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VR and 4K Gaming Rig

by TheAlex95



Date Published

Aug. 14, 2018

Date Built

Aug. 11, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C


This build has been growing in an ancient scavenged case for over four years now. It started with a GTX 960 and FX-4300 in 2014. Since then it's gone through an 8300 and 1080 pairing, but after the death of my AM3 mobo, I decided instead of replacing it I'd just gut the thing and upgrade it to AM4, and then I decided I might as well put it in a case it deserves. Here's what was left after the dust cleared. The mobo and case have plenty of USB ports for hooking up an Oculus, it runs the newest games I have (Far Cry 3, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, and Wreckfest) at an acceptable 50-60 FPS at 4K, everything stays cool, and it's the angriest looking machine I've ever put together. I haven't tried overclocking yet, but overall I'm very satisfied with how it turned out. The video card seemed to be getting warm during 4K play (up to 84c) but but after setting a custom fan curve it's been staying in the low 70s. Keep in mind if you're planning for a living room build like I was, this case is huge, and it may require some thought to make it fit in/with an entertainment center.

Part Reviews


I thought about going with Intel this time but Newegg had this on sale for $189. It stays cool and does everything it needs to. No complaints so far. Make sure you get a cooler when you get this, it doesn't come with a stock fan.

CPU Cooler

It works, but it's tall. Don't underestimate it.


So many USB ports and headers, it's perfect for an Oculus Rift. Unfortunately it doesn't have holes for mounting the 212 Evo vertically, so that piece obscures the first RAM slot.


It's RAM. Knocking a star off for the huge heat sink, which keeps it from fitting in the first slot with the 212 Evo hanging over it.


This thing is old but reliable. Fairly quick, but it gets a little loud.

Video Card

Massive power in two fans. This thing will fit almost anywhere, and while it will run pretty hot by default, you can fix this with a custom fan curve in a program like MSI Afterburner. I got my max temp down from 84 to 75 by adjusting the curve.


You could almost convert this thing to a residence. It's as tall as my entertainment center and very wide. If you need more room than my closet, this is the case for you. Comes with three very quiet 120mm fans and fan speed control, 2x USB 3 and 2x USB 2, and a massive window.

Power Supply

Mine is the grey label model, but I can't find it listed. It's way more than I need, but I bought it in a pinch at Best Buy when my old psu died, and it was this or the 400W. Still, it gives my rig power and has worked for years, no complaints.

Case Fan

These are beautiful, very quiet and bright for the price.


I really like this thing. Adjustable weight, RGB light, good ergonomics and lots of buttons.


Don't laugh at my keyboard. This keyboard has been loyal to me for years and it even beat KCD.

Comments Sorted by:

jb2577fn 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Your CPU cooler is blowing hot air towards your GPU unless you rotated the fan and then put it on top. Regardless, I'm pretty sure those fans work best blowing air not pulling air.

TheAlex95 submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Huh, you were right. I popped it off and it's blowing towards the top exhaust now.

vekspec 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

What's your monitor for 4K?

TheAlex95 submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

This is a living room build, so it's my TV. LG 55" UHD Smart model.

vekspec 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Oh ok. Just curious. Recently got 2K so exploring good options for 4K :) ty!


flitzeffect 1 point 7 months ago

whats the average FPS on games like fortnite also can i run most games on best graphics whilst getting 60+ fps?

TheAlex95 submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

This might sound crazy but I've actually never played fortnite or pubg. But based on the recommended specs and how it's handled my other games at 4K I'd say it can do it. The only way I've gotten it to drop below 50 FPS is on the gta v benchmark mode with the MSAA at x16, and then it just went to the mid 40's.

flitzeffect 1 point 7 months ago

interesting i dont mean to be that guy but can u do some test for me on the fortnite just to test out the average fps and what settings to run on for the best experience thanks

hydrallus 1 point 5 months ago

Not sure I understand your ram and cpu choices here for oculus.