Ah, assimilation...that explains Noctua's massive following in the world of CPU cooling.
Kyle, from Bitwit on YouTube, posted a video a couple years ago about radiator placement in a build (in this case front mounted vs. top mounted) and tested temperatures of the CPU and GPU under load with different configurations (radiator placement as well as GPU type [open shroud vs. blower style]). I linked it below for reference if you want to check it out. His final findings are around the 12 minute mark. But he did find that the placement impacted the CPU noticeably while the GPU remained largely unaffected (change of 2°C or so).
Also, good luck with your build. :)
Fantastic build. So clean!
Personally, I would mount the radiator on the front intake. You'll see a better drop with CPU temps with no real impact on the GPU. I've linked a video from a couple years ago by Bitwit where he tests CPU and GPU temps with an AIO in different configs below. The results are at about the 12 minute mark.
Clean build. I like it. I'd give you another +1 if I could for your awesome desktop background.
Great build! The H440 is my absolute favorite case. This case has an awesome, sleek look to begin with and the cable management and part selection you have only enhanced that clean look. Well done! +1 (more if I could :)
I don't know how you feel about AMD builds (some people have very strong opinions one way or the other) but here is an alternate build that I saw (mostly) on youtube.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
The case is just a budget one, but you can find others for about the same price.
Well, if you don't overclock it, I believe the Gigabyte G1 Gaming 970 (1.18Ghz I believe) has the highest factory clock of the cards currently available.
Jackfrags has a "budget" build he made in a video that is very similar to yours:
The only real difference is in the GPU. With a r9 270x and 8GB of dual channel RAM, he was able to get battlefield 4 on high/very high up to 70fps.
What are you using for storage?
I'd also switch out the single stick of 8GB RAM for two 4GB sticks. You'll get better performance running dual channel.
Tomshardware reported that windows 9 (now announced as Windows 10 for whatever reason) will be available to Windows 8.1 users for free and will be available to Windows 7 users for $30.
More of just an aesthetic recommendation, you have a windowed case with a mobo that doesn't match any of your other parts (i.e. GPU, RAM). But again, it's your build.
I would recommend getting 2x4GB memory as opposed to the single 8GB stick just so you can take advantage of the dual channel.
Thanks for the advice on cooling. You've definitely given me some great options to consider.
Oh, and also, thanks in advance for your input (as well as for taking the time to read my thread!).
Best advice I can give, price vs. performance, is to switch out the GTX 770 for a GTX 970. It's roughly the same price, but considerably more powerful. You can see some of the benchmarks here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-geforce-gtx-980-970-maxwell,3941-8.html
With the new 900 series just releasing from Nvidia, I would ditch the GTX 770 and go with a GTX 970. It's cheaper and considerably more powerful.
Here's a round-up of all the board partners from Tomshardware: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia-gtx-980-970-roundup,27716.html
I've never personally owned a Seagate HDD, but I've heard that they have a higher failure rate than Western Digital. So perhaps go for a WD Caviar Blue HDD. It's roughly the same price (+/- $10).
Well, as you haven't posted the part list yet, I thought I'd help out with the monitor selection. https://pcpartpicker.com/part/acer-monitor-umfg6aab01 I've seen a number of people recommend this particular monitor as a great budget monitor and it has come down in price recently (was over $300).
I agree with the GTX 970. Personally, I'm waiting for EVGA's GTX 970 FTW ACX 2.0 to release for ~$360.
If you don't mind stepping down to a 24" monitor, I've heard really good things about this monitor (and it's almost $200 cheaper): https://pcpartpicker.com/part/acer-monitor-umfg6aab01
Agreed. And for the -$200 difference, you're getting almost the same performance as the GTX 780 ti.
edit: Also, by switching to the GTX 970, you'll be reducing your TDP which would likely allow you to buy a smaller load PSU, also shaving off some cost.
This review also shows the 970 outperforming the 290/290x: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-geforce-gtx-980-970-maxwell,3941.html
I also wanted to say that I was in the process of creating a new build with the 280x until I saw this review yesterday and the 970's performance for the price just can't be matched right now.
If you can save up around 100 pounds, I would try to get a new GTX 970. It's a bit more on the cost side, but it far out-performs the 280x. If you want to see some comparative benchmarks, check out this review: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-geforce-gtx-980-970-maxwell,3941.html
Thanks for the feedback. :)
The only concern I would have with the power supply is that the manufacturer recommends a minimum of 750W for that particular GPU.
I have been able to increase my budget a little bit, so I made some modifications to the part list I posted above. As this is my first ever build, I would appreciate some honest feedback on what I've come up with. Thanks in advance.
Thanks for the recommendation.
One other thing, as far as the case goes (BitFenix Comrade) I've heard good and bad about it. If anyone has personal experience with this case I'd love to hear about it.