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by kudosalert

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UPDATE: got a major hard on when the RX 480 was announced. had my mind set on getting it once it comes out. boom! a buddy upgraded to a 1080 and is selling me his 980 at a super good price. will get to playing with it this weekend.

UPDATE: had lots of freezing issues with my new build. Windows 10 just randomly freezes. After trying different power saving settings and BIOS settings nothing worked. My motherboard came with F3 bios version. After flashing the bios to F6 using Gigabyte's own QFlash utility it stopped. Havent had a stoppage in two weeks. If you do choose to do this, make sure to use QFlash and not the Windows utility to flash your bios. All the report problems with flashing were related to using the Windows program.

Ok so the title was a bit of a lie. I'm just waiting for my graphics cards. Probably SLI 980s or single 1070. Any thoughts on either choice? Leave a comment.

Been working on this build plan for awhile. It's my home workstation and gaming. I do a bit of amateur photography so the most intensive non-gaming task is Lightroom. The prices I paid for all the parts are about 25% higher than prices listed on PC Partpicker because I live in Vietnam. Everything is stupidly more expensive here. It also took awhile to get everything I wanted. Ideally, I would have used a better power supply and cooler but it is what it is.

I think this is a reasonable system for doing work and gaming without going overboard.

*The power supply is actually the same model but it's the 620w version. Couldnt find it on the list...

*Windows 10 sucks donkey balls. All drivers and updates are legit. It still randomly crashes. The entire system just freezes and I have to hard reset. At this rate, I'll probably go back to Windows 7. I would highly recommend people use 7 if starting new.

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chrisdude183 4 points 35 months ago

Go with a 1070.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

+1 for the not compromising on the PSU!

kudosalert submitter 1 Build 2 points 35 months ago

i cant tell if you are being sarcastic..really not too many choices for PSU where am at. all the tier ones are super over priced. 2x US prices..

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

But this PSU is the best 520w unit available there lol

kudosalert submitter 1 Build 2 points 35 months ago

ah ok, i got the 620w version.

Trobthegreat 2 points 35 months ago

1070 is much better. In fact many games don't take advantage of SLI and it could decrease your performance.

kudosalert submitter 1 Build 2 points 35 months ago

yeah i agree. SLI scaling is not perfect.

i'll probably end up getting just 1x 980 after from a buddy upgrading to 1080.

it's funny how you spend lots of money on other stuff but then fuss over a couple of bucks when it comes down to toys...

creedman7 16 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Nice and clean looking build. I'd go for a single 1070. If the 1070 is going to be $400 or less, 980's don't make sense. Now, for the"Windows 10 sucks donkey balls" You got some other issue or a bad image. Windows 10 works fine. My experience so far with Windows 10 has been good. 30 plus installs on 20 or so different types of hardware. Laptops, pre-built oem desktops and custom pcs.

jg16jg 2 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

Most likely a hardware issue if it's just crashing like that.

creedman7 16 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

+1

kudosalert submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

hoping it's not hardware because that would involve some serious trips to the store where i had the system built. off on a long work trip so will have to wait until i get home.

first steps would to flash and update bios. if that fails then i'll do a clean windows 10 install before calling the store....

tekatamo101 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

1070 is gonna be $300 msrp btw.

RyanOCallaghan01 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

$379. $449 for reference design known as the "Founders Edition"

creedman7 16 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

I thought it was $350-$389? Either way the 1070 seems like a better value. It would also smoke my 970 :-(

kudosalert submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

you'll have to wait sometime for the non-reference cards to come out.

kudosalert submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

yeah, i've never had so much trouble with any builds. been too busy with work to play with my new toy though. it's so annoying when it freezes. restart is super fast but surely cant be good to have it be so buggy all the time.

i should have installed all the software myself. had the dude at the store build and install everything.

CookiiM0nster 1 point 35 months ago

I've got a similar build as you but Im taking the GTX 1080

OccamAsylum 15 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

If you're waiting for your graphics cards, I would just hold out a bit longer and get the 1080 or 1070. You're going to spend less for significantly increased performance. Don't waste your money on two 980s.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

YOU ALWAYS NEED A GRAPHICS CARD WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT WHAT ALL HAUIL PC GAMINRG AWEFOAIENFOIAENFIOAEBFOAEIBFAIOEUGBLABURGUR

Dreamalittle 1 point 35 months ago

Check error logs in Windows to see why it's crashing. Probably a hardware issue tbh by the sounds of things...

Dreamalittle 1 point 35 months ago

Also worth checking all the temperatures under load.

kudosalert submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

which program would you recommend to test cpu and monitor temps?

Dreamalittle 1 point 35 months ago

realtemp for and gpuz for gpu

kudosalert submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

no idea how to do that. i looked at the event viewer and found the logs for the crashes. can you look here to see if this is what is causing it?

  • <Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
  • <System> <Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Power" Guid="{331C3B3A-2005-44C2-AC5E-77220C37D6B4}" /> <EventID>41</EventID> <Version>3</Version> <Level>1</Level> <Task>63</Task> <Opcode>0</Opcode> <Keywords>0x8000400000000002</Keywords> <TimeCreated SystemTime="2016-05-17T10:57:17.851808800Z" /> <EventRecordID>2679</EventRecordID> <Correlation /> <Execution ProcessID="4" ThreadID="8" /> <Channel>System</Channel> <Computer>DESKTOP-PEO7DHU</Computer> <Security UserID="S-1-5-18" /> </System>
  • <EventData> <Data Name="BugcheckCode">0</Data> <Data Name="BugcheckParameter1">0x0</Data> <Data Name="BugcheckParameter2">0x0</Data> <Data Name="BugcheckParameter3">0x0</Data> <Data Name="BugcheckParameter4">0x0</Data> <Data Name="SleepInProgress">0</Data> <Data Name="PowerButtonTimestamp">0</Data> <Data Name="BootAppStatus">0</Data> </EventData> </Event>

this log is displayed everytime there is a crash. any help would be appreciated.

Dreamalittle 1 point 35 months ago

not sure sorry. best off checking windows forums or a technical forum

kudosalert submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

i've been super busy so taking apart the thing is not really an option right now. maybe the ram just needs to be seated and tested with memtest...

SKILLEDNAGA 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

1070

johanthegamer 1 point 35 months ago

Well done! I'd say that you should go for either a 1070 or a 1080. Don't go for 2 980s. One 1080 is much cheaper and you're most likely not going to need 2 980s anyway. You could even SLI 2 1070s for cheaper.

kudosalert submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

my buddy has 980SLI. he's going to pick up the 1080. his 980s would go at a pretty price for me that's why i'm considering it. will only use 1 of them :)

johanthegamer 1 point 35 months ago

Huh. That makes more sense. But still, would it still be cheaper than 2 1070s(600$) for the 2 used 980s?

cloud1107 1 point 35 months ago

Hey dude nice build. Hows the motherboard treating you? Im considering this gigabyte board or the asus z170-E

kudosalert submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

i say it's a good option for a budget conscious build. the BIOS GUI is easy to use and change settings. has all the options that you would want. i just hope my freezing problem is not due to the board.

make sure the ram is compatible by checking on the gigabyte website.

the drivers that came with the board is the 3rd version. the latest version is v6. i still need to flash update my bios.

kudosalert submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

updated the BIOs to V6. no more freezing issues. everything works now.

Relstin 1 point 35 months ago

I'd say wait for a GTX 1070. A pair of 980s will more than likely force you to get a new PSU.

kudosalert submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

my newest build still needs a graphics card. 144hz 1080p monitor.

my buddy is upgrading to a 1080 so he's offering his 980 to me for $225 (i dont know why the extra $25. it's not like we are poor college students).

should i wait and spend $200 for the RX 480 or get the GTX 980 now?

some part of me still thinks that the 980 will out perform the RX 480 in the near future. who knows how that AMD card will be supported by current games.

ctenor 1 point 25 months ago

Get a graphics card even a 1050 Ti will work fine

kudosalert submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

paid $200 for a used 980...been great so far. this was 9months ago...i should be ok for at least a year before games really start to slow down.

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