This is an upgrade from a build I did way back in April of last year my first build So the board CPU RAM 1 SSD HDD and PSU are from that build its used for work (web developer), gaming and photoshop work Part choices there are more photos here
GFX - I had originally planned to sli the 760 but when the 970 showed up sporting similar performance to a sli if the game scaled well and with a much lower power draw it was a no brainer. I have had it 2 months now and seriously wow it eats everything you throw at it.
The case - oh the case, it’s a work of art. Very clean and very well built. Well almost very well build. I have 2 issues the first is the screws for the panels that are attached….sort of, well they don’t work and can make taking the panel off a bit of a fiddle. Second is the acrylic window…well it’s sh**. It scratches very easily and will need to be replaced.
Storage – my set up may seem strange but I had the 120 GB already and this was intended for a hackintosh dual boot. Thing is mac doesn’t play nice with a dual boot on the same drive so I went for the 250 GB with a 30/200 split, using the 200 GB just for games.
The monitor – I got this a while back and it’s ok. Colours look good though it does need to be set up first. For what I paid though I cannot complain.
Extras – the mouse is excellent. Feels good in the hand great software that allows you to add macros and key binds to the buttons. Also you can add games to the software and it will switch profiles when you start them. My only criticism is that the two button next to the left mouse button are awkward to get to but still usable. The keyboard is a dream coming from an old dell rubber dome thing love it.
The build - or re build went well for the most part it took 2 days in total with installing both windows and mac. Mac was definitely a stumbling block and I spent ages trying to sort things out but got there in the end (the 970 isn’t fully supported on mac yet). I originally added 2 led fans at the top that looked ok but just didn’t sit right with me I pulled them out and replaced them with a nzxt 2m led kit and I got to say I like it much better. Finally I had to wait a month for the bitfienx cable extensions and the combs due to, well spending so much on xmas so that’s why it took so long to post.
What’s next? Well I want a second monitor probably a 27inch I may go down the route of a 1440p Gsync and a second 970, but not sure yet. I also want to change the CPU to at least an i5 but will probably end up with an i7 as I have started doing a lot of photography and the horse power will help in Photoshop. Also anther 8 GB of ram.