You have 2 options
You are building a PC with the intent on having it look nice as well as preform to what you want it to be
Or you're building it without a care what it looks at
If you're going to go through the trouble to make a color scheme and make it look nice a windowed case is good route. If you don't care for its looks then soundproofing is a good route. If you want both good soundproofing and want to look at your build you could always go the unorthodox route and pick up or custom make a tempered glass side panel :) i have a friend who did this and it looks great and makes no noise
Im taking your advice on the RAM sticks and the CPU, but the GPU needs to stay, even though its overpriced most water blocks are built around the Founders edition architecture. Thats not to say finding an STRIX water block is impossible, I found with no problem, the STRIX water block would out cost the Founders water block and make the build more expensive (plus there was no option for a nickle back plate that i could find)
Thanks for the help
Thanks for the input, I look into your suggestions +1
Looks better than most peoples PC's, I would highly recommend a better PSU, and maybe some upgraded case fans but if you decide not to get those then its perfectly fine (I'm just a baby when it comes to noise and temps lol)
Fractal Design makes pretty good cases for 60-80$, I highly recommend over the case you have. Besides, (maybe this isn't you but I think it is because I've never met someone who has the phantom case who didn't get it for its looks) but the Define S series cases costs 50$ less and have superior cable management, molecularity and customization.
If you want quiet: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-fan-co9050005ww
If you want performance: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/ek-case-fan-3831109867624
If you want it balanced: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-case-fan-nff12pwm
I would personally pick the EK fan, they're so good for water cooling, the other fans above aren't the best, but they are still pretty good. (EK fans are loud, but push air well so they cool much better than your regular Noctua or Corsair fans.)
And I can't get much over 60fps on games or I would experience sever bottle necking and screen tears.
Need evga cards. Its easiest to work with when I need to take it apart and install a water block. (I'm water cooling my gpu's)
Open loop or closed loop?
The rig is for 4K rig for gaming. About 500$ of the computer is from water cooling parts and an extra 800$ for a 4K monitor.
I do, sli 980ti's with an overclocked i5 6670k. I could reach 4k easily with it.
Lets just call it a 4k 4k build (4000$, 4k gaming).
This is not a 3000$ build, around 2550$, but of course, I'd up sell it. (For benchmarks, overclocking, work, etc.)
4x4 GB 1888mhz G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 RAM
EVGA 80+ Gold 750 watt
ASUS Maximus Gene IV
5 Corsair SP120 Fans
Acer 144hz 1ms 24' Monitor
WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200rpm (x2)
Samson 840 pro 256gb SSD
No, must of miss read it. I'm going to sell my current computer, and drop an extra 1000$ onto what I make. The end result should be enough for the computer in the parts list.
First question, do you have a water loop (closed or open)
Second, do you want quiet or performance
The build I'm going to get in the future. You can easily 4k with it.
Note that I didn't bash on air cooling, one of my systems is air cooled with a 212 Evo. Water cooling is better for overclocking. It improves airflow to the rest of the computer and keeps the motherboard running slightly cooler cause there is no massive radiator.
People who overclock, and I mean around the 4.2ghz range, need to use water cooling. Air just won't cut anything that high.
If you aren't going to overclock, save yourself some money and get the non k version.
True, but, water cooling is going to run cooler than air. You can overclock without a water cooler, its just safer to do it with a water cooler. I'd personally spend 70$ on a decent closed loop cooler than 300$ later down the road.
It depends how much he wants to overclock.
You should only get a water cooler if you're looking to overclock.
I'm water cooling right now and I run at a steady 30 degrees Celsius (on idle) and about 40 on a load.
But, if you don't want to risk your CPU then get a air cooler. There are some pretty cheap, good ones (Cool Master Hyper 212 Evo). Bottom line, you need a cooler. Air or water, is just up to whether you overclock.
EDIT: You shouldn't need to overclock anyways, a 970 is strong enough to blow almost every game out of the water on ultra. With exception to Crisis 3. (Think I said it before, I get a steady 120 frames on BF4, max settings, with an 970 and i5 4690k clocked at 4ghz)
BTW, I've decided to keep the dominator platinum because I like the look of it, I think it would look better in a all white PC. (Regardless of it being overpriced, I realize that. You've saved a 1000$ on the build, I'm under budget. So, why not?)
So with the PSU change, the cables are now compatible? Cause I really don't to do it by hand, I've done it before, screwed up and had to buy an replacement cable.
Damn dude. That was a mouth full. Anyways, you saved me close to 1000$ so I am greatful.
I heard bad things from seagate hdd's, is it common for failures or did seagate clean up its act?
All the parts are compatible btw ;)
Totally, GPU's would be the last thing I buy. It really just depends on how much vRAM is on the next gen cards, the price (knowing nvidia, could go from 800-3000$), and how quickly water blocks will be made for them. I doubt it'd be less, but you never know. If they are within my price range than yes, I would go next gen, but, sli 980 ti's do 4k easily.
Invest in a better PSU and MOBO.
I have the same GPU and its great. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise (since their is mixed feelings in the PC community of the 970, it is a beast. I run games like BF4 [for benchmarking] with a i5 4690 at 120 frames on max settings 1080p.)
You also should look into a CPU cooler. Overclocking a CPU with a stock cooler with destroy your computer. Overclock only with a water cooler, better be safe than sorry. CPUs are expensive. If you are a little stingy, just get a cool master evo, they work great. If you really want to prolong the life of you PC, like a smart person, get a water cooler, I have the Corsair H100i.
If you don't get a cooler, expect to get a new CPU every six months.
Guessing this is your first build, the "k" after the name of a CPU just means it can overclock. Overclocking pushes out more than what the CPU was meant to deliver, this is good for added performance, but with the draw back of voiding the warranty, making it run hotter (bad), and shortening the life of the CPU.
Thanks for the help.
I hooked up my pc to a ethernet cable and I arranged a date with an electrician to install an ethernet cable in my gaming room. Thanks again.
I own. The situation of my gaming room, I'm probably going to have a contractor do Ethernet. My internet is getting so bad that it takes 2 minutes to load a 3 minute youtube video on 480p. Its bad. I'm more than willing to drop a couple hundred to hook up Ethernet.
What's the difference between a Cat5 and Cat6 anyways? Is the reliability different or is one more powerful?
My house is about 10 years old.
Actually now you said attic I might be able to wire Ethernet but it's a 20 foot drop from attic to the floor of the router so there'd be a **** ton of studs to drill through.
Would be way to hard to do
I'd have to wire around the entire house. Around one room, down a flight of stairs, into the basement and back up to the router.
Talk about dust.
my bad, just checked and im at 3mbps
that is most likely the problem, is there anyway to boost connection without paying for a monthly rate, since money is tight and i dont want to pay an extra 200$ a year for better internet.
Im not positive, but I think its 80gbs with AT&T
depends if you fall under the following:
1. are willing to spend a lot of money
2. research about your own parts because not all water loop parts/fittings are compatible
3. run the risk of failure in the loop which might (key word) ruin parts
if you don't mind any of this go ahead.
personally, I don't think theres any application in the world that REQUIRES (key word) a 8 core, or 6 core processor. Youre just wasting money. And newer games ex. The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt: requires a MINIMUM of a i5 2500k processor, which is a 4 core processor. Some information to the witcher: the map scale is 1.5x larger than gta5, not including cave systems, and the graphics are among the best ive seen in any game. if you have not seen the trailer here it is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtVdAasjOgU
first off, get a smaller monitor. and preferably more hz, the amout of hz means the maximum amount of fps your monitor can support. 60hz makes buying 2 980's pointless. I don't see why you need an octo-core processor, you could save 600$ buying an i7 4790/70k. if you go through with getting a new cpu, you need a new mobo, so if you get a 4770 you would need a lga1150 chipset motherboard. you don't need 32gb of ram, 16 is for video editing/rendering 8 is for gaming. seeing you are only using 613 watts of power in your build, you should consider buying a 750watt psu. you don't need windows 7 ultamite, youre just wasting 100$. you could probably get a gtx titan x in that build, it would be just almost as two gtx 980s, cost 150-200$ less, and if it isn't as strong as you want it you could always buy another one. good luck m8, you can put in parts you want, in the end I have no influence on what you buy. if you go through with the 5000$ build, its overkill (unless you want a super computer) hope this helps
also, why are you getting a 36 inch monitor? especially if its only 60hz. with 2 980's you get over 60 fps and, I don't know if you know this, when you pc game, you are at max 2 feet from the monitor, so 36 inches would take up all of your vision and more. it would be too overwhelming and youre better off getting a 24 inch monitor at 144hz - 120hz
are you willing to spend 5000$ on a build that could be done better for 2500 or 3000$?
Ok thanks. Sadly I already have the board, I'll go with the i5 4670 instead.
My bad m8. Here you go.
Looks good, other than the cables
thank you for your insight
I'm not in the process of buying right now, this is for a future build if I want to expand on my current build.
Looks good, other than the ssd. If you want an ssd get a Samson 840, it might be a little more pricy but it will help you in the long haul.