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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.

Comments

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful! Love the shimmer of it all, especially in the dark. I also have a Quickfire TK, what do you think of it?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

its a decent keyboard i have browns in there ok i think that reds would have been better but the white lights just go better

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow man, this is the most beautiful thing i have seen on this site so far. Wire management is great. But why didn't you go with a liquid cooler?

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

If he's not overclocking there's not really much of a point, especially when the 212 is cheaper

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

its a locked cpu so no point. i will be changing my cpu to an i7 so ill water cool then but thanks for the comment

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice work of art! My h440 build is almost complete, just awaiting my CPU to come. I also just ordered some white sleeved cable extensions. How close does the 212 come to the window pane?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

there is about a 1 inch gap. i would get some cable combs too they make all the difference

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a real shame Gigabyte has done away with the blue on their motherboards. I really like it on my matx version of your board. Overall, looks awesome!

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

How do you like the CPU? Thinking about getting the 4570.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd get the 4590 if you have the choice between them (better and for the same price)

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

what mike said...if your only gaming in it its fine but it tops out a lot when i use photoshop. when i got it that wasnt an issue but since i got my dslr its doing my head in!

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Did your family shove you into that little corner!? How rude. Sweet build, though!

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

the mrs did i had a choice between a 970 and a food mixer for her for xmas....do you see a food mixer!

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

That's amazing! Hahaha

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! I really like the before and after shots. Those custom cables look great! I normally use "CAT 5" for my ethernet connections, but I might have to get one of those new wireless kittens...

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

lol...my cat is is 4 now fully grown and is just like my mrs.....really nice to look at but will rip you hand off if you try to go near her!

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Fantastic build! +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

solid build

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey man,

I am gonna buy the same Case/GPU as you. I have a question for you? I know that the Gigabyte G1, is longer then the case supports and you need to remove HDD Brackets. How many HDD/SSD Brackets could you still have installed, i am talking about max Brackets. Thank you already for your answer!!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

i had all of them installed but you cant use 1 for a 3.5 if i remember i dont have the gpu in right now (long story)

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

puta tio, que orgasmo ver las fotos de tu torre csm, esta genial , alta calidad, todo perfecto, blanco azul plomo, PERO que COLOres dios mio!!! felicitaciones.. lo siento but i couldnt type in enlgish ... was too much Sensations!! my lord, mega like those EPIC PHOTOS HOlyyy sh**T ... congrats dude, gal, warever...!!!

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

lol i think you like it ! thank you

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

dude,

( glorious silence)

u__U

OF COURSE I LIKE YOUR BUILD's ALBUM - LOveit! daaamm, im a designer and concept artist, i have a pc glow so nice in my home office- but, this...

this man... yep... this was dedication and love, take care of that droid right there. congrats again ( i will look all this album again xD .. in office, right ***** now..)

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

where did you get the Z506 so cheap ?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

second hand...ish some guy was selling one local opened but used once...bargin

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

why you didnt go for Raid 0?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

DUH CABLEZ!!!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Going to have basically same setup! Wondering how everything is workin.

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