Description

This is my second build and by far a big improvement of my previous build listed below: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/rKHNnQ

I upgraded a few parts from my previous build: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/xMCypg

This build is dedicated to my fiancee who is away in Vietnam and since I don't have nothing to do I build a computer to keep me busy. I named it Mini Me because my favorite movie series is Austin Powers and she reminds me of my fiancee who's WAY shorter than me and can pack a punch and handle anything if you know what I mean ;)

My last build was more of a mid-range build, so I decided I needed something better since the 770 can't get 60 FPS constant on some games and a 780 can do the trick for me.

I honestly love this build and pcpartpicker for making this happen because if I never randomly clicked on this site, I would've bought a **** Alienware :D

P.S. Sometime in the future I will be buying 2 more monitors, buying better perphials (keeping the listing updated) and shout out to my school DePaul University for giving me Windows 7 for free!

PcPartPicker, and all you mates yall the Real MVP!

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Comments

  • 67 months ago
  • 20 points

Wow that is an amazing idle temp. Who knew 3025c was possible on an I5. Lol nice build dude. Super impressive oc on that 980. 1.6ghz geez +1

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Typo I meant to write 30 C, and yeah a lot of trial and error for the GPU.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely a silicon lottery win and lots of overclocking patience. Very impressive

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Better overclocker than my 780 :3, I will be doing custom cooling for my GPU and CPU soon.

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

There's actually 2 reasons. One is that since maxwell is so energy efficient, there is a lot of power and thermal headroom to push the cores. The other reason is that the power that the card is provided can be intelligently divided between the gpu core and ram so that the part that needs more power can receive that power. This was also a feature on the 780 ti but its just getting more talk about it now with maxwell :D
edit: just put this on the wrong reply darnt xD

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea the 980 does great at overclocking. It's because of some wizardry with the power delivery system apparently

  • 67 months ago
  • 3 points

YA BABY YA, Makes me want a J Author baby

  • 67 months ago
  • 3 points

That last pics says it all my friend! :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the build! +1 For a fellow 980 and astro member! How do you like your A40s? Also nice overclock on the 980! I haven't done much with mine yet, but once I have both in the watercooling loop im gonna be off to the races with them haha.

980 squad

astro squad

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Astro FTW

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I love my a40s lol

Astro Squad

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

why did you cheap out on your psu? I mean if it fails it could take your whole system with you

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, what fan speeds do you have set on your GTX 980 to dissipate the heat?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe 48% (I think) but I decrease the GPU clock a bit, want to add a waterblock and custom liquid cooling before I bring it back up.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Does that PSU do the job for the 980

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like that monitor? Amazing build btw.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Monitor is amazing just waiting on the other two!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I'm kind of against Astro headset, but if you're happy with it, then all the power to you. +1

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the Austin Powers photo mate

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I love that new GTX 980!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice clean build. I like it.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a very solid build

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah finally have a build where I am sorta satisfied with :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a very sweet build. Good job.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

The last picture is the best buy far, and nice build.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh behave

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice and clean! I wish spent the extra few bucks and with the GA-Z97N instead of the GA-Z87N. My 24-pin cable is wedged right up against my H100i.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

one miiillllliooooon dollaaars

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I have literally the same build but without the peripherals and instead of a 4670K a 4690K

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

I am planning to build a setup similar to yours and I am looking at the same motherboard. This would be my first time doing an assembly and I am quite worried about setting up the bios and I am afraid I could ruin the entire setup if I messed it up.

If it wouldn't be too much trouble, could you please provide me with a link or a reference that could guide me into successfully setting up the bios?

Thank you and your rig has been an inspiration. I was wondering, since I want to include an optical Bluray drive, if there would be enough space, albeit a tight one, to accommodate a 5.25" drive. I can see that you have totally removed yours.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, great cable management, good part selection. I always wanted to build in a Mini ITX / Micro ATX. But I felt like they were just balls/cubes of heat. But anyways nice job. Mind checking out my post and giving me some insight on as much as possible? Thanks! +1

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotta love the new Nvidia architecture! I overclocked my 970 to 1.5ghz without any voltage changes! Dayum man that is one sexy *** build.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

No one replys to me when I ask them how the i5 performs?! (guess Ill give it another go)

Hey! I was planning on getting that i5-4690k and I wanted to know how it performed? Did it make Windows faster beside the SSD? Do you play arma 3 (2). mainly I was wondering about dayz? I want my PC to be responsive (I have a Kingston ssd now v300 120GB) Im talking about the raw CPU power, thanks :D

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a massive overclock! How/where did you learn to overclock? Can you give me some tips or links?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the power supply treating you?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the picture quality on that monitor?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Just a question, do you get 1.6GHz on the 980 at all time, or you just reached it? +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the EVGA PSU have a connector for the GPU?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea baby YEA!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the mobo?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

How does that WiFi work? I have the same motherboard and am wondering is there a huge antenna that's gonna stick out of my case or anything?

  • 67 months ago
  • -3 points

Out of curiosity, where's your bottleneck right now? At the i5 or the 980?

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

who said anything about a bottleneck? i5 will only bottleneck itself when more than 4 core are required. it doesn't bottleneck a 980

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

There is always a bottleneck.. why else would test rigs for gpus run high end i7s? To get rid of the chance of the i5 holding back the performance of the gpu...

In order for there to be a build with no bottleneck you would need perfectly paired hardware and specially written software to take advantage of it. If there were builds with no bottlenecks then infinite performance would be possible... there is always a bottleneck somewhere.

So I guess if you take offense to the term bottleneck... which of the two is being maxed out while leaving unused performance potential in the other? If you drop in an i7 will you get more performance? If true, then the i5 is your bottleneck. If you drop in a stronger card than the 980 will you get more performance? Then the 980 is your bottleneck.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

yes there is always a bottleneck, but your wayyy over thinking it. your more likely to get a bottleneck from you hard drive or internet speed. those 2 arent holding anything back.

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

if there would be a bottleneck you can be certain it would be the i5, the 980 is in a higher price and performance class, but for most people i5 is more than enough even for gamers because the bottleneck difference between i5 vs i7 and 4 vs 6/8 cores is in gaming very small.

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

No bottlenecks in this build.

  • 67 months ago
  • 0 points

i wouldn't say bottleneck, but the CPU might slow it down a tiny bit :)

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