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I set a goal this year of getting a new gaming PC after using my old one for almost 5 years. I wanted to max out Witcher 3 (at 1080p at least) and other modern games, as well as use this PC for graphics work in both 2D and 3D. I also wanted a system that could be used for another few years without upgrading very much. I do intend to upgrade the monitor from 1080p 60hz to at least a 1440p 144hz gaming monitor with G-Sync in the future, and know that this GTX 980 Ti graphics card will still be able to max out every game that will come out in the next few years. I wanted to build my very own computer from scratch all by myself using parts that I had done my homework on. I'm now proud of the end result and eager to test out its performance potential.

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  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great! Just curious, do you always keep your side panel off? All your fans seem to be an exhaust and no intakes.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

No, the side panel was only off for the photos. The large front fan should be an intake, but people have commented on Reddit saying that I should at least turn the bottom fan around

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, the bottom fan should be the other way around. The most optimal type of airflow is to have an equal amount of intake and exhaust. if not then more intake is better if you have a dust filter (less dust since all the air is intake thru that filter).

However, in my rig I have more exhausts than intakes because it looks better. So it's not really a necessary thing to do.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I could see pros/cons to both.

Since heat rises, making the bottom fan an intake would help push the air up, which the top back fan should expel. If the bottom fan were an exhaust that hot air would be pushed under the box, which would cause more heat for the PSU (raising that temperature higher) also some of that air would be taken in as the intake from the front fan; basically, as an exhaust your system might be doing more work.

The only benefit as an exhaust I see is that you're helping the heat generated by your SSDs and PSU from spreading across your motherboard, it's a quick out there. Also, dust will settle under your box and as an intake, you'd be introducing more particles in your system.

All-in-all, if you put an exhaust at the bottom, it should probably be on the side panel, not pointed directly down.

I'm looking at a similar build myself: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/supervolting/saved/#view=7cQnTW

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I've managed to OC my CPU to a stable (so far) 4.5 GHz at 1.24v. Managed to play a few hours of Witcher 3 maxed out with no problems. During the Intel Burn Test on very high stress test, the max temps were in the low 80s. The CPU didn't get that hot at all during gameplay though, it was in the mid 40s C. But the graphics card was about 75 C, though I did not try overclocking that at all (this EVGA card is technically already OC'd).

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

whats fps like in games then? like witcher and arma etc?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm getting a solid 60+ FPS in Witcher 3 on ultra settings @ 1080p (could probably also get 60 FPS in 1440p). The card can get quite hot and loud by itself though. I haven't really tried many other modern games with high graphic demands yet, but I can say that in League of Legends I was getting anywhere between 250-500 FPS on max settings lol.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

How well does that gpu perform? Would you recommend it? Been lookin for a good 980 ti model.

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I was comparing the Fractal Define R5 and NZXT H440 until I read about the Enthoo Luxe. I just saw more long-term potential with it, with it being the largest of the 3 and having LEDs that no other case has right now.