I ended up replacing my 970 with a 980. I kinda wish I had grabbed the 295x2 instead. My 980 doesnt slack but the cost:performance ratio on the 295x is crazy. Nice build
You know if you plasti-dipped that case or just painted it a flat black it wouldnt look all that bad esp with a side panel window modq
Im not quite on 4k yet. Just tri monitor fir poor me. Im waiting to snatch a 980ti up when it releases (or the 390x if or when it comes out).
Ok fine. Im jelous
Sli'd Titan x's seem an option however. Granted A costly one but a single titan x can run a decent number of games at 4k with remarkably decent settings with 60 plus fps. higher resolutions tend to require higher ram amount/ram buffer (also at that res. core clock speeds while still important to examine become less a single deciding factor). This is something the titan x has excesive amounts of. But, as i stated before its a very costly solution. The 295x smashes the titan in some tests but then again...ita a dual chip card with closed liquid loop cooling. Im interested what a titan could do in a similar set up. Cant argue with the price point of the 295x . I personally still went the 980 route because its newer and i perfer single gpu rigs. That and i recently added a closed loop evga liquid cooler on it allowing me to kicking it up to 1600mhz staying under 60 c
lol if you can afford it grab a 980ti. its going to be a cheaper gaming oriented titan X. at the price range of a 980 i'd go the extra mile. its worth it. i'm already planning on swapping out my 980 (with liquid cooling) for the 980ti. when it premiers.
I don't find 15 fps playable at all. Id probably shoot myself first. I can barely stand 45 fps. Mind you I grew up playing games on a dell Inspirion duo Core laptop with a 250gb hdd and 4gb of ram and a 64 Mb intergrated gpu so I am fully aware of how one can force themselves to play games at that frame rate. I'm rocking a gtx 980 and I will never return to pre 60 fps gaming and sub ultra settings. Farewell to the past. Anyways I wouldn't worry about the 970. I was rocking a oc'd windforce prior my 980 and it will murder most any game at 1080 much less your particular monitor (or two). I used that monitor way back when on my very first build wayyyy back when.
Sick parts but for that much I honestly was expecting to be nearly drooling at the gorgeous internals and case. Only to be disappointed.'im sure this build would absolutely destroy 90 percent of other builds here but for that price tag I was expecting a little more attention to aesthetics. Sick gpu though
part wise pretty strong. but you gotta post more pics bro haha.
very nice. clapping* +1 great quality and looks dang sexy too. all at a good price point.
excuse me whilst i recover from that shear blast of red color. lol to much red in my personal taste but very strong build here. i used to have that same case (black one) but discarded because of its inconvenient size (for my use). great selection. i might have suggested to take the nzxt kraken x61 as it has some of the best temps out there (i personally have the h100i and wish i had gone the kraken). matching to your color scheme would have been a simple matter of buying two red fans to replace the NZXT whites. with that said I have sure your current cooler will offer you no problems and decent performance. great quality here. i wouldnt worry to much about your soundcard. to be perfectly honest a sound card is not needed. the maximus VII offers fairly decent audio quality and unless you have a trained ear probably wont notice/care when to busy to watch your dual 970s destroy any game. As a Producer/audio engineer i use external hardware(preamps, audio interfaces etc) paired with software to achieve the sound i want. i simply use my audio equipment with gaming.
I realize that case doesn't have much management options and you did a good job considering - but my eyes hurt from the wire mess nonetheless. Good build for the price btw
Love that card- almost bought the Msi 290x 8gb to replace my wind force 970. Ended up going with a 980 with the intention of adding the evga closed loop liquid cooler. Incredible color coordination btw
Raid 0 set ups are nice and data access is blistering fast. It really comes down to whether or not you want/need it. I chose not to in my last rig but am definently doing it my next builds . It's a luxury nice to have
Watch your usage of space on the SSD-they typically slow down when approaching max capacity. Generally saving 20 percent of space should allow it to operate at normal speeds. I'm not gonna dive into to much in depth but some quick research into how SSDs work should explain everything. I'm paranoid and leave well over 20 percent of my sad blank but that's just me. Nice build though- one of my fave cases
He may not game but he certainly has the option to upgrade. Granted while his parts may have been overkill for his uses, they won't disappoint in performance and he did state he wanted "good looking" build and gaming boards do look very nice- also a lot come in black and red which he was going for.
Ifor my personal rigs im a Nvidia fan boy myself but I have nothing against amd - the Cooler on the 295x2 isn't bad but I've paired it with a custom loop and boy...did that thing scream
A 270x 4GB ASUS direct CU2 edition (@1120 MHz non-oc'd and mem. @5600mhz ) is nothing to sneeze at- I got one sitting in my office and with it on oc it pumps away just fine at most any game. At 200 bucks it's got a whopping punch. My roommates rig I assembled has a higher performing r9 280x-the sapphire vapor x edition. Yes it's a powerful card which is arm also around 200. Based between my experience with the two it's a fairly close choice. I kinda like the extra gb of ram the 270x offeres but that's just me and my particular uses for my gpus. Granted there are cheaper options among the 280-280xs but the only other 280 I've worked with was a xfx edition that throttled itself hard down to 800 MHz. It's rated boost was 1 ghz but since amd cards perform heavily based in temp it kinda suffered. It's a tough battle among this price point of gpus though
I have had zero issues with windows 8.1 and I blazed through updates and have overall had a great experience from it. Technically it's designed to perform faster than its predecessors but is limited by the systems actual speed aka it's only fast on well...fast systems (optimized for fast systems?) - sounds redundant ik. great build btw +1
I've worked with THe 960 extensively and yes it's a excellent card-I suppose I was just trying to say that even though it's a baller card it's not perhaps the only viable option for this build
Phenomenal job. Best looking PC at this price point I've ever seen. Excellent cable management and color scheme and a boss window. Looks better than my own 2k rig and yes...I'm jealous. Bravo
Excellent build with sound reasoning and quality. +1 from me. I'm a Intel fanboy myself but I've worked with amd processors and they pack a serious price:performance punch. Obviously you made your decsion on Intel but fx 8320/8350 even a fx 6300 would have performed, giving you a little bit more money to fadudle with. Great gpu btw-you'll probably get comments talking about r9 270x cards as an alternative (the 4gb model is a beast for its 200ish pricetag) but hey, at least you got a newer card from a newer Nvidia series. Again one of the soundest 800ish builds I've seen chiefly because how you balanced your funds throughout
If you can upgrade later I'd grab a sad for your os. A crucial mx100 is a baller deal at a 128 gb one for 64ish bucks. It's not the best or fastest but its value is undeniable
35 seconds? Not to be a Downer but that's not exactly what I could call blazing. I boot mine off a simple mx100 and get it in 10 seconds. My laptop used to have a 500gb evo 240 like yours and booted in 12. How many programs do you have booting on startup?nother than that excellent build! Really packing a pumch for the price here
More pics! Great parts! Definently not a low end "gaming" rig by any means.
Great hardware. But like everyone else is saying get your cables under control. At this price tag i'd hope it would look sexy as hell...if the case doesn't have enough room then get a new one. Other wise nice build. Sure it's a beast.
Possibly not sure yet
This build is beautiful
Really strong part list and looks great! I might have just gone ahead and gotten the h100i as it isn't terribly more expensive and would give you stronger cooling performance. Plus 1
In love with that gpu. Looks so good
Good thought-I'll get around to it eventually after I finish messing around with w10tp
Yeah I'm tempted to throw in that 270x
I love it I only got it on sale for over half off on Black Friday from newegg. Waiting for it to go on sale again !
Great parts and nice score there ! I agree that cable management needs attention. Honestly it's a pretty easy fix and would turn this PC from a monster to a sexy monster. Gotta show off that hardware :)
I'd actually still prefer one Titan x over dual 980's. Not saying it out performs dual 980s but for me at least the "pros outweigh the cons"
Pretty much. "Waste" probably, "wrong" not really. Few games require more than 4 cores ATM . Atilla total war does optimize 8 core machines quite well and I enjoy it. Not as much as the original Rome:total war. Funny thing is the performance of the 8 core is lower than that of a 4 core when settings are set to "performance" and higher when set to max graphics.
I'm a fan and user of the i7 myself but as I'm sure you"ve heard before an i5 4690k is pretty much just as strong in gaming performance for 100 less. Your money and your PC (and since you got it in combo more win for u). It's not ever "wrong" to take the i7 over the i5. People make to much of a deal about it. great build!
I've been wanting to do a silent build for a while now so I'll be interested to see your final build
Mebbe he likes razer? Haha idk I am a corsair fan boy myself and all my peripherals are corsair.
I'm not entirely sure how it works for you but my experience with stock cpu coolers are that they can get loud. For noise level I'd have gone with an aftermarket cooler-specifically one by "be quiet"-I love that brand. Get a big enough radiator and you could even go as far as removing the fan altogether for more silence. Really depends on how hard you plan on pushing your cpu. Otherwise awesome build!
works great for what i paid for it! i personally would of preferred intel but i just wanted something for a bootdrive. i just keep the OS and system related apps on it and it performs.
only when it passes 60 c. which it does often. i often dont notice it since my system is not the quietest out there. i've yet to change my case fans from running at the high RPMs they are at now. with that said even when i play a game i can sometimes here the coolers fans kick on after a few hours of gameplay depending on the game and settings. since i crank mine to the sheer highest they will go on 1080 and make liberal use of DSR it doesnt really suprise me how much the fans have to work.
no? Memory channel # isn't the same as how much actual memory slots are filled. E.G. x99 based processors can handle up to quad channel. This specific ram i used was Dual channel (2x4) and is perfectly compatible.
I ve seen even less on the 900 series cards. Their TDP is crazy low for the power the kick out
thanks-i love Vapor X's
i probably should have used the top slot. i'm not sure why i didn't but i will say this was built in under an hour so its very likely i just didn't notice. i'll probably switch it if my roomates gone and i'm bored. lol
probably why o_o. i typically work with newer boards and only gigabyte on occasion as i tend to lean towards MSI, ASUS (ROG) and EVGA boards when i build.
better than my first build. i had no idea what cable management even meant back then.