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This was my first custom build and I couldn't be more satisfied with the parts chosen here. The price is a little steep, considering I had to get the monitor, keyboard, mouse, and extras, but these parts were all purchased over a span of a couple months. The 4790K is delidded and will run stable at 4.9 @ 1.395v, but I prefer to just run it at 4.8 with 1.31v. The GTX 970 is OCed with a custom bios to 1531/8000, which is MORE than enough for ultra settings on most games that I play. This QNIX Monitor was like hitting the lottery, since I am able to easily overclock it as well to 120hz without any artifacting (the DL-DVI cable listed here was crucial for hitting it, since the one included showed artifacts over 110hz). I am looking at putting all of this in an Define R5 to make it even quieter, but as of right now, it is very quiet anyway, but nowhere near inaudible - the loudest part being the top mounted Push/Pull configuration. I have both the G.Skill & the Team Xtreem RAM OCed to 2133 with 9-10-10-21 1N timings and they are rock solid (again, like hitting the lottery). The most impressive part here though is the ASRock Mobo. I've seen a lot of complaints about it but this thing is a BEAST for the price. I spent a bit more, since I bought it right when it came out, but I've been able to OC all of my hardware without any real problems and have yet to see even a hiccup from the mobo. I'm also looking at upgrading the PSU to a 1200 G2 or the 1200 Platinum, for SLI in the future. Also, if anyone needs a fan recommendation BUY THE AEROCOOL DS fans, these bad boys are IMPRESSIVE. They push 2x the amount of air than the Corsairs AND the Noctuas that I had previously installed AND are about half as quiet... literally DEAD SILENT - I can't even hear them! Anyway, feel free to leave any comments or ask any questions; I'll be more than happy to answer any questions and I am looking forward to some feedback. Thanks for checkin' out the build!

Best regards, Ryan

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  • 63 months ago
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Your psu is more than enough for 2 way sli with 970's, nice build!

  • 63 months ago
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Thanks! I'm just concerned about power draw from all of the heavy OCing... but then again nothing is ever maxing EVERYTHING out at once, so you're probably right.

  • 63 months ago
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Although u have enough power to add another Gpu I dont think u would actually need to add a another one. It should max out most games at 1080 to 1440p right ??

  • 63 months ago
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Yeah, this monitor is 1440p, but it's also OCed to 120hz, so I need 120fps to actually benefit from it... at max, some of the more demanding games don't quite hit 120fps. I also plan on adding a second QNIX in the future.

  • 63 months ago
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What about the monitor do u know a good looking one, I like my monitor to look good like that LG 4K one . any ideas ?

  • 63 months ago
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This here is one of the best you can get for the price for 1440p, though it can be somewhat of a gamble on quality. Some have reported a dead pixel or 2, but that is hardly noticeable with 3,686,400 pixels. Needless to say, the pros heavily outweigh the cons. This a 2.5k monitor that runs at 120hz with a Samsung PLS (IPS) panel (One of the BEST on the market) for ONLY $300. The color representation is nearly flawless! Nothing like this really even exists stateside... well except for the $800 ROG Swift...

Some don't overclock as well as others, but from what I've seen on the overclock.net forums is that users who complain about not being able to hit 120hz have either been using low quality DL-DVI cables or are using old, crappy graphics cards. I got a perfect quality monitor w/o dead pixels or back light bleed and I had no issues going straight to 120hz once I found a quality cable. (They also arrive from Korea in literally 2-3 days somehow - I bought mine on a Wednesday and received it in Texas on the following Friday!!)

  • 63 months ago
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I watched a video of a guy crossfiring 2 970s with a 550w. Even that had some headroom to it. Heavy OCing should still be good.

  • 63 months ago
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Thanks! I was wondering if I was nearing my limit because all of a sudden my H100i has started acting up - shooting up to max speed, then turning off completely, then shortly after coming back on but with the LED at only about 20% of its regular brightness... must be the watercooler then.

  • 63 months ago
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How's that Roccat mouse?

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

It's actually the best mouse I've owned. I don't like the 995872 button mice & it goes up to 3000 dpi with 1000hz polling rate and glides smoother than any mouse I've ever used. Granted, if you have large hands, it might feel tiny, but it is perfect for medium to smaller hands. I'd definitely recommend it.

  • 63 months ago
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I didn't think people still delided their cpus... also mixing different volt speed and brand ram O: how may crashes have you had?

  • 63 months ago
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Zero crashes. These two have been running flawlessly for about 2 months now. Memtest86 also showed 0 errors after 6 hours of testing.

  • 63 months ago
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Well damn, I'm glad to see the old ram mixing problems isn't as bad as it used to be.

  • 63 months ago
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Yeah, I was a little wary of doing it myself, but I figured I'd at least test it out & have been very happy with its stability so far.

  • 63 months ago
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What is the last photo about?

"Gobblebox 12/7/14 Gig GTX 970 G1"

Sorry if I missed it in the description

  • 63 months ago
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Oh sorry, that was just my proof of ownership for the Official Owner's thread for the GPU on the overclock.net forum.

  • 63 months ago
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Ah, ok

  • 63 months ago
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I considered buying this mobo too but I've read it has power issues..

Is it working good for you?

  • 63 months ago
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I've seen the most stable power delivery on this mobo out of the 3 that I tried (This one, Gigabyte z97x Gaming 5, & ASUS z97 A). I was able to hit a higher OC on CPU & RAM with lower voltages than the others & I don't remember the last time I've crashed.

  • 63 months ago
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Did you purchased this all at the same time or parts-by-parts?

  • 63 months ago
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I did the basic parts all at once so I could at least use it, but the RAM upgrade, additional SSDs, fans, GPU, & Monitor (borrowed one from work until I got the QNIX) all came later.

  • 63 months ago
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Upvote for the Delid

  • 63 months ago
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Thanks!

  • 63 months ago
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What's the purpose of delidding a CPU?

  • 63 months ago
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When overclocking Haswell & Devil's Canyon CPUs, they are known to hit the thermal limit earlier than normal (because of the thickness of silicone adhesive beneath the IHS. The point is to remove that IHS, use a liquid metal thermal compound on the Die instead of their paste, & narrow the gap between the IHS & the die, resulting in much lower operating temps. It dropped my idle temps from 40 to 30 in the summer & my load temps from 80 to ~60 allowing me to add more voltage to the overclock so I could hit 4.8 & 4.9 Ghz.

  • 63 months ago
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+1 for the ROCCAT. I just got that mouse myself and it's quite honestly one of the best mice I have ever used. I only wish that it was little bit larger.

  • 63 months ago
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I am taking a survey and asking everyone what their serial number begins with I am looking for trends as to which boards serial number are BAD I have found that some boards start with a 46 47 48 are BAD My serial number starts with a 48 PLEASE HELP ME thank you info found on reddit post here http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/2jrt1b/psarequest_possible_reoccurring_problem_with_the/

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

is that a push-pull h100i?