Description

It's been pretty much a full year since I built this last year around the same time. What better time then to review it now.

Simply put, its a beastly PC. I call him "Frank", as in Frankenstein. He was put together from scratch and is a monster. What else was there to call him?

Absolutely no complaints so far. I'm running and using him for a bunch of graphics, image work, video, and some 3d work. Everything is running really, really smoothly and nice. There are a few things that are a little annoying at times, but other then that, its smooth sailing. crosses fingers

Few things to consider next time.

The Consair C70 is a typical Mid ATX case. It looked nice before I got it, and looks nice as I look at it now; but its got holes in the top for better air flow/extra fans that allow A LOT of dust to come flying through. When I'm not using it I keep it covered at all times. Even with it uncovered during use there's a bit of dust in there over the last year, but not enough to warrant cleaning it out yet. So if you plan on getting this case, make sure you get something to cover up the top when not in use unless you want a dust haven in there. Also, the built in fans run a little loud. Was gonna replace them earlier but ended up leaving them in there. Their hum and sound can have a strange calming effect.

The MSI GTX 970 is a beauty. Got a free copy of FC 4 with the purchase (not a big gamer) and it ran like butter at full settings.

As for cooling, the 212 EVO is BIG. And I like that, it keeps things cool, BUT, it blocked the 2 remaining RAM slots in my ASUS H97-PLUS.

I got 16gb's of ram and maxed it out fairly soon doing graphics/image/video/3d work. One thing to take into consideration is 16gb is the minimum and I really should of gotten 32gb (max possible for this Asus card/build). Problem is, I have no idea how the EVO 212 would of fit in after that. I've read some people turning it the other way or moving it around? But I honestly have no idea how thats possible if one wants to expand their RAM with this combo.

The Intel 730 Series 240GB SSD was a last minute purchase, which, for some reason I thought I wouldn't need at first. Thankfully, it's made a HUGE difference in the speed of this machine. Boot up time is under 5 seconds.

Contemplating if going with a smaller case next time would suffice. But I've eaten through the USB ports on this build fairly quickly so I'm not too sure anything smaller would be enough.

All in all, really happy with this built, its a work horse for my creative needs.

Part Reviews

CPU

4/5. Would of given 5/5 but...

Wish this had more cores :) But 4 will do for now.

CPU Cooler

The 212 EVO is BIG. And I like that, it keeps things cool, BUT, it blocked the 2 remaining RAM slots in my ASUS H97-PLUS. (a fairly common complaint perhaps?)

I got 16gb's of ram and maxed it out fairly fast doing graphics/image/video/3d work. One thing to take into consideration is 16gb is the minimum and I really should of gotten 32gb (max possible amount for this build). Problem is, I have no idea how the EVO 212 would of fit in after that. I've read some people turning it the other way or moving it around? But I honestly have no idea how thats possible if one wants to expand their RAM with this combo.

Overall, great, cheap cpu fan.

Motherboard

No problems with this. Runs nicely, and really love the UEFI BIOS.

This was my first time using it and you'd have to be a complete moron to screw anything up. It's very straight forward compared to the traditional BIOS.

Memory

Works and handles everything that RAM should do. No complaints, except for the size of them.

Storage

This thing is a monster. Barely had time to access the BIOS screen with this. "Fast" is putting it lightly ;-)

The Intel 730 Series 240GB SSD was a last minute purchase which for some reason I thought I wouldn't need at first. Thankfully, it's made a HUGE difference in the speed of this machine. Boot up time is under 5 seconds.

Storage

I think I have about 5 of them now. So far so good. Used for storage; files, documents, pictures and video files for editing. No issues, 7200rpm is fast enough for my needs at this given time.

Video Card

The MSI GTX 970 is a beauty. Got a free copy of FC 4 with the purchase (not a big gamer) and it ran like butter at full settings.

Using this card for motion graphics/design, image editing, video editing, and some 3d. No complaints whatsoever. Runs very nicely and is quiet.

Case

The Consair C70 is a typical Mid ATX case. It looked nice before I got it, and looks nice as I look at it now; but its got holes in the top for better air flow that allow A LOT of dust to come flying through. When I'm not using it I keep it covered at all times. Even with it uncovered during use there's a bit of dust in there over the last year, but not enough to warrant cleaning it out yet. So if you plan on getting this case, make sure you get something to cover up the top when not in use unless you want a dust haven in there.

Power Supply

Got good reviews, so I got it. Eco switch is on always and it never spins up for my needs. Extremely quiet. Does the job as its suppose to, takes quite a bit of room up though (it is a PSU afterall)

If I ever need another PSU then I'll definitely be going with another EVGA product.

Optical Drive

It is what is is. I barely use it and its horribly loud in my rig. It does the job though.

Monitor

16:10 aspect ratio, perfect for image editing, film editing, graphics, etc, since you get the additional vertical pixels (huge benefit) for something in this field.

16:9 for gaming is probably the biggest myth the industry could of sold. 16:10 is great. Stop complaining. No difference. Then again, I'm not a big gamer and this monitor was bought strictly for work.

No dead pixels on arrival. No dead pixels 1 year in (lets hope it stays that way)

Great colour reproduction, flicker less, and a joy to work with. Love it!

Mouse

Have two of them. Wouldn't have it any other way.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

hello frank...

Build looking good

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

more pics pls i might give u +1 so far it looks nice

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