Description

I have two more builds here and both works completely different from each other. I am trying to help other PC Builders, if anyone have any questions about components, please ask me. I will do my best to update you as soon as I can.

I do gaming mean I seriously waste my time on gaming. So question is why I am not playing games on Consoles, I used to but get bored so quickly. PS4 and Xbox One extremely useful for gaming but so boring, sit on a sofa and that's it but when you play games on PC (its a class), its just a feeling you can't describe in words :). Still playing exclusive games like God of War, Last of Us, Gears of War and Destiny (awesomely awesome) on Consoles.

I'm still using my other PC whenever I am in a mood, I don't sell the components normally, so I keep them and build the new one.

I have great experience with every processor and graphics card I use so far. All of them performs different in same games :), so its quite cool though :)

Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor: Only intended to play games and so far I played Tomb Raider, Batman Arkham Knight, Shadow of Mordor, Assassins Creed Unity and FIFA 15 without any bottleneck.

MSI Z97-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard: Chose this motherboard because of features, colour and mSATA. And most especially USB 3.0 connection direction.

Kingston Savage 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory: Right now RAM speed is 2400MHz but won't make any difference either its 1600MHz or 2400MHz.

Samsung 840 EVO 1TB mSATA Solid State Drive: Brilliant piece, easy to install and works flawlessly.

Samsung 850 Pro Series 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive: System boot in 9 seconds (From the Windows Logo to Desktop).

MSI GAMING 2 Way Long SLI Bridge: Finally MSI offering something unique, and it looks too good.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 2GB Video Card (SLI): As I mentioned above the games I played so far on this setup, works like a charm, no stuttering or lag (Configure: High Settings). And one more thing when I play GTA V, it look so awesome (If you have any query about SLI configuration please feel free to ask me).

Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case: This is my second case and I loved it. First I ordered the S340 Red and Black but I returned it because then I can't see my PSU and Sleeved cables and worst thing about that case I had to squeeze the cables in the shroud to hide which wasn't very nice. And I had to use two extra SATA power connectors from PSU (One for SSD and one for HDD). Now I am using only one Molex cable from PSU and then ordered the Molex to SATA Extension to connect SSD and on next Tuesday when I receive my Western Digital 1TB Blue HDD. I will connect that with other Molex connection. Cable management is completely easy.

Issues: None

Corsair RM 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply: Very quiet and most importantly Corsair warranty.

Corsair Air Series AF120 Red 52.2 CFM 120mm Fan: Only for look purposes. Very quiet and my system is very nice and cold.

Corsair SP120 57.2 CFM 120mm Fan: Replace the stock fans with Corsair Red Led Fans.

LG 22MP55HQ-P 60Hz 22.0" Monitor: Soon I will turn this setup to Dual Monitor (trying to order it but right now its not in the stock anywhere) and its a very good monitor.

NETGEAR A6210-100PES AC1200 802.11AC Dual Band (300 Mbps / 867 Mbps) High Gain Wi-Fi USB 3.0 Adapter: First I was thinking about getting TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 N900 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter, but then I have to remove this adapter every time I used my other PC. And this one is working extremely fast (all depends on the ISP provider). I am getting 100Mb from Virgin Media (108Mb using Ethernet cable and 106 using Adapter). My PC is only metre away from Router.

Corsair Raptor K30 Wired Gaming Keyboard: Colours selection, warranty and profiles for Battlefield Hardline.

Mionix NAOS 8200 Wired Laser Mouse: Braided cable, nice logo and colours selection.

Corsair Sleeved Cable Kit - Red: Cables completely matched with my PC setup.

Thanks for viewing this post. Please pass your comments and let me know what you think about cable management.

I only post my builds here to help beginners, so they can decide which component they need (if they want to build it by themselves). They have three choices to compare G3258, i5 and i7.

Comparison of all three builds I have while playing games on High Settings (GeForce Experience Optimised Settings). And I am comparing them in real test and how I felt while I was playing each and every game individually.

Tomb Raider, Batman Arkham Knight and Metal Gear Rising Revengence completed on all three machines (mean half the game I played on i7 and the other half on other two). And no issue on any system, they all perform relatively same but all three games were performed brilliantly.

Note: FIFA 15 (I play this game a lot) had loads of stuttering when I play on G3258 (a lot mean a lot)

Just finished Never Alone few hours ago 01/9/2015 1130 BST (i5 4690K), only took me 4 hours approx. but I must say everyone would love this game. (No issues and smooth gameplay).

Build completed roughly in 3 hours but cable management took me around 2-3 hours or I must say took me days (because I like to keep the back side of the casing tidy too). Not sure how many people gonna be please with cable management but I tried my best :).

Cable Management I just not only putting the cables up and down or just squeeze them in the corner. I properly done it e.g. if I want to put the Extra HDD I just use 45CM Molex to SATA.

Only thing which I want to remove is Molex to 3-pin connector because only one fan is connected so far. I also have 4-pin to 3-pin cable which can connect on Motherboard Fan Header. I really want to use that one but I don't have exact answer (I know I can do it and maybe there is no harm). But I am just not 100% sure, shall I do it or leave it. I could connect with CPU Fan Header but I don't wanna use there, I want to connect with SYS Fan 2 Header, which is right underneath 24-pin connection, so I can hide it.

Maintenance Finally, the difficult part. I am using Compressed Air, which cost me £7-8 normally for two cans (expensive). And I clean my PC every 1st Week of Month. So that way it cost me a lot (so I am not very happy). I know I will find the solution but so far no nothing click on my head :) And I love my Corsair 200R.

I also have MSI GTX 960 Custom Backplates (they look awesome) but I don't like modifying the components. So I just left it as it is (if someone need please send me Private Message).

"Wakey wakey everyone. My new build is here"

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Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

This is hot Very nice build

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Aww! Thanks a lot. I'm really glad you liked the build :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

Hey you are off the chain in my book you cabling work I can just (DAM) you did that :-)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha every time I built the PC I always tried to do my best to keep the cable management tidy and perfect.

Thanks for the positive response :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

You can spend money on a DataVac. It's basically a wired electric duster. I probably need to get one for myself, too. =D "More effective than canned air and safer than canned air".

http://www.amazon.com/Metro-Vacuum-ED500-500-Watt-Electric/dp/B001J4ZOAW

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I have one and love it

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks my friend. I just ordered it from Amazon.co.uk. Reviews are good too and overall I will save so much money now.

You were very helpful :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build and amazing cable management. Too bad that the PSU is a yellow RM rather than a red AX :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Aww! Thanks dear. Very nice of you. My other rig have AX1500i and I also used the RM1000 and really like it (money and performance).

I know you mean by colour scheme :) but for this thing I will "let it go" :)

I hate tampering with components otherwise I will order the sticker or acrylic cover.

I hope you won't mind like that.

Thanks again for checking the rig :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes of course the remark was strictly about the color, an AX would have been the icing on the cake to get total red. From a performance and reliability standpoint, RM1000 will do wonders :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha yes so it works fine in my both builds so far :).

Thanks again for replying and checking the rig.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

My OCD loves this build! great Job ! +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hehehe thanks :) much appreciated. Took long time to do it properly :) and thanks for checking the rig.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

looks pretty sexy

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hoopla! Nice one. Yup definitely right :)

Thanks for the lovely comment ;)

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

What's the reasoning behind the MASSIVE SSD storage? For the price of those SSDs you could have gotten a 980 Ti. Anyways I'm not sure if the SLI 960 is worth it but god damn it looks good. +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hiya thanks for checking the build. I am using the SSD from long time and after that I don't think I will evenly go back to normal HDD. Because I play game a lot of games, so I keep them :)

I have 1080p monitor and I played so many games (high settings) and all AA titles are 50-60+ fps. I think it's enough for these cards to handle.

And both cards are bought separately. So won't be able to get 980ti. I will get it next year when nvidia launch the new architecture (hope so). Because I have three other build so I have to change components for all three of them.

And thanks for wonderful statement about the build. I hope I explain it thoroughly.

I must say from all three builds I love these cards in SLI, they perform too good :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a really nice clean build !! but I think one single 980 would benefit more than two 960's, just for that extra 2G of VRAM, but I've seen that you have explained the reason to some one else!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Hiya! Thanks for checking the build and reading the comments :) I have Asus GTX 970 in my other build and Single GTX 960 in other build (please check my other completed builds). Tomb Raider and Battlefield Hardline perform a lot better on GTX 960 SLI (look better too) than SIngle GTX 970and GTX 960.

And on the other hand I received the GTX 960's on two different occassions :)

Thanks again for checking with me and please dont forget to vote (up or down) :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm surprised you didn't buy any issues :P As always a great build +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Aww! Thanks :) I just love to build PC and keep them clean and tidy. I am really happy you liked it.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

You should try out an itx build next I think that would also be really cool coming from you

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I am planning to go with Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX in my next build. Its almost planned just waiting for BLACK FRIDAY and then I am going with Skylake generation :)

Thanks for such an awesome comment.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

That's exactly what I wanted to hear I've been look at the evolv itx but there aren't many completed guides with it but coming from you it should suffice

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Just out of curiousity what is your job that lets you afford all these pc's because I'm still in high school and am looking for career fields

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

:) thanks. Whenever I finish the build I will update you :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The MSI graphic card got light??

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hiya! Yes and you can change the pattern through NVidia GeForce Experience or MSI Gaming App. Thanks for checking the build :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

That is ******* clean

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Aww very nice of you :) Thanks for checking my build :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for MSI SLI bridge

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks my friend. Definitely this looks awesome.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

How is airflow between the two 960's. Any Overheating problems?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hiya top one is 29℃ idle and 54℃ after 3 hours FIFA 16 game session and bottom one 28℃ idle and 51℃ after an hour Tomb Raider gameplay. I hope this one help you out :).

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, Thanks:)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

You're very welcome :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

What about gaming performace scaling?

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Hiya! Sorry I was bit busy yesterday sorting out the Sleeving Cables for my PC. I will update you with more recent games which I am playing.

First all the games optimized through GeForce Experience.

Rise of Tomb Raider - Not evenly once game crashed and consistently reaching above 57fps.

Street Fighter 5 - Games crashed once because I forgot to update Nvidia latest drivers but after updating not evenly crashed mean since 17/002/2016 05:45AM GMT :) and I am reaching 58fps. This game is manually configured and all settings are high.

And last like always FIFA 16 - Not evenly once stutter or I seen any gameplay issue :)

But if you looking for your build and you want only for gaming please go for single GTX 960 (you won't see any massive difference with single card).

Thanks :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build overall but dude one gtx 970 has more performance than 2 hrs 960s I do not agree with that part of the build. Other than that best cpu choice best everything else choice and the longest description I have ever seen on this site. Love it!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks my friend for checking my build. If you check my other builds you will see I already have MSI and also ASUS GTX 970. I built this one just for the sake of Custom Loop but end up spending my time with my precious daughter so instead of wasting my time on Custom Loop. I thought get one more GTX 960 just because of aesthetics and i love it :)

You will see here on this website, its more about aesthetic :)

Thanks again! And please have a good weekend :)

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude if it's for aesthetics then by all means do whatever your wallet allows. And yeah I have seen some crazy stuff on this website (Pentium and a 750 ti both on a custom water cooling loop inside an h440 case). Plus I even went a little over budget on my build because I wanted the h80I gt water cooler. I personally don't see the appeal of two gpu's (to me it just looks weird in the case) but I'm not gonna stop anyone from being happy :). Definetly getting my upvote!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks and have fun :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

You could remove the drive bay you know... +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

the storage on this build tells us we have aged so much in technology

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot. I thought the description might help viewers to interact with me easily and thanks again for checking the build :)

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  • 57 months ago
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Hahaha thanks for checking the rig :) My wife ordered one GTX 960 for me and then after a month I ordered the next one.

No special reason as I had one more GTX 960 in my other rig and I am personally using GTX 960, so I know how it performs :).

GTX 960 in SLI perform so much better, but it all depends on game itself.

I hope you like the build :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

I tried to get my girlfriend to get me a second 970 for my Birthday...she whacked me on the head and said "what about me?". So I had to order the 970 myself and build her a system to keep from getting whacked again... ;)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha that's so nice :) I just checked your rigs and finally you managed to get other 970 ;) If you want to be happy just keep her happy (very important rule in relationship) :)

I am going to order an other Asus GTX 970 for my i7 rig. I love SLI setup :)

Thanks for checking the rig :) don't forget to vote me (up or down).

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 was the first thing I did when I say the neat-ness of the build :) wish I could give you another for having such an awesome wife ;)

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Very kind words my friend. I think EVGA SLI Bridge will look awesome in your rig :)

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Aww you just have to talk to her about positive things and I bet she will understand :)

Corsair 200R for me it's brilliant (my current computer desk can only take 510mm tall rigs so I have limited space). As you can see in the images in my rig I have 2 exhaust on top then one intake fan on front and two fans at the back. And my temps are really good so far just like my other two rigs. Price and quality and weight of this rig is like expensive cases.

I was thinking to get 300R and 330 but I won't see any difference except 240mm radiator option.

Battlefield Hardline is brilliant on this Monitor but I'm bit disappointed because now I can't find same monitor anywhere (desperately need same monitor for my dual setup).

But you can get the LG 67 model. It's similar and brilliant and economical.

And I tried my best to pick know brand items because of the warranty (really matters in long run).

Thanks again for checking with me :)