Yeah, don't really get how mentioning the 1000-series is relevant to what went on during a 2 year old build. Thanks for the modding love, though.
I've only added in another SSD and 8 gigs of RAM since building. Everything else has held up extremely well. My next upgrade if I do decide to stick with this build will probably a 1080 Ti. That is one insane piece of tech.
It's really working great, both of them. I would try to go for the FTW+ though, since it seems to be an improvement in every way and has a backplate included.
Why'd you cheap out on the power supply? I consider myself a bargain hunter, but the part that funnels more than half a kilowatt through parts costing a thousand dollars is just plain off limits for extra savings. Seriously, is 50 bucks worth the risk that your parts could all get nuked?
Man, you got a real scorcher of a video card! May your framerates be high and your temperatures low, brother!
"Not the best".... what.
Any particular reason you had the CPU cooler fans in that particular position? It seems to me like shifting both fans one step frontward would have a smoother pull of air. As it is, you have a CPU cooler fan right next to a case fan, which is a no-no.
Two words: Cable combs. Those cables look fantastic color-wise. They would look even better if they were all neat and tidy.
You couldn't persuade him to get a 760i for a 100+ bucks less?
Oh god, that's a horrifying thought.
Get in line, bub!
Wow, this is even more insane than my build that took advantage of several hundred dollars of black friday sales and craigslisting discounts. You deserve commendation for your thrift.
God diggity-damn! This is like the Batman version of the build I just got done with! Dark, sleek, and kitted out with more gadgetry than you can shake a utility belt at.
Thanks for the praise. I really don't deserve it after I unfairly criticized your build, but I appreciate the kindness.
Here's a sneak peek of what's to come:
Regarding the plane model, I dunno. It belonged to my grandfather, and he had a half dozen grandkids besides me, hence the engines being MIA. Fortunately, you don't need engines when imaginaaaaaaaation is involved!
You're correct, actually. I humbly apologize for the harshness of my review. On reflection, I should be one to talk really, since cosmetic additions to my own build total a teeny bit more than 10% of its parts price.
In short, I was wrong, you were in the right.
I can't comprehend why you spent so much on dressing up older, less capable parts. I mean, yes it's upgradeable, but again why compromise on performance now and spend ridiculous amounts on spangly accessories you could have added in later when you had the bigger budget?
Don't get me wrong, I purchased some custom sleeved cables for my build too, but I didn't consider them vital parts. At least visual accessories never get any less efficient for the price you paid for them. Parts, on the other hand, drop in resale value and capability as time goes on.
I seriously can't understand this. Why did you purchase an ornament if you needed a functional machine?
Thanks! Heaven knows I spent enough time agonizing over things being perfect.
2 970s =~ +50% performance for +20% price from a 980.
All research pointed towards 970s in SLI being the most efficient for 1080p gaming, and let’s be honest the 980 has awful price/performance.
Oooooooooo-wee! That's some nice cable management.
A build this beautiful deserves more than 3 pictures.
Could do some better cable management. Just open the back panel, grab the cables which are lying all over the place like a bird's nest, tug so they tighten a good bit, and zip tie it all together (but not too tight, you're not welding them together, just lightly arranging them).
That cable management area behind the motherboard is there for a reason!
Jumping Jehosaphat, that sounds like a deal and a half!
Why on earth would you go that far overboard on the power supply wattage?
Eh, for the same price (or maybe even a little lower) you could have got a 750W platinum-rated one from the same maker.
Nice build, just don't quit your dayjob to become a freelance photographer.
The way I see it, pre-900 series cards may still be good, but they're the best they're ever going to get simply because the driver updates and optimizations have run their course. The power gap may be sort of small now, but the 900s will evolve and be optimized enough to make them worth the extra coin.
A superb and respectable first build. I can honestly offer no criticism since there are no part imbalances, you didn't cheap out on the power supply or the case, and the whole thing looks fantastic. +1!
I pity you, man.
Bloody brilliant, it was.
If there were some cable combs on those PCIE and motherboard connectors, it would look even more magnificent.
That and keep it away from windows, both open and closed, since exposure to other elements in addition to sunlight is also what tends to degrade plastics.
So much power in such a small package, you should call this "The Suitcase Nuke"!
Yes. Rather (click) noice.
Rebates move at turtle speed. Don't sweat it.
I've never seen anything quite so horrible in all my life.
Right now, corsair has an absolutely fantastic deal on the AX860, like $30+ off, making it just $133. So for just 60 bucks more than what you spent here, you get greater part quality, way better efficiency, and more room for future upgrades.
I'm not talking about wattage, I'm talking about quality and efficiency. Gold efficiency should be everyone's baseline, platinum if you can go for it, and corsair makes some fantastic full-modular platinum power supplies. The power supply is really something you don't want to skimp on since if it goes, it can blow your rig to hell and back.
That power supply on such a powerful rig is depressing. Surely you can afford something gold-rated after spending 900 on monitors alone?
You probably should have traded up on the power supply. It's really the component you don't want to cheap out on since its failure could mean your entire machine goes kaputsky. Aside from that, it seems you made some good choices, especially on the case.
Shoulda caught it at the black friday sale for 125.
Listen, man, you need to bolt that thing to the frickin' floor otherwise it'll take off!
C’mon, man, let’s see some closeups!
Wow, simultaneously smoking hot and minty fresh!
On top of that... it's a 35 dollar cooler on an almost 3000 dollar build. 1000 on the processor and motherboard alone, I think he could have afforded at least something in Noctua's mid range.
Yeah... unless he wants to triple-SLI some 780's in the future... but even still. Planning for an upgrade like that is ridiculous.
Sweet googly moogly, do you think you have enough Noctua fans?
That cable management....
He could have just as easily gone with the quiet editions. Either have a couple extra with the quiet editions, or go with a small number of high power ones, those are the sensible options for a regular-use computer.
There's also a handle on the back-top perpendicular to the main handle, just above the tab for the top air filter. Really gives you that extra stabilization.