Description

This is my third PC build, and by far the most powerful computer I have ever built. All parts were purchased used, so the total came to around $1100 including the monitor (I happen to be very cheap and good at finding deals).

The intended uses for this PC are gaming and rendering, although I may use it for photo editing once my laptop is no longer sufficient, hence the 5820K and X99 chipset. The five Noctua NF-F12's keep the system running nice and quiet (temps to be posted once I overclock), and the GTX 970 has been more than sufficient for the games I play, even at 1440p. My only concern is that the power supply is overkill, but I found it at a third of its listed price and it should give good headroom for overclocking and expansion (see below).

Although this build should be more than sufficient for now, I eventually plan on upgrading to a CaseLabs BH7, adding a second GPU and more storage, and possibly trying custom water-cooling or the EK Predator 240, depending on the case's clearance. I'm also looking into a Vortex Pok3r keyboard and ROG Swift monitor.

Please feel free to leave any comments/suggestions/criticism below, and thanks for reading!

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Comments

  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

Guys we found something amazing... a Noctua build that looks good +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Every Noctua Build Looks Great :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

You'd be surprised...

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

Didn't think I'd ever like nocturnal fans in a build...

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nocturnal fans? Do they only work at night?

Yeah, it's rare that noctua fans look at home.....

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL xD Look at PeeCeePeePee on my phone. It must have autocorrected

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Autocorrect is either your friend or your enemy.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Or a friendly enemy. It likes to help you at times, but deep down, it really just wants to mess up your life.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Exactly.

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice! But don't buy a 2nd 970 if you plan an playing AAA titles at 2k! 2 times 0.5 GB 32-bit memory controlled VRam equals problems.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed, better to buy a single GPU from the next generation. You could go ahead and upgrade to 1440p right now with that 970 anyways. You'll have to turn down the graphics a little bit, but my wife said it worked okay while she still had her Dell 144 Hz 1440p GSYNC monitor.

That is before we had to send it back because it was defective :(

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

He's already gaming in 1440p. It's in the partslist and in his description.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I saw that after posting this comment... whoops.

Regardless I think it's good reinforcement of the idea for those curious about upgrading to a 1440p monitor if they have a 970. I have a Freesync 1440p monitor with my 390x and it has been the single greatest upgrade to my computer that I've made. Couldn't recommend 1440p gaming enough.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah my latest build is my first foray with 1440p and it's wonderful. Also my first time using SSDs. I think that ~5 second boot time is my favorite upgrade but 1440p is a close second, haha.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

whoo double wammy there. You must have felt like your old build was ******! I've had an SSD since the Vista days (paid way too much for a really crappy 60 GB SSD... for Vista...) so that wasn't anything new for my current build.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

SLI 970s are more than capable of gaming at 2K with High/Ultra graphics settings. This 3.5GB fear mongering doesn't help anyone. There are tons of benchmarks out there for reference.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Who cares about benchmarks? FPS is not the problem, stuttering is! Two 970 are great for 1080p, but no good for 1440p and above, at least not with AAA titles.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah any multi-GPU setup is going to show spikes, even single cards do, and multi-GPU increases the general chance of frame latency inconsistency. However, the benchmarks show SLI 970s to be pretty stable in 2K (and even 4K depending on the game).

Really the only time you are going to run into a problem with the 3.5GB limit is if you are artificially forcing the problem to occur, or potentially in 4K. The hysteria is blown out of proportion. A single 970 is great at 2K and dual are even better.

Some examples:
Guru 3D
Hexus

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, i'm talking real life, not benchmarks. And i know people who changed their 970 SLI setup because it was unbearable playing AAA titles in 2k or 4k.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm planning on upgrading two 980 Ti's once Pascal comes out and prices drop because they'll be more than sufficient for 1440p

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

true

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

Get a window for that R5 if you decide not to upgrade to the BH7. This build is awesome, This is a Noctua build that is actually not terrible looking. It's quite beautiful.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I've tried to and can't find a standalone window anywhere, which is why I'd rather upgrade than buy another case just to use its side panel

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, I understand.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not sure if your gpu is sagging alot or if its the noctua cooler that is pushing down onto it, I would look into that because if its the cooler move it down to another pcie slot, if not theres nothing to worry about. +1 for a sick build though good job

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Way to go with matching(sorta) the noctua fans and the golden edition 970. It looks great!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

This is not just your ordinary Noctua Build when all the intake fans are Noctua's static pressure fans...

This is incredible!!!!!!!!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

This build is probably more silent than a build without any fans XD. Great work, liking the Noctua-ception. Where'd you get the desktop background?

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice work on the part choice and even nicer work on having a noctua build which look very nice, Not easy to pull off but you have. The GTX 970 in golden edition colours looks the part with the Noctua stuff.

Power supply is overkill, but power supplies will only ever pull however much power your PC needs. You may not be sitting on the optimum point of the efficiency curve but it will at most add a few dollars to your power bill a year.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I would agree that your PSU is overkill for your build. You are likely falling below 80% efficiency for the load you are putting on the PSU. You might want to check the power curve for your particular model.

That being said you will definitely be able to add a second GPU if you wanted to do that.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with KrumpetPirate that it may be worth it to just wait for Pascal/Polaris instead of adding a second GPU. That being said, if you don't wanna wait then adding a second SLI is the most cost-effective way to put your performance through the roof with this build. And great job on this build! It looks fantastic.

Good lord that cooler is massive. lol

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm planning on waiting until Pascal to buy two 980 KPE's or 980 Ti's once prices drop :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Not enough chocolate

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I WANNA KNOW THAT CHAIR PPLLZZZ, +1 for clean bulid.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a Herman Miller Aeron. They're not cheap, but worth every penny.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL is it one of those decisions you regret until you actually sat in the chair? Also you cable management is amazing why not go for window version of your case?

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Not for the $65 I paid :)

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