I know right?!?! It's a great case but I think the Raven cases get more attention lol
That's right, couldn't really fit it anywhere else, might end up putting it on top of the entertainment center with my A/V Reciever.
Thanks! Yeah, I really like the way it turned out, glad you like it!
It's running Windows 10 but I mostly just go into Steam Big Picture mode for gaming!
Thanks a bunch! Loved working on this build, the S340 is a great case!
Love the 860k + GTX 970 combo, great price/performance! Awesome looking build too, love the green, +1 from me!
Great parts selection and price/perfoemance ratio, not so good presentation. Still gets a +1 from me though, work on that cable management if you get a chance!
No worries brother, just some constructive criticism is all! Do your thing man, glad it works for you though!
This comment, the $40 you could have saved on purchasing an 860K could have gone towards an R9 380.
Other than that though, great build! Glad it's working out for you! +1
Look at those tubing runs, well done sir! Great part selection, full custom water loop, stellar presentation AND you still managed to keep it under $2,000! That more than earns my +1!
Beautiful build, great part selection as well! Love the custom Krait branding, +1 from me sir!
Here's the 970 in white:
Here's the 960 in white:
MSI also makes the R9-380 in white, it's their "OC Edition" branding.
Just boot it from a flash drive, it's how I load all of my OS's!
Great idea with liquid cooling the R9-290X, how is the performance after putting it on water? Love the build by the way, great part pairing, +1.
That's quite a bold statement from someone with no documented builds under their belt, got any references to back it up? Saying that all "AMD CPU's will bottleneck any video card that's better than the R9 280X" is gross generalization... While I agree that an 860K might show signs of bottlenecking when paired with high-end GPU's, saying that an FX-9370 would bottleneck (just as an example) an R9 290 or R9 290X is a misinformed statement at best. That's not even taking into consideration the fact that some applications, whether they be games or rendering software, demand resources from different components. That is to say, a hardware configuration that shows CPU bottlenecking on one game might show GPU bottlenecking on another...
Here's some reading for you:
"As you can see, AMD actually comes out on top in a large number of these benchmarks, bridging the gap massively from 2560x1440 (1440p) to 3840x2160 (4K)."
Love seeing builds with the Titan Z, it's such a monster of a GPU. Great cable management and part selection (I'm looking at you EVOLV Micro) +1 from me sir!
Brilliantly done; love the custom acrylic work, it really pulls the build together! +1 from me sir!
This deserves more attention, great part selection and cable management. I also love the long description with list of various bencmarks, +1 from me sir!
It does! It comes with two white 120mm fans lol
This looks great! Love the panda theme and the custom painted Gryphon armor! Glad to see more sweet Air240 builds, +1 from me!
Yup, I just used the normal fan screws but I screwed them on from the case to the fan, kinda backwards I guess but it worked!
I did consider it actually, from what I've seen they both perform very similarly but I went with the 960 out of familiarity. For a while I was tossing the idea of making her build have the MSI 970 Krait mobo with an FX 8350 and an MSI R9 380 (basically all the same color scheme) but I've had first hand compatibility issues with AMD mobo's and the Blackmagic Intensity cards... If someone wanted a strictly gaming build though, that would be a pretty fun one to do!
Something like this maybe:
Absolutely spectacular craftmanship! I'm loving the part choices too, very balanced and great use of budget!
Definitely a +1 from me brother!
Thanks for the support and the kind words, I appreciate it!
That looks super cool! I hadn't thought of that but I will definitely look into it!
Thanks Jipster! It's a pleasure to see your comment on a build of mine lol The elusive first comment sniper XD
Thanks for all of the kind words folks, it means a lot!
Not a whole lot, it's pretty tight but it works and doesn't touch the side panel!
Thanks Sam! Never thought I would ever make a featured build but I'm stoked that it got noticed!
Great question! I had to buy it separately from amazon, here's a link!
Just as huantgu said, had an extra reference 770 lying around and decided to make it a matching set! From what I understand reference coolers are supposed to be better for tight SLI configurations like this, so I think it worked out!
I posted Firestrike, Heaven and Valley benchmarks but if you want some gaming benchmarks it will be a bit longer. I have to download all of the games I have on Steam and get them running, check back for updates!
The top card definitely gets warmer, about 2-3 degrees higher at idle and 5 degrees at full load. I mitigated it a bit by setting the bottom card as the primary so it handles more of the load but it's still pretty warm in there!
I totally understand where you're coming from with regards to the GPU's, I plan on upgrading to a single GPU solution in about a year or so when the newest batch of cards comes out. I really wan to do a custom loop next too (since this case has so much space in the second compartment) so I'll be saving up until then!
Thanks for the feedback!
Thanks! Yeah, it's a great case, love all of the fan mounting options! The motherboard has worked out great for my wife's needs, it's very stable, has an okay amount of fan headers and looks good to boot. If you're looking to SLI look elsewhere though, this bad boy only has one PCIE-16x slot.
Feel free to hit me up if you have any other questions!
This video proves my original point, the speeds of PCI-E 2.0 16X won't bottleneck performance in this case, even if OP adds another 280X for crossfire. The proof of concept for the video is when running 4 cards in SLI the CPU will simply run out of PCI-E lanes; this in turn causes the 5820K to disable the 4th card since Nvidia requires 8x to be the minimum speed for running an SLI configuration.
I feel like you might not have actually watched the video, the performance differences between the two CPU's due to PCI-E lanes/speeds was negligible (we're talking single digit frames) and in my opinion within the margin of error. Linus even says at the end that he hopes the video put to rest the worries of "Oh no, do I have enough PCI-E lanes"...
The information in the article is still valid, the speeds of PCI-E gen 3 and gen 2 still haven't changed. However, if you can find evidence against these facts then I would be happy to re-consider, otherwise you're just spouting drivel.
There are plenty of builds with the Spec-03 that include the 212 Evo, here's one as an example http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Xxm8TW
Additionally, I have used the 212 Evo (with two fans attached) in the smaller brother of this case the Spec-02 and it worked fine as long you angle it correctly; however the Hyper TX3 or Hyper T4 are still a good choices if he doesn't want to have a hard time installing it.
Seriously great build for the price, great job balancing the price/performance of each part! +1 for an awesome first build!
Stellar build, excellent part selection for price/performance and the aesthetics are great! +1 from me brother!
Great looking build! Very well configured loop and the color scheme looks awesome! +1 from me brother!
Stellar build, great component selection and balancing! Extra points for making it a white/purple Air 240 build!
+1 from me brother!
More like fractions of frames per second, I wouldn't fret over it brother.
Our testing has pretty clearly shown that for gaming using either PCI-E 2.0 or PCI-E 3.0 will give you nearly identical performance. Oddly, in some benchmarks PCI-E 2.0 was actually faster than PCI-E 3.0. At the same time, x16 was not consistently faster than x8. Again, x8 was actually faster than x16 in many cases."
Great build by the way, excellent price/performance and part selection! +1 from me for a great team red build!
Great build, amazing price/performance with the 860K and R9 270X! The custom pain and vinyl work really makes it unique! +1 from me brother!
Love the build! Great part selection, clean cable management and quality pictures!
+1 from me!
You maniac you've done it again! Great build as always, I love the quality of the cable management and pictures.
Keep it up brother, +1 from me!
Nice cable management and component selection for the most part. I echo the sentiment that a single 980ti would have made a bit more sense but if you were going for SLI at ~$680 two 970's aren't bad choices. +1 from me but you might want to change the name of the build if you want more fake internet points lol
I'm interested in the 4670K but $270 is a bit on the high side... Would you be willing to come down in price?
If you're willing to part it out I'm very interested in the 4690K, feel free to let me know if that sounds like something you would want to do!
Depends on which games you want to run, League of Legends and WoW? Definitely... Crysis 3 and The Witcher 3? Probably not. Your build does look pretty solid as far as Price/Performance goes though. Only thing I might change would be upgrading the MOBO to allow for more overclocking headroom but if you don't plan on overclocking then don't worry about it.
Keep on keepin' on brother!
I can't help but agree with you about the radiator tubes, great build otherwise!