Very nice build.
as for my 290x. I don't really have any problems with them. The only issue I ran across was that I couldn't xfire mine on the deluxe x99 board unless I used the specific PCI slots suggested by Asus. But that isn't the card's fault.
I would check to see if the Cables are properly connected to the cards too. I've had problems where the cards would run perfectly but the display wouldn't turn on only to find out that the vga cables weren't fully inserted into the cards. Aside from that I have had zero problems with the cards.
Otherwise I might look into replacing them with another one.
Welp. It took a bit of experimenting but I managed to get a steady overclock.
Managed to get 4.6Ghz at 1.288V.
I was actually getting good results with 4.8Ghz at 1.3v. It was pretty steady during normal use but running it at full load, it would bsod after 2hrs or so.
I'm quite satisfied with the 4.6 though. It seems like the sweet spot. :D
You won't get any objections from me.
The cards are decent in 4k. They won't exactly blow your mind, but they'll probably inch around 30fps in most games at that resolution... assuming you're willing to turn down some settings.
Not a lot of cards have the horsepower to run 4k yet without having to go 3 or 4-way SLI/xfire.
Can't wait to see the end result :D
The build looks amazing. And that 970 just ties the whole thing together.
The first thing I did was look at the parts list. The CPU and the Mobo was something I would have invested a bit more money into but i see you're way ahead of the game with that one after reading your description.
I'm a fan, so have a +1.
can't wait to see which mobo and intel CPU you're going to invest in.
Very nice and clean.
And that PSU caught my eye immediately.
I like this build
Thank you sir.
That's a very good build for the price.
Proof that you don't have to spend an arm or a leg to get a great PC.
The touch of gold looks absolutely amazing. A very powerful build
Thanks for the kind words. Unfortunately I didn't think about taking pictures while building it since I was concentrating more on the video. I ripped the initial pictures directly from the video that's why they are blurry, but I added a few more in there taken from my cell that are slight more clearer.
I absolutely LOVE the 21:9 aspect ratio. I will tell you though, that it really depends on what you want to use your monitor for.
I not only use my monitor for gaming, but I also use it for video and picture editing. So it made sense for me to go with it. I don't really game competitively so 60 hz is more than enough for me, and the ultra wide screen works when it comes to multitasking without having to worry about the bezels you get from a multi-monitor setup. With that in mind, it is not a replacement for surround/ eyefinity. A 21:9 will increase your field of view where as the other two typically cater towards your peripheral vision.
In the end, If I were gaming competitively then I would lean more towards the 144hz TN panel. Otherwise, I'm very happy with the 60hz IPS monitor.
Somethings I would like you to consider about the 21:9 aspect ration include:
1. Not a lot of games support that aspect ratio.
You will have to use third party tools like flawless widescreen or widescreen fixer to get your games running well. These third party tools are limited in the games they support and usually, they need to be updated at times when a game is patched to make sure they remain compatible/stable. Otherwise, where these tools don't work, you'll have to toy around with a game's ini files to see if you can squeeze out the right resolution. If you can get this working, it typically results in the game being stretched out which looks horrible on screen. The worst case scenario is that you'll have to settle for playing games with black bars at the right and left side of your monitor at lower ratios. All in all, due to the limited support, you'll have to get your hands dirty most of the time to get games running well.
BUT...when you come across games that do support or work well at that ratio. The experience is next to none. Personally, it has been the most immersive experience I've had in front of a monitor.
2. Consider the resolution and the horsepower you need.
whether you game at 1080p, 1440p or 2160p at a 21:9 aspect ratio, you're going to need more horsepower than the 16:9/16:10 counterparts. This means you'll need decent GPUs that can push those pixels on screen without a hitch. If you're thinking about a monitor similar to mine (LG 34UC97‑S), then a GPU with a display port is paramount to get the most out of the monitor. This shouldn't be much of a problem with newer graphic cards, but it's something to keep in mind in case you have older GPUs. You can only push 50fps on the monitor with an HDMI connection.
3. Price Point
Like you mentioned the 21:9 monitors aren't that common. So you might have to dig deep in your pockets for decent monitors in that category. If you're okay with their price point and you don't mind the limited support for the monitors, then this shouldn't be an issue for you. If you're going forward with budget in mind however, then I would wait until these monitors are more commonplace in the market. The prices will drop dramatically as more companies begin producing them and the support will increase as more people start buying them.
Thanks Collective. I will take the compliment lol.
You should still go for it. We need more black and white builds. :D
Thanks. I'm glad you like it =D
A lot of people share your sentiment on the SSDs. I actually didn't know that they had an issue. I'll see about getting them replaced if they don't perform as promised. And since I plan on getting more SSDs down the line, I at least know to avoid them now.
Thanks tooth :)
Thanks, I'll look more into the SSDs and see about possibly replacing them if I was shorted on the performance.
I went ahead and uploaded a few more rough pictures taken from my cell just for you.
I'll also add a few CPU OC pics later on. So far I have it at 4.0Ghz at a max temp of 72C. I'm still tweaking to see if I can do better, but it seems like that might end up being the stable outcome.
Once done with the overclocking, I'm definitely going to test out the SSDs and let you know the results. Hopefully they perform the way they should.
Thanks Slevink. It was my favorite part of the entire build too.
Thanks Alchemist. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks for the kind words =D
Yeah, it looks like I'm going to have to look further into the SSDs.
I actually didn't know they had any issues before posting this build.
The newegg reviews looked great so I just went with them.
It was actually relaxing putting it all together. After the experience I had with this, I don't know if I will ever go back to just mindlessly slapping components together like I used to in the past.
I actually had a lot of fun making it. If I had an unlimited budget I would make them forever lol
Thank you =)