Computer functions: Maximum Graphics Quality in all games, amateur video and picture editing, home labbing VMs, general workstation use for Help Desk on-call, etc.
Goals: Dramatically increase performance and aesthetics.
- Performance - With Witcher 3 and Fallout 4, my rig was really hurting. I didn't want to have a problem with Rise of the Tomb Raider next.
- Aesthetics - The desk was recently moved to a very public location in our house. So it'll be looked at all the time (instead of lost in a corner somewhere that no one cared about)
- Existing Mobo was bad at overclocking, didn't have an ideal layout for SLI, and the onboard audio stunk.
- I ran out of space on my primary drive.
- I needed more RAM.
- 1440p gaming performance was sub-par.
Existing Parts to go away:
- Mobo: eVGA Z97 FTW: Aside from the above listed challenges, it also had a very weirdly located PCI-E power connector coming straight out the bottom, which couldn't be used in my case. I also didn't care for the lack of USB headers. Overall, it was still a decent unit. Just not for me.
- RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866: I was originalyl just going to buy another set to match. But there was a killer deal on gold 2400 that I had to get.
- CPU cooler: Intel stock: loud and terrible.
- GPU: eVGA GTX 980 ftw: It couldn't handle 1440p to my satisfaction. I traded it away for service on my house.
Custom Part Reviews:
Optical Drive: My first BluRay drive, it's price shows its age. It still works great. I burn DVDs and CDs here and there, so it gets use.
Power LED: As you can see from the pics, I wish it had two seperate connectors, instead of one. I would have also ordered one with a longer cable for this case. However the LED color and brightness is absolutely perfect.
Case lighting: The 'controller' has on/off, three brightness levels, and mounts in a slot. I really like the color of the LEDs, and the quality of the cabling. It also came with a ton of sticky clips to mount it around the case. For the price, this was a hug aesthetic upgrade.
SLI Bridge: I mean just look at it. If you have a window in your case, and SLI, you should probably consider it. The Nvidia ones are alright too, but they only come in green.
Game Pad: Best game pad for windows for the price. Hands down. Yes the Dpad is aweful compared to the XBox One, and no it can't be used as a mouse like the steam controller. However it is so awesome at everything else and is so cheap! Even more so since I had two from when I actually used my Xbox360 for gaming (now its a cable box)
- Thanx for reading this wall of text! I really enjoy building computers and I hope this shows it.
- Future stuff: I need to get a new UPS. So I'm price shopping that. I am also on the look out for headphones. Other than that. I think this build is perfect.
Pics here are okay. My build log in imgur is better: http://imgur.com/a/OuTzy
What a great unit. I'm very happy with this product. Intel you crushed it. I got 4.6 stable on a low profile cpu cooler in an H81 mobo using just multiplier changes.
It was easy to install and looks great. I have not overclocked yet, but I expect great things.
I highly prefer the appearance and layout of this board over the eVGA. Research suggests that this board will have similar OC ability to their higher end units, so I'm looking forward to messing with it. Onboard audio is great for my entry level studio headphones.
Does anyone really need DDR3-2400? Probably not. But it was priced well. The XMP profile worked well and set the clock correctly. No issues with voltage or anything. And the 32GB is going to get me the much needed headroom I'm looking for.
So I have two 256gb in Raid 0. It benched around 690mbs, just for the lulz, but nothing I do really needs that speed. I just wanted the storage set size and 0ms seek times. Man, do I wish I bought that 1TB Sandisk for $200 on Black Friday. (and yes, important data is always backed up)
Despite the hate for Seagate around here, this has been performing admirably for multiple years.
Yes I have two GTX 980ti's. Who wants to touch me? I said, 'WHO WANTS TO ****ING TOUCH ME.' No seriously. They're awesome. Everything you'd expect and more. And even those they are expensive, they were a great price. And a bonus... they came with Rise of the Tomb Raider! (I didn't account for that in the pricing list) This setup over a single GTX 980 at 1440p is amazing. I've always been sensitive to framerate dips and refresh rates. These cards with Gsync and 144hz has been life changing. I've actually down clocked them to stock to save power, and they are so far great. After an hour of Tomb Raider at 144fps, the fans never even turned on.
Easy to work in and looks great. My only grievances are fixed with the R5 (which didn't exist when i bought this). But they would be; 1. easier mounting of SSDs behind the mobo. (you have to remove the mobo to mount them) and 2. the Power LED was blue and the brightness level of the surface of the sun. Which is why I bought the new LED.
provides clean consistent power. If you go through and manually add up the power for the build, this is only 4 watts over what's needed. So I may end up buying a larger one, but after downclocking the GPUs, I feel good about it as is. I had planned custom sleeved cables, but I'm going to wait until I overclock, just in case I get a new PSU.
Wireless Network Adapter
It works. Wireless AC is as amazing as it seems. But I do also have an amazing 3x3 access point. So you might not have the same experience. Please note: to use the bluetooth on this, you need to connect a usb header, or loop a cable outside the case.
I LOVE the way these look. And they're about as quite as the noctua. Although I don't really care about harmonics. As long as they're not crazy loud, I can handle some fan noise.
144hz, 1440p, and Gsync are all amazing. Aside from those features, this monitor is just average. I was able to dial the colors in pretty close to my preference. But I think I'd prefer a high resolution, high refresh rate, IPS monitor. But since I don't have anything right next to it to compare it to, it works very well for my needs. I'm keeping the ROG swift for a bit.
Entry level mechanical. I wanted white LEDs and black casing. The clicks are very satisfying.
Love it. Worth every penny. Fits my hand and looks great. I also love the white LEDs. Matched my build beautifully.
The Superlux are me dipping my foot in the water of studio monitors. They are great! Paired With my old X-Fi, they had rich and beautiful sound. The onboard of the new mobo is at least that good. I'm looking forward to get an amp/dac and sampling new headphones.
The passive isolation is great, the mic works well. And the 7.1 surround can be cool. However the range is so poor, that the studio headphones do a better job at immersion. However before I had something to compare too, I thought they were the greatest thing ever. I still use the Logitech for on-line gaming, and I am not upset when I have to use them. They're comfortable and sound decent, just not as decent as the Superlux.