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So currently I'm 15 and decided my laptop wasn't enough for what I was doing. I talked to my parents and through much convincing I was able to have them buy the parts as my only Christmas presents. I planned the build for a couple months and saw how most of the parts dropped $10 or more. I have this dual booting OSX (hackintosh) and Windows 8.1. The CPU has been overclocked to 4.3 GHz stable. This PC boots up in about 5 seconds with the password off. THe MSI GTX 970 has had no problems and I have had no coil whine. I've been playing assassins creed unity, far cry 4, and BF3 on ultra settings and no problems after I updated my drivers. Please tell me what you think of the build, cable management, or any questions you have on what I did. GPU is overclocked. Settings are in pictures.

Parts were ordered from Amazon, Newegg, and NCIX.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 6 points

I think that ram is not on double channel

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

You are correct. It needs to be spaced out.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh thanks!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

The mobo manual will always tell you the right configuration.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build similar to what i want to do

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Similar to mine as well, without the CPU cooler. I don't plan on OCing yet, so the stock one should suffice. Plus my case has 5 fans :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah me neither for the first while at least.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn! You're building a system with a similar price range to mine. How's the CPU cooler, many people say they struggled installing it on Z97 boards.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

It holds up pretty well.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I probably would've gone with an NZXT S340 at that price for a case

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

THought about it but the 200r is stickied here and has great reviews. Solid case imo.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Cables don't look fantastic though

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

The cabling looks really messy and MIGHT impede air flow. Otherwise, for a first build, not bad. Make the cables neater and your temperatures MIGHT drop a degree or 2.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I think your CPU fan is supposed to go on the other side and push air through the exhaust fan on the back of the case. Just an observation.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah should have but there was not enough clearance for the RAM

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're thinking it is in intake, you're wrong. If you look at the pictures, you'll see that the fan is in pull-exhaust. If you're saying that it should be push not pull, there is barely if any difference between push or pull.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

If it's pulling towards the exhaust fan in the rear, then there's no problem. Like you said, whether it's pulling from the heatsink or pushing through the heatsink; as long as it's towards the exhaust fan, it makes little to no difference. However, in the picture it looks like it's pulling away from the exhaust fan.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I like how you got good card for your budget. Too many builds have liquid-cooled i7's but can't afford better than a GTX 770.

That said, you could have gotten a GTX 980 for $50 more if you'd foregone CPU overclocking, which you could have since any modern i5 won't come close to bottlenecking a GTX 9xx:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $169.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock B85M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $68.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $76.97 @ OutletPC
Storage A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $60.98 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card $548.85 @ B&H
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Thermaltake SMART 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $66.86 @ B&H
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1095.62
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-17 20:33 EST-0500

Motherboard is cheaper but has all-solid caps, ferrite chokes, etc.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Too many builds have liquid-cooled i7's but can't afford better than a GTX 770.

That's because people do things other than play games on computers, and a liquid cooled i7 would help more than dual 980's and an i5 4440.

That said, you could have gotten a GTX 980 for $50 more if you'd foregone CPU overclocking

A 980 for $50 more, and crap mobo/cpu would be so bad, considering when a slight overclock can make a 970 a 980.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

That's because people do things other than play games on computers

The build is titled "Intel Gaming Build". If he did video editing or something too, an OC'd i7 would be a better choice than a non-OC'd i5.

a liquid cooled i7 would help more than dual 980's and an i5 4440.

With graphics settings that he'd play at with a 970 or 980 (1080p, everything maxed), the CPU won't bottleneck the GPU. At most he'll gain a frame or two average fps but his min fps won't change.

A 980 for $50 more, and crap mobo/cpu would be so bad, considering when a slight overclock can make a 970 a 980.

A CPU overclock won't help unless he has a really old processor that bottlenecks his GPU. Even an FX-8350 won't bottleneck one 980.

I've already addressed the CPU, it will perform equal to an OC'd i7 in gaming. The motherboard has good components and is namebrand, as I said in my original post: "Motherboard is cheaper but has all-solid caps, ferrite chokes, etc."

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I do android development and have started looking into possibly video editing. Thanks for the input!!

  • 63 months ago
  • -2 points

You keep mentioning gaming and graphics and framerates, but what if he wants to do something else besides gaming. Dare I say light video/photo work?

As for the 980 for $50 more - that is still a bad deal considering a slight overclock can turn 970 into a 980. So the non-overclocked cpu and **** mobo would just be really stupid build for anyone to do.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

"Intel Gaming Build. Gtx 970, i5by jake.99x3"

"I've already addressed the CPU, it will perform equal to an OC'd i7 in gaming. The motherboard has good components and is namebrand, as I said in my original post: 'Motherboard is cheaper but has all-solid caps, ferrite chokes, etc.'"

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Overclocked the 970 to 1.3Ghz performs great and will be sli'd in the spring. Would rather have a good motherboard for future upgrades as I plan to add a thunderbolt adapter and some other pci goodies.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

If I just need a 970 , why would I spend more money on a card I wouldn't fully utilize?

I think it is good to think about the performance-price ratio. But do not sacriface parts that need to be excelent quality just for the sake to get an enthusiast video card. Cheers

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheaper but non futureproof. whats the point of a 980 if there is no upgrade path for anything else later without changing the motherboard and cpu. With the current atleast the OP can upgrade to sli later down the track or a 4790k if they have other needs. Chances are OP is playing at 1080p where a 980 wont even really make a difference.

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

The i5-4440 is more than enough to survive the life of the computer without bottlenecking future GPU's.

Getting a 970 and putting the money saved on the CPU and motherboard toward a GPU upgrade in the future is probably a better choice than getting a 980 now. Even an r9 290X doesn't support many games at 60 Hz and WQHD yet and will support even fewer as graphics continue to improve. :(

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

For single setups yes but not sli.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

The i5-4440 is fine for dual cards too. CPU usage increases but it doesn't come close to doubling.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Not exactly. No one can determine the future of technology so you cant really just say it will never bottleneck.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome rig mate! You did a good job! One thing thought WHAT IS THIS?????!!!?!?!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

You caught me ;p.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Card upgraded to a reference 980 when it went on sale for 230$ at microcenter. Was one of the lucky few that got best buy to price match.

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

What would we have done without two closeups of every box...

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Relax it was my first build and I was excited. Go hate on another post.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha I respect that. And they make the boxes so pretty these days...