Description

First PC Build. Went well, only issue with the prebuild was finding a spare monitor to test the video output. I use the system for gaming and school work. Originally I was using a Hanns.G HW191D for my monitor but bought the LG later, which is amazingly wide. I plan on setting up the Hanns.G as a second monitor.
Upgraded from Windows 7 Home Premium to Win 10 then did a clean install which is why the Windows is set to a lower price.
Would recommend all the parts on the list as they have been stellar so far, except for the case - the originally fitted fan had it's lower screws concealed by one of the mounting bars which I had to forcibly remove (read - lever out with a flat head screwdriver) to access them, and the back panel doesn't line up with the motherboard, which would place extra stress on the hdmi connector if I ever use it.
I get a consistent 60 FPS or higher in GTA V (except for grassy areas), and iirc 60 or above on maximum on Crysis 2. Highest GPU temperature is from Speccy just after a long GTA V session.
Update 27/02/16: Have benchmarked with UNiGiNE Heaven DX11 Heaven Benchmark.
TEMPS:

Pre-Benchmark Temps (°C)|Post-Benchmark Temps (°C)
Ambient|19|20
CPU|30|35
GPU|33|68 or 78, the benchmark said 78, but speccy said 68.

Benchmark Settings:
DirectX11
Quality: Ultra
Tessellation: Extreme
Stereo 3D: Disabled
Multi-Monitor: Disabled
Anti-Aliasing: x8
Full Screen: Yes
Resolution: System (2560x1080)

Results:
FPS: 40.1
Score: 1011 MinFPS: 7.8
MaxFPS: 84.9

Part Reviews

CPU

Good CPU, seems to not bottleneck the GPU and is good enough for folding@home. Would save up for money and go for the 4690K if you want to.

Motherboard

Works well, only issue is that it is halfway between ATX and MATX, so you need a weird standoff configuration.

Memory

Good RAM, no issues with it so far. If you buy the motherboard I have and have a case with a window then go for the Fury Blue as it will look nicer.

Storage

First SSD I've had, very little space after installing windows but speed is good.

Storage

Seems alright, no issues so far.

Video Card

Don't even notice the missing 0.5GB, nothing seems to be wrong.

Case

Issues with replacing pre-installed fans and the motherboard doesn't line up perfectly with the backplate.

Power Supply

IT HASN'T BLOWN UP == IT IS GOOD.

Optical Drive

Not really used this, bought it because I thought I had a spare windows 7 install disc to use.

Operating System

Good OS.

Case Fan

Good fan. No issues. Weird mounting system - uses rubber plugs not screws.

Case Fan

Same as the other fan.

Monitor

Nice and wide. Perfect for working with several windows open.

Keyboard

Good mechanical keyboard. I am now addicted.

Headphones

Surround sound. Nice. Make sure to set CSGO to 5.1 Surround in the audio settings.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

Got any pictures of the inside? Also was curious as to how the Alaska fans were working for you, specifically in terms of noise vs cooling.. nice build though, good performance

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Can take pictures of the inside tonight. Akasa fans are all right, cooling seems to be ok (I have the 140 as an intake on the front and 120 as out-vent on the back + reference style out the back GPU). Their mounting is weird, you get given rubber pieces you have to pull through the fan and case.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

UPDATE: Have added images of inside. Fine layer of dust is due to the house being over 100 years old.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! true that lol! always interesting to see the guts tho

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Great minds think alike. I had almost the exact same parts when theory-crafting one of my builds before I stumbled here, so great build! :D Has the GPU been giving you any coil wine? I have read numerous reviews on the 970 and this model in particular complain about it.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

No coil wine I can hear, but I've always got my logitechs on and the fans are loud so if there is they probably deaden it.