But why would you have changed the motherboard? What is it you don't like about this one?
Nice looking build!
Why were you worried about the motherboard?
The cable management looks so clean. Nice build!
The 550W should fit just fine. It's the bigger 1000W and up units that are too long.
Wow that build is CLEAN. Nice job.
Did the motherboard come with that World of Tanks branding on the chipset? On all the websites it shows pictures of it branded with G1 Gaming. Really nice motherboard, but if it comes branded with World of Tanks on it, that's a big turn off.
That poor Patriot memory stick! It's obviously taken some abuse, but if it's still working that's a testament to it's toughness.
It looks like you've got your PSU fan facing up. That case has an air intake from the bottom, so you should flip the PSU so the fan faces down. With the fan facing down the PSU will draw cool air in from underneath the case, with the fan facing up you're drawing in warmer air from inside the case. This probably isn't as much of an issue without a video card, but definitely something to think about when you add one.
Will do! He's done lots of gaming on it but only at 1080p so far so the video cards haven't been stressed at all. He's hooking it up to a 4k next week so we'll find out temps soon.
Nice job on the cable management! Why the Z97 motherboard for the locked CPU though?
That temp sounds much more reasonable.
Non-reference cards release their hot air into the case, which warms all of your components (included the other video card) whereas reference cards are designed to blow the hot air out the back of the case, which helps keep all the other components cooler. The current AMD reference cooler is pretty bad though, and is known to be LOUD. The NVidia one is definitely louder/not as efficient as non-reference coolers but it's pretty good. Hopefully AMDs next generation of video cards has a much better reference cooler.
Wow that's hot! There's very little space between the two cards, as you can see in picture 21/25. The owner hasn't checked his temps yet as he hasn't had anything put a real load on them yet.
I'll check with the owner of the build. Usually the top card gets warmer than the bottom one in SLI or Crossfire builds, that's mainly why we went with reference coolers instead of aftermarket. What kind of temps do you get on your top card?
Nice job with the cable management! Clean build! +1
Nice job on the cable management! I used to have a Silverstone PS08B which has the exact same internal layout as your PS09B. Your cable management looks way better than mine was, and I even had a semi-modular power supply! +1
Nice build! Great job on the cable management! That's the first time I've seen the PNY Anarchy RAM, it looks awesome!
Thanks! The Skylake performs beautifully so far. I would recommend it unless Haswell Refresh is significantly less expensive at the time, then I'd probably recommend you go that route if you're looking for value per dollar.
Yeah it totally was. After that we did the OS and driver install, and made sure everything worked. Then Jon went in and cable managed everything, but I forgot to get a picture.
Reference coolers blow hot air out the back of the case, non-reference (open air) coolers dump the hot air into your case. This case is tiny, so we wanted as much heat to be pushed out as possible.
He definitely does not!
He did cable manage, it looks great. I just forgot to get a picture after that.
We wanted reference models because of the SLI in a mATX case.
But they skipped 850 Pro m.2 right?
Right! 950! My bad. It feels weird to me that they just skipped the 850 Pro in their naming scheme. That keeps messing me up.
I'm most likely going Pascal as well, but I am curious to see what AMD comes out with.
Yeah, they like to mess with us sometimes, don't they?
Yeah I'll be very curious to see what he comes up with for it.
Yeah it felt pretty cool! Since then I desperately feel the itch to upgrade something! Holding out for the new video cards in 2016.
Yeah it was his workstation for 3D modelling.
Yeah 1080p is nothing for this computer. It'll be fun to get a 4k screen and then get into overclocking.
I wouldn't say he's rich, but he saved up and felt confident about spending his money this way. I'm rocking a i5-4440 and a GTX 760, so getting in there with all of his high end hardware was pretty fun!
Nah, we built this a couple weeks ago, and started purchasing parts a week or two before that. We honestly just couldn't find a Pro m.2 yet.
Yeah, the 850 Pro would have been a nice step up from the EVO. We built this a couple weeks ago, and started purchasing parts a week or two before that. We honestly just couldn't find a 850 Pro m.2 yet.
Thank you for picture #8! I was starting at #6 going "Where does the M.2 go?"
I have a Silverstone PS08, which has an almost identical interior layout to the PS09. My cable management looks like utter garbage compared to yours. Well done!
It doesn't look too bad in picture 8, considering the case being used.
Intel makes such ugly motherboards compared to their board partners. Other than that, that's a nice little build! I've got an i5-4440 and TX3 as well. It's interesting to see the differences and similarities that people choose for their builds.
Really nice part selection. So many "HTPC" builds on this site with overkill part selection. I commend you on your choices, and the final build looks great.
Really nice build! +1 for the build, and your username.
Really clean build, sensible part selection, and nice photography! +1 for sure!
Definitely the coolest HP ever. Nice mods! I really like how you got rid of the ugly exposed metal on the inside. +1!
Interesting, I had only seen it in gold so far. I like the black better, thanks for the link!
Of course it would, but why compare an almost $200 CPU to a $75 CPU?
That's what I said...
Weird, I thought the Gigabyte Z97-HD3 came with gold heat sinks. That's what it shows in pictures on all major sites.
malymilo already mentioned that i3s aren't quad core, they're dual core with hyper threading. Also, there isn't a current generation i3 that can be overclocked.
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
Thank you :)
Lots of the parts are still relevant. When considering a part for a build I like to look at other people's builds and see what they did with those parts. It's frustrating to click in and see that the parts don't match what I'm looking at in the pictures. Mentioning it in the description doesn't fix the problem. Even if it is months later.