+1, will show the lads next time I'm over at 20 dale (ladbible HQ) ;-)
Lovely build - great job!
Alright no worries - I've heard it's generally not too harmful but I can't help but worry about it haha. The dowel rod is a good idea, I've tried tying mine but I don't have a drive cage or anything close enough to tie to!
I saw some Puget systems GPU brackets on /r/buildapc that looked pretty cool but haven't been able to get hold of one - plus it might interfere when I get a second 970.
Lovely build - great job.
Quick question, is the GPU sagging? I've currently got a 970 Strix which sags badly.. and deciding whether to go with another 970 for sli @ 1440p/144hz gsync or sell my 970 and buy a 980 ti.
If the 980 ti sags too I'll probably not bother due to the extra cost.
+1 for the handy dandy shelf!
Freesync isn't an option as (correct me if I'm wrong) it's AMD only. I have a GTX 970 and getting a second ASAP.
Very nice build, absolutely love that case. Great job.
+1 for Arctic Monkeys name, +2 for sexy build. Great job OP, she's a beauty.
Sorry, I thought this comment was on my latest build, not my original. What I said below still applies but I'll feedback my thoughts on the Seasonic from this build, which is now my girlfriends PC. The model listed isn't the exact model I bought, that would be the 520W Seasonic Bronze S12II-520. It's a little trooper and has been used for heavy gaming, website development and general media daily since May 2014. It's not modular, and it's not very pretty. However it has fantastic build quality, WAY better than the Corsair CX in my latest build. I would recommend pretty much any Seasonic, just double check reviews before you buy.
Hi joxini! It's okay (Corsair CX600M, not the Seasonic you're referring to so feel free to ignore the following). It hasn't died or anything, but I would struggle to recommend it. I would focus less on the efficiency and more on the quality of the components. If I could go back and swap out for anything of the following, I would.
Seasonic based (by far the best, usually pay more) :
Seasonic S12II series
Seasonix X series
Antec Neo Eco (Seasonic made)
XFX Core/Pro series (basically same as the Seasonic SS-850HT's)
Corsair AX series (Seasonic made)
Corsair TX series (Seasonic made)
Non-Seasonic made (still quality, slightly cheaper) :
That said, I personally haven't had an issue but I've heard from plenty of people who have, it's one of the often most overlooked components in a computer and consequently often skimped on. Don't skimp, buy quality and have peace of mind.
Thanks for the reply. Better performance-wise or better build quality/leak prevention?
Superb build! How're you finding the x31? Picking mine up Saturday :)
Haha thanks! It's bigger now
Play on what you enjoy, the whole "pcmasterrace" ideology is that PC's in every way are technically better. But this doesn't matter, I have (in my opinion) a VERY good PC, yet I still play on my 360 sometimes because my old university mates do and it's the only way to catch up with them.
Yes. SSD's don't just benefit boot-up times, have you seen how fast programs like the adobe suite load up? it's incredible. I wouldn't ever go back to mechanical drive for primary use. Even my work dev PC which is a Xeon ES 1650 v2 with 64gb ram and WD10k drive feels sluggish.
Same, but I think there's a bigger gap in the Fallout series so it's more likely F4 will come become TES VI.
Either-or, both will make my year haha!
Good solid parts choice, you could future proof by upgrading to a 970 if you're hell bent on nVidia, or a 280x (or 3xx if you want to wait a month) if you're happy to go with AMD. This will give you better performance per dollar and ensure you'll still be handling 1080p60fps for a couple of years. I don't suggest you SLI 960's, it's just not worth it. You'd be so much better off with a single 970 that will allow you to max 1080p for a long time, and give you the option of 1440p should you need it.
Personally I'd also get a 7200RPM 1TB HDD sooner rather than later - this will give you plenty of space for games/docs/storage and allow you to retain plenty of space for OS/Programs on C (SSD). You can pick up a WD blue for £45.
I feel like you could get a 27" 1080p monitor for much less, but unfortunately I'm only really clued up with 24" UK prices.. have a look around - I might be wrong, but I'd expect to spend around £140-160 (I don't work in USD sorry haha!).
The CPU, cooler, case, RAM, SSD and fans are all excellent choices - I wouldn't change any of those. I'm not familiar with the mobo, but for z97 I'd expect them all to be around $100+ so can't go wrong.
HyperX Cloud (or Cloud II) is probably the best for the money.
This is SO sexy. Well done, love it.
See above my latest build pics and details for the case I chose!
I'd highly recommend it.
Hi Brandon, check out my updated build & parts ;-)
Quick follow up to this, I've ordered an NZXT Source 340 Black w/window - after much research this seems to be a great quality case with low price and small size to go with it.
Just a suggestion if you were thinking of buying this case ;-)
Couldn't this be achieved simply with case fans? Even with stock cooler and 1-2 case fans I've never seen a motherboard go much above ambient temp.
The build quality leaves something to be desired. Also, the lack of cable management and limited options with HDD's/SSD's is a factor, if that bothers you.
For the money, I can't complain - it's just not ideal, and I will be upgrading it.
For a budget/casual build, it's absolutely fine.
Hi Brandon! Thanks for featuring my computer, just about to watch now.
Thanks, yeah it is very cramped. I bought the case with the Strix 960 in mind so could really have done with going for something like a define R5 - probabaly do this next month.
There is some sagging, largely due to the weight. It's funny really, the back plate prevents the card itself from bending but doesn't do anything to prevent the card pulling on the MoBo and sagging there.
Correct, the LED's you see are a visual seperation of the two pseudo-PCB's.
Lovely build - great job!!
...and the rest.
I don't think it's very odd given the price difference. Saving $10 over future proofing doesn't make much sense to me personally. I don't overclock mine, but I might one day.
Good idea with the 970 - they're fantastic. My Dad recently bought the MSI and said it's extremely quiet, very powerful, well built and cool. So much of a no-brainer that I can't wait for pay day haha.
Thanks for the explanation of the hue, I think I'll pick one of these up when I get a larger case - currently got an mATX tower (2m will swamp it).
Fantastic build, great job.
I like your part choices, and the many pictures! :)
In the future do you plan to go down the SLI route, or upgrade to a 9-series card?
Would you mind explaining how exactly the NZXT hue works? You mentioned the LED strip isn't sticky. How long is it? Is it just one strip that connects into the hue controller?
Agreed. I'm with Lukus on this OP.
I don't rate the Corsair PSU's very highly, although EVGA and XFX are pretty solid without spending crazy money on a SeaSonic.
Since the 9 series cards are out, swap the 290x for an MSI 970 4gb (~£260) and swap the 750W PSU (overkill) for an EVGA 650W supernova.
Puts the ideal build at around £900 with a bit of shopping around!
Shouldn't make a huge difference. The only major benefit of running games from an SSD (assuming your PC is pretty powerful) is load times.
I have my OS on one 256 SSD and Steam games on another. Works for me ^
You don't NEED to get one, but I've always run a light weight free one, just in case. Try AVG free, and turn off the automatic scanning. This coupled with Windows build in firewall (or a third party one) should be fine.
If you're still unsure about Malware you could get Malbytes anti-malware free and just run it every now and again to clean your system.
I know, at the time I had a budget and wanted to complete the build (including monitor and all peripherals) for under £1000.
The compromise on the motherboard seemed worthwhile, as it doesn't actually make any major difference to performance. I know it's nice to have extra sata/usb ports, and monitoring/oc'ing software etc. but it really wasn't needed.
I'm currently pricing up a new build, so that the Mrs can have this one.
So far I'm thinking....
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
Some of the parts I can pick up much cheaper than what's listed on here. No HDD/SSD required as I currently have two 240gb SSD's and a dump drive, so will just give the Mrs one of my SSD's or pick up a new one as and when.
It's very cool, and relatively quiet - hard to judge the noise as my Graphics card is so bloody noisy most of the time!
Given the price, I'd recommend it.
I think if you've got a steady hand and allow yourself plenty of time, you'll be fine. As suggested before, watch a couple of builders on YouTube and see how it's done before trying your own. :)
That's not high, it's what you should expect. Stop worrying buddy :)
+1 for awesome cable management! :)
Don't assume the immediate OC simply because the CPU is unlocked. OP might just be future proofing.
Though I do agree, give it six months and OP will be sick of the noise generated by stock cooler ;D
Try clearing all of your cache. CTRL + SHIFT + DEL. Tick all and select "the beginning of time".
Failing that, re-install and double check your firewall/proxy settings.
Do you have on-board graphics? If so, plug the monitor into there. Then update the GPU drivers and re-try.
It's beautiful, great job! +1
Man that's unlucky! Glad you got it sorted though.
Nice build, more pics = +1 from me ;-)
I agree with Vindex OP. Even if you don't plan to overclock now, you might in the future. Out of the box there is literally no difference except the ability to overclock, but for the sake of £15/$20 you might as well.
Beautiful. Every single on of your builds is simply awesome. Great job yet again Skemble! +1