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Storm Stryker Gaming Build

by TaylorPope

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21 Comments

Details

Date Published

Feb. 20, 2015

Date Built

Feb. 13, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.38GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.5GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

41.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C

Description

12/10/15 UPDATE: I've now replaced the 980 with 2 Gigabyte Gaming 980ti's in SLI. I've added the Acer Predator 1440p 144hz monitor w/ Gsync to match this upgrade. I've also added in a 1TB SSD with a 5TB WD Black HDD on the way. I've replaced the Hyper 212 EVO with a Corsair H105 to support the new CPU overclock of 4.4ghz.

Overall everything is working great. I've upgraded to Windows 10 and games are running pretty smooth. Adding the 2nd card for SLI has definitely increased temps and made the fans blow louder than I'm used to, but after replacing all case fans with some Corsair SP and AF silent fans, its not the worst thing in the world.


This was my first custom-built PC I've ever done. I wanted something primarily (90% of its use) for gaming. Please note that some of the prices aren't necessarily 100% accurate. My parents bought my GTX 980 for my birthday and Christmas present for example (1 day apart), so I don't actually know how much it cost but I do know they were on sale the week they got it.

I had originally started out with a SeaGate 4TB Hybrid Drive but it was DOA. In a pinch I grabbed the WD Caviar Blue from Best Buy which explains the high price, and I ordered a SSD to pair with it.

After a few weeks of messing around with this rig, I've become very happy with the performance. With 5 case fans, 2 mobo fans, 2 gpu fans and the cpu cooler, this thing stays nice and cool. CPU temps are around 24c while browsing internet or Steam and only go up to 40-50c while gaming. GPU temp also idles at 24c and will stay around 51-54c under Far Cry 4's ultra settings load while I'm running the fans on it.

I've overclocked the CPU to 4.0Ghz and will probably jump to 4.4Ghz since its performed well in all stability tests. My one complaint is that the built-in fan controller on the case disappointed. The front fans stay controlled, but the other 2 fans that were hooked to the controller stopped working one day. I tested all the connections and it turns out 2 of the wires from the fan controller were fried. The fans are now plugged into the mobo which isn't that big of a deal, just disappointing.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great bang for your buck if you want to do PC gaming. Seems to handle everything thrown in its way, although I haven't attempted a lot of demanding programs at the same time yet.

CPU Cooler

The stock fans are a little loud for my liking but the cooler definitely does its job. Build quality feels very nice and installation was simple. Replacing the fans was also very easy.

Thermal Compound

Worked as intended, no issues, went on my processor perfectly.

Memory

Can't speak for other brands of RAM but it seems to do its job just fine. Its got a sturdy outer casing that feels very premium.

Storage

Very fast indeed. Just re-installed my OS and a few games onto this baby and it beats any HDD by a long shot. Easy to install and offers plenty of storage for my OS and a few demanding games.

Storage

Its definitely not the top performing SSD, but its a hell of a lot faster than a regular 7200 RPM HDD. Solid performance and the Black Friday price was unbeatable at $200.

Storage

I grabbed this in a pinch after my 4TB SeaGate Hybrid drive was DOA. Surprisingly fast considering its just an HDD. Looks to be a good pairing with my SSD.

Storage

I received this HDD as a birthday present. 5 TB of storage, what more could you want? Hard drive seems to have that excellent performance that WD is known for and with the Black series there is a 5 year warranty so I feel very great about adding it to my rig.

Video Card

Absolutely stellar version of a stellar card. Temperatures with the single card were phenomenal for air blowing (never even went into the 60's) and even the bottom card stays as cool in SLI. GPU has a 3 fan cooler so the noise level can rise when the fans are really working, especially with 2 of them. Overclock is very stable and the card looks great with the multiple color LED Windforce logo and the backplate.

Case

I was leaning towards this or HAF-X and man am I glad I chose the Stryker. The quality of the case is worth 5 stars alone. The handle up top was very useful while building and there's a nice protrusion on the backside to help with cable management. It came with 4 fans already installed, I added a 5th on bottom and use the built-in fan controller for all but the back fan. There was plenty of room to move around inside even while all the parts were installed, and the 3 dust trays are a nice feature!

Power Supply

Having never built a PC before, I only heard about how much of a pain non-full modular PSUs can be. The PSU was again very well built and aesthetically pleasing. I really liked the color scheme even if it doesn't match my case. Snapping cables in was a breeze and it seems to run very cool.

Optical Drive

It may not be a 5-star drive with all the bells and whistles, but its a simple, inexpensive drive that does its job. Seems to run fast and was simple to install.

Operating System

7 is a good OS, but let's be honest. New copies of 7 are only being used to upgrade to Windows 10 later this year. It might explain why its still so expensive, I only managed to get it for this price because I only bought the key and used a friend's disc to install.

Monitor

I'm completely blown away by this monitor. The sharpness, color and intensity are ridiculous. Pulling it out of the box, I could tell the build quality was really solid. The jump to 144hz was insane, definitely wasn't expecting an experience like this. Definitely will pick up a second one to go with it.

Monitor

There's a reason this monitor is winding up on everyone's Best Gaming Monitor list. 144hz, 1440p, IPS, 4 ms response time, and GSYNC. Gsync is incredible and SLI 980ti is perfect for the 1440p 144hz configuration. I went from a 1ms response time to this 4ms and I haven't noticed the difference. Quality of the IPS panel is amazing but it is also my first IPS that I've owned.

Keyboard

For a good year or 2 this keyboard used to show up on Gizmodo's User Poll for Best Mechanical Keyboard in the top spots. After newer models of other brands came out it sits at the honorable mention slots for most sites, but it is still a 5-star keyboard. The red backlight is phenomenal, especially with the options to only light up select gaming keys (WASD, 1-4). The volume wheel is really nice as well, and the option to lock the Windows key has saved me numerous times already. Its super easy to clean like most mechanical keyboards and has a USB slot built in for easy headset or controller attachment.

Mouse

This was the mouse of my dreams. It feels like its made out of freakin' kevlar. I honestly don't mess around with the DPI controls too much but I could see its usefulness for sniper-heavy games. Maybe when I get the new Battlefield I can test her out. I won't go on too much since a gaming mouse is a really subjective thing, everybody has their favorites and don't want to try much else typically. But if you're thinking about it, get your hands on one to see if you like the weight and then go for it.

Comments Sorted by:

Kizzle53 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

I saw you may have replaced your water cooling fans? is that right? if so what fans did you swap it out with and by replacing them does it do a better job at keeping it cooler than the stock fans or does it matter? I have been thinking about swapping mine out cause the stock fans are a little to noisy for my liking.

Kizzle53 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

haha after I posted this i read at the top what you replaced it with lol. My bad, anyways does it do a better job at cooling and more quieter than the stock fans?

TaylorPope submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

I replaced them with 2 120mm Corsair Quiet Edition SP fans. It's important to use SP which is Static Pressure rather than AF which is Airflow. Static Pressure is better for radiators, airflow is better for the case fans. Temperature-wise, it was nearly identical to the stock fans since I believe the stock are SP as well. However, noise was considerably lower, those stock fans were driving me insane since the top of my case is the main place where noise escapes and that's where they were. The ones I got were so good I replaced all my case fans with their Quiet Edition AF White LED fans.

TheHammerLukas 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

I would turn the psu upside in your case cuz there is a chance to kill it cuz of the carpet isnt there? +1 tho nice build :D got the stryker too i like it very much :D

TaylorPope submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

The PSU is fanless so it doesn't matter which way it's oriented. I also have the build sitting on a wood plank so its not directly on carpet anyway.

TheHammerLukas 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

oh ok i didnt know that sorry ;D

170fin 1 point 7 months ago

Excellent temps ~ I'm very much leaning toward this Rad./same case. Have you had any issues with it since, would you opt for it again if you were building again & do you run it with the top dust filter removed? Thanks & nice build.

TaylorPope submitter 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

I'm going to keep this radiator until it dies out lol, its so great. I have an SLI setup now and its nice to never worry about CPU temps even though I've overclocked the hell out of it. I keep the top dust filter on, but the case is in positive/neutral pressure so there's not much dust that gets in. Most of the dust is on the bottom filter from the bottom fan taking in the dust from my floor.

170fin 1 point 7 months ago

Cheers. I thought you might have removed the top dust filter to remove the resistance in sucking air through the rad & filter as it seems a push-pull set-up isn't possible without modding the case. What was the installation like?

TaylorPope submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

It was pretty damn smooth, the hardest part was getting this daisy-chained SATA power cable to properly plug into all the hard drives I have, but it was worth it in the end to have the 1 cable instead of 4 different power cables.

itsmematii 1 point 7 months ago

stupid question, but did you not install your I/O shields on your mobo or GPU? maybe its jus the picture of your back cables but that looks really weird. Apart from that dope setup man!

TaylorPope submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

There's no I/O shield to install on the Gigabyte GPU's, they're already on there. The motherboard I/O shield is there too, you can see the metal trim around the hole.

itsmematii 1 point 7 months ago

so im an idiot.

TaylorPope submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

lol its all good, it is jet black which is different than my other mobos in all fairness

itsmematii 1 point 7 months ago

look sick regardless!

og_martin 1 point 3 months ago

How hard does the i5 bottleneck the 2 - 980 ti's?

TaylorPope submitter 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

The i5 has its limits, it will have those limits regardless of what graphics card you're pairing it with. I game at 1440p and a game like GTA V only uses about 75% CPU at very high/ultra mixed. However, Battlefield 4 completely wrecks my i5.

og_martin 1 point 3 months ago

Yea I was planning for a 6600k but i decided to invest the money for a 6700k and its worth it in my opinion.

TheotherguyYT 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

You seem to have a bad time with parts getting broken :P nice build though!

austi79 1 Build 1 point 19 days ago

Hey! Really like the case! Awesome build!

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