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This build has signified a journey for myself that is beyond materialistic. This computer build started in the July of 2014. I had $1000 saved and I decided that I wanted to build myself a system BUT I had absolutely no clue about computers. Hell, I didn't even know what RAM was... I began doing research, lots of it... I had just recently graduated high school and was working my own business so I had plenty of time to kill. This computer began with an FX-6300 stock cooled and a Sapphire R9 270x dual-x in a Corsair 200R case. It was pretty good 1080p machine but I began to yearn for more power. The more power I wanted, the more I began to save and do research on how every component worked in as much detail as I could understand. I began piecing together powerful components, like the GTX 970 and the i5-4590. Each part took weeks/months of work to acquire because of the prices and the lack of time to work while working on my university studies. Well, 10 months later, to this day, this build has tripled in performance. I have gone from a single 1080p monitor to a single 4k monitor + 2x 1080p. Everything in this build was paid for by myself with hardwork and dedication and to me, signifies my growth in knowledge of computer hardware and in the past few months I have become A+ certified and now have a job in an IT Firm. I'm sure you guys didn't want to read a novel but this computer is such a symbol of growth for me and it is much more than just a machine! Please feel free to comment with questions regarding performance, components, etc.

EDIT: Added a Cryorig H7 after getting uncomfortable with my Corsair AIO liquid cooler and the possibility of it breaking... The build is much quieter and temps are great too! Now I can sleep comfortably at night! Also, got my last 2 white 6 pin power cables for my 2nd 970!

Edit v2 (06/20/15): Added a new Gigabyte wireless card with 802.11ac. Plasti-dip on GPU shroud to match the Black, white, red theme. Reequipped the H100i.

Edit v3 (6/30/15): Bought a Corsair K65 RGB keyboard and a matching Corsair M65 RGB mouse

Edit v4: (07/03/15): Added MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition Mobo

Edit v5: I have so many updates but forgot to add them. Added AOC G2460PG 144hz, G-Sync monitor on 3/15/16. Switched out the Zotac 970's for EVGA SSC ACX 2.0+ 970's. Added another SSD. Got a real desk.

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Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

How do those 970's handle games in 4k? Congratulations btw :3

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

Plays Crysis 3 and BFH at 60 fps on medium and high settings at 4k, respectively.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

That sounds awesome, i wonder if my 980's will do the same at 4k.

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh for sure, even better! Lemme know how they work!

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

That's really cool how you found your career and stuff. Quite the change in less than a year. I have the same CPU, I just wish I got an unlocked one. :/

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah Im having some slight regrets too but I got a steal on the 4590... It performs perfectly though so Im not to beat up about it...

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice progression. Your hardwork has paid off, lovely build..!!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

i too, am going to school for IT, was the compTIA A+ exams pretty easy if you study for it?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

801 was very easy. 802 has some more technical terms but its not bad if you study!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

i feel as if you couldve saved a little money with the mobo, since you have a locked processor.but hey, its an i7 upgrade compatible!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Im constantly upgrading so I wanted the option for an unlocked i7 down the road!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

You should invest in a new keyboard, like a Das Keyboard Pro, or a Ducky Shine

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I could be wrong but are the fans on the rad exhausting out the front? I could tell because they were on in the picture.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

yessir

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

It might be more beneficial to flip them to pull or swap sides.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I would say flip. Pull through the rad, exhaust out the back. I heard that can't be done with a Kraken 61 in an S340 due to the front USB connections. Funny that it can with a Corsair. That being said, +1. Sweet build.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks mate. Cheers!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you post a link to your case lights?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

So curiously, how are you routing the cable for this since it has to plug into the wall?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

It plugs into Molex! That's why it is fantastic for PC. Plug the power brick into a molex adapter via your PSU and then connect the led strip to the extension power cords on the power brick, apply the strip to your build and your good to go. Takes about 5 minutes to setup and its the best $30 addition to your build if you have a windowed case.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

So no extra pieces needed? Sounds like exactly what I was looking for. I am building an x99 Titan build build with an NZXT h440, everything in white. I wanted a nice set of lights to use as an accent and yours looked like that did a great job of illuminating all parts of the case, so this will definitely be going into my build now. Thanks for your help.

Edit: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/MvnBJx

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

That build is insane!!!! So sweet... Yeah these lights will work great. They come with a remote and you can do strobe lighting and choose between 16 different colors. I would recommend adding your own adhesive to them though... The stock adhesive sucks.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks nice! Those gtx 970s are tiny. Strange to see since i'm used to the longer versions.

I see your a porsche fan, i also am too. :D

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah they are the Zotac 970's! Kinda having some regrets with these because of how utilitarian they look... They work great though so no real complaints.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Curious as to why you chose two 970s over something in a single-card configuration like the 980?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I never planned on SLI 970's... I bought one and then I came across a little extra money and I decided to make the leap into 4k and I added a 2nd 970 to justify the extra graphical firepower.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice trash can :3 +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed and thank you! She has been emptied

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

hahaha! nice

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on the certification. I want to know more about the dell 2415Q, have you have any scaling issues with that icons on your desktop? Also do you think that one GTX 970 could handle the Dell monitor on its own? I am seriously considering getting this monitor. How do The icons look when you open programs like Photoshop etc. can you adjust them?

Thanks

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yessir, I have used this monitor with just one 970 before and works just fine! No scaling needed out of box (unless you want too then you can) and some games look fantastic when scaled at 1440p and 1080p. Bioshock Infinite and Dying Light look great at 1440p on this monitor. Text is sharp obviously but the biggest thing is that it is IPS and the colors are just FANTASTIC when gaming. I think RT is 6 ms when you set the response time to "Fast" and 24" is the perfect size if you are sitting between 12"-14" away from the screen. 1 970 should be able to pull off some games at 60 fps (Skyrim, LoL, etc.). However, I would recommend a 970 or 980 SLI Config. Beside the point, this monitor is top of the line if you have the fire power needed to game on it at an acceptable frame rate. If you would like, I can do a Unigine Heaven 4.0 4k benchmark with 1 and 2 970's, respectively, if you would like and Ill post results.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry for the late responce, and thank you for your quick one. I honestly can't decide between this and the U2515h. i know one is about 1 inch bigger but it isn't about that. Its more about the scalling thing but it sounds like its not a problem. i don't game that much. This is more for 3d modeling & adobe stuff and maybe watching a movie once in a while. thanks also for offering to post results. the only thing i game is the google pac-man every once in a while. I am going to ask around school here if anyone has the monitor. I emailed Dell to see if there was a distributor near by who might have a model but i havent heard from them.
The smallest i like my icons are how they look on a 1080p. I know you can scale them up but there are some programs that will have the tiniest icons because they don't support 4k. It took me a while to get used to my 15" asus laptop. When you said 'no scalling needed' where you reffering to just gamming or overall including microsoft office and adobe etc?
I know i just might be repeating myself but i appreciate your time in helping me out.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm talking about everything! Out of the box it was scaled like a 1080p or 1440p monitor. No super small icons or anything.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

hey man, thanks for your reply. I thing I am going to go with the u2515h. Your screen seems great gamming but most of the software that i use rhino, Max and Catia won't have ui's that support 4k for a while.

cheers

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like that mouse? Great build!!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I love it... It's so comfortable to use (: Do you have steam?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I inboxed it!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I also really like the build you did for your boyfriend! It looks great!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!! Add me on Steam if you want: PlasmaNadez :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

My name is Fade2Black!

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

oh wow you have the same mouse i have :O can you tell me how to change the colors? i cant find a link or video anywhere to change the color of my mouse..

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Nicely done. +1 from me,.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Are those individually sleeved cables?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

They are the Silverstone White Cables from Newegg.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Are they compatible with other psu's than silverstone?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes because they are extensions to your original psu cables.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Tip: You can try and run the 8 pin power connecter from the GPU under the graphics card, through the hole that is meant for the ssd sata connectors! Other than that, great build! +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

great story man, very inspiring! Now all you need is to invest in a proper desk! :P I am doing the same thing now, saving, acquiring parts one by, sniping deals and working. I'm going to be using a zotac gtx 970 as well, but the Omega Edition. I hope it will be really rewarding once it's done.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! I should probably update my build because I put it on 2 Ikea Linnmon desks! It looks very sexy (;

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get a job in an IT firm and what do you do?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Im currently in school for IT Enterprise Management and work directly with a private school in their IT department doing networking, troubleshooting, etc.

I was able to get a job there through my best friend who is also an IT major.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Love that Synyster Gates guitar :D

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! It's not my main guitar but it's fun to mess with every now and then.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

are you happy with the 970 SLI or do you wish you had something with a little more vram like the 980ti? I have one 970 and just curious because everywhere you see people praising SLI and then the next person condemning it. If i knew forsure that the vram would stack later with dx12 i would go for it no doubt, but games seem to be moving up in the amount of vram they use, especially if you move up to 1440 and higher. so just wondering how satisfied you are with the SLi. thanks and nice build btw.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I play on 1080p now and am in the process of grabbing a 144hz, G-Sync panel but it absolutely destroys most games at 100+ fps with settings, except AA, maxed out.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 to reinstate my lost prior comment and +1 :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! just added a new pic, should be the first one, take a peek!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Love your build and custom touches. Looking at your oldest pics, the journey shows! +1

Since you have a DAC like me (Dragonfly v2 + Oppo PM3 here).. is it time to get something like m-audio monitor speakers or so? Any potential options that you've come accross? - I am interested

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It's funny, I'm all about high-end audio but only with headphones... I bought the Creative T20 II speakers and paired it with a decent sub and I love it. I route the speakers through my DAC and I cannot complain at all with the audio quality. I am much more picky with headphones as opposed to my speakers.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the desk from?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

IKEA. It's the Linnmon 4'. I have 2 put into a right angle and one has the Alex drawer unit.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I noticed that most people have single or triple monitor displays for that monitor. Any reason? I was thinking of having 2 instead of 1 27 inch monitor

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

ok this is one of the first builds with an h100iv2 i just build mine and wanted to know what the durability was like - how is it performing today?

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