Description

I was never into PC gaming, but decided that it was about time. I thought the best way to learn was to get hands on, so I chose to build a system. The main games I play would be FPS like battlefield and driving sims, like Project Cars. I'm really pleased with the way it all turned out. Let me know what you guys think.

Part Reviews

CPU

Works flawlessly for gaming and general use. From comparisons I've seen, there is no real advantage in going with a better CPU for gaming purposes.

CPU Cooler

No issues with this unit. Keeps the CPU below 60C at full load with 30C ambient temps. What more can I say.

Motherboard

This board is very beautiful in person. Pictures cant do it justice. The PCI-E slots are very rigid and the board feels very quality all round. My only complaint can be awkward placement of the fan headers. The AF fan harnesses are barely long enough to reach the headers to the bottom of the board. But then again, this could be an issue with the fan harnesses being too short.

Memory

This was the best price option. I like the plain black design. Blends in well and does its job.

Storage

I was initially thinking of the Samsung 850 Evo. However, I saw this unit and it had similar specs at a cheaper price. The color scheme of this unit matched my build better than the Samsung so i thought i would give it a try. No issues so far.

Video Card

As my system was geared for 1080p gaming I opted for the 970. I've been able to get 60+FPS in all major titles at max settings, except for Witcher 3 so far. The 970 will also allow me to dabble with VR if i choose. I suspect I will upgrade to a 1070 setup later on tho.

Case

Building inside this case is great. No issues here. Lots of rubber grommets and smartly positioned ties and spaces to route wiring neatly. The window is easily scratched however. You need to be very careful with it. The 4 thumb screws that attach it to the case isnt the smartest solution. I wish it were hinged.

Power Supply

Works as advertised. No issues here. The standard cables that come with this unit are braided and all black which is nice. The silent mode is great.

Case Fan

Tons of air flow, Quiet operation, can pull through a 30mm rad no issues, great looks. Nothing bad to say here. love these. I got 5!

Monitor

Zero back light bleed. No complaints, perfect 1080p 60hz ultra wide. Extremely bright display though. I typically play in a dark room and I have the brightness setting set at 0.

Keyboard

I initially bought the Karura Red dragon keyboard. After a week I opted to upgrade to a proper mechanical keyboard. Im running the cherry MX red switches with the red 2mm O-rings on the small keys and the blue 4mm o-rings on the larger keys, such as the enter key. With this setup the keys are super responsive and moderately quiet. The brushed metal back plate and the USB pass thru for the 2016 model is great. No complaints here, this is a quality product. Im not a fan of RGB, so the basic red led back-lit is perfect for me.

Mouse

Best wireless gaming mouse, ever.

Speakers

Not anything great, but a hell of alot better than the monitor speakers. For the price, you cant go wrong.

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

This is quite a solid Z170 platform you built, welcome to PC Master Race buddy!

  • 42 months ago
  • 4 points

LOL. It took me 15 minutes of gaming on this beast to start looking down on all that use console.

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

PCMR

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build and looks good. I can't speak for Battlefield, but as far as the racing sims go the GTX970 will crush Project Cars, iRacing.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. I easily get 60+fps in everything played at max settings/ 2560x1080. The only game that brought me down so far was witcher 3. Avg was high 40s, but never dipped below 35.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build Man!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx dude

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

stellar job!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

YouTube tutorials FTW

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

and those are amazing temps

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The H110 is definitely overkill for the mild overclock. The Corsair AF140 works magic on the rad.... I know I know, it says AF and what you want is Sp... but I saw Jays2cents used the AF140 on skunkworks and I messaged him about it. Sure enough its silent and effective.

The case itself has amazing airflow. 2x AF140 intake at the front, 1x AF140 rear exit and 2 x AF140 out the top in pull configuration. Using the Bios settings I was able to set a positive case pressure that also keeps things very silent and cool.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh. and Im from the Caribbean... so ambient temps are 28-34C

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude Just saying this now That looks Badass :D

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! How's that monitor for racing games?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I've played project cars and NFS 2016 on it so far. The 970 is sufficient to get a locked 60fps on both games on max settings. Both games have good 21:9 support, except for the odd menu screens and cut scenes that are stuck in 16:9. The wider field of view is great, especially for in-car view, which is my default.

As far as the monitor itself, it has been really good. Almost 0 back-light bleed, and its very bright.... maybe overly bright for my dark room. I have the brightness set at 5%.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Those are two games that I want to play

How about Web browsing and general use? How's the text size?

Does the monitor seem pixelated in those games?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The 29" 2560x1080 has a PPI of 95. Thats high enough not to see any pixelation.

You can have 2 full sized webpages opened side-by-side. This has quickly become something I can't live without. Text size is what is normal of any 1080P monitor. Think of the 29" 21:9 as a 23" 1080p monitor with an extra 33% width.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Great, thanks

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Quote: "The window is easily scratched however. You need to be very careful with it. The 4 thumb screws that attach it to the case isnt the smartest solution. I wish it were hinged. "

I agree with the above statements. Fortunately, Phanteks has solved 1 of the above issues by releasing a tempered glass version. Unfortunately, the tempered glass attaches to the case just like the acrylic version (4 screws) and is not hinged (boo!). Also, it appears that the tempered glass is tinted and not fully clear. Some may like this, others not. I'll have to see it in person to judge for myself, but I'm sure the use of internal lighting of some sort will be necessary to highlight the build.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 5 points

I agree, the newer pascal is better. I've been following their release closely. I knew Nvidia were going to announce the newer cards in a few months, but I made the calculated decision to stick with the 970. I knew my budget wasn't going to allow proper 4k/1440 gaming. So I centered the build around getting 60+fps on a 1080 platform. Eventually when ultrawide 4k is a thing, I'll rock sli 1080s.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

When will the 1070 and 1080 be available for purchase?

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

1080- May 27th 1070- June 10th

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Im more interested in the board partner releases. So far the MSI product has been solid.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

i can give you is to take back that 970 and get a 1070 pascal video card!

EVGA does that with its "Step Up" program, but considering its already been unboxed, and used, (edit: important: and it's not defective) I wouldn't be suprised if MSI rejected the return request.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, it would be pretty hopeless to try a return, and honestly im not interested in returning. I like my 970. When I do upgrade, it will be for something to handle 4k.... so monitor, gpu and maybe some more RAM.

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