Description

This system is use for casual gaming, video streaming, web browsing, graphic editing, office work.

Aesthetically lit up with NZXT HUE+ 2

Case fans controlled by NZXT GRID+ V2

Will be purchasing another Asus GTX 970 Turbo for SLI (or maybe a single GTX 980Ti), in time to come.

Updated 30 Dec 2015:

After reading the feedback from some of the gurus here, I decided to heed their advice to remount the radiator from the rear to the front for a much cleaner look.

Photos updated. I hope the new look is now more aesthetically pleasing.

Updated 18 April 2016:

Added new parts : http://pcpartpicker.com/b/2F7hP6

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

fantastic looking build. I would try and put the cpu cooler rad in a dif location, maybe toward the front of the case if it will reach. Just so you can see more of that beautiful mobo...

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Idea. I shall try it out during the the New Year weekend.

However, the front fans are setup in push config to draw air into the chassis right now.

If I were to mount the radiator at the front using push+pull config, would it affect airflow?

Any suggestions how I can configure the fans?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you really need the CPU Radiator fans in push/pull? (The only benefit would likely be that your can run them at low RPM) You could try it with just push or just pull and see if your temperatures are affected. If not, having just one fan would expose more of your motherboard and still allow your current setup for intake and exhaust.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your suggestion. You have a point on exposing the motherboard.

I will try to setup the radiator at the front with a single fan as intake. Hopefully it will not affect the temperature too much.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I have remounted the radiator to the front. Indeed it looks much better now! Thank you, once again.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

If you had got an NZXT cooler like the X61 on that i7 it would have made my day (excuse my "brand matching OCD"), but still it is a very good build and well done on matching that motherboard and gpu because they look great!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Why should I be excusing your OCD? I felt exactly the same!

The H80i GT was from my old build.

I am inclined to get a kraken as well. However, I am not too sure if it's worth the upgrade.

At least, I do not have to run corsair link and cam at the same time if i get the X61.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

its to bad they took all the time to make the shroud on that GPU look fancy and then they didn't cover the top with a backplate lol

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Same sentiments. Its a pricey card after all.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like those fans I heard the airflow was AMAZING

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah! the fans ran much quieter than Corsair SP120 (led) that I used to own.

Each fan includes 2 voltage adapters which are really useful for limiting the fan's RPM if one is not using a fan controller.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I had 2 Corsair SP120 fans that were extremely loud until I flipped them upside down. If they're horizontal and pointing up, they rattle horribly.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Funnily, I didn't experience this problem.

I am rather unobservant in nature. I shall keep a "lookout" from now and get back to you.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Through my personal observations, the jetflo are quieter than the SP120 between 800 to 1200RPM.

Because i OC my GPU, RAM, and CPU, i usually run my fans around that RPM range.

I live in Singapore. Being a tropical country, our average daily temperature hovers around 35 degree Celsius.

At 70% load, my CPU easily hits high 50's to mid 60's

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Great work with this build. I like the color scheme and the parts. Enjoy this new rig of yours! Plus one.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you so much. I added more photos for your comments, please.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

You are very welcome. Amazing photos, thank you so much! I truly appreciate the extra photos. Very clean inside and the colors give each other lovely compliments. I like it! You did well the cable management.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! That's the same case that I bought on Black Friday, and I can't wait to get the last two pieces so that I can assemble it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

What are your last 2 pieces?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Oddly enough, the motherboard (Received the wrong board and had to send it back), and the GPU. I'm going to get the GTX 980Ti, because I've got this pretty awesome 21:9 34" WQHD monitor that was a KILLER deal at $585-

http://i.imgur.com/C9YPbmR.jpg

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

OMG! That's a gorgeous monitor!

GTX980 Ti again! LOL. I am so so so tempted to sell my GTX 970 and upgrade to that. Hope I will order one online when I get drunk enough.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that IPS?

If so, I call hacks

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it's not IPS. I've read that the curved IPS panels suffer from light bleed so I got this (VA) one.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

VA seems pretty nice. Better blacks, right? How're the viewing angles?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Somebody likes Logitech : )

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Logitech FTW!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeee boi

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Your setup is definitely one too be jealous of, but I guess mine isn't a slouch either http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6DD7K8 what do you think?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Very well chosen parts.

I feel that you should go for 16gb of ram (2x8gb). 2133/2400 sticks will do. I don't feel any real life difference running the ram at 2133mhz VS 3200mhz.

I am very inclined to get the GTX 980TI too. Its definitely a beast. However, I can't convince myself to shelf out that sum of money, since I gaming at 1080p and hardly play any graphic intensive games.

Good choice with the Enthoo Luxe. Phantek make excellent cases with first class build quality and outstanding price/performance ratio. I came from an enthoo pro before my current Noctics 450.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

Well, I don't know because 8gb is $45 and 16gb is $75 what do you think

Yes, yes it is!

I love their cases! They are amazing!

One last thing can u check out my forum post https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/forum/2-part-list-opinions-wanted/ Thanks!

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

The price difference isn't that big. Nevertheless, it pretty much up to how much multitasking you do. I usually requires around 10gb of RAM at least, since I run a VMware in the background.

I have replied to your thread.

Cheers!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

If you aren't going full liquid cooling, you can get the Enthoo Pro for around $110

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

What are the differences

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

And, what do you mean by full liquid cooling?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I meant a custom built liquid loop where you are cooling several components and require more than one radiator

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The pro (black) is $79 while the white version is $120, which socks because I wanted the white version, oh wellook

Also, from what I know, isn't the only difference between the Luxe and the pro is that the Luxe has leds, correct me if I am wrong

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Pics!!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Such a beautiful build but I can't help but cringe at the side window panel...like couldn't they just make it symmetrical? Can you tell me if the fans are loud at full speed? I have a NZXT GRID the first one which makes your fan run at I think full speed if not at performance mod, I also am running Coolermaster Sickleflows I wanna know if they are a worth of an upgrade.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The fans are really loud at full speed.

I am running them at around 1200rpm. They are audible at that speed but the noise is acceptable.

Anything beyond 1500rpm is noisy.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks guess I'll need a fan controller upgrade then! Are they 4PWM tho?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The jetflos are 4 pin PWM. The grid+ V2 control the speed of individual fan using voltage though.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

This is such a clean build, and I love the color scheme. The Trident Z heat seekers are so sleek. How do you like the case because I'm working towards assembling my PC sometime in the summer and I have 3 cases in mind the one you have then the Corsair 760T and the Enthoo Primo Luxe. That Gigabyte mobo and the Asus Hero are honestly the best looking one out of all the Z170s. My only concern is the limited color scheme options that we're given, so If we custom paint it or mod it, then we void the warranty on them. I highly doubt many are willing to risk that. I recommend that you take some clearer pictures again, and I guarantee you'll get featured.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the compliments!

I came from the Enthoo Pro before i got the Noctis 450. To be frank, I prefer the build quality of Phantek cases. They just feel more premium in my opinion.

I really like the large windows on Corsair 760T. But the 5.25" front drive bays spoil the looks of it.

Aesthetics aside, if you prefer UEFI bios, go for ASUS. Gigabyte's UEFI is crappy and very much similar to legacy bios. The motherboard/bios fan control on Gigabyte Mobo has only limited and sub-par features. It is much easier to find components that match the black/red scheme on the Hero compared to the white/red scheme on the Gaming 7.

Too bad I don't own a camera. I am never into photography. Those pictures were taken with my Galaxy S6. I will try to take clearer ones when I find time over the weekends.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice I'll keep that in mind when picking the mobo I'm going the x99 route with a 5820K because my main uses will be audio production, and I really want to get into photography and video rendering because all kind of go hand and hand. I'm currently working on building an in home studio for audio production. I have two builds that I've completed, one for my brother in late July, and another one for my friends birthday in October that I haven't posted yet. I just think the quality of the pictures that I have are pretty bad, but I'll post them anyways since I finally got a few days off from work.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree the 2 extra cores from Haswell-E will serve your purposes better. Do comeback and share the links with me after you have posted the 2 builds. I will be most interested to check them out.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a really nice build too. Very well chosen parts.

Any feedback on the R9 390?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Got a soft spot for that GPU..nice color scheme. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe I should learn how to do custom loops too.

I have some spare components and an enthoo pro lying around in the house.

Where can I find a comprehensive beginner's guide to custom loop?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

There are quite a few videos online/articles but heres's one I used.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I will check it out and do some experiments!

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Why would you waste money on 970 SLI when a 980ti is better than anything else

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

https://i.imgur.com/859eJf8.gifv

Overpayed on the PSU a little don't you think?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the up vote! Appreciate that.

A quality PSU goes a long way.

I was contemplating between Seasonic and Superflower (normally priced cheaper).

In the end, I decided on the Seasonic unit since there's a good discount at a local store during x'mas sales.

I am from Singapore by the way.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Congratulations on the featured build! You definitely deserve it :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks pal! It's really encouraging.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking build, love the color scheme.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

My friend, you have got a much more amazing rig.

I wouldn't have the patience to spray individual components.

Wish I have the budget to go for a pair of 980 like you did.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

cool i have the reverse of this color scheme

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmmm.. do you have a link for me to check out some pictures of your build/scheme?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a problem with the GPU cooler but I still like the build... I also think that is the sexiest RAM heatsinks I have seen in ages.. +1 Also, hi Jipster69

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

What's with the dual blower cooler?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean more of the design, not the fan design. The angles and whatnot... Not my thing.. To each his Own.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

That case is pretty wicked.

TCO

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Literally saw this on instagram a minute ago.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

Amazed that my rig make it to instagram.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I can say so because we have VERY similar builds! I really like how your GPU looks so clean with that motherboard! Well done! How do you like the H80i? Also, if you purchase a 980 Ti I might suggest the Gigabyte G1 Gaming as I can personally say it is a solid card. However, if you're a big fan of Asus, I haven't had a chance to read about the Strix 980 Ti, but I imagine it is also very good! Cheers!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for sharing your build.Very nicely done too. I am drooling over the dual GTX 980Ti.

If you are going for 120mm radiator, you may wish to go for the H60i. The radiator on the H80i GT is much thicker. In my case, I have problem mounting it on the top vents. Mounting it at the rear will stop me from showing off a big portion of my mobo.

I am leaning towards Gigabyte G1 over the strix too. I am not a fan of any brand in particular. I am even considering the R9 390X.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The brands I like are EVGA and MSI. They make me feel good about my build :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Those TridentZ's FTW!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Hell yeah! They are great looking RAMs.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep! And 3000 MHz is awesome for rendering and gaming alike!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I dig the color combo on this one very nice build +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Have You tried putting the radiator near the front for aesthetics?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I am intending to do so over the weekend.

I will update with some pictures after I am done.

Thanks for the suggestion!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there!

I have shifted the radiator to the front and uploaded some new pics. Let me know what you think, if you have time =)

Cheers and have a wonderful new year ahead!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

that case tho

Its good to see technology advance

And this build is a perfect example of that

i love the new fast ram, and that m.2 ssd

But that case dude thats sweet

cheers

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I am pretty much in love with the case.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice colors

Nice pictures

Nice build

But....I think in the long run give your M.2 some time to appreciated your new speed. (based on your prior comment)

edit: you made me smile with your $96 monitor's :) What ever works!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the compliments!

LOL! The monitors are indeed terrible. The viewing angles are bad.

They are actually from by previous build. Shall upgrade them to G-Sync ones, when I can afford.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is amazing!

How good are the 950 Pro speeds?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

The speed is great! But, the bump is not as fantastic as compared to the switch of mechanical drives to SSD.

Perhaps the increased speed can be felt more significantly with the 500GB variant that has even faster read/write speed.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

jetflo fans... can you hear me now? i have the same case put some of the Enermax red Vegas fans in the front and a noctua industrial in the back, screams now. i can only imagine how loud those fans are at full speed.

i love how the RAM matches the MOBO it just looks great. i do think the white nzxt version of this case with modded red lights would have really set this color scheme off.

+1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The jetflo fans are deafening at full speed. I run them 1200rpm at most, so that they are less audible.

I was tempted to get the white version initially, but I am not technical enough to replace the blue leds with red ones.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

"Casual gaming and web browsing" $2600 build

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL! I am a PC enthusiast.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

haha nice!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

LMAO!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

great work ! just seeing this makes me happy ! i like your ram and cpu. enjoy .

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you link me to those LED light strips?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

https://store.nzxt.com/products/hue-plus-rgb-led-lighting-kit

it is out of stock at the moment. I got mine in a local store.

I'm from Singapore by the way.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Everyone has these GTX 970's and 80's... All i have is Radeon HD 4850 from 7 years ago.. :( But this Rig is Amazing! I like the Red, White, and Black colors, and the Hue+. <3 from me and + 1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Plan to upgrade your GPU anytime soon? 4850 was a good GPU back then. I couldn't afford it back then when I was a student and settled for a 4770. It was my mid-end GPU.

The hue+ 2 is just WOW! Had the first generation of the hue+ in my former rig.

Thanks for the <3 and +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Your GPU needs a backplate. Other than that, a beautiful build. Well done!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

Probably got to customize one. Have not seen one for this model.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I dont usually like these kind of builds but I love this one! Great Job its awesome

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. Good to hear that

These kind of builds as in? Too loud?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Reminds me of an F1 car... I recommend getting 980 ti instead of 970's, because SLI technology isn't that great yet, and the 980 ti is an excellent card! +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Maybe I should add 4 wheels on the chassis. Hee

I will be hanging on to my single 970 for at least another half a year.

Intending to observe the trend on whether developers will be making new game titles that take advantage of Direct X 12's feature that combines the VRAM of 2 GPUs.

If so, 970 SLI may be a more affordable way to achieve performance similar to a single 980Ti

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The 970 is a great card, hands down. (Best mid-level card in my opinion)

I forgot about DirectX 12's use of GDDR5 in SLI, which is a fancy way of copying what you said. :P

I heard something about new nvidia SLI AND AMD Crossfire usage coming up in a DirectX 12 patch, though I (regretfully) dunno where I read that from.

I was only concerned about the 970 vs 980 ti because if the DX12 software doesn't turn out great, the 970's might turn out to be a serious bottleneck, emphasis on if.

Nice motherboard btw.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I am not pinning my hopes too high on DX12. Even if it turns out well, it wold be prevalent any time soon.

Don't think 970 will bottleneck my system if I continue to game at 1080P.

I do yearn for a 980Ti and it's currently sitting right on top of my wish list.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

are the Cooler master jetflo really noise ?or are they ok ?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Personally, I am tolerant to fan noise.

I feel that they are okay.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMN!!!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wondering:

Why not X99? For an all around system X99 can't be beat, especially when you start throwing in multi-threaded and/or RAM intensive workloads.

I am still very much liking the build!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I hardly use any multi threaded applications.

Anyway the X99 is out of my budget too =)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

X99 would be roughly the same cost since X99 mobos are $200-$250 and a 5820K is around $30-50 cheaper than a 6700K right now.

You could have changed only the CPU and mobo and leveraged the extra memory bandwidth and 2 extra cores (will come in handy for 2016-2017 games I would bet)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

In 2016 -2017 i will be happily married with a family. I will like to provide for my kid or my wife rather than a com.

I hope you rationalize. That few hundred bucks might mean nothing to u, but a big deal for another family.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I apologize,

I didn't see the other posts about you not being located in North America where the X99 change would have made financial sense because here in USA it would actually be the same price as your parts. On a different note I think that your Samsung 950 Pro SSD should vastly outperform any SATA SSD if you are fully utilizing it. If it was used as a scratch disk in Adobe Premiere it should make a large performance improvement there, as an example.

Very sexy build and congrats on the family.

Have a great 2016!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the well wishing. I apologize for sounding rude too =)

You are right about the scratch disk part. I do notice some of my photoshop and illustrator operations run much faster on Samsung 950 Pro.

  • 47 months ago
  • 0 points

It's the same price man.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor $374.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Corsair H80i GT 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $79.99 @ Micro Center
Thermal Compound Noctua NT-H1 3.5g Thermal Paste $12.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus X99-A/USB 3.1 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $249.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill TridentZ Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $229.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $81.61 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 950 PRO 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $189.99 @ Amazon
Storage Hitachi Deskstar NAS 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $125.88 @ B&H
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card $308.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT Noctis 450 ATX Mid Tower Case $136.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic Platinum 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $161.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM (64-bit) $130.65 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition (2-Pack) 62.7 CFM 120mm Fans $27.99 @ Amazon
Case Fan Cooler Master JetFlo 95.0 CFM 120mm Fan $16.89 @ B&H
Case Fan Cooler Master JetFlo 95.0 CFM 120mm Fan $16.89 @ B&H
Case Fan Cooler Master JetFlo 95.0 CFM 120mm Fan $16.89 @ B&H
Case Fan Cooler Master JetFlo 95.0 CFM 120mm Fan $16.89 @ B&H
Case Fan Cooler Master JetFlo 95.0 CFM 120mm Fan $16.89 @ B&H
Case Fan Cooler Master JetFlo 95.0 CFM 120mm Fan $16.89 @ B&H
Monitor AOC E2260SWDN 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $96.99 @ Directron
Monitor AOC E2260SWDN 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $96.99 @ Directron
Keyboard Logitech K800 Wireless Slim Keyboard $64.99 @ NCIX US
Mouse Logitech G602 Wireless Optical Mouse $49.99 @ Newegg
Headphones Logitech G930 7.1 Channel Headset $69.99 @ Amazon
Speakers Creative Labs Inspire T10 10W 2ch Speakers $39.99 @ Micro Center
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $2672.21
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $2632.21
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-31 15:21 EST-0500
  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

2600$ Build and a single 970, Fail

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

my apologies. I am to your disappointment.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I spent $2.5k on my build and it has one single GTX 980Ti not everyone wants an SLI configuration.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Now that is what I call SEXY. Made all the right choices in spending here! This is how it's done!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

thank you! i truly appreciate!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually you could have gotten a 5820k + X99-A for about the same price.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

You favor a X99, but I don't ...

I mentioned in a couple of my replies. Actually, if you ever realized, I am from Singapore.

Pricing in the US is not a good representation of how pricing is like in SG.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the SSD?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Erm.....

On paper, PCIE X4 is a step up from SATA SSD.

The increase in real world performance isn't that significant in my opinion.

Maybe those who have the 500GB model which has faster read/write speed will beg to differ.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I like how your RAM costs as much as my graphics card . . . : ( sad face panda

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Awwww....

I guess anything that caters to your need and liking is just fine

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

NZXT sells case parts, if you want that upper right LED strip to be hidden you could get an H440 side panel.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a good suggestion. But may need to respray the side panel, since the noctis casing is matte.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The metal on the colour versions of the H440 is matte too.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Omg. I can now place an order for it without hesitation. Thanks for letting me know.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not 980TI?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Beyond Buget =(

I game casually @ 1080P.

Hence i settled for 970.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh man, I just realized I didn't up vote it until now, I should be beheaded :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

r.i.p my head :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Those ram sticks look beautiful in that motherboard! Nice Waifuranger background! !mmr Kappa

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Windranger FTW!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you buy new cables for your PSU and GPU or did they come with that nice felt-like cover on the wires?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The custom sleeved cables for my PSU were bought from a local retail store in Singapore.

You may checkout silverstone's sleeved extension cables available on amazon. They will give you a similar finished.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Got to keep that in mind... my cable management is atrocious

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Really love the way this came out. Looks fantastic.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The build is alright, but I think you could do better considering with 2000+ I'm sure you could do a Titan X or gtx 980 build.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Not all parts are brand new. Some are from my old rig.

Didn't spend so much in fact.

I game casually @ 1080P. A single 970 is more than enough to handle the games I play.

  • 47 months ago
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That 3rd pic got me so hype omg. It looks amazing +1 man

  • 47 months ago
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Thank you. Sir.

  • 47 months ago
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Awesome build. Congrats.

  • 47 months ago
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Thanks!

  • 47 months ago
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Mate, all I can say is that the white led lighting makes everything look soooooo good.

  • 47 months ago
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I thought so too. Was trying out all the fancy options in the NZXT Hue+ 2. But ended up with simple white lighting suits the rig the best

  • 47 months ago
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lol "casual" gaming

  • 47 months ago
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As in I am working most of the time. Only game 2 to 3 hours a week during weekend

  • 47 months ago
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Hi,

Nice Setup!!!

May I ask where you connected the 2 fan connectors from the CPU Cooler and the PWM Fan hub? I have build my setup last weekend and connected the 2 fans from CPU Cooler to CPU Main and CPU OPT and connected the PWM Hub to case fan 1, But now I can't control the speed for the PWM Fan Hub.

Is it possible to split the CPU Cooler fans (with Y Splitter) to CPU Main and connect the PWM to CPU OPT and do I need the Serial ata connector to the PWM Hub?

Please any help!!

  • 47 months ago
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For my setup, I connect the pump (cooling block) from the H80i GT to the CPU_FAN header on the mobo.

The 2 fans that came with the H80i GT are connected via the Y splitter on the pump.

Fan speed of the 2 fans are controlled via corsair link.

I did not use the CPU_OPT or the Noctis's pwm fan hub at all.

I am using the NZXT Grid+ V2 to controlled the rest of my case fans.

I suggest you can remove the pwm fan hub from the Noctis. Get a 2 pieces of 3-way Y splitter (plugged into SYS_FAN1 and SYS_FAN3 respectively) to control the fan speed of the remaining 6 case fans directly from your BIOS.

  • 47 months ago
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Hi,

Finally it's working here! What I did I connected the 2 fans from the H80i to CPU_Main and CPU_OPT. I connected 1 fan from the PWM hub to the white connector and the PWM cable to Casefan1. now I can control the speeds for that fans as 1 single fan.

  • 47 months ago
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Hello MaliciousKen, can you please tell me how your build is running I am a first timer who is stuck between 3 to 4 mobos and you own one of them I play games like Rust and a few graphic intensive games including Ark: Survival Evolved which I know those games are not stable and will have a hard time running at 60 fps anyways also how the OC is in the UEFI I would really appreciate a response

  • 47 months ago
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P.S. please take it easy I have been working with(games,downloads,fixing via youtube) PC for long time but never knew much about them at all til lastnight maybe 2 days now ...lol

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

My system is running cool and fast.

At what resolution are you gaming at? With a GTX 970, you should get very decent frame rates (50 to 60fps with high/ultra settings) in the above games you mentioned, if you are gaming at 1080p.

So far, I only did a mild overclock to 4.4ghz by changing the multiplier via UEFI. I haven't try to change the value of bclk. RAM are "O.C" with XMP.

  • 47 months ago
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Oh, very nice I am very stuck on the build of o 980ti, also it is 1080 atm, but it will be 4k within 6 or 7 months so i don't want to make the jump and already have spent the money on a 970. I will post a list of motherboards and if anyone including yourself would give me some thoughts to which board to use for gaming some streaming and most definetly OCing...lol I would appreciate it a ton.. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/VZ9b7P keep in mind I was aimging for $2000 build or close to it.

  • 47 months ago
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For 4k gaming, without adoubt, you should go for the 980Ti

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

List of mobo's I am stuck between the one I like the most is the titanium for OCing and for gaming I like the Alpha but I could just be going way to nuts for a build like this!! LOL Asus MAXIMUS VIII HERO

Asus MAXIMUS VIII HERO ALPHA

MSI Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM EDITION

MSI Z170A GAMING M7

ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6+

ASRock Z170 OC Formula

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Personally, I had used a number of ASUS mobos over the past decade. ASUS mobos usually have the coolest features, best UEFI, build quality, and are highly recommended by most experience builders.

However, I never have any luck with them. Most of my ASUS mobos only lasted me around 2 years before they get spoilt.

On the other hand, I have got really good experiences with MSI mobos. In my opinion, the MSI Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM EDITION looks great. However, it will be difficult to find components that match the looks of the xpower.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Also your thoughts on the M.2 and if I really need it or not cause like I said I am new to all this all I know is what I've learned over the years and what I have been researching the past few days to a week now.

  • 47 months ago
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A M.2 PCI-E X4 SSD is good to have, but not a must.

The real world increase in speed compared to SATA SSD (e.g. Samsung Evo 850) is not that significant in most computing tasks.

Nevertheless, I do realise some adobe software (photoshop, illustrator) running much faster, with the M.2 PCI-E X4 SSD used as the scratch disk.

You may wish to note that the Eluktro Pro-X you chosen is a AHCI model, and may not have support for NVMe.

  • 47 months ago
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Thanks a ton for your replies I love your build it inspired me for the first one I did, and got me to do tons of research which led me to the revision of my build, I just like the UEFI setups in MSI a ton and ASUS a little more. Great Job an your build it looks fantastic!!

  • 47 months ago
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It's unique looking and stylish. Something that is different from the norm. I would say the aesthetic is outstanding.

I wonder why there is a handle at the top of the case. It is unlikely that the case will be move around frequently since it is really HUGE.

I have never like built-in solutions for LED and Fan control that comes default with PC cases. I feel that fans are best controlled either with the mobo, or a dedicated fan controller. Likewise, nothing can beat the NZXT HUE +2 when it comes to lighting up your case with LEDs.

I will always prefer a case with a big window.

Again, the above are just my personal preference.

Different individual has different taste.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

New build with the MSI Titanium

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hh36CJ

What do you think??

  • 47 months ago
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Your RAM and GPU matches the colour of the MOBO perfectly. Good choices.

Your chosen case has a window, but is too small to let you show off the matching components inside.

Lastly, I would suggest you pick a better PSU. If you like corsair, go for HXi or AXi series.

Else, consider the following:

  • Seasonic Gold/Plat series

  • EVGA G2

  • Superflower Leadex Gold/Plat

  • 47 months ago
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Nice pc. That case is really cool looking. +1

  • 47 months ago
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This build is absolutely just amazing. Nice work!

  • 47 months ago
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Thanks!

  • 47 months ago
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your build is almost exactly like mine. except different case and different brand gpu

  • 47 months ago
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Wow. Would be interested to check out your build.

Do you have a link to share?

  • 47 months ago
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Do you have a picture of where the H80i gt is in?

  • 46 months ago
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Hey man, do you have any issues with this board at all?

Congrats on finding NZXT Hue+ as well, I've been struggling to find one for my build.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

The board works perfectly as advertised. I am loving it.

Hue+ is available in NZXT store. https://store.nzxt.com/products/hue-plus-rgb-led-lighting-kit

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Very pretty

  • 46 months ago
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Thanks!

  • 46 months ago
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Looking good. Turbo is begging to be Hybrid cooled - alphacool blocks work nicely :) not to hard to do

  • 46 months ago
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Will check it out!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is a beauty :D Good job MaliciousKen!

  • 44 months ago
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39 decibels for all of those fans? This has to sound like a jet engine! But I'm kinda bias, if my computer isnt whisper quiet it freaks me out. Otherwise amazing build love the case choice!

  • 37 months ago
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Just now came across this build. You did a beautiful job. Clean Build +1

I just got back from visiting Singapore, beautiful place, great food.
Congrats on the Feature!!

  • 37 months ago
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Thank you for the compliments for both the build and my homeland!

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  • 47 months ago
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Hello!

A few users pointed out the same.

I have just remounted the radiator to the front. Check out the new pics and let me know how you feel.

I will observe the temps for some time. Hopefully, they doesn't get too affected.

Appreciate the +1 =)

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  • 48 months ago
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Thanks! To be honest, the speed bump is not really noticeable over a tradition SATA SSD like those in the same category with Samsung EVO/PRO 850.

  • 48 months ago
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That is because you only got the 256gb m.2 and not the 512gb :/

  • 48 months ago
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Perhaps.

Nevertheless, I couldn't afford the 512gb variant.

  • 47 months ago
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Are you glad you went with the 256gb 950 pro? Or would you rather have had a 500+ gb 850 Evo?

  • 47 months ago
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without a doubt ... the 950 Pro.

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  • 48 months ago
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Thanks buddy, for your very positive remarks!

The rig could have been better if i could afford the 500gb 950 pro and a GTX980 Ti.

I do agree sleeved cable is a must, at least for the 24pin mobo cable and PCI-E cable.

I am indeed proud that my rig is featured. 400 is a a bit far fetch, but I do hope it will happen.

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  • 47 months ago
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I can be malicious when provoked. Haha!

I shall get you a beer if my votes hit 400. LOL

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  • 47 months ago
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Nice!

That's a hard way to earn a can of coke!

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  • 47 months ago
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LOL.

Amazing video!

Thank you.

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  • 48 months ago
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Of course, a long, lengthy description is not required by the great and powerful manirelli.

* places a manual on your desk that has 2,000 pages of how to write a description in PCPP and sets a pint of beer *

And it's good to see you again jipster. I hope you had a lovely Christmas and may you have a Happy New Year. :)

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  • 48 months ago
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Honestly, most times I'm happier with an active builder responding to users questions and Ken has done a fantastic job of this.

Some people like to write, some like to build, and a small group like both ;)

  • 47 months ago
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Thank you so much for featuring my build.

It is my first time posting a build here, and I am sure there will be many more to come!

Have a great new year ahead!

  • 42 months ago
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Sexual Build man! But the extra fans are a little bit to loud for me

  • 48 months ago
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Wow. Overjoyed that my humble build got featured!

Thanks!

I am not good with words, and therefore the short description.

  • 47 months ago
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Humble? More like boss

  • 47 months ago
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LOL!

I look like a clown in front of those who have dual GTX 980Ti

  • 47 months ago
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Manirelli don't lie

  • 47 months ago
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Ok, maybe, but the question is, do u really need it?

  • 47 months ago
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I don't. That's why I didn't cut my budget for other components to squeeze out some $$ for the 980.

However, it is good to have. Haha. Kind of add some completeness to my build.

  • 47 months ago
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Better to have and not need, than to need and not have. :)

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  • 47 months ago
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Looking forward to see the real life performance of the pascal too.

I am in doubt that the new technology will be priced so competitively.

  • 48 months ago
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You're back!

  • 48 months ago
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He has been he just does not comment on very many builds.

  • 48 months ago
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We missed you so much!!!!!!

  • 48 months ago
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this build speaks for itself. love it.

  • 47 months ago
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Hey! You're back! XD

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  • 47 months ago
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The feels man, the feels are real

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  • 48 months ago
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Pretty sure that 950m.2 ssd is using PCIx4.

  • 48 months ago
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You are right!

  • 48 months ago
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Not a avid gamer here. Hence, I don't need a G-Sync monitor. I prefer multi-display (for streaming videos in the background while I game or work) and 2X G-sync monitors will easily raise my budget by more than 1k.

Since I am gaming at 1080p, that explains why I do not need GTX980 in SLI. 970 is capable of handling most titles at 1080p. Nevertheless, I may get a single GTC980Ti when I feel like splurging the money.

Tokugawa right. My Samsung 950 Pro is a M.2 NVMe PCI-E x4 SSD.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The Acer xb2870h g-sync (1080p) is only 350 USD refurb from the factory. Well worth it. I never notice when my fps dips below 60. I use it and a crap Dell 17 inch for a second screen to stream (and a 55 inch 4k Vizio for a third to watch tv). Works great.

The M.2 placement on the mobo is nice btw. On my X99 board its so close to the GPU that I'm scared to get a 950 due to the potential for overheating and consequent throttling.

  • 47 months ago
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A G-sync monitor is definitely worth considering for an avid gamer.

However, I only do causal gaming (games like Dota, L4d, SF IV) and wondering if paying a premium for a G-Sync monitor is justifiable.

I can imagine the 55 inch 4k Vizio to be so .... WOW!

  • 47 months ago
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Yeah, g-sync does only makes sense when you start taxing the GPU to the point where you drop to less than 60 fps (see: me playing AC Syndicate). But it is a 1ms 144hz 1080p 27 inch for 350, which is still a decent value.

The Viz is sweet (800 USD at Costco), but not for intensive gaming - more for watching 4k video and the like. The lag for DIRT Rally had me ROTFL. And the 4K res. had my 980 pushing out Witcher 3 in the 20-30 fps range (no bueno).

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  • 47 months ago
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pal... to be honest... i suck at photography too .

All these photos were taken with a camera phone.

I felt embarrassed when you said I have good photography skills.

I am sure you will do equally good =)

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