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UPDATE 4/26/17 So, I caved in and decided to just go all out with this build. Returned the monitor and the GPU. Now running an EVGA 1080 FTW ACX 3.0 and an ACER X34 Predator ultrawide 3440x1440P 100Hz with GSYNC. Night and day difference between this monitor and the old one. And the graphics card is a beast. I did run into some bottlenecking issues though. I'm not sure where the bottlenecking is occurring, but in both BF1 and Ghost Recon Wildlands my CPU and GPU are both loaded at 100% and topping out around 50-60FPS. Obviously I was devastated by this. After messing with the internal rendering resolution in the game settings, I found that changing it from 1.00 to 0.97 pushed my FPS back up to between 90-100FPS. I'm not sure if the resolution of the ultrawide monitor is pushing the 1080 to its limits or if the CPU is the bottleneck. But, at 0.97 IRR I see no discernable difference in resolution. So it all works out I guess. I can run other games like Overwatch and DOOM at 100FPS and my CPU and GPU top out around 60% load. I must admit it was a little disheartening going from a 1070 with an ultrawide 1080P 75Hz monitor that ran everything perfect on ultra settings with no bottlenecking to my current bottlenecked setup. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, please let me know. Am I just pushing my GPU to the limits, or is my CPU the issue? I will also try to get pictures up to show the new setup and not the old one. *******************

I've been a hardcore console gamer since I was a kid. I've been on computers as well, but have always favored consoles. However, recently I have grown extremely tired of the BS associated with my Xbox one. Horrible frame rates, horrible hardware, horrible optical drive, etc...... So I decided it was time to abandon consoles and move on to bigger and better things. I'm an Electrical Engineer, so I figured building my own computer would come naturally to me. I currently work as an Automation Engineer, so the dynamics associated with computer building are easily relatable to my work.

Being accustomed to researching specs and verifying compatibility with components, after about a week of research I knew what I wanted to achieve from this build. Its main purpose is gaming. So first and foremost, it had to destroy the Xbox gaming experience. If it failed to do that, then it really wasn't worth it in the end. Other goals included being able to overclock and eventually run a 2K monitor. I originally set my budget at $1500 for everything. That budget didn't make it too long before being bumped up to $2000. So in the end my total cost including all peripherals was right around $2200.

Everything went together pretty smoothly. The only thing that really irritates me about the components used is the backplate for the I/Os on the motherboard. It is a piece of junk. A really nice board and then they cheap out on the backplate. Other than that, I am very happy with the build. And fortunately, everything powered up on the first try. Only issue I've had so far is when setting my RAM speed to 3000. It functions perfectly at 2933, but becomes unstable and refuses to POST at 3000. I'm sure this is a user error of some sort, and have not had the time to dig further into it. Other than that, I haven't really dug into overclocking yet and am only using the ASUS EZ overclocking feature. Right now it is overclocked 18% to 4.5GHz. Current CPU temps at idle are around 30deg. C and highest temps seen so far are 56deg C.

All in all, I consider this build a success. All games that I have currently have no issues on Ultra settings. And I must say, PC gaming is far superior to the consoles. I wish I would've converted sooner!

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  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

Damn! That ascension tho!

  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

wow! awesome build! 1+! looks great!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank. Appreciate it.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

RIP XBOX AND PS4 TOGETHER

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Born to eternal life!

  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

PCs: blowing consoles out of the water since whenever we started making consoles

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

First off great build brother! Secondly I have almost the exact same build with a diff motherboard and case. So I ask how are you going about overclocking? Any tips or help ill take, I haven't started overclocking anything yet but I would like too.

  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

If you want to OC your CPU you can easily hit 4.6-7 without adjusting anything except CPU multiplier. If you want more watch some videos specifically for your CPU since it'll be very similar with the max you wanna hit. (Quickly got my 7600k to 4.7 without temp/stability issues.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think I'd be of much help to you. I've only done the EZ overclocking feature that ASUS offers in their BIOS up to this point. Only thing I've overclocked before were my Droid phones. Once I have some time I'll sit down and start working on getting a good overclock. Sorry I can't be of more assistance.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh poor Xbox :(

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

so sick, +1!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

THAT'S RIGHT, SCREW CONSOLES!!!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Why A Tuff Series Mobo? Just asking but I thought those things are mainly geared towards workstations and less towards gaming

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe they are as well. But it was between this and the Asus Z270-P. They were pretty much the same price and I felt for the money this was a better choice then the -p model. Plus, I'm a veteran and partial to camo. So this having the digital camo print sealed the deal.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, you've got a nice build man. Do you mind if i ask you what mouse that is?

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a cheap mouse and keyboard set I got to get me through until I get something better. Kinda went overboard on the build, and I don't know if my wife could handle me spending another couple hundred on the nose and keyboard. So I will hold off for a little bit and get better ones soon. That is the Tecknet Kraken 3 and I think I paid $24 for the keyboard mouse combo. It gets the job done for now.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info. And if you want the best budget keyboard, you'll want the corsair k55 keyboard, this keyboard is only $49.99, and its features is way more than its price. It is so amazing. Lemme give you a quick video review. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukZwCBWX9fs.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I appreciate the info.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Just got back Best Buy. Picked up a Corsair Strafe mechanical with Cherry MX red keys. They price matched Newegg who was selling it for 79.99. Not a bad deal. Also picked up a Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum (59.99). I think these now round out the build.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

They're both really amazing peripherals, especially the strafe keyboard.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree. I am really enjoying them. Much better than that other crap I was using.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy CRAP!!!! This is Pretty good for a console skrub. How much was that freakin monitor? Nice red theme and +1 for days.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Monitor was 399.99. It's a pretty good monitor, has a lot of features for the price. It is only a 6-bit 1080P and 75Hz though. I keep going back and forth on returning and getting something better. Really want 1440P and 144Hz.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmmm fair price for a monitor that big and is 75hz. A 1440p 144hz monitor is literally gonna blow a hole in your wallet lol. Good luck with that.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I think it's a pretty good deal. Just don't know if it's right for me. I have until May 5th to return, so we will see. If I do end up going with the monitor upgrade, I'll probably switch the 1070 for a 1080 also.

  • 36 months ago
  • 0 points

well someone's rich. Should just give me the 1070 lmao. JK.... or am I

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think that it would be possible to vertically mount a graphics card in this case, maybe in that space next to the PCI slots? Yeah, this really is an amazing setup! What a monitor...

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the monitors settings may be the key here. First ck. the wiring configs are compatiable (DP1.2, ect.), HDMI is not going to run that FPS and get those levels unless the games are optimized for such. Widescreens are funny esp. run in a daisy. Sounds like 60-70 FPS may be your sweet spot.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I’m thinking about buying the phanteks eclipse p400s TG because it’s a great buy for what it is. Just wondering is mounting the Corsair h100i v2 on the front ok for airflow? I got one at a good deal and plan to use it in the case but am not sure if airflow is great when the radiator is in the front. I’m a new builder also switching from Xbox. Lol. Thanks for proving the build works though.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't had any issues with it and mine is mounted on the front. There are vents on the top and bottom of the front cover and plenty enough space for airflow.

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I know. Already thinking about the next one, haha. I don't know how many more addictions my wife can handle. I'm also an avid golfer and always testing out new clubs.

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