I'll downgrade to Windows 7 and see if that helps. (seems to work in your case, and I'm using almost identical hardware)

Mine also switches over automatically when windows recognises the iMac broadcasting it's self as a displayport monitor, just the screen goes black and then after a few seconds it switches back. Basically the iMac doesn't show anything but a black screen, and Windows8.1 lists it as "generic PnP monitor" in devices.

In Windows displays it is listed as "color LCD" but the properties cannot be changed.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you using display port to mini display port cable? Or are you using hdmi to mini display port adapter, etc? I'm using dp to mini dp cable with no adapters fyi. Let me know when you get it working and what worked - good luck!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah same cable.

I've tried connecting from a few laptops and a thunderbolt macbook, looks like it's the iMac that is at fault! Shame but I guess it's an old machine.

Going to trade in for mid2010 model, better machine all around and very cheap second hand for such a lovely screen. The mid2010 was the last iMac to support non-thunderbolt displayport cable.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the one I'm using - but bought at full price in 2010! Hope it works out.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the Zotac 970. I only hear coil whine, when I launch a game. It's said that during animations of the developer's logo the FPS goes into the 2k+ mark and that makes any GPU whine. However I think it is even more likely to happen with the new gtx 9xx series as they are very powerful and thus more likely to produce the high FPS. However if you are hearing coil whine in game with FPS<200, then maybe it might be a reason to RMA. I know that RMAs due to coil whine are sometimes accepted sometimes not. My GTX is quiet even when I play LoL at 900 FPS. If you are experience coil whine at 200+FPS, I think VSYINC is the reasonable way to go.

I have also heard coil whine while in the menu of a game. I think that the reason might be the same - high FPS.

+1 Solid build there. Awesome bro. :D

How's the sound of the 212 Evo?

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks for info and thoughts

Once I customized the fan rpm to match temps in bios while overclocking, 212 evo is quiet.

Agreed on loading screens - fps over 3k for me in loading screens for far cry 4 and it's LOUD.

In terms of the coil whine beyond that, it doesn't happen at all in things like far cry 4 or heaven benchmark. In wow, I notice it mildly in garrison but then other zones done have it at a perceptible level. It's gotten better overall since I posted this. So for now I'm happy with the situation and probably won't RMA. EVGA seems open to taking the return though which is nice.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the motherboard as I'm thinking of getting the same one nice build! +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Great I'm an asrock fan after this. Easy overclocking - probably overkill if you're not overclocking. Solid board overall IMO.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

OK thank you

  • 60 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

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

How are the Rosewill 120mm fans? They noisy? Too blue? Keep it cool?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

good n cheap - wouldn't say they're noisy but you can hear them - mostly the sound of wind rushing through i think.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh okay, Thanks!