THIS BUILD WAS FOR THE MOST PART SMOOTH! IF YOU WANT DETAILED INFO, COMMENT AND I SHALL TELL
My very first build! PcPartPicker would not be complete with some building noob posting his first rig on the daily. Mainly wanted a build that would run cool and quiet, as well as max any game I could desire.
Oh yeah. A funny thing is my GPU came with a granola bar, for no apparent reason. It was delicious.
I am overall very satisfied with this build. There's only a few things I ran into issues with, and i'm only going to touch on those.
For one, the first issue I noticed when getting all my parts together is that I had ordered the wrong video card. There's nothing wrong with the one I have, its a beast!! The power between the two is comparative, I just intended to get Gigabyte's G1 version of the 970 but I ordered the... regular one? I'm not entirely sure it has a name. The only difference is the G1 has slightly faster clock speeds and LED's where it says WINDFORCE.
I'm not too crazy about it since the 970 I ordered instead works wonders, I intend to keep it. But keep in mind if any of you want to buy a 970 from Gigabyte in the future that you make sure you order the right video card.
For two, the H100i does fit in the case but it is extremely tight once you get both 120mm fans on the radiator... I couldn't get the fans in without unplugging the CPU power. I had to actually take the top grill of my case off and cut some plastic to fit the radiator in the small groove there, and the pumps just were able to fit in a small hole near the back of the groove. It looks like it was actually designed for it, but I may be wrong. After that I flipped the case and screwed it all together.
For three, the power supply. I don't know if this is normal, but I only was able to screw it in two places. Otherwise, the holes in the back did not fit. Funny since this is a Corsair case and I had trouble mounting a Corsair PSU into it.
And finally, my last issue was one more of preference. Coming from a laptop, I may be wrong here but the keyboard I ordered... was truly to be desired. If you are looking for a decent Mechanical keyboard, the CM Storm Quickfire Ultimate is not bad, but Cherry mx blue keys are rather loud and harder to press down than your usual key. I didn't notice it until I actually was using it to type in word processors and such. I actually considered returning it at first, but I'm starting to get used to it. Just if you can look around for a Micro Center near you and request one to test it, it really is purely preference. Another note is the LED on the F12 key is flipped, and it has this weird FN and Windows key lock. Im not sure if all keyboards have this, but the Storm does.
That's about all the issues I ran into.
Other than that I will post screenshots of 3D Mark and Speccy for anyone curious.
For future plans? I may get another 970 for SLI, or another keyboard. I currently have an Asus Monitor but it only has 60hz for its refresh rate. May consider one with 144hz and a 1ms response time for the future, and have this Asus on the side.
Thanks for reading, any feedback/suggestions would be much appreciated!
Still a great AIO cooler. Can't go wrong with 32 C idle, 40 C load with a 4.0 GHz OC
Had problems booting, a few other issues related to Intel XMP and my GPU. Nice looking board, just wished it functioned better.
Expensive RAM, cause why not? Though I had to RMA these, it worked well after I had a replacement kit sent to me. No complaints here.
Still a great SSD for ~$90-$100
Flipped LED under the F12 button.
Best mouse for big hands.