Description

Gaming (GW2, Witcher 3, fps's etc) and school/office work. Nothing crazy. First build, definitely won't be my last I'm so glad I decided to do this myself, I had a-lot of fun actually!

EDIT 5/28 CPU - No brainer, reviews are outstanding. Overclocked to 4.5ghz at 1.29v. Higher voltage than I want but it passed an 8hr stress test, max temp 66-67c on all cores. Maybe I'll try for 4.7 =P

Cooler - Originally was going to go for the Corsair H100i seeing as that seems to be the "gold standard" for cpu coolers at the moment. Read some reviews in the forums though about it having inferior cooling than other comparable coolers so I decided to go with the LEPA. Reviews are superb - haven't seen one negative review about it other than the tubes being a little too stiff (which I don't think they are, seemed fine to me). 66c core temp at 1.29v, thats good right?

MOBO - Affordable z97 platform from a very reputable brand. I liked that it has 3 PWM fan headers + the CPU/CPU OPT headers so I can control all my fans easily. BIOS is good, not the best but still good. Happy with it.

Memory - 8GB 1866MHz, figured that'd get me by for now. I'll throw in another 8GB down the line.

SSD - Can't go wrong with Samsung, the SSD is great haven't tested the speed yet but works flawlessly. 6 second bootup and I actually got it for $177 but I don't know if I can change the prices here to what I actually got it at.

GPU- went with a 970 because its amazingly affordable for the level of performance you get from it. Went with a gigabyte card for the 3rd fan and added cooling. The windforce logo looks sick. Steady 60 fps in Witcher 3 with ultra/high settings and hair works off. 3DMark score on Firestrike is 9331, better than 82% so I'll take it :P

Case - Originally wanted to go for an ITX build with the Phantek Enthoo Evolv ITX case but decided to go mATX and chose the corsair air 240. Great quality, love the dual chamber design makes for super easy cable management. I think it's just a beautiful case all around.

PSU - Wanted something 80+ bronze and cheap. Will eventually upgrade to something bigger and fully modular.

Fans - the 80mm arctic fans were highly reviewed so I got those for the rear. For the LEPA 120mm's, those two were highly reviewed but far less common than say the corsair AF/SP fans so seeing as I got a LEPA cooler, why not get LEPA fans too right? They are great fans, really powerful but not overly loud at all.

Monitor - Not too big, cheap, reputable brand. 1ms response and 60hz, don't really need anything more personally.

Keyboard/mouse - Cheap, good reviews, blue backlights. Keyboard feels awesome but the mouse I'll have to change. It's kind of square and wide for my hand...want something a little smaller.

Future plans - Two more 4GB sticks of RAM, two more 120mm fans for intake on the bottom, better PSU maybe.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

It may not have LEDs but the lighting from picture one to two make it change colour!

MAGIC!!!!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup! Guess it aint so bad after all

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow dude this is great! Thanks for showing me I'll definitely consider it. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

So how's this thing handle GW2? That's my primary game atm

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Haven't played it yet I've been doing some oc'ing and playing witcher 3 atm. Get between 50-60fps on ultra with some of the minor stuff either disabled or lowered like shadow quality or the hair boost thing.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a beast!!!!

Haha, just joking..Nicely done build!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you sir!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Would you say the LEPA fans are with the buy?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, they are great. They don't feel cheap, LEDs are nice and bright and they push/pull air really well.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for that name

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Any issues with the video card power cables pushing on the window?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It probably has a hairs width of gap left between the cables and the window but it fits!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to hear! I was planning on going with an Air 240 but I was kind of turned away from it when I learned I couldn't fit my Strix 970...

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it's a shame Corsair didn't think to make it just a few mm's wider to accommodate all cards.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nicely done! Almost every build I see with the Corsair AIR series just looks so clean. That LEPA cooler isn't very common, but I really like the look of it. Good choices all around in my opinion. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Yeah I really like the LEPA cooler, im going to OC to 4.1-4.3 sometime soon and see what kind of temps I get.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same keyboard and it does me very good. The mouse on the otherhand, the wheel squeaks so I need to replace it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I really like the soft keys, get that wheel lubed up man!!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and parts choice. Corsair makes a slick case and that LEPA cooler is cool!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks buddy! I actually got some parts cheaper than what's listed, but idk if I can change it to what I got it for.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Very Nice Rig :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks alot brotha!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Build except for one thing... but don't worry I got you a solution! Step 1: Go online Step 2: Search "gtx 970 backplates" Step 3: Find Yo'self a damn backplate Step 4: Install dat hot stuff Step 5: Let your eyes enjoy the glory of a backplate on that GPU

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh wow I didn't know you can buy backplates ai always thought they come with whatever card you buy. Awesome suggestion thanks man!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

ekwb makes some nice clean looking ones

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. How loud are your 80mm fans. Would you recommend them.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks bud. Honestly, can't even hear them with all the other fans in the case. Idles so quiet almost as if they're not even running, but they are. I'd definitely recommend them any day - cheap added exhaust why not?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

OK good to know thanks for the advice.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

i`ve heard that mouse wheel is problematic,, can you confirm me ?? Great build..

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven't had any issues with mine as of yet. Then again I've only been using it for 2 weeks.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

very nice!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks borat =P

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you tell me what 970s will fit this case?

And I was thinking of buying the gigabyte 970 does it fit well cause someone told me it wouldn't fit.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't tell you all the 970s that fit, but I know the GIgabyte models do despite PCPP saying it doesn't. I had a 970 Windforce 3X

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

i agree with you on the psu upgrade route mabe a evga supernova like this one https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-220gs0550v1

  • 48 months ago
  • -1 points

Not to be mean... But this is in no way a "beast." This is exactly what the name says... "standard." A true beast would be along the lines of X99 Chipset and quad Titan X's...

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I see how my title can be misleading. I feel the same way you do - what I meant was that a few other builds I've seen here that have roughly the same specs are titled "beast" when it is in fact very standard these days. Wasn't calling my rig a beast lol

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly. I've see builds on here with similar or less performing parts titled "beast" and I just scratch my head lol.