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Hey guys this is my first gaming build!

I first picked out the NZXT H440 case and decide to build around the whole red and black theme. Thanks to my buddy Vegemite walking me through the basic steps I was able to put this computer together. Checkout his twitch sometime here >>> http://www.twitch.tv/fadoodling

I included a bunch of pics in this build. Be sure to comment and like!

Added Note: I did a Benchmark, I think I got lucky on the card because it got some good scores. Also I will be purchasing another Asus Matrix GTX 980 in a few more weeks.

BenchMark - http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/6854262?

Let me know what you think!

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Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

Move that graphics card up to the top slot!!!!!!

I don't know why I have been seeing so many builds like this, but it is incredibly furstrating to have to tell each of them that they are not getting the optimal performance out of their GPU if they have it in the bottom slot. The bottom one is only running at a max of x8 where as the top slot is x16 PCIe.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

No need to get frustrated... However, your point is well noted and it's true so it's recommended to have video cards on the (top) first PCIe x16 slot to begin with. Even the board's manual suggests the same thing. On page 33, #2 for video installation: For a single video card installation, using the PCI_E2 slot is recommended. Even though we don't need a manual... so yes, you are correct about this.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks for your comment, you are 100% correct! The GPU is actually in the second slot which is x16 PCIe on the MSI Gaming 5 Motherboard, it just looks like the last slot because this card is HUGE. I could've put it in the first but I wanted to show off the MSI badge and in the description you can see it only reaches a max temp of 65* under full load being lower. Thanks again!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, wow, wow... What a very clean build. But talk about going big for a gaming rig! I'm sure this has to be more than just a gaming rig with these specs... Love the components and colors... Speechless.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks alot for the comment! The NZXT H440 made this build a breeze, great case. Also I'm going to work on taking the overclocking a step further once I learn more about what I'm doing.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

But, will it blend?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Banshebot Nice Buckethead pic! That guy rocks! I'm not sure if the Corsair AF140 or the 120 will blend but that's definitely something we be suggesting to Corsair, for their newest fans haha. Thanks for the comment!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Buckethead is a BEAST. Just like this rig :). Love red and black builds and this case is just so clean. +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

One of the best builds I have seen so far on this website.

Might be making something similar to this in the upcoming weeks.

PS. I just made an account to comment on your build haha. +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Alchemist! I definitely appreciate the support. This case made the build so easy to be honest, I was paranoid because this was my first build ever but this case made it go by smoothly. The only section I found tough was behind the motherboard with the cable management. With this case the Clearance is VERY tight.Besides that though this case is very well thought out in design. Goodluck with your upcoming build! Also feel free to link me with pics when you're finished.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

very nice, i would've liked to have seen a asus rampage board in there tho, thats just my ocd talking though.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Wcschuyler! Yeah it was a tough choice too be honest I really debated over throwing an Asus board in there. I love asus for sure, I even have an ROG 750 laptop and it has been amazing all around. I just figured I'd give the MSI board a try , something stood out to me with it. But who knows maybe I'll switch to an Asus board in the future!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Great looking build! those lights in the last pictures, are they built into the case or are they aftermarket?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks alot! Yeah the lights are bitfenix , it's only 1 strip and it's REALLY bright so I had to play with how I positioned it so it wouldn't shine through the window too much and be distracting.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi! I like the H440 Case a lot but was skeptical about the ventilation since there are small spaces for air intake which could choke the fans. Have you faced any problems so far?

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Yeah the venting system is great , the computer is running extremely cool. Also I leave the front panel off because I installed aftermarket corsair fans on the front with the red rings so it looks cool. Highly recommend it!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Must look amazing with the Corsair Fans. So have you removed the front dust filter too?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the post! Yeah it doesn't get hot at all with the front panel on but I take the front panel and dust cover off to show off the 3 corsair fans with the red ring in the front

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Video card should definitely be moved to the top slot. Even if the max is 65c, its running the fans harder then it would if it had better airflow. The amount of Pcie lanes doesn't really matter when your talking about a 16x and 8x on pcie 3.0. If you go all the way back to pcie 1.0 with a modern card or a limited size, 4x or maybe 8x, pcie 2.0 there is some argument, but still not much of one on 2.0. The real difference in this case is air flow. 65c is great, but it could be quieter and even cooler in the top slot.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey jaredt thanks for the comment. You have a valid point about a card being in the first slot, so I will follow your advice and put another 980 there to run SLI. Thanks for the advice!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

WHat is the desk that you have it on?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I purchased the desk 2 years ago at Office Depot as a clearance item for 70 USD and unfortunately I can't remember the name of the manufacture . But the work space on this desk is really good, which was the main selling point for me.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay thanks. If you can find the name of it, please tell me. I really like the way it looks.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

i actually have that same motherboard and you would get better performance if you move the graphics card to the 1st pci slot, top one is 16x bottom is 8x

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

You must have a different board I have included a link for you with the specs of my board motherboard the MSI Gaming 5 http://us.msi.com/product/mb/Z97-GAMING-5.html#hero-specification 3 PCI-Ex16 with the first 2 slots being 3.0 Also another 980 is going in the first slot

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Sick rig bro. Starting to like the Red Theme more, I use to go all blue but my new build is going to be all read. Waiting on parts myself.

Hey I bought the EXACT same monitor you did, over the ACER or 1440p setup, how do you feel about the monitor any good or what are your thoughts on it?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Alot for the comment! The monitor is amazing, I felt like this was the best 1080p gaming monitor for gaming out there and it shows! I didn't want to go with 1440p because I'd rather wait for 4k monitors to come down in price a little in the next few months then put another 980 in there. Goodluck with your build and feel free to link me some pics after!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks bud!. I was thinking the same thing, was money the issue? NOPE, it was not however the reviews on the new monitors are 50/50, some say worst monitor ever others say best monitor ever, some say tearing is evident others say no tearing, I mean I can't spend 800 on a monitor that people can't get their opions correct.

With that said, I never had a problem with monitor screen tearing in the past, only when my computer was lagging and chopping frames. The BenQ 2720z had a 98% overall approval rating which was enough for me to say ya know it can't be that bad?

Thanks again, I hope to have my unit up and running in 2-3 weeks tops, I'll do a bunch of pics and hopefully people won't hammer me saying its junk or something.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build the sleveing is a bit over kill for this case since u cant see it so much but its still a nice touch.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

What are your thoughts on the PSU?

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot ItsCanada! The monitor is working out really well. Originally I bought a BenQ RL2755HM the difference between this monitor and that one are night and day, especially with the 144hz for gaming but the overall quality is better.The chair I got really cheap at Office Depot for 40 USD awhile back. I checked it out and the brand is AVIS. I'm going to be switching chairs soon though because I play guitar and I want a chair with arms that can swivel so I have arm room for playing.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much for your reply! I recently heard that 1080p doesn't look that great on a big monitor such as this one (27"). I'm starting to look more at the xl2420z instead which is 24". How do you feel about the resolution in your opinion? If you could, would you go with a different option? I really wanted a 1440p tn panel with 144hz, but the ROG SWIFT is just too expensive and g-sync doesn't look worth it to me. Benq also has a 27" 1440p at 144hz but it has freesync and I'm really set on a nvidia gpu (going to wait for the 980ti). I'm struggling so much with this choice because I don't know if any game actually push my GPU to the limit (of less than 144 fps) on a 1080p display on max settings. Any opinions about the struggle?

EDIT: sigh maybe my dream monitor will be released before the 980ti release.

SIDE NOTE: DAMN YOU ASUS WITH YOUR 1440p 144hz IPS FREESYNC monitor!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel your struggle 100%! I was faced with the same decision and basically I went with this monitor because it has a few buttons that can scale the monitor down to 19" 24" so on for gaming. Also it was one of the best 1080p monitors being offered and honestly the graphics look really good on it! My issue with deciding was I'm getting another 980 in a few months and I'm waiting for a few reasons, first reason is I wanted a 4k monitor instead of a 1440p but 4k monitors just weren't there price wise yet. I figure in a few months when I put the other 980 in the build there will be a few more options with 4k. I agree with that Asus comment LOL

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